Certain Inalienable Truths

It is a testament to the calibre of the practitioners in the team we have been building and to the care our clients have been experiencing that within less than a year from expanding Bristol Massage Therapy, we have hit a small, but rather expensive, snag. The clock is ticking and we are now very close to the VAT threshold - one of life's "certain inalienable truths".

I’ll be honest - the speed with which this has happened has surprised me greatly, and has forced me to undertake a systematic review across the board. Please let me reassure you of a few things:

  • I will not pass the full 20% tax directly onto our clients, nor am I willing to sacrifice the quality of care we are providing
  • I will not penalise our practitioners – their skill and expertise is key to our business
  • However, our current situation does not have the capacity to swallow this tax alone

Price Rise 2016

So, our prices will rise from 1st May. You will notice that the prices have NOT gone up by 20%, but much less than this.

Current        £New           £

30 mins       £29.00         £32.50

60 mins       £49.00         £55.00

90 mins       £75.00         £82.50

120 mins      £95.00         £110.00


We will continue to offer a 10% discount to all NHS staff.

Certain Inalienable Truths

I’ve written before about the impact of the lyrics to Baz Luhrmann’s hit from the 1990s “Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen”. What I didn’t know was that the lyrics are taken from an essay by Mary Schmich, a columnist with the Chicago Tribune!

When I realised about our impending VAT registration, certain words came to mind ...

Accept certain inalienable truths Prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too, will get old And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young Prices were reasonable, politicians were noble And children respected their elders Respect your elders

As Luhrmann / Schmich say, price rises are one of life's "certain inalienable truths", but that doesn't make it an easier decision to make.

If you have any questions about our price rise, please do not hesitate to email Victoria directly.


Disclaimer This blog post is the result of the musings, thoughts, ramblings and opinions of the author, Victoria K Armstrong, on behalf of Bristol Massage Therapy, and does not constitute medical advice. Please seek medical advice if your symptoms continue, deteriorate or you experience any other symptoms.