Saturday, October 27, 2007

Greenville Massage

I remember when I was a kid, it seemed my mother would talk to everyone while we were in public. It used to embarass me to no end. Funny thing, I turned out just like her. The other day I was in BB & T in Greenville, SC & while I was filling out my deposit slip at the kiosk, I overheard the tellers laughing with a customer and saying jokingly that she had done all her addition correctly....this time. I laughed to myself thinking of how I'd messed up with my additions on the fly a few times. I noticed the customer had a strong foreign accent.

As the customer was leaving, she passed by me and I asked where she was from. "Russia," she said and smiled.

"You know, I only know one word in Russian," I replied playfully.

"And what word is that?" she asked.


We then continued a little more small talk and before she departed, she handed me her card and said "You should stop by sometime and see me," then she walked away. I wondered as I read her card if she was flirting with me or was she wanting to gain a new client as her card said: Anna Bowen- Greenville Massage. I figured either way, I couldn't lose.

A few days later, I called her. I was surprised to see that she had a unique setup on the ceiling of her studio. There were parallel bars hanging above the massage table. They were anchored to the walls and ceiling so they wouldn't budge. "What's that for?" I asked tenatively.

"Have you heard of Ashiatsu?"

"Shiatsu, but not Ashiatsu," I said.

She explained that Ashiatsu is an ancient form of bodywork performed with both the hands and the feet. The bars above the table were to stabilize the massage therapist so they could give deep tissue massage with their feet in areas that needed it.

"Wow," I thought. I'd never even heard of it. "I guess I've lived a sheltered life."

Anna Bowen also had a glass case filled with Nikken products. I couldn't believe the selection had grown so much since I saw their catalog a decade ago. Anna is a very warm and giving person and you sense it as soon as you walk in to her studio. She sent me home with a gallon of highly filtered water which she then put it through a cool looking blender that had a cylinder of magnets that spun in the water. She said after this water has been treated like this, it's called Pi-Mag Water. I thought I don't really need it because I have well water with a very elaborate system of 6 filters including a reverse osmosis system, but I'll take it to be polite.

A couple of days later, I was talking with her on the phone while drinking some of her bewitched water and I told her it tastes great, then start telling her about my great system. She suggested that I put down a two bowls of water in front of my cat to see if she prefers my highly filtered water or her Pi-Mag water. I did. Nica sniffed them both out of curiosity, then started drinking the Pi-Mag water. I thought that maybe it was a coincidense, but my cat kept drinking for 3 minutes. She then took a break then went right back to drinking Anna's brew. Anna explained that animals can sense what is good for them.

I laughed and said, "Maybe that's why my dog and cat turn their heads quickly when I put a cup of coffee in front of their noses."

Anna gives a great great that I built a website for her at: She's a good person with a big heart.

Tell Anna that Glen Woodfin recommended her.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Holly Mann Moves into New Dream House & Says She's Writing a New Book to Be Titled, "Honest Riches 2008"

Holly Mann, author of "Honest Riches," a beginner's guide to Internet marketing, has moved in to what she calls a dream home. A single mom at age 22, Holly moved to Thailand after giving birth to her son, Joshua Tyler Mann, so her dollars would go farther due the the favorable exchange rate. Holly was on a $700 a month disability check after a foot injury while serving in the U.S. Army.

Arriving in Thailand, she moved into a simple apartment and she began writing a book about affiliate marketing. She was at the time, a beginner to intermediate level herself, so she took a gamble when she dedicated 4 months to writing her first eBook, "Breakthrough Money Making Secrets Revealed." Holly admits she was only making $900 a month with her Internet marketing endeavors, but she felt she could help the newbie, even if it only added a few more dollars a month to their income.

The gamble paid off. Her royalties poured in giving her a $12,000 a month income that seems to have no end. The Holly Mann story can be found at

Holly remembers having to sell her laptop in order to afford the plane tickets for both herself and Josh. Then, she bought a computer from parts once she landed in Thailand for $250. That and a slow as molasses dial up connection allowed her the chance to break through her own financial stuggle.

After selling over 20,000 ebooks since the first edition, she has announcd she is furiously working on her third edition, "Honest Riches 2008." As always, anyone who has purchased her previous editions can get the upgrade for free. Right now is a great time to buy, so one would aquire her 2007 version as well as her 2008 edition as soon as it's released for the same price. Who knows, she may have a price increase like she did between her first and second edition making it an ideal time to buy now before a likely increase.

One can see from the photographs that Holly's lifestyle has changed dramatically. Check out the Holly Mann new house photographs. Compared to her last apartment, she & Josh will be living in luxury. Many who follow in the steps of Holly Mann applaud her.