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Spend Your Tax Refund on Your Health!

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So you received your tax refund…now what?

Sure, there are always new pairs of shoes, new purses or that really cool necklace to be had, but the best thing to spend your tax refund on is personal enrichment in the form of health and fitness activities and classes!  No matter what, a healthy body and mind will take you far in life, and lets be honest…next season that purse will be in the back of the closet.

Take this time to invest in YOU…in your future and your well being.  Try something new, do something you already like, it does not matter; as long as it makes you happy and is healthy then you are golden!

Of course Pilates is the BEST thing to take up, but there are so many exercise programs, methods and ideas out there to explore; if you need any ideas feel free to reach out to us here!

Be happy, be healthy!


Small Businesses Check out Google!

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Google is touring the country with a very cool ‘get your business online’ campaign.  They are offering free websites, as well as seminars and tools for promoting and leveraging the web as a business tool.  Having attended this workshop, it really is a good opportunity to learn new things and they are giving away $75 towards Adwords and Adwords Express!  Oh, and free pens, cookies, M&M’s and other great things 🙂

Some helpful links for other small businesses looking to grow their business online:

These are just a few of the places to begin, and apparently there is a giant bank of people out there waiting to help you set up your Google places, Adwords, etc. accounts.  It is always helpful, when trying to navigate the tricky world of online promotion, to get a little friendly assistance (read: be told exactly what to do and how).

Of course Google is doing this for a reason, i.e. driving advertising to its search engine and customers towards its tools; however, regardless of ulterior motives, as a small business owner it is very beneficial to have a whole day of FREE tools and information handed to you without obligation.  Plus, local agencies such as Mercycorps, the Portland Business Alliance, SCORE, and more were all on-hand to offer additional advice and potential avenues for resources.

Check out a local event near you; hopefully you can walk away with some new direction!


Tipping Trainers

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Tipping etiquette is a touchy and debatable topic, but the question of tipping personal trainers, Yoga & Pilates instructors, etc. is an issue worth addressing.

While tipping is technically never required, it is something we do to express gratitude for a job well done, and ultimately it is an engrained part of American culture (others as well, to greater and lesser extent).  Overall Americans are generous tippers.

It is standard to tip hair stylists, massage therapists, aestheticians, and other one-on-one service providers between 15% and 20%.  These service providers have undergone special training and are creating a (hopefully) positive experience that clients both want and need.  When it comes to trainers, private exercise instructors and the likes, in theory it should be no different.  Once again this is a specialized individual whom, at least in the case of a comprehensively trained Pilates instructor, has spent many hundreds of hours learning and honing his or her skill set.  A private session is taking place, and individualized attention to specific needs, conditions, concerns, and more are factoring into the interaction.

If you think about it, physical trainers are facilitating physical wellness; from a physiological, purely medical perspective this is very important to living a long, healthy life.  Indeed haircuts and facials are important and beloved services, but someone could suffer from serious and life-threatening conditions and find help through something like Pilates or Yoga (burn fat, build muscle); no one ever died from not enough hair cuts or too few massages.  Having said that, one would think a client would LOVE tipping the health instructor who is making life more livable.

It is also important to consider things like rental space and other costs that instructors incur.  Just like many hair stylists split their earnings with the salon, instructors give a (sometimes very large) percentage of earnings to the studio they use.  Or, if employed by a studio, work at a rate that is often far less than is paid by the customer.

Bottom line, as a society we are not conditioned to tip trainers in the same way as we are hair stylist, massage therapists, etc. and yet these services fall within similar categories.   If you see an instructor 3 times a week a smaller tip is certainly understandable, but overall a Pilates or Yoga instructor or Personal Trainer working in a private setting (versus a big box gym with certain policies) should be viewed like a ‘body’ stylist and tipped accordingly.  Remember, personal exercise instructors/trainers are not dieticians or acupuncturists; those are medical providers and often are dealt with and paid for by insurance companies.

Next time you take a private Pilates or Yoga lesson for $70 consider giving the instructor $10 -$15.  Of course there is no need to tip in group classes – the point is to express gratitude for a customized, individual service.

 

 


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