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#3 imagined life

I work with several Spas around the world (literally) and have been blessed with the opportunity to work at a couple of annual Yoga Retreats in Bali and Thailand, too. The way that it works out is that I spend about 4-5 months every year in Asia, of which I work 3 months and invest the remaining time into continuing my studies with my teachers.

Since I got my Green Card for America I have to make sure that I maintain it by spending a solid chunk of time in the States each year, in that time I generally dedicate 2 months to scheduled workshops, which I co-facilitate at a handful of Yoga Centers that I have built a relationship with since I first came to America a few years ago.

The centres are mainly dotted around California, which is good because this way the travelling doesn’t get too much. But occasionally I will spend a week in Portland or all the way south in San Diego or back up North again at Lake Taho. I try and spend 2 weeks at Kripalu, offering massages as well as allowing myself a full week off, to immerse in the healing programs that they offer there.

We try and combine the Kripalu visit with a trip to see Jason’s family nearby in Cleveland. I also kept my home in Liverpool, UK, and return there twice a year for 6-8 weeks to maintain my relationships with my friends and make sure that they are ok. Over time I have developed a loyal client base in Liverpool and I look forward working with them each time I am there.

The shift for me happened when I stopped offering reduced price holistic treatments, as long as I gave everybody discounts I was shortchanging myself and wasn’t getting anywhere. It took me a long time to learn that my pricing my value I could do much better while also allowing myself to maintain high standards for myself and for my clients. For example I only use organic oils & home made balms from wholly certified organic ingredients, I can now afford to take a few further education programs each year and add more and more knowledge to the skills that my clients benefit from.

These days I charge in the region of $200 for a full 3 hour Thai Massage, the price varies a little depending on the client and if I will also be bringing herbal balms and compresses for specific ailments.

In the beginning I felt like I was quoting an astronomical sum but the value I offer is higher than the price I charge. Many serious massage practitioners charge $120 for 90 minutes. A 3 hour treatment requires exponentially more focus and dedication. I also only accept a maximum of 2 bookings a day. So each client can be certain to receive a treatment with full intention and full presence.

Once a week I book a massage session for myself, I have found a great practitioner who prefers to work in 2 hour sessions, which is pretty good for me. I do wish I could find somebody who would work with me for 3 hours sometimes. It’s such a luxury and such a hard find!

 

 

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Birgit Deubner works as professional Artist / Photographer {including transferable skills such as Art directing, handling and installing} I am bilingual German & English, competent to speak, write, translate and teach both. Additionally I have studied both Traditional Thai Massage (since 2011) & Yoga (since 1997). I offer unique massage treatments and private yoga classes.

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