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Massage Warehouse Sanctuary™ Supports Dr. Tiffany Field and the Touch Research Institute

July 10th, 2013
Check donated to the Touch Research Institute

Julie Lohmeier, VP Marketing of Massage Warehouse, presents a contribution to The Touch Research Institute at the recent Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) convention. Association President, Leiah Carr and Lynda Solien-Wolfe accepted the award on behalf of Dr. Tiffany Field.

(July 8, Bolingbrook, IL) – Massage Warehouse Sanctuary™ made a charitable contribution of $6,200.00 to Tiffany Field Ph.D., Director of the Touch Research Institute, during the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) convention in Orlando, Florida.

“We are pleased to support Dr. Tiffany Field in her mission at the Touch Research Institute to demonstrate the important role of therapeutic touch and massage on the growth, development, and well-being of people at all stages of life from newborns to the elderly,” stated Earl DeCarli, President and CEO of Scrip Companies, the parent company of Massage Warehouse. “Her ground-breaking research concerning the power of massage to enhance and improve the development and growth of premature infants has dramatically impacted the care of premature babies for nearly 30 years. Since founding the Touch Research Institute in 1992 at the University of Miami, Dr. Field has proven how massage aids with the bone formation and immune function of newborns as well as alleviating the symptoms of arthritis, pain, depression, asthma, diabetes, and autoimmune conditions in adults.”

“Through our philanthropic arm, Massage Warehouse Sanctuary, we have a long history of supporting a number of worthy organizations, foundations, and research efforts. We are honored that our contribution to the Touch Research Institute will be used to assist Dr. Field and her team with their research surrounding the healing touch of massage on depressed pregnant women as well as the health benefits to their unborn babies such as higher birth weights and fewer premature deliveries.”

“I am incredibly grateful to be able to continue our research in such a significant manner due to the support of Massage Warehouse Sanctuary,” stated Tiffany Field. “I cannot truly express my appreciation of their funding provided over the last several years.”

Funds for the donation came from corporate sponsors as well as donations in the form of prize raffle purchases by recent FSTMA trade show attendees.

Sponsors include:
Massage Warehouse
Biofreeze/Performance Health
Biotone
Bon Vital
Core Products
Kinesio
Massage and Bodywork Magazine
Massage Magazine
MPA Media
Oakworks
Soothing Touch
Sa Wan

About the Massage Warehouse Sanctuary:
Massage Warehouse Sanctuary is the philanthropic arm of Massage Warehouse, the leading supplier and one-stop shop for massage therapy professionals in the U.S. Massage Warehouse is a division of Scrip Companies, a leading specialty distributor serving the Massage Therapy, Spa, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation, and consumer home health and wellness markets in North America.

About the Touch Research Institute:
The Touch Research Institute is dedicated to studying the effects of touch therapy at all stages of life, from newborns to senior citizens. Studies by the Touch Research Institute have shown that touch therapy has many positive effects, including that massage therapy facilitates weight gain in preterm infants, enhances attentiveness, alleviates depressive symptoms, reduces pain, reduces stress hormones, and improves immune function.

Contact:
Julie Lohmeier, Massage Warehouse
jlohmeier@scripco.com
630-771-7408
www.massagewarehouse.com

Tiffany Field
TField@med.miami.edu
305-975-5029
http://www6.miami.edu/touch-research/

Choosing the Right Massage Lubricant

June 25th, 2013

Massage therapists know that their skills and techniques are always going to be developing and evolving.  A passionate massage therapist will spend time learning new methods, trying new products, and determining what works best for them and their clients.

One of the most important aspects of a massage session to consider is the lubricant being used.  Every client will have different needs and should be approached as a blank canvas.  It is very important for a massage therapist to be familiar with a variety of lubricant options so that they can cater to each individual’s requirements.  Using different brands, varieties, and combinations can yield very different results.

Massage Oil.  This is the most common and traditional choice for standard Swedish massage and any other style that involves long, gliding strokes.  Because oil does not get absorbed into the skin quickly, it does not have to be reapplied frequently throughout the session.  This enables great time doing bodywork without interruption.  Some oils come with pleasant aromas, or unscented varieties are available for those who like to experiment with essential oils and other aromatherapy options.

Massage Lotion.  For deep-tissue massage, lotions are ideal because they allow for more grip, allowing for more focus and control.  With the aid of lotions, a massage therapist can grasp and manipulate muscles and tissues firmly, without sliding too much and without too much dryness.  Lotions also don’t leave a greasy residue, so the person receiving the massage doesn’t have to worry about showering or bringing a change of clothes.

