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Seeds

Posted on May 3, 2020 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Some new(ish) thoughts on the Sower Parable - Matthew 13: 1-9 and 19-23 of the Christian Bible for those of you needing a reference. What I normally read it as is “God puts the message in our ears, but the nature of our hearts dictates that message’s path”. If we aren’t fertile ground, then the fruit won’t grow.

But what if we’re the sower? Stick with me on this for a moment.

Throughout our lives, regardless of what you believe (I believe in Christ if that isn’t obvious), you are trying to plant seeds. Could be literal, could be biological, could be intellectual, but we all try to plant seeds of some sort. And many times we fail.

Perhaps it’s not the seed that is the problem, but where you’re trying to plant it. We’re speaking on largely secular terms and not necessarily Christians right now. If you keep throwing seeds on rocky ground s and nowhere else, can you expect anything but failure?

Where are the seeds in your hand going? Have you inspected your ground lately?

Have a blessed weekend everyone.

The First Ever Celebrity Post!

Posted on February 10, 2020 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

We haven't talked much about celebrities here on PPP, but I felt compelled to write something regarding a particular incident.

If you haven't been reading much in the way of celebrity news, Johnny Depp has fuled a defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard. For a while, we heard of antics of Mr. Depp and assumed that it was another case of a celebrity being so far from regular life that goes insane, for a lack of a better way to put it. It was a reasonable thought. He wouldn't have been the first, and he won't be the last. What has come out as legitimate evidence could potentially reveal what depths "the love of his life" went to not only to physically injure him, but ruin his professional career. It is a tragic story in development.

But what does that have to do with wellness?

The relationship between genders has always been volatile, but that situation has increased more in the past eight years than I've ever seen. Between the LGBTQ movement and the #meetoo movement, both sides have become increasingly more aggressive in multiple ways; physically, legally, and socially. Everyone at home, regardless of background, feels the tension rising despite some recent legal victories. This is one of many situations where the best self care is something we always promote.

Love your neighbor as yourself.

This post will be a bit of a ramble, but we're getting to it.:D

When we take time, as people, to focus on something other than ourselves, what we find is our own well being is enhanced. That also applies to gender dynamics and the different social changes that are coming with it. Regardless of what you believe/feel, at the heart of it all is caring for one another. Perhaps if more of that was practiced, one less person would've suffered.


What about that couch?

Posted on January 13, 2020 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello! We hope you are enjoying this year thus far.

Right now, I'm sitting on a couch. That would be a strange way to talk about wellness, massage, and overall health, but is it really? When we aren't at work or in bed, the furniture we choose is where we spend the most time. It's where you talk, where you enjoy shows, or books, or video games, etc. The furniture in your house has a great impact on how you live your lives. It also serves as a window of the type of person you are. That's absolutely insane, isn't it? So today, I just have a few questions for you regarding your furniture, and these questions will be expanded upon. I know you'll enjoy and benefit from looking at something that is taken for granted often in the United States.

Question 1:What does your furniture say about your rest? Do you have a big comfortable bed, or do you have a bed with accessories? What adorns your most private space should bring out everything you want in relaxation. If you are sleeping the recommended time per night, you will spend around 1/3rd of your whole life on that one piece of furniture. That sounds morbid, but how your furniture impacts your rest has a profound and lasting impact on your quality of life. Are you struggling with rest or irritability? Maybe not working efficiently? These are basic examples of interrupted sleep, but something as simple as a new mattress can make all the difference.

Question 2:How much do you move at home? This is related to the truth that our home may not be the most welcoming place for....us. It is possible to have too much or too little of furniture. Biblically, there is power and validity in resting and relaxing. Too much furniture can obviously stifle your movement, but too little is also potentially detrimental. How crazy is it that a healthier life can start as easily as removing or adding a chair.

Question 3:How many pieces of furniture do you have that are not in front of a screen? This is a two part question, and we could do a whole post on TV and wellness. But this idea goes a little deeper. A reading corner? Somewhere you play an instrument? A repair stand? Your furniture can open so many possibilities for what you do at home. And those things can greatly improve your wellness.

We didn’t even talk about massage therapy or your body wellness, but that is very clearly intermingled in this. Not feeling well lately? Something just isn’t right? Maybe it’s as simple as a chair, a couch, a table, or a bed. Just give it some thought.


Resolutions Are Wonderful!

Posted on January 8, 2020 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

New Year, new you!

I want to congratulate everyone who is embarking on their journey of self improvement with the New Year's Resolution. It's been a while, and Perfect Pockets Plus is back on the blogging schedule. The topic of today is the resolution cycle. Yes, we are discussing the common thing people do, whether it's going to the gym, trimming down their facebook friend's list, or eating (insert healthy thing here), or something similar. I used to be one of those people who scoff at the idea. What 

If someone wanted to change, they shouldn't wait for the new year, they should do it now.

