resourcesABOUT MT AUTHOR GUIDELINES CLASSIFIEDS EDITORIAL CALENDAR MEDIA GUIDE MASSAGE MART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FEEDBACK
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
September, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 09
By Angie Patrick
According to Merriam-Webster.com, release is defined as:
In massage, release is a good thing. It heralds the relaxation of sore muscles due to activity or stress, brings about positive momentum, and can mean the beginning of the healing process. We seek this in our clients. When we reach this goal, we are met with a sense of satisfaction and success. We are reminded of the reason we chose this profession; to heal and help others, and provide a means of release from the pain and stress that restrains, confines and oppresses them.
By its very definition, it also means "to let go." Many gifted therapists love and adore the profession they have chosen, but feel burdened or confined when faced with the task of marketing themselves and staying abreast of the latest in the industry. I would like to share with you a few ideas to help you release yourself from the stress of feeling out of touch, and perhaps give you a starting point in your own quest to market yourself, your talent and your desire to help others while earning a living for yourself and your family.
R: Research the research. There are a number of online repositories of research data and published papers where you can learn about the latest findings in massage. A couple of great Web sites you can check out are www.massagetherapyfoundation.org and www6.miami.edu/touch-research/research.htm. Both of these sites will give you a great deal of insight into the research that gives medical validity to the industry you have chosen to make your livelihood. By reviewing these sites regularly, you can be sure you will be in the loop on any emerging modalities, their medical benefits and therapeutic applications.
E: Engage your brain and keep your business acuity sharp. Learn ways to market yourself and your practice in your local area. Find new pockets of opportunity by attending Chamber of Commerce meetings and networking. Invent new ways to partner with local businesses to co-advertise or exchange promotional opportunities.
L: Learn how to maximize the marketing value of the client on your table. You have successfully gained a client, and that client looks to you for guidance in their pain management. They come to you with the hope you will treat them and provide relief from their ailments or stress. They will most assuredly discuss their massage experience with friends, family and coworkers. Make sure you are sharing with them ideas and product suggestions that will help make them feel better between massages. No doubt this type of positive experience and word-of-mouth promotion will set you up as an expert therapist in the eyes of your client, as well as all those they speak with about their experience.
E: Educate yourself in ways to augment the basic 60-90 minute massage session. Opt for continuing education courses that will expand your arsenal of modalities and stretch you a bit beyond your specialties. There are so many great courses out there to choose from, you might be challenged in trying to discern in which to invest your time. Contact your local or state massage associations for suggestions or check out the ads in industry periodicals like Massage Today. These can be invaluable resources for locating the right courses for your interests.
A: Add-On Treatments can mean more money to your bottom line. Don't misunderstand me; I am not advocating taking advantage of anyone or suggesting therapeutic treatment in an unethical fashion solely for the purpose of monetary gain. The truth is, in a world where many of those who seek the talent of a massage therapist also will seek the refuge and relaxation of a spa treatment from time to time. Other massage therapists often perform these treatments. By learning a small array of spa-like treatments such as a body scrub, foot massage, aromatherapy massage or body wrap, you will be able to offer these services to your clients. They likely will prefer having them administered by someone they know, with whom they already have a rapport established. Ultimately, you are providing a service they likely will seek out anyway, giving your client yet another reason to retain your services.
S: Selling retail is not taboo! It's an excellent way to augment your income and is ultimately expected by your clients. Make sure you are offering an array of items about which you feel confident and have the appropriate knowledge to educate your clients about proper usage. You are the expert they have chosen to provide massage therapy. This does not stop at the end of the session. Provide your clients the means to facilitate proper self-care between visits. Be it small exercise tools or analgesics to educational pamphlets and stretching charts, retail products in conjunction with your healing touch can aide your clients into a speedy recovery or release from stress or pain.
E: Enjoy your client session. Be fully present for your client both physically and energetically. When you are enjoying the experience of helping another, it will translate into your care. Your client will know and feel you love what you do and are focused on their well-being. Intent in your massage is almost as important as technique. Without positive intent and emotion, your therapy, regardless how technically proficient, will fall short of the client's expectations. This will not only leave you feeling as if you have let your client down, but it most likely will result in the loss of the client. Prevent this by simply taking a few moments before caring for a client to breathe, and clear your mind of all but the person on your table. You will be rewarded with a fully satisfied client and a personal sense of accomplishment.
Making the most of every opportunity you have to expand your knowledge of the massage industry and all it offers will only help you along your road to success. Be on top of your game, and provide quality, well-informed advice to your client. Give your clients undivided attention, and always have their best interest at heart. Following these basic (albeit important) guidelines will help to ensure your longevity as a massage therapist, as well as lay the foundation of a fulfilling and rewarding career.
Click here for more information about Angie Patrick.
Join the conversation
Comments are encouraged, but you must follow our User Agreementcomments powered by Disqus
Keep it civil and stay on topic. No profanity, vulgar, racist or hateful comments or personal attacks. Anyone who chooses to exercise poor judgement will be blocked. By posting your comment, you agree to allow MPA Media the right to republish your name and comment in additional MPA Media publications without any notification or payment.