Massage oil and massage lotion are generally the two opposite sides of the gamut, with massage cream sitting right in the middle.  Creams provide more grip than oil does, but it offers more glide than lotion.  Creams tend to be slightly more versatile, and they are perfect for those times when oils or lotions are just not appropriate.

For clients who require an oil-like glide, but do not want to be left feeling greasy, massage gels can be an excellent choice.  Gels absorb cleanly, making them a cleaner alternative to oil.  Massage gels offer excellent workability and coverage while still offering similar performance to oil.

Of course, perfecting the art of choosing and using massage lubricants is going to require first-hand experience.  What works for one massage therapist may not work for another, so it is important for each person to form their own opinions and techniques based on the products they use.  The best way to become more familiar with the various options is to try a variety of  massage lubricants and then practice on a willing participant. (They shouldn’t be too hard to find!

Discerning massage therapists who want to offer the best possible treatment to each and every client consistently turn to MassageWarehouse.com for their products and supplies because they know that they will receive high-end items, without paying premium prices.

For more than 10 years, Massage Warehouse has been the leading full-service distributor of massage supplies and equipment.  Rely on Massage Warehouse for quality products at competitive prices for an unparalleled one-stop shopping experience so you can focus on serving and healing your clients.

Massage Warehouse Sanctuary Supports Liddle Kidz Foundation

June 24th, 2013

(June 24, Bolingbrook, IL) –Massage Warehouse Sanctuary made a charitable contribution of $5,160.00 to Tina Allen, Founder and Executive Director of Liddle Kidz Foundation during the American Massage Conference in Atlanta, GA.

“We are awed by the work of Tina Allen and her team to bring the power of nurturing touch for infants and children, across the United States and the world,” stated Earl DeCarli, President and CEO of Scrip Companies, the parent of Massage Warehouse. “With her vision to make a sustainable and exponential impact on the health and emotional well-being of children, she embodies commitment as she travels the globe conducting educational and certification programs for massage therapists and caregivers to learn the power of nurturing touch for infants and children.”

“Through our philanthropic arm, Massage Warehouse Sanctuary, we have a long history of supporting a number of worthy organizations and foundations. We are honored to support the Liddle Kidz Foundation and to assist Tina and her team as they strive to make a difference in the lives of children around the world.”
Funds for the donation came from corporate sponsors as well as donations in the form of raffle chances to win prizes provided by the sponsors.

Sponsors include:
Massage Warehouse
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)
Biotone
Bon Vital
Core Products
Kinesio
Massage Magazine/Chiropractic Economics
MPA Media
Oakworks
Soothing Touch

About the Massage Warehouse Sanctuary:
Massage Warehouse Sanctuary is the philanthropic arm of Massage Warehouse, the leading supplier and one-stop shop for massage therapy professionals in the U.S. Massage Warehouse is a division of Scrip Companies, a leading specialty distributor serving the Massage Therapy, Spa, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation, and consumer home health and wellness markets in North America.

About the Liddle Kidz Foundation:
Ms. Allen developed the Liddle Kidz Foundation Global to offer these same nurturing services to infants and children who are often forgotten, discarded or considered untouchable. As the number of orphans escalates around the world, there is an increasing demand for sensory stimulation, nurturing touch and palliative care within orphanages and childcare settings.

Contact:
Julie Lohmeier, Massage Warehouse
jlohmeier@scripco.com
630-771-7408
www.massagewarehouse.com

Tina Allen, Liddle Kidz Foundation
tina@liddlekidz.com
818-209-1918
http://www.liddlekidz.org/

Rebecca Tatro is this year’s “Massage Warehouse Ultimate New Graduate”

June 24th, 2013

(June 24, Bolingbrook,IL) – The College of Southern Maryland has chosen its top graduate to receive Massage Warehouse’s Ultimate New Graduate Award, which was granted to the college at the 17th annual Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) School Issues Forum in early April. The winner is Rebecca Tatro, chosen for her top academic performance, engagement with her classmates and community, and her commitment to the highest ideals of the massage therapy profession.

Tatro earned her Certificate in Therapeutic Massage in January and then went on to complete an associate’s degree in massage therapy, graduating on May 16, 2013 with a 3.85 GPA. Her research project, “The Effect of Massage Therapy on Neck and Shoulder Pain,” confirmed not only that massage can alleviate pain and improve function in this area but developed a hypothesis regarding massage’s positive impact on diabetes management.

