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How to Do REALLY Deep Pressure

In 1996, Ramit walked into my office. He was big and he wanted really deep pressure. Crap, I thought, he’s going to kill my body. And he did. Twenty years later, Ramit is still my client. His body hasn't changed and he still wants really deep pressure, but I’m no longer in pain. (No, I’m [...]

How to do Fall and Catch Massage

Fall and catch massage sounds very judo-y. But I promise that you won’t have to make your client tap out. Fall and catch massage is a way to do massage without squeezing and pressing a client’s muscles with all your might. Instead you “fall” into the client, and the client’s body “catches” you. Your body [...]

Welcome to massage talk therapy. Got a problem? I do. I hate cutting my toenails. Don’t know why. Maybe I was an unhappy podiatrist in another life. Anyway, I avoid cutting them at cost. They get way too long, and when I finally cut them I announce to my wife, Lisa: Hey, I cut 'em! [...]

You’ll never grow your massage business to the size you want until you test your limits. Don’t get me wrong, I’m the first to admit that limits are important. If you work 7 days a week, you’ll burn out. But sometimes a “limit” doesn’t accurately reflect the moment when you should stop something, and sometimes [...]

As you hunch over your massage table, massage after massage, do you ever get a mental picture of a little, old, humpback woman leaning on her shopping cart in the grocery store? (Suddenly massage body mechanics seem important again, huh?) You may have tried to counter the massage room hunching with cobras and pec stretches, [...]

Why Your Massage Practice is Meh

The key to building a massage business is to actually build it. I should know. I spent many years thinking I was building a practice when I was simply living off referrals from a few key clients. Eventually, my referral sources dried up, and it was sink or swim time for Markie. That’s when I [...]

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