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One more thing: my FullSlate on-line scheduler has been on the fritz the past week or two. I apologize for any inconvenience you may have encountered.
Two years and one month ago, I made my first trip to the Big City -- New York City. I'm finally heading back for an encore, and I'm bringing my son with me! We are leaving Friday the 14th and returning Tuesday the 18th. We will see some sights and sample some great food and walk until our legs fall off! ;)
As of Thursday the 13th, all messages regarding appointments will be returned on or after Wednesday the 19th. If you choose to book on-line, your appointment will be confirmed or declined around that same date. Appointments will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis.
After April 23rd, my booking schedule should return to normal for a little while. I'm usually available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4:00-7:00, and weekends 10:00-2:00. Summertime brings vacations, holidays, and weddings, but I will do my best to inform you of any closings ahead of time.
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
In March, I traveled to the great city of Manchester, New Hampshire, for an eight-hour course on Lymphatic Drainage Massage. It was hosted at the North Eastern Institute of Holistic Health, a wonderful little school that reminded me a lot of Spa Tech Institute in Westbrook (where I did my training), and I met some of their wonderful, up-and-coming massage professionals.
"Okay, but what is lymphatic drainage massage?"
Your lymphatic system is your immune system. It relies on muscle movements to get the lymph from your capillaries to your lymph nodes, and then to your lymph ducts to be processed. Anything the lymph picks up that's no longer useful to your body is eliminated.
The technique itself involves very light, very gentle touch. We work to improve the flow of lymph through your body. It is effective in treating some cases of edema (swelling, especially in the legs and ankles) and can help you to recover from a cold faster. The technique can be done with clients fully clothed, laying on their backs.
I have started incorporating this knowledge into some of my regular sessions, and my clients are already reporting positive results. I intend to offer stand-alone lymphatic drainage massage sessions in the future. Which brings me to my last point for this letter...
Changes Are Afoot!
When Main Street Cutters closed its doors last May, my promise to myself and to my clients was that I would keep my prices about the same as what they were at the salon for one year.
June will mark my one-year anniversary of running I Knead Serenity as my own business. I intend to raise my rates -- while also introducing new services and add-ons. You will still receive the high standard of care and professionalism that I have set for myself. By raising my rates, I will be better able to support you by pursuing educational opportunities, providing you with high quality oils and products (many of them made here in New England), and by continuing to look toward future expansion possibilities.
I will announce the new rates by May 1st so that you can plan accordingly; they will go into effect on June 1st. I understand that not everyone will be comfortable with these changes. You are always welcome to come to me with questions or concerns as I work toward this transition.
Thank you for being my client!
I couldn't be successful without you! So many of you have become repeat clients and referred your friends and loved ones to my practice. Making the jump from an employee to a sole practitioner was scary -- but you've helped to make it worth it!
Until next time!