Before her studies at the College of Southern Maryland, Tatro earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and has taught first and second grade children since 2003. She wants to integrate her massage therapy and elementary teacher training to find a way to bring massage into schools, especially in the context of preventing violence and other social problems that have been connected to a lack of appropriate touch. She also plans to pursue additional training in pediatric massage and complete a master’s degree in either education or health psychology.

“Rebecca clearly demonstrates the high ideals of the massage therapy profession,” stated Earl DeCarli, President and CEO of Scrip Companies, parent of Massage Warehouse. “We are pleased with her selection as the winner of our Ultimate New Graduate Award. Massage Warehouse is committed to giving back to the massage therapy community through deserving individuals, foundations, and organizations. We congratulate the College of Southern Maryland and Rebecca Tatro in all of her accomplishments and wish her success in her future endeavors.”

The Massage Warehouse Ultimate New Graduate Award includes the Ultimate Business Starter package, which has a retail value of $700 and includes an NRG brand massage table and chair, cart, NRG sheet set, table warmer, NRG fleece pad and face cover set, Massage FX lotion, messenger bag, and other products.

Massage Warehouse and ABMP offer their congratulations to Rebecca Tatro and the College of Southern Maryland, and hope the award will assist her as she begins a long and successful career in massage therapy.

About the sponsors:
Massage Warehouse, www.massagewarehouse.com, is the leading supplier to the massage therapy profession, offering an unparalleled selection of massage supplies and equipment for a one-stop shopping experience. Massage Warehouse also has a long history of giving back to the community through its educational and philanthropic activities in collaboration with schools, associations, and research organizations.

Founded in 1987, ABMP is a professional membership association serving the massage, bodywork, and somatic therapy professions. Based in Golden, Colorado, it is the largest massage membership association in the United States, with more than 80,000 members.

Contact:
Julie Lohmeier, Massage Warehouse
jlohmeier@scripco.com
630-771-7408
www.massagewarehouse.com

Carrie Patrick, ABMP
carrie@abmp.com
800-458-2267, ext. 647
www.massagetherapy.com

Invigorate a Massage Session with Aromatherapy

June 17th, 2013

One of the most exciting aspects of massage therapy is that there are endless possibilities that can make a session more unique and powerful.  Many seasoned massage therapists like to add their own twists to their therapeutic massage sessions, making them more memorable and effective.  Presenting each client with some options helps to make things more interesting for both the client and the person performing the massage.

Therapeutic massage is designed to cater to the mind and the body simultaneously.  This multifaceted healing art is already stimulating a person’s entire being, so why not take that concept a step further?  By using other alternative healing options that are based on other senses, it is possible to add a new dimension to a massage therapy session.

Aromatherapy is a perfect choice because it is a natural healing tool that can be used effectively in conjunction with massage therapy.  By using concentrated aromatic plant compounds and essential oils, it is possible to provide clients with an enjoyable and soothing healing experience.

Before performing aromatherapy, it is important to get familiar with it.  Like any holistic healing method, there are nuances and subtleties that should be acknowledged.  For example, some essential oil blends are made specifically for helping a person with sinus problems.  Others may bring about certain emotions or feelings.  Being able to present the client with a list of options based on their individual preferences is ideal.

Aromatherapy has gained much traction in the past few years as research has proven that there is a synergy between the mind, body, and the essential oils that promotes true wellness.  Some oils can have a direct pharmacological effect, and can stimulate the immune system, destroy fungi and bacteria, and activate thermal receptors in the brain. (1)

In addition to being a wonderful healing tool, aromatherapy is – quite simply – very pleasant.  Some scents can bring feelings of pleasant nostalgia, providing warm feelings of well-being and safety.  Others can invigorate the imagination and whisk away a person’s mind to daydreams of far-off lands and magical adventures, as they enjoy being physically stimulated by the therapeutic massage.  Aromatherapy truly offers an exciting twist that makes a massage session different than the average rubdown.

Of course, there are some people who may be more sensitive to certain scents, and some people may even find them unpleasant.  It is wise to have a client smell the oils first, so as not to have them interrupt a session.  Although reviews of aromatherapy massage sessions are generally favorable, there are some who may feel overwhelmed or find certain scents not to their liking.  Like anything else, reactions to aromatherapy differ according to individuals’ tastes.

