How Dedicated Are You?

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! 

Much love,

Ann Ross

P.S. I’d love to hear your stories of commitment and dedication.  What have you done along the way to become successful?

11 thoughts on “How Dedicated Are You?

  1. Kellen

    I can totally relate! The last time I went “out with the Girls”I was very glad that I did not have a masage scheduled the next day. There is no way that I could massage someone when my own energy is totally depleted. Hungover is different then being just tired though. I see a client every Friday at 8:30 and sometimes, after a day with my kids and household duties-plus any other massages, I am really dragging, but on the way there, I become energized.

  2. Noeuth

    Hi Ann,
    Thank you for your post. Its is exactly what I need at the moment. You provide great words of motivation for me to continue to make the public more aware of massage and its benefits. Yes we therapist have to always ask ourself what am I in for, why did i become a massage therapist/business owner. Only through those reflections can we better provide for ourselves and our community. Thanks again.

  3. Felicia

    I’m not sure how I stumbled upon your website but it is EXACTLY what I needed. I’ve been a struggling massage therapist for 7 years and I needed to find some hope that I can make it. I love what I do and I’ve been in this rut where I’ve been discouraged for so long and finding this website is the hope and spark I need. Thank you so much and I can’t wait to read the rest of your articles. Thanks again.

  4. Ann Ross Post author

    Hi Felicia, I’m so happy you found my website. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m always here to help!
    ~Ann

  5. Ann Ross Post author

    I’m so happy to hear you found my website and that you’re enjoying it! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts for other therapists. It’s so wonderful when we can all stick together and help one another. :)
    ~Ann

  6. Steph

    Ann, i’ve so far only looked at “tips to get clients” and “how dedicated are you”, but definately a site I will forever refer to. I am just starting out as a massage therapist and feel like i’m in way over my head. I’ve begun working in a fitness facility and after a few days, feel completely outside my comfort zone but your words have encouraged me just to just stick with it, try new things, get my name out there and it won’t please everyone, but in time, things will come. Thank you for putting in the time to help others and share your experiences. I truly thank you for the boost.

  7. Jared

    Ann, I would like to start off by saying THANK YOU! Since I stumbled upon your website I cannot express the wealth of knowledge you have provided me with. I recently graduated from massage school earlier this year and I have decided to start my own practice, I have been so overwhelmed by this decision. I wasn’t sure if this was the right career move to make but, you have inspired and gave me the motivation to push forward…So once again THANK YOU, NAMASTE!!!

  8. Ann Ross Post author

    Keep in touch and let us know how you are doing. So glad to hear my website inspired you. You are going to LOVE being a massage therapist. There is nothing like it. All the best to you!

  9. Maureen

    Ann,
    Thank you!! I stubbled upon your website and found many things that I need to know. I have recently enrolled in Massage Therapy school. I start in the winter of 2013. I’m glad you have shared your expereinces with us. As I go through school, I will need to many things that school may not cover. I will come back here for some inspiration.

    Thank you!!
    Maureen R.

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