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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 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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