Most massage therapists like to start out with a basic aromatherapy kit, which will usually include a variety of essential oils, a diffuser, and perhaps some candles, carrier oils, or other accessories.  Aromatherapy is truly a wonderful addition to a massage therapist’s practice because both parties involved can enjoy the healing benefits, as well as the simple pleasures, of a natural therapeutic scent.

For more than 10 years, Massage Warehouse has been the leading full-service distributor of massage supplies and equipment.  Rely on Massage Warehouse for quality products at competitive prices for an unparalleled one-stop shopping experience so you can focus on serving and healing your clients.

(1) – http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/10884.php

 

Gaining and Retaining Massage Clients: Eliciting Emotional Responses

January 2nd, 2013

Gaining and Retaining Massage Clients: Eliciting Emotional Responses

By Angie Patrick

Massage Warehouse – Spa supplies and equipment provider

Humans are emotional creatures. This is neither good nor bad. It simply is.

We are wired to respond to situations, stimulation, sensory input and vocalizations in an emotional and sometimes even subliminal manner. Loud noises startle us and make us wary of danger, the smell of bacon makes us hungry, the sight of beauty can make us weep, and watching a puppy’s antics can make us laugh. Whether we want it to be or not, our entire response to the world is highly weighted on emotion. Once you understand this basic fact and embrace this as truth, it makes interaction and involvement with others more easily managed.

Business and marketing professionals bank on emotional responses from their clients in order to gain a stronger bond with their prospect. Banks and law firms often employ the use of blues and greens in their advertising to instill a sense of professionalism and strength. Fast food places focus on red and yellow hues to remind you of catsup and mustard, all with the idea of making you hungry. The same can be said of spas, as purple and violet hues, along with other soft or earthly colors, are used in the hopes of putting you in a peaceful state of mind and one that promotes being grounded, centered and relaxed. While not overt, the use of color can trigger emotional responses in us that can help sway our thinking to the mindset of the marketer, making their message more easily received and understood.

Just as sight is a sensory input that can trigger emotional responses, so is scent. Have you driven by a steakhouse or other food establishment and smelled the delicious aromas coming out of the stacks atop the building? I would bet smelling these scents immediately makes you think of the food you smell and entices you to treat yourself to their wares. Have you ever stood in the shampoo aisle of the store and opened the top of the bottle to smell the product before you purchase? Have you ever returned one quickly to the shelf because it was unappealing, while lingering over a bottle that you found pleasing? If shopping with another, did you offer the pleasing smelling bottle to your companion to also smell to gain their insight and opinion? It is likely you do the same sharing mechanism with food you enjoy as well, offering your companion a taste of something you have that has brought your senses pleasure and provides a happy emotion. We share what we love, and that which brings us joy. Be it knowingly or subliminal, what we experience as soothing, pleasing, or enhancing our positive emotions is something we will share with those who are important to us.

So, understanding the basic need for humans to be impacted emotionally in a positive way in order for us to be satisfied and share our findings with others, it makes sense for us to examine our practice and surroundings to see what we offer and work to make the experience one that will be remembered and recommended to others. I encourage you to take a few minutes and consider the following as a means to understand how what you do, how you present and how your interactions can evoke emotional responses, and help gain and retain clients.

Whether you have a brick and mortar location, a rented space or are a mobile therapist, you bring to the table a palette of color and an array of scent opportunity that can set the mood for your services. Depending on the impression you wish to leave with your client with your hands on skills, you can also add visual and olfactory stimulus to add emphasis and help make your clients experience a deeper, richer one. While we are each individuals and each have our own style, it makes sense to help reinforce the positive emotions felt by your client by utilizing a few additions to your marketing and regular treatment.

Consider your business cards. Do they send the message you would like your clients to know about you without reading any of the text? In other words, are your business cards an accurate depiction of the feelings your services provide? I once received a business card from a therapist that was black, with red writing and red tribal art. My first thought was this was a card for a tattoo artist or musician. These colors evoked that mental image for me and the use of tribal art was reminiscent of a tattoo and the all black card and red font reminded me of rock and roll. The therapist was actually a mobile therapist, focusing on relaxation and chair massage. And while the card was indeed attractive, nothing about it spoke to the business or the care the therapist would provide. In the mind of the client, or prospective client, this impression can be a lasting one and when the need arises for a massage they may not correlate your name and business to the need, as it may not be in sync with their visual and emotional expectations. I am not saying to copy everyone else, I advocate your individualism. However, if you are working to build a clientele of people who will be interested in what you do and call you when they have a need, then being synchronous with your visuals and your services makes sense.

