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    Soothing and refreshing herbal Detoxsoak service.

    Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

    Soothing and refreshing herbal Detoxsoak service.

    A revolutionary service to help de-stress and rejuvenate in 4 easy steps.

     

    This is a stand-alone service that should be charged separately.  It can be combined with your existing pedicure service by soaking first, adding your Cuccio natural pedicure service of choice and finishing with the massage technique steps you would charge for the two services.

    Directions:

    Step 1: Fill foot bath with warm water in front of client, open Detoxsoak packet.  Add small packet of magnesium sulfate crystals to water.

    Step 2: Add large detoxsoak tablet to water

    Step 3: Place feet in herbal Detoxsoak treatment soak for 15minutes. When finished with soak, rinse off legs and feet then proceed to towel dry.

    Step 4: Follow with Detoxsoak somatology massage serum and technique.

    When using in conjunction with a pedicure service file cut nails, soak in Detoxsoak for 15 minutes then continue with pedicure. (You will notice callus removal will be much easier) finish with Detoxsoak somatology massage with recommeneded technique.  Use Cuccio colour or Veneer for the perfect look.

     

    Peppermint Flurry – Signature Massage Treatment

    Saturday, October 1st, 2016

    Peppermint Flurry

    Signature Massage Treatment

    This Peppermint Flurry will address the stiffness, aches, and pains winter brings on!

    The Peppermint Flurry Signature Treatment includes an invigorating full body peppermint oil massage featuring the nourishing benefits of olive oil found in Bon Vital’® Therapeutic Touch with Bon Vital’ Peppermint and Eucalyptus Salt Glow to energize and revitalize the mind and body. It includes deep moisturizing Bon Vital’ decedent Body Butter to hydrate the skin. Finishing with a flurry of Biofreeze® Gel applied to the upper traps to give you added winter relief.

    Time: 90 minutes

    Suggested Charge per Treatment $100-$160

    AROMATHERAPY RECIPE:

    To prepare the signature Peppermint Flurry: mix 10 drops Bon Vital’ Aromatherapy 100% Pure Peppermint in 2 oz. B on Vital’ Therapeutic Touch Oil

    PRODUCTS NEEDED:

    • Bon Vital’ Peppermint and Eucalyptus Salt Glow
    • Bon Vital’ Peppermint and Eucalyptus Body Butter
    • Bon Vital’ Therapeutic Touch Oil
    • Bon Vital’ Aromatherapy 100% Pure Peppermint
    • Biofreeze Gel
    • Bon Vital’ Aromatherapy Roll-on Peppermint
    • 2 oz. plastic or glass bottle
    • Several warm, moist towels

    Treatment Protocol

    1. Begin with client in supine position.
    2. Wrap a hot towel around client’s face.
    3. Add a few drops of Peppermint Flurry massage oil onto the anterior surface of wrists, rub together and hold above client’s face for them to inhale, taking 3 long deep breaths.
    4. Remove the towel while still warm.
    5. Begin swedish massage treatment with gentle circular strokes to the face and scalp before adding any oil to your hands.
    6. Now using oil, start your massage on to the neck and traps. Add gentle stretches for the neck.
    7. Moving on to massage each arm starting at the shoulder over the upper chest down the arm finishing with the hand then repeat with opposite side.
    8. Continuing on to each leg finishing with the feet.
    9. Turn client to prone position. While still draped add in some gentle rocking and compressions over the back.
    10. Undrape and apply Peppermint Flurry Massage oil and give client a thorough massage on back, glutes, and legs.
    11. While client is still prone apply Bon Vital’ Peppermint and Eucalyptus Salt Scrub in circular motions, gently exfoliating client’s back, legs and feet.
    12. Thoroughly clean off scrub with warm towels and pat skin dry.
    13. Finish with a light application of Bon Vital’ Peppermint and Eucalyptus Body Butter to back, legs and feet.
    14. Turn client supine and begin Bon Vital’ Peppermint and Eucalyptus Salt Scrub in circular motions, gently exfoliating client’s arms and upper chest keeping breast area draped.
    15. Thoroughly clean off scrub with warm towels and pat skin dry.
    16. Finish with a light application of Bon Vital’ Peppermint and Eucalyptus Body Butter to arms and chest.
    17. Apply Bon Vital’ Peppermint and Eucalyptus Salt Scrub in circular motions, gently exfoliating client’s legs and feet.
    18. Thoroughly clean off scrub with warm towels and pat skin dry.
    19. Finish with a light application of Bon Vital’ Peppermint and Eucalyptus Body Butter to legs and feet.
    20. Re-drape client and gently rock them in a rhythmic fashion.
    21. Apply Bon Vital’ Aromatherapy Roll-on Peppermint to wrists and ankles.
    22. Apply a flurry of Biofreeze Gel to the upper trapezius.
    23. Give the client a cup of hot peppermint tea.
    24. Send client home with Bon Vital’ Aromatherapy Roll-on Peppermint and Biofreeze Gel.

    Contraindications: General contraindications that apply to Swedish massage and contraindications for this treatment.

    Open wounds and skin infections. Not recommended to use peppermint flurry or Biofreeze on the face.

    Treatment created by Jonna Winkler LMT, Robyn Lynn Green RMT and Lynda Solien-Wolfe LMT.

