If you knew then what you know now...

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If you knew then what you know now...

Post by RubyMaxine » Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:37 am

Hi everyone, I'm new to this board. I have been reading and am really enjoying the helpful vibe here. I am just starting my internship at massage school and am curious...if you could go back to when you first started practicing massage and give yourself one piece of advice, what would that advice be? What would you do differently? Any wisdom you could share would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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Re: If you knew then what you know now...

Post by pueppi » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:28 am

Don’t let the clients run your appointment book and don’t give away services just because you can’t personally afford the work you provide.

An old blog post, goes into more detail.
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Re: If you knew then what you know now...

Post by RubyMaxine » Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:23 am

Thanks, pueppi, that's good advice. I hadn't thought of it that way before.

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Re: If you knew then what you know now...

Post by JasonE » Thu Mar 08, 2012 4:59 pm

I would tell myself that a national recession was going to hit in 2008. ;)
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Re: If you knew then what you know now...

Post by jyoti » Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:55 am

pueppi wrote:Don’t let the clients run your appointment book and don’t give away services just because you can’t personally afford the work you provide.

An old blog post, goes into more detail.
THIS x 1000! :)


Also...
Don't let clients run your practice in general.
Learn your anatomy.
If you like helping people in pain, take a good Neuromuscular Therapy course.
Get REGULAR bodywork yourself. You not only keep yourself cared for, but you can learn new techniques/moves. Also, always helps to experience things from the client's point of view periodically.
Don't blow out your thumbs! Or wrists. Or shoulders. Or low back.
Stay focused.
MAINTAIN BOUNDARIES.
Keep personal and business separate. If you practice from home, delineate a clear, devoted space and separate it from the rest of your living space.

That is all. For now LOL :)
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Re: If you knew then what you know now...

Post by athletica » Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:35 am

1) Know your ANATOMY. It blow my mind how many therapists are so poor at palpating.

2) Become skilled at assessment. Take your time doing a patient intake. You will become way more efficient as a practitioner, and your patients will thank you for not wasting there time!

Good luck with your career!

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Re: If you knew then what you know now...

Post by Rozax » Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:33 am

Addressing my biggest problem: Don't worry about what you don't know and focus on what you do know. You're going to learn something knew every day!
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