Shimi (shimikai) wrote in healinghands,

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point of Interest and concern

Okay I didn't want to start out this way, but the topic has been bugging me for quite awhile. There is a company called Massage Envy that is sweeping the nation. On the plus side it provides aspiring therapists a place to get some experience in working the massage industry with a steady income. Furthermore, it's a number of established franchises which will automatically bring clients in due to their capacity to market.
Here's the negative. Therapists only make 15 dollars comission otherwise they make minimum wage. The franchises stock their facilities with alot of therapists, which is convenient for the customer, but if you look at the big picture, or have ever been the restraunt industry you can begin to see a problem. Okay for those who still may be lost. Imagine working 5 days per week on a 6 hour shift, you get 2 clients that day for 1 hour massages. You just made 30 dollars. But say that the rest of your week stays the same and is worse the following week. Well then that means you get a minimum wage check. Basically what I'm saying is you would have to max out your clients every day just to get the comission pay, otherwise you are wasting your time.
Here is what bothers me, these places are popping up everywhere, offering 60 dollar membership fees and charging 40 dollars per 1 hour massage, while the therapists are making minimum wage. Thus cheapening our field and reducing it to a burger-flipping job.
Maybe I'm just paranoid, but then maybe there is something to it. What do you think?
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