I honestly never wanted to be known in the massage field, and it was just a fluke when it happened. I first started videotaping my techniques for my students and uploading them to various videos-sharing sites, because when they didn’t show up for class, they expected me to go over everything they missed the next day and that only lasted for about a year. Then I decided to make a website, to house all my information and that’s when things really took off. One of my students called me a massage nerd, and I grabbed that domain that night.
All the things I did on MassageNerd.com were free for everyone, and I didn’t realize that so many people are looking for knowledge and they’re craving it. I would get emails from all over the world thanking me for the information I was giving them. I still didn’t believe all the people I was helping, but it had really sunk in when I started attending massage conferences 3 years ago. I can’t tell you how many pictures people have taken with me, and it still makes me blush when people ask for a picture with me.
At conferences, I started doing free interviews for therapists, vendors and instructors and that was a huge hit. I loved getting to know everyone at the conferences, and I really felt like I found my niche (I have slowed down on doing interviews at the conferences). I’m continuing with my live weekly massage shows and I’ve been doing those for the past two years and will continue with it, because it’s cost effective. I still get to meet great therapists virtually, and I get to educate the public.
There are so many ways to contribute in the massage world, that you just have to pick one or two and go with it. Here are some ideas for you:
- Collaborate with other massage therapists
- Make video tutorials of massage techniques
- Teach classes on styles of massage
- Be a presenter at massage conferences/conventions
- Speak your mind, but don’t step on too many digits
- Go to massage conferences/conventions
- See what others are doing, but don’t copy them…mix it up a little
- Find something that others aren’t doing and run with it.
One of the hardest things about putting yourself out there is that you have to deal with criticism. It can wear on you, but you have to realize that you have to take chances, and you will never reach your goals, if you don’t take some risks. You also have to realize that people learn in different ways and there will always be people out there that will think you are doing it wrong. Believe me, I have been bashed tons, and I still find a ways to pull through it. The benefits ALWAYS outweigh the negative comments, and it actually makes me stronger, because I can learn from them.
To sum it up, make sure you put your profession first and the money will eventually follow. If I had it to do all over again, I would