New Year's Resolution Tips for Productivity

Happy New Year's Day 2018 everyone! I hope that you all see the amazing opportunity to manifest your dreams in the new year. I hope that we all are able to get one step closer to our goals with every passing day.


Productivity Tip: Use a Daily Planner to Stay Focused

Last month, I started using one of those productivity planners. My husband made some crazy fun of me, but I have to say- it was the best decision ever! Even better than a to-do list, an organized planner really helps to prioritize things. There are different categories: tasks, fitness, projects, relationships, and more. The journal portion of the planner helps me keep track of the things I am looking forward to, things I am grateful for, personal affirmations, and personal development. It really is an amazing tool to keep you focused on your goals and dreams. 

Where do you want to see yourself at the end of 2018? Think BIG, dream BIG. This is the time to make your dreams larger than life. Every day, make steps towards those goals. You will be there in no time! Sure, you can meditate on manifesting those dreams and make those little collages using pictures from magazines...  but if you REALLY want to make it happen, then you have to make it happen through hard work and dedication. Don't just think it, DO IT. 

So what are YOUR dreams and goals for 2018? Let me know in the comments and I will respond with some of mine =)

In the meantime, don't forget to take care of your body too! Eat healthy, stay active, and receive massage and bodywork. I recommend that you book a standing massage appointment. Some people receive a massage once a week, once every two weeks, or once a month. There is no right or wrong way to do it. It all depends on what makes YOU happy. Call our Waialua massage clinic to schedule your standing massage appointment now. Spaces are booking up fast. Your massage will be convenient to Haleiwa and the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Get a quality massage just outside of Haleiwa, HI.

Best wishes in 2018. I look forward to working with you soon.

Love,
Sonia Beauchamp
The Haleiwa Massage Muse
owner of Integrated Massage and Deep Tissue Therapy
at Ka'ala Healing Arts in Waialua on the North Shore of Oahu, HI.
808-285-3009

DIY Mustard Bath Recipe

Here is one of my favorite DIY recipes that is perfect for the winter season. Soothe those achy muscles after working out or surfing with this mustard bath. All you have to do is mix together these common kitchen ingredients. This is the perfect remedy for sore muscles or to relieve your body from the side effects of a common cold. Mustard seed has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda for its beneficial warming properties.

woman relaxes in warm bath
Simple Mustard Bath Recipe (*Photo courtesy of pixabay.com)

Since the star of this recipe is the mustard powder, don't worry if you are missing some of the other ingredients. Really, ground mustard seed or mustard powder is ALL you need. Just add a couple of tablespoons directly to your bath to soothe those muscles and warm up from the winter weather.

Soothing Mustard Bath Recipe

Mix together the following and store in a glass jar.
  • 1/4 Cup Mustard Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Epsom Salt
Add up to 8 tablespoons to your warm bath water and soak for 15-30 minutes. *Remember to test the skin on the inside of your arm using a bit of dissolved mustard powder in water at least 24 hours in advance. Make sure your skin does not react before immersing your body in the soak. 

You can also add 5-10 drops of peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil to enhance your experience even more. 

For a foot soak, just add one tablespoon to a basin of warm water. Marvelous!

You can also soak a hand towel in a small basin with some mustard bath and then wrap the towel over any areas of muscle soreness. Cover the area with a large towel to retain the heat and let sit for 20 minutes. Don't forget to test for skin sensitivity first!

CAUTION: Check with your doctor if you are pregnant or have any health conditions before using this and other home remedies. Some essential oils are contraindicated for certain people. On a side note, NEVER ingest essential oils without consulting a Naturopathic Physician or Licensed Healthcare Professional. Even though essential oils are natural, they contain powerful chemical components. Never follow the advice of unlicensed representatives that advocate for the internal use of essential oils without a doctor's consultation and/or prescription. These people may be well-meaning, but they are not fully trained in the therapeutic use of plant extracts. These oils can be harmful when taken under the wrong circumstances. 

