Cole Wellness Massage
Therapeutic Massage for Relaxation, Pain Management, and Better Balance 411 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030 Office Phone: 770-713-8935
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Gail Cole, Licensed Massage Therapist
Cole Wellness Massage
SUMMER 2014 Newsletter

New Rates

Effective September 1, 2014, rates for Massage Therapy will be as follows:
Regular Rate
30-Minute Massage ..................$37.50
One Hour Massage ...................$75.00
90-Minute Massage .................$105.00
* Package of 5 One-Hour .........$325.00
* Package of 5 90-Minute .........$475.00

* All packages may be shared.

These rates reflect an increase of $5 per hour. I strive to keep my rates affordable for everyone and have kept my rates unchanged since July, 2007.

If the increase will in any way cause a financial hardship for you. please feel free to speak with me. Your continued journey towards whole health is my first priority.

Based on the new rates listed above, the discounted rates will also increase.
Discount Rate - 20% off
(Seniors, Students & Non-Profit Employees)
30-Minute Massage ..................$30.00
One Hour Massage ...................$60.00
90-Minute Massage ...................$84.00
**Package of 6 One-Hour ........$325.00
Package of 6 90-Minute ...........$475.00

All packages may be shared.

** Previously, I offered a discounted package rate when purchasing 3 hours. That option is no longer available and 6 hours of massage must be purchased for the package discount.

I will still be offering my annual November Special with a slight increase in price (from $50 up to $55 per hour). I have several clients who purchase in November for the following year. Plan ahead to take advantage of these savings.

Water glass

Drinking Water -
Does it Matter?

Chances are, you have heard me extolling the dangers of dehydration and the importance of drinking adequate amounts of water each day. For years, I have read and heard the abundance of benefits of hydration, but now I am curious to see the benefits for myself.

Will you help me with an experiment?

Your help will require completing an initial short survey (about 3 minutes), increasing your water intake for 6 weeks, and completing a final short survey (about 3 minutes).

I have designed a survey intended to give a snapshot of your health at this time (or in the past few days).
  1. Access the initial survey. (if the link does not work, please copy and paste: )
  2. Please complete and submit the survey.
  3. For your own records, make a note of your current weight. (A second survey will ask for changes in weight. You will not disclose your weight, only gains or losses.)
  4. Next, attempt to drink up to a gallon of water each day (128 oz) for 6 weeks. If you are unable to drink this amount, please try to significantly increase from your usual amount.

    Generally, I follow the formula below to determine the proper amount each person should have: Take your weight and divide by 2. This is the MINIMUM number of ounces you should have daily. Additionally, for every caffeinated beverage, sweetened beverage, or alcoholic beverage, drink equal amounts of water.
  5. At the end of 6 weeks, complete the final survey.  (if the link does not work, please copy and paste:
I have frequently read and heard that dehydration can affect many systems within the body. The effects of dehydration may include muscle and joint pain, digestive issues, and memory problems. I have even read of a long-term study about whether chronic dehydration contributes to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease. Rather than just reading the opinions of others on the topic, I would like to see how water affects my clients and me.

I hope we will all gain knowledge and more body-awareness by witnessing any changes from increasing  water intake. Thank you for helping with this simple study.

Office Hours

There are some minor changes to my work calendar. Previously, I worked 1/2 day on Friday. I am moving the half-day to Monday. We will continue to be closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

Massage Therapy Business Hours are:
Sunday:          Closed
Monday:          2:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday:         9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
 Wednesday:   Closed
Thursday:        9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday:             7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday:         9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Online scheduling is available through my website at

As always, if the appointment time you need is not available, please call or email to add your name to the waiting list (770.713.8935) and we will try to find a time that works with both our schedules.

Will You Share Your Story?

Do you hear the voice of your Spirit Guide? Do you see Angels? Do the Ancestors and Saints assist you in your life's work? If so, I am interested in your story. If you would like to share, please email me privately ( so we can further discuss your experiences.

For my Senior Project for my Religious Studies Degree, I researched and wrote about the "Skinless Ones", which was my term for all those Spiritual Beings that assist us. I was specifically interested in the fear of judgement or ostracism expressed by people who believed they had experienced some contact with Spiritual Beings.  

Below is an excerpt from my paper.

I am a Licensed Massage Therapist and have been practicing bodywork and healing for twelve years, and I have a carefully guarded secret. I frequently feel the presence of spirits as I work in my healing practice...In the process of understanding what I was experiencing, I returned to my Protestant roots...How are spiritual beings discussed and accepted in Protestant communities? Why do individuals who believe they have experienced intervention from spiritual beings feel afraid to discuss their experiences? ...During conversations with persons who believe Skinless Ones are present and intervene in individual’s lives, I always ask about involvement with organized religion and if they share their experiences in casual conversations. The answers commonly begin with, “I was raised in the church, but…” or “I was raised Protestant, but…” Generally, each person expresses discomfort about sharing their experiences with Skinless Ones and feels the need to hide this part of themselves because of fear of being unwelcome in the mainstream Protestant church. The discomfort these individuals express and the language they use about hiding this part of their lives sounds like the language used by other groups who have historically hidden a part of themselves in a protective closet. These initial responses support my instinct to keep my experiences secret and reflect the fear of talking openly about Skinless Ones...

If you are interested in the full paper (25 pages of research including interview excerpts) for those nights of insomnia, I am happy to share. Thank you.

235 E Ponce

New Office Location

It is now seven months since relocating to my new office at
235 E Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 306
Decatur, GA 30030
There is free parking behind the building off Sycamore Street (If you see the parking attendant, just tell him you are coming to my office) or it is only a short two blocks from the Decatur MARTA transit station. The building entrance is in the front facing Ponce de Leon Avenue. If you do not want to take the stairs, there is an elevator for your convenience. My office is on the 3rd floor, Suite 306.
My new office allows greater accessibility, ample parking, and an entirely different group of Decatur dining spots to try. I look forward to seeing each of you in this wonderful new space.
I am sharing my suite with Rita Mathis, LCSW, who specializes in clinical counseling for individuals and groups, and relationship and anger management groups. My suite-mate and I share a vision of peace, wholeness and wellness for all whom we encounter.

Thank You

Thank you all for your support and encouragement as I completed my long-overdue Bachelor's Degree. I graduated May 10th with a BA degree in Religious Studies - 37 years after beginning my first college class.

I also appreciate everyone who has followed me to my new office location at 235 E Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 306. I am enjoying the new space.

Peace and Good Health!