Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Massage protocol and dressed up dishes

Here's a bit of massage protocol advice:  Please don't get undressed or on the table before meeting with your therapist.  In my office this has never been a problem, but it can happen in more "high volume" environments.

Therapists want to meet you before they start in order to ask some health questions and the reason for your massage.  Some of us want to observe things like posture and gait to get an idea about your condition.  Most of all, we want to make a personal connection before beginning treatment.  And to be frank, it is a bit insulting for a client to assume they are getting some generic massage and generic massage therapist so there's no need to actually talk with them before they start.

If the establishment tells you to get on the table without meeting your therapist, take your business elsewhere.

There are also some logistical snafus that can be avoided.  Several times I've seen or heard about people lying undressed on the table waiting for an absent therapist.  In a gym spa where I once worked there a was a woman who considerately took a shower before her massage, and then stood around wrapped in a towel cold and wet while her therapist finished another treatment.  It is possible there is a reason why you cannot receive a massage.  A receptionist should prevent these sorts of problems but don't always, and many massage businesses are too small to have a front desk person.

Wait for your therapist and chat for a moment, and you'll have a much better massage.

On my balcony the peas have finally begun to produce pods.  The plants grew quickly and blossomed but have taken their time making vegetables for me.  I was about to start eating the leaves and stalks, which I've had from the farmers market and know to be good(tastes like snow peas, surprise).

My two calendula plants are looking good and are giving me large if not abundant blossoms.  They are welcome guests at my winter dinner table.

New nasturtium seeds have been planted, and I've kept the best looking plants from last year to see if they will continue to thrive.  Some plants are from seeds I've bought, others are seeds shared from a neighbor.  Nasturtium blossoms are quite tasty, and if I get an exceptional crop I'll pickle the buds.

Chefs and junk food manufactures know the value of making food visually interesting.  For someone such as myself who eats a lot of grains, legumes, and other plain foods, tossing some edible flowers on top is a great way to liven up a meal.  From what I've researched flowers don't have any significant nutritional value, but nutrients aren't the only reason to eat.  For someone with limited growing space they are an efficient garden option compared to vegetables.

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