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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.
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.
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.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.).
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?
April, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 04
Six Steps to Help You Establish a Six Figure Practice
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC and Michele McGrew
Does the idea of making $100,000 a year or better feel like a pipe dream? Or does the thought of it leave you feeling exhausted? Then you're probably making the mistake of thinking your individual healing sessions should be your highest-priced offer.Even if you charge a healthy fee, tying yourself to individual sessions limits your income to the number of clients you can see in any given week. When your client load is low, your income suffers. And when it's high, you're making more money, but you're also working too hard. And you're not modeling the kind of self-care you want your clients to commit to.
So, how do you grow a healthy six-figure practice? By changing your business model. Instead of offering individual sessions, offer high-end private programs that attract clients who are willing to make a generous investment in their health. After teaching practitioners how to design and sell private programs for years, we promise you this: right now you have clients who would gladly step into a high-end program ... if only you offered one.
A high-end program is designed around four specific features:
Ready to design your first high-end program? Follow these six simple steps and you'll be well on your way.
Step 1: Your Signature System
The key to crafting your first high-end program is to start with the topic we shared in our last Massage Today column called, "How to Clear the Path to a Wealth of Loyal Clients" A comprehensive high-end program is designed to walk a client through each step of your system to achieve the outcome they want.
Step 2: The Program Structure
Once you've got your signature system, how long do you think it would take to walk a client through every step? Answer that question and you'll know how long your high-end program should last. Of course, radiant health is a lifelong process. But that doesn't mean your high-end program has to last a lifetime. Most practitioners get excellent results delivering their programs over a period of six months. Some programs are longer and others are shorter, but six months is a great place to start.
Once you have your program time frame, you're ready to create your monthly structure. Here's one format that works very well for many practitioners.
Start with a 1-day private retreat that covers the first couple steps in your program and includes one or two hands-on sessions. This kind of immersion experience gives your clients the big breakthrough they'll build on through the rest of the program. And it jump starts their transformation, giving them the speed they're looking for. Follow up the retreat with a telephone check-in and healing session within two weeks.
Months 2 through 6
Do a hands-on or distance healing session two times each month. Conduct a simple telephone check-in once a month between healing sessions. Give your clients exercises, tips and assignments between sessions to continue their progress through each step of your signature system. Add in priority e-mail access to you with a reasonable 48-hour turnaround during weekdays.
Final Healing Session
Celebrate with a half-day wrap-up retreat. This gives your clients room to reflect on all their improvements. And fully embody their accomplishments.
Step 3: Your Core Components
Once you've got your signature system and basic program structure laid out, the next step is to choose your core program components. What services do you already offer that you'd incorporate into the program? And what other tools and modalities would you love to bring in to facilitate each step of your system? A private program gives you plenty of time to blend in even self-healing techniques that complement your bodywork. Consider adding components like guided meditations, creative journaling and nutritional tips.
As you see in the program format above, you always want to give your clients exercises, tips and assignments between sessions to maintain their healing momentum and prevent backsliding. But whatever you do, don't call it homework. Work sounds like pain and no one wants more of that. Clients who don't feel well also don't want to be overwhelmed with information. They want a connection. They want to feel witnessed. And they want a transformation. So resist the urge to throw every one of your therapeutic tools into your program. Instead, carve a few of them away and offer them as bonuses.
Step 4: Attractive Bonuses
One of the most delicious aspects of a high-end program is having the opportunity to give your clients a rich and indulgent experience that makes them feel as treasured as they are. That's where the benefit of extra bonuses comes in. It's like adding a great big gift on top of all your other core components. To make this easy, include some of the self-healing tools you carved away from your core components. Especially tools that don't take any more of your time or energy, like home-study systems, home-healing products, even products that other healers offer. As long as they complement your system, your program and your clients, it's a win-win.
Step 5: A Compelling Title
The title of your program is often the first detail people see when they're deciding whether to sign up. And like anywhere else in life, first impressions count. That's why you want to give your program a name that makes an instant connection. What's the biggest outcome or result clients want from your therapy? Name your program after that and you'll have a magnetic title.
Step 6: A Healthy Price Point
Here's where you might be inclined to backslide and devalue the rich program you've created. We understand; you're probably stepping into a level of investment you've never offered before. So before you decide on a final price, take some time to track the ripple effects of your therapy in your client's life.
When your favorite client is feeling fit and fabulous, how does that impact her job performance and income? When she's feeling well-rested and patient, how is she responding to her kids, her friends or her spouse? When she's finally feeling free of the pain and stress that have been her constant companion for too many years, what is she able to see in her future that wasn't even possible before? That's where you'll find the value of your program. And only then will you be able to price it for what it's truly worth.
For a typical 6-month program, our clients find $4,000 to $6,000 a great place to start. That means, instead of having to work with 17 to 25 clients a week, you only need 17 to 25 clients a year to break the six-figure barrier. And when you have that kind of breathing room, you're being as generous to yourself as you are to your clients. And you're offering a healing gift that takes your clients – and your practice – to the next level.
Click here for more information about Sharon Desjarlais, CC.
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