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‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’ by Andy Vogt — Review

I would like to express my gratitude to Ellen Hogan (for Readers Favorite) for her recent review of my book ‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’ (Andy Vogt). Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule as well as for your thoughtful words! — Andy Vogt, Author

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CUTE !!  *****  (reviewed by Ellen Hogan for Readers Favorite)

Angie is a massage therapist. She is originally from Germany but now lives in the U.S.A. She has one staunch rule; she will not have a relationship with any of her clients, although many try to change her mind. Mostly she goes to clients’ homes and gives massages there, but once in a while she will help out a friend in her business. She meets Marcus at a gas station while filling up one day, and he gives her his card. It takes her quite a while before she decides to call him. They fall fast and hard for each other, but real life’s pitfalls get in the way. Marcus has an old girlfriend that will not leave him alone and goes to Angie to tell her that they are still together. Meanwhile Angie is being harassed by a former boyfriend and commiserating with other therapists about their lives.

This is quite a cute book with more of a story than I anticipated. I loved the snippets about the massages she gave and the different personalities of the clients. Angie is a good strong character, who knows who she is and what she wants out of life. Marcus is a good foil for her. They have a great chemistry throughout the book. The cover is fitting for the book as a peek into what lies ahead. I was not sure at the beginning that I would like this book but was pleasantly surprised in the end. It is an easy read for anyone looking for one.

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If you would like to read an excerpt, or to get your copy today, please visit my website:  www.andyvogtbooks.com

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Crossroads

The journey through life is made up of many different roads. Sometimes we come upon a smooth road which leads us straight to the desired destination with little or no effort at all. More often, it will be a rocky, crooked road with corners, detours, and steep uphill climbs.

And now and then we get to a crossroads, the most confusing of them all.

Most likely, we stop and look at the options, not knowing what to do. Will this road lead me to the happiness I have been longing for? What if it turns out to be the wrong decision? Only hindsight will tell. But, one thing is certain: In order to find out, you have to take the risk, and choose one path. Otherwise you will never know.

The worst outcome of all is to not make a decision, but to just stay there confused…and then thinking for the rest of your life about a risk you didn’t take.

There are no guarantees in life. There are only choices you make…  🙂


Andy Vogt is the author of
the sultry and humorous
novel ‘Secrets of a Massage
Therapist’. Visit Andy at
www.andyvogtbooks.com 
to read an excerpt.

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‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’ by Andy Vogt — Reviews

I would like to express my gratitude to the following people for their recent review of my book ‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’.  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule as well as for your thoughtful words! — Andy Vogt, Author

***A Randy, Fun Love Story!*** by Author Cheri Powell

I always wondered how legitimate massage therapists handled all the come-ons they must receive in the course of their work. Especially, if they are attractive females. Now I know. Andy Vogt tells all and does it with humor. I found the book to be an enjoyable romp that should be on the reading list of every open-minded female from 21 to 100. If you are sexually prudish, this is not for you. Beneath the honest discussion of sexual drives, both male and female, is a life philosophy well suited to the modern age. Well done, Andy!

***Fun, Provocative Love Story!*** by Author Lori A. Moore

Andy has created a really fun “insider’s perspective” storyline of a professional massage therapist in a love relationship. I got a kick out of the part where the client asked the massage therapist for a “happy ending!” If you want a good, sizzling love story laced with humor, this is the book for you. I had the privilege of meeting this author in person and she inscribed a copy of her book to me as follows, “I hope this book will rub you the right way!” Isn’t that clever?

***Great Book for a Day at the Beach!*** by Erinn (Reader Review)

I think the cover design is perfect for this book because Andy gives a peek at what it is like to be a professional massage therapist and all the “interesting” things they encounter each day. There is a little mystery woven in and a nice amount of romance and a little lust, too. Overall this was an enjoyable read–perfect for an afternoon at the beach. You will laugh at the strange things people do and how classy Andy was in addressing them. And the next time you get a massage, you just might wonder what those walls would say if they could talk. (But you’ll know because Andy explains it all). Enjoyed it–smooth read!


