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 Benefits of Essential Oils for Men

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One will rarely hear men using essential oils in their grooming routine, or at all for that matter, and men who still haven’t started using them simply have no idea what they’re missing. Essential oils have always been a part of our lives and grooming rituals, they have numerous uses, not to mention health and other benefits, and it’s time for all the men to jump on the essential oil bandwagon. Just in case you’re not convinced, we’re here to nudge you in the right direction with some pretty compelling benefits that come with using different oils, so let’s get started.

The wonders of eucalyptus

Eucalyptus oil truly is a wonder as it comes with no less than twenty different benefits. In case you’re battling a sinus infection, just a few drops of eucalyptus oil and hot water, and a towel of course, can provide you with immediate relief as the scent is so strong that it opens up your sinuses almost immediately and you can finally breathe again. However, this isn’t the only way this oil comes in handy. When applied directly to the skin, it serves as a powerful natural bug repellent, not to mention that it’s a great alternative for vapor rub, and since it’s considered a powerful antiseptic it can also be used to treat cuts, scars, burns. On top of all that, for men who suffer migraines, rubbing the temples with a few drops of this oil can be of great help, and finally, when it comes to regular grooming, it is a total life saver against dandruff but the grooming winner is the fact that this powerful oil can be applied to acne and it will shrink and dry them right up without drying the rest of your skin.

Everyone deserves some R&R

We all led hectic lives and sometimes we need to shed all the stress off our shoulders and go for a nice and relaxing massage. Since we live in an age when everything can be delivered to our door, why go to a spa for a massage when you can book an at-home massage and have a spa day in the comfort of your very own home. You can of course, while waiting for your masseuse, set the mood with the music that puts you in that ‘chill’ mode, dim the lights, and light up some amazingly aromatic soy melts. The best possible scent you can choose is lavender. You may think it’s girly, but lavender has powerful soothing effect and you can even light these soy melts before hitting the hay as lavender will put you to sleep in almost no time at all.

Boost that immunity

Unhealthy diet, stressful lifestyle, lack of exercise – there are many factors that result in a dip of your immune system. While it is highly recommended that you bring your immunity in spick and span shape, there are, in the meantime, tons of essential oils that can be of great service for that purpose alone. You see, there are certain essential oils that contain terpenes, esters, phenolics, ethers and ketones, which have the power to fight foreign pathogens pose a threat to your health, and that is why you should turn to them. Luckily, there are tons of them, so you can take your pick according to scent preference. You have oregano, myrrh, ginger, lemon as well as cinnamon, and you can either rub them on the surface of your skin or place a few drops in an essential oil diffuser and create a bacteria-free environment.

Reduce anxiety

One of the original uses of essential oils is to create a stress-free environment that will help you shed anxiety and feel at peace again. Roman chamomile, bergamot, ylang ylang, orange, rose, frankincense and vetiver are some of the finest oils for this particular purpose, as they all have incredible soothing properties. The best part is, you don’t have to do any of the work – you can simply open the bottle, sprinkle a few drops on your furniture or simply leave the bottle open, and when stress and anxiety really take a toll on you, simply inhale them for a few moments or rub a few drops on your temples and under your nose and you’ll begin to feel the anxiety leave your body almost immediately.

Enhance your skin

We live in a new era in which men have taken to personal grooming more seriously and diligently than ever before. The use beard oils, pomades, special shampoos and conditioners and have even taken to caring for their skin. However, aside from a cleanser and a men’s facial cream, they usually don’t go above and beyond for their skin. This is where essential oils step in. In case you’re battling acne, which isn’t uncommon, you need the antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory benefits of helichrysum oil. After a close shave your skin can become a tad irritated, and lavender is here again to soothe and soften the skin. Feel free to apply it on the irritated area, but make sure you dilute it with a bit of lukewarm water as on its own, it can be quite strong. Finally, if you have a skin that’s prone to producing excess sebum, a nice little bottle of lemongrass oil can definitely take care of that. Make a facial mist using distilled water and a few drops of this highly powerful oil, and you will be grease free forever.

From relaxation, immunity boost, to cuts and burns and even skincare, you will not find a problem that the right essential oil can’t fix. Just make sure you use them properly, always read the labels and you will get the results for every need you have, every single time.

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