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.
The other was aired by A Currnet Affair on Thursday 29th January, 2015.
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!