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5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
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.
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.
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.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
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.
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.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
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.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
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.
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
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 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.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
June, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 06
Creating Lucrative Private Retreats that Heal You and Your Clients
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC and Michele McGrew
Imagine that you've just wrapped up your most profitable day ever, leaving your treatment room with a check in hand for $1,500. How many clients would you have to see to earn that much in a day? Fifteen at $100 a session? Ten at $150? Six at $250? Now, imagine you earned that same $1,500, but this time it was from a single client who had one hour-long hands-on session the entire day. And she experienced a profound breakthrough in the pain that had her trapped in poor health for months, even years.
That's the transformation Michelle Noble experienced when she took one of her favorite clients through a one-day private retreat. "It was so rich having a whole day to work with the challenges that tend to surface with bodywork," she said. "We don't have time to address them in a single session. But in a full day together, we've got a broad canvas to play with. So I can bring in a lot of other tools that help them come to a higher level of awareness."
That's just a hint of the empowerment that comes with offering high-end private retreats. For your clients who've been stitching their health together a session at a time, a full day can move them past a plateau. And it can catapult you past the income restrictions you face when you only offer individual sessions. So, what is a private retreat? It's an immersion experience where you devote a focused amount of time – typically one day – to help individuals overcome specific challenges. Everything you do that day is designed to create breakthroughs around a problem they're struggling to overcome. If you are ready to design your first private retreat, just follow these seven simple steps.
Private retreats work well when they're focused on a single issue or outcome that's important to your client. To find the focus of your private retreat, ask yourself these three questions:
Step 2: Draw From Your Signature System
In our last column, we taught you how to use your signature system to craft a high-end private program ("Six Steps to Help You Establish a Six-Figure Practice"). Now you're going to draw from that same signature system to design your private retreat. After helping therapists design their signature systems for years, we've noticed a trend: the first one or two steps of every system almost always create a foundation for their clients to experience the deeper healing that comes through the rest of the system. And that's good news for you, because it's easy to offer one or two foundational steps in a private retreat. It also makes your retreat the perfect stepping stone to a longer private program.
Step 3: Design Your Day
Retreat days break down nicely into five segments or sessions. Here's an easy template to follow:
Total Time: 6 Hours
Step 4: Choose Creative Activities
Here's where you get to bring in all those juicy activities you always wished your clients had time for. Things like guided meditations, journaling or automatic writing, role-playing or dialoguing, affirmations, meridian tapping or stretching exercises. As you come up with your list of ideas, consider addressing a variety of learning styles. For highly visual clients, you may ask them to create a piece of artwork or a meaningful mandala. For those who are more auditory, weave in some soothing music or spoken affirmations. By bringing in exercises that appeal to all the senses, you give your clients a more holistic experience that transcends one-on-one bodywork.
Step 5: Add Some Healthy Bonuses
Once you've got your basic day designed, it's time to add in some extra bonuses that make your client feel highly valued. You don't need too many, just enough to complement your focus without overwhelming your client. Here are a few of our favorites: checklists, recipes, herbal teas, candles, floral essences, essential oils, books, catered lunch, dark chocolate, healthy snacks, journals, recorded meditations and, our personal favorite, car service to and from the airport. With a private retreat like the one you're creating, clients will want to fly in to see you!
Step 6: Give Your Retreat an Attractive Name
If you've read our last couple columns, chances are you noticed a theme: you always want to name your programs and retreats for the outcomes they offer, not the processes they include. Michelle Noble's ideal client is a woman who's learning to claim her voice through the healing process. Her retreat day is called, "Noble Steps: Speak Your Peace to Wellness." Isn't that beautiful?
Step 7: Price Your Retreat for a Breakthrough
When you're pricing your private retreat, remember this: money can be a powerful force for healing. Clients who make a healthy investment will stretch themselves to reach the outcomes they want. And there's nothing more inspiring than a highly committed client, is there?
Using our seven step system, therapists are routinely receiving $1,000 to $2,000 a day for their immersion experiences. At $1,000 a day, by adding just three retreats every month to your schedule, you'll generate an additional $36,000 a year. Now, imagine what kind of impact that would have on your practice and your life.
Michelle is already seeing the results in her income and in her client. "It couldn't have gone more perfectly. When I checked in with my client two days later, she said she was noticing how differently she's communicating with people. When she'd normally go into an automatic reactive response, now she's able to step back and recognize, 'I'm me. You're you. And I am not responsible for your feelings, your responses, or for taking care of you.' I can't wait to do another half dozen retreat days!"
Click here for more information about Sharon Desjarlais, CC.
Click here for more information about Michele McGrew.
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