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It’s that time of year again when everyone, it seems, is traveling. I’ve already had two trips this spring, I’m leaving this week for a leadership training, and it now looks like I’ll be traveling a few days each month through the end of the year. Thus I started thinking about how I can save some money (since I’m also losing income while traveling) and decided to put together my list of how to save a few dollars on the essentials.

So here are my tips for cheap(er) vacationing!

  • Sign up for (or update) AirBnB*! Then spend some time finding the perfect place to stay. AirBnB offers all different price points, amenities, and locations that can save you a lot in accommodations.
  • Pack a cooler! A cooler works really well on road trips. Packing your own sandwiches, snacks, and cold drinks can save quite a bit and keep your tummy happier. Even if you only eat out of the cooler once a day, it adds up. If you’re not road tripping (or even if you are), consider hitting the prepared foods section of the local grocery for a salad or hot meal.
  • Fly on Tuesday or Wednesday. The experts that study the airline industry say these two days are best for cost savings!
  • Visit our state and national parks. There are usually low-cost entrance fees and many times have lots of activities available for no-cost beyond the entrance fee. These areas are also usually less crowded than other public use areas.
  • Seek out free walking tours, free days at museums and parks, or discounted matinee shows. Also, check out the local theater and orchestra schedule for free and discounted dress rehearsals.

So that’s my short list of how I save a few dollars when I have to be away from home whether it be a fun, summer vacation or a business trip.

Happy traveling!


*I list only AirBnB here because I’m an AirBnB host as well as an avid user of AirBnB.

Sharon Bryant Harvest Moon Massage Therapy is Decatur’s Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage Specialist!

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I’m headed off to Orange Beach, AL, this week for the 2018 AMTA-AL Chapter Spring Convention. The office will be closed for a few days while I take a class and spend some much needed time relaxing on the beach! No worries though, I’ll be back in the office on the 23rd.


Until then, check my online schedule to see what’s available next week. If you can’t schedule it yourself, shoot me a text message and I’ll do it for you!

Have a great week everyone!

Sharon Bryant Harvest Moon Massage Therapy is Decatur’s Ashiatsu Barefoot Specialist!

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Well, it’s that time of year again! Time for me to fly away to Pasadena, CA for the 2017 AMTA National Convention.

I will have access to my phone and email so feel free to text or call. I’ll be taking several classes this year so it may take me a while to get back to you though. Follow my trip on my Facebook page!

Hope you all have a great week and know that I’ll be back tired, but rejuvenated on Monday the 18th.

Sharon Bryant Harvest Moon Massage Therapy is Decatur’s Exclusive Provider of Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage!

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I’ll be headed out to the 2016 AMTA National Convention this afternoon. So my offices will be closed this week. I’ll be back at it October 31st. Between now and then if you want to schedule an appointment, please visit my MassageBook book (existing clients only) or call or text me. I’ll be slow to respond because I’ll either be in meetings or classes, but I’ll get back to you ASAP!

Hope everyone has a great week and hope to see you on my table soon!

Sharon Bryant Harvest Moon Massage Therapy is Decatur’s Barefoot Massage Specialist!

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Boardwalk to Orange BeachSo I promised news of the 2016 AMTA-AL Spring Convention and I finally found a few minutes to sit down and write it up.

First, I am very happy to say that I completed the Chi Nei Tsang Module 1 for Lung and Large Intestine. There was so much information shared and I was able to double my Chi Nei Tsang toolbox.

Mary Ellen Derwis is an amazing instructor and if all goes as planned she will be in Atlanta in July to teach Chi Nei Tsang Modules 4 & 5. I will be taking a couple of days to go finish those two modules and evaluate whether I want to continue on for a full certification in the methodology.

Orange Beach was amazing. The weather cooperated and I actually got to spend time on the beach this trip. Pictures can be found over on my Facebook page. Then I had the amazing experience of a Chi Kung class on the beach Sunday morning. If you’ve never tried Chi Kung (or Qigong), I highly recommend it, especially if you’re on the shore with your bare feet in the sand.

In other news…the membership of the AMTA-Alabama Chapter has honored me with their faith and votes and I will be serving as the AMTA-AL Chapter President for the next two years. This means I will be traveling a bit more. I’ve already been tapped to go to Tampa in June for training. I’m excited and a little bit nervous about this new chapter of my massage therapy and volunteer career.

In the meantime, I’ll be at the office. Call me!

Sharon Bryant Harvest Moon Massage Therapy is Decatur’s Master Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapist!

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Footsteps in sandHarvest Moon Massage Therapy & Reflexology will be closed for a few days while I run off to the 2016 AMTA-AL Spring Convention in Orange Beach. I’ll be taking the next module in the Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage series and hopefully when I get home I’ll have some very big news. Keep your fingers and toes crossed!

So officially I will be closed beginning Thursday, April 21st and re-open Monday, April 25th at the normal time.

I will be slow to return phone calls during those days so please leave a message or book an appointment online.


Sharon Bryant Harvest Moon Massage Therapy is Decatur’s Master Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapist!

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AMTA Meritorious Award

Sharon Bryant with Jeff Smoot (AMTA President) for AMTA-AL Chapter Meritorious Award Presentation

So most of my regular clients know that when convention time rolls around we’re going to have to adjust appointments and work around the times I will be gone. I love going to convention. State convention, national convention, even our smaller local conferences, I really enjoy them.

Why? Mostly because I get to meet new people who do what I do, also because there’s massage education there, but there’s a part of it that’s just me enjoying the fruits of the volunteer work that I do.

It makes me happy to walk into our AMTA-AL Chapter State Conventions and Conferences and know that I played a small part in bringing local massage therapists and excellent massage educators together. I’m proud that my position on the AMTA-AL Chapter Board of Directors allows me to be involved in bringing educational opportunities to our state for our membership that they otherwise would not be able to afford.

Apparently some of the other members of our board and chapter feel that the work I do is noteworthy and decided to honor me this year with the AMTA-Alabama Chapter Meritorious Award. So while I was gone last month to the 2015 AMTA National Convention in Pittsburgh, PA, I walked across the stage to receive my award from the president of the National AMTA organization. Woop! Woop!

The plaque bearing my name is in the mail. I’ll post a picture of it when it arrives. And then in the spring there will be more pictures when AMTA-AL Chapter does their official ceremony (at the beach!). Until then I’ll quietly be doing little things behind the scenes to make this year’s fall conference and next year’s spring convention better than ever.

Are you a massage therapist looking for CEUs? Check out AMTA-Alabama Chapter’s events page to see what’s upcoming. It might just be in your back yard!

Sharon Bryant Harvest Moon Massage is Decatur, Alabama’s Barefoot Massage Specialist!

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