I finally started a Podcast after all these years of meaning to. It is hosted on Anchor BUT also appears on:
I have been asked by HUNDREDS of Professional Massage Therapists in the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia and New Zealand to let Concert Promoters and Touring Band managers know they do not want to work for “$1 per minute”. Many of them say the same thing “this rate is TWO DECADES old!” and “Why should we be backstage and only get paid when someone is on on our table? What about the time when no one is on the table?” and my favorite complaint was: “The postage stamp no longer costs Ten Cents. Gas no longer cost $1 per gallon. Inflation affects everyone. We want to earn PER HOUR. Not per minute. It is insulting!”
I agree with them 100%. It is not their fault that people are too busy to get onto the table for a massage. They do not get paid when there are no clients on the table. They SHOULD be paid per hour. Many top acts hire promoters to sort out massage service backstage. The Artists have no idea that the therapists are being paid so badly. Sometimes the therapists are backstage for 7 hours and only earn $45 because there was only 45 minutes of “active massage”. This is worse than minimum wage. This is called TAKING ADVANTAGE.
Please spread the word that Professional Massage Therapists spend thousands of dollars for their schooling, then about $400 for a good massage table and it is a slap in their face to expect them to stand around for FREE waiting for your crew to find time to get onto the table. They deserve to be paid PER HOUR as everyone’s time is worth something. Not just the artist and management. I am going to bat for these Therapists as I KNOW how hard they work.
They are worth every penny.
It’s been a long time since I posted a blog other than introducing a new Dot-Bot. Life got too busy for my blogging fingers. Used to LOVE to blog but then hurricane Desmond came into my life 🙂
He is now almost 5 years old (August 20th is his birthday) and I love him soooooo much. He brings me happiness everyday. He says the funniest things- I just can’t even believe.
Last night he said “you can not get old Mama. I might not love you if you get old. Stay like this please Mama” and I said “well everyone gets old Desmond. Or they die. Do you want me to get old and be around or do you want me to die like Muny. Then you will never see me again if I die” and he said “umm, well just don’t get old. What is this about Getting Old
that everyone wants to do it? Why do they want to get old anyways?” hahaha. I said “well no one WANTS to get old, it is just part of life my cutie”. And he said I want to not get old”
So funny how little kids are so honest and how their questions and thoughts make us grown-ups think again and laugh out loud. He is such a blessing and I savor every minute
of everyday even though I am walking around so tired I FEEL like I am gonna die lol.
Probably would make some people annoyed but I let him sleep in my bed. He HAS a bed but refuses to stay in it. He wants to sleep next to mama. And he is a restless sleeper. omg. He kicks, tosses, turns, wants a sip of water; wakes to make sure I am here next to him. Looking at him right now; the little angel. Of course I felt this way when my daughter Jasmine was his age too but nothing compares to the love between a Mother and Son. It’s the same between a Father and Daughter I hear. Mommy’s little Boy and Daddy’s little girl they say. Well in my case, it stands true. Oh how it does. He shows me unconditional love that makes my heart swell with happiness (except in the supermarket sometimes lol – where if I do NOT buy the toy of his desire he throws a wobbler (tantrum) that seems like he has retracted any love for me hahaha).
I would do anything for my children, anytime, anywhere, it’s all for them. Every dime I earn I would gladly give to them. Best love in the world. So happy. Mind you, if I could buy sleep, I would be bankrupt in a heart beat 🙂
Not easy having a 4 year old at my age. Oh Come on, you know I am no Spring Chicken anymore. Just wish I had 10 little children to take care of but you know how expensive life is and taking care of kids is dear (expensive). So I just savor this one and give him all of my love and attention. I have to wait until he goes to bed (usually late at night!) to start working (the 800+ emails I receive everyday and I mean, every SINGLE day) have to be taken care of otherwise they back up and then the next day I have twice as many. And every parent (who is NOT a Millionaire) knows there is the daily grind at home with house work… trash, laundry, dishes, floors, shopping, cooking, etc..Very hard to maintain friendships or any sort of physical activity. But that is reality when you choose to be a parent. Plus we ALL know I have had quite a run up until then, like up until about 2010, I had so much freedom and so many adventures- well my daughter was grown by then and I was free to travel, work, work out, sing, SLEEP etc 🙂 So it was a HUGE adjustment to be where I am at right now.
