resourcesABOUT MT AUTHOR GUIDELINES CLASSIFIEDS EDITORIAL CALENDAR MEDIA GUIDE MASSAGE MART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FEEDBACK
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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?
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.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 02
Target Your Marketing for Success
By Diana Moore
When asked what clients they want to work with, many massage therapists answer, "Everybody." When you try to market to everybody, that's called "blanket" marketing. Blanket marketing is an approach you might already use as part of your marketing strategy.You're trying to get anyone and everyone's attention when you pay for coupons or ads in the yellow pages, or post flyers on grocery store bulletin boards. This might work for you at times, such as when you're just starting out, or during busy times for gift certificate sales like Christmas or Valentine's Day. Blanket marketing strategies are often the first steps people think of when beginning to market their practices. Keep in mind, however, they might cost more than they give you in return.
What is Target Marketing
"Targeted" marketing has the advantage of efficiency in money, time and effort. But this means you won't be working with "everybody." You won't reach everybody because everybody doesn't care and won't take the time to listen. Trying to market to everybody is a waste of your time and money. As a bodyworker, you have a set of skills that is unique to you. You have a type of client you prefer, and that's who you should target with your marketing.
Three Minute Exercise
Think about what kind of clients you are drawn to working with. Describe your favorite client or two. Then think about what condition or conditions you enjoy working with. Write down your answers. These are clues to the kind of people who are a natural fit for your skills and who will benefit the most from your gifts. Use this information to target your marketing. Spend your time and money on promotional materials that speak directly to those you most want to serve, whether they are seniors, busy parents, executives or people with certain conditions. Apply target marketing by sending a specific message to people who you know want to hear it.
Why should you spend money and effort on clients, a group of people who already know who you are? Because it encourages them to come in a little more often. It makes new clients feel welcome and valued (which will hopefully encourage them to visit regularly). And targeting your clients reminds them you are still available and interested in being part of their healthy life.
Your existing clients are a group whose interests and concerns you already recognize. Target them with messages that speak to them that language. Target all your clients with specials or beneficial services you offer. Target specific groups, say people with fibromyalgia, with a message about how you can help them maintain their mobility, for example. Target other groups, such as working parents, with a message that the whole family will be healthier if Mom and Dad better manage their stress.
To reach a specific type of new client, go where he or she would go. Are you an active person who likes to be around other sports and fitness enthusiasts? You can draw those folks into your practice. Contact running stores and gyms. See what kind of sports events you can get involved in. Does a nearby running store or cycling club mail a newsletter to people on their mailing lists? Ask if you can buy an ad or write an article in it.
Love to be with seniors? It's the same idea. Call or, even better, go to the senior center. See what it would take to offer one brief, low-cost massage once a month. Put up flyers at the senior center, library, health food store or other places health-conscious seniors go (always ask permission). If you would love to offer massage to people in long-term care, go out to health fairs to give chair massage. Showcase your skills while meeting health care providers and decision-makers.
Are you drawn to the field of pregnancy and childbirth? Ask if you can post flyers at a gym that caters to women. Or find out who teaches birthing or pregnancy yoga classes and ask if you can offer a lesson on self-massage. Think of classes and presentations as opportunities to have a conversation on how your work makes lives better and to encourage folks you meet to take the next healthy step.
It's pretty straight-forward. Once you decide what groups you want to target, brainstorm ways to reach them. Examine the potential costs of time and money for those ideas, and choose to implement one or more of them. Start with something small at first and do a test run.
Evaluate your results. Number one, keep track of the response you get from your outreach efforts. Are you gaining new clients? Are you enjoying their visits? Two, ask yourself how it felt to be at places you distributed flyers and brochures. Did it feel good to be at that long-term care facility, gym or hospital birthing class? If you are happy with both your experience and the results, you've got a focus for your practice plus a direction for targeting your marketing efforts.
Diana Moore has worked in marketing for more than 10 years. Currently, she works as a writer and editor for Natural Touch Marketing for the Healing Arts. Before her career in marketing she practiced massage therapy for 14 years, many of them as a hospital-based massage therapist in Olympia, Wash. Diana also teaches yoga to people with heart disease and other chronic conditions. Reach her at
Join the conversation
Comments are encouraged, but you must follow our User Agreementcomments powered by Disqus
Keep it civil and stay on topic. No profanity, vulgar, racist or hateful comments or personal attacks. Anyone who chooses to exercise poor judgement will be blocked. By posting your comment, you agree to allow MPA Media the right to republish your name and comment in additional MPA Media publications without any notification or payment.