You’re not taking care of yourself and the people around you are suffering.

You’re not taking care of yourself, and the people around you are suffering!

On July 13th, 2014 I got a massage that changed everything.

Let me go back for a second. I am a massage therapist and have been for 8 and a half years (yes the half counts), and for the first 6 years of my career I don’t think I was fully sold on what I was doing.

I knew massage was a great thing to do. When it was my turn to get one I thoroughly enjoyed it. People were telling me constantly about how much it was helping them, but for some reason I always had a little trouble talking to people about it. After the session, telling people that they should come back and why was a difficult thing for me to do.

In February 2013 I finally ventured out to start my own massage practice. That year I was working 7 days a week strait through. 3 days at my regular job and 5 days on my own private practice. I went from 18 hours of massage my first month to 86 hours one year later and only built that on word of mouth. Then going out on my own full time in February 2014.

That was easy compared to what happened after I brought 2 therapists on to join my team. I’ve never experienced a stress like being responsible for someone else’s income and livelihood. My therapists needed to be busy and I was trying to do everything possible to get them booked up. Late nights and early mornings were a regular thing for me and because that is all I was focusing on, other areas of my life started to slip.

I stopped getting massages, stopped working out, and stopped taking care of myself because I thought I didn’t have time. I thought every waking moment needed to be spent on emails and posting deals, events, networking, and anything else that was focused just on bringing people to our door and gaining exposure.

What ended up happening was I became more and more unproductive and stressed out even more. I was in pain, had low energy, didn’t spend time with my family and I barely ever wanted to get up off the couch.

Finally, I couldn’t I anymore and I made myself and appointment to get a massage on July 13th, 2014. I call it “The massage that changed everything”. It was an hour and half hot stone massage and I passed out for just about the entire massage. I didn’t even remember getting my back done. I woke up a little upset and told my therapist “you didn’t even do my back” she said “I spent and entire hour just on your back”. I mean I was out! Well I got over being upset and went home to relax.

I woke up the next day and like BOOM BABY I AM BACK! I was energized, recharged and I was motivated again. I got more done in the following 3 days than I had in the previous 2 weeks, and that’s when I had the shift in mindset about massage and what it can do for people.

I used to think massage was something that people did to help them with their pain and their stress. They have a sore shoulder that bothers them and they get a massage, it feels better, they leave. But now I know it is so much more that.

Now I believe it’s more about making myself a priority because when I take care of me first, I can handle all the other things life has to throw at me. That massage made me a better father. It made me a better husband. It made me a better business owner, and better person and friend. You see we are sold constantly to put everyone else before ourselves and as a result of doing that we are miserable. We have low energy, are in pain and stressed out. Then someone asks us to help them babysit or we have to take care of a loved one or worst of all, someone asks you to help them move out of their house. We say yes because that’s the right thing to do, but are we giving the activity, or the person who needs help, our best? Are our kids getting the best version of us? Are our spouses getting the best we have to offer them?

That answer is going to most often be no. We put everyone thing and everyone else first and neglect our own self care. This is backwards. You must put yourself first so that you can show up at your best for everyone else. When you feel your best you can be your best.

Work out. Eat healthy. Drink plenty of water and start doing something that re-energizes and recharges you. For me that thing is massage. It might be golf, It’s exercise in the morning. What ever it is for you, just do it. You, Your family, your friends, and your customers deserve the best version of you everyday!

Thank you for reading

Michael Oritz

Owner

Massage Customs

5 tips to save time and stress

“I don’t have time for this” I screamed the other day while my kids were not putting on their pants quick enough for me to get out of the door on time.

We’ve all been there right? Well being late and in a rushed state of mind kills my whole day of it starts off that way. Basically it guarantees that the rest of day will be stressful.

Heres 5 tips that will drastically decrease stress and create more time in your day to focus on more important things.

1. Plan ahead

Some days my wife works and some days she doesn’t. It changes every week and she’s on call some of those days.

We look and see if we are going to need additional help with picking kids up or babysitting on the weekend so we aren’t scrambling to find someone last minute.

2. Do what you can the night before.

We make the coffee, lay out the kids outfits, lay out our clothes, pack lunches and anything else that can be done the night before, we do.

We decide what time we will get up to be able to have our one on one time and still have time to play with the kids, get them breakfast and dressed out of the door even earlier than normal.

Sometimes even a crock pot meal or making dinner that morning will save time after work and then your not stressing about what’s for dinner. (My wife cooked chicken and potatoes this morning before we left)

3. Stay organized and clean

There is just something about a clean house that instantly relieves stress when you come home after a long day.

Take 10 minutes in the morning and the evening and clean up. Keep the counters clean. Unload the dishwasher and get the dishes out of the sink.

Staying up on this makes it easier to maintain a clean house and will save you a ton of time when comes to deep cleaning day.

4. Take 10 minutes for yourself.

Time for yourself to relax, meditate, read or take a bath is an amazing way to start your day. It can be anything that recharges you and relieves any mental stress you might have at the beginning of the day.

My wife likes to take baths while I stay downstairs with the kids and I like to get up before everyone and read by myself. Ten minutes is a starting point I’d say, as I like to read for thirty minutes to an hour.

It will be different for everyone, but find that thing for you.

5. Go to bed early. Get up early.

The proper amount of sleep is different for everyone. If you’ve already planned on getting up 5 am and you know you need 8 hours to function properly, then go to bed at 9.

The sweet spot for me is 6 hours. I get up at 5–5:30 so as long as I go to bed at 11–11:30 I am solid for the rest of the day.

These are just a few tips that I’ve noticed we do at my house. Even though small changes make a huge impact in my life.


Michael Ortiz

Owner

Massage Customs