The Blessing of Giving

We have a great opportunity this week to bless someone by giving gifts. Susan Young Massage Therapy (that ‘s me and you!) has sponsored a family for Christmas gift-giving through the Elizabeth House charity in Pasadena. Elizabeth House is a temporary home for women who are homeless and their children. We were matched with a graduate of the program who has 2 young children. I will get the chance to meet this family on Saturday and give them gifts to brighten their holiday and meet some of their physical needs for clothes and household items.

You can add to the gifts, if you choose, by bringing part or all of your payment for massage in the form of a gift card to a store. Stores I recommend are Target, VONS, TJMaxx or other well-known stores. If getting a gift card before your appointment is inconvenient, you can also designate part of your payment for a gift card and I’ll pick it up. If you don’t have a massage session this week, you can still join in the blessing of giving by dropping off a gift card. And, I still have some openings: Tuesday, Dec. 4 @ 12 or 12:30, Wednesday, Dec. 5th @ 8:30, and Thursday, Dec. 6th between 11 am and 1:30 pm.

Call me if you have any questions. Thanks for joining me in spreading some joy this season.

life with a soundtrack

When I was young I always imagined life’s slow progress would be less painful with a soundtrack…like they have in movies. Most of life’s successes are hard-won and accomplished by hours of practice and diligence. I liked how quickly progress could be made in movies when a soundtrack accompanied the heroine’s scenes of life.

The other day I realized my dream had come true and I hadn’t even noticed. Every day I work to a soundtrack. This made me laugh to think of. My work, hour by hour, is accompanied by music. Does it make the massage go faster?┬áNot really, thankfully for the client, right?! Knotty muscles relax more quickly? Not exactly although it might help with the overall relaxation I hope.

I’ve put together a new compilation CD that I will enjoy using to massage you in the near future or whenever your schedule allows you to come in. Its songs are culled from some of my favorite CDs. Whenever possible I try to use “real” music instead of the never-ending, never-resolving massage-y music sold specifically as background music. This usually means I can only take 1 or 2 songs from each album. I hope you will enjoy it. Here are some of the artists you’ll hear on it:

One of my absolute favorite memories from massage school was our last day of technique practice. We usually listened to music while we worked. On this day, the owner of the massage school hired Stanley Greenthal to play for us LIVE as we worked. It was a generous act that blew me away. So great. Thank you Brian Utting!