Weʼre raising £1,000 to train Bernie to set up a trans and queer friendly massage service
- Birmingham, UK
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As a young, disabled adult with a wildly fluctuating health condition, employment is difficult. Nowhere is flexible enough to accommodate for 'some days I can work 6 hours, some weeks I can't work any'. Which leaves self employment as the only real viable option. Until recently, I couldn't find any good, marketable skills. But then, I took part in a brief partner massage workshop and I realised; I really enjoy giving massage- and considering the very little training I've had; I'm not bad at it!
This works beautifully with an idea I've had for a while; I wanted to find a form of self employment which would benefit the trans community specifically. I thought about barbering, but turns out I'm rubbish at cutting hair. But so many trans and gender nonconforming people, and queer people in general, would benefit from massage. For chronic pain issues, for binder and posture related issues, for the relaxation... But it can be difficult to be comfortable with a state of semi undress around cis people who don't understand trans bodies and dysphoria.
I'm hoping that I can raise some money to acquire a diploma in full body massage, as a minimum, possibly with other add-ons, depending on the success of fundraising, so that I can start offering personalised queer, and budget, friendly massages as soon as possible!
I hope you can help :)
The basic full body massage courses I've been looking at start at just under £400... But there's a more comprehensive course for closer to £800 also, with things like bamboo and stone massage included which would be amazing. Ideally I'd also raise funds for a massage bed, and basic supplies to get me started :) Let's see how this goes! Please share with your friends 💖
Edit to say: I may have found a better funded option for training! :) But either way, things like a table and uniform would be good to try and raise money for :)
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