My niece, who is doing massage, has been doing in-home massages and pampering parties as she calls them, where people get their hands and feet pampered, reflexology, and several other things, depening on how much they want to spend. She doesn't have a place of business, nor does her insurance allow her to do anything at her home. So she either goes to people's homes, or has some connections with several of the Curves in the area. She's been thinking about expanding her packages to include the following:
In-Home Spa Treaments, includes:
1. Body mud wraps
2. Exfoliation salt scrubs
3. Hydrating lotion treatments
4. Full-body massage afterwards
Approximate cost $300
She asked me if I thought this would be a good idea, before she started buying the stuff.
Is there a market for this?
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Well, first off, looking at what she wants to offer....nice. Sounds lovely but $300 bucks! Yikes! I'd start off with some varying packages with a low (but not too low), medium, and high price range. That way potential clients don't get sticker shock! And they feel like they have some options.
Also, mud, can be messy. Clients may not want to worry about any mud spills or drips that may occur. Maybe come up with a differnt type of detox wrap of some sort.....? And of course, I would do the scrub before the wrap.
And as far as washing the mud off in the clients shower......she may want to think about clean up. Does her clean up include not only her stuff but the client tub/shower as well? She'll want to make sure her prices properly compensate her for all that home spa work will entail.
i've been taught, however, not to offer more than 1 detoxifying service in one appointment. you can do a scrub (salt/sugar/grommage) and a detox (mud/clay/seaweed) and hydration. more than 1 detox is too much detox.
i package spa services as add-on's to hour or 90 minute massages. i used to offer them a la carte. a service can easily be pared down to 25-35 minutes on its own.
i'm referring to full-body spa services, not hands/feet etc...
good luck to your friend.
red rocks 9/2005
next thing, as far as the pamper party angle, for full body scrubs/wraps you're taking the person out of the party to do it, add a massage and it's why bother with the party at all if people are taken out of it for that long?
Mush is right about you shouldn't do all of those treatments in one service.
Body scrubs on carpet are risky - anything grainy and bits do fly off, there are past posts about sugar scrubs and ants in a treatment room, imagine that in a client's home. I'd suggest dry body brushing rather than a scrub, not quite as effective, and doesn't feel quite as luxurious while it is happening, but follow that with a massage and there is hardly any difference in the results at the end. It's quicker, and minimal clean up compared to a scrub, less linen used. I've found some great sisal body brushes cheaply and just leave the brush with the client, so no cleanup concerns for the brush. People do like knowing that no-one else has used the equipment. They might not think about it at the start, but at the end when you say "you get to keep these" (files, foot file, body brush, etc), they always say "no-one else has given stuff like this", and then you explain it's for their own health, you don't reuse, you can see a light goes on, and they book another appointment.....
Mani/pedi you can do the scrubs/wraps while they are sitting in the party atmosphere, they can be sitting in normal chairs with their feet and hands wraped up while someone else is in the "pedicure chair" getting the scrub done. Body wraps, they're tying up the massage table while they are wrapped.
As far as manicure/pedicure products go I LOVE Creative's RawEarth SpaPedicure http://www.creativenaildesign.com/prod_ ... pa_raw.asp and Spa Manicure http://www.creativenaildesign.com/prod_ ... a_mani.asp - using it and teh resutls. There are professional kits that include most of the extra bits you need to provide the service. The SpaManicure one includes a video for how to use the products, and the traditional SpaPedicure products which you can easily translate to the RawEarth range. (I don't recommend the basic SpaPedicure range - the scrub includes sand - nice idea, but difficult to get off easily, the RawEarth one uses sugar in the scrub so it dissolves as you wipe it off, much easier to handle. I retail a ton of the SpaPedicure Marine Gel, particularly the next time I see them, I apply it and explain how they'll get a cool blast when their feet get a bit sweaty, and the next time I see them it's "my toes got all cool later on when I was walking around. How do I get that stuff?")
