I was sitting and talking to a friend of mine about my business. In case anyone reading this wasn’t aware… things are tough out there. I’m a firm believer in the power of manifestation. There are books (The Secret) that teach the power of manifestation, there are local workshops at New Age shops in town that offer classes on occasion (New Age People is one of my favorites), there are Meetup groups where like-minded thinkers get together and discuss HOW to keep a positive outlook on things and create amazing manifestations …
Sorry, I got distracted: we were discussing my business, and she asked me: “how has the economy affected your business?” I had to think a bit on this. I’m going to be totally honest with you, because that is the only way to be authentic. I’ve not worked at building my clientele up at a serious level until recently. I cannot quite pinpoint the reason, but I didn’t, and now I am. It feels “right” to me now. It feels like now is the time to share my work and what I have to offer, so I cannot truly say the economy has hurt my business. I cannot truly say the economy has negatively affected me. I’m fortunate.
I started thinking about our conversation after we parted ways. I don’t have children. I don’t have a spouse that has lost his or her job and we’re trying to survive on half the income we once had. I’m blessed in so very many ways.
I’m wholly aware of how the economy has touched the lives of others in my field. I’m painfully aware of the fear that so many people are experiencing just in trying to cut back expenses and survive. I had a serious conversation with myself over this. I thought long and hard. How can I, with a clear conscience, ask people to take a piece of their income and come to visit me for an hour or two?
Somewhere along the day, I got my answer. How can I NOT ask people to come to me for a respite?
I sat down and started looking at some things. We’ve all heard the statistics about the average family is 2.5 children and a dog. The majority of families have both parents working outside the home. Chances are, you (yes you), are feeling the stresses of having a yard, a mortgage or rent, a car payment or two, and you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders.
The average cost for a Grande (that’s medium for those not familiar with Starbucks-anese) latte is right at $4.00… or just shy. This includes 320 yummy calories and 13 grams of delicious fat, top that off with 39g of carbohydrates, and you have got a dream. This could turn into a bad dream if you are the average Starbucks consumer and visit your local Starbucks on average six times per month. (picture courtesy of Starbucks.com)
The cost of one hour of massage with me (a full 60 minutes of absolute bliss) is equivalent to fifteen lattes (4,800 calories).
I am a big fan of going to the movies. I love sitting in a dark theater getting lost in the illusion onscreen. The average cost of one ticket for a matinee in Indianapolis is $8.00 / ticket or $11.00 / ticket for after 6 pm. This is excluding any concessions. Just for the sake of argument, let’s say you and your significant other go to the movies to watch the latest heart pounding superhero movie on a Saturday afternoon. The cost for the two of you to get in to the theater is $16.00. Concessions are practically a necessity, and now they come neatly bundled so the customer can get popcorn and two drinks and save a few cents. For the sake of argument, lets round the concessions to about $16.00 as well. For the cost of almost three and a half movies (plus concessions) you and your spouse or partner can leave the stresses of your day to day lives for an hour, and the benefits will last far longer than the thrills of a movie when you share a couple’s massage. The greatest part of the couples massage vs. a movie: sometimes movies are real stinkers. I promise you my massage will not leave you with any feelings of regret.
- Stress weakens our immune system
- Stress causes our muscles to tense up
- Stress can cause narrowing of the arteries which leads to damage to our cardiovascular systems
- Stress can increase chances of developing problems within our endocrine system.
- Stress can have an effect on our memories and ability to learn and retain information
Coffee and movies may give a quick jolt of caffeine and / or serotonin and leave you feeling a bit happier (for the moment), but massage does SO much more and the following bullet points just begin to scratch the surface:
- Releases tensed muscles
- Releases toxins
- Relieves stress
- Soothes anxiety and depression
- Lowers blood pressure
Simply put, we don’t have time for stress, but often times, we cannot avoid it. We can, however, fight it head on. Give me a call, email me, or set up an appointment on my website and we’ll set up a time to work in a “mini vacation” that will put you in top shape to run the corporate rat-race, participate in the local PTA, or even manage a trip to Kings Island and return with a smile on your face.
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