And what a whirlwind of a year it has been! At this time last year, Sans Stress was open two days a week, which quickly grew to three to include Saturdays.
Before the winter holidays, I switched scheduling systems to one that supports instant online gift certificate sales, so you don’t even need to come in if you have a last-minute gift to buy. Of course, we can also process those for you when you do come in, and soon will have beautiful paper certificates as well.
In January, Sydney joined me and started working a few days a week at Sans Stress (see her official introduction below), and now we are open six days a week.
I recently have started trying to phase out 7:30pm appointments in favor of 7pm as my latest start time, because getting home after 9 has been difficult with some of the early mornings I have. I know that’s tough for some of you, so talk to me about it and we can schedule, as always, on a case-by-case basis.
Looking to the future, in June we’re getting some renovations done at the Amethyst Center by the building’s new owners, and Sans Stress is moving across the hall to a bigger room! This may mean we close for a possibly inopportune week, or move to a slightly different location while the space is under construction. The renovation schedule is not finalized yet, but we’ll keep you posted.
We look forward to seeing you in our gorgeous new space!
Right. What I was trying to say is that, among other things, renovations bring increased rent and we are raising our prices slightly to accommodate upcoming expenses. Starting on July 1, prices for all existing clients will be raised by $5/session. You’re welcome to buy packages at the existing rates in the meantime! The rate increase will be reflected on the website and for new clients immediately.
The new pricing will look like this:
Add-ons like full body hot stones or the nap upgrade will remain priced at $10.
If you’re interested in securing a package (multiple sessions of any one length) at our current pricing, you do get a discount for pre-paying for these services!
3 sessions @ 10% off
6 sessions @ 15% off
10 sessions @ 20% off
Remember, there are other ways to get a discount, too. If you refer a friend (colleague, family member, enemy, uncle’s cousin’s best friend’s roommate, etc), you’ll get $10 off your next massage after they come in. Word of mouth is the best way for a tiny biz to get excellent new clients and serve our community, and we’re happy to thank you for those referrals!
Sydney’s work is inspired by the pursuit of balance and a love for the human form. Sydney studied at Spa Tech Institute in Ipswich, MA, graduating from their Therapeutic Massage program with a passion for blending many different forms of massage including Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, myofascial release, neuromuscular, and trigger point therapy. A creative problem solver at heart, Sydney loves to perform therapeutic work, beginning each session by carefully listening to her clients’ goals. Clients report that Sydney’s work strikes a balance between deeply therapeutic and wonderfully relaxing, relieving tension in body and mind.
Sydney first discovered her fascination with anatomy while studying figurative painting at Maine College of Art. “It always amazed me how wonderfully different one body can be from another. I am so grateful to the models that patiently reclined for hours, as I tried to make sure that I rendered a shoulder or a hand just right. Learning to see a body and its particular proportions constantly informs the bodywork I perform now, reminding me that each shoulder or hand is different and requires a thoughtful and creative approach.”
When Sydney is not working to bring balance and ease to her clients she is an avid baker, a somewhat wayward yogi, and a dedicated coffee drinker. She loves spending rainy days with her husband exploring museums and sunny days exploring outdoors with their dog Zoe.