International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2017

I’m so honored to be a part of Stauntons LARGE group of women business owners

I thought I would share a bit about my experience as a woman business owner and why I choose to work on women: 

I am a massage therapist and I work from my home here in Staunton. 

My business is called PlanetJoy because people say they feel like they’re transported to another planet when they are on my table. 

PlanetJoy is set up specifically for women because women tend to stay busy giving and giving to others without allowing themselves time to fill their energy back up. They feel guilty allowing themselves the “indulgence” of self-care. 

My intention is to make women feel as safe as possible when they are on my table. 8 out of every 10 women have experienced some kind of abuse throughout their life: physical, emotional, sexual, mental….so, when women get on my table I want them to feel like they can actually relax. 

I’ll never forget the first time I had a woman come back to me when I was helping out in a spa downtown. She had called to specifically request me because when she had been on my table it was the FIRST time she had been able to relax during a massage due to past abuse. When she told me told me a little more about her past experiences, I made sure to make her feel even MORE secure during her next massage and she actually fell asleep. When you get a massage you are in a very vulnerable position so sleeping is the ultimate sign of feeling safe. I’m proud to say all of my clients have fallen asleep on my massage table at some point. 

I also want all women to feel beautiful and be able to understand and respect their bodies. Self-love, self-respect, and body-confidence are so important. I have had the honor of being an art model for Beverly Street Studio School for the past 9 years and I have learned from the fabulous women artists there that every body is unique and interesting and full of radiant beauty. 

We as women need to use our strengths to support other females in our lives. We can always do a little something to make other women feel loved and safe. And we should always encourage each other to take care of ourselves. We simply cannot love others as efficiently if we are not taking time to love ourselves. Strong women lift each other up. Together, we can rise higher. 

Testimonial Time: Why My Clients Love 90-Minute Massages

I asked my adorable, wonderful clients why THEY love their 90-minute massage sessions with me. Here’s what they had to say.

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Anne:
“The extra 30 minutes makes a huge difference.

It seems that it takes my body and mind 60 minutes to completely let go.

The extra 30 allows my body to experience that much more relaxation and healing while all stress is gone.”

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LeeAnn:
“I tried it because: if 60 was so great, 90 must be even better!

Makes a big difference – since starting them I haven’t experienced the pinched nerve in my neck that usually occurs every couple of months!

I would DEFINITELY recommend trying a 90 minute massage – it allows extra time to be spent on areas that need extra attention, plus it’s 30 extra minutes of JOY!”

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Lynne:
“There’s nothing like a 90-minute refreshing. Joy is especially suited for thorough massage. I like how she gives a total experience.

I schedule one every month with her year of massage.

Time to really relax and renew.”

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Allison:
“I’d never had a 90 minute massage before and thought I’d treat myself to one.

What I loved about it was that I got to enjoy a full body massage, & actually have time to also work on problem areas a little more. 

If you’re having pain in a particular area and need some attention given to it, a 90 minute massage is the best way to do that.

It also allows for a longer relaxation period.

I LOVE them!”

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If you would like to schedule a 90-min massage, feel free to contact me at joyboardman@gmail.com!

Euphoria Friday, Feb 21st

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Be Healthy

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20140220-235127.jpgAnd last minute reminder: Naked Lady Party is THIS WEEKEND.
Sunday, 3-5pm, 16West on Beverly Street

Tah-Dah Tuesday: Interview with Dawn Nay of Rule 42 in Staunton, Va

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How do you define success?
Being happy with what you are doing and inspiring other people.
At the end of the day you are happy with what you’ve done.
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I get to paint furniture and if people buy stuff, that’s great!20130411-135248.jpgThe space is inspiring.

How did you get started?
Painted things for my own house.
Built up confidence: others liked what I did.
Had more time when moved to VA and practiced different techniques.
The house started getting full and we thought about renting a space.
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Now I have a shop with studio space!
My husband Mike is very supportive.
Painting furniture is my dream. I don’t get tired of it.

I see it as: Cast off things being REDEEMED.
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How long have you been doing this?
15 years. My first piece was a chest of drawers for my daughter Victoria when I was pregnant. It was a red cabinet so that was the initial name of my business.
I started in my own house, then did pieces for friends, then had a space in an antique store in NV.

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Why did you name your business Rule 42?
We say weird things to our kids.
It’s from Alice in Wonderland. The queen says Alice can’t be in the court because she’s too big according to Rule 42 (a made up rule)
It’s become our way of saying: “Because I said so.”

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What is your motivation in your business?
The process and the finished product. I like to hold up the hardware and envision the outcome. I work towards what I see in my mind.
I even paint more when I go home.
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What are some past jobs you held before owning your own business?
Worked for an Internet company that sold infant and toddler shoes. I had to open boxes and shop stuff.
I learned all about placing wholesale orders.
I also have worked in accounting.

What inspires you?
Colors and patterns. People’s outfits, prints on notebooks, fabric, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn

20130411-135614.jpgWhat do you think has been the key to your success?
Support from my family. My husband has a different mind and he is able to motivate me and help with marketing. He is very helpful. He has never treated this as a burden or ever complained. He is my business partner.

