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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Using Add-ons to Boost Your Income


Do you offer add-on services for an up charge? While it can be a great way to increase your income, some add-ons require more equipment, training, a wet room, etc. Which add-ons are going to be a good fit for your business?

Here's a breakdown of some add-on ideas:



~Requires little or no equipment 
or additional training~
  • dry brushing
  • reflexology 
  • scalp massage with essential oils for hair loss, dry scalp, etc.
  • sinus drainage
  • aromatherapy 
  • 15 minute nap time post treatment / charge per minute
  • timed meditation then send cd home with client
  • belly massage
  • pre-treatment unwind: cup of hot tea, herbal pillow on shoulders, meditation in private room
  • mother earth pillows (microwave or hot towel cabi required)
  • reiki




~Requires some equipment or training~
  • foot soak 
  • hot towels on feet, hands, or face
  • steam treatment
  • cupping
  • Facial cupping / sinus drainage
  • hot/cold stones
  • parafin dip
  • foot or back scrub (check state laws, some require esthetician license)
  • aromatherapy (specific technique like raindrop or aromatouch)
  • warm bamboo
  • Salt stones



~Requires the most equipment or 
additional training~
  • shirodhara
  • bellanina facelift massage
  • mother earth pillows (offer entire technique)
  • table thai or barefoot ROM 15 min add-on
  • belly massage (go all out and learn visceral manipulation or Mayan abdominal massage)
  • infrared for pain relief




Rather than just offer stand-alone add-ons, you could combine some for specific treatments such as:
  • Immunity Booster - dry brushing, lymphatic massage with onguard essential oil, facial drainage
  • Sinus Relief - facial drainage/cupping, breathe essential oil, cold stone facial massage
  • Weekend Warrior - deep tissue massage with table thai add on and deep blue oil/rub 
Get creative! What are some awesome combos you've come up with?






It's easy to create specific services with your add-on services in your Bodywork Buddy microsite for online scheduling.
For example, under the relaxation massage service group, there can be:
  • 90 min massage + steam add-on
  • 90 min massage
  • 60 min massage + steam add-on
  • 60 min massage
  • 30 min massage + steam add-on
  • 30 min massage


What add-ons have been a hit in your massage practice? Share in the comments or join the discussion over in the Bodywork Buddies Facebook Group. (Must have registered for a free trial of Bodywork Buddy to join the group.)



Cindy Iwlew is a licensed massage therapist who has had a private practice since 1999 and cofounder of Bodywork Buddy massage software.

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