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A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
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.
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.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
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.
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.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
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.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
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.
September, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 09
Your Dog Can Help You Grow Your Business
By Cary Bayer
A dog, so the proverb goes, is a man's best friend. A dog also might be a massage therapist's best teacher. It can certainly be a massage therapist's inspiration for a new business program.
A dog embodies so many qualities of the enlightenment described by the world's great teachers — from Buddha, Krishna and Lao Tzu in the East, and Jesus and Mohammed in the Middle East — that it's hardly a coincidence that dog is god spelled backwards. If you'll allow me to speak colloquially like they used to in the Old West...Doggonit, a canine can help inspire you to grow your business.
Canis lupus familiaris, as scientists call the family dog, demonstrates not just love, but a form of unconditional love that's hard to find in our world. What husband and wife don't like to think that their partner loves them unconditionally? Many a husband, who's turned his head a little too long to gaze at the "hottie" in a mini-skirt passing through the mall, has discovered how quickly his spouse's love is less than unconditional. What if a woman gains 75 pounds? Unfortunately, that has moved far too many men in our disposable culture to be on the lookout for a slimmer (and, while they're at it, newer) model.
Express Your Love
I'm not asking you to love each of your clients unconditionally. But, as a business coach for massage therapists, I'd like to give you a massage marketing tip: if you can find it in your heart to express more love for these people who help you pay your bills and enjoy your lifestyle, you'll set yourself further apart from other therapists. Loving them while they're on your table is essential; so, too, is loving them and caring about them even when they're not on your table. If you haven't seen them in a while — more than a month if they're weekly clients, more than six weeks if they see you biweekly, and more than two months if they see you monthly — give them a call to make sure they're feeling all right.
To your dog, it doesn't matter how much you weigh, it doesn't matter how many hotties and hunks you stare at, it doesn't even matter how many other dogs you pet. Your dog is your pal forever. They love you unconditionally to their dying breath. A dog will greet you with a wagging tail and endless licks and kisses. (Does your wife or husband do that? I didn't think so.) You can yell at a dog in anger, and they will perhaps cower away in fear, but an hour later, they completely forgive you of such unconscious cruelty. Most spouses are less forgiving. Here's another massage marketing tip for you: forgive your clients for their mistakes, like showing up late or forgetting appointments, and they will feel your love and forgiveness.
Express A Heart Of Service
Another quality that dogs show us in abundance is service. It's a quality that's second nature to a dog. Make that first nature. There are many dogs that, if shown how, will retrieve the slippers of their masters on a nightly basis. The service that a dog manifests for his man rivals that of the most refined Jeeves-like butlers. Here's yet another canine massage marketing tip for you: As you rub your dog's belly tonight, let some of his spirit of service rub off on your hands and your clients will feel the spirit embodied in those hands, and will feel that much more cared for. You are, after all, in service to your clients. Embody that service and they will want their bodies on your table more frequently.
Focus On The Present
Eckhart Tolle wrote a best-selling book called The Power of Now, in which he elucidated the necessity for, and advantages of, keeping yourself in the present moment as compared to looking over your shoulder at the past or into the future that has not yet come. A dog never dwells in what once was, nor are they obsessed with what may or may not be on its way. They are firmly and resolutely focused on the present. Even when lying down to catch some shut-eye, they often will keep one of those eyes open to the goings on of the humans around them, just to stay present. Cultivate presence of mind and your clients and staff will feel that presence. Here's still another massage marketing tip for you: stay in the present during massage and in all other things that you do in your business and people will enjoy being around you. That will attract them to want to do business with you, as well. And that grows your business.
Enthusiasm, from the Greek entheos means "in god." If the wagging tail of a dog doesn't remind you to stay enthusiastic, nothing else can. Retrievers of the Golden and Labrador type, for example, are perfect embodiments of an enthusiasm that's hard to top in this world. A human being can throw the same ball to the same Retriever over and over again but, while the person might soon tire or be bored from this repetition, the dog will never tire.
The jaded LMT far too often says, "been there, done that." But, to a Retriever, the idea cannot possibly arise. Each new toss of the ball is a brand new moment, the first time to fetch. His presence in the moment, and his enthusiasm for chasing the same thing time and time again, display the kinds of freshness that points to an awakened state of being that our great teachers have both explained and embodied.
Here's a final massage marketing tip for you: cultivate enthusiasm for your clients, your work, your staff (if you have one) and your prospects, and your capacity to succeed will be optimized. Greet every client with mental and emotional freshness. Each massage you give them is like the first time. It doesn't have to be the same treatment over and over again. Your dog greets everyone he knows who enters your home as an opportunity for play. So can you.
With all of these things that dogs teach us, who really are the masters? Perhaps they love to awaken us so much that we're like our teachers' pets.
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