    At MassageWarehouse.com, massage therapist enjoy a one-stop shop for professional quality massage products at the lowest prices available. Rely on Massage Warehouse for your massage supplies, salon equipment and supplies and spa equipment and supplies needs.

    Bon Vital Serenity Hot Oil Scalp Ritual

    Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

    Bon Vital Serenity Hot Oil Scalp Ritual

     

    Session Time: 30 minutes

    Suggested Charge per Treatment: $60- $100

    Cost per Treatment: $8.50     Treatment: $2.50 plus take home product: $6.00

     

    Supplies:

    Bon Vital’ Coconut Oil

    Bon Vital’ Serenity Essential Oil

    Bon Vital’ Serenity Essential Oil Roll-on

    Small bottle with a flip up spout to apply the oil to the hair

    Oil warmer or small bowl of warm water to warm oil

    Towels

     

    Home Care:

    Bon Vital’ 100% Pure Essential Oil Serenity Synergistic Blend Roll-on

     

    Aromatherapy recipe:

    20 drops of Bon Vital’ Serenity Synergistic Blend with 2 oz. of Bon Vital’ Coconut Oil

     

    The deeply relaxing Serenity Hot Oil Scalp Ritual is 30 minutes of bliss. This treatment includes a scalp massage using Bon Vital’ Coconut Oil infused with Serenity Essential Oil blend, which is warmed to perfection in order to relax the senses. The face, neck, and scalp are treated to a soothing massage to help completely let go of stresses!

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    1. Begin with client in a supine position with clean towel under their head.
    2. Take a small amount of Bon Vital’® Serenity Massage Oil Blend. Rub it in your hands, have your client take 3 deep breaths while holding your hands above the clients face, so that they inhale the wonderful aroma.
    3. Start by pressing down on your client’s shoulders towards their feet in a rhythmic fashion.
    4. It is now time to add some warm Bon Vital’ Coconut Oil. First place some of the oil in your hand to test the temperature. Then apply gently to your client’s shoulders and décolleté (lower neck line) area using effleurage strokes bringing the oil right up the neck, stroking through the hair. You will want to do this a few times to introduce the oil into the hair.
    5. This is a great time to start your face massage, remembering Bon Vital’ Coconut Oil is great to use on the face. With a light amount of oil still on your hands, draw your hands up the neck, in a gentle but firm effleurage stroke to the jaw line.
    6. Use the pads of your fingers and run along the jaw line to the center of the chin, around the mouth, up over the nose and finish on the forehead. Use a gentle downward compression on the forehead. Slide your fingers outward to the temporal area.
    7. Not breaking contact with the face, lightly slide your fingers back down to the jaw line. Begin fingertip kneading in a circular motion for the chin area moving upwards through the face. Remain aware of your pressure, hand placement and the flow of the treatment.
    8. You can finish the face portion of this massage with some gentle vibrations.
    9. Now take your bottle of warm oil and applying moderate amounts of your Coconut Oil blend to the hair and scalp. Make sure you apply to the entire head and scalp. Don’t be afraid to use a generous amount, coconut oil is great for skin and hair.
    10. Using effleurage strokes, work the oil gently into the hair by raking your fingers in long slow strokes from the hairline to the ends of the hair for even saturation.
    11. Using a circular motion and applying some deeper pressure with your finger tips (always watching your clients face for pain cues), start on the scalp from the top center on the hairline to the back of the head, in small sections, moving your way from the top of the head to the back of the head. Return again to the front hair line slightly lateral to where you started and continue to the back of the head. Repeat until you have covered the entire scalp. When it comes time, rest the clients head. Rotated gently in your one hand and work on the area of the head that was not accessible earlier, repeat for the other side. Remember to include the temporal and ear areas. It is also great to add gentle ear pulling at this time.
    12. Use a relaxing effleurage stroke in between techniques, like gentle finger raking of the hair.
    13. Use your finger tips to apply a downward pressure. Starting on the scalp from the top center on the hairline to the back of the head. In small sections, moving your way from the top of the head to the back of the head. Return again to the front hair line slightly lateral to where you started and continue to the back of the head. Repeat until you have covered the entire scalp. When it comes time, rest the clients head. Rotated gently in your one hand and work on the area of the head that was not accessible earlier, repeat for the other side.
    14. Wrap face in a Serenity Oil infused, warm towel.
    15. Remove towel from face and place on head using some gentle compressions.
    16. Remove the towel and place hands on either side of lower neck. Glide up the neck finishing with some gentle traction.
    17. Take the Serenity Blend Roll-on and put on their wrists and send them home with it to continue the path of serenity.
    18. Serve client a cup of chamomile tea.

     

    K E Y  I N G R E D I E N T S

    Coconut Oil Lavender Orange Tangerine Rosewood Rose Geranium Chamomile

    F E AT U R E D  P R O D U CT S

    Bon Vital’ 100% Pure Essential Oil

    Serenity Synergistic Blend

    Bon Vital’ Coconut Massage Oil

    Bon Vital’ 100% Pure Essential Oil Serenity Synergistic Blend Roll-on

     

    Special Notes: This is a great stand-alone treatment or could be incorporated with a foot treatment or full body massage. You can use room temperature oil with this treatment.

