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July, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 07

Helping People Feel Like a Million Bucks for Just $70 (Bucks)

By Cary Bayer

Yesterday, in a coaching session with a massage therapist from Florida, I asked what her clients typically say when they're asked how they feel after a treatment. "Great, like a million bucks," she said. A light bulb went on because last week, a massage therapist client in New York also said, "Like a million bucks."

Last night, I had a lovely dinner that cost $70, but I never, for a moment, felt like a million bucks. I bought a great shirt at Bloomingdale's in Boca today for $70, but it doesn't make me feel like a million bucks. Recently, I bought a bottle of red wine from France for $70, and, while it went down smoothly, it never made me feel like a million bucks. High, yes; like a million bucks, no.

I scratched my head to discover where else can you spend just seventy bucks and feel like a million. No hot shot Wall Street guru could take an investment of $70 and turn it into a cool million. As hard as I thought, no $70 purchase yielded anything close to a million. Nothing, except for massage therapy.

Not only are you giving clients a subjective high they can't find anywhere else for just $70, you're also providing great healing benefits to their entire nervous system.

Deeply Desired Work

When you look at your work in this light, you realize the most important secret that so few LMTs ever really grasp: namely, that virtually every adult whom you see every day deeply wants what you offer. (I say adult, because kids and teenagers are so busy playing that they usually haven't amassed the disposable income that working adults typically have.) Therapists who haven't understood the desire for their work often feel frustrated, trying to figure out how and where they can get their next client. Therapists who have understood that virtually every adult whom they see deeply wants what they offer feel relaxed because they know that they can find a new client that week, that day, or even that hour.

If you doubt how powerful a tool massage is for making people feel really good, take a poll among your clients. That's exactly what I did. I polled friends and colleagues not clients, since many of my clients are LMTs, and are naturally biased toward massage; I didn't want that to skew my research.

Go ahead, and ask your sample group to rank the things they did during the previous month from one to 10 that made them feel the best. The answers you'll find will probably be similar to what I discovered when polling 25 people. They are listed in no particular order:

Top 10 List

  • Playing with my kids (or grandkids).
  • Making love to my mate.
  • Running (exercising, or playing a sport of choice).
  • Having a great dinner at a really good restaurant.
  • Going to a really good concert.
  • Playing with my dog or cat.
  • Hanging out with friends.
  • Attending a really great seminar. (I know a lot of people into personal growth.)
  • Being on vacation.
  • Getting a massage.

What I noticed in polling 25 people, was that getting a massage was on 20 of the 25 lists. Not everyone had access to playing with a baby. Not everyone had grandkids. Not everyone had a pet. Not everyone had access to a beach to walk. Not everyone could afford dining at a great restaurant or plunking down the big bucks to see a Springsteen or a Streisand. But all of them could afford a therapeutic massage. That's good because that's something you can give them. (By the way, the five people who did not list a massage for that month, did not list marriage either.)

If you do this study for yourself, the importance of what you do for a livelihood may start to sink in on a cellular level. I hope so, because my telling you that virtually everyone you see every day could use one often doesn't get through. I know, because I say it many times each time I present a continuing education seminar for massage therapists. I usually say it almost every hour in my 6-CE class, "Build a $100,000 a Year Massage Business in Just 1 Hour a Day Without Burning Out" and still see that it goes in one ear and out the other of some therapists. That's why I spend nearly half the time in that seminar working from the inside out, transforming the small and negative thoughts that therapists have about themselves, their earning potential, and the possible success of their businesses. It takes transformation to take in how valuable what you do is.

Ask Yourself

I'll give you the benefit of the doubt, and assume that you have gotten the fact that your work is deeply desired by virtually everyone. Now I'll ask you some simple questions. What would you do differently if you realized that you have the ability to give virtually anyone the pleasure of feeling fantastic for just seventy bucks? Would you think differently about what you do? Would you speak differently about what you do? Would you market differently than you do? Would you advertise differently? Would you realize that a business card-size ad that lists your name, the modalities that you practice, and how to get into contact with you is usually a waste of money? Would you realize that, with regard to advertising, that size does matter? So does the message that you communicate? Would you realize that, on the whole, the average person suffering with tennis elbow, backaches, and neck pain doesn't care a whit about modalities, that he just wants relief from these maladies? Would you network more among health care professionals like medical doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists?

Most importantly, would you stop worrying and asking where you're going to find your next client? Instead, relax; and start asking just who among all the people you'll see in an hour is going to be the next lucky person to feel like a million bucks?

Click here for previous articles by Cary Bayer.


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