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Passing off someone’s work whether it be a article or a picture by not giving proper credit is not only wrong but unethical as a professional. Instead of taking someone’s hard work make sure you ask permission to use the content and give credit to that person. 

In Webster’s dictonary to “plagiarize” is to use and pass off (the ideas or writings of another) as one’s own. The person is not given credit for their work but instead the person that stole the content uses it as their own. This can lead to one of two or more options for you 1. receiving a cease and desist from the plaintiff  2. a civil law suit that could result in costing you thousands if not millions of dollars. 3. a reputation to your colleagues and others as a “plagiarist.”

I worked very hard putting my website together. I have spent hundreds of hours writing, perfecting and designing my own web site and creating its content. What I write from is personal experience, what I was taught as a massage therapist and studied in my own personal time. 

When I find a fellow massage therapist or someone associated with the industry has taken my content it deeply upsets me. I have found some well known sites that have taken content from my site and have not given me credit for the writings.

My content is my own. You may not republish, distribute or use any of the content for your website without written or expressed permission of Suzan Walker, LMT. If I have given written permission, you are required to give credit to Suzan Walker, LMT. My personal massage blogs are my own and are written in my own style. You may not take any content from my blogs or my website without linking back to my site or blog. You may not copy or use any of the images on my site or blog. These images are the property of wix.com or photostock.com. These are royalty free images. If you decide to take these images you are doing so at your own risk. The companies listed could demand that you take their content down and could sue you for punitive damages.

Professional courtesy and common respect goes a long way. If you need assistance creating content for you website, you may contact me at 817-966-1020. I help nonprofit’s, charities and massage therapists with writing their own content and design at a reduced rate.

Thank you for respecting my work,

Suzan Walker, LMT

Connective Integration Massage Therapy

 
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One of the more important things that I can contribute is providing insight for the begining massage therapist or anyone that might consider becoming a licensed massage therapist in Texas.

As a LMT that has been in business for nearly six years, I have come across some trials and tribulations throughout my career. Through trial and error I would like to share in this blog with you. When I was just beginning as a MT, I did not feel that my school prepared me for the basic essentials of how to maintain my business, the pit falls and other issues that arise. Luckily, I have a back ground in general accounting, web design, copy editing, customer service, sales and management. I knew and networked with other professionals in the industry before I received official training as a MT. I knew what I was getting into before I went to school. Some are not so fortunate. I’ve seen many of my fellow MT’s wipe out in their first year by lack of simple self care or total burn out due to being over worked. I’ve seen multiple businesses fail due to financial reasons.

The massage profession is like any other business. You have to put in a lot of hard work, dedication and many hours to achieve your desired goal. You simply cannot sit back and wait for something to happen. It’s your passion that drives you to become who you are – a massage therapist. If you do not have that passion, the drive, the compassion, and the need to help people this profession is not for you. I implore you to find something else that suits you.

Money is a awesome thing and what we strive for to become independently wealthy. It helps pay the bills, keeps a roof over your head and puts food in your belly. It helps to assist in striving for a better life. Yet here is something you need to know. Money isn’t everything in this profession. If you are 100% money oriented clients will sense it. If your mind is 100% focused on anything other than the client you are doing them a disservice. In customer service the client comes first and you need to keep your own problems and issues out of the massage room while working on the client. That includes money! Just remember this you put good energy out there, know the type of client you want to help, set clear intention and goals then the money will flow. Remember, positive energy deflects negative hands down. Keep up the good vibes. (Yes, I know easier said than done.)

You will also find a time you will be busy and others times you will be slow. Consider those as a blessing. Down times you can take a little break or a vacation. Focus on other things for your business such as a web site, promotional items and yes, even a blog.

There will be times you will love what you do and then hate it. It’s a normal feeling. Like the Journey song says, ” Don’t stop believing.” Keep on going, you can do it. You will have both good and bad times. That is simply a hard fact of life. If you’re a seasoned MT and on the fence about your career look for a support or networking group in your area. It does not have to be exclusively for MT’s. Even your family and friends are important assets for the continued success of your business. By having a network of support this ensures you are not “doing this alone.” Emotional support is one of the key elements for having a successful business.

I have much to share with you. If you have any questions feel free to post or follow my blog. The join button is to the right.

Always follow your dreams. Dreams turn into reality.

Have a great day everyone!

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