Educating Massage Clients – types of massage

One of  the most common questions I get from  massage clients are about the various types of massage that are out there.  In this arena I think massage therapists have what is called “The Curse of Knowledge” by Chip and Dan Heath in their book Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

Once we know something, we find it hard to imagine what it was like not to know it. Our knowledge has “cursed” us. And it becomes difficult for us to share our knowledge with others, because we can’t readily re-create our listeners’ state of mind.

Clients know very little about the different types of massage or about how the body works for that matter.  All they know really is that they are in pain or under stress or whatever their reason is for calling you and coming to you.  You have to assume that they don’t know anything.  They don’t know why they should use different types of massage or when.  They don’t know the history of them and how they evolved.

Should they care?  Not really when you think about it.  All they care about is how YOUR massage feels and if it is right for them.  The many misconceptions about different methods lead to making uninformed decisions.

With the rise of franchises who focus on mainly Swedish and deep tissue massage, teaching clients about different types of massage can be to your advantage and the profession in general.   Specializing in a specific area can also be helpful in building your business.  The goal is to differentiate yourself from those franchises and show value for what you do and the various types of massage.   (See article on “Franchises and Their Impact on the Massage Profession from Massage and Bodywork Magazine )

So that is why I am creating the most indepth section on the different types of massage and I am actually doing it on two different sites – one on  as a general resource for people who are becoming massage therapists and the general public.  My other list will be on my new site  that will be geared toward massage therapists wanting to increase their skills and value as a massage therapist.

So what does all this have to do with you?   I am looking for people who want to add their articles and information on the specific type of massage that you do or know about.  Writing about it and seeing many different people’s perspectives on the different types of massage and getting that info out there will help in the process of building our profession and keeping the Franchises from taking over.   When you do write an article on one of my sites, I will create a link to your site which is a very valuable part of getting traffic to your site.  The search engines track the number of links going into your site and rate your popularity and will rank your site higher in the search engines when you have more links.  You website has a higher chance of getting listed on the top of the first page of results (which is your goal in having a website!)   Since my sites are highly optimized already and receive good rankings, it will also help many readers and searchers who are looking for info on different types of massage and will help to continue to educate people about the value of massage.

When you write an article you don’t have to be writing for a textbook.  You are writing for an audience (online searchers) who have a very short attention span.   Write just the way you would talk to someone about what type of massage that you do.   Tell people about why you learned it, why you do it, what it means to YOU! and your clients.   I don’t want the same ‘rote’ descriptions that are seen on the many directories and books on the different types of massage.

To add your listing all you need to do is fill out the form that is on each page about the different types of massage. I don’t have all of the types listed yet but am working on it.  If there is a type that you do that is not listed let me know and I can add it.  If you are a teacher of something specific I will be creating new sections at in the near future so stay tuned to get your articles and teacher profiles listed there. (This site is still in the early stages so bear with me!)

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