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A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
April, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 04
You Are in High Demand
By Cary Bayer
Wouldn't it be fabulous if you could own a business in which virtually everyone you met wanted what you offered? Imagine how much a business like that could be worth. Even a multinational giant like Microsoft isn't in demand by everyone because not everyone owns a computer.But there is a business whose service is desired by virtually every adult alive - it's called massage therapy. The reason everyone wants what massage therapists offer is because everyone has a body. And almost everyone's body is in some kind of pain. Your market as a therapist is greater than the market for Microsoft! Who would have thought?
Few of the massage therapists I've coached these past three years recognized this reality when I first started working with them. They were so focused on making ends meet that they missed the big picture - namely, that anyone they meet can become a client. (This is also known as missing the forest for the trees.) Even fewer therapists were marketing themselves with this kind of positive thinking dominating their consciousnesses. The absence of this insight is the invisible cause for the financial struggles of far too many massage therapists. Too many of you talented healers are unable to massage fulltime because you have overlooked the enormity of the market in front of you; instead, you take other jobs to pay your bills. If you have time and energy left over, you do some part-time sessions. This is a great loss for you and those who could be benefiting from your healing hands.
By realizing that virtually everyone you see each day wants what you offer, you'll feel encouraged to be more enthusiastic, dynamic and bold in how you speak with people. (Being more enthusiastic, dynamic and bold - the result of this insight - also helps create new clients.) If you think this way, you won't have to rely on gift certificates, discount packages, coupons and free chair massages to land new clients. While those are marvelous marketing stratagems, none is as easy as meeting someone at a party and booking a session for them.
When people ask what you do and you tell them that you're a massage therapist, more than likely they'll express interest in what you offer. Sometimes, therapists laugh and reach for the spinach dip; others reach for business cards. But the therapist who knows that massage therapy is in demand, reaches for the appointment book and asks when the person would like to come in for some relief. Landing a new client can be that simple. That's why it's important to get into as many conversations with people about what you do as you can, which is usually the second question you're asked when you meet someone for the first time. Next time you tell a person what you do, observe their reaction, and pull out your appointment book. Have your appointment book with you at all times - you never know when you might need it.
Someone who sells life insurance works hard to get appointments. That's because people don't like thinking about their mortality. Fortunately, as a massage therapist, you offer immediate relief from what ails people. People like talking about having such a treat in their lives. Don't just give out your card and ask the person to follow up and make a call - they might have second thoughts. Sadly, many people don't recognize they deserve the pleasure of ongoing massage. Carpe diem and carpe clients.
You might also want to have some fun and play a little new business game with yourself. You can target, say, one new client out of your morning shopping trip, one new client from your afternoon yoga class, and definitely one new client at the party you're going to that night. Sure, some of you might consider this audacious, even presumptuous. But what have you got to lose?
I'm not encouraging you to crassly drop business cards everywhere you go. I'm simply encouraging you to adopt four easy strategies:
Start creating and tracking goals for your massage business. On Sunday night, write down your goal for the number of sessions you want to give in the coming week; the number of new clients you want to gain; and the number of discount packages you'd like to sell. When the following Sunday night rolls around, review your results that pertain to your goals and adjust your aspirations for the coming week. If you reached the goals, stretch them for the next week. If you didn't meet your goals, see how you might change your manner of speaking or your actions. You might also track some new categories, like the number of strangers you asked if they'd be interested in getting massage, the number of business cards you gave out, etc. The power of your intention to grow your business and the power of your attention to recording your results helps stimulate your successes.
The remarkable thing about getting clients in this radical new way is that it's mostly a matter of staying focused on it in your daily life - and having the courage to do it. I say courage because many of you - even if you see the wisdom in these ideas - might easily revert back to being like the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, and let fear stop you. Here's an affirmation to help expand your thinking to incorporate this breakthrough approach: "Since everyone wants what I do, it's easy to get a new client every day." The more you let this thought grow in your consciousness, the faster it becomes the way you think, the way you speak, the way you act and the way you expand your business.
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