Spring Survey Results

Every year in the beginning of May, I send out an anonymous survey in the newsletter. It's usually only 5 questions to give people a chance to tell me what they like about their appointments and where I might be falling short. This year's Spring Survey got more responses than ever! 

First things first, a few people mentioned wanting aromatherapy. I've not done a great job of highlighting this, but I've always had essential oils for aromatherapy at the office. It's available during any Swedish or deep tissue massage and is included in the price of the service. I mixed up a few new options and I'm working on a little display to make things more noticeable. I've got Lavender, Bergamot, Peppermint & Chamomile- each in organic jojoba, plus there's the old stand by of Peppermint & Marjoram in arnica oil.  Keep an eye out during your next visit!

Also: classes. There were a couple requests for more classes and this is where I might disappoint people. (I'm sorry!!) Scheduling classes in the summer has been a bit of... a challenge. I'm working on a class schedule for the fall and winter that focuses on delivering the best experience possible. I'll have more substantial news about this by late summer. 

Quick catch up

Hi, all!!

Firstly, I know I've been a little quiet, but it's been for good reasons. In December and January, I had been working on an anatomy review to prepare for (yet another) pain management/medical style massage program. I'd been thinking about this next program for at least a year and I. Finally. Started. Over the next weeks, months, year or so, I'll be continuing to work my way through this detailed program and that means I'll be slowly incorporating new techniques and different approaches into sessions. It's pretty exciting stuff (so long as you think muscle testing and specific muscle disfunction is exciting).

 

Next up, day light savings time. I think we've gone over this before, but I'm exceptionally bad at the whole "spring ahead" part of day light savings, so I'll be out of the office Sunday, March 11th. I like to turn off the morning alarm and let my brain acclimate to the shift. 

 

Lastly, have you signed up for the Make Your Own Mala class yet? It's sneaking up on us-Friday March 16th. I'm super excited about it and hope to see you there!

From the newsletter...

Hi, all!


A new year, a new Facebook algorithm...

If you haven’t already seen, a lot of small businesses are in a bit of a panic about some changes that Facebook has announced. The changes will make it less likely for people to see a business’s posts even if they’ve liked that business’s page. I’m not particularly panicked but I will be changing things up slightly. Instead of one newsletter a month, I’ll be sending out two. One of the most useful things for me about Facebook has been posting what appointments I have available coming up, but it’s only useful if you actually see it. I’ll be adding two weeks worth of available appointments to the bottom of the newsletter along with my phone number (to call or text) plus the link to my online booking page. The good part about this is that you’re more likely to see it and I’ve heard from quite a few of you that it’s a helpful reminder. The bad part is that, unlike on Facebook, I won’t be able to update it as my schedule fills in so it won’t be as accurate.
 
I hope everyone is staying warm and having the best possible winter! Stay safe and I'll see you soon

Thank you always,

Amy

Wellness Classes

Hello, all!

Autumn was busy and now here we are already at the end of December and I'm finally remembering to update the blog. A lot has been going on at the office, and I think the most exciting thing at the moment is the new addition to the class calendar. Thursdays in January at 6:30, Christin Scarcello will be back in the office to lead you through Meditation 101. Each class will be part discussion and part practice to help you become comfortable with the process. All are welcome, but space is limited. Tickets are available here.

 

Keep an eye out over the next few weeks as I'll be adding more classes to the events page.

 

Happy holidays!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month and J.B.W.S.

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It's that time of year again! October is domestic violence awareness month.

Did you know that an estimated 1 in 4 women will be victims of domestic violence in their lifetime?

This October, I will be raising funds for Jersey Battered Women's Services, one of the state's nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping victims of domestic abuse. J.B.W.S. had been working with families affected by domestic violence in Morris County since the late 70's and is a full service, non profit domestic violence agency. They offer comprehensive services to prevent abusive behavior and assist victims, children, and the family members and friends who want to help.

For the entire month of October, $10 of every massage I do will go toward this wonderful organization's efforts to improve, protect, and educate our community. This year, I'll also be including gift card sales. If you'd like to participate, but can't get make it in for a visit, you can go here to get an instant online gift card.

Almost autumn!!

Hello, all!!

Summer got away from me! All that moving in and setting up the new office and I just plain forgot to update the blog. Silly me...

A lot has been going on. First and foremost, THANK YOU!! I got word from Morris/Essex Health and Life that you've voted me best massage and just wow. You're all wonderful. Thank you.

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Next, CLASSES!! Scheduling has started. The website has been updated. Facebook events have been created. There are a bunch of places to find information and they all bring you right here. Check them out and let me know what you think. There are more on the way!


Lastly, if you've been by the office recently, this will be old news, but I don't care. Meditation cushions and blankets are here!! I love them and I can't wait for you to see them

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Autumn starts the 22nd. Enjoy the last week of summer!! 

New location grand opening

 

Hello, all!

