Join Us In Vegas!

Big news, friends! The deets for July’s Young Thumbs CE workshop have arrived! Allissa, Ryan and I have been working overtime to plan this entertaining, informative and innovative class that gets you 3 NCBTMB-approved CE hours and quality time with, you know, US.

Class size is limited to 20 participants, and we’re giving Young Thumbs readers first dibs. I’ve posted the specifics below. You’ll have to pre-register at Eventbrite so we’ll have your seat saved and your certificate ready for you. It’s easy, it’s affordable, it’s Vegas!

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Ethics, Schmethics: The Vegas Workshop

(aka Young Thumbs Day)

3 CE hours in NCBTMB approved ethics

Cost: $30 (Yes, you read that right.)

When: Thursday, July 24, 2014  1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Where: Emergency Arts, 520 East Fremont St., Downtown Las Vegas (aka not The Strip. This is way cooler than that.)

What: Hospitality nut Andrea Lipomi, video powerhouse Ryan Hoyme and marketing geek Allissa Haines will be in attendance to head up this new and innovative ethics workshop.

We know what you’re thinking. We’ve all taken ethics classes that promise to be interesting and not the same old ‘don’t-sleep-with-your-clients’ schtick. Then it turns out to be the boring ‘don’t-name-your-clients-online’ class.  Ammirite?

This workshop is different. No, really.

Are you on the prowl for simple ways to up the hospitality quotient in your practice? Are you losing the battle with burnout? Could your professional life use a boundary makeover?

Attendees will be surveyed well before the workshop day to determine their specific needs. Each attendee will be asked to submit a question for the class, and we’ll all work through it together.

Part structured mastermind group, part freestyle learning, and part extremely confidential peer counseling, this workshop is about collaboration with minimal lecture and zero stuffiness.

***IMPORTANT: You MUST pre-register for this workshop at eventbrite.com. Class size is limited to 20 participants. Registration ends July 10th, 2014.***

But wait! There’s more! We’ve decided to make a fun-filled day of it, so you’re also invited to join The Young Thumbs for the following optional events:

11am-1pm

Lunch at Eat.

Please bring cash to pay for your own meal. Separate checks will not be available, IRS compliant image of receipt will be provided via email to each attendee after the meal.

6pm

Dinner and Adventuring! (Details TBA, but we promise it’ll be a blast.)

Please bring cash to pay for your own meal. Separate checks will not be available, IRS compliant image of receipt will be provided via email to each attendee after the meal. Dinner will NOT be fancy or crazy expensive.

***Please visit The Young Thumbs Facebook page regularly during the entire week of July 20th. We’ll have lots of last minute Vegas shenanigans to announce – and we want you to join us!***

DOWNTOWN LODGING: The hotels on and near Fremont St. would be happy to have you. We can personally vouch for the lovely, recently remodeled rooms at the Downtown Grand.

CARPOOLING: If you’re staying on or near the Strip, we may be able to help with transportation to get you to the workshop. Please email Andrea at helpinghands@confidentmassage.com by July 10th, 2014 with your situation and we’ll try our best to be of assistance.

REFUNDS: If you require a refund, please submit a request to helpinghands@confidentmassage.combefore July 10th, 2014.

CONTACT: If you have any questions, please contact Andrea at (702)468-5886, or at helpinghands@confidentmassage.com.

We’re so excited we can barely contain ourselves! See you in Downtown Las Vegas this July!

(Andrea Lipomi is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork as a continuing education Approved Provider, #451780-11.)

The Young Thumbs Take Las Vegas

During Wednesday’s episode of The Massage Nerd Show, Allissa, Ryan and I made an announcement worthy of attention from the finest massage therapy news outlets and celebrity gossip magazines:

ON JULY 24th 2014, THE YOUNG THUMBS WILL TAKE OVER LAS VEGAS…AND YOU’RE INVITED!

That’s right, friends! Starting around noon on the day following the World Massage Festival’s four-day Vegas run at the Tuscany Suites & Casino, we are going to eat, workshop, eat, drink, conspire, eat, and shenanigize our hearts out! The festivities will be centered around the Fremont East neighborhood of Downtown Las Vegas, an area north of the Strip and home to lots of exciting, new and innovative development.

We’re still working on the deets, but so far we’ve decided:

  • This day will revolve around fun. If you’re looking for boring, we will only disappoint you.
  • Components of the event will be optional. Want to lunch with the crew, but skip out before the workshop (topic TBA) begins? Not a problem! Care to meet up later on in the evening instead? DO. IT.
  • The day’s expenses will be minimal. You’ll be responsible for paying for your own eats, drinkies, and any extracurricular entertainment. Know that we are totally committed to keeping the workshop super affordable too, because we love you.
  • Emergency Arts will be accommodating our workshop space demands. They are located at 520 East Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101. If you’re looking for lodging in Young Thumbs territory, there are gobs of (affordable!) hotels in the ‘hood.
  • Further details will be posted on theyoungthumbs.com as we get closer to the blessed event.
  • Any questions? Please ask ‘em in the comments section below.

