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  • Spa Treatment Protocol

    February 19th, 2016

    Spa Treatment Protocol

    If you haven’t already, now is a great time to start offering customized SPA treatments to your clients. SPA treatments are a great way to diversify your practice offerings and attract new clients. Many consumers are seeking options to help them manage stress and improve personal care. These clients are seeking therapies they can integrate into their existing health care routines that will help them improve health and prevent future problems.

    Capitalizing on the momentum toward self-care does not mean you need to offer a large expanded variety of SPA menu items, in reality, a small offering that allows clients to customize to their needs will get you more flash to bang. Customers are looking for options that help them learn how to care for themselves, are affordable, and convenient.

    MASSAGE WAREHOUSE SPA TREATMENT PROTOCOL

    This protocol is designed to give therapists a basic online for performing SPA therapies in a dry room setting. This protocol can be easily adapted if you have access to water sources such as in room showers. It can further be adapted by breaking out each step to create your own customized SPA treatments.

     


    STEP 1 – PREPARATION

    Loofahs and Sponges Scrubs Body Brushes

    We need to prepare the skin so that the treatment step is as effective as possible. We do this by exfoliating the skin using the exfoliation technique that best suits your client’s needs, treatment duration and setting.

    Exfoliation softens and smooths the skin by removing dead skin cells and debris. Exfoliation can be a very relaxing experience for the client and has the additional benefit of stimulating lymphatic flow and circulation.

    There are many products and tools available that can be used for exfoliation. Selecting the right one is easy if you consider a few simple details:

    • Client’s Needs – It is important to think about the intent of the therapy when selecting an exfoliation product or tool. If a client is older, they may have thinner skin and may need a gentler exfoliant, compared to someone who is younger or who works in the sun and has thicker skin. Additionally, a client who has oily skin may need a different product than someone who has dry cracked skin.
    • Treatment Duration – If you are performing a “mini” treatment it may be more time efficient to choose to use an exfoliating tool, such as a dry brush in comparison to an exfoliation product that has to be applied and removed.
    • Setting – It is important to consider the setting in which the therapy is taking place when determining what exfoliation products or tools to use. If you work in an office or in a client’s home that is carpeted, it may make more sense to use a Dry Brush, exfoliating gloves, Buff or other water based product compared to an oil based Sugar or Salt Scrub. This is especially true if you have not perfected your application and removal techniques as the oil based products, if not managed properly, can get oil on the carpet which then attracts dirt leaving dark stains. If you are in such a situation and need a more aggressive exfoliant you can combine a buff with an exfoliating glove to get the same effect.


    STEP 2 – TREATMENT

    Herbs & Wraps Balms Aromatherapy Parapango

    The treatment step is where we accomplish the therapeutic goals of the session. The goals may include the desire to hydrate dry skin, firm or reduce the appearance of cellulite, detoxify, reduce pain or discomfort, or to relax and reduce stress. One popular and effective technique used during the treatment step is to wrap the body in a thermal blanket for 15 to 20 minutes. Treatment products are selected based on the treatment goal, duration of the therapy, and setting.

    A Few Things to Consider when Selecting Products:

     

    • Treatment Goal – Be sure you understand what the client considers the treatment goal to be. They may want to hydrate dry skin AND reduce stress. In this case, you may consider adding several drops of an essential oil, such as Geranium oil, that has both relaxing properties for the mind and healing properties for the skin. * Remember essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin, but should be mixed in a carrier oil to prevent irritation.
    • Duration of Therapy – Some treatment products are applied and removed while others are left on the skin and become the finishing product. Additionally, once applied some products need to remain on the skin longer than others to give time for the therapeutic properties to take effect. Be sure you understand the requirements of the product you are using to maximize benefit. Typically, products that are applied and removed will need more session time than those that stay on the skin to become the finish product.
    • Setting – Dry Room product are easily removed with warm towels, making them versatile and easy to use in almost any setting. Some treatment products are designed for Dry Room therapies, meaning, you do not need a water source like an in-room shower to use them, others are not Dry Room friendly and require a water source. Be sure you are using the appropriate product for your environment by getting familiar with a products properties before using them on a paying client.
    • Compatibility of Product/Technique – All products used in a SPA treatment should enhance the treatment goal, but we also need to think about how one step leads into the next. For example, if you are using a treatment product that will become the finishing product, it is very important to ensure a complete removal of your exfoliant, otherwise the client will leave still feeling grains of the exfoliant on their skin! You might even decide to exfoliate using a dry brush in this situation. If, on the other hand, you are using a mud for your treatment step, the mud will often grab any remaining exfoliant and both will be removed with the warm towels.

    STEP 3 – FINISH

    Creams & Butters Lotions Hot Stone

    The finish step of our SPA protocol includes finish products and finish techniques. The finish may last from 5 minutes to an hour, depending on the intent.

    Finish products are the last product to be applied to the skin. Like products used in Step 1 (Prep) and Step 2 (Treatment), they should contribute to the intended treatment goals of the therapy. The finish product is typically intended to “close” the skin by protecting it from the outside world and by replacing moisture that may have been lost during Steps 1 or 2 of the treatment. As mentioned earlier, the product used in Step 2 (treatment) may become the finish product. This is often the case in an aromatherapy wrap.

    Finish techniques, like products, are selected based on their contribution to the treatment goals of the therapy. If the primary treatment goal was to de-stress, then a 30 minute Swedish or Hot Stone massage would be great ways to finish the therapy. If the treatment goal was to detoxify, a 30 minute Lymphatic Drainage massage may be appropriate. If you are performing a 30 minute “mini” treatment, 5 minutes of rocking, compression and stretching may tie the therapy together nicely. The important things are to consider which techniques best suit the treatment goals and to properly schedule the session to include the appropriate amount of time needed.

