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Why Sliding Scale?

The sliding scale payment system is an economic justice tool aimed at making services accessible to folks at different income levels. It helps to ensure that the provider is fairly compensated for their work, while taking the client's income and financial/life circumstances into account. In this system, those at a higher income level pay more and those with less income or access pay less.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impacts, it no longer felt right to me to assign a specific value to my work. Massage therapy is so important for health and healing, and I believe everyone deserves access to wellness and healthcare. I can't do much to fix our broken healthcare system, but I can do this in my little corner of the wellness world. 

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

  • Each bodywork service has a listed price at the high end of the scale. Within the description you'll see the full scale range suggested for that service. You do not need to prepay for your appointment at this time, so don't worry if that listed price is out of range for you. Note: Add-ons have a set price and are not sliding scale.

  • When you come in for your appointment, you pay whatever amount on the scale feels right for you and your situation.

  • That's it! Pretty easy, huh? There's no application to fill out, and I won't quiz you on your decision-making process. I trust you! If the low end of the scale still feels out of reach, please contact me before booking and let's discuss options.

In order for this system to work as intended, it's important for everyone to honestly assess both their current financial situation and their overall earning potential. If you're new to this concept, here are some useful points to consider when determining where you fit within the scale. This is by no means an all-inclusive list for you to measure yourself by. They are merely prompts to get you thinking - only you know what applies/feels true for you. 

Consider paying less on the scale if:

  • you are eligible for public assistance

  • you have children or other dependents who rely on your income

  • you work in the service industry

  • you are a teacher or work in public service

  • you work for a non-profit

  • you rent your home

  • you have debt related to medical expenses not covered by insurance

  • you are a member of a marginalized or historically oppressed group

Consider paying more on the scale if:

  • you have retirement accounts, investments, or inherited money

  • you own your home

  • you travel for recreation

  • you have access to financial resources or family money in times  of need

  • you have a high degree of income earning potential due to education level or specialized knowledge

Please don't stress out about it - that's the opposite of what we want! Simply pay the amount on the scale that works for your situation. Thank you for helping me create a little more equity in the world!

Sliding scale inspirations & resources:

Bear Hebert's Freely webinar/course

Little Red Bird Botanicals

Ride Free Fearless Money

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Alchemy Wellness & Bodywork/Andrea Boyd

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info@alchemywellnessathens.com

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