Susan and Shane Epperly of Tiger Lily Studios have just released their new instructional video entitled “Techniques & Application of Vapocoolant Spray & Stretch.”
Check out our interview to get the skinny on this highly effective, non-invasive, quick and painless method for releasing trigger points.
Vapocoolant spray & stretch techniques allow massage therapists to get virtually instant results while saving their hands. The supplies required for this modality are completely portable and can be used in any treatment room, or even at on-site sporting events.
Vapocoolant Spray & Stretch Techniques are Ideal for:
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Myofascial Pain Syndromes
- Muscle spasms
- Restricted motion
- Minor sports injuries
You can get more info or purchase their video or video/dvd combo at Tiger Lily Studios (affiliate link)
Question: I’m 50 years old and I’ve been a massage therapist for about 10 years. I work for someone else and am basically making it from paycheck to paycheck. I would like to retire at some point, but don’t see that happening anytime soon. How do I start to save for retirement?
Leigh: It is never too late to start! I found that the best process for me was, if you were able to have automatic payrolI deposits, to specify two different accounts and have a portion of your earnings go to savings/retirement. If that is not possible, then just set up online banking and do manual transfers every time that you receive a paycheck. If you pay yourself first, it will be easier than waiting till everything else is done.
If you think you don’t have money for retirement, start tracking your finances (I use Quicken which is awesome), and look for ways that you spend money – things like Starbucks runs, Eating Out, Entertainment , even cutting off your cable TV and using your Internet to watch shows – all these types of things can help find some extra money for savings/retirement!
Question: “What account software package do you recommend and why?”
Leigh: I’m a huge fan of QuickBooks – Industry leader for years; For Personal Finance and self Employed earnings – I like Quicken! For taxes, I have used Turbo Tax for years. Quicken/Turbo Tax integrate together!
Question: I have heard that it is bad for you to have your clients feet facing towards the door when setting up your massage room, they say you are born head first and when you die they take you out feet first is there any truth that this could be bad karma?
Ann: In many massage therapy offices, either the clients’ head or feet must face the door. We want the client to feel safe & secure, first & foremost, so they need to face the door with their feet closest to the door. The best thing to do is hang a curtain that you can pull across the door during your session, so that the door is out of sight during your massage session.
Question: What suggestions would she make for the layout of a massage room, including decorations?
Ann: I would suggest using Feng Shui’s Bagua Energy Map as a first step in decorating your office. Here’s a link to the Bagua for Business that’s on my website to get you started.
For example you’ll want to hang up your practitioner certification in the Fame/Reputation sector if at all possible, and have plants or some kind of Wood/growth element in the New Beginnings area, as this is so important for your clients’ health.
I’d also want to make sure that all of Feng Shui’s Five Elements are balanced: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water, so that the room feels aligned with nature. I’ll post a link to my blog post about that momentarily.
Here’s that link about how to use the Five Elements.