The Best Massage Sheets and Their Care

Truly, there is a huge difference in Massage Sheets!  We will finally have the sheets we like for sale on this website!  We use Marigold Magic, a locally owned and operated company with outstanding sheets.

When we say “outstanding” sheets, this is what that means:

This is a "sturdy elastic seam"

This is a “sturdy elastic seam”

  1. they last 1000 washes
  2. they are soft and comfortable
  3. the seams don’t come apart
  4. the elastic is sturdy and stays on the table
  5. the elastic is still “bouncy” after 100’s of washes

There are so many different styles of sheets that massage therapists prefer: colorful, plain white, flannel, silky, all cotton, partly cotton, etc.

I prefer the basic: white flannel sheet set.

A “sheet set” refers to a bottom sheet, a flat top sheet and a head rest cover.  I use a generic pillow case to cover my king sized pillow as the client’s bolster.  I get those on sale when I happen to see them.  Since they are under the blanket, I use many different colors, which makes it easy to find them on sale.

Helping Your Sheets Last Longer

For us, the bottom sheets wear out quicker than the flat sheet or the head rest cover.  This happens more quickly if the sheets are pulled too hard over the corners of the massage table.  Over time, that action on the sheet will tear the middle of the sheet, the “under the back” area, since we slide our hands under the client’s back and the sheets get worn there the most.

To delay this wearing out in this area, be sure to use both ends of the sheet under the client, by the head rest end of the table.  You can keep track by noticing where the sheet label ends up when you are “dressing” your massage table with freshly cleaned sheets, then switch where the label is next time.

After 300+ washes, when the flannel is no longer visible, and the sheets are very soft but there isn’t any visible “Wear” in the “under the back” area, take care to gently roll the sheets over the corners instead of pulling hard.  With this care,  your sheets will last another 300 washes.  I have torn sheets like this and it is heart breaking to hear the “rrrrriiiiippppp” right when you are in a hurry.  It always happens to be my favorite softest sheets that feel like velvet to the touch.  So, remember to move SLOWLY when pulling the sheets over the corners of your massage table. 🙂

Washing, Drying & Folding

To wash the sheets, we use hot water with Oxy Clean powder & a liquid detergent.  We don’t use fabric softener.  I put 3 sets in one wash load, no more.  Not even one more little head rest cover.  With more in the washer, the sheets won’t get clean.

Wash towels and pillow cases separately.

We dry them in normal heat in the drier.  We tried hanging the sheets to dry but they were too rough and not soft enough.  Because we live in New Mexico, mold is never an issue.

One of the best advantages to the White Flannel sheet is they don’t wrinkle very easily.  Even if the sheets have been sitting for a while, they won’t get wrinkly, and they especially stay nice and smooth once they are placed on the massage table.

For me, it’s easiest to fold the sheets the exact same way every time.  This way, I can do it automatically, without really thinking about it.  And in the linen closet, they stack very nicely and I can always tell which stack is the flat or fitted pile by the way the sheets look after being folded.

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!

Alaskan Cruise Family Packing List

Alaskan Cruise State Room unpacking

Alaskan Cruise State Room unpacking

What to Pack for Kids & Parents 

Think less is more.  Really.  There isn’t much room, plus it’s just lighter to carry.  We moved from hotel to hotel for a few days before the cruise, and this is especially a time for LESS luggage!

I packed all of our clothes into 1 large suitcase & 3 smaller suitcases which would fit in the plane’s carry-on compartments if needed.  The big suitcase held the winter clothes, hats, etc, while the smaller 3 had all of our clothes. The kids shared a suitcase. Each of us had a backpack.

In the backpacks were extra outfits, swimsuits, kids toys, books, electronics, important papers/passports, & snacks.  This way, in the hotels, we didn’t need to even open the suitcases, and instead live out of the backpacks.  Though this was the way it was supposed to work, we did end up riffling through my daughters suitcase for dinner clothes before the cruise.

The backpacks were helpful when first on the ship because our luggage was not in the rooms until after lunch and we had some things to change into before the luggage arrived.  Once unpacked, I emptied the backpacks and used them to carry cameras, sunscreen and water on the shore excursions.

In the suite, there are 3 large drawers for each person, plus 4 hanging closet spaces, under the bed storage & other cubbies around the room.  In the suite, full laundry service is provided!! (Awesome!) So, you’ll be able to recycle some clothes several times. Also, we had the types of suitcases that can fit into one another, so after I unpacked, I was able to fit them all together and store them under the bed.

