Massaging Out Loud


It’s time for me to make a confession. I’ve been absent from all things web and cooking related since the beginning of the year. I decided it was time for me to make a career change (to something which does not involve my beloved computer or the high-tech world) and am pursuing something which is near and dear to my heart — massage.

I enrolled in a full-time 700 hour program at the Vancouver School of Bodywork & Massage which runs through the middle of June. With a heavy focus on anatomy and the sciences, I’ve been spending lots of time studying. Sadly, cooking just isn’t something I have much time to do these days.

We’ve already completed our training in Swedish massage and are now doing Joint Release, as well as Deep Tissue. We will eventually move on to Shiatsu, Ayurveda, Hot Stone, Reflexology, and Aromatherapy. Each week we hold an open clinic and are booked with several real clients.

The good side of it all is that I truly love it. And, since the students practice on each other, receiving a couple hours of massage each day isn’t all that bad either! My body has never felt so relaxed. However, it does make it difficult to then come home and make dinner, study, walk the dog, etc. ;-)

I’m not sure which path I’ll pursue at the completion of my training. I’d like to have my own studio and client base, but I may also try to get some experience with an established spa too. I haven’t yet figured out how I will marry my interest in both food and massage … maybe I should serve light baked goods post-massage?

As for the rest of the household, all is well. Bobby is enjoying the spring weather and loves getting as many walks around the city as he possibly can.


Joe enjoyed the Olympics being in our city … he loves crowds … and it was *crowded*. He also made several ski trips up to Cypress and Whistler. I tagged along on some of the trips, but I’m not very good at skiing. I much prefer sipping hot chocolate from the ski lodge patio.


And just before school started, I was able to quickly finish my second quilt. Although I didn’t have any plans for it originally, I’ve since discovered it’s the perfect size for my massage table.


It’s also reversible in case I’m not in the mood for the busy pattern on the front:


Anyway, that’s all that’s going on here. I’m supposed to be studying for a big anatomy test tomorrow but instead spent the morning making the most delicious raw nut pate. I couldn’t stop thinking about the pate after my friend Constance brought it to massage class yesterday.

Sorry, no time to take photos of it though!

Anyway, I hope the new year is treating everyone well. I’ll try and update this blog when possible but I can’t make any promises. As for booking a massage with me — I’ll make sure to let you know when my studio is up and running!

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  1. So good to hear from you! I thought about you often during the Olympics. Glad you have found a new love to pursue!

  2. Awesome! I was wondering where you were… Sounds like a great choice! Nice to hear that you are happy! :) If I’m ever in Vancouver… I’ll make sure to book a massage! :)

  3. Good for you! That sounds great, and I’m happy you are pursuing your dream…and feeling relaxed too! :) Thanks for the update too…I was beginning to wonder how you were doing. – mary

  4. “I haven’t yet figured out how I will marry my interest in both food and massage …”
    Oh goodness, Allen, do I have to spell it out for you!? :P
    Anyway, I’m glad you’re pursuing your passion (as will I, actually), and I’m looking forward to a session if/when I finally make my way to Vancouver. I must warn you that I’m not used to being touched, though – I’ve never had a massage before!

  5. Ok, I clearly stayed away from my blog for too long … I forgot how to log into the admin panel. Yikes. Fortunately, I was able to figure it out again. ;-)

    Thanks everyone for the well-wishes! It feels good to be doing something which benefits others. I like making people happy, whether through cooking or through massage.

  6. Yours is the ONLY food blog I trust, so I hope you keep telling us about your cooking experiences, no matter how mundane they may seem to you. I had my first massage EVER (and I’m 33) last Saturday thanks to a gift certificate and it turned my brain to complete mush as I tried to cook pad Thai. I named last week’s creation “pad-Thai-ish.” Peanut sauce was rockin’ as ever though and is what made the spring rolls.

  7. Allen, I have loved your recipes, words, and, above all, gorgeous photographs. It’s good to know you’re well, happy, and pursuing a new career. Your quilt is beautiful, especially, the back side–lovely stitching. I hope you continue your blog when things settle down; I miss it.

  8. I worked as a teacher for 20 years and now I am a foodie, but I have always said that if I make another career change it would be in the same line as you have chosen. Good luck, study hard and the right opportunity will come your way!!

  9. Thank you for checking in! I was beginning to wonder if you’d run away to Europe with one of those hunky downhill skiers. Congratulations on the new opportunities/directions! This sounds very exciting!

    PS: you and I both know that you aren’t sipping just hot chocolate while you’re waiting in the lodge for Joe to come down the mountain ;)

  10. I’m glad you had posted because I had been a little worried about you! Looks like you have multiple talents. Many will benefit from your new training, for sure. Wish I knew how to quilt. Such a wonderful thing to be able to create! Best of luck :)

  11. Allen, I love that quilt and like you, I think I would enjoy “skiing” from the patio with a hot beverage.

    Much success as you continue with your massage classes.

  12. Good luck! I am a massage therapist (and a follower of your blog). I know how hard school is – especially here in NY with over 1000 hours required for a degree, plus state boards.

    Your quilt is beautiful! Makes me want to have one for MY massage table! :)

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