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‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’ by Andy Vogt Book Trailer

Check out the book trailer for my new book… :-).
Lean back, relax…and enjoy!!

‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’ by Andy Vogt is
available in paperback on Amazon.com and
anywhere books are sold, and in e-book format
on Amazon Kindle and Barnes&Noble Nook.
Also visit my website:  www.andyvogtbooks.com 

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‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’ by Andy Vogt


The mysterious and often unorthodox world of a professional massage therapist is the backdrop for this sultry, humorous, and sizzling story of new love. The sexy, funny, and sometimes plain awkward encounters of professional massage therapist and German import Angie parallel her romance with Marcus, a writer of mystery novels. While working through the twists and turns of this new passion, the pair is tested by dark characters in both of their lives.

Secrets of a Massage Therapist is an intriguing story by debut novelist Andy Vogt. It will hook you, make you laugh and smile. Most of all, it will keep you entertained to the very last page.

Meet the author…

Andy has worked as a professional massage therapist for many years, and as such she promotes personal transformation and a healthy lifestyle in her private life as well as in public appearances. Originally from Germany, this free and independent spirit has a passion for writing and a deliciously wild and crazy imagination. One day her warped sense of humor met a keyboard. The rest is history. She is now a published author, freelance writer, and public speaker.

When asked if the novel is based on true events and a reflection of her life, the slightest hint of a coy smile appears on Andy’s face. “It is fiction and a child of my imagination. But naturally, as with a lot of good novels, the book is based on my personal experiences. And–I’m sure, if those stories didn’t happen to me, they happened to somebody somewhere…” And what about those steamy love scenes between Angie and Marcus? Andy smiles, leans back, and winks coquettishly. “As I said, I have a wild and crazy imagination…”

Visit Andy at  www.andyvogtbooks.com

Secrets of a Massage Therapist by Andy Vogt is now available in paperback on Amazon.com and anywhere books are sold, and in e-book format on Amazon Kindle and Barnes&Noble Nook.

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Andy  Vogt,  Author

Life Is Too Short–So Kiss Slowly,
Laugh Insanely, Love Truly,
And Live With Passion.


The following is a little excerpt from ‘Secrets of a Massage Therapist’. Lean back, relax…and enjoy!

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My next client, Tom, was a fairly new addition. One of my regulars had referred him to me, and when I first saw him I was afraid my table wouldn’t hold him. I had estimated him to be about 6’5″ with a very muscular physique, kind of like a professional wrestler.

The table held up, but that first massage was quite a workout for me, and I was completely covered in sweat afterwards. Based on that experience I now asked him to turn up the A/C a little. He eased onto the table and I prepared myself for a workout.

He had earlier told me that he was a bookkeeper for a small automotive company, and as I beheld his nearly 300-pound frame, I smiled at the thought of him being a paper pusher.

I went to work, and he almost immediately dozed off, and just a few minutes later I heard him snoring. Several minutes passed as I worked my magic, the only sound that of pounding skin and air flow. Suddenly I heard a noise at the door, and I looked over. It was Tom’s wife, but not like I had ever seen her before.

She wore the determined look of an Amazon going into battle, and she just silently stood there–her strong and muscular legs slightly spread.

She said nothing, but her outfit spoke volumes.

She was dressed as a dominatrix, with knee-high boots with high heels, fishnet stockings, and a black leather body garment sporting two holes–one for each of her dark red, almost purple nipples.

She seemed strangely enchanted by my deer-in-the-headlights look. I stopped the massage and watched her slowly walk over to her still snoring husband. The whip she had hidden behind her back now appeared, and she used it to slap him on his back. I stepped back further.

“How many times have I told you not to get a massage without my permission?”

Startled, Tom jumped, and tried to turn over.

“Don’t you move! Not ’til I tell you.” She slapped him again and he stopped fidgeting. As for me, I just stared in disbelief.

