Massage & Bodywork

September/October 2012

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SPEAK YOUR MIND What Do You Do To Make Your Practice More Environmentally Friendly? All-Natural, Recyclable, Organic, Renewable, Reusable Renewable resources: our ingredients are made using the leaves and fl owers of plants and cold pressing them to extract the oils. Less waste: during production, both the oil and powder left from the press/turbine are added back into other products. This brings out the best of the plant by using every vitamin, mineral, trace element, amino acid, and enzyme that the body needs to maintain whole health. Pure natural ingredients: every product we use is paraben-free, in order to ensure the health and wellness of our team members and guests. Fair trade: we gather the freshest ingredients from suppliers who believe and implement fair trade values, making sure we give back to the communities we partner with. Generation aware: it's imperative we provide a healthy Mother Earth for many generations to come. DANIEL JARAMILLO SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS I just recycled my 18-year-old portable table into an electric lift table by purchasing the Oakworks ProLuxe Convertible. Folded my oldie- but-goodie down fl at, quickly clamped it onto the sleek base, and fulfi lled several decades of dreaming of this asset for my clients and me. No more pregnant women climbing onto a footstool. No more compromising on table height for me as I switch clients from side-lying to semi- reclining positions. No waste of wood, vinyl, or foam to get an unnecessary new tabletop. Don't dispose of your serviceable portable table to get an electric lift model until you check out this option. CAROLE OSBORNE SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA I don't use paper receipts. I have them sent via text message and email. I also use a green company (Melaleuca) for all of my cleaning supplies, laundry soap, and lotions. They ship your products concentrated so they "don't ship water," which saves shipping costs and fuel, among other things. After each session, I usually give my clients Eco2Go water bottles, but since I'm trying to get away from plastic bottles, soon I will be giving/selling actual water bottles with my logo on them so clients can reuse them instead of throwing them away. KENDALL SLOTTE ROSEVILLE, CALIFORNIA I start with nonaerosol room fresheners—my favorite is Citrus Magic Air Freshener. It is made from 100 percent natural citrus fruit, and smells better than any artifi cial scents do. Also, I use postcards for advertising—they use much less paper! With the same amount of paper, you can make four times as many postcards than with a single piece of 8.5'' x 11'' card stock and an envelope. JENNI MASSARO WEYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS Upcoming Topics If you had a massage superpower, what would it be, and why? Deadline: October 15 Publication Date: January/February 2013 Write a 40-word bio about yourself: your practice, life, joys, etc. Ex.: "Sally Smith is a ..." Deadline: December 15 Publication Date: March/April 2013 Visit the newly designed ABMP.com. Log in. Explore. Enjoy. 21

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