It seems to have started with a coworker who I will call Guenivere. I gave her a massage week before last, deep tissue, neck and shoulders, plus some heavy work on the deltoids. The next day, she was raving to our Fearless Leader (the owner of our little massage studio) that it was the best deep-tissue massage she had ever had. Mind you, this is an experienced therapist, who, by virtue of trading work, has gotten a lot of massage from a lot of people.
So, Grineldehyde overhears Guenivere raving about my astounding massage abilities, and decides she wants to swap work with me. I happily agree, spend an hour on her rhomboids, traps and rotator cuffs. Next day, she was, like totally intimidated and afraid to work on me. Said I’m a way better therapist than she is (I’ve been in the biz four and a half months, Grineldehyde three years). She had nothing to worry about, really, she gave me a great massage.
So, how’d I get to be so good at deep tissue work? Well, remember Guenivere, the one who was raving to the Fearless Leader? She had worked on me the week before, and I stole some of her chops. Yep, she was basically raving on and on about the wonderfulness of her own massage techniques, which I lifted and am now applying on coworkers and clients alike.
So, now, my coworkers who previously had been too busy to trade massage with me are taking numbers to be worked on my me, and happy to work on me in return (which means more opportunities for me to steal other therapists’ chops)
And apparently I’m no slouch at Swedish, either. Lately a lot of people are calling our little studio and requesting me. Not just people I’ve worked on, either. Nope, I’m getting referrals. I do keep track of who is referring to me, BTW. I have a standing offer to any of my clients that if they refer five people to me, I will give them a free massage. So far, I’ve only gotten one or two from each referring client, but it still is adding up to a tidy little bit of word-of-mouth advertising, since a certain number of referrees will become referrers.
I am trying very, very hard not to let all of this go to my head, but it just seems like in the last month or so, I’m becoming very much in demand.
I just hope I don’t develop the Big Ego, and have my little bubble pop as a result. I’m enjoying the boost in confidence, and I think that in itself has improved my work because I can go into a massage with the attitude that I Can Do This, then do it rather than I Hope I Can Do This and be all hesitant and give a massage that has no flow.