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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Informal Marketing Survey

1. In your ideal world, what day & time would you go for a shiatsu appointment? What if you were to receive regular shiatsu; would that change the day & time?

2. Do you want your shiatsu office near your home or near your work?

3. Would you feel more comfortable receiving shiatsu from a trusted former coworker or from someone you don't know?

4. For what sort of things do you think shiatsu might be helpful?

Thank you!

7 Comments:

Blogger Eric said...

1. I think shiatsu would be best after work. If I had it midday, I'd just build up more stress during the afternoon. At the end of the day (when I usually run), shiatsu would be heavenly.

If I just did it occasionally, probably Wednesdays would be nice. If regularly, still Wednesdays. Maybe Sundays too.

2. Near my work. Though I work a mile from my home, so really either would do nicely.

3. Trusted former coworker, presuming said coworker and I were also friendly outside of work. I prefer friends to strangers in terms of shiatsu and such.

4. Reducing stress? Reducing muscle tension? Perhaps increasing energy or improving general wellness? Something along those lines.

5. Though you didn't ask, the answer is, "Yes, I do keep accidentally typing it as "shitasu."

3:10 PM  
Blogger Emma Goldman said...

1. Oh, honey, in my ideal world, I have at least two personal massage therapists, at least one of whom does shiatsu. Daily massages, I say! And then I'd send the therapists out to visit my friends: Surprise! It's your turn to get a massage for free! Because I'd hire the therapists, full-time, even though they wouldn't actually work full-time; and I'd pay them well. Of course, this means I have to win the lottery, on a very large scale, but if I did, I'd so do this.

Okay, back to reality, I'd like to have a weekly massage, perhaps on Friday afternoon or Sunday afternoon. Monday evening would be okay, too, or Wednesday.

2. Home. I'd want to be able to go home afterwards and enjoy the bliss. Or go to a nice little cafe--not unlike the one I'm going to open some day!--and have something pleasant to drink while I read whatever novel is in my bag.

3. Don't much care on that one. The first session will be a getting-to-know-you experience, no matter who's doing it.

4. I think regular massage of many kinds would be useful, could I afford such a thing, in many of the same ways that yoga is useful, but also because I think skilled therapists bring a healing touch. I like the sense of well-being; I like getting the knots out; I like being touched, for that matter, and the interesting thing about a massage (no matter the modality) is that I only have to receive it.

4:15 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

1. 9am on Sundays

2. Home

3. Someone I don't know

4. Relaxing and mentally/physically preparing for a new week

4:56 PM  
Blogger kStyle said...

Thanks, guys. I have a follow-up question: No one wants to receive shiatsu on a Saturday?

It's very useful for me to see that, if y'all as a sample is accurate, whether you know or don't know the therapist seems to be a person-by-person preference. (I'm wondering how much to advertise at my current place of employment in the future.)

Clearly, shiatsu needs some more detailed PR. Yes, it can get out muscle tension, reduce stress, energize, and promote well-being, but it also remedies or alleviates a host of other issues. It's especially good for digestive issues, insomnia, and emotional/mental health. I personally have a knack, it seems, for treating mental/emotional stuff. (I elaborated because of Eric's question marks.)

7:09 PM  
Blogger Emma Goldman said...

I'd do Saturday; it'd depend on the logistics, though. I'd want it to be after handball, and the place I play is far away from everything else. theoretically, though, that would be perfect.

I fully appreciate the other issues that shiatsu can address, incidentally; but I think of my yoga practice as a multi-layered thing, too. I think of all of these things as was to bring myself into harmony--with myself, with the world around me, whatever. But I may be unusual in that regard.

8:30 PM  
Blogger Emma Goldman said...

that's WAYS to bring myself into harmony. Not with my spelling, apparently.

8:31 PM  
Blogger kStyle said...

Yes, I know just what you mean about yoga (same for tai chi). Eventually, in maybe 5 years or so, I plan to have a space that offers such classes, a small shelf with books for sale, and who knows what-all else. :)

The only thing we could want is a bakery next door...

9:03 AM  

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