Watch the three of us talk about this stuff (and more).

Please save the date, and pack accordingly. :)

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Andrea Lipomi is a licensed massage therapist and esthetician who lives and works in Las Vegas, Nevada. She also peddles massage therapy ebooks and NCBTMB-approved continuing education courses at ConfidentMassage.com, will travel hundreds of miles for a fantastic spa experience, and craves dark chocolate and Depeche Mode’s upcoming tour dates on an almost daily basis.

#AndreasBeautySchoolAdventures

This wasn’t how I expected my six month stint in nail school to end. Today was a surreal, jacked up day for a lot of people, and I feel a little bit guilty about being the luckiest girl in the world.

 

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8:00 am: Ms. Lorraine, my nail technology instructor, sat on the metal steps outside the entrance to Destination Academy, a lit cigarette held with the assuredness of a military veteran turned hairstylist with a combined 40 years in the trenches.

“I’m glad you came to school today.”

“Ummm, why?” I asked suspiciously.

“It’s your last day. They’re closing down the school. You’re going to be the last graduate.”

“Oh shit.”

What followed was a chaotic morning of classmates (hair, skin and nails) arriving at school to be met with a frazzled “Pack up your stuff and hurry! The constable is here and he’s going to lock the doors. Your hours will be forwarded to the state board. Take everything with you. Quickly!” Teachers and office employees wore the same shocked expression as students. Panicked tears fell and tempers flared.

Some students had pre-paid their tuition in full (anywhere from $4,000 – $20,000), and still had several months remaining before they were scheduled to graduate. Teachers began planning their day’s trek to the unemployment office. The ethical office employees took responsibility for locating and rescuing everyone’s paperwork that proved their attendance. Countless boxes, cases and computers were shuffled out of the building into waiting vehicles.

Destination Academy is (was?) located above Destination Manhattan, a day spa and salon owned by the same person. Upon emerging from the second floor, it became obvious that the shitstorm that had enveloped Destination Academy was relatively mild in comparison to the bedlam laying waste at ground level. Here, dozens of employees and chair renters scurried to remove their belongings – including large items, like furniture and stationary massage tables – from the building before the ever-present yet even-tempered constable had the locksmith change the locks.

Over the course of the next 90 minutes, moving trucks pulled up one after the other while fuming beauty professionals directed the movers on where to haul cabinets, bins, and gigantic hair dryers. Cell phone use was ubiquitous, as friends and family members were summoned to listen, calm, and ultimately show up in pickup trucks. Appointment cancellation calls to clients came next, and without warning. Not surprisingly, Gary, the hairstylist turned salon and beauty school owner — who apparently hadn’t been paying the rent for who knows how long – was nowhere to be found during this entire debacle.

I could tell you that this turn of events came as a complete surprise, but that would be a lie. I attended Destination Academy in 2008 to be educated in the science of skincare, and rumors of school closure ran rampant back then, too. Just last year, a handful of trusted sources informed me of bounced checks (both payroll and payment to vendors) and declined company credit cards. Kits and textbooks for newly enrolled students were on “backorder” for months, and basic items (gloves, hair color, facial products, etc.) necessary to perform basic services (hair coloring, facials, etc.) would run out, never to be replaced. But we tend to get lulled into a state of complacency when at the 11th hour we manage to make do with what we have. I mean, the lights were still on in the damn building as recently as 7 o’clock tonight, and rumors are just rumors, right?

As for how this affects your humble narrator, I just really hope it doesn’t. Thanks to my lovely teachers (and for everything it’s worth, I consider you ladies friends to whom I am eternally grateful), I was able to sign off on my attendance sheets proving 600 hours of instruction before I went home today. Hopefully the Nevada State Board of Cosmetology accepts my paperwork without incident, at which point I can schedule my written exam, and after that my practical exam (where I have my way with a fake plastic hand while state employees observe with a critical eye). If I can maintain any semblance of luck at all, I will be set up to do natural nail manicures and pedicures at Feetish Spa Parlor sometime this spring.

And that’s pretty much it for #AndreasBeautySchoolAdventures. I had begun working on a rather boring and uninspired blog post last week in anticipation of my red carpet-walking, certificate-receiving graduation extravaganza, but apparently life detests a dull blog post even more than I do. As a reminder, you can hit up #AndreasBeautySchoolAdventures on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to take a gander at how I’ve spent five long hours per day, five long days per week, over the last six long months. Hopefully the 202 morsels of hashtagged wonder that pop up prove that it hasn’t all been bad, or all for nothing.

 

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What a day.

 

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Andrea Lipomi is a licensed massage therapist and esthetician who lives and works in Las Vegas, Nevada. She also peddles massage therapy ebooks and NCBTMB-approved continuing education courses at ConfidentMassage.com, will travel hundreds of miles for a fantastic spa experience, and craves dark chocolate and Depeche Mode’s upcoming tour dates on an almost daily basis.