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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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
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.
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.
January, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 01
It's Not All About You
By Jenn Sommermann, LCMT
When meeting someone new, the most frequently asked question is "What do you do for a living?" It happens all the time, everywhere you go. Our occupation defines us on so many levels; it has become the all-time introductory question.In the sea of massage therapists, the answers don't vary much. "I am a massage therapist," or "I am a Reiki practitioner," or "I am a licensed body worker." The answers are basically all the same. And truth to tell, most people aren't inspired by those answers.
Often, when I am at a networking group or working with professionals who are introducing themselves, I hear a diatribe of details about them. Ranging from education, certifications, locations or sales numbers, many people feel these details are what can make or break a sale. Nothing is further from the truth. A potential client wants to learn what you can do for them. They want you to be interested in talking about them and their issues, not you and your practice. The acronym WIIFM stands for "What's In It For Me?" and should be the mantra of all introductions.
Imagine you have a toothache and go to the dentist. The dentist welcomes you, sits you in the chair, straps the bib on and starts to sell you of her certifications, licenses and latest procedures. Only after she finishes talking about herself does she address your tooth. Sounds crazy? Yet, that's what most massage therapists do when they meet a potential client.
Don't despair. You were probably trained to introduce yourself this way. You may have been encouraged in school to develop a sound bite or elevator speech for meeting new people. I have personally taught my undergraduate students to prepare a speech for meeting new people. This comes from being new in the field and needing to gain confidence and establish your credibility. Even if you came to massage therapy from another profession, you were green when you graduated and needed to practice introductions by listing your experience, modalities and schooling. However, now that you are a graduate and attempting to build a thriving practice, change it up. Your credibility will be established from the questions you ask, not from your verbal resume.
People love talking about themselves. Even more, people like talking about their problems. As massage therapists, I am sure you know way too much about complete stranger's frozen shoulders, arthritis and low back pain. Call it an occupational hazard; it comes with the territory. But if you meet someone who may be a potential client, try this. Introduce yourself, state what you do and start asking questions. Get them talking. Find out about them and from that, glean how and if massage therapy can help. If you can answer WIIFM, you are on the right track. Save explaining why you're the right massage therapist for the job until you've really identified their specific wants or needs. If they have questions about your background or expertise, they'll ask. Keep the focus on the person you are speaking with and you'll increase the likelihood that if you have the right skills, you'll be the massage therapist they choose.
For many massage therapists, it is hard to meet new people. It is even harder to try to sell yourself and your skills. But if you can forget that is what you are trying to do, have an honest conversation with someone and keep the focus on them, you've got a good chance at gaining a new client. Remember, it's not all about you.
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