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An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
July, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 07
Don't Discount a Discount
By Cary Bayer
In my previous column, I discussed how raising your self-esteem can have a profound effect on your income. It can help you raise your fees, while discounting yourself can lead to discounting your fees. There is one time that lowering fees can be wise.
A variation on a nursery rhyme will shed some light on this matter: This little therapist went to market, wisely pricing their services (and brought home lots of new clients). That little therapist stayed home because they felt uncomfortable "marketing" and hoped clients would come to them. And this little therapist (the first, that is) ran all the way home (to fill out deposit slips, which they promptly took to the bank, laughing all the way). OK, maybe not laughing all the way. Sometimes, when you update a nursery rhyme, you tap into childhood wisdom. Like show and tell, milk and cookies, and naptime.
Unfortunately, marketing and pricing were not taught in kindergarten (or in massage schools, for that matter), but nursery rhymes were, so you can profit from the hidden knowledge they can provide. By the time you were in kindergarten, you knew a few things about money and pricing - enough to know a good deal when you saw one. If mommy wouldn't buy you that toy you wanted in the supermarket for $10 because it cost too much, by the time it got reduced to $5, you might have reminded her of the bargain awaiting her.
Fast-forward 20, 30, 40, 50 or even 60 years. Now you're a professional massage therapist. Let's say you're a good one, which means you're gifted once people are on your table. If that's the case, it's important you spend time getting them to that table, because if you're good, they'll keep coming back for more. They want what you offer, and you're good at giving it to them. So, here's the $64,000 question: How do you get more of them there?
That's the question so many massage therapists ask me. There are, of course, many ways to do that. I'll describe one such way in this article. It's a surefire method for all therapists, but particularly for anyone who:
It's a technique that's been used successfully by many established businesses in many different industries. And it can work just as well in the massage business.
You've no doubt seen restaurants and retail stores in their first few weeks of operation. The "Grand Opening" signs are still up, the bunting is still present. Often, introductory prices are still in effect. All of this works to bring in customers, all of whom are new, since the business has just opened. Businesses do this because they know how valuable a new customer can be.
Massage therapists can profit from similar introductory sale prices. How many of you can resist a 50-percent off or 67-percent off sale at your favorite clothing boutique or department store? The reason the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year is because that's when stores from Maine to California discount their merchandise to stimulate holiday sales.
Who can resist a $60 massage marked down to $30 or even $20? Anyone who's ever enjoyed the benefits of massage would jump at the chance to get a massage for the price of a pair of movie tickets and popcorn. Sure, such deeply discounted prices might attract bargain hunters lured by a cut-rate massage who come just once because they'll buy anything once when the price is right. But the chances are outstanding that you'll attract many people already in the massage market - people who already are getting massaged regularly, but will try you out because of the sale. If they like you better than they do their current massage therapist, they'll switch to you in a New York minute.
Their next treatment also can be discounted from your normal rate if you inspire them to purchase a discounted, prepaid package of five or 10 treatments (as I've explained in previous columns). You'll also attract new people to massage, all of whom can become regular clients who come once a month, once every two weeks or once a week, and pay as they go.
My clients who have employed this strategy are finding surprising (to them, not me) results. One ad sometimes attracts several new clients, many of whom become regulars. Didn't realize getting a new client could be that easy? It can be.
As I mentioned above, it also can be a sound approach to market any new modality you've just incorporated into your work, such as Thai massage, hot stone, lomi lomi, and so on. If this pricing program delivers just one new client who comes to see you even once a month for three years, which seems to be in the ballpark of what an average client does, that client will be worth nearly $2,200 to your business. And that doesn't include the clients they refer to you. If someone told you that you could get $2,200 in new business by investing just $30 (the discount for an introductory session), wouldn't you jump at the chance to do it?
I thought so. So, what's stopping you?
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