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Sometimes I won’t give you an appointment

Posted on February 3, 2013 by Allissa Haines

I refer out a fair number of new clients. Because I have a decent website and I’ve been around for several years, I get a few calls a week from potential new clients. I’ve got a pretty standard list of questions I ask, so here’s what to expect when you call me. How did you...Read More

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The undressing issue

Posted on February 1, 2013 by Allissa Haines

The most Frequently Unasked Question in massage: Do I need to get naked? Short answer No. Absolutely not. Long answer In massage school it was suggested we say to clients, “Undress to your level of comfort.” I found that’s way too vague. And most people have no idea what that means. Heck, I’m not even...Read More

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Celebrate Small Business EVERYday!

Posted on November 17, 2012 by Allissa Haines

I love being a very small business. I love greeting every client myself and that most of you expect I’ll be clearing crumbs off my desk when you walk in the door. I love the board full of pictures of your babies. I love sharing my office with another very small business, and that I...Read More

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Neck Rolls & Open Pecs

Posted on March 12, 2012 by Allissa Haines

I’m always nagging you to incorporate movement and stretching into your computer-filled day, here’s a visual for you! This is great for maintenance and prevention between massage appointments, but if the achy stiffness gets out of hand, schedule an appointment soon!...Read More

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Lactic Acid is your friend. Really.

Posted on September 7, 2011 by Allissa Haines

The first time I heard about lactic acid I was a kid, watching speed skating on the Winter Olympics. The commentators spoke of it like an arch enemy to the distance skater, a nemesis to endurance and success. I remember thinking that the skaters’ thighs were just enormous, and my knowledge of anatomy and...Read More

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Your first massage

Posted on August 24, 2011 by Allissa Haines

Curious about massage? Maybe a little nervous? Here’s what a typical back massage looks like. But really, there is no ‘typical’ massage. Each treatment is customized to your preferences, to meet your goals for that day....Read More

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Smartphone neck, stretching, and more

Posted on July 8, 2011 by Allissa Haines

One of my professional organizations, the Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals, puts out a great publication for massage clients (and everyone). The Summer 2011 edition has a great article about smartphones, and how to be, well, smart about using them. And you know how I’m always telling you to stretch? There’s an article about...Read More

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Cancellations, no-shows and late arrivals, oh my!

Posted on June 20, 2011 by Allissa Haines

One of the more challenging parts of running a service business is deciding how to handle last-minute cancellations, missed appointments and late arrivals. I aim for a thoughtful fairness. The new policies are below. I’m usually happy to be flexible about the policies when illness or emergencies strike. No doubt, if we’re working together, you...Read More

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No gratuities accepted, but thanks!

Posted on June 15, 2011 by Allissa Haines

How come, Allissa? Money is awesome. Indeed, money is great. And I so appreciate your generous nature. However, I consider the massage I provide to be an important part of your regular wellness care, just like exercising and brushing your teeth. It just doesn’t seem professional to me to be accepting money above my published...Read More

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Am I the best massage therapist for you?

Posted on June 5, 2011 by Allissa Haines

I’m a great massage therapist, but that doesn’t mean I’m the right massage therapist for you. Consider the following: Are you: dealing with depression and/or anxiety a pregnant woman physically active and like to challenge your body experiencing stress If you answered yes to one or more of the above and would like to make regular...Read More

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