    Contraindications: General contraindications that apply to the head and face including contusions, open wounds and skin infections also general massage contraindications.

     

    Serenity Hot Oil Scalp Ritual created by Robyn L Green RMT and Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT

     

    Lemonade Summer Splash – Signature Massage Treatment

    Monday, August 22nd, 2016

    Lemonade Summer Splash

    Signature Massage Treatment

    An invigorating body massage and exfoliation treatment guaranteed to quench your thirsty skin like a refreshing glass of lemonade! The scent of fresh squeezed lemons mixed with sugar crystals will melt away tension and leave your skin silky smooth.

    Benefits: Uplifting stress reliever, skin exfoliation, skin brightener and firming properties.  This is an excellent treatment to prepare skin before a self-tanning application.

    Suggested Charge per Treatment: $125 – $150 Lemonade Summer Splash

    Time: 60 minutes Cost per Treatment: $24.70

    Treatment: $9.70 + Take Home Product: $15.00

     

    AROMATHERAPY RECIPE:

    To prepare the signature Lemonade Oil, add 20 drops of Lemon Essential Oil to 2 oz of Coconut Oil. Gently shake to combine the oils.

    Products Needed:

    • Bon Vital’® Coconut Oil
    • Bon Vital’ Lemon Essential Oil
    • Bon Vital’ Lemon Roll-on Essential Oil
    • Bon Vital’ Unscented Sugar Scrub
    • Bon Vital’ Unscented Body Silk
    • TheraPearl® Eye-ssential® Mask (chilled)
    • 2 oz. plastic or glass bottle
    • Several warm, moist towels

     

    Pre-mix the Lemonade Sugar Scrub: in a small bowl, add 6 drops of Lemon Essential Oil to 4 oz of Unscented Sugar Scrub.

    Begin with your client in supine position:

    1. The Upper Extremities

    Add a few drops of the Lemonade oil into your hands, rub together and hold above client’s face for them to inhale, taking 3 long deep breaths. Begin Swedish Massage treatment with gentle effleurage strokes to the face, moving in an upward direction, firm circular motions to temples and scalp.  Stimulate pressure points on the face and scalp. Place chilled eye mask on client.  Move on to the neck and trapezius. Be sure to include some gentle stretches for the neck. Massage each arm.

     

    1. The Lower Extremities

    Work down the body all the way to the feet.

    Remove eye mask and turn client to the prone position:

     

    1. The Back

    Turn down sheet to client’s hip and place a warm towel infused with Lemon Essential Oil on client’s back. Use compression strokes over warm towel beginning at the trapezius and work down the back. Remove the towel while still warm. Apply Lemonade massage oil and give client thorough back massage, working all the way down the lower body to the feet.

    Scrub: Apply Lemonade sugar scrub in circular motions, gently exfoliating client’s back, then all the way down the hips, legs, and feet. Thoroughly clean off scrub with moist warm towels and pat skin dry.

     

    1. The Finish

    Apply a light application of unscented Body Silk. Cover and adjust sheet over client’s back and legs. Apply Lemon Roll-on Essential Oil in circular motion to the feet and wrists. End the massage with gentle rocking strokes along each side of the body. To complete the treatment, offer client a glass of water with lemon.

     

    1. Take Home

    The cost of the eye mask and Lemon Roll-on Essential Oil is baked into the treatment cost. Send home with your client to encourage them to continue their spa experience.

    Special Notes: Advise clients to avoid direct sunlight after receiving the Lemonade Summer Splash treatment.

    The use of lemon essential oil may make skin more sensitive to UV light.

    Treatment created by Katie Haley, LMT, Debbie Kirsch, LMT and Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT

    At MassageWarehouse.com, massage therapist enjoy a one-stop shop for professional quality massage products at the lowest prices available. Rely on Massage Warehouse for your massage supplies, salon equipment and supplies and spa equipment and supplies needs.

    Frozen Massagearita – Signature Massage Treatment

    Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

    Frozen Massagearita – Signature Massage Treatment

    Chill out with a stimulating treatment that will awaken the senses and relax tense muscles. This treatment is designed to take you to St. Somewhere!

    Benefits: Reduces tension in the body, uplifts the mind and rejuvenates the skin.

    Products Needed:

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    Time: 6o minutes

    Cost per Treatment: $26.80

    • Treatment: $3.60
    • Take Home Product: $23.20

    Suggested Charge per Treatment: $85- $125

    Aromatherapy Recipe: To prepare the signature Massagearita Oil, add 10 drops of Lime Essential Oil and 2 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil to 2 oz of Coconut Oil. Gently shake to combine the oils.

    Begin with your client in the supine position:

    1. The Face & Scalp

    Add a few drops of Massagearita oil in your hand, rub together and hold above your client’s face for them to inhale, taking 3 long deep breaths. Begin Swedish Massage treatment with gentle circular strokes to the scalp. Place the chilled eye mask on client.

    1. The Upper Extremities

    Move on to the neck and trapezius. Apply gentle stretches to the neck. Massage each arm.

    1. The Lower Extremities

    Massage each leg beginning with the feet.