Happy New Years! I hope you enjoy my mustard bath recipe. This is a perfect way to unwind after getting a therapeutic massage at my Waialua massage clinic near Haleiwa. If you are visiting the North Shore of Oahu, don't forget to make your trip complete by booking a lomilomi massage. We also accept your Hawaii health insurance when it covers massage therapy. I love being a massage therapist, and I look forward to working with you soon.

Give me a call for all your massage therapy needs.

With love,
Sonia Beauchamp
The Haleiwa Massage Muse
Owner of Integrated Massage and Deep Tissue Therapy
We are located on the second floor of the Ka'ala Healing Arts Building in Waialua.
I specialize in deep tissue massage and ashiatsu barefoot massage therapy.

808-285-3009
Call in advance to book your appointment near Haleiwa for massage therapy.

Happy Thanksgiving Haleiwa

grateful thanksgiving eggs in Hawaii

Aloha North Shore friends and family,

This Thanksgiving week has been a strange one... Sometimes life tries to distract me from the things that are important. Although I may momentarily lose focus, my friends and family are always around to keep me on track. The universe heckles me, but I just kick back with a smile.

Since it is Thanksgiving, I am going to follow tradition and talk about the things I am thankful for. At the top of my list is always good health. Not just my own, but most importantly, my kids. They are both healthy and happy.  My heart goes out to any parents who can't say the same thing. I am also thankful for my husband and my amazing extended family.

I don't have many close friends, but I am so thankful for the ones that I have. The best therapy there is (next to hugs and kisses from your loved ones) is spilling some tea with a friend over coffee. I am so happy to have friends that understand me. I am also thankful to have at least one friend who is willing to hike with me until our toenails turn black and fall off =)

And of course, last but not least, I am so thankful for my job. It is such a blessing to be self-employed and get to set your hours according to your own schedule. I can't imagine how hard it is for parents who struggle to find childcare in order to work. I want to thank all of my clients for making it possible for me to do what I love. I was 20 when I had my first professional massage, and I found the field of spiritual healing to be life-changing.  I am so fortunate to have found my true calling at such a young age. Thank you to all my clients for your support! I also want to thank Jeff Ramos who is the building manager of the Ka'ala Healing Arts Center and my commercial landlord. His good business sense and willingness to invest in the center has given us all a place to provide health care to the North Shore, Waialua, and Haleiwa area. I also want to thank the Otakes for allowing us all to lease their property. I am so fortunate to be a tenant in the building! I am also proud to be sharing my office space with the amazing Abby Parker. If you haven't tried her Ashiatsu before, I highly recommend it!

Moving onwards in 2018, I would like to announce that I will still be offering the $50 community wellness massage special. This massage will be 40 minutes in length and will include a consultation and assessment. I will also continue to offer medical massage through ASH networks for HMSA and Kaiser insurance and massage for no-fault accident/PIP insurance and worker's compensation. For those of you who want to pay out of pocket, I will continue to offer my custom massage services starting at $75- $140.

Please give me a call to book your Waialua massage near Haleiwa at our North Shore massage clinic. I look forward to helping you be pain free.

See you soon,
Sonia Beauchamp
"The Haleiwa Massage Muse"
808-285-3009

North Shore Massage Pricing



Musings on price-setting in the massage therapy industry

Some of you may recall that in the year 2017, I decided to experiment with different price points and turn-around times in massage therapy sessions. I have always enjoyed offering a range of services that caters to different demographics. Not everyone can afford top-tier services, and I want to make sure that I offer a variety of options for different budgets. 

What constitutes higher priced massages?

There are many factors that affect the cost of therapy. This can range from business operating expenses, such as commercial rent, cost of products, and merchant account fees- to the training and degree of specialization of the therapist.

The current insurance reimbursement model

The current medical reimbursement model employs what I consider to be extreme cost-management. Some companies seek to limit the contracted reimbursement rates, therefore, forcing therapists to turn around their appointments quickly in order to make a net profit. There is also limited coverage for consultation and assessment before massage treatment. In the year 2017, I decided to experiment with offering a low-cost massage therapy session based on this practice model to all clientele, regardless of medical coverage. I also continued to offer my premium custom massage treatments alongside this new wellness program.

