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    Bon Vital’ Runner’s Massage Treatment Guide:

    Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

    Bon Vital’ Runner’s Massage Treatment Guide:

    Bon Vital Muscle Therapy Oil

    1. Begin with client in a prone position.
    2. Add Bon Vital’® Muscle Therapy Massage Oil to your hands. Apply effleurage, petrissage, compression and broadening strokes from the ankle to the knee. Repeat three times.
    3. Apply stripping strokes from the ankle through the muscles of the lower leg to the knee, stopping over tender spots and holding for 8-12 seconds.
    4. Apply effleurage and back of hand to the bottom of the foot. Repeat three times.
    5. Apply stripping strokes from the ball of the foot to the heel, stopping over tender spots and holding for 8-12 seconds. Repeat three times.
    6. Apply effleurage, petrissage, compression and broadening strokes to the thigh from the knee to the hip. Repeat three times.
    7. Apply stripping strokes to the hamstrings from the knee to the hip, stopping over tender spots and holding for 8-12 seconds. Repeat three times.
    8. Apply compression strokes to the hip between the iliac crest, sacrum and the greater trochanter.
    9. Apply direct pressure to the hip muscles between the iliac crest, sacrum and the greater trochanter, stopping over tender spots and holding for 8-12 seconds. Repeat three times.
    10. Apply compression between the greater trochanter and the sacrum with the knee flexed to 90 degrees while rocking hip in internal and external rotation.
    11. Move client to side lying position with bottom leg straight and top leg knee at 90 degrees. Bolster under top leg for support.
    12. Apply Bon Vital’ Muscle Therapy Oil to your hands. Apply effleurage, petrissage, compression and broadening strokes from the ankle to the knee on the lateral lower leg of top leg. Repeat three times.
    13. Apply stripping strokes to the lateral lower legs from ankle to knee, stopping over tender spots and holding for 8-12 seconds. Repeat three times.
    14. Apply effleurage, petrissage, compression and broadening strokes from the knee to the hip on the lateral thigh of the top thigh. Repeat three times.
    15. Apply stripping strokes to the lateral thigh from knee to the hip, stopping over tender spots and holding for 8-12 seconds. Repeat three times.
    16. Apply effleurage, petrissage, compression and broadening strokes from the ankle to the knee on the medial lower leg of bottom leg. Repeat three times.
    17. Apply stripping strokes to the medial lower legs from ankle to knee, stopping over tender spots and holding for 8-12 seconds. Repeat three times.
    18. Apply effleurage, petrissage, compression and broadening strokes from the knee to the hip on the medial thigh of the bottom thigh. Repeat three times.
    19. Apply stripping strokes to the medial thigh from knee to the hip, stopping over tender spots and holding for 8-12 seconds. Repeat three times.
    20. Turn runner to the opposite side and repeat these sequences of strokes on the opposite leg.
    21. Move client to supine position.
    22. Apply Bon Vital’ Muscle Therapy Oil to your hands. Apply effleurage, petrissage, compression and broadening strokes from the ankle to the knee on the anterior lower leg. Repeat three times.
    23. Apply stripping strokes to the anterior lower leg from ankle to knee, stopping over tender spots and holding for 8-12 seconds. Repeat three times.
    24. Apply effleurage, petrissage, compression and broadening strokes from the knee to the hip on the anterior thigh. Repeat three times.
    25. Apply stripping strokes to the anterior thigh from knee to the hip, stopping over tender spots and holding for 8-12 seconds. Repeat three times.
    26. After completing the massage strokes move the leg through range of motion. Ankle – dorsi flex, plantar flex, invert and evert. Knee – flex to chest. Bring knee to 90 degrees and perform internal and external rotation. With knee flexed to 90 degrees, perform bent knee hamstring stretch followed by straight leg hamstring stretch.
    27. Repeat same sequence on opposite leg.
    28. Finish by applying Biofreeze® Professional Roll-On to any localized area of tenderness.*

    Take Home: Send client home with the Biofreeze Professional Roll-On and TheraPearl® Sports Pack. The TheraPearl Sports Pack can be used cold to help reduce soreness, pain and inflammation.

    Contraindications: Sunburn, open sores, contusions, thrombophlebitis, acute pain or injury, skin rashes or conditions, fractures, hematomas, fever or infections are all contraindicated for massage. *Use Biofreeze Professional as indicated. Before applying Biofreeze Professional, be sure to wipe area clean of all massage lubricants.