“So you want to test me? You asked for it, you got it. Punishment will be swift!” With one quick move she pulled the sheet off him. “Get down, on your hands and knees, and crawl.”

She moved away from the table and stood waiting for him to follow her orders. He slowly lifted his head and glanced over at me in a silent cry for help. Then, this huge, lumbering man carefully got down on his hands and knees–his head hanging down like a dog who knows he has done something wrong–and slowly crawled towards his wife. I sat on a nearby armchair, unable to look away. Soon he had made it over to his wife. She slapped him again, this time on his buttocks.

“I have a very special punishment for you today, just to make sure this won’t happen again.” She pointed to her feet with the whip. “Here–lick my shoes, and then my feet. But do it right. Don’t make me tell you again.”

He did. He first licked her left shoe, and then the right one, before slipping the shoes off and licking both of her feet.

“You missed a spot.” She pointed to the top of her right foot. He followed her demand. This spectacle took several minutes.

“Good boy, good boy!” Tom lifted his head with a little smile on his face at his wife’s approval. He had not said a single word during all of this.

“Okay, you can follow me now.” She motioned for him to get up. I wondered, follow her where?

The basement…?

She held out her hand to me. “Here’s your check. You don’t mind letting yourself out, do you?” I took the check, and she opened the door and stepped out into the hallway. Tom followed her like a dog on a leash.

It only took me a minute to pack my stuff. I backed out of the driveway and took one last look at the neat house with a fenced-in back yard, rose bushes and trees, a mailbox painted with colorful flowers, a minivan in the driveway, and a family dog.

Just a typical all-American family…

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Massage Party With A Surprise

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I just love doing massage parties, and over the years, I’ve done quite a few, mostly women getting together to celebrate something, or sometimes for no reason at all.  Well, I was on my way to one of those parties.  A. had called and told me that a friend of hers had referred me to do massages at a little get-together she was having with five other women.

So, as I approached the house, I thought to myself that it looked all too familiar and all of a sudden, it came to me.  A few years ago a guy had called me, also a referral, asking me to give him and his girlfriend massages at this very house.  One thing I remembered specifically was his girlfriend being rather young and a bit silly, constantly babbling, but okay.  Well, the woman at the door, the hostess A., was somebody other than this young girlfriend I remembered.  So, I guess when I went to the house before to give massages, the wife must have been out of town.   🙂   Anyway, as soon as I pulled up, a few women were already eagerly waiting at the door, waving at me, one of them in slippers and robe.  ‘I guess you’re my first victim?’ I yelled, ‘Yes I am!  And I can hardly wait!’

Well, it was a lovely evening, the ladies had a great time, drinking, dancing, playing cards, and getting massages.  A. had told me that she wanted to go last and by the time it was her turn, she was quite tipsy.  As I was working on her tight neck and shoulder muscles, I joked with her ‘I think I can see a name engraved in those tight muscles, causing you to be so tense.’   🙂  ‘Oh, that can be only one person, and that would be my husband.  You want him?’  And we both had a good laugh and I felt how she started to relax.

After finishing A.’s massage, I packed my things and was getting ready to leave when all of a sudden the door opened and A.’s husband came in, obviously a bit early as the party was just about to wrap up.  He took just one look at me, and instantly recognizing me, mumbled ‘Hi, how are you?’ and I saw his face almost turning red.

