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Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Poll Results for the following Question:
What is the most important factor that contributes to your success as a massage therapist?
Total Respondents: 385
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Combination Typical question modeled by left brained/right side lateral preferenced organizers. Fortunately Massage Therapist as well as musicians and those who write naturally left handed have a more holistic focus. The Descartian paradigmn has limited functionality due to it's unilateral orientation. Those having strong right hand lateral dominance can't see the forest for the trees, whereas those more bilateral perceive the forest (the overview) as primary to understanding and the individual trees as supportive of the system.
Combination I feel that one must have a true passion for the healing arts- massage is just one area of that. You must be compassionate, you must love every human being as you love yourself, and be willing to live in the essence of every great miracle worker, saint, or prophet. This means to believe above everything else that your work is valuable, needed, and is helping to change and make the world a better place. Believe in the power you have as an individual, to make a difference in someones life and make that difference REAL.
Your range of modalities/specialty I feel the more you have to offer your clients the more they want to come back to see what you might have to offer them and WE have lots of fun.... Massage should not just be a JOB it should be a way of life....
Combination Your range of specialty,interpersonal skills and location
Your range of modalities/specialty I specialize in deep tissue work. Most people that are hurting like this type of massage because it helps stop the pain cycle. Many people that come see me also like to feel like the massage is doing something for them. We also do not charge extra for doing the deep tissue work!
Combination From 11 years of experience I would have to say a
strong and well balanced combination is the key. Being
consistent (on time and only cancelliing in case of
illness or emergency....I recently aquired a new
client because their previous therapist kept
cancelling at the last minute). Being personable (I
call my new clients the next day the check in on them
after their first session. Rembering childrens names
and asking how their family is doing in a sincere
manner). Great marketing skills (offering a referral
program, birthday and anniversary discounts. Sending
thank you postcards for business and referrals and
welcoming a new client to your practice). High level
of skill (I take 30-60 CEU's a year to stay up to
speed with new techniques and fuel my passion by being
around other therapist for a few days in a learning
environment). I also belong to the ABMP, AMTA and am
Nationally Certified. Now of course none of that makes
me a great therapist, but staying close to the
information that is immediately available helps me to
Combination Definitely a combination, however my location to both downtown Columbia and the twin cities of West Columbia and Cayce makes Utopia convenient to a number of professions. My commitment to providing quality service and a professionally relaxed atmosphere are my greatest compliments. Maggie Gibson Bostic, CLMT/Columbia, SC
Interpersonal skills Without the skills to listen and talk to your clients no amount of knowledge and skills will help you be a good therapist.
Combination Like a service business type ventures you must find balance. I am a LMT and have an MBA, and advantage most therapists do not have.
Combination Though interpersonal skills are important and having a specialty which works for me and my clients(Jin Shin Do Acupressure)are important, I am surprised to see being able to help clients with what they came to you for not listed! I believe that I am successful because my clients feel better--thus they come back and they refer others! Debrah
Combination It's really a combo of things -
Your range of modalities/specialty
Business practices (i.e., marketing, advertising, etc.)
Combination The most important thing to the success of my business is how much better people feel when I'm finished. After my first year in business, most of my clients came from word of mouth. I may never have been to school, but after trying my free sample, people quickly spread the word.
PS, I work in a plain white office without aromatherapy. Many of my customers are elderly or construction workers who don't want to go to a "fru-fru spa". I also get a few asthmatics who can't breathe near aroma therapy. But every person who has looked to rent one of my plain treatment rooms that went to school for therapy spent more time and money on decor than they did in getting the word out on their new business. This obsession with decor puzzles me, especially at the bottom end of the price range.
Your range of modalities/specialty My success as a massage therapist is definitely attributable to my 1000 hour training with an Associates Degree plus the extensive continuing education I vigorously pursue.
My success in my own massage therapy business is most importantly my interpersonal skills in combination with my extensive education in holistic health.
Yamil Sarabi, LMT
Combination Frequent targeted marketing would be first, combined with interpersonal skills which would also include client contact like welcome letters, thank yous for referrals, birthday cards, etc. A convenient location helps as well but is not critical.
Combination I am fortunate to work in a chiropractic office where the dr. does not take advantage and pays a fair rate. There is a high patient volume, so I don't have to spend much effort in marketing. I get to concentrate on doing the therapy and giving my energy over to helping patients. Combining a variety of modalities with interpersonal skills are the two key factors that keep patients coming back. They discover massage therapy works - it is preventative maintenance.
Combination I believe our success as massage therapists has to do with our presence, our listening skills and massage skills. Let's face it, we can be the nicest person in the world, but if we don't meet the needs of our clients we are not doing our jobs very well.
Interpersonal skills In my observation, quality of work is crucial to success, but without good/great interpersonal skills, it's impossible to reach the highest economic level in the field of bodywork.
Combination Business practices (marketing not via newsprint but as referrals), and range of madalities gets the clients to me but the interpersonal skills helps to keep the client.
Combination I found what I did best (sports massage and injuries) then took as many classes as I could and went after that market. Working with a running group, first getting the coach on my table and selling him on the benefit regular massage, then going out to their group runs giving free 10 minute post event massage and offering discount prices to their group, I have a steady flow of new clients. I also have a location near the lake where everybody goes to run so they all know where I am located.
Combination In my 11 years of practice I have seen therapist that I considered lousy excel and prosper, and I have seen the opposite. Is there a magic formula, I dont think so. As with anything moderation is the key, if you focus too much on one area then everything else will be out of balance.
If you dont have business sense work for some one else that does.
It seems a foolish question, most all of us have the ability to to be a successful therapist no one factor can be the sole reason for success. Interpersonal skill, location, special training, ect. all come in to play. To try to limit it to one factor, to me makes no sense. I feel the staff needs to get to the real questions. Law reform, insurance, mainstreaming.
Combination It's the whole ball of wax my fine and furrie friends.
Combination The most important factor for a successful LMT is knowing who your customers are, sincerely caring for them, and mostly, knowing your limits and taking great care for yourself.
Business practices (i.e., marketing, advertising, etc.) Having studing Marketing & Public Relations had helpd me a lot to advertise & promote my self. For example, offering the wellknown here in Switzerland "Gutscheins", which are like coupons with a redused price,gives you the ability to advertise your business - promote the various types of massage you are practising - and it's 100% sure that a "future customer" will come...That because everybody wants to take "advantage of" something which offered in lower price or half price.
Think about it & for more info's don't hesetate to contact me!