Oh, like YOU care. Too bad. I'ma tell you anyway.
I started a new part time massage job at a place I will not name, but which I fondly (so far) refer to as the Evil Empire. That is to say, it's at one of those chain-type places that are driving the lil guys outta business (like a more zen WalMart) and driving down the wages for massage therapists in general. Leading me to digression #1: if you get a really cheap massage (or any kind of personal service, really: facial, waxing, etc) either because it's at a franchise kinda place or because it's a groupon, PLEASE tip generously if your experience is in any way satisfactory. Um, and in cash if at all possible. The reason it's cheap is not because the owners aren't trying to make lotsa money or because they're skimping on the amenities***, it's because they're paying the people performing the service crap.
Why work for crap pay? Two part answer. One, that's where the jobs are, especially the more entry-level jobs. Two, because that's where the customers are. I'm not sure people who haven't worked in the spa business are aware--I certainly never thought of it before massage school--but your MT or esthetician is only paid when they're actually performing a treatment/service. So, $15 + gratuity per massage hr for 4 or 5 hours a shift is preferable to making $40 + gratuity per massage hour if you're only getting one client a shift and spending the rest of the time sitting around unpaid, waiting for business. Well, Andrea, you say, if you get $15/hr and then a $15 tip, that's $30/hr. That's not gonna make anyone rich, but it's a living wage. Um, well, yeah, except NO ONE can physically do 40 hours of massage a week. 20-25 hours of massage a week is a pretty heavy schedule. So divide that $30 in half and your therapist is back to making about $15/hr. Just some things to think about if you or your child is considering massage school. On the plus side, it can be very emotionally rewarding. That's better than eating, right?
Where was I? Oh, yeah, don't be a cheap bastard. Tip nicely if you are happy.
The upshot of the above is that what else Andrea is doing right now is attempting to find a second (well, third really) part time job not massaging people. No one cares that I have my CPT, lemme tell you. I shoulda been nicer, i.e. sucked up to that woman at my gym who yells at me for squatting barefoot 'cause she sure as hell wouldn't give me a job. But that's another in my long series of bad life decisions. I was never very good at sucking up to people (NO?!!??) and, believe me, I wish it were not so. But anyways, things are in the works. Future updates will be available.
But to bring this back on-topic, my new massage job is three evenings per week and it is seriously screwing up both my workout schedule and my eating. I get into work at 2:30 or 3:30 or 4:30, depending on the day, having eaten somewhere between 600-900 calories, which would be my usual at that point in the day, and then maybe depending on how my schedule goes, I get a 200 calorie snack in. Which means I'm home at 10 or 11 needing to eat another 1000 calories or so. Which, obviously, I don't usually make it. Being at work, and actually working, during what is my regular dinner time is screwing me all up. I'm not hungry when I get to work, so I don't want to stuff more food in before I start, but I don't see another solution. Suggestions from those of you with non-traditional work schedules happily accepted! Right now, I'm just eating below maintenance on those days I work and making up (most of) the calories on days I don't. If only I were trying to diet right now, this would totally be a dream****!
***Actually, I had a groupon massage just last week at a local place where, um, the amenities? No chair in the room for the client, no place to put my clothes. No clock in the room for the therapist, so she had to keep checking her phone to see where we were at time-wise. And a face cradle the therapist warned me was a little wonky. Plus, they were right by the commuter rail tracks and it was rush hour, so the room shook a few times, lulz.
****Actually, when I graduated massage school and was working doing massage half-time, plus my non-massage job, I easily dropped 10 pounds over say three months for exactly the same reason. Which was fine, because massage school had made me, ahem, outgrow all my pants.