To owners of spas, franchises, chiropractic offices. High-volume massage therapy settings. You in Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma and so many other states allowing re-opening: Employers, much has been made of your efforts to step up your safety protocols and get ready for re-opening. On the face of it, your efforts are admirable. You have devised cloth […]
A Pandemic Infographic – Why We are not Ready to Return to Massage Therapy
I created this infographic about 10 days ago and posted on social media. It is my best attempt to summarize key concerns about re-opening early. References are below. No doubt more have been added since. Although any of the references could be/have been updated, the essential message is clear: At this writing, not one US […]
Therapy for my Hands and my State of Mind
I’m no stranger to hand washing. I wash between clients, I’ve taught hand washing to massage therapists, and my family is extra-careful about hand washing in our home. Now coronavirus is the new boss of my hand washing, and frequency is way up. Countless times a day I am thoroughly washing my hands. My reward? […]
COVID-19 and Closing – What do Love and Bicycles Have to Do with It?
I bought a used bicycle for the pandemic. It’s a ridiculous thing to say, but hear me out. Why I chose to spend the weekend on craigslist>forsale>bikes before holing up for weeks is a long story. Cycling with friends is a perfect socially distant activity. Love cycling and have biked seriously long trips. Needed a […]
COVID-19, Massage Therapy, You, and Me
Dear Friends: How many emails have you already received with COVID-19 in the subject line? Here is mine. I’ve arrived at the hard decision to suspend my massage therapy practice from now through March 27, or until the signs are clear that re-opening is safe and responsible. If you have an appointment scheduled during this […]
Am I Certified in Oncology Massage Therapy?
After 20 years of offering oncology massage therapy education, I should be able to answer that question. In 25 words, tops. It is a Larger Question — “What do I Call Myself?” This relates to your professional identity. It is part of who you are, and what you do. The terms certify and certification are […]
Are There Jobs in Oncology Massage Therapy?
Good question. We get this question a lot. It comes to us from massage therapists who are curious about oncology massage therapy (OMT). It comes from established MTs considering a new direction, and from new MTs who might want to specialize. Some MTs ask us this because they are deciding whether to invest in an […]
Handwriting and Reading with Hands
Twenty years ago, a thought came to me during a massage therapy session. It floated into my massage studio and would not leave. I wrote it down. Once published, the thought kept moving. It turned up here and there: in a couple of books, in an occasional massage school graduation speech, on a massage therapist’s […]
Build a Massage Therapy Practice in 13 Months? Really? (Part 2)
In the Part 1 of this interview, Kate Prouty shared some of her strategies for growing a practice from scratch to a full-time, busy practice. In one year, she implemented a lot of ideas. Some of them landed in the last post, and the rest are featured here. Here in Part 2, we continue the […]
Build a Full MT Practice in 13 Months? Really? (Interview, Part 1)
A year ago she started her private practice from nearly nothing. Now Kate Prouty sees anywhere from 15-30 clients each week. Her practice focuses on oncology massage therapy and massage for people with medically complex conditions. In this interview she shares some excellent marketing tips and other tools she used to build her practice, Patient […]