Good morning All,
I recently joined forces with a newly opened clinic nearby and they have asked me to do some Thai Massage demos during an upcoming open day on May 30.
I have never done a Thai Massage demo before and am not sure what form this should take. Not many people around here have heard of or tried Thai Massage so I guess it would have to be educational as well as promotional.
Do you have any suggestions?
Should this be like a series of short (15mins) taster treatments or a short talk and some tasters?
As always, I would be most grateful for any help.
I would definitely go for the short talk and then the tasters. Especially if people in your area are not that familiar with Thai Massage, it won't make much sense to them without some explanation.
Also I would not show all kinds of fancy stretches since that might scare people off. I'd keep it fairly simple so that they can imagine that they can handle this. Show some non stretch moves, some rocking moves, and some easy stretches, all with an explanation that doesn't sound too exotic.
What I mean is that you might want to stress how Thai Massage has been working in the Thai villages for hundreds of years to improve and maintain their health. That shows that it really works. I would not go deeply into energy line theory since many people can't relate to that.
I would stress how practical it is (i.e. clothes on), how it does so much more than Swedish style massage since it has all those body manipulations, and how it was developed as a health maintenance and improvement system, and how it works on people of all ages (i.e. not just on the yogi types).
Give examples they can relate to. I always have to chuckle when I see a youtube video where some therapist is turning his yogi-model into a pretzel with some fancy Thai Massage move. Many of those moves don't work on your every day client. The main thing is to tell your audience something they can relate to, and show techniques that they can relate to.
Thank you so much Shama,
Very generous in sharing your knowledge as always. I shall get on with preparing a short presentation and then think up a few 10-15 min. sequences to cover a few bases like people with bad backs, stiff shoulders, stressed, and so on.
Thank you again. I'll let you know how I got on.
I am looking forward to hearing how it went. A while ago I gave a demo session with explanations of my Heavenly Head Massage system at a holistic event and I got tremendous feedback and booked lots of sessions from it. Those presentations can be excellent to raise awareness and generate business.
Well, I did it!!
I woud say it went rather well, I had some amazing feedback for the demos (I actually thought I was boring people but it appears they were paying attention), managed to interact a bit with some people, dispelled a couple of myths (i.e. it's painful and you have to be naked), had a full house twice (not large numbers but still two different lots of people interested).
A client that I treated on Friday came to demo with his wife. The first "body" was a lady from one of my networking groups who has some Reiki training and does Meditation classes. She loved the short treatment under the trees and because she was light I was able to also demonstrate the kidney stretch which got a few ooooohhhs from the audience. I kept things simple, focusing on the gentle techniques and explaining how despite the fact that sometimes things are a bit up close and personal it never gets rude or intrusive (Module 1).
So far I have 2 confirmed bookings and many people interested including the owners of the clinic who can't wait to try it. The only person who went for the taster was a holistic treatments student who will also come for a full treatment. But have also struck up a conversation with a personal development coach which might lead to a collaboration in the future where I can provide the physical aspect to facilitate the release of negative emotions with her clients.
Not a bad day after all 🙂
That's my treatment room for the Summer if the lawn under the trees is wet. The main building is on the opposite side of the landscaped gardens in the middle of a farm surrounded by vineyards and lambs.
Thank you again for your advice, it really helped a lot in making this a success.