Entries by Robert Gardner

What Makes a Good Bodyworker

The artform I work within is unknown misunderstood and frankly exists as a statistical anomaly. I was watching Searching for Bobby Fischer and often wonder about various art forms and the people who push it to new heights and limits. In music I think of Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Fela Kuti, Sun Ra and John […]

In Person Classes

My business during covid has had to transition. I was already leaning on online education quite heavily and when brick and mortar business declined I spent enough time massaging a keyboard and computer to wind up with 4 camera angles, graphics and anatomy on screen with wireless filtered audio. It’s not perfect but we’re about […]


I notice themes after 43 years. I was hit by a drunk driver and did what I had to to survive and get out of pain. Then I passed that information onto an entire of industry of massage therapists who fight struggle strain get carpal tunnel syndrome and declare me unprofessional. A colleague at a […]

Online Massage Education

I got an email from a subscriber who was going to unsubscribe. She wasn’t using the prerecorded video in our vault and we were currently doing a multicamera livestream, a new offering in my teaching. I’m working with her to give her the value she needs to stay and continue learning but many Lmt have […]

Letter to Thay

My sincerest hope is that someone will read this to Thich Nhat Hanh. I hope that my teacher will have a chance to know how he changed my life. This was originally written just after Thay’s stroke. Years ago as part of my own search for health I started practicing yoga. Along with my Thai […]

Questions from Students #1

I see you keep saying that if we have any questions to contact you so here I am. I don’t know how anyone can be bored. My time off has been filled with educating myself, but that’s just me. I don’t know if I have questions exactly. I guess I just want to know what […]

Massage School Promises

Massage school and how things run in the massage industry are interesting. You have to have a license and to get that license you have to go to an official accredited school, if in the U.S., mostly regulated state to state. Going across state lines or online are nearly non-existent and if you try to […]

Contraindication or Caution?

I get emails from time to time or messages from students who are wondering what they can deal with or warnings about various conditions. Here’s an example from last night: Hey Robert,  I have a new client that wants a Thai massage today (just noticed it’s midnight). She completed her intake form yesterday and stated […]

Massage Waiting List

I had a conversation with a colleague and student and while discussing our businesses and doing massage sessions he asked how many clients I see a week. I casually mentioned, “around 4” and he was in complete shock. “That’s it? Just 4?” I said in reply, “well consider that now I have other streams of […]

Innovation and Early Adopters

People think that they love change. They don’t. They fight resist and block it with every attempt including legislation because frankly impermanence is scary and it’s easier if things would just stop changing so fast. Years ago I adopted a different stance. That stance was that since all things are impermanent why not just float […]

Why Businesses Fail

I spend lots of time doing what increasingly looks like consulting. My presumption is that you become a consultant just by doing things becoming successful and then realizing that an increasing amount of your time is spent assisting others in the pitfalls of their doing the same. Spending time talking to colleagues and clients I […]