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Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
May, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 05
Boost Your Income and Clientele with Chair Massage
By Dianna Young, LMT, MTI
How can you generate more income after you have filled all of your weekly appointments? What would happen to your lively hood if you suddenly became sick or disabled and were unable to perform massages? What will happen to your income when you retire? These are hard questions I used to ask myself until I discovered that a chair massage business for the workplace is the ticket to boosting your clientele and income.
Since April 2001, my husband Curtis and I have developed a thriving chair massage business that now serves 26 locations weekly and performs more than 700 chair massages per month. For the first five years, our business grew steadily but slowly. In 2007, after utilizing a business coach, we hired our first two employees. That year our business grew 110 percent. Since then, our business continues to grow despite the recession. Through trial and error, we have developed a system that works. Now our vision is to help other therapists create similar businesses to expand their income and the reach of massage therapy. If you aren't sure how to answer the questions above, here are some reasons why you should consider adding a chair massage business for the workplace to your repertoire.
A Growing Trend
Stress is the number one source of sickness and absenteeism in the workplace and the resulting lost productivity costs companies billions of dollars per year. When employers implement a chair massage program, they quickly realize that their employees call in sick less often and are more productive on the job. In addition, employee morale is boosted. On top of feeling invigorated at work, employees are healthier and better able to enjoy all aspects of their lives. Because massage therapy is starting to be considered less of a luxury and more a healthcare option, its future is bright.
Even in a recession, many people can afford $10-$15 for a quick chair massage at work. It's about the same as going out for a decent lunch. It's also more convenient than a traditional massage. By replacing a 10-15 minute coffee break at work, they don't have to squeeze it into their busy personal lives. It's the dynamics of going on-site with a professional and convenient service.
A Boost for the Industry
People who would normally be intimidated or turned off by going somewhere for a traditional body massage with their clothes off might try a chair massage. Once they experience the chair massage, their inhibitions drop and they are more likely to schedule a full body massage, which can provide additional income for your business and expand the client base for traditional massage.
Low Start-Up Costs
Another great benefit of chair massage is that the start-up costs and overhead are minimal. You simply need a chair, a vehicle large enough to transport it, knowledge about running a business and marketing materials to promote your business. As with any business, you will gradually want to invest in good business tools, as well as hire other professionals to assist you on your journey.
While you concentrate on building your business, you can hire other therapists to service your corporate clients. We have found there are an abundance of massage professionals who need to build their client base. They can work for you at reasonable rate if you allow them to offer traditional massages after hours. It's a win-win for both of you. Your employees gain clients and you increase your ability to generate income without having to actually do the massages. This gives you more freedom to market your services to more businesses. Also, with this business model, you can generate more income than doing one massage at a time and create an income source that can continue even if your ability to massage becomes impaired or your decide to retire.
The Secrets for Success
The ideal chair massage energizes the employee rather than putting them in a state of relaxation. By increasing blood flow to the employee's brain, you will send them back to work more alert and with the ability to be more productive. For some employees, additional time is needed to address special needs like headaches, tension, sinus pressure, TMJ and migraines. With a customized sequence, you can also help relieve physical stress caused from poor posture or improper techniques on business equipment such as computer keyboards. It is important to ask the employee what special needs they have at the beginning of the massage so you can supplement their massage appropriately.
Learn to balance professionalism with warmth. Once they get in the chair and relax, employees will sometimes want to discuss personal or business matters. While it's great to learn about their lives to establish rapport, gossip should be redirected and kept confidential. It's also important to encourage wellness in general. We always suggest that clients drink water after the massage to wash out toxins. It's also helpful to suggest exercises and stretches that clients can do at home to address problem areas.
Running the Business
Once you decide that a chair massage business in the workplace is your goal, you will need to see yourself as a business owner in addition to a massage therapist. Because this business serves the corporate world, it important to run the business professionally. You will want to blend into the environment to disturb the work flow as little as possible. You will also want to create a professional image that will appeal to the corporate world. This can be accomplished with professional marketing materials and the way you and your employees dress and conduct yourselves.
You can have all the right elements for a successful business in place but without spreading the word about your business, no one will know you exist. Fortunately, the massage business is conducive to doing trades for advertising. Many radio and television stations will gladly trade advertising time for chair massages. Another technique is to make sure your business is at high profile business events such as chamber of commerce networking functions. Beyond general marketing, you will want to target specific businesses. Offering a demonstration is a great way to get your foot in the door. We have found that working through the human resources department is the most effective method. Once you have made contact, you may need to educate the managers about the benefits of chair massage for their company. You will also want to explain the different methods of payment. Some businesses pay for the first day and then allow each employee to pay in the future. Other businesses pay for it every month or week because they have seen firsthand how it benefits their employees and company.
Last but not least, remember to share your vision with others. In addition to opening up a world of growth opportunity for you, a chair massage business can introduce massage therapy to a greater audience and expand its healing powers to create jobs and a healthier, happier world.
Dianna Young, LMT, MTI, is the owner of Amarillo On Site Massage, which was selected by the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce as the top small business of the year in 2008. Dianna has taught business and marketing classes at the Austin School of Massage and currently teaches continuing education classes on chair massage technique and marketing chair massage.
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