    SUPPLIES & TABLE SETUP

    Dry Room SPA therapies can be performed in almost any massage office and even at a client’s home with a little forethought and preparation. It is important, regardless of setting, for the room to be on the w

     

    arm side so the client does not become chilled as product is applied and removed.

    List of Supplies You Will Need:

    Basic Massage Table Setup (In Order from Bottom to Top):

    • Bolster
    • Fitted Sheet
    • Flat Sheet
    • Blanket
    • Thermal Blanket
    • Thermoplastic Film
    • 2 Large Bath Sheets
    • Add Head Rest with Face Cradle Cover

    APPLICATION & REMOVAL STEPS

    After conducting an intake to determine if any contraindications exist and to clarify treatment goals, direct the client to undress and lay in a prone position (face down) under the top bath towel and on top of the bottom bath towel. Leave the room while they do so.

    Some offices have supply cabinets or rooms, while others have products and equipment in the treatment room with the client. If you work in a location with a supply cabinet, dispense applicable products into rubber spa bowls while the client is preparing for the therapy, otherwise dispense products into bowls as you introduce them to the client prior to application. This is a final check to ensure that there are no allergy or client concerns. You should have already placed 8 to 10 moist hand towels into your warming devise.

    Step 1 – Preparation

    1. Undrape client to expose the back to just 

      below the top of the hips.

    2. Apply approximately (varies based on client size and product) a tablespoon amount of exfoliant to the back in one long stroke running from the base of the neck to the top of the sacrum. Spread the exfoliant from the center line out to the sides of the body using small circular motions with both hands. When your hands reach the side, bring them back to center and moving slightly higher up the back and repeat motion to the sides. Continue this motion until you reach the shoulders. Repeat movement, working down the back until you reach the sacrum, then make a third pass, ending at the shoulders. *Pressure is coming from your fingertips. Motion is small circular movement – NOT massage – do not rub the exfoliant in. Each area should receive 3 passes. The skin should become slightly pink and rosy.
    3. Apply a small amount of exfoliant to the back of the arms. Working one arm at a time, in small circular motions, move from the shoulder to the wrist, back to shoulder and back to wrist, finish with exfoliation to the front and back of the hand. *Be sure to lift the arm and shoulder slightly to allow you to exfoliate the front of the arm. Pay special attention to the elbow or areas of rough, dry skin.
    4. Cover the back with the top towel and un-drape the client’s left leg. Make sure to drape properly to ensure client comfort. * You may elect to offer disposable panties or clients may wish to keep bottom under garments on.
    5. Apply approximately (varies based on client size and product) a tablespoon amount of exfoliant to the back of the left leg in one long stroke running from the ankle to the top of the hip. While facing the head of the table, spread the exfoliant around the crest of the hip and gluteal area in small circular motions with one hand, keeping client comfort in mind. Repeat this movement three times.
    6. Starting at the top of the leg, continue spreading the exfoliant from the center line to outside of the leg. When you reach the table return to center working down the leg one section at a time. Once you have worked one third of the way down the leg, begin to perform movement to the inside of the leg as well, keeping client modesty in mind. Once you reach the ankle reverse direction, returning to the top of the leg and back to the ankle. *Movement is performed in small circular motions with both hands.
    7. Exfoliate left foot using the same movement, cover leg with bath towel and repeat on right leg.
    8. Once exfoliation on the posterior body is complete, undrape the client’s back.
    9. Remove a towel from warming caddie and, after checking for comfort, lay the towel across the client’s back to cover from neck to the top of the hip. Press the warm towel into the client’s back to soften the exfoliation product for easier removal. Then, using a bunching motion, gather the exfoliant with the towel as you work the towel down the back.
    10. Fold the towel in half long ways with the side that was touching the back to the inside, leaving the unused portion of the towel on the outside.
    11. Lay the half folded towel across the back of the left arm and press gently. Again, using a bunching motion, remove the exfoliant from the front and back of the arm.
    12. Using the last unused side of the towel repeat removal on the right arm.
    13. Cover the back and arms with the top bath towel.
    14. Undrape the left leg and lay a fresh towel across the leg covering the hip and the top of the left leg. Press the towel into the hip and leg, before sliding it down to cover the lower leg. Press the towel into the lower leg. Slide the towel back to the top of the hip, using a bunching motion gather the exfoliant with the towel as you work down the leg to the foot. Cover the leg with the top bath towel.
    15. Depending on the thickness of the towel and your speed, you may be able to use the un-used side of the towel to repeat removal on the right leg, assuming the towel is still hot. Otherwise, repeat removal with a fresh towel on the right leg. Cover when complete.
    16. Ask client to flip to a supine position. Insert a 

      breast drape if appropriate.

    17. Using the same technique as on the posterior body, apply exfoliant to the upper chest, belly and anterior of both legs.
    18. Using the same technique as the posterior body remove the exfoliant from the left leg, then the right, then the belly and upper chest. One towel for the chest and one towel for both legs.

