thoughts on massage, self-care, art, and other ideas
thoughts on massage, self-care, art, and other ideas
You're overdue for a massage. We know. We appreciate your patience.
We are excited to get back in the office since we closed on March 15th. As you can imagine, things have changed a little.
Book online now for appointments starting July 15 and after.
In addition to the rest of our new tools (window air conditioners, thermometer, pulse oximeter, etc.), personal protective equipment, and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting regimens, we will also have an altered schedule which we see as a backstop to minimize our ability to transmit the virus. New availability is Wednesday - Saturday all day, every other week.
What to expect when you come in.
Same great massage, extra safety protocols:
We will continue to practice extremely cautious surface hygiene and completely change all linens between each client.
We hope you are emerging from the COVID-related restrictions with positive energy, new revelations from the great pause, and more. If not, perhaps getting your body more limber, mobile, and circulating will help.
See you soon!
Chrystina & Sean
In Short: We are open, our doorknobs are clean, massage can help with stress and immunity, and we'd love to see you as long as you're not sick and you wash your hands first!
See below for details or just book an appointment (but don't be surprised if we ask you to wash your hands before your session).
Do your best to stay healthy, folks.
Warmest regards, Chrystina & Sean
This is on the late side
But you'll forgive us for focusing on clients, right?
Thanksgiving was so late that we have been way behind on our end-of-year planning. Maybe it's been like that for you too? We have some last-minute gift ideas for you.
Gift Certificates for massage are available at www.harkhouse.me/giftcertificates. Buy one for a loved one or forward this email to that person who's been asking what to get for you. They're available in any amount.
If you're interested in purchasing paintings, we would be delighted to offer you a private tour of Sean's new painting studio across the street from our office. Most of the work currently on display at Hark House is also for sale. Please reply to this email or give us a call to arrange a time. Prices range from $150 - $1600.
We are celebrating quite a year!
Thank you for helping us to become a more integral part of the Biddeford community--from volunteering to doing pop-up chair massage around town--including at the Saturday Morning (9-12:30) Saco River Farmers' Market, which is at 40 Main Street, Biddeford next to Sweetcream and Portland Pie.
Sean is now volunteering with Compass Project to support teens learning to build boats and other wooden objects, and Chrystina recently joined the Conservation Commission of the City of Biddeford. And we both are giddy about our new art studios in the new Engine Studios across the street.
We appreciate you trusting us to help with your self-care and well-being and we aim to continue to be of service.
Warm wishes for a safe and healthy new year!
Sean & Chrystina
Why regular massage?
While it’s tempting to call for an emergency massage session when you’ve got a tweak in your low back or a clicking shoulder, it’s not the only way!
Awareness is a major component of massage, and it presents major benefits, but developing awareness takes time.
Have you ever had a massage and thought, “well, I didn’t realize that hurt!”? That’s awareness. You might even say "Hark! I didn't even know I had that!"
Has a massage session or something your therapist taught you inspired you to consider changes to your posture, your seating, your footwear, your hydration? That’s awareness.
Like any ‘problem’ we face, acknowledging it is often the first step toward recovery.
Many clients come for massage on a regular basis, usually monthly or bi-weekly. I find that those who come in more regularly present with fewer acute issues over time.
For example, one client came in with shoulder pain that resulted in an arm that didn’t want to extend overhead easily. After each monthly session, which always included some very specific shoulder work, she looked like a second grader who just learned how to spell Mississippi—the arm would shoot up over her head with no trouble. And she would be pain-free for 3-4 weeks after the session, but it would return. After about 4-5 sessions, however, she came in and raised her arm exuberantly before the session. Since then we have been able to re-allocate shoulder time to other parts of her body.
You have the power to keep yourself healthy, and an attentive, curious massage therapist can help you find all those hidden nooks and crannies. We’d love to be part of your wellness plan.
We offer discounts on 5-session series. This has the dual benefit of saving money and helping with accountability.
Book online or by phone/text 207-558-2766.
Many people seem surprised that we do not take tips in our practice. While we recognize that the culture around massage in the United States often involves tipping, we don’t think it is necessary for us and here’s why.
Our hope is that eliminating tipping makes things simpler and more accessible. We would love to be part of your wellness plan. Book online or contact us to set up an appointment.