    Remove eye mask and turn client to the prone position:

    1. The Back

    Turn sheet down to client’s hip and place a warm towel infused with essential oils on client’s back. Use compression strokes over warm towel beginning at the trapezius and work down the back. Remove the towel while still warm. Apply Massagearita oil to client’s back. When finished with back massage, use another warm towel to remove any additional massage oil on client. Using a Biofreeze roll-on, apply a light application to the paraspinals and trapezius. Cover client’s back with sheet. Complete a Swedish massage – arms, then legs. As you finish each leg, end with a long gliding stroke from the ankle, up the leg, over the glutes and back, rounding off at the shoulder and coming back down the arm and hands to the leg. Complete the stroke by lifting off at the ankle. Adjust top sheet over the client.

    1. The Finish

    End the massage with gentle rocking strokes along each side of the body.

    1. Take Home

    The cost of the eye mask, the Lime roll-on essential oil and Biofreeze roll-on is baked into the treatment cost. Send home with your client to encourage them to continue their spa experience.

    Treatment created by Katie Haley, LMT, Debbie Kirsch, LMT and Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT

    At MassageWarehouse.com, massage therapist enjoy a one-stop shop for professional quality massage products at the lowest prices available. Rely on Massage Warehouse for your massage supplies, salon equipment and supplies and spa equipment and supplies needs.

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    Coconut Lime Delight – Signature Massage Treatment

    Saturday, May 21st, 2016

    Coconut Lime Delight – Signature Massage Treatment

    Escape to a tropical paradise with the delightful scent of coconut and lime. This aromatherapy treatment uses heated coconut compresses and lime essential oil to quench thirsty skin.

    Benefits: Uplifting for the mind, gentle exfoliation for the skin, providing an overall youthful glow.

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    Products Needed:

    Time: 6o minutes

    Cost per Treatment: $26.39

    • Treatment: $17.50
    • Take Home Product: $8.89

    Suggested Charge per Treatment: $125- $175

    Aromatherapy Recipe: You put the lime in the coconut and mix it all up! Add 10 drops of Lime Essential Oil to 1 oz of Coconut Oil. Gently shake to combine the oils.

    PRIOR to treatment:

    Preheat Coconut Compresses.

    Begin with your client in the supine position:

    1. The Upper Extremities

    Place the chilled eye mask on your client. Add a few drops of the Coconut Lime Delight oil in your hands, rub together and hold above your client’s face for them to inhale, taking 3 long deep breaths. Begin with gentle effleurage strokes over the shoulders and neck. Apply compression strokes to shoulders and neck using the coconut compresses. After using the warmed coconut compresses for approximately five minutes, place them back in the warmer. Continue with Swedish strokes. Apply a light application of the Coconut Lime Delight oil using effleurage and compression massage techniques over the right hand, forearm and upper arm. Return compresses to steamer. Continue with Swedish strokes to the arm. Repeat on left hand, forearm and upper arm.

    1. The Lower Extremities

    Using a light application of the Coconut Lime Delight oil, apply effleurage and compression massage techniques over the left foot and leg. Finish with coconut compresses. Return compresses to steamer. Continue with Swedish strokes to the leg. Repeat on right foot and leg.

    Remove eye mask and turn client to the prone position:

    1. The Back

    Apply a light application of the Coconut Lime Delight oil using effleurage strokes over the back of the left leg. Using the coconut compresses, apply effleurage and compression massage techniques over the back of the left leg. Return compresses to steamer. Continue with Swedish strokes to the leg. Repeat on the right leg. Undrape the client’s back and apply the Coconut Lime Delight oil using effleurage and Swedish massage strokes over the entire back. Using the coconut compresses, apply effleurage and compression strokes over the entire back. Continue with Swedish strokes to the back.

    1. The Finish

    To finish the back, apply warm, moist towels scented with lime essential oil using compression strokes. To complete the treatment, offer client a glass of plain water or coconut water with lime.

    1. Take Home

    The cost of the eye mask and the coconut compress is baked into the treatment cost. Send home with your client to encourage them to continue their spa experience.

    Special Notes:

    Advise clients to avoid direct sunlight after receiving the Coconut Lime Delight treatment. The use of lime essential oil may make skin more sensitive to UV light. The same Swedish massage contraindications apply to this treatment.

    Treatment created exclusively for Massage Warehouse by Katie Haley, LMT, Debbie Kirsch, LMT and Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT

    At MassageWarehouse.com, massage therapist enjoy a one-stop shop for professional quality massage products at the lowest prices available. Rely on Massage Warehouse for your massage supplies, salon equipment and supplies and spa equipment and supplies needs.

    Low-Cost, Low-Tech Solutions to Gain Massage Clients

    Friday, May 20th, 2016

    Low-Cost, Low-Tech Solutions to Gain Massage Clients

    By Angie Patrick

    Gaining and retaining clients is one of the most important tasks you will face in your career as a therapist. You may be one of the world’s most naturally gifted therapists, proficient in multiple modalities, with a strong and impressive education and certifications to cover the walls. You may have a beautifully finished table, with the most comfortable and luxurious appointments, and a treatment space that is tranquil and healing. You may even have harps and violins playing live in your space! But in the end, none of this is financially fruitful for you if the client does not know about it, experience it, and return for more.

