Labor Day Announcement

Endless Summer Massage will be closed from Friday August 30th through Monday September 2nd so that Faith and Jessica can enjoy the holiday weekend. We hope all of our client friends will have the same opportunity!

See you next week!

 

All About Comfort

Remember that your massage is all about you. In case you didn’t know, we have eye pillows to block out light, extra blankets if you get chilled, we can remove the thick blanket and even aim a fan at the table if you get warm. If you aren’t comfortable, you won’t get all of the benefits of your massage!

 

Please don’t hesitate to ask if there’s something we can do to make your session more comfortable.

Square Page

We decided to make our square page public so that square users have the option of paying via credit card through the Square page instead of having to offer the actual card to us to process.

Take a look: https://squareup.com/market/endless-summer-massage

Dry Brushing

We learned dry skin brushing techniques in school and I just recently starting thinking about it again. It feels good & has a lot of health benefits (exfoliation, detoxifying, increased circulation…) It’s a win-win, I think.

But, most people have never heard of it. So, here’s an article all about it.

We’ve recently added dry brushing to our services. Ask us about it!

Important Changes

We just sent out an email to our clients about some changes happening at Endless Summer Massage. Since the email condenses it nicely, I thought it would be easier to paste it here. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at endlesssummermassage@gmail.com

Hello dear clients!

We hope this email finds you well. As fall draws nearer (wow, hard to believe) we find that it’s time for us to make a few changes. Please take a few minutes to read this email so you know what is going on with Endless Summer.

Scheduling:

First, as I mentioned in a message earlier this summer, I’ll be starting nursing school soon. Some have wondered how this will affect scheduling and the answer is surprisingly not a whole lot. The largest change clients will see is less morning availability because most of my classes will be in the morning. I do anticipate having a lot of homework and things to study, but I’ve been taking classes for the past year an a half preparing for nursing school – so I know how to manage my time and energy. That is the beauty of setting your own schedule. If you have a large exam or project, you schedule yourself a little lighter. 🙂 I don’t anticipate it changing my availability much.

About the weekends. Since we are available by appointment only, we’ve never had set hours. Since opening back in 2010 we’ve scheduled weekend appointments as needed for clients, using both Saturdays and Sundays. After much thought, we have decided that we will not be scheduling Sunday appointments unless there is a specific, important need. Sunday will become my day to do homework for the week ahead and Faith’s chance to catch her breath and prepare for the week ahead at Duke. If you have been one of those few Sunday clients, don’t panic. If there is just no other day possible, talk to us. We can make exceptions if necessary. Our clients are very important to us and we do all that we can to make things work for both you and us.

Services:

We have added a few things to our service menu. Since we opened we have offered only increments of time without any additional options. We decided to add these things to what we have available for our clients:

30 minute chair massage: $33

30 minute express relaxation massage (hands, feet, shoulders, neck and head with aromatherapy): $45

30 minute TMJ focused massage (targets muscles directly and indirectly affected by TMJ dysfunction) $45

We have also decided to offer a few bodywork extras that can be added to any table session:

• Natural aromatherapy oils added to the massage lubricant in your session $5
• Hot stones* added to your session to deeply warm the tissues $10
• Dry Brushing** added to any session that is 60 minutes or longer $10

*This is not a full hot stone session. The heated stones will only be used for a small portion of your full massage and they will primarily be placed to warm and loosen large, tight muscles.

** Dry brushing is an ancient technique that uses a natural bristle brush to softly exfoliate the skin before your massage session. It removes the dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, refreshing the skin’s appearance, it increases circulation to the skin, encourages lymphatic circulation and to most people feels very relaxing.

Fees:

And finally, we are making some adjustments to our fees. This is something we have been discussing and mulling for a year now; it has not been an easy decision. We opened in 2010 and have never increased our fees. To both of us, making fee adjustments feels uncomfortable. We want bodywork to be accessible to as many people as possible and fear raising rates might make our work less appealing or available to some. But, we have to respect the needs of our business and ourselves. We have to be willing to ask a fair and competitive rate for our skills. Since we opened our overhead has raised with linen costs and rent; and over the same time we have both specialized with extensive training in medical massage*, including myself becoming a certified medical massage practitioner. In addition, we both have medical training outside of the massage specific realm. Faith is a registered nurse and I am a certified nursing assistant enrolled in nursing school. With those things in mind, we have decided to make these adjustments to our fees beginning September 1, 2013.

60 minute massage will now be $66
90 minute massage will now be $99

We will be offering the special of buy 5 sessions, get the 6th for free (must be paid in full.) These sessions can be used by the purchaser or by someone they designate (as a gift.)

We are still offering a 15% discount to Duke employees and students and school teachers. If you have been receiving the 15% discount, you will continue to receive the discount.

If this change in cost will be a financial hardship to you, please contact us to discuss it. We still offer sliding scale for those with financial challenges.

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. We know it’s a lot of information and changes, but as we grow and refine our skills we want the business to grow with us. And we hope that you will all be with us for the journey.

Sincerely,

Jessica & Faith

* medical massage: what does it mean? This was an intensive course offered over 9 months that provided us with a much deeper understanding of the body and of massage. We learned more specific, detailed anatomy. We learned advanced bodywork techniques. We were trained to help correct postural imbalances, work with chronic conditions and to recognize difficult to isolate posture, gait and movement difficulties. It is not medical in the sense of working with those having medical problems. It relates to a medical depth of knowledge (vs. practitioner level) regarding anatomy and bodywork.

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