Comprehensive health care is a fundamental human right. It should be accessible, inclusive and prioritize preventative care. As a whole, health care can be deeply divided along class lines; my practice isn't. Massage therapy is a complementary health care modality that effectively addresses both physical and mental stress. It should be available to everyone.
I want to ensure my practice is as financially accessible as possible. In order to align my payment policies with my philosophy, I have transitioned my rates entirely to sliding scale while still offering supplemental programs. The goal of these programs is to...
1. Increase financial accessibility of massage therapy.
2. Reaffirm my commitment to offering preventative health care to our entire community.
3. Increase awareness of massage as a viable treatment option. (By reducing the financial impact of regular massage, clients can participate in a regular treatment plan, thereby increasing the benefits and experiencing longer lasting relief.)
The basic economic concept of sliding scale is: people pay what they are honestly able. Those with access to more resources pay more, thereby providing a cushion for those with less access to pay less, which provides a sustainable economic underpinning for the massage therapist. More information here.
My business is 95% referral based. I believe that building my practice on community support and positive experience. Receive $10 off your next massage when you refer someone new (they get the discount too!), or when you post an online review.
Kindness in Hand
The Kindness in Hand project is a crowd sourced, community-driven massage donation project that provides an hour long treatment to someone in need. All nominations are accepted, there are no requirements. Folks may nominate themselves, a loved one, or a community member. All I ask is for the contact information of the nominee. Cash and Venmo donations, as well as referral credits can be traded for Kindness Coins which are deposited into the fund. When the fund reaches $85, a new recipient will be notified.
*While I accept gratuity, I don't expect it. Tipping can be a great way to support my sliding scale work, but it is certainly not mandatory. It is my priority and obligation as a health care provider to ensure my clients receive the same quality of attention and appreciation regardless of their emotional, physical or financial situation.