Four ways to celebrate Valentine's Day, (and they're not what you think)

It's February! We made it through the holidays just to get inundated with notions of chocolate, flowers and bling. But what if we pass on the chocolate and Ziggy cards and approach the day (or the whole month!) with a focus on connecting with the people we care about. Not just your significant other, but your best friend that you never have a chance to talk to for more than 4 minutes before a baby demands attention.
    
Share some time with someone. Make a pedicure date with your best friend. If you can't set aside that much time with everyone's busy schedules, drop off a piece of cake from your favorite bakery.
 

Appreciate someone. Look your favorite dry cleaner/butcher/school bus driver right in the eye and say, "Thank you. I can't tell you how much I appreciate what you do for me. You make my life easier."
    
Massage someone. I know, this sounds weird, huh? I'm a massage therapist and I'm telling you to Do It Yourself. But massage doesn't have to be an hour long ordeal with fancy oils and a complicated routine. Treat your partner to a ten minute shoulder or foot rub to help erase away the day's stress.
    
Give the gift of massage. Call us or pick up a gift certificate at your next appointment. We have gift certificates in 30, 60, or 90 minute increments. Give one to yourself or that special someone that makes your life easier.

Bonus: Connect with YOU. Not everyone schedules regular massage, and that's okay. But if it's been awhile, maybe it's time to practice a little self-care and get yourself a massage too. The best gift you can give to those you love is a happy, healthy you.

By: Audrey Blanchard, LMT