Why does this more cost-effective model fail?

In order to offer the lower priced wellness services, turn-around time became limited. I found many clients in a rush to get on and off the massage table in order to maximize their massage time. Unfortunately- without proper consultation and assessment, the massage may have felt amazing, but results were limited. Instruction on self-care was sacrificed, and details that would have improved the effectiveness of the massage never had time to surface. Although I was happy to offer a lower-cost alternative, it came at the expense of the quality of my service. 

New practice model for 2018

Moving forward in the new year, all custom massage treatments will come with a full consultation and assessment. The $50 wellness massage will be reduced to 40 minutes in order to allow for the highest quality of treatment. It is my opinion that the small reduction in massage time will be made up for by the improved quality of the experience and the focused lasting effects that a full assessment allows for. 


Mahalo for your understanding. My $75 custom 60 minute massage continues to be the most popular option at our Waialua massage clinic near Haleiwa. I am happy to continue offering a $50 option to those of you who are on a budget or wish to come more often. 

Call me with any questions. I look forward to hearing from you!
Sincerely,
Sonia Beauchamp
"The Haleiwa Massage Muse"
808-285-3009
Offering massage near the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. 
Located inside the Ka'ala Healing Arts building.

My Ultimate North Shore Massage To-Do List



Finally, a to-do list that I can handle!



         Here is my Haleiwa Massage Muse Tip of the Day. Let's simplify our lives! Really, there is very little you need to be happy in life. If you are blessed to be in good health, that is most of the battle! Get a good night's rest, eat healthy food, enjoy your family and friends, move around/exercise your body, and do the things that make you happy.
        For me, these things are simple! I laugh with my children, write and do some journaling, skate around the neighborhood, and enjoy my pull-up bar. I also love to give and receive massage! I challenge you to find your own ultimate to-do list in life!

Take care and get a massage! Feel better today, why wait!?

Love,
Sonia Beauchamp
"The Haleiwa Massage Muse"
at Integrated Massage and Deep Tissue Therapy in Waialua.
Call our massage clinic to book your North Shore massage now.
808-285-3009

Words of Gratitude



I just wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank all of you for your support. I have had my small massage clinic in the Ka'ala Healing Arts building since the end of 2005. Never a day passes that I am not in awe of how lucky I am to serve the North Shore community by providing massage therapy. It has always been a dream of mine to have a successful massage practice.

I have come a long way in the past twelve years. One of the things that has made this possible is sharing my office with Abby Parker of North Shore Ashiatsu and Massage. When I first started out at Ka'ala Healing Arts after years of spa, resort, and mobile massage work, she took a chance by allowing me to sublease her office space from her part-time. In effect, we became business partners without actually sharing a business together. Several years later, I was able to return the favor when she moved back to Oahu after a brief mainland stay. I would not have a successful part-time massage practice without such a gifted and reliable therapist to share my overhead with. Mahalo, Abby Parker. I am so happy to share space with you!

The past twelve years has also brought so many life-changing experiences! From finally graduating college with a BA in Psychology, to getting married to the most wonderful man in the universe, to having two amazing little munchkins... I have so much to be grateful for. My heart is truly full. Some of my massage clients have been with me all this time, while others have moved away to be replaced by new ones. I want you all to know how much I appreciate you coming to me for massage. I love what I do for a living, and it is one of my greatest joys to be privileged enough to have a job that I am passionate about. Not everyone is so lucky. Thank you for making it possible!

My schedule is full, my heart is full, and my life is fulfilling. I am truly thankful for everything I have.

Sincerely,
Sonia Beauchamp
"The Haleiwa Massage Muse"
Our Waialua massage clinic is just outside of Haleiwa Town on the North Shore of Oahu. Give me a call to book your appointment in advance. I look forward to meeting you soon!
808-285-3009