Dear Clients,

Spring has sprung! (Or is it summer?) Hope you are enjoying the warmer weather! Isn’t it wonderful to see the Flower City in bloom? Nice to see sunshine and people out and about as well!

I recently attended a Thai Yoga Massage training intensive. Continuing education, for a massage therapist, is great because it provides the opportunity to receive work and also, of course, to enhance one’s own repertoire. I have returned with an full toolbox that I am eager to share with you.

An alternative to table work, Thai Yoga Massage is a partnership between client and therapist. This technique blends yoga with energy balancing and massage. The method actively counterbalances and levers the recipient’s body with the practitioner’s, using breath and directed touch to create greater flexibility and balance.

Thai Yoga Massage is a perfect modality for this time of year, when we become more active with yard work and exercise. During a session, the client is supported in a variety of yoga positions, assisted in stretches, and massaged. Comfortable clothing that allows for movement is recommended. There are few local therapists that have advanced training in this modality; if you haven’t experienced it yet, you have a treat in store.

I am running a Thai Yoga Massage special through July. Book a 1.5 hour session for the price of an hour session. When you book, please specify that you would like a Thai Yoga Massage. Feel free to pass this information to others as well. Word-of-mouth has been the most effective way to share my work with others and you might recall that I have started a referral bonus program. I am happy to give you the details when I next see you.

To Your Health,

Theresa Zink

Dear Clients,

Hard to believe we have already passed the flutter of Valentine’s Day. I hope that you had a great holiday and that you are showing yourself some love by embracing what the winter has to offer. My regular treks with the my dog keep me active during the winter. Perhaps you have found a heart-healthy winter activity that works for you. We have certainly had our fair share of harsh weather this season. The past few days of warmer weather have been very welcome. Hope that you are able to get outside and enjoy.

I am quite happy to report that in January we raised $225 for the Dining for Women (DFW) organization. Each month, DFW features a different program. Money raised in January was given to the Catalyst Foundation in Vietnam. The Catalyst Foundation is a humanitarian organization that supports community building in Vietnam in order to fight human trafficking. They provide community programs which address basic needs, job opportunities, counseling and education to prevent the trafficking of women and girls. You can find out more information here. Once again, thanks to all who came through last month and helped this important cause.

I am grateful for your continued support and the importance that you place on your health by making therapeutic massage a regular part of your life. Don’t forget to redeem your holiday coupon for $10 off your next session. The coupon was sent out in December and it is good through April.

Because word-of-mouth has been the most effective way to grow my practice, I am rolling out a new referral bonus program. If you are interested in hearing more, I would be happy to give you the details when I next see you.

Be on the lookout for the next organization to benefit from our ongoing charitable giving campaign. If you have any suggestions, be sure to let me know.

To Your Health,

Theresa Zink, LMT

Dear Clients,

Season’s Greetings!  I hope that you are enjoying this time of year, and that this note finds you in good health and spirits.

As I write this, I am feeling a deep sense of gratitude for you, my clients, and an appreciation for all the work that you do.  I like to tell people, “I give to those who give to many.”  I am also grateful for the joys that my work gives me.  One of my favorite things about being a massage therapist is seeing the transformation people undergo as their tension and pain is released, and seeing how they lighten, relax and visibly glow when they leave the table.

As you know, over the last few years, I have been able to donate money to several charitable organizations.  In January, I plan to donate a portion of my massage revenue to an organization called Dining for Women (DFW).  This organization recently came to my attention when I attended a lecture given by its founder. I have since had the opportunity to attend several dinners.  DFW uses an unique model of dinner giving circles that meet to “dine in” together, sharing food they have brought.  The groups collect the money they would have spent had they eaten at a restaurant and donate it to carefully selected international programs each month. In this way, DFW funds grass-roots programs in education, healthcare, vocational training, micro-credit loans, and economic development. These programs aim to improve the living situations of women and their families, by providing the tools they need to make changes.

January would be a perfect time to come in for a treatment, especially if I haven’t seen you in a while.  You will be doing something beneficial for yourself while you simultaneously invest in programs that make a meaningful difference for women and girls living in extreme poverty.

If you wish to suggest candidates for future giving, I would be happy to hear your ideas for other organizations that you hold dear to your hearts.

This holiday season, you might consider passing along the “glow” and giving a gift certificate for a massage.  I have beautiful gift certificates available for 60- and 90-minute sessions, as well as for Thai massage.  Please contact me to arrange purchase and pick-up.  Wishing you happy holidays and hope to see you soon.

Happy New Year!

Theresa Zink, LMT

Dear Clients,

As you might recall, during the month of February, a portion of the proceeds from each massage session was donated to the American Heart Association (AHA). I am happy to report that together we raised $230, which proves that even a small proprietor can make a big difference.  Thank you to all who came through last month!

This month marks the beginning of spring!  With the weather warming up a bit, it’s the perfect time to create some new heart-healthy habits.  The AHA website is full of suggestions  and information regarding nutrition, exercise, stress management, smoking cessation, and more.  You will find an impressive array of recipes, including hearty soups and stews; delectable sides and salads; soul-satisfying main courses (for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike); and yes, desserts!

You might consider taking part in National Walking Day, Wednesday, April 3, 2013.  On that day, individuals, organizations, and companies across America will demonstrate their commitment to heart-healthy living by walking for 30 minutes. This could be your first move towards shaking off the winter and adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle.  You can register to be a part of it on the AHA website.