So how about your treatment room? What message are you sending with your décor? Consider the colors you use and the way your room smells. Let’s take the example from the above card and extrapolate that to the treatment room. With the marketing tool I was given by this therapist, I would envision a dark treatment room, dark linens and a bit of a vampire feel. Not really the feeling I would want when going to a therapist for stress management and relaxation. While the services of this therapist may be absolutely nothing of the sort, mentally I already see this image and will likely not choose to call upon them for my needs. In my mind, and certainly in the minds of other consumers, softer colors and soothing scents are what they often think of when they think of stress relief. Make sure your surroundings, whether they are static or brought along for the ride, are consistent with your treatment.

Bring soothing colors into your space by thinking about how they make you feel when you see them. While you may adore the latest shade of passion-neon-pink, jarring or unusual colors may create a negative mental check mark in the checklist of your clients mind. Keep in mind, soft palettes of color help sooth the mind and firm colors such as blues, greens and whites often create a more clinical feeling. Soft, earthy tones such as browns, beige, plum, slate, sage and taupe are wonderful neutrals that can work in any space, as they lend themselves easily to any services.

Creating a space and environment that enhances your treatment can include the sense of smell. Have you taken a good sniff of your linens? Do they smell fresh and clean or do they have a faint smell of old massage oil? Try hard to be objective, as the client’s sense of smell regarding your linens will likely be more acute than your own, as they are not in contact with your linens as much as you are. We can grow accustomed to a scent and even become immune to the objection as a direct result of familiarity. If your linens have become a bit less than enchanting, wash them with enzyme rich detergent designed for oil removal. If this is still not enough, invest in new linens. Your client will be enrobed in your linens, and anything less than a comforting and cocooning experience will leave a negative impression. You work too hard to have your client be put off by this highly correctable issue.

Consider the massage lubricants you use and whether aromatherapy may be of benefit. Essential oils are a powerful tool in bringing about the desired emotion within your client. Floral and soft, woodsy and earthy, clean and crisp, or citrus inspired, each can help you set a tone and feel for the treatment while helping to quiet the mind and stresses of your client. Think of your desired outcome and then set the tone by using sensory stimuli to help evoke this desired response. Just as a realtor stages a home, even going so far as to bake cookies during the open house to make people think of “home” and “family,” you can use the tools in your arsenal to help direct the client toward a mindset that will enable your treatment to have greater impact and a lasting positive emotion.

In total, the most important way you can encourage a client to return is to be an educated and capable therapist. Also take into consideration how what you do, offer and provide makes them feel. Consider how what they see and experience inside and outside your treatment impacts them emotionally and work to make those feelings be those of enjoyment, ease and success. When we feel good about something, we share the information with others, and return for more of what makes us happy. This can mean repeat clients and referrals which can bring you great rewards, both financially and emotionally. After all, who would refuse happy, returning clients who send their friends and family to you, too? In this scenario, everyone is happy!  View more of Angie Patrick’s articles at Massage Today.

At MassageWarehouse.com, massage therapist enjoy a one-stop shop for professional quality massage products at the lowest prices available.  Rely on Massage Warehouse massage therapy supply and equipment needs.  MassageWarehouse carries many brands including Earthlite, Bon Vital, Oakworks, Soothing touch, Biofreeze, Stronglite, Biotone and many more

Holiday Income

December 14th, 2012

Holiday Income? UH… YES, PLEASE!

By Angie Patrick

Massage Warehouse – Spa supplies and equipment provider

Would anyone say, “ No, Thank You!” ?

It is difficult for me to imagine a time these days when anyone would turn down making additional income. During a time when many Americans are making a list and checking it twice, most of us are plotting presents for friends, colleagues, family and friends for gift giving season which is literally just around the corner.

How can you increase your income during this season without selling yourself short? How can you realize your highest earning potential, while still finding time to be merry with friends and family? Can it be done without giving up nights and weekends? YES, it can! In this blog, I am going to give you a few hints as to how to be cure you are gaining as much revenue as possible from other, main-stream- retailers marketing. They have planted the seeds in the minds of the nation; let’s learn how we can harvest the crops.

You cannot turn on the TV without Holiday specials from every corner of retail being blasted on your flat screen. Additionally, banners and pop ups are busily sharing with you news of Door-Busters and Holiday sprints to save money on gifts. How can you use this marketing to your own advantage? Well, it isn’t as hard as you may think! Retailers already have the population in a lather preparing for gift giving season. They start this just after Halloween now, and it is constant until January! If consumers are being plied with this message in every commercial, every store window, every social media banner, every radio ad, and every print publication, then this message is pretty well conveyed. Take your marketing dollars and instead of stressing them out, let your marketing be the answer to holiday stress.

