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I paid natural therapies to make it easier to find my details, but I am using my website to make it easier to find me on natural therapies!
And here is the mandatory link to my facebook page (yawn).
Donna Lou's Waxing for Men and Women:
Here are some of the questions I am often asked:
What is craniosacral therapy?
This therapy is based on the cranium, the sacrum and what lies between, the spine and the spinal chord.
What is atlanto-occipital release?
First let us talk about the top two vertebrae in your neck. They have special names, the atlas and the axis
Why should I look for someone offering health fund rebates?
Massage is, like hairdressing, an unregulated industry. It is buyer beware!
An electrician cant put an ad in the local paper without producing a licence.
However, anyone can advertise their services to do massage. Some people go on a weekend course, emerge with a worthless certificate and advertise that they are qualified!
Even if you are not in a health fund, you should look for someone offering health fund rebates because you can rest assured that they:
Why should I look for a Medibank Private Members' Choice Provider?
Members' Choice Providers have had their clinics inspected by Medibank
Members' Choice Providers offer instant health fund rebates for many health funds so you just pay the gap fee
Members' Choice Providers abide by Medibank's fee structure
At the time of writing there are around 25 Members' Choice Providers of Remedial Massage in WA, and I am the only one for miles around!
One of the reasons for this is that many masseurs charge more than Medibank's guidelines, not so much in the Rockingham / Kwinana area, but in Perth.
BUPA also have a similar system, but it only applies for dentists and physios, not remedial massage. I have asked them to reconsider their position.
Why are HBF so stingy with their rebates?
HBF are stubbornly their own worst enemy. They only give rebates on Remedial Massage if you are in the Wellness Package or the Ultimate Package.
I have lobbied them by email and gone into their office in Rockingham City Shopping Centre to no avail. Many people are waking up to the fact that remedial massage can be more cost effective than other treatments such as chiro and physio, but HBF simply cant see it and I am sure they are losing customers to other health funds as a result. However, I did try!
I dont know why as part of their 4 for $4.10 a week deal that Remedial Massage is not included as an option along with chiro and physio.
Can massage help you lose weight?
Yes, but only if you are the one doing the massaging? (Sorry, I couldn't resist! I felt I was getting a bit serious with some of the stuff above!).
When shouldn't I have a massage?
The fancy name for reasons not to have a massage is contraindications.
Some contraindications include:
Some people have conditions which flare up from time to time. Massage is safe when in remission periods, but contraindicated when the condition is in the acute stage
This is discussed further in Can massage help my condition?
Can massage help with cellulite?
Massage and lymphatic drainage can definitely help, if used in conjunction with diet and exercise.
What is lymph and lymphatic drainage?
Blood is pumped out in the arteries. As the arteries divide into smaller and smaller arteries called arterioles. Here the blood leaves the arteries to take nutrients and oxygen to every cell in the body. It returns in two ways. One is via the veins, which returns the blood directly to the heart. The other is via a colourless liquid called lymph which collects all the toxic wastes. Not many people know too much about this system, but it maintains the body's immune system. The lymph is transport via tiny channels close to the surface of the skin to the nearest lymph nodes, which is where the toxicity is removed from the lymph. The lymph eventually returns to the blood stream. If the lymph channels are blocked, swelling known as edema is the result. A poorly working lymphatic system means that toxicity remains in the body, and this can be a cause of cancer. Bras can reduce the transport of lymph in breast tissue. Over time this can lead to breast cancer, so it is important for ladies to learn how to do some lymphatic drainage on themselves rather than wait until they are 50 to have a mammogram.
So what is ache and pain relief worth?
We recently had a plumber round. $80 for about 15 minutes work.
We recently had an electrician round. An incredible $385 for 20 minutes work. Well done BT Electrical of Kardinya! This name and shame will remain here for some time..
A couple of years ago I waited seven weeks for an electrician and paid $165 for half an hours work, but apparently that is a bargain!
My car mechanic charges $110 per hour
A doctor can charges $60 or more for around 10 minutes and pays no GST
A chiropractor charges around $50 or more, usually for less than twenty minutes and pays no GST
A physiotherapist charges around $50 plus for half an hour or often less and pays no GST
A skilled remedial masseur has to pay GST and battle against a public perception that massage is not a highly skilled job. I have known several people complete their two year Diploma of Remedial Massage and then go off into a different job because they can't make enough to live on. It is part of my crusade to help change the perception of politicians (to remove GST), the health funds so that remedial massage is covered by basic packages not just the extras such as HBF's Wellness package, and the public perception of what is a fair wage for the effective relief of aches and pains. To date I have lobbied both sides of parliament, so far without success but I am still trying!
Basically a masseur shouldn't be working much more than 20 hours a week, otherwise the thumbs fall off! Thumb problems are the leading cause of masseurs leaving the industry. So if a masseur charges $50 an hour, that is $1000 per week, still less than the median wage, and this is before the expenses of insurance, advertising, rent, towels, oils etc. That is also the point that GST kicks in, another impost that doctors, chiropractors and physiotherapists don't have. Now you tell me how many doctors, chiropractors and physiotherapists are willing to work for less than the median wage? So, if you think $50, $60 or $70 per hour is expensive, perhaps I can persuade you to do a rethink!
My views prompted a fiery flame from a chiropractor who was very angry and demeaning. I asked him if I could publish his email here for you all to see but he declined! I asked whether Flaming 101 was a compulsory part of the chiropractic course or whether it was an elective!! I wonder if he treats his clients the same way he attacked me, a complete stranger. As a director of a large facility I feel he deserves to be exposed, but I have rather more integrity than he does!
Why is this website so easy to find in Google?
And why should I be telling competitors?
Because I welcome improved standards in the profession and that includes marketing ourselves in a positive way.
So here is my version of How To Improve Your Rankings in Googles search results.
I wont repeat all the blogs and forums and Google's own guidelines as to how to get a top ranking, but the three main things I have focussed on over the years has been content, content and content.
Google thrives on content! It hates all those flashy animations! Dull, boring text does the tricks, and a few graphics with ALT tags. Throw in some meta tags and the job is done!
Pretend the user is blind!!
Vision impaired people use software which reads your content to them. Images are great for humans to see, but google is vision impaired!!
So, while people are drawn to flashy animations and graphics, google loves my dull, boring (visually at least) text! Google loves my grammar and punctuation, not just the text!
Include a robots.txt file
Submit your website to google! Google's webmaster tools page
What Google hates:
Hidden text. White text on a white background one pixel high so user doesnt read it but google search engine does. Google can remove you from the rankings altogether if you do this... at least that's what they say, but just how clever are their googlebots?
Cloaked links. Hidden links are a no no, Google thinks you could be attempting to lead people astray to porn sites.
Repetition or duplication of text, google thinks of this as spam
I just might have saved you the cost of employing a SEO !!!
Many companies now employ an SEO who is almost as important as a CEO. An SEO is a Search Engine Optimizer whose job it is to get the companies website high up in Google's rankings, and all the other search engines.
People such as Yellow Pages and Natural Therapy Pages thrive by getting their databases top of the list so they can charge us to advertise with them.
Anyway, if it all too hard for you, here I am! My prices are reasonable for ensuring you have an effective website which attracts visitors through Google and other search engines such as Bing, Yahoo etc
And if all else fails, write a letter to google! I did!