Finally, don’t forget that relaxation is a significant part of your heart-healthy lifestyle.  By including regular massage treatments in your personal health plan, you will offset stress and affirm your healthy choices.  As your activity levels increase, your muscles will thank you for coming in on a regular basis.

Be on the lookout for the next organization to benefit from our ongoing charitable giving campaign.

Happy Spring!

All my best,
Theresa Zink

Happy New Year!

This year I have renewed my commitment to charitable giving and kicked off 2013 by participating in an event benefitting the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society.

The Paper Craft and Crop to Stop MS is an annual daylong event that gives scrapbookers an opportunity to share ideas, learn new techniques, and work together while raising money for the MS Society. The event featured vendors, prizes, mini-workshops, tables filled with people busily scrapbooking, and a separate room where participants could escape the activity and rejuvenate with a chair massage. I was one of two massage therapists who volunteered to participate. Besides providing chair massages, I also donated a 45-minute massage as a raffle prize.

In its third year, the Craft and Crop featured around 70 participants, and together they raised nearly $5,000 for the MS Society. The daylong event was festive, well organized, and featured a lunch and snacks: if you are a scrapbooker you might want to join in on the fun next year. If you would like to become involved in helping the  MS Society, their web page lists a number of events and volunteer opportunities.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, our attention turns to matters of the heart. During February, a portion of the proceeds from each massage session will be donated to the American Heart Association. Therefore, each time you come in for a massage appointment or buy a gift certificate in February, you will be taking care of yourself and helping others as well.

I look forward to seeing you soon.


All my best,

Theresa Zink



I invite you to watch this powerful talk by Abraham Verghese, a physician and writer, who, in an age of high-tech diagnostics, points out his concern about the shortcutting of the physical examination.  He asserts that as the medical standard for diagnostics becomes more and more hands-off,  “Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch.”    He describes the traditional one-on-one physical exam as an important ritual for transformation.  In such an exam, the patient is heard, attended to, and trusts that his physician is there for him.


The by-product of modern advances in diagnostics and examinations, according to Verghese, is that patients are reduced to data on a screen: they become “ipatients.”  And while the “ipatients” get excellent care, the human patients are left feeling ignored. The most important tool of modern medicine, he urges, is the power of the human hand.


Inherent to massage therapy is the power of human touch through an intuitive, therapeutic hand.  In a massage, connection is valued; treatment sessions afford the time to slow down, observe, and listen.  Care such as this comes from the heart.  As “Hugh Milne” points out in his book The Heart of Listening, the word “heart” has in it the four words: ear, hear, heat and art.  He goes on to describe hands-on therapy as requiring us to “have more than just an ear,  but to hear with our whole being: it is energy work, and the heat in a healer’s hands is a potent form of energy.  Working with real, whole human beings is…above all things else, an art.”


Happy Valentine’s Day.


To Your Health,


Theresa Zink, LMT


Dear Clients,

I hope you have been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather we have been experiencing the past couple weeks. It is hard to believe that December is upon us!

I am happy to say that the November giving project was a success. Together we raised $145 to donate to the Open Door Mission: simply by staying committed to your own wellness program, you gave others in our community the chance to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast. During the coming year, I would like to continue this spirit of giving and will be sending out further details about other organizations and causes that could benefit. Let’s continue to make a difference in the lives of others.
$20 Back on Gift Certificates!
The holidays are just around the corner, and what could be better than the gift of relaxation and health?

Gift certificates, are available for 60 or 90-minute sessions. When you buy two hours worth of gift certificates you will receive a $20 coupon to use toward your next appointment.

I know that you have many fine massage therapists to choose from in the Greater Rochester area. I am grateful for your support and for your allowing me to be a partner in your journey to health and well-being.

Reaching into the world…one layer at a time.

To your health,

Theresa Zink, LMT

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With the launch of the new website and logo, the practice has been infused with new energy and ideas. One idea that has been an ongoing interest of mine is to give back to the community. The upcoming holiday season seems the perfect time to pursue this intention.

During the month of November, a portion of the proceeds from each massage will be donated to the Open Door Mission, a local non-profit shelter that provides food, clothing and a sense of community to those in need. In addition to serving daily meals in their soup kitchen, the Mission offers Thanksgiving dinner to thousands in our community who are homeless, unemployed or without family for the holiday.

It is my intention to periodically continue this practice of giving back to the community over the course of the year to come. I have a few other organizations in mind, but if you have a favorite charity you would like considered, please let me know.

During the month of November, each time you come in for a massage appointment, you will both be taking care of yourself and helping someone else as well.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

All my best,

Theresa Zink

Welcome!

I wanted to thank the team of designers at DIGUDESIGN and the other talented people who helped  create a whole new look for my website and promotional materials.  This project reflects a lot of hard work, talent and love. (Look at the bottom of my page!  See the love!)  I am excited about the new look, which I think beautifully captures the work that I offer. Let me know what you think.

Stay tuned.  This  blog will periodically be updated to feature links and commentary to articles of interest, promotions, and the latest news.

All my best,
Theresa

This is the new Teresa Zink website. Take some time to look around. A lot of hard work and heart went into it. Let us know what you think.

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