    You may think your role is that of a therapist; but as an entrepreneur, your role is far wider than that. One of the most important roles you fill is that of being a proficient marketer. Marketing is not scary, and in reality, it can be quite fun. Even if it is not in your nature to “sell,” you should definitely learn how to gain interest for your practice with the public, give a compelling and interesting reason for them to try your services, provide a unique and positive experience whilst on your table, and learn to engage them on a regular basis to keep them coming back for more. I know there are therapists out there who are not tech savvy, or are afraid of building business pages on social media. What I am about to share with you is about as low-tech as you can get, so anyone can do it. This process is really not as hard as it sounds, and if you can think a season, a need, and a likely place to find candidates, you can build on that.

    Starting with a Season

    Let’s use spring as the example. We all love spring, and with the flowers and blossoms come a number of opportunities to utilize in order to reach out to potential clients in a meaningful way. Spring is a season when people get out into the yard and begin caring for their lawns, pools, and gardens. After long months of looking at the inside of their homes, they look forward to the time when they can get in the sunshine and work up a sweat. While everyone can appreciate the work that goes into keeping your place in tip top shape, this can also mean these clients with green thumbs and sparkling pools have sore muscles. This would be the need, a potential client in need of massage to help with sore muscles after overworking them. In order to find likely candidates who may be experiencing issues, consider reaching out to your local nurseries, home stores, and pool supplies and see if you can leave a stack of business cards along with a framed sign with the details of your business, perhaps with the targeted message concerning your skill at helping with sore muscles resulting from gardening. Include an introductory offer, specially priced for customers of the business you have targeted. The business you approach will see this as an added benefit for their clients as you have a deal created specifically for them, and the client will feel a connection as you are speaking to the very thing they are experiencing at the moment; sore muscles from yardwork.

    Another example

    Consider spring as an opportunity to reach out to those who have been held captive by winter, to escape and go out to play the sports they love. These might include golfing, rock climbing, softball, baseball or even fishing. All of these sports require repetitive motion, and with this kind of motion, the opportunity for injury or soreness abounds. Sports massage is a highly sought after skill set, particularly if those who are playing the sports have been less active over the winter, or are weekend warriors. Let’s take the same idea we had for the home improvement clients, and apply it to these sports enthusiasts.

    You can reach out to golf courses, indoor sports arenas, sporting goods stores, and pro shops with the same outreach request. You can even target your local gyms. Tailor the message to meet the client needs of the establishment you approach. For example, you might look at a fishing pro shop, and have your sign speak about being sore from reeling in “the big ones,” and how you can help relieve some of the shoulder and lower back issues these sportsmen may face.

    You can likely come up with a number of scenarios and places you can connect with in order to reach potential customers. In every case, you should provide an incentive for them to call in the first place. An appealing introductory price is a great start. You may also wish to include an incentive for an additional perk should they also bring a friend. This perk can be an add-on treatment at no charge, or a small gift with purchase. Maybe even a deal that allows the client to buy one treatment session, and get another for a friend at 25% off. The goal is for them to bring you another potential client to the table, and allow you the opportunity to book them an appointment as well.

    Once you have established your relationship with the businesses in allowing your cards and information to be shared on their premises, you might inquire if they have a weekly, monthly or quarterly newsletter that goes to their clients. In many cases, these businesses market in a host of arenas, not the least of which may be a targeted email to their client base with information the client may wish to read. If they do, you should inquire as to whether they would entertain an ad, or an offer for your services to be included. They may well charge a fee, and if so, weigh out the cost to see if it makes sense for you and your budget. Seeing your business name in alignment with a company they already frequent and trust can serve as a manner of endorsement, and keep your name top of mind should they have a need, or hear of someone in need of a therapist.

    Once you have a robust list of clients, you should consider your own newsletter. In this newsletter, you can share information that massage clients may find interesting. You can create your own content, or you can also share research findings showing the efficacy of massage therapy in specific instances. In each newsletter, I would suggest making an offer of some kind to engage the client, and compel them to book an appointment. Again, this can be a discounted price, a buy one get one offer, or even something as simple as a free beverage in the quiet room before a treatment. Your imagination is your only limit.

    In a world filled with technological marketing solutions and social media advertising, it is still possible to find ways to inform the public of your existence, your abilities, and your business using a less technical approach. This is not to say you should forsake all technology. In fact, I suggest you do embark on educating yourself on the proper uses of social media, online marketing and website development. But if you are looking for grass roots, low cost-low tech means to get the ball rolling, I am in hopes you will find these suggestions of use. I would love to hear your success stories. To share your grass roots marketing story, email me at apatrick@massagewarehouse.com.

     

    At MassageWarehouse.com, massage therapist enjoy a one-stop shop for professional quality massage products at the lowest prices available. Rely on Massage Warehouse for your massage supplies, salon equipment and supplies and spa equipment and supplies needs.

