Independence is defined as the quality or state of being independent. Essentially, not dependent.
Having just celebrated the 4th of July, which we know is celebrated in honor of our freedom and independence.
On this day, I always think about independence and how honored I feel to have found massage therapy to create my own independence. Yes, it seems odd to celebrate massage therapy on the 4th, but if you think about it, massage therapy can be your vehicle to true independence.
How Massage Therapy Can Create Independence:
1 - create your own freedom
You can schedule your massage sessions, workshops and bodywork clients at times when it is convenient for you, while at the same time honoring their time as a client. Yes, we’ve heard the mantra “the client is always right”, and this is true in many cases. However, doesn’t it make sense to schedule your appointments when you are feeling your best so you can give them the best service? Doesn’t it also make sense to schedule your appointments so you will have time to have a life, too? There is a balance and fine art to doing this, but it can be done, so everyone is happy.
2 - don’t be controlled by others
Do what you need to do, to be happy, and feel in control of your business. You do not have to only work in one location as a massage therapist. “Have table . . . will travel.” The opportunities are endless. You can work in a spa, hospital, healthcare setting, clinic, private practice, teaching infant massage or even providing pediatric massage. You can do it all if you want – that’s the beauty and independence of massage therapy.
3 - don’t rely on others for your livelihood
Be creative. Make your calls, meet others, and spread the word about your therapeutic sessions. I hear a lot of therapists complaining about the “recession”. This is no time to sit around waiting on clients to call you. Waiting by your phone, with an unhappy face, is not going to make it ring. Call your clients, email them, send a newsletter, start something new, add something special to your practice, and do what you need to do to make it happen!
So, let freedom ring fellow massage therapists, create your independence and follow your passion!