Can versatility be a Massage Therapist’s specialty?
Teri explains her new found approach to Massage Therapy
In a recent meeting with John and Sherry Larkin, my colleagues at Colorado Injury Care, Sherry asked me one simple question, what type of massage is your specialty? To my surprise, I could not come up with one simple answer. I have since given much thought to why that is. Here is what I’ve realized.
My approach to therapeutic bodywork is that of integration and versatility, utilizing all of my training as needed per client. I could say I use deep tissue massage most often, but would no longer say it is my specialty. Utilizing my hands on training, intuition, years of experience and communicating well with each client, is essential to figuring out the right type of treatment for them. Therefore, being versatile for each client is my focus, perhaps you could say, my specialty.
An area of specialty is usually what type of treatment you utilize most and are most passionate about in your practice. While a year or two ago, had you asked me that same question, “What is your specialty?”, I would have without hesitation said, sports related deep tissue massage. However, in the last few months, I have become keenly aware of how useful all of my skill sets are. I am attracting a varied client base because of it. While I know experts in business and marketing recommend specializing in one type of massage and marketing to that specific demographic, I shake my fists and stomp my feet at them, cause I don’t wanna! This is for the sake of both me and my clients.
While one client may benefit the most from intense, deep tissue and trigger point work, “the hurts good” side of massage, another may be in need of a more nurturing touch. For example, if a client was recently in a car accident, their muscles may not be ready for anything more than light soothing massage to help the muscles gently unwind. That is why spending enough time with each client before the session, communicating with them during and following up afterwards is crucial for a positive outcome.
The last thing I want is my clients to feel bored with my work. By tapping into the diversity of my skills, I am able to provide a different experience each time. This keeps both myself and my clients excited and looking forward to the next session. I am always searching for new innovations and fresh approaches to my profession in order to provide my clients with the most individualized and effective bodywork possible. So that being said, I will say yes, versatility can make for a great specialty.
I encourage you to experience my versatile approach to bodywork today! Book with me online on CIC’s website or call me directly for more scheduling availability! What kind of bodywork do you need? Let’s find out!
Teri Commans, LMT
Finding the Problem, Resolving the Pain