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    BIOTONE SPA Exfoli-Sea Salt Glow

    Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

    BIOTONE SPA Exfoli-Sea Salt Glow

    The Salt Glow, also called the Spa Glow or Sea Salt Scrub, is similar to the body polish in that it too is an exfoliation treatment. But there are many differences between the two as well. In the salt glow, dead sea salt is used exclusively for the entire half hour, rather than a combination of exfoliating ingredients. This makes the treatment both more intense because of the granularity of the salt. Male visitors to spas are often fans of this treatment because it is so highly stimulating to rough, neglected skin. Most salts, including the Biotone Spa Exfoli-Sea Salt Glow ingredients, used in exfoliation treatments come from the Dead Sea in Israel. With ten times the salt of sea water, The Dead Sea offers high concentrations of the following minerals: Magnesium Chloride for fluid retention & stress; Potassium Chloride for sore muscles; Calcium for pain relief. They also help relieve minor aches and pains, nervous stress, and psoriatric skin. The Dead Sea crystals are the perfect size for a stimulating yet not-too-abrasive scrub. They are more powerful than other exfoliating agents, though, and people with sensitive skin should approach them with caution. Female clients should be warned not to shave their legs 12 hours prior to a salt glow (use Biotone Spa Micro-Buff Body Polish in this case). The Biotone Spa Exfoli-Sea Salt Glow uses a unique triple-layer salt formula that achieves a more thorough exfoliation than normal salts with a single grain size. After this treatment, the client will enjoy the benefits of highly-mineralized salts soaking through the pores, and skin be perfectly prepared for a subsequent application of spa products.

    TREATMENT TIME

    30 MINUTES TOTAL (25 TREATMENT, 5 CLEANUP, PREPARATION)

    TREATMENT PRICE

    $40-$60

    SPECIALIZED INGREDIENTS

    • DEAD SEA SALT
    • LUFFA
    • JOJOBA, AVOCADO, PEACH AND SUNFLOWER OILS

    BENEFITS

    • STIMULATE CIRCULATION
    • LIFT AWAY DEAD SKIN
    • REFINE, REPLENISH AND SOFTEN SKIN
    • BOOST SUBSEQUENT ABSORPTION OF SKIN TREATMENT PRODUCTS

    CONTRAINDICATIONS

    OPEN SORES, CUTS, ABRASIONS, COMMUNICABLE SKIN CONDITIONS, AGGRAVATED ACUTE ACNE, RECENTLY SHAVED LEGS (CHECK CLIENT INTAKE FORM TO SEE IF ANY OF THESE CONDITIONS ARE PRESENT)

    TABLE SETUP

    FITTED SHEET, TWO BATH SHEETS (ONE BENEATH THE BODY, ONE FOR DRAPING)

    YOU WILL NEED

    BIOTONE SPA EXFOLI-SEA SALT GLOW PROCEDURE

    Prior to beginning you can discuss intended outcomes of the treatment and also provide the client an opportunity to select a Customizing Complex.

