I was inspired to write this morning after waking up sick. No fun! The dreaded sore throat, congested head and low energy bug finally caught up to me. I’m not one to get sick very often. I’ve made it a point to keep myself very healthy so that I can devote myself to taking care of my clients. I think the last time I had to cancel clients due to illness was about 18 months ago. A big difference from my days of working my desk job where I would call in sick 1-2 times per month just because I could. 😉
Owning a massage therapy business is different though. I remember early in my career the first and last time I stayed out too late on a Friday night and about died the next day after giving just one massage. From that moment on I vowed to always go to bed at a decent hour and to be responsible when it came to alcoholic beverages on work nights. I’ve had friends give me grief through the years when I didn’t stay out late enough for them or enjoy that extra drink that they wanted me to so badly have with them. I could never get them to understand what it’s like to be a massage therapist. They called me lame, while I saw myself as responsible and mature. Nonethless, it was never easy!
I’ve sacrified a lot through the years to be the devoted massage therapist that my clients truly deserve. Shortly after starting my business my number one priority (outside of family) became my business. I’ve stayed home many friday nights because I had sheets that needed to be washed or billing that needed to be done! I’ve worked evenings, weekends, holidays, through lunches, stayed late and came in early numerous times through the years. I have a bedtime and do my best to take care of myself so that I can take care of my clients. Creating an endless stream of clients was and always has been my number one goal!
Through all of these sacrifices I’ve grown to be a better person for myself. Massage therapy gave me something to live for. Something to focus my energy into. I’ve gone through the occasional burnout like every massage therapist does. Pushed myself past old ways of thinking to come out a stronger person through numerous challenges. I’ve gained confidence and found my self worth along the way. In addition, I’ve had the opportunity to work with charities in donating my services. I’ve been blessed to share some of the most intimate moments of a woman’s life in providing prenatal massage. I’ve been invited to baby showers and birthday parties. I’ve helped dozens of car accident victims go through the slow process of healing over the years… from the physical to the emotional. I’ve listened and offered a caring hand as my clients have shared their own struggles and pain with me. And I’ve met some great friends along the way! After 6 years of owning my business I look at my massage practice as one big family! Each client I have is connected to another in some way.
Most importantly, I’ve been a source of health for so many wonderful people in my community. It’s an honor to be seen in such light! As massage therapists we truly are a unique group of individuals. We are the special group of healthcare providers that get to know our clients on the deepest of levels. We are allowed the time to sit, listen and truly focus on what is most important to our clients well being. We are the group that gets to create meaningful relationships that in some cases can last a lifetime.
So I ask you, how dedicated are you to your massage practice? How available are you? How focused are you? Do you appreciate your clients or do you resent them? Do you genuinely care about the well being of your clients, or are you just here to make money? By no means am I saying to give up your life or sacrifice everything for others. For we all know that in order to care and love others we must always love ourselves first. But are there areas in your massage business that you can improve on? Is there something that you could be doing to bring more awareness to yourself and stand out in your community? I bet there is! There is always room for improvement and in order to be successful we must focus on improvement and growth on a regular basis.
Love yourself enough to focus on areas of growth and improvement each month. Spend time at the beginning of each month reflecting on the past 4 weeks, love yourself in the present knowing that you’ve done your best, and focus your best intentions to prepare for the future. If you are constantly doing the best that you can do within reason then you will be that much closer to accomplishing your goals. Success comes in many different shapes and sizes and can never be defined by comparing yourself to others. Focus on living the best life you can live and let that flow through to your massage practice. The blessings and rewards that come from the energy you put forth are amazing!
P.S. I’d love to hear your stories of commitment and dedication. What have you done along the way to become successful?
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