Luckily, I don’t think anybody noticed the awkwardness of the moment.  It was one of those situations that make you go ‘Huh?’  And it was a little reminder, yet again, how small the world can be sometimes.   🙂

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Massage With A ‘Happy Ending’

While I was reading about somebody’s experience with ‘massage with a happy ending’ the other day, I instantly thought about one of my clients a few years back.  As you probably can imagine, as professional massage therapists, we run into these situations sometimes.  When I do, I usually deal with it with humor and refer them to the ‘Yellow Pages.’   🙂

Since I make house visits to pretty much regular clients, I hardly run into these requests anymore, but naturally, I used to from time to time in my early years, and I remember specifically one client, B., who came to town almost every week for about six months or so, while he was expanding his car business here.  The concierge called me initially after he had asked her for a massage therapist who would come to the hotel.  So this is how we initially met.  B. was a nice older guy, always a gentleman, and we ended up having really nice conversations from time to time.  He seemed to always want to know what I was thinking about certain issues and over time, we established quite a nice massage therapist/client relationship.  But we had to get past one issue first.

When I went for the first appointment, he was quite the gentleman as I said, never did or said anything wrong.  While putting my table together, I noticed that he had two hundred dollar bills laying on the table, but I didn’t pay much attention to it as he had paid me already.  So, when I came back next time, it had slipped my mind until I noticed two hundred dollar bills laying there again.  Here also, B. never said or did anything to indicate that he wanted a massage with a ‘happy ending.’  But it was clear to me that that’s what the generous ‘tip’ was intended for.  Even though he told me every time how good he felt and how much he enjoyed the massage, maybe he wanted to enjoy it a little more …..   :-).

Now, while I was driving to my next appointment, I was thinking about how to best handle the situation.  As he was a very nice person, I wanted to keep him as a client as long as he came to town, so I didn’t want to embarrass him.  On the other hand, I wanted to make absolutely sure that he understood that I was a professional massage therapist and therefore sexual favors were not included (he should have known that by then, but then again, he was a man, so he tried …..  🙂 ).

Anyway, as I saw the money on the table again next time I saw him, I told him about one of my clients who had made advances on several occasions and was looking for more than a massage, and continued to do so, even after I had made clear to him that that was a non-starter.  ‘So I had to let him go as a client, because he just didn’t want to take ‘no’ for an answer and the situation had become too uncomfortable,’ I said to B., looking straight into his eyes.  And I know he got the message without me saying a word directly to him or embarrassing him.  How do I know?

Well, no two hundred dollar bills on the table when I saw him the next time.   🙂

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The Connection: Mind, Body and Soul

Sometimes, when giving somebody with very tense neck and shoulder muscles a massage, I joke around, telling them that I can see names of people engraved in those tense muscles, and that usually serves as an icebreaker or provides for a light moment.  Of course, there is some truth to it.  Because body and mind are interconnected, stress of any kind (involving people and/or circumstances), especially over an extended period of time, can influence our overall health tremendously in a negative way.  Just think about various statistics showing upward of 80% of health problems being stress related.  Imagine by how much that number can be reduced once we know how to decrease stress in our lives and discover ways to deal with stress that will work for us!

You will find various suggestions and tools on that subject when navigating through my website   www.FitwithAndrea.com.   Try out the approaches appealing to you and use the method(s) of stress relief that works for you.  The key to achieving and then maintaining good health is a comprehensive approach.  It includes healthy lifestyle choices, a healthy diet, self-responsibility for your wellness, regular physical activity, and a positive mental attitude and mindset.

Research has shown that negative emotions of fear, frustration, blame, hate and anger cause disorder in the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and can have a negative effect on your immune system.  On the other hand, your immune system can receive a boost and the efficiency of your heart can be increased by positive emotions of joy, appreciation, care, compassion and love.  On matters of the heart, studies have shown that in general, being in a loving relationship of any kind, especially in happy marriages, can help your heart and your overall health.  However, beware that the opposite can be true for negative and toxic relationships.

I believe the following shows the connection between mind, body and soul perfectly.  One of my first massage clients was a sixty-something, very nice gentleman to whom I gave massages on a regular basis.  I sometimes joked with him about his neck and shoulder muscles being like a “brick wall.”  After the massage, his muscles were relaxed and he felt good and was in excellent spirits.  However, when I saw him the next time, his muscles again were like a “brick wall.”  I knew from talking to him that he was retired and his personal life seemed to be okay.  So I had no idea why his muscles stayed pretty much tense most of the time, to the point where he almost couldn’t move his neck from one side to another.  Naturally, I knew that there had to be a reason for that.

