How to Truly Unwind While Traveling

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MASSAGE AND HOLIDAY

It is not very rare that we don’t have the time of our lives for a specific holiday. This happens due to a variety of different reasons - some are connected to the weather, others are connected simply to poor luck. We don’t enjoy some holidays because we are extremely tired, or perhaps because we haven’t really researched the area we are traveling to. But how to make the best out of every single trip? What are the most important things that you should have in mind?

Get a massage

This is something that starts before your actual trip. Opting for a massage one day before you embark on your journey (or perhaps even that very day) is very much recommended. Not only will you make those muscles relax, but you will also leave your country/city in a better mood. Now, since your flight might be daunting, stressful, and even long, you might also opt for a massage after your trip. This can be played in two ways - if you have some extra time in-between flights, you can schedule a short massage session, but since this in most cases is not very user-friendly as you don’t want to leave the airport (unless there is one there), you should opt for one when you reach your destination. Make sure that you don’t have to leave the hotel for getting a massage. You can have a mobile massage Melbourne where the masseur will come to you, and in most cases this is a better option than taking the masseuse at the hotel as you want a professional who’s devoted to massages only. This will also make your muscles relax and reboot, which is exactly what you need after a long flight, or even more important - after a long ride.

Have a backup in case of weather

The weather can always surprise us, and more often than not, we end up under a balcony waiting for the rain to stop or we spend our day in the hotel because we don’t know what to do. The fact that you cannot go sightseeing because of the rain, for example, shouldn’t stop you from experiencing the city. What you need to do is dress, go to A1 Canteen restaurant, have a great dish and drink, and use their internet to see what other things you might do. There are great closed venues in every single city and you will definitely be able to find something that you might want to see and experience. Museums are great in this case, so have that in mind.

Don’t think too much

How to properly unwind while on a holiday? Never think too much. The most important thing that you can do is indulge in the activities that you want to indulge in at that very specific moment. Thinking about whether you are supposed to do that or not, whether you should save your money to something else, when to go here and when to go there might only make more problems and result in a headache. Do not forget that this is your holiday, so live every day like it’s your last. This might sound like a cliche sentence, but it’s definitely true when we’re discussing holidays.

Carpe diem

And finally, don’t forget to seize every single day. If this means getting up early in order to visit something new and see something unique and exotic, so be it. You don’t have to sleep until late in the morning when you’re on holiday, you can do that when you get back home. Use every single second of this trip to enjoy, see and experience new things.

There is nothing worse than planning and going on a holiday that you don’t actually enjoy. And this is not anyone else’s fault but yours, because you haven’t been well-prepared. Remember that nothing can ruin your holiday if you are positive and have back up plans. So, think carefully, and have a great trip!

Peter is a health writer at Essential Men's Clinic blog. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

How to Be a Better Masseur in 2019

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How to Be a Better Masseur in 2019

Do you want to become a better professional in the massage field? Do you want to improve your business? Do you want to earn better revenue? Here are a few points you can work on and you’ll certainly make your massage business thrive in 2019.

Study the science behind massage

While gaining experience by giving massages is one of the most important steps you can take, you must also do some theoretical work. Massage has various health benefits for the body and the mind and it can help with anxiety, depression, sleep and even things like injury and high blood pressure. A good masseur knows all about these benefits of massage and can share information with the customers and provide a completely custom-tailored massage experience. You might also want to get educated on different types of massage and the benefits they bring. From deep tissue to sports massage, there’s plenty of material to study and become a better masseur.

Become a specialist

Probably the most cost-effective tip on this list: become a specialist. Even though massage rates are dropping, this is the best time to make a change in a way you do business and further your career. What you want to do is find a niche, become very good at it and advertise yourself as a specialist in that area. This move will give you power over your business and give you more control over every session (usually, the client is the one who’s shaping a massage). Plus, if you become known as a specialist in a certain field, you can charge premium rates for your top-notch service.

In order to choose the best niche for you, try identifying which condition you’re best at eliminating. Maybe you have plenty of experience in facial massage, but for some reason can fix shoulder pain in a blink of an eye. Pursue what you’re truly talented at, master it and become the expert people seek out.

Create a welcoming space

While you certainly make an effort to welcome all people, it’s never a bad idea to reexamine your business and your customer relations. For instance, members of the LGBTQ+ community usually suffer stress levels two to four times higher than straight cis people. So, you as a masseur have a real opportunity to relieve some of that stress with your services and welcoming atmosphere—don’t add to it with being ignorant. Nurturing touch can help counteract the bias and discrimination faced by LGBTQ people.

While gay, lesbian and transgender people don’t usually require any kind of special treatment, they do face plenty of discrimination on a daily basis. So, get informed and willing to learn—what you don’t understand can cause unintentional discrimination and make both of you uncomfortable. Make sure your practice is confidential, respectful and accepting of all people no matter their sexuality, gender, race, nationality and body type.

Use best supplies

If you want to become a better masseur and improve your business, you must upgrade to better massage supplies. Luckily, today you can find excellent salon supplies online and get things delivered to your massage parlor. Everything from massage supplies (oils, lotions and massage beds) to other necessities for your business needs to be top-notch in order to provide clients with the best experience and skin care.

Ensure you have good marketing strategies

Concentrate especially on Internet marketing that’s exploding in recent years. One of the best things you can do for your business is ensuring your TripAdvisor page is filled with good reviews. This is key information for your clients when they start choosing their masseur. Make sure to include all your achievements, awards and certifications—it will give your business a more legit vibe.

Leave tips in 2018

This one might shock you, but just continue reading! While tips certainly make an impact, they don’t make a super drastic difference. The amount of income they bring is most likely not big enough that you can’t shift from them. Create a flat rate that will openly and clearly state the amount of money a client needs for your service and eliminate the awkwardness and math around tipping. Your clients will definitely appreciate your new rates and policies, especially those who love a fuss-free massage experience.

Don’t hesitate to learn more

No matter how experienced and learned in your field of expertise you are (or think you are), there are always new things to learn. The science of massage therapy changes every day and new techniques and research findings are constantly being discovered. The best you can do for your business is to stay up-to-date with new trends and research results and continue your education and improve your skills. Younger people especially want a masseur who’s educated and in-trend.

You’re never too good to learn new things about massage, no matter if it concerns new techniques, customer relations or massage supplies. So, follow these tips and your business will certainly blossom and attract plenty of new customers.

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Peter is a health writer at Essential Men's Clinic blog. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.