Massage & Bodywork

January/February 2013

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tell me … How Can I Make My Practice Stand Out? Focus on your unique skills and background By Abram Herman ABMP Social Media Coordinator | abram@abmp.com ABMP Facebook Reader Poll What best describes your position in the massage and bodywork profession? 81% Independent practitioner 16% Combination Play To Your Strengths Those who choose the massage and bodywork profession come from all walks of life: nurses, techies, restaurateurs, and even rocket scientists are just some of the Massage & Bodywork readers we heard from. Many respondents told us that the physical aspect of their previous occupation prompted them to make the switch to massage. Elizabeth Haus in Alaska was an Army mechanic before becoming an LMT. "I think the most valuable skills I learned in that profession were physical," Haus says, "like how to apply my upper-body strength for more pressure, while also being able to fine-tune that strength for pinpoint accuracy. There's quite a span between giant hub sockets and tiny ¼-inch drive sockets, just as there is between muscles." William Hammet Ambler in Pennsylvania decided to pursue massage while working a demanding physical job at a BBQ joint. He explains, "As I pulled pork and chicken for hours on end, I thought about how I could use my hand strength to help others, instead of fattening them up." 3% Employee Did You Know? Massage schools of ten focus on the ide a of becoming a full-time pr actitioner with a bustling pr actice. If you don't fit into that group, you're far from alone! More than one-third of those in the massage and body work profession have t wo or more careers. 20 massage & bodywork january/february 2013

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