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.

How to Actually Achieve Your Fitness Goals

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Fitness Goals

Are you guilty of countless abandoned fitness goals? If you are, you’re most definitely having issues with your approach towards the said goal(s). Don’t beat yourself up over this. After all, motivation is difficult to hang onto as time goes by. But if you really think it’s time you did something about your fitness level, self-confidence and overall health, you have to change your ways and act! Keep on reading if you want to learn some tips and tricks about reaching your fitness goals – finally.

Setting the date is sometimes more important than setting the goal

Of course, you have your usual fitness goals you’re trying to achieve. But even if there’s nothing too specific, it doesn’t have to deter you from your journey and motivation. What can do that, however, especially if you’re not exercising yet, is the lack of a starting date. Other than the goals, it’s paramount that you set the exact time when you’re going to start working towards the realization of your goal. And that’s not all. You don’t just need a specific time for the first time you’re going to work out. You need to come up with an actual schedule on a week-to-week basis! Knowing exactly when you have the time to exercise and that you’ve got the designated slot on a specific day for it will be a lot more effective than getting into this with no clue when your next workout is going to be.

Switch things up a little, boredom happens to the best of us

It’s not easy for motivation to win the fight against boredom, especially if boredom is getting stronger every day. Routine is helpful but too much routine is the wrong answer sometimes. In order to get the best fitness results, you should always strive to switch things up a little. This means that you don’t have to stick to the exact same exercise routine all the time. That’s not even recommended! The combination of strength training and cardio is the best, and it gives you endless possibilities to experiment with different activities, workouts and equipment. That way, you won’t find your “routine” overwhelmingly boring.

Watch out what and how you eat

Most people fail their fitness goals because they actually try to starve themselves or change their diet too drastically too suddenly. But you won’t get where you want to be by feeling hungry and frustrated, or vitamin-depleted! A balanced diet is a must! Eat everything (unless there’s something you’re allergic to) but in smaller portions and more often. What’s more, do your best to eat at the same time every day because that will boost your metabolism considerably. In case your main issue is the lack of time to prepare something healthy and filling, you can have your top fitness meals delivered directly to your door these days thanks to the rising popularity of this kind of service. Or you could try to meal plan and prep once a week (Sunday perhaps) for the whole following week.

Remember, you need to feel good!

In order for your relentless work towards specific fitness goals to work, you need to enjoy yourself. It’s OK to have rewards and it’s perfectly fine to find something that relaxes you. That said, you can get the best of both world with effective sports massages. Also, don’t miss your chance to visit a sauna and maybe even go out to a restaurant every other weekend to enjoy your favorite meal. It’s true that you should constantly work in order to change yourself and your lifestyle, but that has to become your “default” while the “cheat” (previous default) times should become rather special and rare. This is why you need to make every step of the way enjoyable by utilizing everything available!

Remember to always surround yourself with motivation – for you, this could be fun music, supportive friends, positive affirmations, inspirational quotes, all of those, something completely different, etc. Whatever it is that makes you all jumpy and willing to work on changing your life and reaching your fitness goals, embrace it and keep it close!

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