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by melb
Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:19 pm
Forum: Business/Practice Ethics, Conduct Issues & Questionable Dilemmas
Topic: Giving clients extra time when late
Replies: 32
Views: 10169

Re: Giving clients extra time when late

Do they get paid the full amount when the client turns up late and the massage is cut short (because there is another appointment booked afterwards)? You charge the full amount for the treatment, the IC gets paid their normal share even though they work less than the full time? Or would the IC like ...
by melb
Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:03 pm
Forum: Spa Techniques
Topic: So now he's actually considering adding spa stuff!
Replies: 35
Views: 18016

Re: So now he's actually considering adding spa stuff!

Noticable effective results, less wear and tear on the body, I'd recommend craniosacral. You mentioned Upledger was coming to the area - was that for craniosacral? I will say that craniosacral is such a light touch that it can be difficult to get the head around if you're used to deeper work. I've d...
by melb
Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:52 pm
Forum: Spa Techniques
Topic: So now he's actually considering adding spa stuff!
Replies: 35
Views: 18016

Re: So now he's actually considering adding spa stuff!

I covered quite a bit of spa type treatments in my aromatherapy course and after that went onto some lomi lomi and Ayurvedic stuff, but most of that were massage techniques rather than add-ons. I use some fo the aromatehrapy moves in pretty much every tratment I do, a bit of lomi and a bit of Ayurve...
by melb
Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:04 pm
Forum: Massage & Holistic Therapies (Techniques, Modalities, etc.)
Topic: Acupuncture CE for Massage Therapists?
Replies: 5
Views: 2170

Re: Acupuncture CE for Massage Therapists?

You might be able to do dry needling it's needles used to loosen up the muscles, mainly tigger point type stuff, no focus on the TCM side so no meridians, no TCM concerns to worry about, no idea if it's legal where you are. It seems to be such a little known of thing it's sometimes a bit under the r...
by melb
Mon May 30, 2011 8:06 pm
Forum: Spa Techniques
Topic: Seaweed wrap HELP!
Replies: 4
Views: 3871

Re: Seaweed wrap HELP!

that PDF is the protocol for the seaweed wrap, but I don't think you are meant to use the cellulite blend instead of the relaxation blend on the forehead. For the cellulite blend, the website says just do the seaweed wrap as normal and then do a massage with the cellulite blend If you don't want to ...
by melb
Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:08 pm
Forum: Massage & Holistic Therapies (Techniques, Modalities, etc.)
Topic: Back pain?
Replies: 5
Views: 1843

Re: Back pain?

Jason, your likely 100% mortality rate sounds fascinating. 100% anything is something to aim for, after all if it's not going to be a 100% guaranteed result, it's not worth doing. Consistency is all important! A cookie cutter routine provides reliable results every time! I hope you are prepared to s...
by melb
Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:28 am
Forum: Tools of the Trade
Topic: Cleaning hard water off of Hot Stones
Replies: 4
Views: 1585

Re: Cleaning hard water off of Hot Stones

More general gunk, rather than hard water experience (I tend to end up with stone speople don't use for some reason) if you're talking about basalt or granite stones, they are tough, they can take pretty much anything you want to soak/wash them in. I don't recommend it as a regular method of cleanin...
by melb
Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:17 am
Forum: Business Issues & Marketing Discussion
Topic: Personal Spa stones for retail
Replies: 10
Views: 4052

Re: Personal Spa stones for retail

Lately I've been debating about bringing in some sort of retail to my office and was wondering if anyone had any experience with Personal Spa. They sell a variety of shaped marble stones that can be used around the face, on the neck/shoulders, or rolled on the bottoms of the feet/self-massage, etc....
by melb
Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:39 pm
Forum: Business/Practice Ethics, Conduct Issues & Questionable Dilemmas
Topic: Refusing a Home Visit
Replies: 21
Views: 5442

Re: Refusing a Home Visit

Safest option is not to take and same day appointments or even next 3 or 4 days appointments. Most people if they are thinking in terms of something other than a massage want instant gratification. Very very very rarely will they be prepared to book a week in advance. Invariably is someone rings up ...
by melb
Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:16 pm
Forum: Business/Practice Ethics, Conduct Issues & Questionable Dilemmas
Topic: Code words?
Replies: 36
Views: 15112

Re: Code words?

Moonspark wrote:Them: "So... do you wear a jewel in your belly button?"
Me: "Is that what the kids are wearing these days?"
Total ignorance of belly dancing code words, does a jewel in a belly button actually have a historical meaning, or are they just getting to talk about below waist level?
by melb
Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:53 pm
Forum: Business Issues & Marketing Discussion
Topic: Rice packs
Replies: 19
Views: 2801

Re: Rice packs

I use rice packs :) Actually I use rice, rock salt and fennel rice packs. The fennel seems to cover up the rice smell when they are relatively new and when it looses it's scent, the rice is usually not smelling anymore. The rock salt keeps it all moving well. I can't remember the ratio, something li...
by melb
Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:49 pm
Forum: Business Issues & Marketing Discussion
Topic: How do you determine outcall fees?
Replies: 9
Views: 2227

Re: How do you determine outcall fees?

I price my outcalls on a 30min radius from where I am, I charge a third of my clinic rate for that possible 1hr round trip (occassionally it is a 15min round trip if they are very close). Or a 30min radius it goes up in $15 15min blocks up to 1hr, I won't travel over 1hr, I arrive in drive mode rath...
by melb
Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:33 pm
Forum: Business Issues & Marketing Discussion
Topic: Gift Certificate - Expiration Date or Not???
Replies: 13
Views: 3821

Re: Gift Certificate - Expiration Date or Not???