Hoping to get my book done SOON. Calling my book “Before I forget” because face it, I need to get my adventures in writing, before I get to old and freakin’ forget. Just my photographs alone need to be published for all to enjoy. I am sort of like the Rock and Roll cinderella or the Forrest Gump of Rock and Roll, these tid-bits need to be shared.
But where would these spare hours come from? Who knows. I barely have time to sleep- ever. Maybe when Desmond starts school this coming Sept. But I was hoping to use those hours to sleep and recover. Head still hurts from those two pesky Brain surgeries I had.. August 2016 and January 2017.. remember? I had two tumors removed.. huge process. And really had minimal help at home to recover, well it was never enough help, especially the first time in August, I was up cooking my own meals and doing housework and alone with Desmond most of the time. It was hell but it kept me so busy I didn’t notice the pain like most people would have. NO Pain killers apart from a few Tylenol PM’s, but then hardly even any of those. Not a fan of drugs of any kind. I threw a full, unopened bottle of Percaset (spelling?) away that my brain surgeon gave me. Did not even want to try one. So afraid of being hooked on such things. Like what happened to Prince. Sad.
I did have help the 2nd time around, but it was never enough. My friend Steve moved in for a while to help with Desmond. I got to sleep a bit more than I normally would. But taking care of Desmond literally requires 3 adults full time lol. Anyone who knows me well, knows this fact. “Takes a village to raise a child” is correct. Sadly I have ZERO relatives in my state. They all live super far away- NH, GA, FLA, CT… no one around. And friends are too busy too; swamped in their own lives, so it’s brutal.
Anyways, I am rambling on.. gotta sleep, just checking in to vent and gush about my little Son who I adore so much. Daughter lives in Germany and I barely see her but that’s life- when they grow up, they live their own lives so cherish them while you can
^ My Daughter and Son together. Pure bliss <3
Book me: email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and write “Anika/Orlando & Miami” in the subject line
Hi my name is Anika and I am originally from Washington state, currently living in Miami, Florida. I studied massage at The Pacific Center for Awareness and Bodywork on the island of Kauai in 2013 and feel incredibly blessed that I was able to do so. This program focused on half bodywork, half consciousness work, and the combination taught me how to really read clients through their body language and really focus deeply on their needs. The program focused on Structural Integration training and this has taught me how to give focused deep work with specific results. This work combined with the tranquil environment also helped me to slow down and work at a relaxed pace, focusing to never rush through a massage, and being detailed oriented and present with clients.
To book me please email email@example.com and write “Shawna/Kansas City/Kansas“ in the subject line 🙂
My name is Shawna, I have been a licensed massage therapist for 7 years. I enjoy working with people to help them relieve their tension, stress and pain. I do Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, hot stone, chair massage, mu-xing (bamboo), prenatal, reflexology, mfr, sports and some orthobionomy.
To book me please email firstname.lastname@example.org and write “Miranda/NewYork/NewYork“ in the subject line 🙂
I’m Miranda. I am a licensed Massage Therapist and I graduated from the Swedish Institute College of Sciences in 2009. For the past four in a half years, I have experience in working at NYC Triathlons, mental patients stabilized with medication, clinics, spas, hotels and Ronald Mcdonald House as well as private clients and chair massage events.
Being a massage therapist is my passion, and I say passion, because you must like what you do as a professional. It will show in your work as well as to your clients. The satisfaction, safety and results of giving massages are my concern. I have always been a person who loves helping others, so being the compassionate person that I am goes into my work as an massage therapist.
There is nothing more satisfying to me than administering therapeutic massage and receiving the positive feedback from clients. Massage is a natural healer for pain. Some of the benefits of massage are but not limited to relaxtion, stress, hypertension, blood circulation, restores healthy tissue, fibromyalgia. scar tissue, frozen shoulder and so much more. The human body is an amazing machine, and reacts quite well with soft tissue manipulation.
As your massage therapist, I am hear to cater to your every massage need. Whether you need knots smoothed, to feel relaxed, muscles shorten or lengthened, or medical massage I will do my best to make you feel better..
My modalities include, swedish massage, deep tissue massage, sports massage, aromatherapy, trigger point therapy, facial massage, myofacsial release therapy, reflexology, pre-natal massage, lymphatic drainage massage and polarity massage
To book me please email email@example.com and write “Michelle/LosAngeles/California“ in the subject line 🙂
Michelle/Los Angeles Massage Bio
Michelle, a Certified Massage Therapist in Los Angeles, California is excited to be part of the Dr. Dot team! Her massage specialty is deep tissue, although she also gives amazing swedish and sports massages. Michelle has always been fascinated by the human musculoskeletel system and studied biology in college. She then studied massage and yoga in order to learn even more about the function of the human body, and brings over 15 years of experience to you! (She also is a yoga instructor for Dr. Dot and you can find her yoga bio under the Yoga section of this site.)
