Massage Therapy Benefits And Career Longevity

Massage Therapy Benefits And Career Longevity

Have you ever been told you need to take time for a woosah moment? Usually that question pops up in the middle of a stress filled moment or when someone who has your best interest in mind can sense that you are entering your danger zone of seeming like your head is going to spin around several times out of frustration. To some that question may be embarrassing because, it is evident that their emotions have gone beyond the realm of professionalism and positivity and stress has been detected. For others it is a reality check moment of realizing that they really need to take some time to slow down and have some “down time”, to concentrate on one’s self. The important takeaway for the moment is that you have to find a way to decompress and identify and hold yourself accountable to taking time to manage your stress levels. It is important to acknowledge that managing your stress levels should be viewed as a part of your basic care.

Take the time to research resources that are available to you to assist you in managing stress. Your health, life longevity, and quality of life are worth your consistent effort. I personally am an advocate of massages to help reduce and eliminate stress from dwelling in your body. My body and spirit does an internal happy dance for the rejuvenation reboot monthly.

I’m grateful for licensed massage therapist, Carole Jastremski, MA. She is always educating me on the importance of physical and breathing exercises along with sufficient water intake reminders. Ms. Jastremski is passionate about her profession and wellness practices of her clients through her dedicated actions and conversations. I recently interviewed Ms. Jastremski and asked her what motivates her to be effective in her career that has bestowed her dedicated repeat clients and career longevity.

Career Tipper:    What moment and/or experience in your career confirmed that massage therapy would be your career legacy?

Jastremski:    There has never been a moment or one defining experience. I would have to say that it has been accumulative over the years. The constant appreciation and most appreciative praise from my clients over the years has reinforced my choice to become a therapist was the correct choice for me.

Career Tipper:    How can consistent monthly massages be beneficial to career professionals that work in a corporate or industrial environment?

Jastremski:    Life in general is stressful, but most career professionals understand the added stress of work. I firmly believe most professionals put their job and family first before themselves. They strive to be number one at work. They take care of their families and maybe at some point make time for themselves. Yet if you don’t take care of yourself your family, self and job will all suffer. Receiving a monthly massage has many health benefits. Not only does it just feel great, but you are helping relieve stress and tension in your muscles. You are promoting blood and oxygen circulation and supply throughout the bodies muscles and organs. A massage helps you flush out the toxins and lactic acid that gets trapped in tense muscles. You could almost consider it as a monthly detox for your muscles. Massage is a healthy and natural way to promote good health.

Career Tipper:    What is your suggested business strategy to have career longevity and consistent clientele?

Jastremski:    I have been a massage therapist for 14 years now. I believe my longevity is partly attributed to my own self care and very simply listening to my clients needs and wants. Everyone wants to be heard. No matter what your profession is if you are not listening to your clients needs you will not be successful. Your clients will find another who will listen and take care of their needs.

Career Tipper:    How do you keep yourself motivated during your day-to-day routine of working with clients?

Jastremski:    I seriously love my work as a massage therapist. For me it is fairly easy to stay motivated throughout the day. I see many of the same clients on a regular basis and many I now consider friends. I enjoy seeing my clients and helping them to feel better gives me great joy. It’s a feeling that is hard to express in words. I simply love to help people and for me that is my daily motivation.

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Speak and Journal Your Way Out of Career Frustration

Speak and Journal Your Way Out of Career Frustration

Making a big life change is scary. But do you know what’s even scarier? Regret.” ~ Author Unknown

It’s time to transform career frustration into career celebration. Yes, I know it’s a corny statement but it’s very true statement. You have no space in your day to dwell on anything that does not strengthen or empower you to develop to be better professionally. High stepping through career frustration may come with ease for some and for others it just might be a battle. Nevertheless, today I encourage you to shake it off and decide that you are not going to have career regret because career frustration got the best of you. Career regret can be sparked by career frustration through leaving a position before you’ve mastered the role or before you have cultivated the energy to advance with determination beyond the moment and shine while learning the needed lesson.

Using the journal daily will assist them to upgrade their career vision and reflect on their career strategy daily. Consistently journaling about career goals has been a career tipper for me in accomplishing metric goals, up-leveling business connections, and focusing only on what is important to me to operate at my personal professional best. Taking time to journal is truly a key to success that you will be glad that you embraced and executed in your life in the long run.

I enjoy listening to success messages from a variety of industry influencers. One consistent and now coveted advice that I hear is, “no time of preparation is wasted time.” I hope that these words resonate in you as they have within me. Today and everyday I encourage you to take the time to prepare on how you are going to choose to handle career frustration when it arises in your world. Prepare for success and the attitude and strategies you will use to overcome career challenges. Choose not to dwell in survival mode and opt-in to dance with courage daily. Your words and thoughts will determine how your actions and perspective will aesthetically appear in the eyes of your peers, employers, and clients.

