- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I base my fees on a very simple principle: the more time, effort and expertise the work requires of me, and the more I have to do (and longer I have to wait to be compensated) for it, the more I charge for it. As such, my fees for traditional Swedish-style relaxation massage are more than those for Energy Work but less than those for Deep Tissue or the far more involved, paperwork-heavy and injury-specific Medical massage techniques. My fees, then are as follows: ENERGY WORK (i.e. REIKI, the ACCESS CONSCIOUSNESS BARS or MTVSS Processes) or GUIDED IMAGERY WORK: 60 MINUTES = $100 _________________________________________ TRADITIONAL MASSAGE THERAPIES: 30 minutes = $60 60 minutes = $100 90 minutes = $145, and 120 minutes = $190 __________________________________________ DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE: 30 minutes = $70 60 minutes = $125 90 minutes = $155, and 120 minutes = $210 __________________________________________ MEDICAL MASSAGE: $47.50 per 15-minute unit of treatment. __________________________________________ MOBILE APPOINTMENTS (within 25 MILES of Norwood, MA): I add $40.00 to above rates to locations within 20 miles of Norwood, MA, and $60 for locations between 21-50 miles distance, to cover my travel time, labor and expenses). For more distant destinations, please call for a quote. This rate applies to any of the above services, when performed within the comfort and convenience of your own ground level or elevator-serviced home or office location. In order to address your needs as comfortably and effectively as I can, I will provide the massage table or chair and stool, plus the necessary linens, towels, bolsters, digital stereo system, either lotion, cream or oil necessary to facilitate the required techniques for a successful session and, if the climate dictates, a regulated heat pad. For any service location that does not offer either easy ground floor or elevator access to the treatment room, special arrangements may need to be made. Please call in advance, to discuss these.)
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I have them begin by filling out an intake forms, to give me a confidential view of their current health condition and recent injuries (because there are some conditions, illnesses and/or injuries for which massage is actually contraindicated, where receiving a massage could actually harm the person, so I need to know where we stand before I begin). Then, I take the time to ask them about what's been going on in their bodies, and/or their lives, to be fully present and focused in on their answers, and to let their comments, their bodies and my experience inform me as to how best to approach their long or short-term treatment.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
In addition to my two years of massage school, year of postgraduate medical massage training and 18 months of pre-certification training as a life coach, I’m a voracious reader of books and trade journals, attend both physical and virtual classes and am constantly streaming classes on new techniques, buying DVDs and then practicing them on those clients who’ve expressed an interest in being my “crash test dummies for massage”.