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I am wondering if anyone offers massage by going to clients' homes or offices? I would like to offer this, but want to get more information about it. Positives, negatives, anything. Also, if you do offer it, what types of advertising do you do? Do you focus on a specific clientele? Thanks in advance for any and all advice!

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I'm sorry it took me so long to see this, Nicole.  I have done a lot of outcalls and there are definite positives and negatives.

Positives: My clients love it!  They really enjoy having the massages in their own space.  They are willing to pay more for me to come to them.  It is great for out-of-town clients (I only have one left but I used to have 6 different homes I went to).  It's a fabulous way to build your practice.  I've built my practice now to where I only have time for the one outcall, but it was wonderful getting started to have those clients.

Negatives: You have to pack up and go to them. That takes time and energy.  And safety is HUGE.  Be willing to listen to the voice that says a situation is a problem!  It's also recommended for outcall therapists that they be willing to abandon their gear in favor of getting out of a bad situation.  Make sure someone knows where you are and how long you are going to be there.

Things to think about:  You need a lightweight, portable table (mine is an Astra-Lite and it's wonderful).  You need some way to transport all your gear (I have a huge bag with rollers from LL Bean).  You need a way to play music (I have a Bose SoundDock and an iPod Touch but it doesn't have to be that big of an investment; it just needs to be able to play music well enough that it sounds good).  Oh, and you need to have a sense of humor about pets!  They always want to be involved with what is happening, and many of them love me so I get lots of attention when I'm at a client's house!

I have never done any advertising; all of my clients have been word of mouth referrals or people I've worked on with chair massage. 

 

I hope that helps!  Let me know if you have any questions; I'll help as much as I can.

Hi Therese,

 

Thank you so much for responding! I'm just starting out and trying to get as much information as I can. Everything you said was extremely helpful, thank you!! I will send you a message offline :)

You are welcome!  I will look for your message.

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