I put a usually put 6month expiry on my certificates but honor them even after they are expired, as Ding said, it is a nudge to get them to use the thing. Most gift certificates I sell are Christmas, or Valentine's, or Mother's Day, with brithday and baby shower ones throughout the year. With the fi...
by melb
Wed Dec 09, 2009 7:30 pm
Forum: Business Issues & Marketing Discussion
Topic: SEO?????
Replies: 11
Views: 1680

Re: SEO?????

part of SEO is pretty well everything that lovelynb says you should do. If a SEO company isn't talking about all of those topics (inbound links, blog, keyword density, how to keep people on your site longer, etc), if all they are doing is taking your money and 'doing SEO', be very dubious. 10 years ...
by melb
Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:48 pm
Forum: Tools of the Trade
Topic: Nu Skin Galvanic Spa
Replies: 2
Views: 1071

Re: Nu Skin Galvanic Spa

You're much better off getting a proper galvanic machine and a much wider variety of options. It's been quite a while since I looked at the NuSkin device, so can't remember anything specific, but it was a very limited machine. Galvanic current can either be used for disincrustation where the sebum i...
by melb
Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:42 pm
Forum: Tools of the Trade
Topic: Should I prepare new hot stones with oil?
Replies: 11
Views: 4246

Re: Should I prepare new hot stones with oil?

Don't use or coat the stones in an oil that will go rancid - they get sticky and smelly. If your stones do go sticky or smelly soaking in nappy soak over night seems to work wonders. Use jojoba and you avoid a lot of problems. If the stones are ridiculously porous so that a lot of oil soaks in, I'd ...
by melb
Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:09 pm
Forum: Massage & Holistic Therapies (Techniques, Modalities, etc.)
Topic: Swedish Regular Requests No Oil
Replies: 23
Views: 18921

Re: Swedish Regular Requests No Oil

So true about how little oil you need to use - my aromatherapy training had us doing full body massages using 20ml (0.66oz) total, except the face (different blend used for the face) I find it a lot easier to do that with jojoba, I probably use a bit more than that normally, and a bit more again whe...
by melb
Tue Aug 25, 2009 6:45 pm
Forum: Massage & Holistic Therapies (Techniques, Modalities, etc.)
Topic: Swedish Regular Requests No Oil
Replies: 23
Views: 18921

Re: Swedish Regular Requests No Oil

I'm another one that will say jojoba :) www.jojobacompany.com usually gets good comments (they used to be Boston jojoba) Another alternative is ultra-sound gel, that's generally fairly unreactive, and non-oily. Cornstarch can get a bit powdery, what you can do it blend up a bit of shea butter in it,...
by melb
Wed Aug 12, 2009 6:49 pm
Forum: Massage & Holistic Therapies (Techniques, Modalities, etc.)
Topic: Massage and breastfeeding
Replies: 5
Views: 1632

Re: Massage and breastfeeding

I use a bodyCushion for nursing mothers and they all LOVE it. Some people are concerned massage may move toxins around that end up in the breast milk, I just say that the increased blood flow from when they were pregnant would've been moving everything around already anyway, so it's not a concern. I...
by melb
Wed Aug 12, 2009 6:06 pm
Forum: Reflexology Techniques and Other Thoughts
Topic: crying newborn
Replies: 11
Views: 2545

Re: crying newborn

HumanRemodeling wrote:Aromatherapy so far was ineffective. Tried gentle baby essential oil from Young Living.
Essential oils on a prem baby are just downright dangerous, the liver is not fully formed for the first year. A baby cannot metabolise essential oils, let alone a prem baby with compromised system.
by melb
Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:59 pm
Forum: Massage & Holistic Therapies (Techniques, Modalities, etc.)
Topic: massaging the face
Replies: 18
Views: 6554

Re: massaging the face

Best face routine I've ever learnt was the Ayurvedic Face Rejuvenation beautiful routine, very relaxing and very rejuvenating. very light, no skin stretching going on in that routine. I did the course and got the video - just watching the video relaxes me so much I don't think I've ever managed to w...
by melb
Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:06 am
Forum: Tools of the Trade
Topic: Outcall Hot Stone massage
Replies: 9
Views: 3449

Re: Outcall Hot Stone massage

I do it, particularly in winter, but only with a few stones. I use the 6qt Spa Pro Stone Heater and have a HUGE belly stones, and another 5 or 6 pairs of large varying shapes in the heater, load the heater up with the stones already in it with no water, when I get to the client, It's turn on the hea...
by melb
Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:52 pm
Forum: Tools of the Trade
Topic: Natures Massage Stones
Replies: 30
Views: 14241

Re: Natures Massage Stones

This is quite amusing..... I ran across this posting while doing some surfing the other night and had to chime in, hope you don't mind. I work for TIR Massage Stone, we love to hear feedback about what others are looking for in massage stone sets, especially specifically regarding our company and ou...
by melb
Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:42 pm
Forum: Tools of the Trade
Topic: Natures Massage Stones
Replies: 30
Views: 14241

Re: Natures Massage Stones

With the return international shipping, when I emailed them I explained I wasn't going to return them, that would've cost almost as much as they'd send back if they gave me a full refund. Maybe because I said I wasn't returning them they decided there was no need to say anything. I would've actually...
by melb
Tue Jun 16, 2009 7:42 pm
Forum: Tools of the Trade
Topic: Natures Massage Stones
Replies: 30
Views: 14241

Re: Natures Massage Stones

I'm always on the look out for more stones from different suppliers - I sometimes sell sets, usually I have to change them a bit to configure them how I like to sell them so I generally just pull sets apart and put my version of sets together with some other stones. These ones looked great from the ...

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