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Best of Boulder East County 2015 – Lafayette Best Massage Winner!

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Thank you for your support and votes!

The results are in – Soul Workings is the Lafayette winner for “Best Massage” in Boulder Weekly’s “Best of Boulder – East County 2015” survey!

We couldn’t have done it without you!

Please enjoy 10% off* your next full hour table massage when you schedule your appointment online and enter promo code “BOB15

*Valid for appointments from 10/30/15 through 11/15/15; not valid for appointments scheduled offline, one discount per client.

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Summer Package Special

Massage Summer Package Special

 

Summer Package Special

Relax ~ Renew ~ Recharge

Massage All Summer Long!

Introducing our  Summer Package Special for Massage! 

3 sessions – 8% savings
60 minutes – $207
90 minutes – $276

6 sessions – 12% savings
INCLUDES 2 Free 15 Minute Upgrades (up to $50 value); Upgrade choices include: Reiki, Gemstone Chakra Balance, or Reflexology (new!)
60 minutes – $396
90 minutes – $528

*Package sessions and Upgrades expire 90 days from purchase, and are only valid with Emily Kippes, LMT. Package offer ends August 31, 2015.

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Updated Referral Rewards Program

Referral rewardsThe Referral Rewards Program has been updated!

Get a FREE 1-Hour Reiki or Massage session for every 5 new students or clients you refer to Soul Workings!

This program replaces the former reward program, which provided a $10 credit/referral towards any Soul Workings session. If you have any outstanding referral rewards from the previous program that you have not used, they will automatically roll over into this one.

Any new clients or students you refer to Soul Workings must mention the referral either verbally or on their intake/registration form for their first visit/class.

Once you have referred 5 new clients or students, Soul Workings will send you a gift voucher for a free 1-hour Reiki or Massage session. The gift voucher can only be used by you, and will expire within 1 year.

Thank you in advance for your confidence and trust!!

~Amy

 

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Cancellation Policy for Allergies, Cold & the Flu

Got the sniffles? Don’t assume it’s allergies – here are some things to look for, that could indicate that you actually have a cold or the flu (and therefore, need to reschedule your Soul Workings appointment):

Cold/Flu Symptoms:

  • Usually lasts between 3-14 days; typically contagious for the first 5 days
  • Can show up any time of the year, but more than likely, will show up during the winter months
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Achy-ness
  • Fever

Common Allergy Symptoms:

  • Can last longer than 2 weeks
  • Can show up any time of the year, but likely during changing of the seasons (spring or fall)
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Fatigue

As you can see, some of these symptoms overlap.

PLEASE reschedule if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Symptoms are less than 6 days old (Contagiousness is highest during this period)
  • Fever (Body and energy work will make this worse)
  • Non-activity related soreness/achy-ness (Body work will not help in this case)
  • Coughing
  • Heavy sinus drip or stuffiness (laying prone on your stomach will be uncomfortable)

Please provide as much notice as possible if you are not feeling well enough to come in (phone calls are highly encouraged, as sometimes e-mail is not 100% reliable). If you cannot provide 24 hours’ notice, or show up sick for your session (treatment will be refused), cancellation fees will NOT apply if you 1) Reschedule within 24 hours of your canceled appointment and 2) Keep your rescheduled appointment. 

I would much rather you come in when you are feeling better and can enjoy the full benefits of your session.

The information provided is not meant to diagnose or provide medical advice. Please be sure to seek medical attention as necessary.

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Loyalty Punch Cards

Soul Workings Loyalty Punch Cards

Grab a Loyalty Punch Card during your next visit and you can start earning your way toward a 20% off discount, or a free 30-minute upgrade after ten visits*!

Be sure to present your Punch Card at each visit.

*Pre-paid package visits not valid for punches; not transferable and no cash value. Discount of 20% or Free 30 Minute Upgrade available only for 11th visit, 60 minute session minimum.

