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Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
January, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 01
Raising Fees by Raising Self-Esteem
By Cary Bayer
The easiest way to raise your income as a licensed massage therapist is to raise your fees. You don't need to get any new clients, you don't need to sell existing clients any new packages, and you don't need to sell any new products. The easiest way to raise your fees is to raise your self-esteem. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
The whole issue of raising your fee is a charged topic for many, so let me backtrack and first set the groundwork. Virtually every massage therapist, even those who are self-employed, has some history of being an employee. The same is true for most employers in our country. As a result, most of us have had a history of asking for a raise. For those who are more timid than not, that experience was fraught with butterflies. That's a nice way of saying that they were scared s*#$less.
Those experiences probably taught us two things: (1) Asking for a raise (in other words, increasing your income) is filled with anxiety; and (2) It can be hard to get a raise (easy to think if you were often unsuccessful in your attempts to procure one in the past).
The emotional traumas incurred from asking for raises are stored in your body and mind, even if you're now self-employed. If you're a massage therapist, these old scars will likely surface when it comes time to raise your fees. If you're a timid massage therapist, they might not. That's not because you've healed more quickly than more-confident LMTs, but because you're less likely to attempt to raise your fees in the first place.
Let's assume that it's time to raise the fees that you charge for your massages. The good news is that you no longer have to convince a boss or a committee that you deserve such a raise. Now that you're self-employed, all you have to do is make the decision for yourself. Clients will either accept the raise or they won't. Having raised my own fees many times in the 24 years that I've been self-employed, I'll give you one simple, but highly effective, shortcut to successfully raising your fees: convince yourself first that you deserve the increased rates.
If you succeed in doing this, you'll likely receive little or no resistance from your clients. But if you don't take the time to persuade yourself, if you don't do the inner work that's necessary to make such a transformation, I can guarantee that you will receive resistance from your clients. I don't say this to be negative; I say it because it's true. We're such mirrors for each other. I've seen this play out countless times in countless self-employed professionals from all walks of life and across different industries over the past couple of decades.
Taking the time to accomplish the inner transformation is somewhat analogous to a piece of advice I've received countless times from massage therapists throughout the country. Namely, that as an avid and active tennis player who's on the courts three or four times per week, it's vital for me to stretch before and after matches. When I take the time to follow this wise counsel, my body recovers faster and with less strain from the intense workout. When I arrive late and other players are waiting to get started, I'll sometimes forego the stretches. Or if, after finishing play, I'm late for a meeting, I'll often take a pass on the post-play cooldown. The people giving the advice are always right - my body suffers as a result. As the wise maxim goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." It's as true for a tennis player stretching muscles as it is for a massage therapist stretching self-esteem.
The reason for the inner change is that our self-worth is intricately linked to our net worth. This is such an important principle - and one that many therapists have not heard stated so succinctly - that I'll take a moment to repeat it so that it sinks in more deeply: Self-worth is linked to net worth. Those with low self-esteem often find themselves in dead-end, low-paying jobs. They usually find it hard to ask for a raise, and if they muster the courage to do so, they're often denied. On the other hand, those with high self-esteem often find themselves in higher-paying positions, with many opportunities for growth and expansion in their careers, along with the higher salaries and bonuses that naturally come along with that.
When you feel poorly about yourself, you wouldn't dare think about asking clients to pay you more money than they've been accustomed to. Conversely, when you feel great about yourself, the prospect of getting paid more for your services doesn't seem as daunting.
Now that you've come to see the relationship between self-worth and net worth, let's take a moment to look at the word discount. When you discount yourself, you don't appreciate yourself. As a result, you don't take in the compliments and praise of others. You shuffle them off as if they meant nothing, because you think you're nothing. Then the idea of changing your fees can mean only one thing: lowering them, rather than raising them. We have a word in English for lowering prices: it's called discounting. And it comes about when you've first discounted yourself. When you do, you discount your fees. When you praise yourself, you raise your fees. You make the choice.
Let's say that you propose to raise your fee from $60 per session to $70. One good affirmation you can use to help create the inner transformation is: "I'm so talented and experienced as a massage therapist that my clients are getting a bargain to pay only $70 for my massages." It's worth a few minutes a day to transform your belief system. As the old Johnny Mercer song goes,
"You've got to accentuate the positive
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