A little bit of background on the business:Q: How did I come up with the name of "Phoenix Rising Massage Therapy LLC"?
A: There are a couple of answers of the origin of "Phoenix Rising..."
Ironically the main origin of the name comes from my time at UW-Green Bay where I went to school from 2006-2009 and received my BA's in German and Ancient/Medieval History. The Mascot of UW-Green Bay is Phlash the Phoenix. When choosing the name of the business, I wanted to incorporation aspects of my life that meant a lot to me on this new journey that I was undertaking. The second aspect of the name origin comes from the "Harry Potter" series of books. If you have read the stories, you will or should know that Professor Dumbledore, Headmaster to Hogwarts - his main "familiar" or spirit animal is named Fawkes the Phoenix. The stories were such a part of my childhood, I wanted to honor that part. Third and finally, I absolutely love mythology. Always have since I was young. One of my favorite stories as I've identified with as I have gotten older is the story of the Phoenix. The mythical bird that will build a nest and burn itself every 500 years and be reborn out of its own ashes. I've looked upon that as inspiration for my life with my many underlying health problems I've dealt with over the years. Even though I've had health problems, I've always seemed to be able to reinvent myself. So in a nutshell - that's actually the origin of the business name.
Q: Why did you choose to go into Massage Therapy?
A: The simple answer is the proverbial light bulb moment when people talk about "ah-ha this is what I want to do with my life!" kind of moment. Initially my whole goal and plan was to continue my college education and work towards a Masters Degree in German Translation. But due to my health problems, I couldn't pursue that particular avenue of education. I then had the "ah ha" moment and "heard" a little voice in my head say "Go to massage School!" That happened in late December 2009-Early January 2010.
After that life changing moment occurred, I began to research and look into the different massage schools in the area. I eventually settled on Blue Sky School of Massage Therapy located in Grafton, with looking at a March 2010 start date. However, life intervened and I had to push the start of my Massage Therapy schooling back until August of 2010 due to an ankle and knee injury and a subsequent knee surgery and rehab for the knee. Once everything was completed, I began my year long schooling soaking up everything that I could learn.
I graduated from Blue Sky in August of 2011 and it's amazing to think that I'm coming up on four years since that graduation and five years since I made the career change. It has most definitely been the best decision that I made. Q: Experience with Massage Therapy?
A: I personally have gone to a massage therapist on and off for almost 10 years now - usually once every 4-8 weeks now. With my host of medical conditions, I have found that massage will help with the reduction of joint pain, muscle tightness. Stress. Headaches. Sleep. Also whenever I would have surgery, I found that through the use of massage and or other massage modalities, I would have a quicker recovery time.
Q: First Modalities trained in?
A: I was actually first introduced and trained in Reiki I and Reiki II at age 8. My mom was interested in learning more about energy work and I tagged along and got trained as well. It was very unusual for someone my age to be trained so young. My second set of modalities that I was trained in was Crainal Sacral Therapies levels I and II by the time I finished High School and just before I left for college. When I decided to go to Blue Sky, I had the options of three different "tracks" or focuses of study - Medical, Therapeutic/Energy or Spa. I chose the Therapeutic/Energy track which allowed me to continue to learn different energy modalities - i.e. Accupressure, Polarity, Reiki, Cranial Sacral Therapy and Lomi Lomi techniques. In June of 2012 I went ahead and completed my Reiki training with Reiki III which puts me at a Reiki Master level. Eventually, if I chose, I could go ahead and get trained as a Reiki Master Teacher which in turn would allow me to become a teacher of Reiki if I wanted to go that path. At this time, I'm deciding to hold off from that particular path in life - though I am open to that particular path when it's time to take that path. Q: Help! I'm brand new to Massage Therapy and have no idea what to expect for a session! What can I expect?
We'll go through a couple of different steps before you even walk through the door for your first massage.
First - after getting your appointment scheduled, you'll receive a reminder email from me on the Friday (usually the day before your session) which will include very detailed directions on how to find the office. I decided to send out the emails with directions when I first started as a massage therapist as first time clients, who weren't familiar with the area, were having a hard time with finding the office location.
Also in the email, there will be directions on how to print the client intake form, usually found on the business website. However, if you're unable to or forget to print the intake form off, don't worry as I always have copies with me.
Second - Once you reach the office, I will usually be waiting in reception to greet you personally and lead you back office.
Third - Once we get into the massage room, at this time I will either take your paperwork (if it has been filled out before hand) or I'll hand you a clipboard with the intake form for you to fill out the day of the massage.
Fourth - Once you're finished with the intake form, I will usually take about 5-7 minutes tops to input your intake form into my computer system as well as to review it. If you are interested in setting up future sessions, please let me know as while I enter your information into my computer system, you can review the clipboard where I keep my schedule of open dates and pick any dates/times that will work for you. Once you've indicated which dates/times you would like, I will go ahead and get the dates into the scheduler as well as writing out an appointment card as well.
Fifth - After the intake form is completed, I will take a few minutes to explain what will happen during the session, answering any questions you may have.
Sixth - I will then step out of the room, usually hitting the overhead light off, and close the door. While you are getting settled, I will be washing my hands and giving you that time to settle in private.
Seventh - After a few minutes, I will then knock upon the door and ask "(your name) it's Amanda. Are you all set? May I come in?" Once I get an affirmative answer from you (please be sure to speak up as the door is fairly thick and it can sometimes also be nosy outside the door), I'll enter the room and shut the door. I will ask if you are comfortable as well as also placing a pillow underneath your feet as well as making sure the table heater is on (if you've requested both). Then your massage will begin.
Eighth - With the massage, you will generally begin on your stomach and end on your back. As a first time client, once the oil is on your back, I will do two different passes up your back - one with my forearm and one with my elbow. This will help me determine the type of pressure that feels the best for you while at the same time letting you as the client get used to my pressure.
Ninth - Depending on the type of massage that you have requested, I usually try and keep you on your stomach for approximately 30-40 minutes. When it is time to turn onto your back, I will take the pillow out from underneath your feet and have you scoot down (generally about a full arm length) from the headrest before turning onto your back. This will ensure that you will end with your head on the table and not in the headrest. Once you are settled, I will put the pillow back underneath your knees and we will continue. I will work left arm/hand, left leg, left foot, right leg, right foot, right hand/arm and then finish with your neck and scalp (if requested).
Tenth - Once our time is up, I will wake you up with a quiet "(your name) - we're finished. how are you feeling?" I will also take the pillow out from underneath your feet and knees so that is one less thing that you will worry about. I will also explain what will happen as we're finished. That I will step out from the room, letting you get dressed. If I will also let you know that you are free to use a towel from the bookcase (2nd shelf) or if there are towels on the massage side table - if you would like to wipe out any excess oil from the massage. Once you are all set, you can open the door and I will be waiting for you with a glass of water. At this time, I will answer any questions you may have, we can always take care of payment (if we have not done so at the beginning) and I will then walk you back out to reception and wish you a great day. hide