Massage therapy in McMurdo?


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  • #965
    mtnwoman
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    I’m wondering if McMurdo staff would be open to receiving massage therapy. I have been hired to work as a janitor for the summer season (I’m still waiting to get PQed) but in real life I am a massage therapist and have been working full time in spas, resorts, and clinics for the last 14 years. I am trained in lots of different massage modalities– Swedish massage, Deep Tissue, Foot Reflexology, Reiki, Craniosacral Therapy and Myofascial Release. I would like to bring my massage table (unless there is already one there) and offer massage to staff in my free time. I will be working 54 hours a week, so I would most likely have the time and energy to give 3-5 massages a week. I’ve been thinking that so many people there do heavy physical labor for long hours and most likely have sore muscles. I’m assuming that a lot of folks there would love to be able to receive a massage.

    I have a few questions:

    1) Are staff open to having massage therapy?
    2) Are there any other massage therapists offering massage in McMurdo?
    3) Is there a massage table there or should I bring mine? Or maybe there is a carpenter there who could build me a table? (He or she would get free massage in exchange)
    4) Would it be really expensive and inconvenient to have a massage table shipped there? (My table weighs about 22 pounds)
    5) How much would staff be willing to pay for a massage? ( here in Colorado I charge $50 an hour)

    I’d be interested in hearing your responses,

    Thanks!

    #8809
    Sciencetech
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    Hiya Mountainwoman,

    I’m hoping some of the other ‘regulars’ on this board will answer too, but in the mean time here’s my thoughts…

    > 1) Are staff open to having massage therapy?

    Sure thing!

    > 2) Are there any other massage therapists offering
    > massage in McMurdo?

    Yup, at least one. His name’s Atlas.

    > 3) Is there a massage table there or should I bring mine?

    Atlas could answer that better than I could, but chances are there’s something you could use. If not, the next best bet is to mail one down to yourself.

    > Or maybe there is a carpenter there who could build me
    > a table? (He or she would get free massage in exchange)

    Uh, yes but it would have to be ‘under the table’, pardon the pun. They’d have to do it on their own time (what there is of it) and with scavenged materials. It could take a while.

    > 4) Would it be really expensive and inconvenient to have
    > a massage table shipped there? (My table weighs about 22 pounds)

    No. US mail does a great job, assuming they’ll take a package that big. Probably around $30 parcel post, but that’s just a guess. You may be able to UPS it as well which might work better.

    > 5) How much would staff be willing to pay for a massage?
    > ( here in Colorado I charge $50 an hour)

    Hmm. I dunno.

    glenn

    #8810
    Sciencetech
    Keymaster

    Hey MW, have you found Mike Poole’s Antarctic Memories board?

    There’s also lots of great info there and a bunch of new-hires chatting about the application process and what to bring to the Ice. FYI.

    http://groups.msn.com/Antarcticmemories/leaveamessage.msnw

    #8811
    Zondra
    Member

    Mountainwoman,

    Hi, I am a massage therapist who spent 4 years in McMurdo. After my first season, I spent the off season in Massage School, as I saw what a great opportunity massage therapy was down there. Anyway, for the next 3 seasons I kept quite busy with massages down there. Your skills will be very widely welcomed down there, and you’ll have the opportunity to do as many massages as you want (usually all of us massage therapists are turning down business…). Anyway, here are specific answers to your questions:

    1) Are staff open to having massage therapy?
    > ABSOLUTELY!

    2) Are there any other massage therapists offering massage in McMurdo.
    > Yes, but as for how many varies each year as to who is there. There always seemed to be plenty enough business for all of us, and we would refer business to each other (and do trades with each other).

    3) Is there a massage table there or should I bring mine? Or maybe there is a carpenter there who could build me a table? (He or she would get free massage in excout.
    > There may be a table or two floating around down there, but I recommend bringing your own. The bigger issue seems to be space: where do you give your massages at? I know that several therapists in the past have shared a table in the barber shop, in the evenings after the barber shop is closed. I’m not sure who the barber will be this year (does anyone know if Ruth is coming back), but that’s something that needs to be coordinated with them. Luckily, you work in the same dept as the barber (Station Services). Anyway, I brought my table with me (well, sent it down ahead of time), and was glad that I had my own. I was lucky enough to be able to do the massages out of my dormroom. That really depends on your roomate (either bribing them with massages to stay out of the room when you’re doing massages, or them having a strange work schedule that works out with when you do massages). Or since you’re a first year person with the lowest job senority, you might not have the best housing set up. If you live in MMI, you won’t have room to set up a table, even if you have an accomadating roomate. There might be room if you live in Hotel Cal. If you end up in 155, you’ll have 3 other roomates, and it’ll be nearly impossible to work around their schedules. Of course you won’t know where you’ll be living until you actually get down there.

    4) Would it be really expensive and inconvenient to have a massage table shipped there? (My table weighs about 22 pounds)
    > I had mine shipped down, and it was worth it. It cost me about $75 to mail it. I sent it down in Sept, and it got there about a week before Haloween.

    5) How much would staff be willing to pay for a massage? ( here in Colorado I charge $50 an hour)
    > Charge what you normally charge. I charged $50/hr, and that was what most everyone was charging. I think one person was charging $60/hr.

    Let me know if you have any more questions. Feel free to email me directly. My email is: zzzondee@hotmail.com

    Zondra

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