1) Consider Gift Certificates this year! This is money now for work later. Additionally, this is a wonderful opportunity to incentivise your current clients to give the gift of massage! No one, ( and I mean NO-ONE) likes long lines, shopping at 6 am for a deal, spending hard earned on items the recipient may or may not like, crowded lot parking, and buyer’s remorse from buying out of desperation when you cannot find the perfect gift.…If we were to poll, I am confident that the majority of respondents would opt for simpler shopping, less crowds, and items that truly fit the user without worry of incorrect sizes, or taste.

This is where the Gift Certificate comes in. Not only is it an incredibly thoughtful gift, but it is absolutely an endorsement of your skills from your existing client base, provided to those they feel closest to! In the history of marketing, no better accolade can be bestowed upon a business than to be referred to a friend, family member of colleague. Nothing says, “YOU’VE GOTTA TRY THIS, IT’S AMAZING!” like a gift certificate.

Someone thought enough of your skills to not only recommend, but SUPPLY another person with the means to experience your treatment with no strings attached! This is a tremendous vote of confidence in your abilities, and very likely the most compelling bit of marketing out there about your business.

Put these on display in your work space, and also suggest them to clients both in person and on the phone. If you have a client list, < and really, why wouldn’t you? > it makes sense to call and touch base during the Holidays. This will provide you opportunity to do two important things:

a) Provide personalized contact with your clients and remind them you are available for them. Check in and wish them well, and let them know you are looking forward to their next visit.

b) You can also inform them you are selling gift certificates providing the gift of Relaxation and Pain Management, and would like to know if they had anyone on their list they would like to provide this gift. As an added value, offer to mail the certificate with a personalized note in the words of the client along with a holiday card. This is the ULTIMATE time saver for the client, and will allow you to continue to build your prospect lists!

2) Offer up-sell opportunities to your clients during this time of year to provide convenience for your client, as well as additional income for you. This can come in a number of ways; you can offer gift items such as candles, bath salts, scrubs, essential oils, analgesics and more. These, when placed in a well lit, easy to peruse display can provide added income for potentially everyone who visits you this season. Creating pre-made gift baskets with these items in it can be a life saver for a client who has a gift to buy, but has no idea what the recipient needs. EVERYONE needs to unwind! Create gifts and baskets that convey that message.

3) Offer some seasonal treatments your clients may be interested in. Perhaps a peppermint foot scrub at the end of a treatment, or perhaps you can offer a Hot Chocolate Sugar Scrub Exfoliation for the Holidays, Mother’s Day, Valentines, or any other Holiday where women are involved. < women adore chocolate> Be sure your male clientele know you offer these seasonal treatments, because it will make buying a gift certificate even more attractive when they can give the gift of a “Chocolate Indulgence Exfoliation and Massage”. Here I used chocolate as the hook, but be creative! Find and create your own protocols and name them something catchy or interesting. Share this in person, on the phone, and in social media outlets. Put signage in you location announcing these seasonal treatments , a description of the services and their pricing. This is a silent salesman for you, and takes the pressure off of you to offer it to clients. You can simply say,” We are running some interesting Seasonal Treatments this time of year, please feel free to ask about any of them if you would like to try one today. These are also available for Gift Certificates as well.” The client will read, and will ask you questions if they have them or have interest.

Since main-stream-retail has already set the stage for Holiday gift giving, you can certainly pick up the ball and be a hero to those clients in the gift giving frame of mind. Provide them some no stress solutions in a safe and trusted environment, celebrating and sharing the gift they give themselves, and can now share with others; The gift of Wellness!
Happy Holidays!View more of Angie Patrick’s articles at Massage Today.

Biotone is now available at Massage Warehouse!!

May 24th, 2012

Biotone is now available at Massage Warehouse!! Visit the Biotone Brand page on our website!

Biotone, headquartered in San Diego, Calif., is a manufacturer of quality massage oils, cremes, lotions and gels as well as spa body and face and foot treatment products.

Biotone is meeting your needs and developing the most asked for lubricants in the industry, Biotone products are requested by leading massage schools, therapists, chiropractors, spas and other health and wellness professionals. Strong customer loyalty is due to the product ingredients, textures, workability and lasting performance.