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Describe the early beginnings of your shop:
I had to do a lot of self-promotion. Tip: A social setting helps makes that more natural.
To open we threw a party!
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What would you do differently?
I don’t have any real regrets. No “oh-no” moments. The SCCF (Staunton Creative Community Fund) helped me be thoroughly prepared with research.

What do you do when you are feeling low?
Take a break.
Get out and get ideas.
Step away. Look at magazines.

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Give us a word of advice:
Remember not everyone will like what you do. You won’t appeal to everyone. Don’t get defensive! Look for what’s useful.
Get past any obstinance and listen.

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Joy Boardman

Massage Therapist and Collage Art Therapist

Planet Joy: Otherworldly Massages for Women, Planet-Friendly Collages for Everyone

Find me here:

[PlanetJoy’s Blog]

[PlanetJoy’s Etsy Shop]

[PlanetJoy on Facebook]

[PlanetJoy on Pinterest]

Thankful Thursday: February 14, 2013

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1.photoshoot with David, 2.walking with Becca downtown, 3.making valentines

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1.kissy valentines, 2.me, 3.my word for the year: OUTWARD

bottom:
1.stickers now for sale at Turtle Lane, 2.selling original collages (will post on Instagram, find me at ArtisticDrama), and 3.a lovely thank you card from Ethiopia for supporting lunapads. (Lunapads.com helps girls be able to go to school even when they have their periods)

What I Am Thankful For This Week (Feb 14th)
Thursday:
•Haircut after 7 months

•Yummy dinner (warm 2 flour tortillas. On one, put cheese and chicken thigh pieces. On the other, put mayonnaise and roasted red pepper slices. Smash together and voilà!)

•Watched Julie Julia with mom

Friday:
•Photoshoot with David. Such a fun adventure in the woods.

•Went to Baja with Becca and had a wonderful conversation

•Kristine bought a valentine card

Saturday:
•Gorgeous day

•Had fun researching the spleen (how many girls can say THAT?)

•Had a awesome “daddy date” with Todd. We got pizza at Shen Pizza and milkshakes at Split Banana

•Did chair massages at Turtle Lane

Sunday:
•Breakfast with the sunset girls!!

•Watched Buffy with Tj

•Dinner at his parents and Mr and Mrs Smith. I love that movie!!

Monday:
•Made stewed pears with mom

•Ordered magnets!!

•Modeled for Greg, Mary, and Emerson. All people I like a LOT. Especially Mary. I adore her.

Tuesday:
•Detox and jasmine oil

•Turtle Lane, again. (Good for the soul)

•Hour economy meeting! We are on the news NBC29 the barter system. You can look it up.

Wednesday:
•Interview with Blue Ridge Life for their article about Hour Economy

•Mom gave me peacock blue sheets which are luxurious and gorgeous.

•Watched 10 Things I Hate About You

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If you are free tonight, you should come! And if you bring your valentine we won't hurt you....promise. Also, they are playing When Harry Met Sally at the Visulite tonight. That's number 2 on my list of favorite romantic movies.

What happy things did you do this week?

STAUNTON PARTY (my first Staunton, Virginia event listing post: Jan 2013)

Welcome to Staunton Party! The January Edition
(A new section for fun Staunton events & opportunities to enjoy local businesses–yay.)

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Creeper-me found this awesome picture of Meghan--starter of (h)our economy and builder of tiny houses--with a friend of hers on her Facebook page.

On Tuesday I joined (h)our economy: a barter system in Staunton. Such a great group of people!

((Awesome hippie people who make amazing foods and build tiny houses–heck yeah!))

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advertisement I designed for the occasion: Jan 27

Naked Lady Party at 16 W on Beverly Street.
Last Sunday of the month (Jan 27) at 3 o’clock pm. Bring stuff, get stuff. It’s a party! Bring as many (or as few) items as you want, take home as many items (or as few) as you want.

((It’s called a Naked Lady Party because everyone is drinking and trying on clothes and it’s all women–how fun is that??))

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Be a fan Jan 29th

Rule 42 Workshop! Jan 29th at 6:30pm–make awesome and adorable paper fans. ((I’m going to bring colorful magazine pages!)) These workshops are always so much fun. Find out more details and RSVP on the Rule 42 website.

Vote for the Best of the Shenandoah Valley!
Fill out the Best of Virginia Survey and vote for all your favorite local businesses.
((Rule 42, Stone Soup, Blackfriars, Retro&Me….))

Also, at the end when they ask for suggestions please let them know they need a section for massage therapist and photographer so we can support more businesses!!

Share with your friends! The more the merrier.

Subscribe so you wont miss a post. (Up next: Valentine Art Party at The Turtle on Feb 9th)

Any funky, fun, artsy, women-friendly events you’d like me to mention?
Let me know!!
JoyBoardman@gmail.com

Pay-What-You-Can for a Year of Massage

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Hi! This is Staunton, Virginia’s massage therapist, again ☺

I am now doing pay-what-you-can with a minimum of $35/month for a year of massage.

I can take a total of 9 more committed clients.

