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Happy New Year!

Hello from Okotoks, AB!

I just wanted to take a moment to reach out and thank you for your trust and support in 2016. I look forward to seeing you all –under ever-improving circumstances, of course–in 2017.

Wishing good health and happiness to you and your loved ones throughout the coming year.

Stay safe and enjoy the celebrations,

Randi Nowicki RMT

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow…

Good afternoon everyone,

It seems that the first real blizzard has finally hit, and what a blizzard it has turned out to be.

As beautiful as the snow looks from the comfort of home, it can wreak a lot of havoc upon those who must venture out into its midst. I just wanted to take the time to remind everyone to take it easy and be safe.

For those of you who have appointments with us in the following days and throughout the remainder of winter, I encourage you to leave early to ensure that you arrive on time and to book appointments with a longer commute in mind. If you are running behind schedule, please do not feel the need to rush; I would much prefer that you arrive safely.

For those who live or work farther away or do not feel safe driving through such conditions and wish to cancel an appointment, please give us as much notice as possible. If you avoid driving during blizzards as a general rule, keep an eye on the forecast and call the clinic ahead of time to cancel or reschedule. A little communication goes a long way and we always appreciate it.

Stay safe and enjoy the snow,

Randi

 

Cold Weather, Warm Hands

Good afternoon,

I hope you are all having a lovely Tuesday.

By Winnipeg standards, we have been lucky to experience such beautiful weather thus far, but winter is sure to creep in eventually.

That being said, I have some good news. Paraffin wax hand treatments are now available at the clinic with both Jenna and myself! Not sure what that is? No worries.

Paraffin wax treatments are a form of thermotherapy which involve dipping or coating the hands in warm liquid wax and then wrapping them in a towel to contain the heat.

Some of the benefits of paraffin wax treatments include improved circulation to the hands and fingers, relief of arthritic pain, relief of tension in soft tissues such as muscle, tendons and ligaments, and softening of the skin. However, you don’t need to be suffering from pain to enjoy a paraffin wax treatment; it is also a great way to warm up during the cold winter months.

If you are interested in giving it a try, simply ask while booking your next massage or reflexology appointment!

Taking the Plunge

Happy Monday, everyone!

I am a little nervous because tomorrow is my first Infant Massage class, and to be honest I don’t feel very ready. Of course I have been preparing for this day for quite some time, especially after finally finding a venue, but I suppose it’s likely that no matter how much studying I do, I will never truly feel ready. I must simply take the plunge and learn to teach by just teaching.

Nerves aside, I am very excited. Teaching the art of Infant Massage is something that I genuinely believe will bring a lot of positivity to the world by improving communication and bonding between infants and their families — skills which they will later develop and share as they grow.

It has been a long time since I felt so excited about and driven by an idea. So while I am feeling nervous, my excitement to share such wonderful knowledge easily outweighs it.

I can not imagine for a moment that it is easy to be a teacher, but I am excited to give it a shot. For those of you who are interested, I fully intend to document my learning experience as I go. Please feel free to share any teaching tips that you may have! I would greatly appreciate them.

Once my practicum is complete in the next few weeks, I will begin to book proper classes. In the mean time, keep your eyes open for updates!

Wishing you all a wonderful week,

Randi

A Not-So-New Addition to the Team

Good afternoon everyone!

I just wanted to take a moment to touch base, as I (obviously) have not posted much in recent weeks.

Currently I am in the midst of working on my taxes, which has had the majority of my focus for the past while (it is tedious work). In addition, I have been helping a friend put together her wedding invitations, which has taken up the remainder of my focus.

Alongside treating clients and searching for rental space to begin my infant massage classes, I’ve  unfortunately had little time to do much else, let alone sit and write. However, I was determined to do so today because I have some exciting news.

While I am saddened to say that our Reflexology Therapist, Andrea is moving on to other things and will no longer be working at the clinic, I am happy to announce the we will still offer Reflexology at Munroe Massage Therapy, provided by none other than the friendly face you know from the front desk — our receptionist, Jenna.

Jenna has been practicing Reflexology since August 2015. She will be working part-time and sharing the room which I currently rent, therefore we will coordinate our work schedules to best accommodate our clients. In addition, she will be retaining her position as our receptionist.

For most information , visit Jenna’s website. You can book an appointment with her by calling the clinic at 204-415-1587 — it is likely that she will be the one answering the phone.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Wishing you a lovely week,

Randi

“Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

~Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Shines Despite the Snow

Happy Monday everyone,

Apologies for my absence. Last week was a whirlwind.

Every couple of weeks I find myself engulfed by a weekend packed with work and events and errands, which passes so quickly that it has gone before I’ve had a chance to sit and relax and before I know it Monday is upon me once again.

Today is one of those Mondays. To my advantage, it is not a busy work day, so I have set aside time to sit, relax… and do paperwork.

I am not tasked with such work often, so when I am it is actually an enjoyable change of pace. It’s still pretty cold outside anyway, so I don’t feel too deprived of the fresh air.

I would like to share a song today that, despite the chill outdoors, emits the essence of a summer day’s drive through the prairies; fitting, as the artist hails from our very own Winnipeg.

I stumbled upon Del Barber at the Winnipeg Folk Festival back is 2010 and have clung to his music ever since. It is unique in ways that I cannot explain; Love is Just A Wrecking Ball in particular was not a favourite of mine right off the bat, but has definitely grown on me in recent months and worked its way up to become one of my favourites.

Wishing you a lovely afternoon,

Randi

Good Friday Sans FAQ

Good afternoon everyone!

I originally intended to add another ‘FAQ’ to the list today, however I have a myriad of silly excuses and it just did not end up happening. Sincerest apologies.

For simplicity, I’m chalking it up to the fact that it is Good Friday and, as per statutory holiday tradition, I am taking a leave of absence from anything work related, instead focusing on enjoying the long weekend (and the food).

I hope that you all have the opportunity to do so as well, whether you celebrate Easter or not.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

Randi

Monday Morning

Happy Monday!

I hope you all are feeling well today.

One of my instructors in college, Sheila always encouraged us to take on Monday with a positive attitude, and I’ve made a valiant effort to do so. I hope that I can inspire you to do the same.

I always love to start my day with music; it sets a great tone and provides some caffeine-free energy (not that I don’t enjoy my coffee from time to time). I am often complimented on the music that I play at work. It is so affirming to know that my clients enjoy more than just the massage during their time in my clinic room; atmosphere is more important than we give it credit for.

In many cases, clients ask about a specific song because it is something that they are uncharacteristically drawn to, or they like the sound of the artist’s voice.

I thought it would be nice to start off Mondays by sharing bits of my playlist with all of you, specifically songs that have received praise in the past (from what I can remember), or songs that just make me happy.

Today I would like to share a song by a wonderful folk artist from Ontario, Canada. I first stumbled upon this song, Heart of My Own by Basia Bulat a few months ago on a Songza (RIP) playlist and immediately fell in love with it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Have a wonderful week,

Randi