What a naiive thought that is!

Change is difficult whether it is initiated by you or something out of your control. As someone who has embarked on change regularly, it really is a challenge. The most prominent part of the new year is it gives you hope. The previous year is behind you, and the switch of numbers is a hard representation of that year never coming back. That is a negative thought for some, but for those who struggled, who did everything they could just to make it through 2019, the call of 2020 is a blessing to them. This year it can be different. This year, it can be better. The beginning of the year, people begin to believe in themselves and each other again. 

So for those of you who have decided on a New Year's Resolution, we at Perfect Pockets Plus are cheering you on! You can do it! Let's embrace our drive to improve ourselves, and this time, it'll happen!

Three Year Anniversary Soon

Posted on October 28, 2019 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

We're going to have a short update today, but I noticed that we'll be having our third anniversary on the website! How wonderful? Share with us some ideas to celebrate!

Three Year Anniversary Soon

Posted on October 28, 2019 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

We're going to have a short update today, but I noticed that we'll be having our third anniversary on the website! How wonderful? Share with us some ideas to celebrate!

Pain at the Core and the Beauty of Problems

Posted on July 10, 2019 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We've had a few years of experience of WMF now, and it got me thinking about the state of our business, and massage therapy as a whole. What gets this industry ticking? What makes it sustain? As always, I'm giving my own personal thoughts, and these thoughts are likely, but not necessarily, shared by Bethany and Kim.

At the core of what we do, you have a problem that involves physical discomfort, and we have an answer. That goes for massage therapists, chiropractors, suppliers, herbalists, accupuncturists, everyone. Pain is the primary catalyst when we go to seek help. I am so grateful for pain personally because it is the body telling you that something isn't right. This is why nerve damage is so alarming with diabetics. Pain led you to us, and we've been specially trained, many for a number of decades, on how to help you live well (as opposed to just removing pain). And where would we be if I didn't mention that important "w" word?

Bethany is currently working on an individual project. Nothing too extensive. She's adding an elastic band to an eye pack because a customer noted that he wanted to keep the pack on his eyes while asleep. Problems lead to solutions. It is possible that this expands and becomes the norm. It's possible it doesn't, but it is an example of how we constantly search for ways to improve and help others.

You'll notice that the people who live the most fulfilled are often the ones who listen to their bodies most. So my message for Bethany, Kim, all therapists, and all clients everywhere: your body is constantly talking. Listen. Most of the time, it's saying what you need to hear. And have a wonderful day.



World Massage Festival Day 2

Posted on May 7, 2019 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Hello again! We finished up day two of the World Massage Festival, and it was quite a treat. During one of the busy times of the day, I was able to jump in and get my hands busy. I'd say dirty, but that isn't true. It was a pleasure meeting so many people and getting to share what perfect pockets plus has to offer. There's something about being asked questions on the fly that makes me realize how much consideration Kim and Bethany put into each product. They really do leave no stone unturned. 


But I'm not here to talk about that.


I'm actually to talk about the first thing that comes out of your mouth in the day, and I'm not talking about air. We already know that the words you say have an impact on your wellness (and others). I've come to believe that the most vital words that you say come after you wake up and before you go to sleep. These are the words that stick with you for hours, whether you know it or not. It is more overt than subliminal messages, and at the same time, more powerful. I've actually experimented with this over the past week before we came here to North Carolina. The first two days, I began with something positive: "Today's going to be awesome". The next two, I started with something shorter: "No". The difference in my days were minimal, but my perspective held harsh differences.


If words naturally produce chemical reactions, give your brain and body the most positive reaction you can. Speak positivity in your waking moments.

WMF Picture of the Day (Day 1)

Posted on May 6, 2019 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

World Massage Festival Day 1

Posted on May 6, 2019 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

After a long drive, we made it to Cherokee, NC, and Bethany and Kim are enjoying the festival with a number of massage therapists and professionals. This isn't going to be any type of formal post, like the others have been, and at the end, I'll be adding a picture that won't swallow the post....hopefully.

I've always been curious about what's the most valuble thing one massage therapist can offer to another. Is it information? Care? Exposure? Friendship? You can make an argument for any of these. Being with my children, and seeing the value that both Bethany and I bring into their lives (and they into ours), I would say the most valuble resource for massage therapists is the most obvious. Time. There are occupations out there that are naturally lonely and naturally trying when it comes to making success. Massage isn't one of them. From secondhand experience, Bethany had some of the most success when she had another massage therapist to talk to. My wife and I are best friends, but it isn't the same as someone who walks in the same shoes, more or less.

So if you're at the WMF (acronyms), the most valuble thing you can do is network. Talk to other people, share what you know, and I'm sure you'll gain something. If you aren't at the festival, find some MTs around you. It is more difficult, and nervewracking to do outside of an event, but it is just as rewarding.


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