    Step 2 – Treatment

    1. Have the client sit up so that you can roll the bottom bath towel down to the top of the hips. While the client is sitting up apply your treatment product to the back, then have the client lay down onto the plastic film.
    2. Have the client left their hips slightly so you can remove the bottom bath towel by sliding it out from under their backside and legs.
    3. Have the client bend the left leg up slightly so you can reach the backside of the leg. Using one hand, apply your treatment product to the back of the leg. Have the client extend the leg and apply product to the front of the leg. Once complete wrap the leg in the underling plastic film. Cover with the top bath towel.
    4. Repeat on the right leg.
    5. Moving to the head of the table, undrape, apply the treatment product to the arms, belly and upper chest. Wrap in plastic and recover with the bath towel.
    6. Cocoon the client in the thermal blanket and regular blanket. Client stays in the cocoon for 15 to 20 minutes. This is a perfect time to do a face/scalp massage.
    7. When appropriate unwrap the cocoon. *Do this slowly to avoid creating a draft.
    8. Undrape the left leg and pull the plastic film off the leg, gathering as much of your treatment product with the plastic as possible. *Be sure to roll the film into itself to contain the product.
    9. Using a warm moist towel cover the entire front of the top of the left leg. Press the moist towel into the leg. Slide the towel down to cover the bottom of the leg. Press the towel into the leg. Fold the towel in half so that the inside is the unused portion. Then fold the towel into a quarter fold so it is easy to hold in one hand. Use this to clean off the foot and remove any remaining product that is on the front of the leg.
    10. Moving the plastic film to the inside place the foot flat on the top of the thermal blanket with the client’s knee bent. Clean the treatment product off of the back of the leg.
    11. Once complete bend the left leg to 90 degrees and bring the left ankle to the outside of the right knee. This will hold the left leg out of the way while you roll the remaining plastic wrap in on itself, fold the thermal blanket and regular blanket to the inside. Return the left leg to an extended position on top of the top sheet.
    12. Repeat on the right leg using the same technique. *Use the clean side of the same towel if it is still warm enough, otherwise use a fresh towel.
    13. Undrape the upper body. Making sure the breast drape is still in place. Remove the plastic from the right arm, collecting as much treatment product as possible and rolling the plastic in to contain the product.
    14. Fold a fresh moist towel in half long ways and lay across the arm covering from shoulder to wrist. Press the towel into the arm. Wipe to remove product from the front of the arm. Cross the arm across the chest to remove product from the back of the arm. Plastic wrap should still be covering the chest so you can rest the arm without getting product on it. As the arm rests across the chest roll the plastic wrap close to the body, roll the thermal and regular blanket in and return the arm to rest on top of the top sheet. Repeat on left arm using the other side of the half folded towel.
    15. Once arms are complete, open the half folded towel and refold in half the short way with the unused portions on the outside. Use one side to remove product from the upper chest and the other side to remove product from the belly. Recover with top bath towel.
    16. Have the client sit up ensuring the plastic wrap comes with them. Have a warm towel ready. Remove plastic film, gathering as much treatment product as possible and rolling plastic wrap inward to contain product. Lay the warm moist towel across the client’s back and press several times. Leave the towel in place. Roll the thermal blanket to the top of the hips, keeping it separated from the plastic film. Then accordion the regular blanket and top sheet so they are bunched at the top of the hips. After removing the treatment product with the hot towel have the client lay back down onto the bottom most sheet.
    17. Gathering the plastic film, thermal blanket, regular blanket and top sheet in your hands on either side of the clients hips, ask the client to lift their hips as you slide the material down to kne 

      e level. Now ask the client to lift their heels, bring all the materials out from under their legs and back up to cover the client.

    18. Remove the plastic and the thermal blanket and your client is ready for the finishing step!

    Step 3 – Finish

    1. Undrape the client’s arms, legs and chest one section at a time and using a warm, moist towel complete one final cleaning pass to ensure complete removal of product.
    2. Once complete apply your finish product and perform finishing techniques to close out the therapy.beyond-products_Feb-winter-rehab

    What Do I do AFTER Massage School?

    February 4th, 2016

    What Do I do AFTER Massage School?

    When you went to massage school, you were trained by a specialist.  How do you know what you are trained to do?  What does your training mean?  How do we discuss what we do? If you were not trained by a specialist – trained in the general sense – you may not be able to speak specifically enough about your work to call it “specialized.

    Massage school may or may not be what you expected it to be.  Most school owners and instructors are specialists, meaning: they have taken their basic training and focused the development on their practice in one or two techniques or modality areas.  I had an instructor named Jon Heart.  He was one of the major influences in my practice when I graduated. He is an amazing deep tissue massage instructor; however, he did not make me into a well-rounded therapist.  Most of us did not expect to practice in the professional world exactly what we learned in massage school.  But after we get done with our massage programs, can we say what it was all about?

    Most of us graduated from massage school and we started looking for job.  Many of us took the first job that came along.  The location at which we are employed does not necessarily mean we are “a Spa Massage Therapist”.  I work at a spa and a massage clinic.  I can talk about Kinesiology in either setting, and I build my client base in both settings.  The best way to look at what you do is not based solely on the location of your practice: look into what specialty you enjoy and will continue to study in the profession.

    Massage school is just the beginning; however, at the end of your training, you need to ask yourself “What does my training mean?”  The biggest challenge in teaching is effectively communicating how and what to study.  If you had a teacher who pushed you to look at specific topics you would find out the answers s/he is looking for.  Hopefully, you also applied some of the information and started thinking logically about the concepts being presented.  If you were never introduced to ideas, you probably wouldn’t have expanded your knowledge of the subject.  I can see several categories of massage therapist that initially produce a type of trained massage therapist in our field.  Below are the categories I am suggesting to the profession for training.

    Classically-Trained:
    A classically-trained massage therapist graduates with entry level knowledge and performance.  These types of massage therapists can also advance in classical training by expanding their knowledge of Swedish techniques.  These basic skills are where a massage therapist with a minimum of 500 classroom hours in massage school will most likely graduate.  If you are a classically-trained therapist, that does not mean you cannot change your practice, it just means you need more education/experience to become additionally specialized. I would say many massage school graduates come out classically-trained and start working for an employer that does not require more.  If this is your passion, embrace it and love the wonderful work you will continue to do.  You will change many people’s lives and make many people happy.

