Scheduling 2


When there’s an event that’s important to us we make sure to put it in our schedule.  We may put it in our phone, write it on a paper calendar, write a note, tell somebody to remind us so we don’t forget it, or all of the above.  It is important to us even if it doesn’t seem to be to somebody else.  Is a sixth-grade music performance important to the world?  Probably not – but it is to you and your sixth-grader.

We plan our lives around the important things.  We make sure we make it to work when expected.  Parents get their kids home in time for them to get them in bed and ready for school the next day.  They get them up, dressed, and ready and send them off to school in the mornings and go to as many of their events as they can.

We plan dinners and entertainment.  Some restaurants require reservations to get into.  Meals we make at home turn out better if we get the ingredients in advance instead of making a mad dash to the store.  If you are going to a concert, show, or sporting event you usually need tickets in advance.  You don’t want to miss on a fun night out so you make arrangements so you can be there.

Everybody loves a great vacation.  It’s good to get a break from your normal responsibilities.  It’s interesting to see new things and have new experiences.  It’s nice to see friends and family that you haven’t seen for a while.   You need to schedule time off of work, your trip, accommodations, and other details for while you are gone.

When you don’t schedule in the important things, they get missed. 

It’s easy to fill up your life with smaller matters that seem important at the time.  When you look back at it later you realize you would have much rather spent your time on something else and with somebody else.  You realize that you would have been happier and better off if you would have gone on a vacation, spent more time with family and friends, and had a few more fun nights out.

People come in for a massage and they feel great.  They are reminded that they could feel this way more often and have good intentions about coming in regularly.  Some do and they benefit more from regular massage then an occasional one.  Others let time slip by and let many months go by between appointments.  When they come in they have a high level of stress and a lot of muscle soreness, stiffness, and pain that they could have been living without.

The people who get regular massage schedule it into their lives.  They are often busy people, working and with families, but they schedule time to get themselves taken care of.  They aren’t retired or living a life of ease and luxury.  They are a lot like you.  They just have made the choice that they want to improve the quality of their life and include massage and other activities in their plans.

One thing that can help is to schedule your next massage before you leave.  If you at least get it penciled in you are more likely to make it.  You can change it if you need and you will feel better knowing it’s already set and you can plan around it.

How important is how you feel to you?  If you haven’t been including massage and self-care in your plans, the good news is that you can start now.  Contact me and let’s get started.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at

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