 

 

Myofascial Release for Pain and Injuries

How to Choose a Massage Therapist

How to Choose a Massage Therapist

How to Choose a Massage TherapistChoosing a massage therapist can be a very personal matter.  Lying on a table in your skivvies to allow a stranger to work on you can be daunting.  Whether you’re new in town and looking for someone to build a long lasting therapeutic relationship or you simply over did it on your most recent hike and need immediate relief, here are some tips to help you choose a therapist that’s right for you.

Find a Therapist

Education

How much education does your massage therapist have?  In many states, massage therapy is regulated, which usually means therapists are required to have a minimum number of of trainings hours, but for those states that don’t regulate massage (currently Alaska, Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Vermont, Wyoming) it is especially important to ask about your therapist’s educational background before you make your appointment.   If you live in a state in which massage therapy is regulated, you will want to make sure your therapist has the necessary certifications or licenses to practice in your state.

An educated and well-trained massage therapist will know which modalities and treatments are safe for you, and when to refer you to the appropriate medical providers when your needs can not be met through massage.

Place of Work/Location

Does your massage therapist operate out of a professional office or home? Or would you prefer to receive your session at a spa? What you choose can set the tone and dictate the kind of experience you will have.  A therapist who operates out of a home will offer a different experience from a therapist who operates out of an upscale spa.   

Types of Modalities/Treatments Provided

Are you mostly interested in relaxation and stress relief?  Then you’ll most likely enjoy a Swedish massage.

If you’re fairly active and have various aches and pains associated with your activity, then you might want to consider working with someone who has sports massage, deep tissue or neuromuscular therapy training.

If you’ve been in an accident or are recovering from an injury, then you might want to find someone who does any or a combination of the following modalities: deep tissue, myofascial release, orthopedic massage, neuromuscular therapy, or medical massage.

Of course, it is always nice to find someone who is versatile and can address your concerns as they come up.  Some days you might feel like you need to de-stress and unwind and other days you might have pain you need to work through.  Consider the kind of work you think you’ll be needing in the future so you won’t have to hop from one therapist to another as your needs change.

Scheduling/Availability

Does your therapist offer hours that coincide with yours?  If you have a nine-to-five job and your therapist doesn’t work on weekends or evenings then you’ll have a hard time getting an appointment.  Does your therapist offer online scheduling?  If you’re on the computer a lot, then that can be an added convenience, allowing you to avoid phone tag.

After Your First Appointment

Once you’ve scheduled your appointment and completed your first visit, you still need to consider whether you’d like to continue working with your therapist.

Health History

Didyour therapist inquire about your health history and any current conditions you are currently being treated for?  It’s important for a therapist to know if you’re dealing with health issues so s/he can tailor your session to ensure a safe and positive experience.  For example, if you have high blood pressure and your therapist doesn’t know about it, a warm stone massage might elevate your blood pressure and lead to unwanted complications.

Did Your Therapist Meet Your Goals?

Did your therapist ask you what you wanted to get out of your session?  Did s/he listen to you and was that reflected in the session you received?  Please keep in mind that your therapist is not a mind reader. Room temperature, music, scents, and massage pressure are examples of elements that can be adjusted to each individual’s preference. You owe it to yourself and your therapist to communicate your needs throughout your visit.

Client Education

Did your therapist offer suggestions for your continual self-care after your session?  A good therapist will ask you for feedback and send you home with relevant stretches or suggestions that you can do on your own until your next visit.

Did You Like Your Therapist?

This may seem like a silly criteria but it’s important that you connect with and like your therapist. This is likely to be a gut reaction, rather than an analytical assessment, so listen to your body and pay attention to how you feel when you think about returning for another session.

Final Thoughts

If your first massage session with a new therapist didn’t work out perfectly, don’t panic. Just like any new relationship, it can take a few sessions before you establish a level of comfort with your new therapist. However, if you’re just not feeling it, keep looking until you find someone who feels right for you.

The benefits from massage are countless and you owe it to yourself and your body to work with someone whom you can trust and can build a lasting therapeutic relationship.