Monthly Archives: January 2007

Putting All This Prosperity Stuff To The Test…

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So, I’ve been re-reading one of my favorite classics, The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles, which is really the science of manifesting anything you want in your life, when….

Well, let’s just say I was thrown off course by the unexpected. You see my husband had a number of surgeries recently and just prior having them I called my health insurance company to verify our coverage.

Being self-employed, we pay over $800 a month for a high-deductible “catastrophe” policy, hoping that we’d never have to use it, but knowing that it was (at least on paper) an excellent policy if we ever did need it. In almost 10 years we’ve never put it to the test as we keep ourselves pretty healthy.

So after being told that we had 100% coverage after we met our deductible, I went white when I opened the mail on Saturday to find bill after bill has been denied, and for no reason that makes any sense. It adds up to a LOT of money.

So, how do I stay positive and feel abundant when facing a mountain of unexpected medical bills? Of course I’m going to appeal it, but who needs to deal with that!

I noticed that my mind keeps wandering to the “lack” side of the fence and I have to go get it and haul it back to the reality that it is an abundant universe.

So it was somewhat comforting to read in The Science of Getting Richthis morning that…

Every person has the natural and inherent power to think what he wants to think, but it requires far more effort to do so than it does to think the thoughts which are suggested by appearances. To think according to appearances is easy. To think truth regardless of appearances is laborious and requires the expenditure of more power than any other work a person has to perform.

So now I don’t feel quite so bad. It’s not just me that has trouble with this. Wattles goes on to explain that sustained and consecutive thought is the hardest work in the world. Especially when the truth it is contrary to appearances. That’s because every “appearance” creates a corresponding form in our mind. The bills certainly made an impression on my mind!!!

Yet, to create true abundance and wealth, I have to return time after time to the truth that it is an abundant universe, and that I can be, do and have what I want?

Boy, I’ve got my work cut out for me today…

The Secret to Financial Prosperity

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When thinking about being wealthy it can bring up all kinds of uncomfortable feelings because of our past financial conditioning (especially all the stuff we heard as a kid about money not growing on trees. Duh!).

Bob Proctor, one of my mentors, says that the secret to financial prosperity is that we have to work through those uncomfortable feelings and not let them stop us. And once you learn how to do that in the area of money, you can apply the same principles to any area of your life.

Maybe you feel uncomfortable marketing and promoting yourself, or are uncomfortable with the concept of selling your massage services or products.

Or maybe what you really, really want is nothing to do with your massage business at all! Maybe you want to find that ideal life partner or soul mate. But the uncomfortable feelings come up when you even think about it. You know… the negative self-talk… that little voice that tells you all the reasons why it will never happen to YOU.

So the reason I believe that the book The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles (see left side bar) inspired the movie The Secret, was simply because when you put these timeless principles into place THEY WORK, and they apply to anything you want to manifest, not just money. Hence…. “the secret”.

And from watching the folks interviewed on The Secret, you do get to where the uncomfortable feelings become comfortable. As Bob Proctorhas pointed out to me, wealthy people are very comfortable talking about money. But they didn’t all start out that way.

Growing up in my family, money was never discussed in public except in arguments. How about you?

Have Your Massage Fees Kept Up With The Local Ecomony?

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Tamara Felix, PhD, LMT of The Right Touch had some great insights about massage fees. Read on….

One way to establish wellness massage fees is based on the local economy.

Our local gas prices are a federally regulated cost of living check. More expensive in Southern California where the cost of living is greater, for example, than in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the cost of living is a bit lower.

In the early 1990s when I was first introduced to massage therapy as a client, the average full hour wellness Swedish massage was $45, sometimes $50-$55, depending on location; a 15-minute (unit) seated massage was $10; and the average gallon of gasoline for premium was about 75 cents. A $45 hour ($10 unit) calculates at 75 cents per minute, the cost of a gallon of gasoline in my neighborhood at the time.

Since the early 1990s, the cost of living has increased (tremendously) and so has the educational requirements to become a massage therapist and maintain licensure or other credentialling and national certification.

If you will take a moment to think about it, all costs of living increase when the gallon of gasoline increases: groceries and household items are more due to the extra transport costs, utilities take a hike, real estate is worth more, and employees get pay raises.

Today, a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in my neighborhood (Portland, Oregon) is more than $2.50 per gallon, and closer to $4 per gallon in Southern California. Each more specialized gas is an additional 10 cents per gallon, with diesel at as much as 50 cents per gallon more than regular unleaded.

Establishing wellness massage fees based on the local economy, a basic wellness Swedish massage should have increased over time to about $150 per hour (based on $2.50 per minute/gallon of gasoline), and a 15-minute seated massage should have increased to about $40. And that doesn’t begin to cover the additional educational requirements, and more focused and specialized training most massage therapists practice.

Do you also have advanced training beyond Swedish? How many years experience do you have? Each year of experience and advanced training program you pay to learn are certainly worth 10 cents per minute! Just a thought.

How have your fees kept up with your local economy?????

Thanks Tamara. Now that’s food for thought?

Should Massage Therapists Be Rich?

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The popularity of the movie The Secret has brought a renewed interest in the classic, The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles. I’ve written about that book before and will continue to do so because I think it has a very powerful message for massage therapists.

Wattles says, right in the first chapter of the book, that it is our BIRTHRIGHT to live full, abundant lives. The universe is an abundant universe, and wants us to have it all. He goes on to explain that being rich in all areas of life, including financially is our Divine Right.

He says that many people believe it is all right to be content with poverty? Do you? A lot of massage therapists seem to think it is. I too used to have a difficult time charging what I was really worth. I felt that because I was helping folks I should give my services away (or almost).

I felt guilty even thinking about or imagining getting wealthy from serving others in need. And let’s face it; doesn’t everyone need healing touch these days? So how was I ever going to have that lifestyle I dreamed about? And my husband Francis was (still is) also a massage therapist! So did that mean we were doomed to a life of “just getting by”?

No it did not! But it did mean I had to make some changes in my business and in my life….. and most especially in my thinking.

And I’m going to share with you in upcoming posts some of the things that helped me along the way. Maybe they’ll help you too, or other massage therapists you know who may be struggling with making money and creating abundance in their lives. My passion is to help bring more prosperity to the massage profession as a whole. Will you join me?

Please, please don’t do this!

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It happened again today and it drives me crazy. You know, when you get one of those “forwarded” emails. And up there in the “TO” field is my preciously guarded personal email address along with about 50 others, all exposed for me and all the world to see. This is very bad email etiquette.

All I have to do is hit “reply all” or cut and paste and I have access to all the addresses on this person’s email list. The bad news is that this is all anyone else on the list has to do to capture mine. It is one of the reasons that I am being inundated with spam, even on the email addresses I guard the most closely.

To protect yourself, if you don’t already, you might want to consider setting up a freebie “throw-away” email address with yahoo, hotmail or something similar that you use exclusively in online forms and public places. That way it is not too much of a pain to change it when the spam gets to be too much.

But then, when I see my private address on one of these forwarded emails I get really mad. Please don’t do this! Folks won’t like it. Especially if you are sending your massage client newsletter this way. There is a proper way to do it and protect everyone’s privacy.

The correct way is to send the email to yourself in the “TO” address, then BCC (blind carbon copy) it to your list. In Outlook you “right click” on the “CC” (carbon copy) button and chose “BCC”. Then you just put everyone’s address in the “BCC” field. Each email program is slightly different, but they will all have this feature (or get another one!)

This way the email still goes to everyone, but it protects the privacy of everyone concerned as each person only sees their own address in the “TO” field and not everyone else’s.

Your friends and clients will thank you for it.