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5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 06
The Winner of the Game
By Jenn Sommermann, LCMT
In my opinion, massage therapists' success rates are incredibly low. Of course, success means different things to different people, but I am talking about the kind of success that means being able to pay your bills and still have some funds left over for savings.All too often, I hear my colleagues talk about how difficult it is to make a living in this profession. Many therapists are forced to work a job in another profession to be able to support themselves and their families. There also is evidence to support the fact that many massage therapists leave the industry within three to five years. This is astounding to me, considering it takes a fair amount of time and money to become a massage therapist in the first place. Why are so many therapists not realizing success and leaving the industry too soon?
Attitude plays a large part in the big picture. I believe how you approach something has everything to do with its outcome. There is a mental strategy that might help some of you. It's a shift of mind, but it has very specific actions to back it up. Any mental practice is only as good as the actions that follow. Merely thinking about something doesn't work. What you do to make your thoughts an "action plan" will have everything to do with the results you achieve.
For the sake of argument, let's talk about success in terms of finances. Being able to pay your bills, put some away for savings and live comfortably is the goal. The first thing to do is have a mental shift in attitude. So, consider success in the massage industry a game. That's the first thing to think about. As with any game, someone comes out a winner. Everyone wants to be the winner, but not everyone can be. There have to be some losers. Unfortunately, there are a lot of losers in this industry; therapists who, for one reason or another, just can't make a go of it as a career. In my opinion, they have not taken the action steps to realize the success they want.
It's this simple. The winner of the game is the therapist who understands massage marketing and is willing to put the time and effort into it and apply it to their business. These are the action steps necessary to achieve the dream, accomplish the goals and obtain the success you desire. Without this effort and action plan, there is no success.
Amazing statistics support the notion that many more massage therapists can be successful in this industry. There also are statistics indicating the market is becoming saturated, with hundreds of graduates coming out of schools and more schools opening all the time. For example, the AMTA states there are 300,000 massage therapists in the U.S. Additionally, 47 million people received massages last year. No doubt, people are more willing than ever to spend money on their health care, paying to take care of themselves with personal training, chiropractic and massage. Ask yourself, what are you willing to do to tap into these clients and set yourself apart from the sea of other MTs?
The only thing that's going to determine whether you reap the rewards of a great economic time or suffer the pain of a saturated profession is your understanding of massage marketing and your willingness to sharpen your skills every year. That's right, every year. All too often, therapists flock to hands-on classes to sharpen their massage skills. The hope is that this will make them more successful. But this just isn't true. Successful massage therapists are the ones found in the marketing classes or the other practice-management seminars, reading literature on successful businesses and sharpening their business skills to take back to their practices. Once back on their home turf, they put the time and effort into what they've learned in order to apply these newfound skills.
Time and effort seem like vague terms, so let me elaborate with examples. When I say time, I mean about 20 percent of your anticipated client hours. If you want to see 20 clients per week, then four hours should be spent on marketing efforts per week. When I say effort, I mean doing something that might be outside your current comfort zone. Meeting new people and networking are the best ways to boost business. Commit to these things and watch your business and bank account grow.
I want you to be successful. I don't want you to be another statistic, leaving the industry after only three years. Be the therapist willing to learn about massage marketing and devote the energy necessary to achieve the dream of success. Set yourself apart from the others by committing to nothing less. This is my wish for you.
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