Our suggested packing list:

  • Power strip & extension cord: we used this immediately; there are only a few outlets, so if you have a phone, computer and other things to plug in, a power strip will be helpful
  • Comfy clothes.. for me this means t-shirts, sweats, yoga pants, slacks…I never wore my jeans or shorts
  • Comfy shoes.. for me this means tennis/running shoes, flip-flops, sandals (I wish I had brought my uggs!! they would have been perfect for around the boat or on the verandah!)
  • PJ’s & slippers (I missed having my slippers!) robes are provided in the room
  • Lounge around the pool clothes… don’t mind getting them wet, play ping-pong, play large chess, but there are several people out, so not looking too casual in PJs or yoga pants. 🙂
  • Swim suit & cover up with pool sandals or flip flops
  • Workout clothes for those who workout (kids have to be 16 to be in the gym)
  • 2 Formal outfits: I brought 2 dresses for me/daughter, easily packed (I twisted them, then hung up immediately…worked great) a nice black heel sandal. For my son I brought  1 nice button down shirt with a tie, 2 dress sweaters and a vest with black pants/shoes.  He wore the sweaters alone on the “smart” nights, and the button down/tie on formal nights.
  • 5 smart dinner shirts/blouses for Mom/daughter: I brought black slacks, floral & blue slacks, then 5 shirts, all worn with the black heels. Several of the shirts I doubled to use for dinner out in Vancouver & Seattle, at the pool for the days on the ship, and for the High Teas several times.  My daughter loved this option and liked to “dress up” the simpler shirts with scarves/jewelry. I wore my black scarf 3 nights to dinner because it was chilly in the dinning room.
  • Sweatshirts, hoodies or sweaters: this was worn each day…it’s chilly…I brought a thick sweatshirt for each family member, except my son, and we bought his at one of the ports for $19. The sweatshirt option is especially nice when you are on the verandah or on deck for longer periods of time.
  • Rain/winter coats.  We brought the thicker rain coats which we could also wear skiing, to give you an idea of the thickness.  We wore these at Glacier Bay, sitting out on our verandah for hours at a time and whale watching
  • Hats, gloves, scarves:  We wore these a few times and were glad we brought them.  I run cold, so do my kids.  My hubby runs hot, so he didn’t wear his.  Though, he did wear his rain jacket on the verandah.
  • For each shore excursion I wore my Lulu yoga pants with tennis shoes, and my kids wore comfy sweats & flip-flops. We didn’t do much walking, so if you are walking, the tennis shoe route is best.

Were we missing anything? Yes, my son’s shoes, which I was hoping to buy along the way, with no luck.  He wore flip-flops the entire trip except for formal nights. 🙂

I brought too many books & journals, so think before packing…these are heavy!

We wore each piece of clothing at least once…except my jeans…which is good to have used what we carried.  Good luck!

Family Car Day-to-Day Summer List

What do you carry in your car day-to-day with kids? It really depends on how big your car is and how much room you might have…and how organized you are. I have been adding and subtracting from my van each year and seasonally. I’d love to hear your ideas of helpful car-hints.  I stay organized for a whopping 5 minutes each season when I re-organize the car.

Year Round:

  • Kleenex
  • Small trash can (as if this matters…)
  • Hand wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Band-aides
  • Neosporin
  • Sunscreen
  • Kids Benadryl
  • First Aid Kit (but, this is so skimpy…a store-bought little box)

For the Summer I add some things:

  • Apis (Homeopathic Remedy for Bee Stings)
  • Water
  • Swim Bag: Towels, Suits, goggles, sunscreen, flip-flops
  • Folder with plain paper, markers & pencils
  • Tennis Bag: tennis requests, tennis balls
  • Golf Bags: clubs, gloves, sunscreen, water (golf stuff is so huge, it only comes in once a week)
  • Soccer Ball
  • Park stuff: frisbee, football
  • Leash, dog water bowl

When we travel in the car:

  • Snacks
  • Lap desks
  • Cards & travel games
  • More water

What are some helpful or cool things you like having in your car?

Happy Almost Summer 🙂

The Benefits of Skin Brushing

The Benefits of Skin Brushing

We really like this article about the benefits of skin brushing.

Remember, we can do the skin brushing for you here at the office.  Then you take the skin brush home and you can bring it with for any massage and we’ll do a quick skin brushing for you again.

Pray for My Momma, She Fell and Shattered Her Wrist

Mom's wrist after she fell roller skating

Mom’s wrist after she fell roller skating

My awesome, fun, crafty and faithful Momma fell yesterday and shattered her left wrist. She is 70. We were roller skating. With her grandchildren, my kids. For the first time since she was 13. 🙂

Yes, I know…what were we thinking, roller skating, for the first time since she was 13, without anyone holding her up. It was an interesting, yet very bold and courageous (she says stupid) activity to attempt.

We can’t change it now.

She fell down, putting her left arm back to break her fall, which it did in 4 places.

The “Health & Wellness Tip” from our experience would be NOT to roller skate at 70 years old…maybe at all, but especially without someone strong, without skates on, holding you up. And maybe plenty of padding strapped to your body and armor strapped to you wrists…

Mom and I broke out in a nervous laughter as the EMT explained to the hospital who was in the ambulance:

“We have a 70 year old female who fell roller skating and possibly broke her wrist….No, a 70 year old female, not a 7 year old female. Yes, 70.”

The EMT couldn’t hear the hospitals response from our laughter.

She was in lots of pain and couldn’t have pain killers for whatever reason, so we were trying to find other things to think about.

My poor Mom!

She has surgery this Monday…prayers are always welcomed!