And then, one day he opened up to me, telling me how he was still angry at his parents (who were deceased) for him not having had a happy childhood and always feeling like they preferred his brother over him.  When I listened to him, I could hear his anger in his voice and realized that he was still blaming his dead parents for how he felt and probably for most everything that went wrong in his life.  I thought that he most likely had never been able to enjoy life to the fullest, because he ended up blaming his parents for everything that went wrong, and therefore hardly took responsibility and didn’t feel the need to change things himself, because it was his parents’ fault.

Now, this man carried that blame with him his entire life.  And it showed in his tense neck and shoulder muscles.  After hearing his story, I paused for a moment, and then suggested to him that in order to get to a better and more balanced place, he needed to let go of these negative feelings and forgive everybody involved:  his parents, his brother and finally himself.  I told him that if I was in a situation like that, I would seek counseling.  After that we parted and I didn’t see him for some time.  But one day, out of the blue, he called to make an appointment and when working on his neck and shoulders, I noticed how much more relaxed his muscles were.  I was about to make a comment about it when he told me, “You know, I took your suggestion and talked to a counselor and I’m feeling so much better now.”

He didn’t have to tell me at all; his body had told me already.

I lost him as a regular client, because from that time on he got massages more infrequently–as he called it:  for maintenance and preventive health care only, but not out of necessity, as before.

Somehow, I felt happy losing him as a “regular” client.   🙂

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De-Stress Your Life

If you’re like me, you feel a little stressed out lately.  Even though I de-stressed and simplified my life several years ago, and as a massage therapist don’t let stress overtake my life, there are times when it can be a little challenging.  We cannot avoid stress completely in our lives, but it is important for us to find ways to deal with it more effectively as stress can be major factor in upward of 80% of illnesses.  The following are simple suggestions which may help you manage stress a little better.  For more information, please visit my website  www.FitwithAndrea.com

1.  CREATE A NEAT AND POSITIVE LIVING SPACE

Fill your home with positive energy to feel comfortable when spending time there.  You can create a “feel good atmosphere” with very little effort:  simplify and de-clutter.  Get rid of “stuff” you don’t need, especially those things with the sole purpose of collecting dust.  Add color, plants, candles, beautiful lighting, peaceful music in the background, scents if you like, and keep it generally clean and organized.  By the way:  people who visit will also appreciate the positive energy coming from your home and will see it for what it is–a reflection of you!

2.  MAKE APPOINTMENTS WITH YOURSELF

Make regular appointments with yourself.  Exercise, get a manicure, meet with a friend for lunch, visit an art gallery, read a book, take a yoga class ….. and keep the appointments!

3.  FIND A WAY OF RELAXATION THAT WORKS FOR YOU

There are many different ways you can relax.  Try them out and see what works for you:  yoga, meditation, deep breathing exercises, getting a massage, taking a walk.  It doesn’t matter which one you settle on.  Each will help you relax.  Pick one you feel comfortable with and practice it regularly.  Ideally set aside some time for relaxation every day, and put it on your schedule!

4.  PLAN AHEAD

You don’t have to be obsessive about it, but some planning will help you keep the stress level down.  Write down and plan for important things that have to be accomplished the following day or week.  Also, plan your meals and prepare them ahead of time whenever you can.  Then you have a good breakfast, even if you get up a little late; a healthy lunch, so you can also take a walk during your lunch break; and a nice dinner you can enjoy with your family, even if you had to work a little late.

5.  HAVE FUN!

Make time for fun things.  It’s mandatory!  Take a bike ride, play in the park, go to the zoo, take a trip, have a party for no reason at all.  Enjoy life, it pays great dividends!  By the way:  nobody will remember whether your kitchen floor was mopped on the last Sunday in July of last year but you (and your family) will have wonderful memories of a visit to the park, enjoying a picnic and playing around that afternoon.