    1. While client is undressing for treatment, leave to prepare your body treatments. Dispense ¼ cup salt (Exfoliator) into a mixing bowl. Add 10-15 drops (or 1/8 teaspoon) Customizing Complex. Mix well. Important: You can choose to use Body Butter, Hydrating Lotion, or Replenishing Light Oil, depending on your preference. If you choose butter for your finishing moisturizer, dispense 1 tablespoon butter into mixing bowl with 10-15 drops Customizing Complex. Heat slightly before mixing thoroughly with fingers. Spatula will not mix this product. If you choose Replenishing Light Oil, add 10-15 drops Customizing Complex per ounce in a bottle. Hydrating Lotions are pre-mixed with customizing complex and can be warmed as well prior to application.
    2. Return to room. Nestle the exfoliator in your towel cabinet, hydrocollator, or roaster for maximum heating, or place in hot water bath to heat.
    3. As you begin this step of the treatment, let your client know the special benefits of the product you are applying. Note: Undrape and recover the client as appropriate during the product application to prevent chilling and respect modesty. During exfoliation keep your hands flat and use the fingers as well as the palms. This is not a massage movement.
    4. Start with a quarter-size dab of salt. Add more as needed. Begin on the lower body by spreading the exfoliator in an upward direction along the full length of the client’s left leg. Then returning to the ankles, vigorously scrub the skin using small circular movements on each side and back of leg, slowly moving in an upward direction until you have also scrubbed the buttocks. Avoid strong pressure on the back of the knee. Repeat 2-3 times, for a total time of one minute, ending with one long stroke to the foot. Then scrub the foot liberally.
    5. Re-drape left leg. Move to the right leg and repeat. Cover client’s lower body with bath sheet when finished.
    6. Dispense a quarter-size dab of salt. Move to the upper right side of the table and apply the exfoliator first on back, then arms, and the hands. Starting on the lower back, vigorously scrub skin using large circular stokes, moving then to mid–back, upper-back and then shoulders.
    7. Stabilize the client’s right arm on the table by holding the forearm against the table with your left hand. Then exfoliate the entire arm. You can lift the arm and let it hang from the table, supporting at the elbow, to exfoliate the elbow. Repeat on the left arm. Repeat on elbows and rough patches. Total time for the back/shoulder/arm/hand exfoliation is 3-5 minutes. Re-drape the client’s upper body.
    8. Remove exfoliator with warm moist towels. Test towel heat before application to the client.
    9. Starting with the client’s left leg, lay the hand towel over the full length of the leg. Press the towel against the leg to moisten the exfoliator. Fold the towel in half lengthwise and then remove the exfoliator working from the top of the leg down to the foot. Reverse the fold of towel and repeat. Lay a fresh warm towel on the client’s back lengthwise. Press the towel against the back to moisten the exfoliator. Fold the towel in half lengthwise and remove the exfoliator working from the lower back to the upper back and then arm. Repeat. Reverse fold of towel and repeat removal on other arm.
    10. When product removal is complete, lean against the lower bath sheet to secure it, and then hold up the upper bath sheet between you and the client and instruct the client to turn over. Re-cover them with the bath sheet.
    11. Dispense a quarter-size amount of exfoliator. Standing next to the table, and starting with the client’s right leg, apply the exfoliator to complete length of the leg. Then returning to the ankles, vigorously scrub the skin using small circular movements on each side and front of leg, slowly moving in upward direction until you have reached the top of the leg. When exfoliating the knee, stabilize the kneecap with one hand while exfoliating with the other. Use the flat of your fingers and exfoliate both sides of the knee at the same time. When finished exfoliating the leg and the knee, move to the foot. Cup the heal in your right hand, and with left hand, use small circular motions to exfoliate the top of the foot. Recover the client’s right leg. Repeat on the client’s left leg. Total time for both legs 2-3 minutes.
    12. Move to the top of the table. As you fold the bath sheet down and away from the client’s chest area, insert a breast towel as appropriate. Dispense a quart-size amount of exfoliator. Standing on the client’s left side, apply the exfoliator to the client’s stomach with small circular movements. Move to the head of the table and apply exfoliator to the décolletage. Stabilize the client’s shoulders with one of your hands, one at a time, and you exfoliate the décolletage with the other. Avoid the breasts.
    13. Step to the client’s left side of the table. Stabilize the client’s arm with one of your hands while you exfoliate with the other. Use small circular movements to exfoliate. Step to other side of table and repeat. Total time 3-5 minutes.
    14. Remove exfoliator as before. Use one hand towel for upper body and one for lower body. Avoid direct pressure on the kneecap during exfoliator removal. Cover client with the bath sheet as each section is cleansed to avoid chilling.
    15. At this point in the treatment, you can finish with a 5 minute application of a hydrating lotion, smoothing butter, or proceed with a massage therapy service. If applying a butter, mix in the Customizing Complex thoroughly with fingers prior to application. As you begin this step of the treatment, let your client know the special benefits of the product you are applying and also inform them about retail products available to prolong the benefits and results of the treatments they received. Note: If client receives a wrap directly after exfoliation, skip steps 15 – 17 and proceed to the wrap application. Alternatively, the application of body butter or lotion can be extended to a full hour or ½ hour massage, making the total treatment time an hour or 1½ hours.
    16. Undrape and re-cover the client as appropriate while you apply the finishing lotion or butter. Start with the right leg first, then left leg, stomach, décolletage, left arm, then right arm. When applying finishing product to the stomach, use a breast towel to cover the client.
    17. When finished with application to the front, remove the lower bath sheet by having the client roll first to her left side, then her right, sliding it from beneath her, while holding up the upper bath sheet for modesty. Have the client turn over onto her stomach. Apply lubricant starting with the left leg, then right, and finish with upper back. When treatment is complete, leave the room and let the client rest until they are ready to get dressed.

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    Multi-Purpose Massage Cream Face-off

    Monday, April 18th, 2016

    Multi-Purpose Massage Cream Face-off

    by Nathan Nordstrom

    Have you ever gone to work at a different office and found out they do not use your favorite massage cream? With all the massage cream companies out there, it was sure to happen to me. I wanted to know what the differences are between as many creams as I could get my hands on. Here is my attempt.

    I will be playing the role of the pseudo-researcher in this article. I have no scientific backing other than my experience. I hope to give you an idea so you can make the best choice of products for you. I do not sell any of these products and have no vested interest in what you use, so, with that being said: I hope you like what you are using or might be trying as a result of reading on.

    I work in both a spa and a clinical massage therapy office. In my research, I used all four products for a day in each setting. I wanted to figure out what gave me the best results for many different techniques I may use in different settings. I also asked all my co-workers and my family for their insights.

    Product number 1: Biotone Dual-Purpose Massage Crème
    Biotone cream has a light arnica & ivy extracts scent. I have a refillable tube that I really like. It has a flip top that I leave open during each massage. It is easy to sanitize between clients. It is also a quite thick cream and did not leak even with the lid open. It goes for $1.23 per ounce for the 14 fl oz jar. It claims to wash out of sheets and have no residue on skin. I found it has a fast absorption speed and leaves a slight oily feel. I really like this product for myofascial work.

    Product number 2: Lotus Touch Multi-Purpose Massage Cream
    This Lotus Touch cream has a very similar fresh fragrance of arnica and ivy like Biotone’s. I think it is a bit more fragrant, but I also like the smell. The price for a 16 fl oz jar is $0.95 per ounce. It claims to have no nut oils, be water dispersible, and leave no stains. I found it has a slow absorption speed and leaves a slightly oily feel. I really enjoyed using this product in the spa. I found I did not need to use very much because it continued to keep a slight glide. In the clinic, one client stated, “I felt a bit oily at the end of the massage; not bad, but a bit oily.”

