"Massage therapists are artists and professionals."
What is Fair Trade Massage Therapy?
This is a great question! A question WHW strives to inform by changing the way we do business. WHW introduced Fair Trade Massage and trademarked the term in the spring of 2015, and we are consistently making changes and networking to impact the industry.
It is not just WHW's role to impact the massage industry with healthy change.
Values that create the standard:
Do you give your MT's flexible, no questions asked time off?
Do you allow your MT's to change their schedule with appropriate notice? Is there allowances for when they want to take a vacation or do continuing education?
Do your MT's have access to sunlight through out the day in the form of breaks or in the treatment room?
Do your MT's take 10-30 minute breaks at least once every 2 hours?
Do your practitioners have flexibility about the clothes that they work in?
Is the music that you expose the MT's to on repeat every 2 hours or do you make sure that there is variability?
Is the MT able to work in silence if they want to?
Does your MT make at least $28 an hour?
Does your MT understand what their earnings rate is based on and how to increase their earnings?
Are there retention rate bonuses or systems in place that would increase earnings for the MT and drive their own sustainability?
Does your MT have the freedom to leave the office and stay within a reasonable distance when no client is scheduled?
Are your MTs only exposed to chemically safe products?
Do they have access to fragrance free products if they choose to work fragrance free?
Do they have access to gluten free products if they choose to work gluten free?
Do your practitioners communicate openly and honestly with you about company policies and their needs?
It is understand that many of the values that go into Fair Trade Massage do not bolster the bottom line of a business and are in fact, expensive. Many business policies and procedures are in place to protect both the business owner, the customer and the massage therapist from harm and to promote financial sustainability.
Fair Trade Massage is not suggesting that any one thing makes or breaks a business's standards. We are suggesting that the conversation about standards is a vital conversation.
All massage therapy and acupuncture treatments are artisan and therapeutic. For orthopedic prices please contact us.
We have a 48 hour cancellation policy.
water house wellness
742 Massachusetts Ave Suite 3
Arlington MA 02476
For appointments call: 1.339.707.0476 or