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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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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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