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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 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.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
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.
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.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
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.
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.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
January, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 01
The One-Month Program
By Cary Bayer
There's nothing quite like getting a new client who looks like they might come in for a massage once every month. It's the kind of good news that qualifies for the proverbial, "Something to write home about." With this in mind, let me ask you a simple question: Do you tell your husband/partner/significant other each time a monthly client decides to book a session in two weeks instead of the usual four? I didn't think so.And yet, the once-a-month client who shifts to twice a month is equivalent to getting a new client who comes in once a month. As far as the bottom line is concerned, it's an identical situation. But you probably don't relate to it that way.
Most massage therapists think about the numbers of clients they have, rather than the number of sessions they give, because few therapists think of clients in terms of revenue. As a healer who loves to help people, you probably focus more on a client's shoulders and back than you do on them being an income stream. This occurs because most therapists think of their massage work as a practice rather than as a business.
Let's shift our thinking a bit and evaluate a client in terms of revenue. For the sake of this discussion, let's call your fee $70 per session. If Mr. Jones is a client who comes in like clockwork once each month, he's a $70-per-month client. If you're like most therapists, you always encourage your enthusiastic clients to tell their friends or family about your work. If Mr. Jones does just that and inspires his wife to come in for a massage, and she loves your work, too, and also comes for sessions once each month, you now have $140-per-month coming in from this enthusiastic couple.
But let's look at a different scenario. Let's forget Mrs. Jones for the moment. If her husband suddenly changes his frequency to twice per month, he becomes a $140 client. As long as we're exploring different scenarios, consider a third: Suppose he loves your work so much that he decides to come in each week. He then becomes a $280-per-month client. This is equivalent to him keeping his current once-per-month session, but bringing you three new clients, each of whom comes in monthly as well.
Far too many therapists spend far too much time trying to get new clients instead of inspiring the ones they already have to come in more frequently. It's easier to encourage those who currently enjoy your work to enjoy it more often than to bring in new people who don't know how good you are. And that's where my One-Month Program comes in.
The One-Month Program is a marketing tool enabling you to quadruple the number of sessions you do for existing clients. Here, in a nutshell, is how it works. Scour your database or client files for a list of all the people you treat. Then, isolate those who don't come in each week. For most massage therapists, that's virtually their entire roster. Now, target those who come in either once a month or even less often than that. The objective behind the One-Month Program is to convert monthly clients into weekly ones, or, in bottom-line terms, to transform $70-per-month clients into $280-per-month ones. As we just saw, that's like adding three new clients at the monthly frequency.
Clients who sign up for the One-Month Program pay you $280, for which they'll receive four sessions in the next month and a bonus fifth session the following week for free. Clients love this bonus - who doesn't love things for free? This contrasts to the five sessions in five months they otherwise might receive. This heightened frequency gives your client an opportunity to see how good it feels in body and mind to have weekly treatments. After the fifth session in five weeks, ask your client if they would like to book a session the following week. After all, they've had five in five weeks. There's a decent chance they'll say yes.
There's a famous post-World War I song that speaks to this point: "How ya gonna keep them down on the farm after they've seen Paree?" Most people are used to carrying around a great deal of tension or pain in their bodies. Monthly clients get relief from this every 30 days or so. Seeing and feeling the difference that comes with a weekly massage cycle might just be what their massage therapist ordered.
This switch in frequency also has the chance to quadruple your entire business if every monthly client is converted to a weekly client. If even just 10 such clients convert to weekly sessions, you'll have increased your monthly income by $700. That pays a lot of bills each month and also adds $8,400 to your annual gross. If 20 such clients convert, your monthly income surges by $1,400; your annual income skyrockets by nearly $17,000. All this without adding a single new client.
If, on the other hand, your One-Month Program client chooses to schedule their next session a month down the road, ask if they would like another free session again by signing up for the One-Month Program. If they do, you'll be giving away a free session, but you'll also be getting three additional sessions from them in a month. This same program also is useful to target clients who come in for sessions every two or three weeks.
By the way, if either of these scenarios play out, whereby you add between 10 or 20 more sessions each week, and you're unable to actually do this additional work, either because of lack of time or lack of strength in your hands, then you always can bring in another therapist. That raises the possibility of passive income. But that's the topic of a whole other special report.
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