I'm super excited for all of you to see the new place. Stop by and say hello Saturday, June 17th from 11a to 1p. I'll have light snacks and goodie bags, plus a contest to win a free massage. 
 
A bit about the contest: Bring an item from the list to be donated to Jersey Battered Women's Services (JBWS), every item donated is an entry in the contest, and at the end of the open house I'll draw a name. 

Here's a list of things JBWS pretty much always needs:

  • toothpaste 
  • tampons
  • deodorant
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • lotion
  • laundry detergent
  • fabric softener
  • bleach
  • dish soap

See you there!
 

Big news

This month marks three years since I quit my reliable spa job and started working for myself. Three years of ups and downs, of classes and moving forward, of slowly figuring out what I want to do. In the last few weeks, I've decided on some big next steps: 


As of June 1st, Finding Balance is moving.
 

Not to worry: I'm only moving a mile up the road to 124 Morris Turnpike. Everything is happening fairly quickly. It seems like yesterday I started looking at potential spaces. I had no idea that I would find the perfect new home so quickly (or that it would be available so soon)!

My primary focus over the next two weeks is to make sure everything is set up with you in mind. Over the next few months, I'll be adding small workshops to the calendar (think essential oils, mediation, qigong... As always, with the help of local businesses I love).

With this change will come other small changes. In order to continue delivering the high level of care you are accustomed to, I'm adjusting my prices. This is the first time I've revisited my price structure since opening the business and I don't plan to do it again for the foreseeable future. As of June 1st, prices will change for new clients. The adjustments won't go into affect for returning clients until August 1st. That means from now until August 1st, you can take advantage of old pricing and prepay for as many services as you'd like. 

Things that will not be changing:
1. The loyalty program- You all know how much your support means to me and my loyalty program is one of the ways I express my appreciation for that support.
2. My no tipping policy- I appreciate the gesture, but I've given a lot of thought to my prices and do not accept any more.
3. The amenities included in each service- Each session will continue to include a combination of heat packs, warm towels, and essential oils to suit your preferences.

This is starting to feel uncharacteristically long winded for one of my newsletters, so I'm going to wrap it up. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out. I'll be holding an open house (tentatively Saturday the 3rd) to give everyone a chance to look around. 

I don't know that I have the words to properly thank you all. Because of you, I get to do what I love. I promise to continue doing my best for each of you.

Thank you always,

Amy

Essential oil blends and totes

  Now you can bring home the oil blends you've come to know and love! Blends are available in roller top bottles and regular slow pour bottles. Current offerings are limited to Peppermint & Marjoram in Arnica oil and Lavender & Marjoram in Jojoba, but keep your eye out for more.      These tote bags are sturdy enough to beat up and light enough to use everyday. Take a peek at your next visit!

Now you can bring home the oil blends you've come to know and love! Blends are available in roller top bottles and regular slow pour bottles. Current offerings are limited to Peppermint & Marjoram in Arnica oil and Lavender & Marjoram in Jojoba, but keep your eye out for more.

 

These tote bags are sturdy enough to beat up and light enough to use everyday. Take a peek at your next visit!

Holiday Gift Card Sale

Now through December 23rd, when you buy three gift cards for a 60 or 90 minute service, you'll get 15% off your purchase. Buy five gift cards for a 60 or 90 minute service, you'll get 20% off your purchase.

 

Due to the nature of massage, give me a call (862.234.1245) or shoot me an email (amy@findingbalancenj.com) to make sure I'm not in a service before you stop by.

Fundraiser results and Veteran's Day

Hello, all!

First things first...

I am thrilled to announce that we raised $620 during the October fundraiser for JBWS! I can't thank you enough for booking massages, telling your friends, and donating to this great organization. 


Next up, Veteran's Day

Last year I did a one day only special price for massages for veterans. I'm changing things slightly this year and offering a 15% discount to veterans and active duty service members on 60- and 90-minute massages with me from Monday the 7th through Friday the 11th. I'm sticking with the honor system, so no proof is necessary, but if you want the discount you have to mention your service while booking or during checkout.

Construction Update

We're almost in the clear! I'll continue to call/text the day of your appointment if things are looking especially crazy, but here's an update straight from a Randolph Township email, in regards to the ongoing construction:

"Announcement: Sussex Turnpike Construction - Traffic Impact
The Morris County Department of Planning and Public Works anticipates roadwork impacting traffic flow to be finished by early October. The updated schedule provided by the County is:
September 1-16: Optimum and Verizon completion of pole and wiring relocation
September 12–23: General Contractor completion of remaining curb and sidewalk installation
September 26–October 14: General Contractor completion of road resurfacing and line striping
October–December: General Contractor completion of landscaping, off road improvements, and punch list work.
The ongoing construction activities combined with the reopening of school and normal commuting patterns will likely cause increased congestion in the Mount Freedom area of Sussex Turnpike during the morning and evening rush hours through early October."