Thursday, May 28, 2009

Chair massage, squirrel control, & colonial gardens

A few days ago I spent an hour doing chair massage at the gym when someone canceled their appointment at the last minute. I set up in the lobby, and was almost immediately fully reserved. (The price, free, helped.)

Chair massage is a great way to get introduced to a therapist and to see and experience his work. That said, a brief time in a chair is very different than what a "regular" massage on a table is like. I think it is more about meeting the therapist than learning what a full massage would be like, besides the massage itself. From my perspective, it can be a good way to introduce myself to people who may become clients, not just those who receive the massage, but other people who walk by and see it(and notice how happy people are afterward.)

One person loved it, but was from out of town. Another thanked me and told me it was great, but didn't really seem interested. A very nice person told me that she got more benefit from 10 minutes on my chair than from an hour in a spa massage, and asked about my schedule. The last person immediately booked a full session with me after 10 minutes on the chair. She also told me that she's a massage regular, but since her current therapist is not working due to tendinitis(a common injury with massage therapists) she has been looking for a new one.

One definite and one probable new client. An hour well spent.

Out on the balcony, I installed some anti-squirrel measures yesterday. The critters like to run along the overhead beams, tear up the Morning Glory I'm training to grow there, and drop onto my other plants for a bit of mayhem. The solution was to put a tight strand of wire a couple of inches above a couple of the beams. The wire is too thin for them to walk on, and doesn't leave enough room for them step onto the beam.

They can find a new path that keeps them away from my plants.

I'm currently reading a book on gardening titled "Flowers and Herbs of Early America." A couple of things impress me(besides how much more magnificent the plants look than mine.) One is how wide and well established the knowledge of plants was during the colonial period, and even centuries before. People knew so much more about plants and how to use them than in what aisle the bags of salad greens are found. Seeds were traded from frontiers around the world, and new books were added to an existing set going back to Classical Civilization.

People(me at least) vaguely know that indigenous and ancient peoples had tremendous knowledge of Nature, but this book helps remind us that the wisdom is not just remote or abstract, but part of our heritage that only in the last couple of generations has been uncommon. Fortunately there is a bit of a renaissance in gardening today. Lets hope it thrives.

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