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    Hydration Preparation

    Thursday, February 9th, 2017

    Hydration Preparation

    Prepare your client’s skin for the dry winter months ahead with a soothing full-body exfoliation of mineral rich therapeutic salts containing a special blend of hydrators to replenish and refine texture. Follow with a hydrating wrap of natural sun-dried rose clay to accelerate cell renewal and soften skin. Then finish with a relaxing massage using our thick and creamy Smoothing Massage Butter.

     

    Ingredients

    • Exfoli-Sea Salt ………………………………………………….. .. 2 oz
    • European Rose Body Mud …………………………………. 2 oz
    • Smoothing Massage Butter ………………………………… 1 oz
    • Lavender EO ……………………………………………… 10 drops

     

    Tools

    • 3 rubber spa bowls
    • 9 warm, moist hand towels
    • Warm Towel
    • Plastic Wrap

     

    Session Time: 60- 90 min

    Recommended Price: $90 – $135

    Cost Per Treatment: $4.08

     

    Instructions

    1. Mix Smoothing Massage Butter with 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil in a rubber bowl.
    2. Apply an exfoliation treatment with Exfoli-Sea Salt Glow.*
    3. Apply European Rose Body Mud in an even layer to each part of the body*, while quickly covering each area with plastic wrap. Cover the client with a towel to keep warm.
    1. Cocoon the client by pulling up all layers of sheets, thermal wrap and blanket.
    2. Allow the client to rest for 15-20 min. This is an ideal time to incorporate an add-on face or foot massage.
    3. Remove plastic wrap, removing as much mud as possible with the wrap. Remove remaining mud with warm, moist towels. Be sure to cover exposed damp skin with a bath towel.
    4. Perform a finishing treatment with the Smoothing Massage Butter that was previously mixed with Lavender Essential Oil.

     

    *Follow protocols in BIOTONE Spa Brochure

    BIOTONE Smoothing Massage Butter

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    Somatology – Massage Step by Step

    Thursday, December 1st, 2016

    Somatology by Cuccio Naturale products

    Massage Step by Step

    Step 1: Massage in an up and down movement along and around the calf area and downward to end of the foot.

    Step 2: Turn leg inward, using an up and down movement massage calf area in between muscles then guide down to foot area.

    Step 3: Follow the massage technique movements for soles of the feet.

    Step 4: Gently push the toes in a downward motion to stretch the foot.

    Step 5: Repeat the massage technique movements for the sole of the feet. Then use circular movements around the ankle bone.

    Step 6: Continue with circular movements around the back of the angle and down to the heel area.  Repeat steps 1 – 6 as time allows.

     

    Using a towel gently pat off any excess serum and apply Butter Blend or Lytes Ultra Sheer Body Butter.

     

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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.

     

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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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    Seeing the Mess Right in Front of You: A Spring Cleaning Checklist

    Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

    Seeing the Mess Right in Front of You: A Spring Cleaning Checklist

    By Angie Patrick

    We have all done it. When left to our own devices in waiting rooms, exam rooms, massage rooms, gyms and other healthcare-related locations, we all either consciously or subconsciously do a mental sweep for cleanliness. We all want to believe the place in which we visit and choose to place our trust keeps an orderly household and is free from cross contaminating issues. And whether we are aware of it or not, a mis-step here by staff or the proprietor can color your thinking of the practice or facility. We hold these providers to a higher standard of cleanliness than we often do within our own homes. Finding something that goes against your expectations for cleanliness can indeed sour your confidence in the provider a bit. Depending on the offending infraction, it may even result in you leaving the provider in search of cleaner grounds.

    The Waiting Room

    Let’s start with the waiting room. You may be thinking, “How much could possibly go wrong there?” Well, it is more than you think! The waiting room is the very first impression the client gets of what may lay ahead. Consider your clients sitting idly by, waiting for you to be clear of a previous client. What are they doing while they wait? Some are looking at their phones, checking email or web surfing. Some may be looking at magazines you have placed in your waiting area. Others may have nothing else to occupy them besides looking at your room and inspecting the elements within it.

