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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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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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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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geranium-oil-infusionHarvest Moon Massage Therapy & Reflexology will be hosting a seminar on managing pain with essential oils on April 16th at 5 pm.

Please join us for this free education on using essential oils to manage pain. Anna Rickabaugh from Opelika Massage Therapy Center will be here to share her experience with essential oils and using them to manage pain.

Come learn the most effective oils to use to manage your pain!

Where: Decatur Healing Arts Center @ 1900 Flint Road, Decatur, AL
When: April 16th @ 5pm
Cost: FREE!
Please RSVP here!

Sharon Bryant Harvest Moon Massage Therapy is Decatur’s Wellness Destination!

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Me with Tina Allen founder of Liddle Kidz Foundation

Me with Tina Allen founder of Liddle Kidz Foundation

So during my recent trip to Denver, Colorado and the 2014 AMTA National Convention I had the odd fortune of getting to take a Pediatric Massage class. I say odd fortune because it wasn’t my first choice. It was actually pretty far down the list of my choices, but circumstances happened and I wasn’t able to register until other classes had filled and this class was happening in the time period I had free to take a class.

You know how they say that everything happens for a reason? Well, there was a reason. Apparently I was meant to take this class, Pediatric Massage: Highlighting Trauma.

It was four hours of non-stop information. Stuff that I should have learned in massage school or psychology class or somewhere, but hadn’t. The class should have been two days long for all the information that needed to be conveyed and received. The instructor was vibrant, knowledgeable, and passionate. She was also very focused on research and real science backing up what she was teaching.

Overall a great class. One that leaves you thirsting for much, much more of the subject.

What I learned in her class, by and large, is that the kids I have worked on, mostly in my office, are not just pint-sized adults; which is how I’ve been treating them. They have different needs, different expectations, just a whole different mindset of what massage is or should be.

That being said, I’m not going to stop working on kids. I’m just going to modify with what I know now. And, mark this down, I’m going to go for a Pediatric Massage Therapy Certification. I won’t be able to go until next year, but that gives me time to save up enough money. Donations are welcome, the tuition is expensive and I’ll have to travel to do it, but I think it’s going to be worth it. And I think it’s a service that our area desperately needs.

Anyway, I’m linking a video here of a short (17 minutes) documentary about Liddle Kidz Foundation and what they do for kids, not just in North America, but all over the world. Enjoy!

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

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Recently I had the opportunity to attend a seminar concerning proper etiquette when interacting with deaf individuals. It was interesting and enlightening and I think the best part of it all is that since then I have stepped past my insecurities of embarrassing myself and made friends with a deaf person.

Years ago when I was in college at Jacksonville State University I remember sitting in the cafeteria watching and listening to the table of deaf students during lunch breaks. I always chose a seat near them because the constant flurry of hands and expressions, as well as all the noise they made, fascinated me. I even lived in an apartment complex with some of the deaf students, but I could never bring myself to befriend anyone. Mostly because I was scared of the unknown factors.

How would we communicate? What if I don’t understand them or they don’t understand me? Do I need to learn sign language?

I didn’t know so I just watched from afar. Now I realize I was somewhat stalkerish and it was probably good no one noticed. I’m glad that I now have some of the paralyzing questions answered and though I still don’t sign I can have a conversation with a deaf person and not be scared out of my wits about the prospect.

The seminar was given by Alabama Department of Rehabilitative Services and it was completely free. So if you, like I was, are dumbstruck by the idea of communication with someone who communicates differently, give them a call and ask about their next seminar.

***Harvest Moon Massage is Decatur, Alabama’s Exclusive Provider of Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, Ashi-Thai and Bamboo-Fusion Massage

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AMTA Alabama YellowhammerAMTA – Alabama Chapter will be hosting three events for massage therapists during the Fall Meeting

Massage Mingle

First event is Friday evening, November 2nd beginning at 7pm. Hal Richardson will be speaking at our very first Massage Mingle. It will be a casual, loosely structured fellowship for massage therapists. No RSVP necessary, but if you’re a Facebook junkie, RSVP at AMTA – Alabama Chapter Massage Mingle event.

3-D Manual Therapy: Legs, Ankles, and Feet

Our CEU  event is Saturday, November 3rd. I am guessing registration starts around 8, but I’ll clarify when I know more. RSVP at AMTA – Alabama 3-D Manual Therapy: Legs, Ankles, and Feet and with Ron at 205-655-2193.

We are very excited to bring Hal Richardson to our November meeting in Huntsville. He just returned from London where he was an official member of our Olympic team. Please join us for six hours of great bodywork to help all of your clients and yourself.

*** 3-D Manual Therapy is a method of soft tissue manipulation that combines a variety of myofascial techniques, movement & stretching with minimal to no lubrication. This seminar will show how this work can be used for injuries such as sprained ankle, IT Band syndrome plus quad, hamstring & gastroc strains. These techniques can be used with athletes at sporting events as well as your clients in the clinic.

Demonstration followed by practice on each other will help you be comfortable & confident using 3-D Manual Therapy when you return to your office. Wear comfortable clothing to allow access to your legs & feet preferably workout shorts.

The workshop will be held on Saturday and lunch will be included.

AMTA Member : $ 120 Everybody else :$ 150
To register for class contact Ron at 205-655-2193 or

AMTA Alabama Chapter Fall Meeting

The Fall Meeting will be Saturday, November 3rd at noon. Come join us for lunch at the AMTA Alabama Chapter Fall Meeting and find out about all the new and exciting happenings with your AMTA Chapter. RSVP at AMTA – Alabama Chapter 2012 Fall Meeting.

All events will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Huntsville South/Redstone Arsenal. If you need a room, contact Elle at 256-881-4170 to make a reservation.

Our chapter is re-energized and making lots of changes. Come find out about all the exciting new opportunities. Hope to see you all there this fall!

Sharon BryantHarvest Moon Massage is Decatur, Alabama’s Exclusive Provider of Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, Ashi-Thai and Bamboo-Fusion Massage

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