6.  SLEEP WELL

How well you sleep at night can make the difference in how stress-free and productive you will be the next day.  Find out what ensures you to have a good night’s sleep, whether it is exercising, cutting back on alcohol, coffee and cigarettes, taking a relaxing hot bath before going to bed, having a quiet and dark bedroom or a combination of all of the above.  Limit your news intake, especially before going to bed.  Sleeping well is very important to your stress level and overall well being.

7.  PRACTICE POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS AND VISUALIZATIONS

Give yourself messages as to how well you can cope rather than how horrible everything is going to be.  Learn to say “Yes, I can,” no matter what it is.  The phrase “I can’t do it” is not even part of your vocabulary.  From time to time, especially when in a bad mood or feeling stressed, lean back, close your eyes and visualize something you associate with a positive experience or feeling–an event from your childhood, a sunny day at the beach, a beautiful garden, getting a massage.  It will give you a feeling of joy and put a smile on your face.   🙂

8.  LEARN TO SAY “NO” ….. IN A NICE WAY

There is only a limited amount of hours in the day and you are already trying to de-stress and simplify your life.  If somebody asks you to do something, it’s nice to say “Yes” from time to time, but it is also necessary to be able to say “No” and not feel guilty about it.  Don’t overburden yourself with “stuff” just because you are not able to say “No.”  Learn how to say it, in a nice way!

9.  GET YOUR FINANCIAL HOUSE IN ORDER

Financial disarray can be a constant source of stress (and can be a major contributing factor for divorce).  So make it a priority to get your financial house in order.  Here is a simple guideline.  Find ways to have more money coming in than going out.  That can be achieved by either increasing your income or by cutting your expenses or a combination of both.  And don’t forget to save some money in the process for emergencies.  Life happens, so be prepared for it.  Being from Germany, I grew up with this financial advice, instilled in me by my late father, and it is a general rule to this day:  unless it’s a big ticket item (like a house or a car), if you can’t pay cash for it, you probably don’t need it.

10.  LIMIT CELL PHONE USE

…If you can.  Unless you are a doctor on call, you probably don’t need to be reached on your phone at all times.  So, leave it at home if you really don’t have to have it with you, or at the very least turn it off.

Most of all:  ENJOY LIFE!  LIFE IS TRULY BEAUTIFUL!     🙂

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This Is Roberto, My FB!

So, I’m at one of my clients’ house the other day, putting my massage table together.  My client B. is a business woman in her sixties and has been getting massages from me for a few years now.  While I was busy packing my things, the door bell rang and she asked me to get it.  I opened the door and looked at a young stud in tight shirt and jeans, couldn’t have been older than 25.  He greeted me with a broad smile “Hi!” and walked in as though he had been to B.’s place before.  Trying to figure out who in the world this could be, I watched him walking over to her and giving her a kiss on her cheek.  B. must have noticed the puzzled and clueless expression on my face when telling me “Oh, Andrea, this is Roberto, my FB!”  And I saw Roberto looking at me with another big smile on his face.  All I could say was “Oh, okay.  Nice to meet you.”  And with that I left those two to themselves.  I guess he was there to massage something else …..   :-).  While driving to my next appointment, I was thinking to myself that you just never know.  I had no idea that B. even knew the term FB (F**k Buddy), let alone would have one.   🙂

Well, as you can imagine, she was eager to give me an explanation when I saw her for her next appointment.  “Well, I decided a long time ago that I just don’t want to be bothered with the soap opera a relationship brings with it.  I really have neither time nor patience for that anymore.  So, I decided just to have a FB from time to time.  I appreciate him and he appreciates my generosity, and to tell you the truth, I’m loving it!  Works well for everybody involved.  Heck, men have been doing it forever!”  I remember smiling at her “confession” and telling her “Good for you!  You go girl!”  I filed this under “Things that make you go ‘Huh?’ ”   🙂

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