    Have you looked at the corners both high and low? Are there dust bunnies or cobwebs? Sometimes, behind the door can be easily missed by staff and cleaning crews and may well need attention. If you have artwork hanging, have you looked at the glass and frame for accumulated dust? Are your tables, shelves and counter tops free of clutter and dust? Are the plants healthy and watered? Do your retail offerings look tired and old? Does your retail display have gaps or need replenishing? If you have magazines, are they current or are they 6 to 12 months old? Missing these key areas can give your client the mental image of your practice being one that pays little attention to detail. If that is not the impression you would like to leave in the mind of your client, take some time to look at your waiting area with fresh eyes and work to declutter and cleanse the space.

    The Treatment Room

    Next, let’s discuss the treatment room. In this space, your client may disrobe, place personal items someplace within the room, and avail themselves to the comforts of your table. Beginning from the moment they enter the space, what are the first impressions? Does it smell clean or of essential oils, or does it smell like the breakroom with lunchtime leftovers from the previous night’s dinner? If you work in your home, does your cat box or other pet odor greet your clients upon entering? Does your space please the olfactory senses, or are there any faint unpleasant odors? If you cannot tell, ask a friend to check this for you periodically, as you may no longer be able to detect any unpleasant scents.

    Visually, inspect your treatment room for many of the same issue we inspected the waiting room. However, in this case, you are going to go a step or two further. Consider what the client sees in your room from several perspectives, first being standing upright and walking into the room. What do they see at eye level and on the floor? When they look up, are your light bulbs all operable? Is there adequate lighting for them to complete tasks involved in preparing for treatment? Is there a place for them to place their personal effects with care, and not have them simply tossed on a chair? Is the place for their personal items something that can be wiped clean between clients?

    The second place of inspection should be from a table perspective. The client will be spending a great deal of time here, and unless you get on your table and take a look, you may be missing some cleaning issues. Are the shelves, cubbies, counters and table tops seen from this angle free of dust, prints and debris? Are your chair legs free of dust and webs? As you will be able to see the underside of tables and carts, are there cob webs there that need to be removed? Look at the carpeting or flooring directly under the face cradle. Is it clean and debris free, or can the ghosts of salt or sugar granules from previous body scrubs be seen? Look at the waste baskets and specifically under toe kick plates of cabinetry for any gum wrappers, cough drop wrappers, or other trash lurking there.

    Since we are discussing impressions from the table perspective, let’s objectively examine the table additives you use daily. Starting with your table warmer, look at it closely and inspect the wiring to be sure you have no signs of stress. Further, touch it yourself and insure you have no hot or cool spots. Consider your table warmer as a consumable product, because it truly is. Given its use day in, day out, for hours a day, you can rest assured these will eventually need replacing.

    The same will hold true of your linens. With fresh eyes, take a long look at the linens your clients encounter. These linens are likely washed daily, or at a minimum several times weekly. This is as much as three to five times more often than your household bed linens, and with this much use and laundering, these too will begin to show signs of wear. Beyond visual inspection, touch and smell them and determine if they are fresh, soft and comfy, or if they have begun to pill and shed. Sheets are also a consumable product, and should be replaced once they become worn and no longer convey the image you wish to project of your practice. While these linens may no longer have a place in your practice, consider donating them to homeless shelters. If you have no homeless shelter in your area, consider these as a gift to your local animal shelter. They still have life remaining in them, so put them to great use.

    Lastly, take in a visual evaluation of your treatment space from chair level. If the client uses a chair to re-dress following a treatment session, look at what they see from this seated perspective. If you have supplies on counters or carts, are they organized and housed in a sanitary way? If you have plants, again check to be sure they are not dry or dying. If you have chair rails, have they been wiped free of dust? If you have a mirror in the room for the client to use when re-dressing, is it free of smudges and prints? Has your waste basket been emptied prior to each client? If a client sees the same trash twice in separate visits, you may never see the client again and have no reason why they left. Unless you inspect from each and every angle you may not catch it all.

    These suggestions are to coincide with your regular disinfecting and cross contamination prevention. Be sure you utilize the proper cleaners and adhere to all your national, state, county, province or city regulations regarding the sanitation of your space and the spread of germs and pathogens. While you may well be diligent in the disinfecting of your space, some of the items mentioned in this piece are easy to overlook, and can lead to the client having misconceptions about your practice. Taking a little extra time in making sure every item and every space your client encounters is free of any trace of previous clients is paramount to a positive impression being left in the mind of the client. They will feel well cared for, protected, and confident in your ability to provide quality treatment in a clean and well-kept environment.

     

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