What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I don't have a complicated price system at all. I have been burnt in the past from checks and cards. That's why my services are on cash only. My price is relative inexpensive, competitive, and reasonable. At times it is even cheap from time spending on a client and modalities applied.Especially if I have to travel to my clients' place; I bring my table, sheets, music, candle. I'm the one who drives to and from. My client doesn't have to dress up again, and drive under the influence of "a massage." The client is in its safe and comfortable zone/ambiance. It doesn't have to drive back to its place. He/she can then take a refreshing shower right there at its place (hotel/motel/home), and that's why the cost; normally $25.00 over an in-call. Safety is the paramount issue. Most people feel so sleepy and relaxed after the massage, that I fear for their coordination at the driving wheel. It's better to pay an extra $25.00 for a good service and not to worry about driving and having an accident.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
In order to maintain a license, it is required to comply with the minimum of education hours. And yes, I do have to take classes annually even as refreshers.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
By prior experience. I noticed that special impact a massage can have on the body; health wise as well as emotional and psychological. A pain relief, body refreshing, invigorating with energy, plus a positive wellbeing feeling. Then, if someone can make me have this, why can't I do the same for others?
What types of customers have you worked with?
I do have a part time job in a different line. But co-workers sometimes ask me about some health issues. I appreciate their concern and that trust on seeking a better alternative for their concern.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
When a client comes and feels better afterwards, without the pain/aches, feeling so relaxed and yet invigorated with energy, normally leaves a small tip aside for that unspoken extra " for making me feel this wonderful way."thanks
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Just contact the provider and ask questions, specially privacy and confidentiality, and what kind of modalities, availability, how to prepare for the massage, and particular overall/detailed health conditions. Anybody, regardless who, that gives massages is expected to ALWAYS respect privacy and confidentiality. We are at the same level as doctors and other medical servers; we do not divulge any private information of our clients to anybody at all, especially without any clients' approval. You do not a mass email to your clients at all. If you need/want to send email to your clients, it MUST be individually and without any personal reference to any other client! It happened to one of my clients with another therapist.That's why the therapist lost many of its clients for that indiscretion; PRIVACY and CONFIDENTIALITY.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
That we, massage therapists, have to endure hours and months to know the human body in general and different approaches to address different symptoms. We pay a price for that knowledge at colleges/universities and we have to upkeep yearly with required education hours, which isn't cheap, to maintain a license. The difference between massage therapists and a regular masseuse/masseur is that we have top comply with more schooling than they. There are good masseuses and masseurs that can give you a darn good Swedish massage.