People often ask me “what is your advice on making my business better….my massage better….get my practice started…..how to handle this client……”. The answers I provide contain one common thread which is “slow down.” Living in this high tech, high stress and high intensity world, the art of slowing down becomes imperative. This is why I love teaching Reiki and other forms of energy work—these modes of healing encourage the practitioner to slow down their thought processes, their minds, their movements and their breath.
To therapists seeking to improve business efforts–> Slow down on your efforts and focus them upon a target market. Assess to whom your skill set will serve best. Assess also which continuing education sources will serve your efforts to reach and serve your target market.
To the therapists wishing to improve their massage effort–> Slow down and use less effort. Slow your strokes upon the body. Use your body to apply pressure rather than your fingers, thumbs and wrists. Turn your small quick strokes upon one spot into longer sweeping strokes upon an entire limb.
To the therapists seeking guidance in getting your practice started–> Slow down your lifestyle. Take a moment to pause and reflect on your life choices and lifestyle. Are you making choices to support or detract from your private practice goals? Are you spending money to improve your financial standing or freely giving your money to every corporation in sight? What do you really need and/or really want?
To the therapists seeking guidance about client cases–> Slow down and return to your anatomy manuals. When considering any pathologies: 1) recall how the anatomy of a system should function, 2) consider how the organs involved are no longer functioning, 3) assess the benefit of bodywork compared to the manifestations of the condition. Will bodywork help a particular symptom or not? Will a particular modality better serve than simple Swedish? Often times, a simple Swedish relaxation session may be applicable, other times more sophisticated bodywork is necessary. This train of thought will help one with working with pathologic clients.
The art of slowing down and remaining present is imperative in effective bodywork. This manner of living will help in all aspects of life, not only your massage practice. Let us all learn to slow down, enjoy each day, remain present with ourselves and others and receive the fullness of life!
Welcome to Jimmy G’s blog about the massage and bodywork industry! My name is Jimmy Gialelis, LMT, BCTMB. I graduated from the Utah College of Massage Therapy in Salt Lake City, UT in August, 2000. My career has spanned the spa and private practice arenas of the massage and bodywork industry. Presently, I am a […]
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Welcome to Jimmy G’s blog about the massage and bodywork industry! My name is Jimmy Gialelis, LMT, BCTMB. I graduated from the Utah College of Massage Therapy in Salt Lake City, UT in August, 2000. My career has spanned the spa and private practice arenas of the massage and bodywork industry. Presently, I am a Continuing Education provider in Tempe, Arizona and maintain a successful private practice. The balance of teaching classes and working with clientele allows me to convey new lessons to my students as unique client challenges are encountered.
Sitting in the seat of the teacher allows me to continue to learn and grow as a therapist. Serving my fellow man and womankind allows me to live within sacred spaces with my clients. Hallmark tenets of effective bodywork including compassion, awareness, intuition and trust remind me of the beauty of our field. I feel blessed to share sacred space both in my studio and in my classroom.
The purpose of this blog is to share thoughts and opinions of the massage and bodywork industry. Lessons may be shared, perspectives compared, viewpoints presented and a voice of reason will be my intention. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to share with me anytime.
I am passionate about progressing the massage and bodywork industry to greater credibility in 1) the eyes of the public and 2) the allopathic field. Greater gains in these two respects will allow massage therapists opportunities to live up to the our title as therapists!
I am proud of the progress made by pioneers of the massage and bodywork industry. In one generation, we have expanded our industry within both the spa and medical arenas. Chiropractors and physical therapists accept massage therapists within their practices. Chair massage is employed within many businesses. Many hospitals utilize massage related services including energy work such as Reiki. Patients with chronic conditions were once told massage was not useful for them—however, now they realize massage can alleviate their signs and symptoms. Now is the best time to be a licensed massage therapist. We have industry leaders over the past two decades to thank for these advances. Let’s take a moment to thank an elder of our field for their contributions.
There are yet more doors to open. Within which industry sector do you foresee massage making significant strides? Where is the next big phase of growth going to be witnessed? How does training / education need to shift to accommodate massage therapists in these uncharted waters? Please reply with your opinion!