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Poll Results for the following Question:

How is your practice compared to five years ago?

Results:

Better
82.4%
Worse
7.4%
About the same
10.2%

Total Respondents: 108

Comments:

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Anonymous
Better My practice has grown with leaps and bounds. I now have two locations and am adding additional therapists to work with me to help with the overflow of clients. I have worked hard to Market the benefits of Massage Therapy to the public and it has paid off greatly. I volunteer my time and make it a point to be in the publics eye. I promote myself every waking hour, whether it be by doing a newpaper article, volunteering for St. Judes, MD, or National Senior's Day, speaking at various group activities. I am know well.

It is important to be in this field for the right reasons, not just with hopes of earning a high income. Building a successful practice takes hard work and lots of time, and should be entered into with that in mind.

I love what I do, and I work hard at it. There are plenty of people out there that are in need of a therapist. For those of you that feel there are too many therapists, I disagree. I encourage those that are interested to become a therapist and stress the importance of professionalism within the field of massage therapy. There are many people in need, one person can't serve them all. Concentrate on becoming a better therapist and let your skill speak for itself and your practice will grow. And most importantly, MARKET, MARKET, MARKET.................

Anonymous
Better My practice has grown with leaps and bounds. I now have two locations and am adding additional therapists to work with me to help with the overflow of clients. I have worked hard to Market the benefits of Massage Therapy to the public and it has paid off greatly. I volunteer my time and make it a point to be in the publics eye. I promote myself every waking hour, whether it be by doing a newpaper article, volunteering for St. Judes, MD, or National Senior's Day, speaking at various group activities. I am know well.

It is important to be in this field for the right reasons, not just with hopes of earning a high income. Building a successful practice takes hard work and lots of time, and should be entered into with that in mind.

I love what I do, and I work hard at it. There are plenty of people out there that are in need of a therapist. For those of you that feel there are too many therapists, I disagree. I encourage those that are interested to become a therapist and stress the importance of professionalism within the field of massage therapy. There are many people in need, one person can't serve them all. Concentrate on becoming a better therapist and let your skill speak for itself and your practice will grow. And most importantly, MARKET, MARKET, MARKET.................


Better I opened my own practice in 1991. I was one of the few practicing male massage therapists in the area.
I came from an automotive mechanical engineering background and felt projecting a more professional, medical massage image would enable me to build a clientele. The business lessons learned in my engineering have served me well! I love giving and receiving massage and being of service to the clientele we serve. All of my associates working in the office became interested in massage because of the positive benefits received from their first massage therapy session.

I have worked with and educated local zoning boards of appeal as to the health benefits of massage therapy and its role as an allied and complimentary health profession (The State of Michigan is still working on a sensible way to protect the public and regulate massage therapy).

Anything we, as massage professionals, can do to enhance our image and the perception of massage must be a high priority.

I believe, for me, becoming an approved massage therapy provider with BCBS of Michigan's Blue Care Network has been another way to enhance my practice without having to compromise care. I have not been required to change the way I practice or document the sessions any differently than before. This has always been our S.O.P.

Massage in Michigan has changed dramatically in the last 10 years. Some things about the change have been great. Others have not been so great.

We must continue to evolve - change and enhance the profession of massage therapy. For no other reason than because we believe in massage and we love massage.




We must continue to set the professional bar high. Always striving to





Better Ive practiced for over 15 years.Massage has finaly becomming accepted in Louisiania as a healing art.It has been a long journey for me and most of the therapist that I've known. I learn more each year.The younger therapist that I've met seem to be less concerned about helping through touch as they are about making a easy living. Massage Therapy for me has been anything but easy.

Anonymous
Worse I've been a massage therapist for 25 years, full time.
My practice has steadily declined although my fees have stayed the same.

There are too many massage therapists out there and I resent it. Most of them are incompetent and are not able to treat real serious ailments and injuries.

Most of the massage therapists are weak and malnourished in appearence and are in it for the so-called lucrativity (alleged).

Anonymous
Worse My clientelle have diminished because my former patients have now become massage therapists, and I'm pretty sure they're not going to recommend anybody to me!!!!!!

Anonymous
Better Definetely better. I have worked on it, and it didn't come easy. I read many of the magazines for tips and give them a try. Becoming a massage therapist is the very best decision I have made.

Anonymous
Worse I just relocated from a state with no licensure to one with strict licensing requirements. Afer developing a successful 5-year massage therapy practice, I cross state lines and I'm a criminal if I give someone a massage. In addition, I must go back to massage therapy school for more hours, even though I have over 700!

We need ONE national standard, so that MT's can relocate anywhere in the US and set up practice easily. Because this is $#%@&*.



Better Better, in that I am working fewer hours per week
for the same or more income. I went from a 75%
insurance practice in 1991 to a 100% cash
practice in 2000. I no longer need an office person
to "collect" insurance money owed, contact an
adjuster, get approval for therapy that I am trained
and qualified to perform. Clients keep their
appointments and refer family and friends
because what we do is effective, convenient,
without toxic side-effects.


Better My practice is much busier than five years ago, in fact, now the main problem is in how to stay focused and fresh within a demanding schedule.


Better Five years ago I was just starting out---I worked full time at a hospital as a massage therapist for $12 a hour. Today, I have my own full time massage practice. I rent space from a poditrist in a professional building. I'm self employed, which has always been a dream of mine and very happy with my new career.


Better It will be 5 years this Nov. but the practice has gone from 0 to over 800 clients. The fact that we pioneered a medical Thai massage here in Port Charlotte, FL has begun to provide very good returns as word of mouth has spread regarding the wonderful healing results of the Royal Thai (Medical) massage available at The Quiet Woman.If their is sufficient interest, I will offer instruction to experienced therapists later this year. Visit us at www.thequietwoman.org


Better I feel the reason my practice is better is because of what I have put into it. I know own a hydrolic table, as well as a state of the art jacuzzi. It has 49 jets and offer hydrotherapy to my clients.

Leonard Thompson, LMT
Cleveland, Ohio


About the same I graduated from mass. school in '95. You might say it was one of those "mid-life" decisions. I've worked full time in the business since then spending approx. 25-30 hours per week doing various forms of bodywork (Watsu, LaStone, NMT, aromatherapy TXs). A year ago I joined an already established mass. practice and run my own business. I also continue to work as a contractor at a spa I've been with for five years. There are many MTs in my area offering an average rate of $45.00/hr.which is also what I charge. I do not take insurance. The community I live in consists mostly of baby boomers and the elderly. I seem to have a steady clientele but my wages do not seem to be increasing. Opening my office has helped, but not nearly the way I thought it would. I have been somewhat disillusioned with the massage profession. As many MTs have left their business altogether or have subsidized, I can say those thoughts have also crossed my mind. I LOVE this profession but am having a hard time making ends meet.
Thank you for asking this question. I very much enjoy Massage Today!


 Five years ago I was starting to practice. Since then my practice has become established and grown. My abilities have grown also as I searched out ways to help those in my practice by expanding my techniques and knowledge base. I believe Massage is an ongoing learning experience.

Anonymous
Worse I have worked in the day spa sector for 8 years in a large city in the south. When I first started there were few day spas around now there is one on every other corner, so we are all catering to the same clients who are looking for a day of beauty and relaxation.
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