First of all, here's the description straight from the rates page on my website:
Flexible Cost Appointments
Rather than offering a student discount, a senior discount, a discount for people who love cats, etc..., I have a limited number of appointments available for clients of any age or status who are currently in a financial position that restricts them from pursuing massage therapy as part of their health practice.
If you find yourself in this position, and would like to discuss a cost option that would work for your situation, please don't hesitate to contact me by phone (971) 231-5370 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). All flexible cost agreements must be made in advance.
I mean that with a selected number of my available appointments, I am willing to see clients who are unable to pay the standard rates, or even a slightly discounted rate. I make individual plans with people who are interested in improving their health through massage, but aren't able to afford it at the standard rates.
You mean like a sliding scale?
No, that's actually not what I mean. I think there are many good reasons that businesses offer services on a sliding scale, but that isn't quite the right fit for me and my business. First of all, I'm not offering all of my appointments with a variable cost option. I think that suggests a variable value to the service offered and that is simply not the case. I work with people on an individual basis to make a plan for a specific number of massage appointments within a specific timeframe for a specific cost that makes it affordable for them.
So, if you don't think your service has a variable value, why are you offering a Flexible Cost Option?
Because I don't think of massage therapy as a luxury service or a service only for those with financial affluence. I think of it as healthcare. And without going into a complicated political discussion, I recognize that with regards to economic opportunity and healthcare, we have certainly not achieved a place of equal opportunity.
Also, on a more personal note, a healthcare provider once did something similar for me. You can read about that story here.
Aren't you worried about people taking advantage of you?
No, not really. Of course it's a possibility. It's not that it hasn't crossed my mind, but I think it's worth that chance.
Who is eligible for these Flexible Cost Appointments?
Well, I thought a lot about the wording that I included on my website so I think I'll stick with that.
"...for clients of any age or status who are currently in a financial position that restricts them from pursuing massage therapy as part of their health practice".
I do also recognize that it can be difficult, for a whole host of reasons, to ask for any sort of financial assistance. That's one reason I made this a publicly visible option on my website. I don't know that I can make that first step or decision to contact me and ask to be considered for this option easy, but I am open to these conversations and happy to have them.
The only other stipulation is that the agreements have to be made prior to any scheduled appointments.
How does someone contact you to discuss these options?
Call me: (971) 231-5370
Email me: email@example.com
But wait, I have another question. Will you answer it?
I will certainly try. Use the contact information above to get in touch with me.