I just phrase the manicures as "natural manicure" and say I don't do any maintenance on artifical nails, I have a limited range of nail colours, so suggest people bring their own if they have a particular colour in mind, and I always take nail polish thinner, because most polishes get too gluggy. Creative also have a professional only UV top coat that gives an incredibly hard wearing top coat which people find pretty impressive - a little UV light makes it look all very un-home like
There are quite a few wraps that result in little clean up - particularly the moisturising ones rather than detox ones, detox ones tend to result in drawing out stuff and lots of sweating, and need either a lot of linen to wipe it all off, or to go have a shower, shower you've got to worry about footprints, drips, slipping in shower, tripping on plastic. The moisturing ones, you don't need a hydrating lotion afterwards, and any of the wrap product still left on the skin can be worked in during the massage.
Products from Creative or OPI pretty much do all the work for you, with the softening and dissolving things. Most people I see regularly don't want polish on the nails, hand or feet, but people using a gift certificate usually do. I've found with pamper parties, people are usually happy to paint their own while sitting around chatting, they understand the therapist can then do more of what only the therapist can do, but I will finish their nails with the UV top coat.
The original post mentioned hand and foot treatments, so I provided a lot of details. The RawEarth range is just 4 products: a soak, no skill required; a sugar scrub, depends if a scrub is allowed in scope of practice; a hydrating Sedona mud mask (I usually put that on when they are on the table); and a lotion for a massage. They've got a fairly generic natural smell, but they suggest you can customise them more with essential oils. Those 4 products are all sold as retail products to the general public, so there is not an issue in using them. Heel and cuticle work is done after the soak, and that can be where the professional cuticle remover/callous softener make a huge difference compared to stuff people can buy retail, but even so, some retail products are almost as effective, but people usually don't bother spending 45min looking after their own feet in one go. The SpaManicure range has a citrusy smell, but not too overpowering, and they don't smell synthetic.
Their heel cream is great too - http://www.creativenaildesign.com/prod_ ... erheel.asp you can get it in a tiny 1/2oz jar as well as the 4oz size. I tend to just hand out the 1/2oz size to people with really bad heels (mainly pregnant clients I am see every week or so, so they get a few bonuses ), and people love it. You can retail the tiny size, but if you don't know how little you need, it looks like an expensive little jar. I have retailed the 4oz size once they've used up the small size and can't live without it
And for dry heels the http://www.creativenaildesign.com/prod_ ... callus.asp callus smoother is great, can be fully sanitised, but a very similar cheaper option is this one - http://www.diamondwayayurveda.com/item134002.ctlg They don't tear the skin, just file the rough bits off as a fine white powder.
Since I've gone onto the Ayurvedic stuff the kansa vataki bowl treatment is wonerful. http://www.diamondwayayurveda.com/item159226.ctlg The bowl is small, only about 3" across, the photo is deceptive. http://www.diamondwayayurveda.com/productCat39735.ctlg is a link to their video for the PediKarma treatment - it's lovely, very relaxing, and effective. If someone is fairly acidic (eats a lot of sugar) the bowl reacts and you get a dramatic black coating on the feet, it's a good way of showing people that something is a bit out of balance. It's a great vidoe, but you'd get a lot more from their training. Their Tibetan Anise Foot Lotion http://www.diamondwayayurveda.com/item134020.ctlg is cooling for the body as it draws heat out of the body, particularly when it is used with the meatl bowl. Doesn't feel like an arctic blast on the feet, but the eyes do feel better!
Have look at http://www.bodyworkonline.com/forum/vie ... php?t=2054 for an Arctic Blast for Tired Legs and Feet idea
The professional range has a few extra products for coping with hard skin etc. Not sure how flexible Creative are in supplying massage therapists in the US, in Australia, as an aromatherapist I can get stuff from some of the beauty suppliers.
Anyway, I think I'll check into the different foot/hand treatments you;ve been talking about that perhaps me and the other MT could do or even let the nail tech person do it, who knows.
We do currently offer a spa foot treatment that is done by the MT on the massage table. It starts out with a hot towel around the feet, then we exfoliate followed by a warm rose mud then covered with plastic parafin feet bags then wrapped in warm towels again, followed by a foot massage.
I plan on checking more into the different products and/or treatments you have talked about.