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Game-Changing Habits to Help Your Massage Therapy Business Thrive in 2022!

by Charlotte Atkinson January 23, 2022

Game-Changing Habits to Help Your Massage Therapy Business Thrive in 2022!

Help Your Massage Therapy Business Thrive in 2022 with these Game-Changing Habits!

Whether or not you decided to set New Year’s resolutions this year, adopting a new routine and effectively changing your habits sounds like really hard work! However studies show that taking small actionable steps can help make real, positive changes in our personal and professional lives.

What do we mean by ‘habits’? Habits are behaviours that our brain has learned to produce without thinking about them. Some experts say that it takes 21 days to form a new habit but other experts say it takes different people different amounts of time depending on the habit.

As James Clear in his New York Times bestselling book 'Atomic Habits' said 

"Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress.”


This is how you can help your massage therapy business thrive in 2022!

In our first blog of the year, we asked our lovely Facebook group members what habit in their massage therapy practice has been a game-changer for their business. We got such inspiring responses, we just had to share them with you because we know they'll benefit you & your business in 2022!


These are the game-changing habits people shared:


POSITIVE PERSONAL MINDSET HABITS


Because a massage therapy business is only as healthy as its massage therapists, it's imperative that we make looking after our own physical and emotional health, a priority. We need to have confidence in our abilities and be ourselves.


GAME-CHANGING BUSINESS HABITS

Apart from being a great massage therapist, for our massage therapy business to grow and thrive, we also need healthy and consistent business habits. These good business habits may or may not come naturally when you work in health and wellbeing but they are no less important!

Here are just some of the game-changing business habits recommended by our Facebook group members:



  •  Be clear on your ideal client so you can speak to them specifically in your marketing. It helps to attract clients who like the way that you work and are more likely to rebook.

  • Hold a Zoom consultation before the first appointment so you get all the information you need pre-appointment. Many therapists believe this habit reduces no-shows and cancellations which is a crucial part of making your business more efficient and profitable.

  • It's clear that payment in advance, whether it's through an online payment system or a bank transfer, also helps reduce cancellations and no-shows. A small habit that saves precious time and money!
  • Network with professionals offering other modalities. You can refer clients to them and them to you. The client could see faster results too.

  • Ask clients if they would like to rebook before they leave. This is a key habit to help keep you busy!

GAME-CHANGING PERSONAL HABITS

Habits also extend into the actual massage practice too. Many therapists have seen improvements in their business by listening closer to their own bodies and and to that of their client's.

Ultimately clients like to go to a massage therapist who they like and who they feel listens to them. Remembering to take notes and not always setting out with the goal of 'fixing' clients was also highlighted as small habits that have changed some of our Facebook group member's businesses.

In an age where it has never been more important for the massage and physical therapy industry to share, connect and learn from each other online, we hope that this real-life insight helps you create positive habits in 2022.

If you would like to find out more about how changing habits can have a positive impact, we recommend watching our first Massage & Physical Therapists Talk Show of 2022. In this episode, Anna Maria Mazzieri recommends the books Atomic Habits and Tiny Habits. She says these books have not only helped her clients create new habits & stick to their programs, but have also helped her create new habits and set goals for her business. Our other lovely therapists also discuss their goals and hopes and dreams for the industry in 2022. 

And if you would like to add to this and share some of your learnings and habits that have made a positive impact on your business, please share here in our Facebook groupOur Facebook group was set up at the beginning of the pandemic as a safe and private place to receive and offer support among other therapists. We’d love to have you!




Charlotte Atkinson
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Massage Table Size Guide

Massage tables comes in many different shapes and size. It can be confusing for you, the customer, to choose the right one but we are here to help!

A lot of customers call us up after they have bought the wrong size massage table elsewhere and we would like to help you avoid this mistake. It normally goes something like this; they like the look of a picture of a massage table on a website, they like the low price and then they check the carrying weight is ok. If the carrying weight fits their needs they click add to cart and the new massage table turns up at their doorstep in a few days. They unfortunately assume all massage tables are pretty much the same width and size.

The standard size of a massage table is 28 inches wide (71cms) and 73 inches (185cms) long. One of the reasons many "lightweight" budget massage tables are so cheap is because

  1.  They are smaller in size (normally around 61cms wide) and as such have less materials
  2. They are sold by specialist retailers who also sell anything else they can import and turn a profit on. As such they just buy the cheapest massage tables they can find in China. They go for smaller sizes as they are cheaper.

Make sure the massage table is the right size for you and your clients as the narrow massage tables at 61cms can be very uncomfortable for anyone who isn't petite and many clients cannot relax with their shoulders and arms unsupported.

 

The Width of the Massage Table:

Almost all therapists choose the standard 28 inch wide massage table. All our massage tables are the same length so it is only the width and shape our customers need to decide on.