When consulting with career seekers, one of my primary goals is to keep them motivated and accountable to themselves. I encourage them to remain steadfast and focus on securing their desired promotion or new position despite the emotions a business day can bring from working with a variety of people, assignments, or unexpected trials and expectations. There is power in affirmations and journalizing. The words you speak and the words you pen can escort you to not missing your career tipper moment that can transition you out of your state of career annoyance. Take time to ponder the 5 career success tips below to guide you to not having to repeat a career lesson. Practice promotes consistency. Consistency will bring upon a mindset change of how you choose to view and transition through your career frustration and remain progressive on your desired career path.

5 Career Success Tips of Moving Past The Career Frustration

  1. Identify the “why” behind your career frustration.
  2. Determine if your career frustration sparks the reality of regret and opportunity to grow.
  3. Start speaking positively about your career with your desired end result in mind. For example, “I am grateful for the experiences that help me to clearly  identify areas of needed growth to improve my work performance.”
  4. Journalize  how you want your career frustration to positively transform.
  5. Repeat daily.

Leave a comment and share how do you proactively handle your career frustration.

Career Crossroads

Career Crossroads

Does the statement “I need a career change!” dance around in your thoughts consistently? This recurring statement in your thoughts can be promoted by a singular career or life experience. It can also be sparked by multiple subliminal career transactions that did not happen in a singular position or variety of multiple career roles. The bottom line and reality of this career truth for you that beats boldly in your heart; it is time to make a plan and a commitment to yourself to make a strong effort to live your dream life out loud. You know that deep in your soul that you are worthy the sacrifice of daily conveniences to prepare your mind and actions to be in synch with your desired career path. Timelines can be applied but endurance to greatness is required.

When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breath, then you’ll be successful.” ~Eric Thomas

The quote above has been shared multiple times with me over the past few years and continues to resurface in conversations with my clients, friends and colleagues.  It’s a quote that provokes thought of what you must do to be great and exceed expectations in your career industry. When I’m encouraging myself or my clients to be true to their career goals and conduct an accurate skills, knowledge, and abilities assessment.  One thing for sure is that you have to be confident within yourself; that you know that you deserve to experience your career goals and that you are willing to put in the work to ensure that do experience them. Career confidence is what fuels each one of us to be our best in professional roles, being a sought after subject matter expert, and the determination that we are willing to do what it takes with integrity to train and prepare ourselves for the next level of career excellence. Career confidence makes us receptive to constructive feedback because it is viewed as professional development. Career confidence breeds the desire not to settle in a role or want to resign from a role until the required knowledge and experience has been attained.

When you’re at a career crossroad we have to treat the experience as if you are in the final quarter of the game that determines if you get promoted to play for your champion career role or if you get benched and have to wait for a new season to be able to go for the champion role at a different time. You have to press through the exhaustion, anxiety, reluctance, doubt, and high-spirited emotions with zeal and breathe. Breathe life into each action item step that you know you need to do to advance in your career. Seek help from mentors. Find the time to read up on your industry to remain current and relevant. Follow through and take action on the career advice that you have been told repeatedly that you dismiss as not being needed. That advice keeps surfacing for a reason. Follow though on the advice, it may be the career tipper you need. Stick to your career plan of transition, do not lose focus. Whether you realize it or not your endurance during this process will be tested. Make up your mind that no matter what, you’re going to move past the career crossroads and be proud of your choices and lessons learned. Remember to take the time to make healthy choices and avoid emotional eating. Exercise at least thirty minutes a day, journalize, meditate and operate in a spirit of gratefulness.

Please share a comment about you this post and YouTube video below by Visionary Motivation can help motivate you to create your action item list to move past your career crossroad.



Yoga Practice Can Lead You To Career Clarity

Yoga Practice Can Lead You To Career Clarity

Driving change in an organization can either reveal process deficiencies that need to be addressed or kudos for process stability that has led to an increase of productivity and sales. Whether you’re leading the change process, a strong contributor of the change, or determining how to shift from being viewed as a work performance challenge to the process; managing stress definitely becomes a heighten focus point daily. Driving change while managing stress can push you to your limits in either a good or bad way.

I love to encourage people to let the professional change experience push them to be their professional best. I personally often find myself seeking career clarity during these seasons of professional stretch and development. Driving change in the workplace forces you to become in tune to what you need to do to accomplish the assigned task. Your internal barometer may escalate due to the need for clarity of your strategy. Your strategy may include a variety of components ranging from streamlining communication to up-leveling people skills to becoming more efficient with time management or to adjusting your overall attitude to the change process. One way to accomplish strategy in your game plan is to retreat to a place or practice that will bring restoration to your mind and body while connecting the clarity dots of your personal strategy to evolve to the next level of being a strong contributor.

