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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
January, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 01
Five Fundamentals for Building Your Massage Business, Part 1
By Cary Bayer
As a life coach, I see so many people in pain every day - suffering in relationships, in unconscious communication, in desperate financial situations. As massage therapists, you see pain, too. We face similar challenges, namely, how do you get people to recognize they deserve relief from pain? There is an answer. In your case, it's knowledge and techniques to help break through to better health. In my case, it's better relationships, more money and greater happiness.
I've seen similar patterns in the more than 100 therapists I've coached, so I'll draw on them to offer motivation now and tools for the future. To become successful and happy, you need more than massage techniques alone. Being alive means you're on an intriguing journey to self-knowledge, peace and prosperity. So, what do you know about journeys? "A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step," said Lao-Tzu. Yogis offer wisdom, too: "You've got to be careful if you don't know where you're going 'cause you might not get there." That yogi was named Berra.
This article will give you knowledge of five "S's" for creating a successful massage business. They are: knowledge of self; strategy; serenity; sales effectiveness and successful thinking.
Knowledge of Self
You need to know what you want from business and who you truly are. Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." He might have added, "The unexamined massage business is not worth practicing." Self-employed people often are so busy trying to make ends meet, they overlook taking time to shape their businesses. So ask yourself vital questions:
Managers hustle to get things done in time; leaders create visions to evolve into and a strategy to accomplish them. Strategies are necessary for people or organizations intent on growth; they incorporate short-, mid- and long-term goals. When you've a plan, you know where you're going and can guide your actions effectively.
People want to work with you because of your hands and your spirit. Many clients see you as a healer who helps them manage stress. Clients don't want stressed-out massage therapists. Therapists with good hands and vibes succeed. So much success depends on our serenity. Pascal said, "All of man's troubles stem from his inability to sit quietly in a room alone." I could give you the experience of profound serenity, but I'd need to put on my hat as a Transcendental Meditation teacher. In one minute I can give you a small dose of serenity. Close your eyes now and take a deep breath. Release all your cares and breathe like this for a minute. Do you feel silence and peace? Can you see what this one- minute breather can do if you center this way before massages? This is the value of serenity.
Many therapists dread selling their services. Mostly it's because they think they're selling themselves, and if nobody buys, they're not liked. A person can't be sold in America. You can rent your services by the hour on your table. Once you get the distinction between selling yourself and renting your services, anxiety and the sense of rejection can disappear.
Remember in kindergarten, when you played show and tell. You brought something to school you loved and shared it with the other kids. Perhaps a favorite doll, baseball glove, or teddy bear and you inspired the others, but they had no way of getting it. Show and tell is a selfish tease because your enthusiasm interests people in having something they can't have. Therapists can play a similar game, spelled slightly differently: It's show and sell, similar to show and tell except you don't have a stuffed animal to show and tell. But you do have massage techniques you can tell about.
So if somebody asks what you do, show and tell them. Their neck and back are very interested in what you can do. You've no idea how people value your work. The famous actress Hedy Lamarr once said, "I don't fear death because I don't fear anything I don't understand. When I start to think about it, I order a massage and it goes away." Virtually every adult you see every day wants what you offer. Everyone wants less pain. When someone is interested in having less pain, ask, "Would you like to set up a session to relieve this pain?" This question sets show and tell apart from show and sell. But you're not five years old anymore and neither is this person. They have been holding tensions in their body for longer than five years. It's innocent to ask if they would like less tension. It's what we call selling. It doesn't need to be more complicated than that.
Learn these five S's because an increasing number of people will be coming to you for massages. According to AMTA research, through 2012, massage therapists are likely to see a 20 percent to 35 percent rise in job opportunities. Some 47 million Americans got massages between August 2004 and July 2005, with 34 percent of adults receiving a massage in the past five years. With only 17 percent of men in the past year having been massaged, more than 8 of 10 men haven't in 365 days. That's a huge opportunity for them and you. Two of three adults haven't been massaged. Virtually everyone wants what you offer. Ask clients to share their benefits with friends. Seventy-three percent receiving massage would recommend it to others. Talk to health professionals, too. Seventy percent of therapists receive two referrals monthly from health care pros. Talk to them. In the next installment, we'll examine in great detail the fifth S: successful thinking.
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