Bernie's trans and queer friendly massage service

by Bernie Morton in Birmingham, West Midlands, England

Bernie's trans and queer friendly massage service

To raise funds for equipment and supplies to start up an affordable, queer friendly massage and beauty therapy service in Birmingham.

by Bernie Morton in Birmingham, West Midlands, England

We did it
On 3rd August 2018 we successfully raised £55 with 4 supporters in 56 days

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've found an NVQ level 3 in beauty therapy- massage that I'm enrolling onto next week which I should complete by September time! So the things I need to fundraise for are mostly equipment, supplies and space :) 

Some things we'll need to get started:

- a good quality massage table

- some stones and a stone heater

- towels and linen, tunics

- some oils

- a queer friendly space to rent out :)


Anything you can donate will help, thank you :)


Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Hand, foot or head massage

Your choice of a hand or foot massage. All massages in Birmingham unless otherwise stated.

£50 or more

Full body massage

Full body massage with your choice of aromatherapy oils.

£100 or more

Hot stone massage

A hot stone massage, full body.

£150 or more

Full body massage + extras

Full body massage with extras with the choice of; Hand and foot massage Head massage Facial

£200 or more

Full body massage x12 OR hand/foot/head x24

Twelve full body massages, or 24 hand, foot or head massages. Can be used by one person or claimed as gift vouchers

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