    Hints: You most likely have a routine or standard massage that works well for you and is very patterned.  You ask about medications and injuries to avoid contraindications and provide a safe massage experience. You usually refer to strokes and their therapeutic benefits to explain why massage is good for your clients.

    Clinically-Trained:
    A clinically-trained therapist usually looks at the physical status of the client before making a treatment plan.  This includes any number of pathologies, ranging from a sprained toe to many forms of cancer.  Most clinically-trained massage therapists do not start this way.  Being specialized in this sense requires advanced training, beyond classical training, that prepares you for application of a specific technique for a specific condition.  I believe one of the biggest things that sets these therapists apart from classically-trained therapists is their willingness to work with clients who are in many different stages of illness, from the athlete to the hospice patient: each client is very unique.

    Hints: You ask your clients what issues they are having so you can focus on it.  You want a complete health history to make sure there are no medication or systemic or specific health issues you may need to consider.  The bigger the health issue, the more excited you get to see what you can do for the client. You usually work in collaboration with or actually inside a medical facility (doctor, doctor’s office, hospital, pain management clinic, rehabilitation facility, etc).

    Spa- or Service-Trained:
    A spa- or service-trained therapist will be most successful if they study sales, product placement and the art of ambiance – customer service is a high priority.  All therapists need to be able to sell their services or they will not have a strong business or strong support for their employer’s business.  Service training will give you the ability to expand on your business.  Many massage therapists who worked as waiters or waitresses while in school received this training as they prepared for their profession.  Just because you are a good massage therapist does not make you a good salesperson and vice versa.  Product knowledge and research are key to this profession.

    Hints: You want to know what is in everything: all your products, all your supplies, and how to maximize the client’s benefit with the most skill.  This usually includes specialty in hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, skin applications, and advanced customer communication skills.  You ask about pathology so you can see if there will be any reactions to the products you regularly use.

    Energetically-Trained:
    Energetic training for a therapist can be quite rigorous.  Some therapists have this information come naturally to them.  Others are advanced practitioners of the quantum realm.  From Reiki Masters to quantum healers, this training includes more than just touch.  Some specialists can operate without touch, however, to keep it in the profession of massage therapy (not of Bodywork, as well) we categorize only therapists that use hands-on techniques or use the other only in conjunction with hands-on work.

    Hints: You usually look to something outside the musculature for cause and effect.  You want to know more than just what activity they have been doing, but sometimes how they feel about doing it.  You ask about health history to see what the effects maybe by changing the energetic body to help.

    Combining these Training types can give you a specialty that many others may not have.  However, if you are mediocre at practicing or applying many of these types together, in one practice or service menu, it is going to be tough to stand out and be successful in any one of them.  Remember: if you do what you love and love what you do, you will find a reason to be successful.  Massages can rarely feel like an hour when you go beyond your massage school program: reach out to the specialty that interests you at this point in your career – integrate new techniques and modalities that help you put your practice in a class of its own.

    To improve your training I would suggest the following online courses provided by www.MassageWarehouse.com

    Nathan J. Nordstrom LMT LMP BCMT

    Educated Touch

    P.O. Box 329

    Oakesdale, Washington 99158

    Nathan@educatedtouch.com

    (503)706-2480

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    Strategic Income Planning

    December 9th, 2015

    Strategic Income Planning

    Painless Tips To Make More Money In 2016

    By Angie Patrick

    Who doesn’t enjoy a raise? A raise means someone acknowledges you and your efforts for another year of service. It means you have performed well at a certain level and now it is time to reward your efforts by raising your earnings a little.

    A raise is something we have all come to think of a synonymous with doing a good job and being rewarded for that good job in a monetary way by our employer. No, I do not believe anyone ever said, “What? A raise for me? No Thank You!”

    But what if you are self-employed? What if “the boss” who so graciously divvies up raises happens to be the same person as the purchaser, the scheduler, the therapist, the marketer, the janitor and the chief bottle washer? How do you give yourself more money from a business you think you run like a tight ship, and a workload and that is at maximum capacity? You look for new ways, that’s how. Money hides in the darndest places, and finding ways to eke out a couple more percent here can add up to a net pay raise overall for you. I want to look at a few places your money is hiding from you, and give you a few tips on how to coax it back into your pocket.

    Preventing Client Churn

    In most businesses, churn happens naturally for a variety of reasons. But sometimes, it is because of specific reasons and these may well be reasons you have control over. Before we can look at why customers leave, we need to first have a means to identify they have left.

      Now, I understand many clients come for a specific issue and then once that issue is resolved, they stop coming. We all want to be known as the therapist who helped Jimmy with his frozen shoulder before his big golf game. But do we just accept Jimmy will not be returning because the issue has found resolution? When this happens, do you just allow them to go or do you offer other means to serve their needs and provide education to support this? I am sure you are familiar with the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” These are clients that have experienced your talent and skill first hand, likely are candidates to continue to visit you to prevent issues. It takes education on the importance of prevention and the means to keep in contact with that client long after the initial issue has resolved. A client who knows you will likely return if they have received good service, been treated well, and have seen the value in what you provide. These same clients that are now better as a result of your care may well wish to remain under your preventative care to ward off future issues. This is a client you can count on, and can rebook. But if you just allow them to leave without providing alternatives, you have to work hard to find a replacement client.