Business Building Blocks

May 11th, 2012

Business Building Blocks

By Angie Patrick

Massage Warehouse – Massage equipment and products provider

Defining Change and Learning to Understand Why People Fear It

My cousin used to say, “change is change” and I thought it was one of the strangest things a person could say. Well, of course change means change. I mean, what else could it mean? But what exactly is change? How do you define it? How do you quantify it? How do you even begin to endeavor upon making a change if it is such an esoteric term? Why do people fear it so much? Why is it so hard to do? Why are we so resistant to change?

According to Merriam-Webster, change can be defined as the following:

A. To make different in some particular.

B. To give a different position, course, or direction to.

C. To make a shift from one to another.

D. To undergo transformation, transition, or substitution.

So, none of the definitions listed above say to maim, mutilate, slay or dismember. They do not suggest the end of life as we know it or the approach of the apocalypse. It simply means something is about to become something other than that in which we have become accustomed. This can be for the worse or for the better, but at the center of any change is either action or inaction. The outcome of change often depends on the person, business or entity’s intentions and motivations, so clarity of the reasons for change can remove many of the inherent fears we all feel when we hear the word change.

In business, I can say with a very high level of acuity that I have been the catalyst for, as well as the recipient of, change. Change can mean positive outcomes when you are trying to do all the right things for all the right reasons. When you know you need to make a change for the better for your massage practice, you set about making those changes by educating yourself on what your next steps should be. That may mean hiring a consultant to provide direction, or even accomplishing tasks yourself to get the ball moving. It might mean taking a class or two to gain specific knowledge in a new massage technique or protocol so you can impact change in your own practice. It might even mean taking a hard and honest look at your business, where you are in your personal growth, and look at the most difficult thing to change: YOU. Sometimes, our fear of the unknown can cause paralysis in our business because we become so comfortable in our cocoons we resist the driving urge to spread our wings. To do this means a transformation must take place, and sometimes this transformation can be scary. But also, the transformation can be cathartic.

Sometimes, you simply need to break out of old thought patterns that can contain your creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. The excuse, “this is always how we have done it,” does not mean, “this is a new way to do it,” is a bad thing. Opening your mind to possibilities is a huge harbinger of positive outcomes. Thinking outside your comfort zone can make you stretch to meet your desired goals. Get out of your own way; step out of the fear box and into a world of potential. It really has to begin with your own thoughts and perceptions, because no change will ever be positive in your mind if you will not open up long enough to examine the possibilities.

This is true of changes that are business related, but also personal in nature. I have personally embarked on a mission to change myself and my health. This is not an easy thing to do, because old habits die hard. Eating balanced meals and exercising has never been my forte, and now it is becoming my norm. It is a change I made with will coming from deep inside and with great determination. My goal is simple, be healthy, reduce my stress levels and lose this weight that has plagued me my whole life. It is slow going, but it IS going. And I am thankful I recognized this need for change before it was too late.

In your world, you may have concerns about where you work, what you do, who you do it with and where you are headed. Change means many things to many people. And it happens all around us every day. The world is in a constant state of flux, and changes with each moment that passes. It happens because someone is brave enough to do that which has never been done before. Someone has found a need and strives to fill it. Technology finds a faster more user friendly interface and rolls it out to the masses. It is a constant, and it requires a first step.

As we hear the “economic experts” say we are emerging from the past few years of downturn in our economy, I have to stop and think what would make these changes? In the housing market, it is because people need a place to live, and are beginning to simply step out and invest again. In sales, people are beginning to feel more confident, albeit ever so slightly, and are willing to turn loose a dollar while watching the bottom line. So in essence, people are making these changes, one by one, stepping out and testing the waters. This is seen as positive growth and momentum by the experts. It took a shift in mindset, and a bit of bravery, but it is happening all around us.

Ultimately, change is up to you. If you do not like where you are, move. If you do not like what you are doing, do something different. If you do not like what you see, speak out. If you want to grow your business or even within yourself, you have to take the first steps. Toughen up, cupcake and be brave! No one said change was easy, but anything worth having is worth working for. If you desire it, it is worth the effort. Don’t settle for “what is” at the expense and forfeiture of what “might be.” Be open, be honest, and most of all, be true to your own self worth. You are the only one who can better yourself and your circumstances. I promise, you are worth it. View more of Angie Patrick’s articles at Massage Today.

Which is Right for You? Entrepreneur or Employee?

April 5th, 2012

Entrepreneur or Employee? Which is Right for You?

By Angie Patrick

There is no denying the massage and wellness industry is here to stay. People are becoming far more proactive with their health care and are looking to alternatives to heavy medications and a costly doctor visit.

