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Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
March, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 03
Is Your Business Thriving or Diving?
By Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT
The number one question massage therapists ask me during a business consultation is, "When is my business going to start thriving?" My reply is always, "Your business will start thriving when you change what you are currently doing." Some therapists would argue that they've tried everything and nothing seems to work.Others would simply agree because they haven't been doing much to promote their businesses. The bottom line is this: If your business is not thriving, then whatever you are doing right now to promote your business is not working. Sadly enough, there are so many easy methods of marketing you could be doing right now to increase your business that require little or no financial risk, only a mere commitment of your time. Here are some important questions to consider:
Do you follow up with clients after their appointments?
How would you feel if you went to your dentist and had your wisdom tooth removed and the very next day the dentist called to ask how you're feeling? You would most likely be surprised that the dentist took the time out of his or her busy schedule to call you. You would also get the feeling that the dentist truly cared about you, right? Would this gesture leave you more inclined to return to that dentist in the future? Would you refer anyone to this dentist? The answer is yes, of course. That simple gesture will leave a lasting impression.
Following up with your clients takes about 15 minutes out of your day, and the rewards can be significant. Make it a point to follow up with your clients and while you're on the telephone, suggest they make a future appointment if they haven't already done so.
What products do you recommend to your clients that you could be carrying and selling to them?
During my 10 years of doing massage, I regularly recommended my clients purchase certain products to help them either ease or prevent their pain. I would send them out my door and off to another location to buy the products. Then it finally occurred to me that I could be selling these products to my clients, saving them the inconvenience of having to travel to another location, while earning money for my business. I also had clients who would comment on how much they loved the scent of the massage lotion I was using, or the CD that was playing. It also occurred to me that if I had these products available, they would be inclined to purchase them.
If you are not currently selling retail products in your business, or the products you do carry are not flying off the shelves, it's time for you to create a list of products you regularly recommend to your clients, as well as a list of the products they ask about. These lists will tell you what products will sell well in your business.
What marketing books do you read?
You can always gain knowledge from reading a marketing book. Today there are several marketing books specifically written for massage therapists. Additionally, there are several Web sites and businesses that promote marketing for massage, and some offer free business tips. Are you capitalizing on this information? Take some time to investigate your options. Write down the names of the books that are available and start reading them. Spend an hour on the Internet looking into the Web sites that pertain to massage and marketing. You'll find free business tips, marketing programs, newsletters and other tools to help your business.
What marketing classes have you taken?
Massage therapists tend to be technique "collectors." They strive to learn every technique available to maximize their ability to give a great massage. Now, don't get me wrong; I'm all for improving your skills so you can help your clients. However, whether you've mastered one technique or 30 techniques, if no one knows how good you are, your skills are useless. Marketing classes, especially those specific to the field of massage therapy, can help you gain knowledge in building your clientele and income.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating a thriving massage business. The only thing required is your effort. If you are wondering when you'll have a thriving business, the answer lies within you. When would you like one? When are you going to do something about it? If you are consistently looking for new ways to market your business, you will find them.
If you ask yourself daily "What can I do to dramatically increase my business?" the answers will present themselves.
I'll close by asking you, "In which direction is your business going? Is it thriving or diving?"
Click here for previous articles by Colleen (Steigerwald) Holloway, LMT.
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