    When a client does make the decision to leave, do you ever learn why? Do you notice they are no longer booking with you? It is more common than you might believe to have a client slip through your hands unnoticed. Having a means to track client visits and reach out to them on a regular basis is important. Whether you do this through personal calling, a newsletter, or email; customer outreach is hugely important to a successful practice. Knowing when a client leaves as early as you can detect it, will give you the ability to call and check in with them and learn if they are in need of making an appointment or have moved on to other pastures. If they have moved on, I always think it is important to try and determine what prompted the decision to leave your practice. This conversation need not be confrontational, but more informational. Perhaps they had a bad experience, one for which you were wholly unaware. Learning about it and finding the root cause to prevent re-occurrence can save you future client departures for the same reasons.

    The money and time spent keeping a client is far better spent than spinning through new client after new client that seldom return. I am not advocating fabricating reasons or issues that compel your client to return out of fear. I am advocating your taking a preventative stance, and sharing with them what you know to be true. Regular massage brings along with it many significant health benefits. Educating your client on the benefits of regular massage can help you keep your client happy and satisfied, and your booking calendar full.

    Eliminate ” No Show” Clients Early On

    We all have them, those client that book a block of time, and then on the day of appointment they don’t show up and you find yourself sitting on 60-90 minutes of booked time. This happens and is part of life, but working to nip this behavior in the bud is the best means of prevention. There are a few ways you can help alleviate this issue.

    First, consider spending time the day before reaching out to your clients by phone to remind them of the appointment. Sometimes, this will enable you to learn ahead of time any challenges the client has come across in making the appointment allowing you time to rebook. Second, consider a ” no-show” fee. If a client has booked with you and fails to show without contacting you in enough time to work to rebook the time, then a fee could be charged. Having explained this fee and the consequences up front can help eliminate this issue fully. No one wants to pay a fee, but additionally, no one wants to be “surprised” by one either. Clear guidelines need to be set up and discussed before a client books so they know what to expect.

    Lastly, most people want to be respectful of your time, but will take any slack you allow them. Make sure you have clear guidelines as to when to show up for an appointment, and when the appointment is over, regardless of late arrival.  If a client arrives late, still see them, but being clear that they have taken up their own appointment time in being late ahead of time makes for a less uncomfortable exchange and can help prevent lateness the next time.

    Remember, your time is your money. When you allow your time to be wasted by clients who don’t show, or are chronically late, it is you who pays for it. Think carefully about these issues and find a place of comfort you can live with and then inform the clients of your policies. They will work to adhere to your guidelines, and when they cannot, they know what to expect.

    Supply Chain Management

    As a therapist, you are a consumer of professional products, specifically related to the work you do. Have you ever considered how you purchase your goods as a means to add black ink to your bottom line? Having a strong understanding of your supply needs, timing, and consolidation of purchases, as well as how you choose to pay for them can save you money.

    Let’s say you are a therapist who orders just what is needed, just in time for the previous product to run out. You order weekly, or perhaps every other week, and order just enough to satisfy the needs of the next two weeks. This is called “Just In Time” ordering, and can work for many. However, if you take a step back, and look at your overall purchases for a three month period, you may be able to detect a specific pattern to your needs. Once you can determine what goods you will likely need for the coming quarter, consider buying these all at once. Look online for price breaks on your favorite brands, or freight incentives, and consider buying in bulk. You can save significantly by the gallon if you go from buying five individual gallons, to buying a five gallon pail. The savings are real and are important enough to take a longer look into what else you may be able to buy quarterly instead of bi-weekly.

    Once you have determined that you may well be able to save not only money, but time when you place the planned quarterly order, you may want to consider how you pay for these goods. Many opt for paying cash or using a debit card. This is always good, and can give you real-time accounting of what money you have right now. But with a little forethought, you can structure these buys to provide you rebates, points or cash back on the goods you know you are going to need anyway. In my experience, I have seen successful businesses have a business-only charge card and they search for the ones providing the greatest loyalty benefit to the business. Maybe you prefer a percentage as cash back of purchases, or perhaps you would like to earn points towards a personal reward like that set of gourmet pots and pans you have always wanted. Using a card for these purchases, then paying the card off in full monthly, will help you take advantages of the benefits of using these cards and still alleviate the interest if paid in full each month.

    Hire an Accountant

    I know, it sounds scary, but believe me when I tell you, your accountant will always help you stay on the right path and help provide direction in a whole host of ways that ultimately save you money. This is the single best piece of advice you can be given in my opinion, and here is why: Do you know what education expenses are deductible? Do you have all the answers in regards to claiming a client gift or dinner, what is deductible and what is not? Do you know if you can claim attending conferences and what mileage can be claimed? How about association fees, or other business related forum fees? Most people don’t have this committed to memory, and chances are this is not your center of focus either. Just as your clients hire a professional in your field to provide them with solid advice and care, you should do the same when it comes to your money and the care of your business.

    When you hire an accountant, you can let them manage all the financial issues you may or may not have been doing correctly, thus allowing you to focus on building your business and retaining clients. They can worry about filing taxes, returns, exemptions, deductions, and all those things most of us find nebulous at best. An accountant is certainly handy to help you put accounting management tools in place so you can also have greater visibility to the overall financial health of your company. Obtaining the advice of this type of professional is a smart business decision and one that will save you from mis-steps and pitfalls often made when braving these endeavors on your own.

    Ultimately, in order to save yourself the maximum amounts of time and money possible, you need to take a close look at your processes, how you do things, and seek ways to improve or streamline them. No doubt, when you take each part of the business management role you play and look to find sleeker more streamlined ways of management, you will not only save time but money, too. For most of us, these two things are one in the same. Any time or money saved can be spent doing things you enjoy, spending time with family, or even just reinvesting it into your business. Isn’t this the same we would do with a raise from an employer? Take a weekend, and re-evaluate where you can streamline and consolidate, or improve processes like retaining clients and re-booking. Doing so now can net larger dividends for you in 2016!