Recognizing there is opportunity for those who choose to chase it, there are many ways you can be involved in the massage health care field. You can be your own boss and open your own practice, you can contract your services to other entities, or you can become an employee. Let’s discuss these opportunities and I want to offer you some points to ponder as you are making your decisions regarding how you will proceed in your career.

While I am cognizant and wholly recognize and respect that those who choose to enter the massage field are compassionate, giving, kind and generous, I am also here to tell you that you must be able to make a living in order for you to be all these things while utilizing the education you have paid to obtain. I know many therapists who feel somewhat guilty for having to even charge for a massage and then hugely undervalue their services as a result. This makes making ends meet much harder than it should be. While I applaud this giving nature, and I certainly do not knock this in any way, (as heaven KNOWS the world could use more people with a giving heart) I would say this type of individual may not make the best entrepreneur. Being an entrepreneur means building a business to make a profit. If you find you feel a twinge of guilt to charge the appropriate and customary rates to provide your skills, you might want to look at becoming an employee.

Entrepreneur or Employee Entrepreneurship means being competitive. Do not get me wrong, I do not consider being competitive a bad thing in the least! (I have been known to be quite competitive and it is part of my nature.) Nor do I consider it a bad thing to wish to provide your skills free or nearly free of charge. (I have also been known to do that on occasion as well.) What I am saying is it takes a specific mind set to build a prosperous and profitable practice. You must be willing to take chances, to take charge, to stand fast on your pricing, to manage your marketing, your brand, your retail, your facility, your overhead, your ordering of supply, your capital expenditures for equipment, and your own book keeping to name just a few of the responsibilities of owning a thriving business. Many are satisfied with making only what is needed to survive, while others feel the drive to build a bigger, better more “bionic” practice that can support them in a bit grander fashion. Neither is a bad decision, but being honest with yourself about the inner desires you have, as well as the skill set you have is paramount to your success in either direction.

As an employee, you have the luxury of not having to order your own products, you often have benefits and you can usually count on a pretty regular paycheck. This is less risky and can allow you to do that which you love while not having to work at the actual upkeep of a business. You come in, you do your thing, you complete your side work and you go home. You can leave it and not think about it again until you go back to work. For many, this is a blessing. I have to say I can certainly see the appeal of being an employee, especially from a personal time perspective. An entrepreneur rarely has the opportunity to “clock out” and not think about their business. It is always on their mind, and they are constantly vigilant for any opportunity they might find to increase traffic and support more clients. Rarely are they ever “off the clock.” The actual time performing massage is just the tip of the iceberg for the entrepreneur, while for an employee it is the crux of the job, with little or no additional responsibility for operational expenses or further financial risk. Depending on how your personality is wired, both might have appeal.

For those who see both sides of the coin as appealing and would really prefer to have a little bit of both worlds, I might suggest becoming a contract employee. Being a contract employee is really being your own boss, as you will regulate the hours you work, the facilities you will work within, and the number of clients you see daily. You may or may not have to provide your own equipment or supply, as those needs can change with the contracts in which you enter. You are responsible for your own taxes and reporting, but you get many perks from an earnings perspective that you can use at tax time. These should be discussed with your tax professional for greater clarity, but it is certainly something to entertain when you are deciding to become a contract employee. This can be a rewarding and positive way to enter into the field, but it is not without risk.

An example of a contractor relationship would be that of a chiropractic office that works closely with an independent therapist, sometimes even leasing them space within the facility, and paying them per client. Depending on the agreement with the doctor, you may receive all or only a portion of the charges to the client. You should be skilled at negotiation and not be afraid to ask for what you want. Contract employment is not for the timid, and you are your own best advocate. Without the ability to negotiate in the contractual relationship, you can often find yourself with the fuzzy end of the lollipop at the end of the day, working and making little for your efforts. Savvy relational skills are a must for a contractor.

Just as it is with the world around us, it takes all kinds of people to make a community. No way is better or more glamorous than another; it is simply a different means to the same end. We do not enter this field without the desire to help others. This is really the ultimate goal. How you go about finding your niche in this growing marketplace is really up to you. You need not choose only one option. As a matter of fact, I encourage you to try each of them on for size and see where you feel the most comfy. At the end of the day, you have to pay your bills and you need to be sure you are doing something that makes you happy. Find your happy spot and dig in. You can have it your own unique way, and never let anyone tell you otherwise.  View more of Angie Patrick’s articles at Massage Today.

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