For those willing to pay $45+ or $49+ i have new incentives!

For those who chose to give $45+/ month:
You will receive (4)90-min massages and (8) 60-min massages

For those who choose to give $49+/month:
You will receive (6) 90-min massages and (6) 60-min massages

**((regular price: $65/hour, $99/90-min session
$780 for a year of massage))

At $49 you are still saving $181!!
Thank you so much!

All I ask:
Tell all the ladies you know. Text them, facebook them, twitter this, blog this, share this any way you can.

Lets help make massage affordable!!

Do you have any unanswered questions?
Check out the FAQ Page, first.

Do you live in Staunton? Are you interested? Shoot me an email: JoyBoardman@gmail.com

FAQ About A Year of Massage 2013

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Hello, again from Staunton, Virginia’s massage therapist!

Hooray for Aaron London who was the first to sign up. His mom will be receiving half a year of massages and he has donated $20.40 to the staunton food bank!

Also! Hooray for Heather Underwood from dreamalittledreamphoto who signed up next!! She will be receiving a whole year of massages and has donated $40.80 to the Valley Mission in Staunton.

FAQs About A Year of Massage 2013
If you read my previous post you know that I had a caffeinated dream after lying in bed with a migraine all day:

A year of affordable massage for women willing to make a commitment to their health.

Here are the questions I got right away:

What is the difference in massage prices?
All three prices are for a year. And I always give my best during a massage. The difference in prices is how much goes to charity and how much you can afford to pay. For 12 months of massage at $65/hour (my usual rate) it would cost $780.

What charity are you donating to?
It’s your choice! Aaron chose to donate to the food bank! That’s great. So is CASA for Children, the SPCA, the library…. Anything close to your heart.

How can I pay?
You can pay via check, cash, or PayPal

Can I do just a half a year or do I have to do a whole year?
Half a year is fine!

Do you have payment plans?
Yes, up to 3 installments for half a year and up to 6 installments for a whole year.

Is there a deadline?
As soon as payment is received you will be signed up for your 6 or 12 months. If you wait till March, you will have massage a month till March 2014.
*I have now made a deadline of March 1st because I have new plans for 2014 and I don’t want anyone to miss out.

Should I Still Leave a Tip?
Always 😉

Do you have any questions? Do you live in Staunton? Are you interested? Shoot me an email: JoyBoardman@gmail.com

I can take a total of 9 more clients.

I am now doing pay-what-you-can with a minimum of $35.

For those willing to pay $45+ or $49+ i have new incentives!

For those who chose to give $45+/ month: you will receive (4)90-min massages and (8) 60-min massages

For those who choose to give $49+/month:
You will receive (6) 90-min massages and (6) 60-min massages

**regular price: $65/hour, $99/90-min session
$780 for a year of massage

At $49 you are still saving $181!!
Thank you so much!

Tell all the ladies you know. Text them, facebook them, twitter this, blog this, share this any way you can.
Lets help make massage affordable!!

Staunton Massage Therapist says, “Is it you I am looking for?”

Joy Boardman, Staunton, Virginia’s massage therapist here!

I just set my goals for 2013.

My heart is pounding.
Here’s what I am looking for:

60 women willing to sign up for a year of 1-hour massages: $199 ($16.58/month)

Or 40 willing to sign up for $25/month

Or 24 willing to sign up for $41.58/month

You choose which package you want and I will donate 20% of the proceeds from each sign up to a charity of your choice.

Yep, 20%. Lets do this!!

I want to help women feel happy, healthy, and relaxed. And I want massage to be affordable.

Tell all your friends, tweet this, blog this, share this.

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I’m also going to be selling awesome sets:

Set of 9 magnets
252 stickers
24 small prints
48 larger prints
6 cards
For $99

Set of 48 mini prints
Set of 24 larger prints
1 book
252 stickers
9 magnets
6 cards
And a journal
For $119

The Works:
48 mini prints
24 larger prints
2 50 page books
252 stickers
9 magnets
A 12″x12″ canvas
6 cards
And a journal
all for: $299 (40 available)

Choice of any 3 (excluding the canvas): $50.

Hooray for 2013!!

Tell all your friends, put this on facebook, tweet this, blog this, share this. Thank you so much.

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Hooray for Aaron London who was the first to sign up. His mom will be receiving half a year of massages and he has donated $20.40 to the staunton food bank!

Pie-Topper Workshop at Rule Forty Two

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On Thursday I led my first workshop, ever, at my favorite Staunton shop, Rule 42! :) 20121110-215843.jpgI taught everyone how to make adorable pie/cake toppers.20121110-215915.jpgThey are so easy to make. I even made some mini ones for petit pies! 20121110-215921.jpgDawn was there, of course! As were the sunset girls, my mom, and two new ladies: Alison and Bree.
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Everyone made awesome banners!! I was so proud and I loved how everyone’s was unique!
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It was a delicious and creative evening.

Also, I am going to start selling the toppers because I enjoyed making them so much :)

I am exhausted. Working towards my first craft fairs!! So much work but I am very excited. I will tell you more tomorrow. I’m off to bed!