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What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
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.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
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.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
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.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
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.
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.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
First Do No Harm?
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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.
We Get Letters & Email
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Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
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 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
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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.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
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October, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 10
The 7-Step Protocol That Gets New CranioSacral Clients Calling You
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC
One of the big myths passed down to CranioSacral therapists by well-meaning mentors is this: "You don't need to market your practice. Just do good work and new clients will find you." That may have been sage advice long before technology put thousands of therapists at virtually everyone's fingertips. But today, doing even great work isn't enough to ensure a thriving practice.
The solution? Use a high-tech and high-touch 7-step protocol that naturally attracts new clients. It takes a bit of effort to put each part in place. But once you do, you'll have an effective client-attraction system that takes the pain out of marketing your practice.
Step 1: Your Perfect Client
As a therapist in the "school of service," you might think it's your responsibility to make your hands available to anyone who needs them. But if you're willing to get real, you'll also admit there are certain types of people who bring out your best work. And others who consistently leave you frustrated and drained.
Just like touch therapy isn't for everyone, you're not the perfect match for every potential client. When you get crystal clear on the characteristics of the people who do make perfect clients, you can figure out where to find them and recognize them when you do.
Start by calling to mind those clients you most enjoyed over the last few years. People you had a deep connection with. People who left you with more energy at the end of every session. Then jot down all the characteristics those clients had in common. Maybe they were in the same age range. Maybe they were mainly men, women or children. Or maybe they enjoyed the same sports. Continue noting every common link you can find. Then, put them all together and you'll have a profile of your ideal client.
A few years ago I had lunch with a practitioner who had just completed a CranioSacral course for pediatrics. "How did you like it?" I asked. "It was great," she said. "Now I know for sure that I never want to put my hands on a child again!" Turns out that toddlers aren't her perfect clients. So she happily refers them to another practitioner in town, who repays the favor by referring other clients in return.
Step 2: Draft Your Message
If you think marketing means telling people all about you, think again. Fundamentally, it's about making a heartfelt connection that leads to a client relationship. And that relationship, even in the prospect stage, is all about your client.
So, what's the transformation your perfect clients want from your work? What's their big before-and-after? To begin drafting your transformational marketing message, look back at your perfect clients. Then notice, what are the top three symptoms, conditions and challenges that motivate them to call you? What specific issues are they struggling with that your hands-on care can help resolve? And what are the biggest benefits they get out of working with you?
When you create a marketing message that paints a picture of what's possible on the other side of your client's healing journey, they'll be inspired to picture themselves in the scene. And they'll see you taking them there.
Step 3: Create a Web Page
Once you've sketched out your transformational marketing message, one of the most powerful places you can feature it is on the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners (IAHP) website at iahp.com.
The IAHP is affiliated with The Upledger Institute (UI), a company that's invested millions in educating the public about the value of CranioSacral therapy. That's why people all over the planet contact them looking for therapists.
If your profile is featured on the IAHP website, your name pops up whenever someone searches for a CranioSacral Therapist in your zip code. And that's good news for you, because the people searching there don't need to be convinced to have a cranial session. They've either had one before, know someone who has, or they've learned about it in the news. Which means you're getting calls from pre-qualified candidates. Without having to do any of the extra work to get them there.
Step 4: Your Message Down in a Sound Bite
Where the transformational marketing message is the whole enchilada, a sound bite should be just enough to give someone a taste of what you do in 30 seconds or less. You'll use it to answer that age-old question, "What do you do?"
To make your sound bite extra appealing, include who you help, what they are struggling with, and what they get out of working with you. For instance, "I help people recovering from car accidents or injuries get out of pain faster and back on their feet in less time than with traditional methods alone." This way, anyone listening can instantly tell if they are a potential client for you, or if they know someone else who is.
Step 5: Meeting Your Perfect Clients
In the cranial world, we say you should always "meet your clients where they're at." That same principle is at play when you're networking to attract new clients. You only want to go to those places your perfect client is already hanging out. Otherwise, it doesn't matter how much networking you do. You'll still end up with no new clients. Or worse, someone who's a bad match for you.
How do you find out where to go? Check in with your current clients. (But only the ones you love, please!) Ask them what clubs they belong to, what type of community events they enjoy. Where they like to hang out on the weekends. Even where they like to shop. One therapist I know has met more than one perfect client at Whole Foods between the salt and the chocolate.
Step 6: Lead Them to Your Web Page
Once you connect with a potential client in person, it may seem counter intuitive to follow up with them through the mail. When someone's standing right there, it's easier to schedule a phone call, right?
When you meet someone who tries to get you into a phone call or worse, coffee or lunch, how do you feel? Probably put on the spot. That's not the sentiment you want potential clients to associate with you. Instead, you want to leave them with a sense of ease and optimism.
So, when you meet someone genuinely interested in your work, offer to pop some information in the mail. That puts all the opportunity into your hands. Because when they receive your note of appreciation with a brochure or article about your work, they're either at home or their office. Where they can sit right down at their computer and find your web page fast.
Step 7: Reassure Them
Now that your perfect client is on your web page learning more about you, the next step is to get them onto your table, right? No, it's still too soon. Like any touch therapy, cranial work is an intimate experience to many people. By inviting them to a complimentary phone consult before you offer your services, you're giving them the gift of hearing your voice, feeling your energy and reassuring them that you're the perfect CranioSacral therapist for them.
Click here for more information about Sharon Desjarlais, CC.
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