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The Importance of Establishing Policies in a Bodywork Therapy Business: A New Approach

17 Jul 2017

As a massage or shiatsu therapist, if you’re employed by or work as a subcontractor for another health care professional, chances are you only have to enforce the policies set by the office you work in. But if you have your own business – which significant amount of our graduates do – you’re the one who needs to formulate, set, and maintain policies.

While it might seem a little restrictive to think about having set policies, it’s a way to protect both you and your clients. Setting office policies will also help you to keep things organized and running smoothly. Establishing policies also lets your clients know what they can expect from you and in return what you expect from them.

The most common philosophies with policy setting are to either have rules that set the standard of treating your clients the way you’d like to be treated, or in the alternative, a set of policies with consequences for violating those rules.

But in a recent post in the Bodywork Buddy Blog, a licensed massage therapist proposed a third approach: setting policies with a view toward treating clients in the manner you’d like them to behave.  

Granted, this approach may not work for everyone, and she acknowledges that. But it may be worth considering, especially if you find your current policies aren’t producing the results you’d like (or even more important, if you really don’t have any established office policies.)

Click here to read the article.  

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