Advice from a Massage Therapist Superstar

When I first started practicing massage, I enjoyed something of a meteoric success. My practice went from zero clients to fully busy within three months. I didn’t really think much about it back then, ten or twelve years ago, but these days, I get asked what I did, and so I thought I’d share.

Some of the things I did when I was practicing full time are things you can read about in other articles here on the Findtouch blog. Things like:

These are all things that we’ve heard about, again and again. In addition to those, here are a couple other things that I did, that may or may not be unique, but were certainly effective:

  • Educate & empower: Having discovered early on that clients love to focus on and talk about their own bodies, I found that clients are super-excited and feel empowered when they better understand how their body works. So, at the end of each session, I would make a copy of the relevant page from a wonderful book with pictures of different muscles and give it to them. That way, I could show them the particular muscle that was involved and exactly where their injury was.
  • Stay close: Whenever I interacted with my clients, I made a point of not doing it while standing across a desk from them or at any kind of distance, but while either sitting or standing side-by-side to reinforce the fact that I was there with them and to break down any distance between us.
  • Seek feedback: I’d ask, “What did you like about the session? Is there anything that I could have done differently, or better?” While questions like that made me feel vulnerable and left me concerned at first whether my clients would think I was not fully skilled, I quickly discovered that those questions were received really, really well. In fact, it actually endeared me to my clients in that they not only honestly shared any areas for improvement, but also appreciated the fact that I cared to ask and sought to improve.

I’m not sure which of these practices contributed most to my success, or why, but all together they created the effect of very quickly filling up my massage room with loyal and returning clients who referred others at a brisk pace.

2 thoughts on “Advice from a Massage Therapist Superstar

  1. vanessa

    this is all wonderfull!! truly!! this is how you have to act and behhave but what happen when halth of the clienteles in spas, are deviated, sick minded manipulative people, seeking one thing only!! to either suck up your soul and energy or some sort of sexual relieve but find ways to trick your mind! i vseen those people entering spas and pretending to be the most humain kind of all!!!!!!!! i dont deal with this!! its draining and its not why were are massage therapist so we can feed the week and this evil and the twisted
    this is why i dont want to work in any spas anymore unless i know most of all the clients privately!

  2. Rachael Saylors

    I think this was a very good article, with some great tips, but I found it very disconcerting that it is written in the first person of “I” and there is no signature, or the name of the author anywhere that I can see? I might have missed it, who wrote this article please?


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