How to Be a Better Masseur in 2019

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How to Be a Better Masseur in 2019

Do you want to become a better professional in the massage field? Do you want to improve your business? Do you want to earn better revenue? Here are a few points you can work on and you’ll certainly make your massage business thrive in 2019.

Study the science behind massage

While gaining experience by giving massages is one of the most important steps you can take, you must also do some theoretical work. Massage has various health benefits for the body and the mind and it can help with anxiety, depression, sleep and even things like injury and high blood pressure. A good masseur knows all about these benefits of massage and can share information with the customers and provide a completely custom-tailored massage experience. You might also want to get educated on different types of massage and the benefits they bring. From deep tissue to sports massage, there’s plenty of material to study and become a better masseur.

Become a specialist

Probably the most cost-effective tip on this list: become a specialist. Even though massage rates are dropping, this is the best time to make a change in a way you do business and further your career. What you want to do is find a niche, become very good at it and advertise yourself as a specialist in that area. This move will give you power over your business and give you more control over every session (usually, the client is the one who’s shaping a massage). Plus, if you become known as a specialist in a certain field, you can charge premium rates for your top-notch service.

In order to choose the best niche for you, try identifying which condition you’re best at eliminating. Maybe you have plenty of experience in facial massage, but for some reason can fix shoulder pain in a blink of an eye. Pursue what you’re truly talented at, master it and become the expert people seek out.

Create a welcoming space

While you certainly make an effort to welcome all people, it’s never a bad idea to reexamine your business and your customer relations. For instance, members of the LGBTQ+ community usually suffer stress levels two to four times higher than straight cis people. So, you as a masseur have a real opportunity to relieve some of that stress with your services and welcoming atmosphere—don’t add to it with being ignorant. Nurturing touch can help counteract the bias and discrimination faced by LGBTQ people.

While gay, lesbian and transgender people don’t usually require any kind of special treatment, they do face plenty of discrimination on a daily basis. So, get informed and willing to learn—what you don’t understand can cause unintentional discrimination and make both of you uncomfortable. Make sure your practice is confidential, respectful and accepting of all people no matter their sexuality, gender, race, nationality and body type.

Use best supplies

If you want to become a better masseur and improve your business, you must upgrade to better massage supplies. Luckily, today you can find excellent salon supplies online and get things delivered to your massage parlor. Everything from massage supplies (oils, lotions and massage beds) to other necessities for your business needs to be top-notch in order to provide clients with the best experience and skin care.

Ensure you have good marketing strategies

Concentrate especially on Internet marketing that’s exploding in recent years. One of the best things you can do for your business is ensuring your TripAdvisor page is filled with good reviews. This is key information for your clients when they start choosing their masseur. Make sure to include all your achievements, awards and certifications—it will give your business a more legit vibe.

Leave tips in 2018

This one might shock you, but just continue reading! While tips certainly make an impact, they don’t make a super drastic difference. The amount of income they bring is most likely not big enough that you can’t shift from them. Create a flat rate that will openly and clearly state the amount of money a client needs for your service and eliminate the awkwardness and math around tipping. Your clients will definitely appreciate your new rates and policies, especially those who love a fuss-free massage experience.

Don’t hesitate to learn more

No matter how experienced and learned in your field of expertise you are (or think you are), there are always new things to learn. The science of massage therapy changes every day and new techniques and research findings are constantly being discovered. The best you can do for your business is to stay up-to-date with new trends and research results and continue your education and improve your skills. Younger people especially want a masseur who’s educated and in-trend.

You’re never too good to learn new things about massage, no matter if it concerns new techniques, customer relations or massage supplies. So, follow these tips and your business will certainly blossom and attract plenty of new customers.

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Peter is a health writer at Essential Men's Clinic blog. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

5 Fun Summer Activities for Aussies

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Even though winter is knocking at the door at other parts of the world, now it’s summertime in Australia. And since this is a land of so many hidden treasures, some of them simply have to be experienced during summertime. So, if you’re an Aussie or you are simply there for vacation (which is always a great option!), there is a plethora of things that you have to try out. Unless you already have a bucket list of the things you want to experience this summer in the Land Down Under, we give you the five most interesting ones – so grab your necessities and jump on this bandwagon!

1. Start the summer with a nice massage

Is there a better way to start the summer than by getting the best possible massage out there? Even though you should definitely include a nice massage in your health routine and go for one from time to time, this is something that we forget to gift ourselves – so, this might be the perfect time. Find the best place that gives massages (if you’re a guy then you should definitely consider a male massage) and start your summer by relaxing all the muscles in your body because you definitely need it. Starting fresh will make your summer much more memorable, especially because you will be up for every challenge that you come across (you might even want to try new things as a good massage can certainly improve your mood).

2. Discover what Western Australia has to offer

You cannot call yourself an Aussie if you haven’t had a road trip to the South West of Western Australia at least once. Similarly, if you’re just visiting Australia, then it should definitely be on your list, as it’s one of the most exciting things that you can do here. In order to make the most of the road trip, the best option would be to start from Perth and make your way up to Margaret River. In order to fully experience this amazing place, you should explore the amazing nature of this region and later enjoy yourself in a brewery in Margaret River. This way, you will explore this magnificent town in the best way possible and discover some of the best craft beers Australia has to offer.

3. Anyone up for swimming with dolphins?

There is something that you’re not able to do at other parts of the world but is simply a must in Australia. It starts with the word “swimming” and ends with the word “dolphin”. Yes, you’ve guessed it right, even though it was difficult - swimming with dolphins! This once-in-a-lifetime experience doesn’t cost a lot, meaning that it’s worth every penny. The best place to try this out is Rockingham (45 minutes south from Perth), and the fare is just a bit above $200. However, if you want something more commercial, you can always choose the Sea World on the Gold Coast, which is also excellent if you have children. Namely, they offer a dolphin family adventure program that costs around $650 for the whole group.

4. See the Great Barrier Reef while it still exists

A sad fact: it is believed that the Great Barrier Reef will disappear in the next couple of decades, so it would be best to experience this magical place before that happens. And once you’re there, you definitely have to go snorkeling, as this is an activity that many locals and tourists simply love. Even though this is not really an affordable adventure, especially if more of you are up for it, this is something that you might not do again, so opting for this experience is investing in good memories.

5. See a show at the Opera House

If you’re in Sydney, then the Opera House is definitely a landmark that you want to check out. Sure, you can take a walk around it or sit down in one of the many restaurants that overlook this building, but why not actually see a show there? If your budget allows you to, you can even opt for spending your New Year’s Eve here – it includes accommodation for three nights and tickets to a show. Definitely worth it!

There are so many other things that we would love to list here, but then this article would be at least a hundred pages long. So, make sure to check out these five items first, and then you can move on to the next adventures!

Peter is a health writer at Essential Men's Clinic blog. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.