This is the last segment of a four part series about how implementing The Four Agreements improved my massage practice.  To read the first installment in this series click here.

Agreement 4 – Integrated into my massage practice

Always do your best – Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

My massage practice benefits from the four agreements. Always do your best and plan carefully.

For me this has a lot to do with planning, and being realistic about my energy levels. It’s a balancing act. Therefore, as tempting as it is to squeeze in last minute requests at my massage practice, I turn them down if it will prevent me from doing my best for the people who are already on my calendar. This allows me to do my best, and avoid getting sick or injured, which ties right back to agreement number one: being true to my word and being able to stick to my commitments.

In order to do my best, I must improve.

Continuing education is obviously a part of that. However, one of the greatest learning techniques has been to go out and about and get a massage just like anyone else would. Patronizing a spa or other massage business is a fantastic learning experience. In addition to keeping abreast of industry trends, I am reminded of what it is like to be a client.

Sometimes it feels like a waste of money, but it is not.

As with any other industry, there are product quality variations. Laying down cold hard cash for a so-so experience never feels good.  My number one complaint is that the massage pressure is inadequate or lacks fluidity. However, going into another business as a client reminds me of what feels good, and what does not. This assessment goes beyond the actual service and into how I’m treated at the front desk, the pre-massage interview and even into things like cleanliness and decor.

The expenditure is worth it’s weight in gold for the wisdom brought back to my own practice.  For example, I look at the treatment rooms with a fresh eye. Also, forays into other establishments have confirmed my belief that no one should feel pressured into a monthly commitment.  It has made me realize that warm greetings, and acute attention to pressure and comfort in session is the greater part of meeting and exceeding client expectations.

These forays also make me appreciate the wonderful therapists that I have found and am fortunate to be a client of.  Receiving quality work from another bodyworker reinvigorates my enthusiasm for how quick, efficient and life affirming good massage can be.  I take that back to my clients too, and it helps me do my best.

Speaking of getting massages, the benefit to my business is not only in developing a “discerning eye”.  The physicality of doing bodywork requires dexterity, flexibility and strength. Great bodywork gets me there. Feeling centered forms the basis of being able to support and navigate clients emotional needs and therefore crucial to doing my best. There is nothing that helps me do that more effectively than bodywork. So, in the name of practicing what I preach, I get on that massage table and enjoy every minute of it.

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Doing my best to walk all over this client so she can walk out with less pain and more peace.

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