“We’ve all been given a gift, the gift of life.
What we do with our lives is our gift back.” -Edo
Over the years I have been trying to quantify my services based on my overheads, what I think my skills are worth, what I am worth , as well as comparing myself to the rest of the market of our industry.
I never felt that I really was able to find the right “price” for my services as one session might be very powerful to one individual and not as supportive to another. For one person it might be worth thousands of dollars, for another a hundred or less.
I was also concerned to not be able to open my private practice and workshops to those who could not afford it. Chanelle and I, in response to this issue, decided to offer community acupuncture. However, the less financially fortunate ones could still not have access to Transformation Streaming sessions and workshops.
In short trying to put a price on my services has always been a big challenge. If the price is to low, I get overworked and can’t bring in enough to maintain my child, my family and my work. On the opposite, if I charge a higher amount, it becomes more about me and what I feel I am worth, which also disconnects me from others and where they find themselves in their lives.
I often considered sliding scale but never felt connected to it as it is about money, meaning at some point the practitioner gives more than he can and the receiver might pay more than what they feel they received. Thus creating an imbalance between giving and receiving.
Blog post written by Bart Whittington from EnGedi Massage.
Bart and I traded work in December 2011 to discover eachothers approaches to healing.
Here is his experience of mine:
Bart’s heart by Robert McCreight
“Sometimes when I’m out at the lake walking or jogging I have moments of inspiration, and one day while running a thought came into my mind, “The Heart Speaks in Picture and Metaphor.” Sometimes my creative muse has to sneak a thought in while I’m not paying attention, I think because I’m hard-headed. God, I love this muse, but she is fickle. She never sends inspiration when I desperately want it, she simply drops an acorn in my soul when the fallow ground of my heart is freshly tilled. Sometimes, if my heart is hard, she just takes a really sharp trowel, makes a deep cut, and shoves that acorn deep into my stubborn, calloused heart. Soon the acorn germinates, takes root, grows into a sapling as my mind and imagination water it, and as my old thoughts die and decay, they fertilize this little sapling until it grows into a mighty oak tree of a new way of thinking.
Jung and Freud understood the human psyche speaks in symbols in one’s dream life, but are these same types of symbols readily available to us when our eyes are wide awake? I think the answer is yes, so let me explain:
Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Guillaume Vincent of www.soulembody.com for some Acupuncture on my right shoulder. We had previously met socially at an event where I was a member of a guest panel discussing Sacred Intimate work in our area. Later we met to discuss my approach to bodywork and his holistic approach to wellness and bodywork; through the conversation we decided to trade services so we could both experience first-hand each other’s approach.
We have been invited to join the Jepson brothers in their integrative center, in Bee Caves. Russ is a DC & Bryan a MD.
How we met is a funny story:
Last August I cut a finger and needed stitches. I went to the ER in Westlake and Dr. Bryan Jepson was there to fix me up. He took care of me and my hand. Putting aside my physical discomfort, it was great to meet Bryan in that way. He then expressed that him and his brother had an interest in having acupuncturists in their center.
At the same time, we were started looking for a new place that would fit our growth. I contacted Russ and scheduled with him a visit to view the place. It was a great surprise. The center is literally 2 minutes away from Bodhi Yoga, where we are transitioning from. Their center has all we wanted: the warmth, the space, a professional and caring energy and most importantly it is all about integration.
We just started having a booth at the Farmer’s Market of Barton Creek to educate our community about acupuncture & herbology. It is a good way for you to ask questions and a better understanding of what we can do for you.
There are also many amazing produces and services available on the market. It is good time to take care of yourself and do your groceries…
Come support local economy, natural and organic products.
It is every Saturday morning from 9am to 1pm, behind Barton Creek mall.
Stop by and say Hi!