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Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
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.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
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.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
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.
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.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
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.
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 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.
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.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
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.
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.
November, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 11
You Have a Massage Business, Not a Massage Practice
By Cary Bayer
The extraordinary amount of time that you spent studying massage prepared you expertly in the art of giving another person a professional massage. I refer to this part of your knowledge as your massage practice.I use the word practice because you literally practiced it many times before you mastered it. When you were a small child, you practiced the multiplication tables and, in time, you mastered it. Years later, as a teenager, you practiced the conjugation of verbs in Spanish or French and, in time, you mastered that, too. Still, years later, as an adult in massage school, you practiced massage modalities and, in time, mastered that, as well. In fact, one of your assignments as your education unfolded was to practice on real human bodies the techniques that you were taught in textbooks and in the classroom.
In massage school, you learned different modalities and strokes, anatomy, and so forth. This knowledge, coupled with all your years of experience, comprises your massage practice. A simple way of thinking about it is that everything you do on your table is your massage practice. On the other hand, everything you do that gets people to your table is your massage business.
Another way of saying this is that everything that you do outside of your massage room is your massage business. If you were lucky, maybe you had five to seven hours of training on this in massage school. That would account for 1 percent of your total training. Most therapists were not lucky enough to get even this. This is something that you didn't learn professionally how to do.
It's not surprising, therefore, that few massage therapists actually know how to operate their businesses professionally. Too many massage businesses are essentially all practice and virtually no business. These are also the businesses, I'm sorry to say, that are likely suffering the most financially, especially as the economy temporarily goes south.
Wherever I teach my CE classes, many arms go up when I ask LMTs if they've heard of The Secret. The best-selling book and DVD trumpets the power of the Law of Attraction that states that whatever you focus on expands, or where attention flows, energy goes. So it should come as no surprise, even for those who are versed in the Law of Attraction, that if you devote only a tiny amount of time to your massage business, you'll likely only receive a tiny amount of growth. However, a more generous amount of time dedicated to your massage business should yield some generous results. In other words, the Law of Attraction works, whether you're putting your attention on writing affirmations or doing visualizations for your business, or simply networking to generate new clients.
If you're like many of the massage therapists whose handiwork I've sampled, you're exceedingly generous to your clients in your massage practice. Almost all of you give of your hands, your energy, and your love to help your clients heal. Some of you do this so thoroughly that your hour-long massages often go an hour and a quarter at no extra cost to your client. This is great generosity. However, you're very stingy regarding your massage business. Marketing time rarely spills over from an hour into an hour and a quarter because there's usually no hour of marketing to spill over in the first place.
My wife and I both know a number of massage therapists who have terrific practices. Now if you read this sentence without having read the first paragraph in this article, you would naturally assume that these were thriving LMTs. Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth. These are therapists who had to give up their massage practice because they no longer had a viable massage business. In other words, they didn't have enough clients to pay their monthly bills and sustain themselves. So they took what most people typically call "straight jobs" to pay their monthly nut and, tired from these labors, ran out of the physical and psychic energy that it takes to consistently support clients on their tables. Eventually, they stopped doing massage at all. That was a great loss for everyone who happened to benefit from their healing hands.
The reason that these extremely talented therapists were out of the massage business was because they put almost all of their attention on becoming great therapists, and almost no attention whatsoever on becoming successful therapists. Great as in skilled hands; successful as in money in the bank. It was this that helped inspire me to dedicate myself to helping LMTs becoming wiser about supporting their massage businesses. Sometimes it takes a personal loss to take positive action to create chaange.
Here's my recommendation: decide to spend some generous time on your massage business, and you'll have more clients than ever before on your table to perform your massage practice.
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