I am overdue to post! I find I have become administratively challenged. In a nutshell, I prefer helping clients in the treatment room than doing administrative work. It seems I am not alone—most of my fellow therapists feel similarly. Although it’s a challenge, it’s an important thing to do, so here’s a brief update on recent events and upcoming classes:
I recently attended a Trigger Point Therapy class taught by Amber Davies, CMTPT, LMT, co-author of The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook. Amber is one of the most knowledgeable instructors I have met, and I highly recommend her class and her workbook to fellow therapists. There’s a lot of information to take in, but Amber is able to simplify and translate it into workable treatment solutions. Thanks to the AMTA Indiana Chapter for making the class available.
In April, I will be attending the AMTA Ohio Chapter class on Massage Cupping. There will be lots of applications for this modality, so I am anxious to learn more (and will post what I learn)!
In May, I will be attending a class on Ortho-Bionomy, a gentle, noninvasive and fascinating technique that allows the body to correct itself.
One of the joys of this industry is that there are so many modalities that can help clients manage pain or other issues that adversely affect their lives, and I am deeply grateful to be able to learn more to help clients in their healing process.
Now that winter has passed and spring is finally here, I have had a chance to reflect on my first year in business as a massage therapist. 2015 was a busy year! My first year has brought many wonderful clients into my life, and I continue to be truly grateful for being able to do what I love, and what I feel to be my calling. A year and over 500 massages later, this is what I have learned in my first year:
Helping clients feel better is still the most important thing in what I do. So it is important to me to be able to customize each client’s massage session to address their individual needs. In addition to traditional Swedish massage and craniosacral therapy, I now offer:
* hot stone massage
* prenatal massage
* active isolated stretching
* trigger point therapy
* deep tissue therapy
* enhancement services such as sugar foot scrubs, aromatherapy and topicals
Providing value for my clients continues to be important to me. I believe in making wellness an integral and affordable part of their lives, so I offer the following:
* Clients receive a full 60 minutes of massage, not the typical 50. Hot bamboo is included at no charge.
* An introductory rate of $40/hr
* A client loyalty discount: if clients continue to prebook their next session, they get to keep the $40/hr rate.
* Seniors 70 years and older pay only $25/hr.
* Massage students pay only $25/hr.
* Add-on enhancement services are only $5.
Looking out for my clients’ best interests is important to me. On the horizon will be advanced training in kinesiology taping, structural integration and manual lymphatic therapy, so stay tuned! Continued health and blessings to all in 2016.
Blessings and best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!
2014 was a good year: I became a licensed massage therapist, formed my own business, began to establish a clientele, and took classes to offer additional services for my clients.
And just when things were going well, I caught whooping cough.
I consider myself a fairly healthy person–I try to exercise every day, eat healthy, and in general follow basic self-care guidelines. After all, I need to stay healthy if I hope to remain a practicing massage therapist. So getting sick was a big surprise–I wasn’t “run down” or overly stressed. When my son came home sick from school about a week before, I took him to the doctor. He had “probable bronchitis”, was given antibiotics and stayed home for a few days. Then a few days later, I got sick. Assuming I had the same thing, I also went to the doctor, received antibiotics, and came home to recover, assuming I would be back at it in a few days. I contacted my clients and rescheduled them for the next few weeks.
Wrong assumption. I continued to battle symptoms, believing I had bronchitis, and it was about a week later, when I awoke with a coughing spasm, that I had the stereotypical “whoop” sound. I went back to the doctor and asked for a pertussis test. I was also given a prescription for chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia. The results came back the following week: x-ray clear, pertussis test positive. Once again, I had to contact my clients to reschedule.
The whole experience has been a painful one: my blossoming business has suffered a setback, and I was ill for more than a month. Thankfully my clients were not exposed. I have had to patiently wait it out until I recovered sufficiently to safely resume work. I am reminded that illness can happen to any of us at any time, despite our best precautions and our state of health. The road to recovery can sometimes be a great teacher.
I will be posting info on my additional services soon–stay tuned!
If you don’t know about Cincy Chic, I encourage you to check them out. Thank you Amy and the Cincy Chic staff for hosting such a fun event this past Saturday! It was a pleasure to provide chair massage for guests and to meet old and new friends at Home Chic Home. I look forward to attending future events!
Donated chair massages for a good cause over Labor Day weekend–the James & Rachel Ball Family Reunion! A special thanks to all those hardworking organizers, cooks and musicians that keep this annual event going. I will see you next year!
I will be providing chair massage at some upcoming local events and will post details soon!
Increasing my online presence: in addition to this website, you can also find me at:
American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Find A Therapist:
Facebook: Healing Path Massage, LLC
Massagebook.com (search is by city/state or zip–enter Cincinnati, OH or 45215 to find me)
After the usual bureaucratic red tape associated with my license application, the weeks of waiting, and the euphoria of finally achieving my dream and getting my little blue card in the mail, my first step toward creating my practice was to redo the space designated for my massage room. I wanted to create a positive, warm and inviting space where clients would feel pampered and relaxed. It took a week or more of planning, pricing, shopping and preparing the space, but I’m happy with the results!
This is my first post! I am relatively new to the world of massage therapy. I switched careers in mid-life because I believe strongly in the power of healing touch, and in more natural and holistic approaches to health. The type of work I did paid the bills, but it didn’t represent the type of world I believed in and wished to see. So here I am, stepping out on Faith. I don’t consider myself a writer, but I have already encountered challenges in these early stages of setting up my business, so I hope that my posts will help other massage therapists just starting out. This will definitely be a journey for me. Wherever you are on your path, please take the time to enjoy your journey. Namaste.