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    NRG Premium Microfiber Massage Sheet Set

    November 30th, 2015

    Check out the New NRG Premium Microfiber Massage Sheets Set

    Our Premium Microfiber Massage Sheet Set represents the ultimate in quality, comfort and durability. made from 100% double brushed polyester, these light weight, soft as silk sheets are wrinkle resistant right out of the dryer and resist pilling. The perfect addition to your massage or spa table.

    Our massage table sheets will withstand repeated washings with proper care. Pretreat stains before laundering, especially stains resulting from oil-based products. Wash in warm water with mild detergent and tumble dry on low heat. 120 GSM (Grams per Square Meter). Do not bleach.

    Massage Spa Sheets Set Includes:

    1 Fitted Massage Sheet (7″ drop – 36″ x 77″)
    1 Flat Massage Sheet (63″ x 100″)
    1 Crescent Cover (13″ x 13″ x 6″)2290221L

    Check out this amazing new NRG Massage Table Vedalux

    October 9th, 2015

    New NRG Massage Table Vedalux

    By Day Spa Association

    When you think there can’t possibly be a new table in the market, Massage Warehouse introduces the NRG Vedalux massage Table, available in 5 colors and includes all the bells and whistles including:

    • 3″ memory foam for the face rest
    • a curved headrest for ultimate comfort
    • double knobs on the legs for strength and security and 3.5″ of triple density foam

    You really have to lay on one to believe how comfortable this table really is.

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    Specifications:

    Width 30″ Arm Rest Yes
    Height Range 25″ – 35″ Corners Round
    Length 73″ Face Cradle Cushion 3″ Memory Foam
    Working Weight 550 lbs. Table Foam 3.5″ Fireproof Triple Density
    Reiki End Plates Yes Ship Weight 53.5 lbs.
    Shiatsu Cable Yes Carry Case Yes

    Café Brulée Indulgence Signature Massage Treatment by Biotone.

    September 14th, 2015

    Café Brulée Indulgence Signature Massage Treatment by Biotone.

     

    This full body exfoliation uses a Café Brulée sugar body polish made with pure cane sugar, fine ground coffee and natural exfoliant seeds in a creamy, thick buttery base. Use in combination with warm wet towels to slough away dead skin cells, revealing beautiful, radiant, youthful skin. Then cocoon your clients with a silky layer of Cocoa Comfort Massage Balm with Aloe Vera to hydrate and moisturize. Finish with a relaxing massage, leaving the skin with a natural glow.

    Biotone Sugar Body Polish Cafe Brulee 12 Oz

    Ingredients

    Café Brulée Sugar Body Polish 2oz

    Cocoa-Comfort Massage Balm 1.5oz

    Supplies

    2 Rubber spa bowls

    6 warm, moist hand towels

    Instructions

    1. Add 2oz of Café Brulée Sugar Body Polish in a rubber spa bowl.
    2. Add 1.5 oz of Cocoa Comfort Massage Balm in a rubber spa bowl.
    3. Apply 2 oz of Café Brulée Sugar Body Polish following the BIOTONE protocol* for exfoliation.
    4. Apply Cocoa Comfort Massage Balm in an even layer to each part of the body, *while quickly covering each area with plastic wrap. Cover client with towel to keep warm.
    5. While standing at the head of the table, pull up all layers of sheets, thermal wrap and blankets, cocooning the client.
    6. Allow the client to rest wrapped for 15-20 minutes. This is an ideal time to incorporate a face or foot massage into the treatment.
    7. Remove plastic sheet, and perform a finishing massage treatment with the Cocoa Comfort Massage Balm.

     

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    Introducing The Pink Grapefruit “Squeeze” – A Signature Massage Treatment from Bon Vital’

    September 4th, 2015

    Introducing The Pink Grapefruit “Squeeze” – A Signature Massage Treatment from Bon Vital
    Tantalize your senses. This refreshing massage also includes an exfoliation on the hands and feet that will leave you rejuvenated and balanced. Bon Vital Products needed: Original massage Oil with Jojoba, Grapefruit Essential Oil, Pink Grapefruit Sugar Scrub, Pink Grapefruit Body Silk, Grapefruit Aromatherapy Essential Roll-on, several warm, moist towels and some dry spa towels.

    Time: 90minutes – Approximate Cost per Treatment: $7 – Recommended Charge per treatment: $125-$175
    To prepare the signature massage oil, add 3-8 drops of the 100% pure essential oil to each ounce of the Original Massage Oil with Jojoba. Gentle shake the container to combine the oils.

    Bon Vital Spa Sugar Scrub 8Oz Pink Grapefruit

     

    In a supine position
    1. For the Face
    Put a few drops of the blended oil on your hands and rub together vigorously. Placing the pads of your thumbs on the center of the forehead, massage the “third eye” in a clockwise, circular motion and massage the temples with the pads of the three middle fingers.

    2. The Scalp
    Apply a few tablespoons of warm grapefruit oil blend to the upper forehead just above the hair-line. Next, comb through the hair with your fingers for a few moments and end by wrapping the hair and scalp with a warm, grapefruit-infused towel.

    3. The Upper Extremities – includes a scrub
    Moving to the right hand and arm, apply the blended oil over the entire region. Place a quartersized amount of Pink Grapefruit Sugar Scrub in your hand and massage it over the oiled arm, using the heel of your hands, compress, squeeze and lift the forearm and upper arm. With a warm, damp towel remove excess sugar scrub. Apply compression strokes on the hand, forearm, and upper arm by gently squeezing the extremity from distal to proximal. Apply Pink Grapefruit Body Silk to the freshly scrubbed arm. Using the heel of your hands, squeeze the tissue, finishing with effleurage. Repeat on left arm.