    Product number 3: Bon Vital Massage Crème Multi-Purpose with Jojoba
    Bon Vital was the creamiest of the products I tried. It came out more like sour cream than the others. It was almost like a softer butter. This texture was unnoticeable to the clients but noticeable to me as a therapist trying to spread the product. This is the only one of the four that I would call truly “fragrance-free.” This product comes in a jar; however, it also has a pump on the lid. You can also get a holster for these jars if you want to commit to this product. As for price, it was $1.27 per ounce for the 14 fl oz jar. Not bad if you are looking at also getting the pump. They claim to have “no nut oils” and be paraben-free (I have no clue what these are; however, I do not think they are good).
    I find it to have a moderate absorption speed and leaves little to NO oily feel. This was an issue at the spa. I found I needed to use more cream because there was no residual oil left. I felt like this would work best at a sports event or even a community event because people would not feel greasy after its use.

    Product number 4: TheraPro Multi-Purpose Massage Cream infused with Jojoba & Avocado Oils
    TheraPro was also very light to fragrance-free. It stood out in several ways in comparison to the other creams. First thing is that they tell you it has nuts in it, so if you have clients with nut allergies, this is not the product for them. On their label, they claim “Quality ingredients like jojoba and avocado oil separate this cream from all others…” I also liked that the 14 fl. Oz. Jar was a steal at $0.72 per ounce. I noticed it stood in the middle of the pack for absorption speed and leaving an oily feel. The texture of this product was an little bit of an issue because of its thickness – it came out in chunks. I usually like to grab and go with my lubricants; I needed to disperse the cream between both hands before it was spread enough to apply to the client.

    Overall each cream had its own strengths. I would use each one in a different way. I hope to keep all four around so I can choose the right product for the right client. I think that is one of the benefits of being a professional: if your clients don’t know, they should be able to ask you for your expertise. If you have a multi-purpose massage cream you like, please leave its name and why you like it in the comments below. I hope to hear from you about your favorite products.

     

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    The Boston Marathon Start Line is Getting Closer…

    Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

    The Boston Marathon Start Line is Getting Closer…

    David is getting closer to stepping on what is known as the holy-grail for most runners…the start line for the 2016 Boston Marathon. With the help of his corporate partner, Massage Warehouse David is training for a world class event. David also has been using some of their wonderful products as part of his training regimen. 

    David is running on behalf of the Massage Therapy Foundation. Support his Run for Research today by making a donation to his fundraising campaign at https://www.crowdrise.com/massagetherapyboston2016/fundraiser/davidotto

    You are getting closer to hitting the start line for the Boston Marathon. You are about 40% to your fundraising goal. Are you doing anything unique to reach your final goal? How are your supporters reacting to your cause?

     Every opportunity to ask someone in person for a donation for the Foundation is a unique opportunity – this is the part of my journey to Boston that is challenging and rewarding at the same time. People with whom I am also friends on Facebook and follow on Twitter see me in real life and ask “How is the running going?”. They recognize me from my running posts and I tell the impact that they have when donating to the Foundation. The individual conversations are great and give me the chance to ask them to donate to my campaign. It is the unique interactions on social media that help me reach MORE people that can help me get to my fundraising goal. Videos that I produce, responding to comments, and asking people to share the love are also unique features of what I am doing daily to keep the excitement going! I love sharing my experiences along the way – my journey to Boston is a way to get support for the Foundation and get to hear “Good luck running the Boston Marathon, David!”

    40% is a Wonderful place to be in – 100% is BETTER! 100% provides the Foundation with the tools to share research iniatives with massage therapy professionals

    It is REALLY important that the MTF has the opportunity to continue to participate in the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Program.  The Massage Therapy Foundation raises funds that come from people – people like you and me – and from the people that are Team MTF’s corporate partners like Massage Warehouse. The MTF depends on people to continue its work to move the massage therapy profession forward.

    Please help me reach my $10,000 Goal Today!

     

    Your runs are getting longer leading up to race day. The Theraband Exercise Ball is great for maximizing stretching and increasing flexibility. It is also great for strengthening the abdomen, back, thighs, and legs. Do you feel that it is a good addition to your training regimen?

    Most-definitely! Theraband’s Exercise Ball is, to me, as a runner, like Linus to his blanket. It is comfort training!  I do a couple of the general stretching exercises for my post-run recovery and core stability for prep to have a strong trunk for long-run endurance. Getting into and maintaining natural spine positioning is my goal and the ball helps me do that comfortably!

     

     

    The  Lotus Touch Body Scrub is great after a massage or as a stand-alone treatment to keep your skin healthy. With the constant weather change, how do you feel it keeps your skin in good condition during your training?

    I am using the Green Tea Lemongrass Scrub in the shower daily to help defer the drying effects of (sweat) salt on my skin, which is increasing in frequency as the weather gets warmer. I dehydrate a lot quicker in the field and am drinking more water on my runs. Augmenting my skin care regimen with a sugar scrub has made my skin smoother and more hydrated with the essential and basic oils in the scrub AND gotten several comments about how good it smells. Having worked in a spa environment, I can see how this scrub could add to a skin care package and be on a menu that features a more-complete bodywork experience!

     

    You can purchase these wonderful massage supplies from Massage Warehouse.

    You can support David’s efforts on his journey to Boston here.

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