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February 2015

Negative Media Attention

I have recently come across two news reports that display massage practioners in a negative light.

One report is from the U.S.A. on Wednesday 18th February, 2015.
http://www.valleynewslive.com/home/headlines/Concerns-Over-Prostitution-At-Massage-Businesses--292487511.html

The other was aired by A Currnet Affair on Thursday 29th January, 2015.
http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/article/8952192/cheap-massages-that-could-be-doing-you-harm

It is like with any service or product that a consumer seeks to purchase, a little bit of research is essential. With regard to the American story I personally know of many situations where male enquirers would have been saved a lenghty phone call with me if hey had just looked at this website properly. I am not unacustomed to receiving calls for services other than I provide.

As far as The Australian story goes, cheap does not always equate to terrible. The prices at Nature & Nurture are reduced for a few reasons:
1). To create an opportunity for a variety of people, often those who would not usually consider treating themselves or a loved one to a massage, with the means to do so.
2). To get clients to experience a treatment they wouldn't usually choose.
3). To offer a different type of discount as Health Fund Rebates are not covered.

In both instances I would never hesitate to refer interested people to another practitioner if I feel that I am not suitable for their requirements.  I also always make sure that I have a consultation with every client, whether it is their 1st or 50th visit. There is always time for professionalism in all things even if that means I will not be gaining a new client.

There are professional bodies that massage therapists can affiliate themselves with and proof of learning should be available for prospective clients to view. If you don't feel confident or comfortable with the practitioner that you are speaking to (please remember that your privacy must always be respected) then look elsewhere as there are a myriad of choices available. 

I hope that news reports such as these don't deter anyone from searching for legitimate, small business massage therapists such as Nature & Nurture Therapeutic Massage, in the future!

Eucalyptus Oil - Eucalyptus Globulus

EUCALYPTUS OIL (also known as Eucalyptus Globulus)

I would assume that all Australians are aware of the Eucalyptus Tree (and possibly many more people around the world). It is a tree that is symonomous with Koalas but the essential oil extracted from this plant is another household name for many families.

Eucalyptus is a refreshing and energising oil. It is used primarily for its anti-septic qualities but it is known to have anti-viral qualities as well. Most people find that eucalyptus oil (like tea tree oil) has a medicinal scent. It is often associated with throat lozenges and decongestants. It is also a common deodorant ingredient and ideal for household cleaning. I use it in my washing, adding it to each load with the usual washing liquid. I especially like to use it for soaking heavily soiled clothes. It can irritate the skin so it needs to be used with caution.

I also like to burn this essential oil in an oil burner during the winter months or when anyone in the household is feeling a bit under the weather. It is a strong oil and can overpower a blend. It combines well though with other woody or citrus based oils.

Eucalyptus can be effective against coughs and colds, helping sore throats, bronchitis and sinusitis. It can aid skin infections, such as ulcers and sores if diluted and used topically. This is another essential oil that I like to keep handy - either in the laundry, cleaning cupboard or first aid kit.

Eucalyptus essential oil can come in quite a few different varieties (as there are approximately 800 species of this tree in the Asutralian wilderness). Some share common cautions while others stand alone. Not all eucalyptus varieties are good for use with children or the elderly so please be careful when choosing your product.
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