Michelle/Los Angeles Yoga Bio
Michelle, a Certified Yoga Instructor in Los Angeles, California is excited to be part of the Dr. Dot team! Her specialty is Hatha Yoga – the original, 5,000 year-old yoga – but she also knows many other styles, such as Iyengar, Bikram, Vinyasa Flow and more. Michelle has always been fascinated by the human musculoskeletel system and studied biology in college. She then studied yoga and massage therapy in order to learn even more about the function of the human body, and brings over 15 years of experience to you! (She also is a massage therapist for Dr. Dot and you can find her massage bio under the Massage section of this site.)
To book me please email firstname.lastname@example.org and write “Jane/Glasgow/Scotland“ in the subject line 🙂
Hi my name is Jane. I was born and brought up in Glasgow and I have been a registered nurse for 20+ years but my real passion is aromatherapy massage and its therapeutic benefits .I trained in clinical aromatherapy at the Academy of Aromatherapy and Massage in Central Scotland and qualified in 2006 as clinical aroma therapist. I have built up a small client group and also make handmade aromatherapy products. I prepare every blend used in my massage as per consultation to ensure the most beneficial oils are used. I am also trained in Indian head massage and thermo- auricular therapy.
I am very excited to be part of the drdot team .
To book me please email email@example.com and write “Tanisha/San Francisco/Oakland“ in the subject line 🙂
Greetings from Oakland! My name is Tanisha. I am a Certified NMT, and licensed with the state of California. Ive been in the field of therapeutic massage for over 15 years. Ive always been fascinated with the field of holistic healing, and found that massage was my place in that field. Ive worked in both a rehabilitative and spa atmosphere. I enjoy both, but am a little more fascinated with the technicalities that are involved in rehabilitative therapy.
Im happy to be on Dr. Dots team because it gives me a chance to share my gift with musicians, artists, and their support team, who in turn continue to share THEIR gift with all of us. It’s a win- win!
I am an alumni of National Holistic Institute from the 90’s, and recently graduated from NHI’s advanced neuromuscular massage therapy program. I can effectively address specific injuries, and pain issues using a variety of tools. Much of this work requires slow deliberate techniques, and open communication. If you have the time, Im open! I am available anywhere in Oakland, and the surrounding Bay Area within a 2 hour drive.
To book me please email firstname.lastname@example.org and write “Sandi/Boise/Idaho“ in the subject line 🙂
My name is Sandi, I live in Boise, ID and I am a licensed massage therapist. I have a genuine passion for the healing arts and the many benefits of massage for the body, mind and spirit. I have been practicing massage therapy for the past fourteen years. I graduated from the American Institute of Clinical massage of North Idaho in 1999. My education focus was in anatomy and physiology, trigger point therapy, Aromatherapy, Oriental medicine, deep tissue, Swedish massage, La Stone therapy certification, pre natal, and various spa treatments. After graduating I have since worked in luxury spas, on private golf courses and have owned my own massage business as well. I have also taught introduction to massage therapy and trigger point therapy classes at the American Institute of clinical Massage.
I have worked with many Iron Man athletes, music artists,tennis players and golfers who see me regularly during their training and pre/ post races and events. I love working with these individuals because of their creativity, dedication, and focus. My passion for tailoring each massage to the individual is so rewarding for me. Sometimes a client will need deep tissue and stretching and other times an aromatherapy relaxation massage. Our lives are constantly changing and so I believe the precise chosen healing therapies will be adjusted to the needs of the client. I have developed a positive reputation for delivering deep tissue massage and have many loyal clients. I feel blessed to have developed this reputation for myself as I truly wish to give each individual a results oriented therapeutic massage.
I also had the fantastic opportunity of working in several spas, one of which was a Conde Nast 5 Star rated! My passion for working with both men and women and attaining their massage therapy goals is my highest priority.
I feel so honored to be working under Dr. Dot as she has very high standards for her massage therapists! So when you are in the Boise area and in need of a professional, high quality results oriented therapeutic massage, please book me!