Pay-It-Forward Massage Therapist
--by dreamin2being, posted Apr 17, 2008
I am a massage therapist and have my own practice. What I decided to do is to no longer keep my tips; instead, I would use that money towards giving someone a free massage. For instance, I charge $75/hour. When there is $75 worth of tips given, I will offer someone in need -- who cannot afford the massage otherwise -- a free one.
Well, no sooner had I hatched this plan that a client called me and said she had to cancel based on financial difficulties. Guess who got the freebee?!?
The beautiful thing is that this woman just lost her father and is in a large financial dispute over bills, even though her father was a wealthy man. She has been going through grief and anger and all sorts of emotional difficulties. When she accepted the gift of the free session, she said to me, "Just this morning, my partner was telling me I need to learn to accept help from others. Normally I wouldn't accept this, but I feel you're offering me a chance to learn to receive and that I don't need to do it all by myself."
Thanks for inspiring me!