It's been very, very slow this week at the spa, with the previously noted exception of New Year's Day.
I had seven services on Tuesday, four on Wednesday, two on Thursday, and only one yesterday (Friday). Yes, I know it's technically Sunday already, but I haven't been to sleep yet so it's still Saturday as far as I'm concerned. Work with me here!
It was so slow in fact, that our boss sent everyone except two therapists and one aesthetician home at 11:30 AM today.
I had two services today, but they were only chair massages. The problem with chair massages is that they're just not worth it to the therapist.
Let me break it down.
If I have a regular, $60 half-hour service, I work 25 minutes and make $15 commission.
If I do two, 15 minute chair massages (at $1 a minute), I work the full 30 minutes and I only make $7.50 commission. Plus, chair massage is hard work! I can't do any gliding strokes, since the client is fully clothed. It's all compressions and petrissage (the kneading strokes where I use my hands a LOT). So I'm pooped but don't make enough money to really make it worthwhile.
Anytime I start thinking about working conventions doing chair massage all day (where you can really make shitloads of money), I remember how tired I am, and how much my hands hurt after doing just a few minutes, and I change my mind!
My clients were actually in their jammies and slippers, which made the whole experience interesting. Naturally they didn't tip me, but I wasn't surprised...
the IDIOT (male) spa attendant, J., asked the one client if she were pregnant! What moron involved in any kind of service or customer service industry would ask a woman that unless she's wearing a t-shirt that says "Baby on Board", or "Bun in the Oven" with a big arrow pointing down?
Sad. Too sad.
Thankfully the International Consumer Electronics Show starts on Monday, we should get plenty of business from the conventioneers and their spouses.
But I won't hold my breath.
After reading Phlegm's comment, I realized I hadn't made it clear that the client was NOT pregnant. So, I state for the record, J. was an idiot who asked a chubby, NOT pregnant, woman whether she was indeed pregnant, causing her to be justifiably pissed off.