    4. The Lower Extremities – includes a scrub
    Move to the right foot. Massage in the Grapefruit oil to the lower and upper leg with a medium pressure. Apply Pink Grapefruit Sugar Scrub to the right foot and lower leg. Wrap the foot and
    lower leg with a warm, damp towel. With the towel wrapped around the right leg, compress (squeeze) the tissue under the towel. Repeat on the left leg. Return to the right leg and remove the towel and the excess Pink Grapefruit Sugar Scrub. Repeat on the left leg. Massage in the Pink Grapefruit Body Silk starting with the right leg and moving to the left leg.

    5. Turn the Client Prone
    Starting with the right leg, Repeat step 4.

    6. The Back
    With a light amount of blended oil, apply the oil over the entire back. Using your forearms, glide over the erectors starting at the Lumbar area finishing at the upper traps. Apply Pink Grapefruit Body Silk to the entire back using your choice of massage techniques.

    7. The Finish
    A final application of the Grapefruit Aromatherapy Essential Roll-on to the pulse-points of the wrists and neck, bi-laterally will add to your client’s feeling of being refreshed, rejuvenated and energized!

    8. The Take Home
    The cost of the Grapefruit Aromatherapy Essential Roll-on is baked into the treatment. Give the Roll-on to your client encouraging them to continue their spa experience at home.*Recommended: have the Pink Grapefruit Sugar Scrub and Pink Grapefruit Body Silk available for resale.

     

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    Berry Beautiful Feet Signature Massage Treatment by Biotone

    August 21st, 2015

    Berry Beautiful Feet
    Signature Massage Treatment by Biotone

    Pamper your client’s with a luxuriously rich foot treatment containing decadent aromas of fresh picked raspberries and made with a blend of skin loving moisturizers and nature’s gentle buffers. Follow with a deeply hydrating, mineral rich rose mud from the Province region of France. Then massage to rejuvenate feet with a quenching, lightweight formula of sweet scented Pomegranate & Cranberry Massage Lotion.

    IngredientsBerry Beautiful Feet Treatment
    Berry Buff Sugar Body Polish…………………………….1/2 oz
    European Rose Mud……………………………………………1 oz
    Pomegranate & Cranberry
    Hydrating Massage Lotion……………………………….1/2 oz

    Tools
    •3 Rubber Spa Bowls
    •4 hot, moist hand towels
    •Plastic wrap

    Session Time: 30 minutes
    Recommended Price: $35 – $45
    Cost Per Treatment: $4.80

    Instructions
    1. Smooth Berry Buff Sugar Body Polish over the entire right foot. Apply in small circular movements – paying special attention to rough/callused areas. Repeat on the left foot.
    2. Remove the Berry Buff Sugar Body Polish with a hot, moist towel.
    3. Warm European Rose Body Mud prior to application.
    4. Apply the European Rose Body Mud to the entire right foot using small circular movements, repeat on left foot.
    5. Cover both feet with plastic wrap and a bath sheet. Leave on for 5-10 minutes.
    6. Remove European Rose Mud with a hot, moist towel.
    7. Complete the treatment with a quick foot/lower leg massage using Pomegranate & Cranberry Hydrating Massage Lotion.

    Chicago is My Kind of Town!

    March 16th, 2015

    Chicago is My Kind of Town!
    By Drew Freedman
    The Boston Bodyworker

    I have been in the massage industry for over 18 years, yet I still feel like a kid in a candy store every day when I peruse the internet, combing through Facebook, blogs and various websites, learning new and exciting things about the human body. Are you still hungry like I am to learn more? Are you still trying to crave that thirst for knowledge? If you are like me, than once you reside to two facts, 1) You will never have enough knowledge about what we can do to help others and 2) What was once learned may potentially be proven to be wrong some day, then you are well on your way to an enriching career in massage therapy or any other field of health care.

    amc-chicagoI admit, I was fortunate to not only have a strong background in wellness prior to massage school having a degree in sports medicine from the University of South Florida; I was also learning from some of the best of the best from day one. James Waslaski was my sports massage instructor a Sun Coast School and he in turn brought in people like Aaron Mattes and George Kousaleus. This snowballed into workshops with Judith Delaney, Whitney Lowe and so many more. It wasn’t until I moved back to my hometown of Boston, that I realized how blessed I was to have been introduced to so many knowledgeable and passionate people.

    I mention all this because that is the exact environment you walk into when you attend an American Massage Conference. These conferences not only afford an endless amount of options for continuing education (CE’s), but the presenters who are providing them are about the nicest, most knowledgeable and passionate people I know. It has been my honor to be a part of such a cast of characters and that is exactly who we are; characters. Each and every presenter is as unique as a Disney creation. If you catch Eric Stephenson, Dennis Buckley, Tina Allen and myself in the notorious community room, hang on to your holsters, because it’s about to go off the ‘fazizzle’.