The frequent practice of yoga is a resource that different professionals retreat to as a source to accomplish career clarity. For some it’s a clarity practice that is a must-do on a daily basis. When I do practice yoga, it consistently gifts me the clarity I was seeking or directs me to connect with what’s really important about the professional matter at hand. I like following the inspiring Monica Stone on Instagram. Monica is an Ashtanga Yogini that takes great pride in showing her followers multiple ways on how to incorporate yoga practice into their daily routine be it at home or the office via social media and her blog, The Yogi Movement. I reached out to Monica to share her insight on how yoga practice can be a clarity source no matter where you are in your career path of managing and embracing your career lessons.

Career Tipper: What lessons can yoga teach a career focused individual about their personality strengths and challenges?

Stone:Yoga is a great tool to help reveal your strengths and weakness. When you dedicate to a consistent practice, you’ll notice your reactions in specific postures. You’ll notice if you want to avoid a certain posture, if you try to talk yourself out of practicing, if you are too hard or easy on yourself, or even if you feel guilty for not practicing one day. All of these personality traits that happen on the mat are a direct reflection of your strengths and weaknesses off the mat. For example, if you realize you tend to skip the really challenging postures or constantly modify them, then that could be a clue that you’re avoiding something. If you are constantly doing tough postures over and over to the point of exhaustion, that would reveal that you’re a perfectionist and possibly too hard on yourself. After an individual has been practicing for a few months, these personality traits will start to surface.

Career Tipper: How can frequent yoga practice help professionals overcome the stress of completing the daily action item list hustle?

Stone:A consistent practice is the key to overcoming stress. The goal of yoga is to calm the mind, and as you’re practicing, you’ll become aware of breath patterns. Certain thoughts that enter your mind may cause stress, and your breath will speed up. Your goal is to bring the awareness back to a steady breath. This practice can be done by sitting in meditation and observing the mind and the breath together. As you become more aware, you will be able to use this same technique to decrease stress at work for sure! Rather than feeling stressed about the “daily action item list hustle,” you’ll feel empowered and know that you can breathe through anything. 

Career Tipper: How can yoga assist professionals connect to their career passion?

Stone: Yoga is all about surrendering and letting go. Through my practice, I have discovered areas in my life where I was trying to force an outcome rather than let life unfold organically. I would become frustrated because I would have an expectation, and things wouldn’t work out how I wanted them to. Once I found yoga, my life changed. Dedicating to a yoga practice will help you become aware of these aspects, you’ll eventually let go of the bad habits. Once you let go, you’re allowing room for self exploration and greater opportunities. You’ll eventually connect with something that you love, and once you dedicate time and effort to that, you’re taking the first step in connecting with your career passion.  

Career Tipper: What is the aha revelation that your yoga practice gifted you about your career?

Stone: I realized that success is not about how much money you make or your job title. A successful career is about doing what you love, and helping others. When you do what you love, and it shows, that instantly helps and inspires others to follow their dreams. It wasn’t until I started practicing yoga that I realized I was unhappy in my career because I wasn’t going after what was really important with a career. I was always chasing after more money, a better job title, or an office with a window. Once I let go of the small details, I was able to focus on doing what I’m passionate about, which made me happier on a daily basis. This change also improved my friendships and relationships. In my experience, when you follow your path, everything begins to synchronize, and money and abundance will flow naturally.

Career Tipper: How can yoga assist someone prepare for a new job, promotion, or a career change?

Stone:The more you practice, the stronger and more flexible you become, so it can be empowering. Yoga will help build confidence and strength on the inside which will reflect on the outside, and give you the confidence to move forward with your promotion or desired career change. 

Career Tipper: What pearls of wisdom would you share with a career professional that may be reluctant to give yoga a try?

Stone:It’s a misconception that yoga is a practice only associated with postures. The yoga sutras define yoga as quieting the mind chatter, and then go on to list limbs (or techniques) that can help with this. Along with asana (postures), a few other techniques are: ahimsa (non-harm to yourself or others), saucha (cleanliness), dhyana (meditation), pranayama (breath control), asteya (non-stealing), satya (non-lying) and dharana (concentration). By just becoming aware of the thoughts in your mind that you have towards yourself and others, and changing your mindset, you are practicing yoga and becoming a more compassionate person. The postures are just shapes, and it’s how we react and breathe in those shapes that reveal our patterns and habits that could be holding us back. There are many styles of yoga, and my advice is to try a few of them, find one you like, and commit to a month of practicing before you decide if it’s for you. 

Be sure to comment below different ways and resources you uses to accomplish career clarity.