Your massage table should be wide enough to cater for the wide variety of shapes and sizes of your clients. It needs to be wide enough to comfortably accommodate your treatment style, while being narrow enough to ensure you don’t have to strain your own back during treatments.

Each therapist's postural training and ability is different, so only you will know what massage table width you can handle. We have spoken to therapists who are five feet tall and get the wider 30 inch massage tables, and we speak to six foot therapists who have back problems and go for a 25 inch wide massage table. Everyone is different.

Generally speaking, if you are of smaller stature, you may do better with one of the narrower 25-inch massage tables. If you're quite tall, or are particularly keen to offer your clients a very spacious experience, a 30-inch massage table might be more suitable.

If you are in doubt, see if you can go into your local training college and see whether the massage tables there suit you. However, there is another way to get a feel for what will work of you don’t have access to a couch when you are deciding:

Cut out a piece of cardboard to the dimensions of both sizes you are deciding between. Put it on top of the kitchen table and lean over it. Visualise a client lying there, and see which width will suit you and your client best.

measuring the width of a massage table


Make sure you can get close enough to the table that you can pivot at the waist and have your shoulders squared to the clients hips, with your hands parallel to the clients' spine. Working in this position will ensure an injury-free career, so it's an important factor in your decision.

The most popular massage table widths are 28 and 30 inches. We sell 25-inch massage tables but you should really only choose this width if you are shorter in height and having a wider massage table might put your own back at risk over the course of your career.

You can also choose the 25-inch if you want to have the lightest massage table possible. By reducing the width of the massage table, the weight is also reduced. Now, this can mean a trade-off of some client comfort, but this trade is often worthwhile if you are a fully mobile therapist and use public transport frequently, where saving a kilogram or two will make a difference to you over time.

 

The Height Of the Massage Table

Nowadays, almost all portable massage tables come with height adjustable legs. Whichever massage table you choose should come with a large height range to accommodate you, and to cater for a broad range of therapies.

A common height range of massage tables is between 60 to 80cm, and this height range should cater for everyone. To check which height you need your massage table to be at follow this rule of thumb:

1. Stand up straight with your hands by your sides. Clench your fists.
2. Measure the distance between the floor and your knuckles
3. This distance should equal the height of your massage table.
4. Add a few inches in height to allow for the body of the patient on the massage table.

The height of a massage table is usually only adjusted when different therapists are using the same massage table, or if you have a client that is outside the average size you normally treat. So for example, if someone with a lot of body depth comes for a treatment after an average size person, you may need to adjust the height a notch or two.

You should be able to adjust the height of a massage table in just 2-3 minutes. Even though you mightn't adjust the height very often, the faster the better when you do have to!

There are 2 types of height adjustment mechanisms found on modern massage tables.

1) Twisting knobs (found only on wooden massage tables):

If you are working with a wooden massage table, it is better to have two knobs on each of the four legs for greater strength and reliability. When buying online, make sure to check how many knobs are on the legs. Cheap massage tables often only have one knob, and when you raise the legs to the highest heights they are less stable and have been known to snap.

2) Telescopic push-buttons (found only on aluminium massage tables):

The mechanism to adjust the height of an aluminium massage table is much the same as the push-button method on aluminium crutches. It only takes a few seconds to adjust each leg, and the mechanism is very reliable. Check out the video to see how it’s done.

 

Massage Table Shape:

The following are the different shapes of massage tables on the market.

1. Rectangle shaped with square corners 

This is the traditional shape of a massage table and the one you are probably familiar with seeing. Our Combi-lite 3 in 1 and Affinity Portaflex are shaped like this.

2. Rectangle shaped with rounded corners

Same as no 1 above in every way except the corners are rounded. Does not affect function in any way, just a different design/look.

 

3. Hour glass shaped with gradual gradient 

A fabulous massage table innovation in recent years, which solves a lot of the problems around choosing the correct width is the hourglass shaped massage table.


This style of massage table is wider at the ends, and tapers somewhat at the middle. This provide a spacious and comfortable experience for your client (as the shoulder and feet area are 30 inches wide) without compromising your own posture and health, as the middle of the couch where you lean over is a much narrower 26 inches wide.Having recently upgraded to one of these hourglass massage tables myself, I can vouch that my working days are much more comfortable, and many of my clients have commented on the extra comfort from the wider shoulder area.

 

4. Hour glass shaped with sharp gradient
Same as point above but instead of the it gradually going from wide to narrow, the massage table changes quickly from normal width to narrow width so people of very short stature can get in close.
5. Oval Shaped

 The name says it all! There are no corners on the massage table. Therapists normally choose this for one of two reasons. They simply like the look of this massage table and it is aesthetically more pleasing in their treatment room and/or they find it easier to move around the massage table during the treatment without having to side step the corners. This is particularly handy when space is limited in your treatment room.

oval massage table

 

Have any questions or comments about anything above? Please let us know in the comments below!

 

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