    The AMC is a destination conference worth saving for, but fortunately, you won’t need to save much, because it is also the best bang for your buck out there. The AMC offers attendees a choice from several different passes. You get to choose from over 70 hours of NCTMB approved CE’s, enjoy one of the most expansive exhibit halls filled with vendors who offer the best product deals you will EVER find and you can experience one of the coolest features I have ever seen, or been a part of, the One Concept Community Room. The community room, located in the middle of it all offers FREE one-hour workshops, hands-on treatments from aforementioned CE providers (remember, we love what we do) and a front row seat to watch and observe other integrated health care providers perform their work. One community of providers offering FREE services in exchange for donations to a charity is what the hosts of the AMC, One Concept are all about.

    theraband-tape Now of course I would be remiss not to briefly mention the workshop I will be presenting at the AMC in Chicago. I am very excited to be offering a 10-hour pre-conference workshop on kinesiology taping. This event will be held on Thursday, the day before the doors open for the show. We will be teaching you all about the use of kinesiology taping in your practice. More specifically, we will be showing you how to tape for common running injuries we see in practice such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints and ITB syndrome, just to name a few. My partner in crime, 2013 AMTA Educator of the Year and Co-owner of Georgia Massage School, Rick Garbowski, will join me. He and I will be your hosts for an exciting and guaranteed to be entertaining class. We will be revealing the newest brand of kinesiology tape on the market today, TheraBand Kinesiology Tape. You will learn why this tape will provide you with better and more consistent clinical outcomes than any other brand (when applied correctly). Performance Health, the makers of this tape as well as products such a BioFreeze, Prossage and TheraBands have gone above and beyond in their laboratory to create a tape that is second to none. Attendees will leave this workshop with a ‘new key on the key ring’ to help their patients return to their lives, pain free.

    Don’t fret if you can’t make the pre-conference class. Rick an I will be there all weekend offering a one-hour and 3-hour introductory class as well as being available in the One Concept Community room throughout the weekend.

    If for whatever the reason may be, that you don’t need CE’s, than I would still encourage you to come to the AMC for another reason; NETWORKING!

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    Not only does the AMC offer and Exhibit hall, where vendors such as Massage Warehouse, will make it well worth your while to stock up on your inventory so you have the best margins possible for your practice, the American Massage Conference also plays host to the infamous ‘Facebook Meet & Greet‘. These parties are legendary and offer you a unique opportunity to mingle with so many amazing people.

    Last, if you have all the CE’s you need and you are more connected than Al Capone, come on down and talk with your industry organizations such as the ABMP or the Massage Therapy Foundation to learn how they can help you become a better massage therapist (better than you already are).

    I really hope that you will make your way to Chicago this June for the American Massage Conference. It is a destination worth driving, flying, hitchhiking to or by whatever means gets you there. I only ask one thing. WHEN you arrive, come up to me and say ‘Hello’. Like my colleagues, we want to warmly welcome each and every one of you to this show. See you in Chicago! Register Now!

    5 Reasons You Should Attend the American Massage Conference by Tina Allen

    March 9th, 2015

    In June, the American Massage Conference (AMC) will takeover Chicago Land with one of the most innovative health and wellness conferences in the industry.
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    Why should you plan to attend the American Massage Conference?  Here are just five reasons not miss it:

    1. Choices, Choices, Choices
      Internationally recognized massage educators present over 70 hours of NCBTMB approved education. There is something featured for everyone, from Pediatric Massage and Spa techniques, to Orthopedic Massage and Kinesiology Taping. And, featured one-hour presentations allow you to get a sample of everything, without breaking the bank.
    2. Connection, Collaboration and Community.
      In the ONE Concept Community Room, health care practitioners from all backgrounds come together to offer treatments in Massage Therapy, Chiropractic, Thai Massage, Spa & Aromatherapy. Unlike other events, where only registered attendees can participate, ONE Concept offers the Community Room to attendees and the public!
    3. A chance to quit “liking” pictures & meet friends in person.
      Lots of us have friends on Facebook, but when was the last time you saw/met them in person? Join in the fun at the world-famous Facebook party. This year, guests are invited to feel the Chicago magic dressed as their favorite 1920’s gangsters and dolls.
    4. You can bring your kids.
      Most of the time, you leave the partner and kids at home while you are away on business. With this event, things are different, your family is welcome. Families have a chance to participate in a very special family massage class. During this special class, participants learn about the many benefits of children’s massage. Including methods to help relieve stress and anxiety while promoting healthy growth and development.
    5. Get ready to eat, and eat well.
      The city is a bona fide culinary capital. In Chicago Land, you are about to go on a mind-blowing taste bud adventure. Not only is this a gourmet dining epicenter, but also the home of world famous Chicago deep-dish pizza, the classic Chicago-style hot dog and the Italian Beef.  Whether you queue up for a table at Giordano’s or Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, you’ll have plenty to eat. If pizza is not your thing, we understand that the vegan milkshakes at the Chicago Diner are so extraordinary, that you can’t miss out.

    It’s all happening in Chicago!

    Be there!
    The American Massage Conference AMC is coming to Chicago June 11-14, 2015. The AMC will feature over 70 hours of NCBTMB approved education by the Top Educators in Massage Therapy and Integrative Health Care.

    Who will be there?
    The educators and presenters include James Waslaski, Tina Allen, Drew Freedman, Eric Stephenson, Angie Dubis, Dr. Dennis Buckley, Anne E. Williams, Teresa Taglione-Matthews, Stephanie Beck, Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Dr. Jerrilyn Cambron, Rick Garbowski, Lloyd List, Angie Patrick, Felicia Brown, CG Funk, Monica Pasinato-Forchielli, Mark Volkmann and more to be announced soon.

    Different Ways to Attend
    With 4 affordable AMC access passes it is easy for any massage therapist and healthcare professional to participate. Whether you want to attend everyday, one day or to just access the wonderful Trade Show Exhibitors, Community Room and Community Classroom, there is a pass for you. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet or reconnect with a Community of like-minded therapists.

    Register: http://www.oneconcept.com/AMC-Register

    Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
    Founder & Director
    Liddle Kidz Foundation
    www.LiddleKidz.com