We love Daddy!

DaddyBest Daddy Award wasn’t supposed to leave Denver until later this afternoon, but he hates it when one of his family is feeling sick. So, he left this morning after his first appointment and should be home by 4 or so today. Jake had a headache and a 101.1 fever last night which got much worse by 3 A.M. and by 9 A.M. he was throwing up and had a 102.7 fever. I canceled my personal training and massage clients, by Jake’s request, to snuggle with him and be there to support him through his illness. But, even with my constant companionship for him, he asks for his Daddy.

Everything is better when Daddy is home, especially when you are feeling sick. He seems to help everything get better and calm down. Everything is taken care of when he’s here. He is the best caregiver of ALL TIME. Even when we try our best to take care of each other as he cares for us, it is impossible. I think it’s partly his huge “Papa Bear” arms and barrel chest which hug us so completely that makes him irreplaceable. He also is very aware of medications needed, when they were given, when they should be given and so on. We can truly relax and heal when Daddy is here.

Daddy makes everything better. Even when he’s not home, but in town, he makes things better. We know everything will be ok when he is aware of our needs. I don’t think the kids really grasp the completeness that is their Daddy’s care is for them. They won’t understand how comforting and complete it is until someone else tries to care for them and they will be shocked at some other people’s attempts at caregiving.

Not only care giving, but just caring, loving, noticing, supporting & involving himself is unequaled to their Daddy. It will be hard to find a good match for them, since they have been so well cared for by their Daddy. He smiles at them, looks them in the eye, notices their moods, questions, homework, hunger, sadness and a general need for a hug. He goes to games, concerts, church, skating, playdates, shopping, golfing, swimming, walking, all to be with them.

And not only to support his kids, but to just BE with them, calmly, lovingly, being content with simplicity.

What a great teacher he is, loving his wife, honest about who he is and who his kids can count on. He is leading by example, loving, generous, thoughtful, aware, forgiving, and wise.

He is the man…and he also happens to be…my man. 🙂

Making a Good Impression in Your Massage Interview

Make a good first impression

Make a good first impression

So, you would like to work as a Massage Therapist in a certain place you have seen or found to need massage help?  They don’t need a resume, but are requesting an initial interview to see if you are a match.

Great!  Now you can prepare and show your best professionalism. Before you go in for your massage interview, do some research on the company you are interviewing with.  Also, do some brainstorming: do an honest self-assesment, make a list and be clear about  what your needs are:

      • What days can you work?
      • How many massage sessions are you willing to do in one day?
      • How much time between sessions do you need?
      • What type of clients do you/don’t you want to work on?
      • Why do you want to work in this particular place?
      • What are your favorite modalities?
      • What are you strengths & weaknesses?
      • Are you a team player or do you work better alone?
      • Do you want/need to be in charge?

Make your best first impression for your massage interview.  It can be a make or break of getting a job you really want.  Basic interview do’s:

  • Be on time
  • Look professional: smell nice, have good “massage friendly” clothes on
  • Wear shoes
  • Cover your underarms
  • Have your nails clipped and clean
  • Use a friendly greeting, look them in the eye and smile
  • Be yourself
  • Be honest
  • Show good manners
  • Stay positive
  • Have your resume with you or emailed ahead
  • Know their business, do your research, know why you want to work there, express that
  • Sit with good posture with both feet on the ground
  • Breathe

What NOT to do in an interview, especially for a Massage Therapist: (all of these have happened to us in an interview through the years! Shocking!)

  • Show up late
  • Come barefoot
  • Brag
  • Be confrontational
  • Wear revealing clothing, no bra, tank tops, no shoes, flip flops, sandals, or heavy perfume
  • Talk nervously without stopping
  • Show up stoned or drunk
  • Ask simple questions about their business, know ahead of time…why are you interviewing here?
  • Bring others with you to the interview
  • Bring food to eat during the interview
  • Bring pets with you to the interview
  • Tap your fingers or feet
  • Chew gum
  • Say negative statements about the place you are interviewing with

Good luck!