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.

Massage Across Southeast Asia

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"There is no denying that the spa and wellness industry is one of the most lucrative businesses in the world. A skilled person can expect a lot of work opportunities in this sector."

Having followed my dreams and turned my passion into a profession, I get to explore some incredible places. I have to pinch myself sometimes and remember that my hard work is finally paying off. Currently, I'm the number one massage business in Melbourne according to TripAdvisor. It’s not always what it’s cracked up to be! Massaging requires continuous physical effort daily and hourly. You have to work hard and not get tired, be able to handle many customers at a stretch without compromising quality. I’m blessed to have a job I genuinely love and allows me to travel to so many of my dream spots around the world. I can’t always sleep in and read by the beach when it’s a work trip because I have too many obligations, including covering all my travel expenses from hotels, flights, food, and transfers. 

I decided to head towards Southeast Asia and visit both Thailand and Bali. I’ve heard they are fantastic holiday destinations to spoil yourself, and it’s still cheaper compared to the rest of the world. The first thing I think of when it comes to Southeast Asia is the picturesque beaches where you can relax and get massages all day long. The great news is that both Thailand and Bali have excellent massage treatments and beaches galore! I LOVE massages so much! Every time I receive a remarkable massage, it's like a mini vacation where I'm so calm and in a state of great comfort without a care in the world, even if it is just for an hour. The plan is simple. I only want six things; spend time planning the launch of my men's essential oils collection, spoil myself daily, sit on a beach, eat Balinese and Thai food, get to know the culture as much as I can, and immerse myself in photography. 

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Famous Island Massage Styles

After a little homework, I found a few places that specialised in Thai and Balinese Massage. My main priority was to visit a few resorts and spas so I could try different massage treatments by different therapists. If you are new to massages or tend to be thrown off by confusing names on spa menus, here are three popular options to consider: Balinese Massage, Thai Massage and Deep Tissue Massage. If you’re getting a massage to overcome stress, choose a Balinese Massage, If you want to relax and loosen up muscles, Thai Massage is the one for you, and If you have a sports injury and don’t mind your massage a little rough, the Deep Tissue Massage is your best bet. 

Balinese Massage

Balinese Massage is a vigorous massage with firm pressure focused on relaxing the muscle tissue, making it useful on achy joints and strained muscles. It also combines acupressure and gentle stretching to help restore the flow of energy throughout the body. Unlike Swedish or Relaxation Massage, Balinese Massage strokes are performed very slow and very deep with essential oils. The benefits of a Balinese Massage are: Relieves stress, Alleviates sore or tight muscles, Increases blood and lymphatic circulation, and Helps with sports injuries. 

Thai Massage

Thai Massage is one of my favourite therapeutic massage styles. It's a stimulating massage that works your full body. It combines finger and palm pressure with plenty of stretches to release tension. You will experience awkward body positions, BUT once the massage is over, you will feel extremely comfortable. Unlike most massages, it does not require you to undress, as long as you are wearing loose-fitting clothing. If you prefer to stay grease-free, you are in luck because massage oil is not used. The benefits of Thai Massage are: Relieves stress, Soothes muscle aches, Eases tension, Enhances flexibility and Circulation.

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Do you want to go beyond just relaxation, Then you need to try Oscar Calvo's Deep Tissue Massage at Elite Male Massage. This firm massage gets right into knots and problem areas of muscles using slow strokes and deep pressure. Deep Tissue Massage is an excellent massage for active individuals. It helps to release and remove built-up toxins from the body. It's also the perfect massage for recovery from injuries. The benefits of Deep Tissue Massage are: Reduces chronic pain, Increased flexibility and range of motion (ROM), Breaks down scar tissue and adhesions, Improved posture and physical performance, Rehabilitates injured muscles, Improves blood pressure, Boosts mood and relaxation, and Reduces stress levels.

'Everyone was incredibly friendly day after day in Bali and Thailand. What an unforgettable trip, both incredible and magical countries, and I can't wait to visit you again and again!"