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Four ways to celebrate Valentine's Day...and totally not what you would expect!

Valentine's Day is almost here.  To think, we make it through the holiday madness, only just to be bombarded with red hearts, chocolate kisses, and everyone telling you "He went to Jared's!".

But what if we pass on the chocolate and cutesy cards and approach the day and even the whole month with a focus on connecting with the people we care about. I'm not just talking about your husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend. I'm talking about perhaps your best friend that you never have a chance to talk to for more than 4 minutes before their boss sneaks up behind them or they have to run because the baby is screaming and they kids are fighting for their attention. Maybe it's time to call your grandparents who you haven't made some time to go visit.  A simple phone call to say I love you may just be what this holiday is all about.

Share some time with someone. 

I get it.  With everyone's busy schedules, it's really hard to set some time aside to shop for that special gift, or spend the afternoon. You can simply drop off a cupcake from your favorite bakery or make it really personal and have your kid finger-paint a very special valentine for loved ones and even their teacher. (After all, their teacher has spent a lot of extra time with your child to make sure they understand the work).

Appreciate someone. Look your favorite school bus driver/grocery store cashier/postal worker 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."

Drop an email to your kid's basketball coach and say, "Thank you. My kid loves playing basketball, and I really appreciate that you give your time to make that possible."

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.

Watch a video and treat your partner to a hand or foot massage. Grab this amazing book, A Modern Day Guide to Massage for Children, and learn how to massage your favorite little buddy. 

Give the gift of massage. You can pick up a gift certificate right here:

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 the people you love is a happy, healthy you!

Whatever you choose, I hope you spend the day AND this month, loving and appreciating those that make your life better.  

Til next time, 
Ellen Rivera Catalan, LMT ABBT
"The Barefoot Contessa of Ashiatsu" Massage in Cape Coral. 

All Star Massage and Spa, best place for a great #massage or #Ashiatsu session.


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