Opinions requested...

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Opinions requested...
Fri, 07-27-2012 - 8:50am

My massage therapist last night made it really clear that she would like to do a trade for services.  As you might guess, I'm a bit skittish about trading services again with how things went with Flakey Client.  Granted, there wouldn't be a huge debt like there was with all the dental work but still... 


I could probably cancel my Massage Envy membership and work for my massages instead of pay for them.  

I would be training someone who's company I enjoy.  

Her current trainer seems really terrible and made a comment to her that made her feel so bad, she cancelled her session the next day.  I would enjoy showing her what a good trainer can be like.  

I think the structure would be "easy" because we could match hour for hour.  


If things sour, then I've lost a good massage therapist.  

I can always go back to Massage Envy but then I'd have to find a new therapist.  (And if I quit and then re-join, it would be more expensive since they've raised their prices since I joined.) 

She is young and kind of immature.  

She's made references to doing massages for other people (outside of the company) and not wanting to go. (Those were not trades though.)


My be  

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Fri, 07-27-2012 - 5:39pm
Unless you are having trouble finding clients, I wouldn't do the trade. it is much harder to raise issues with someone you aren't happy with if you aren't paying. If it is a wash anyway, then pay each other for the service...just my opinion...
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Fri, 07-27-2012 - 9:52pm

I'm on the same page as sj.. Massage Envy isn't too expsneive to begin with and something you can afford.  Young and immature is a bad combination.

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Tue, 07-31-2012 - 9:48am

It sounds like you see red flags already...that is not a good sign.  From my experience, never mix business with pleasure.  It always ends badly.  Personal and professional services do not mix well because the boundaries always get crossed from one to another.  I'm living it here, personally, in my neighborhood.  Yuck.