Expect More, With Les

Service versus boundaries

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      Life is busy. A report bubbled up last week about the ineffectiveness of multitasking, which seems to—hold on, let me finish this over here—be a semi-recurrent theme in the media on occasion. My response to the comment that multi-tasking is inefficient: “Okay, tell me how to avoid it.” It feels darn near impossible, doesn’t it? (Hold on for a second, I have to take this call!)         Okay, I’m back. What was I saying? Oh right, li
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The challenge

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  Greetings friends! I am back from summer vacation—well actually, just a blog vacation. I follow the European blogging model, where you take a long vacation in the summer. As a result, my prose is tanned, rested, and more insightful and effective than ever.   Since I left the blogosphere, it seems the world has gone to hell. But there have been bright spots—and ABMP joined in the fun this week. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the country (and some of the world) by storm, res
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Providing Support

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It's been a busy week around here—our Facebook page has received a lot of comments regarding Massage Envy Spa and some complaints levied against them. Here's a statement we wanted to share:   Thank you to all the massage therapists and bodywork professionals who are expressing their concerns about complaints levied against against Massage Envy Spa. Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) is aware of these challenges and is closely monitoring their progression.   We serve
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Happy Holiday!

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  Today is one of my favorite days of the year—National High Five Day (seriously). This glorious day was started in 2002 at the University of Virginia, my beloved alma mater. And it’s not awesome just because it started at UVa (full disclosure: I probably wouldn’t celebrate it if it came from Duke). It’s awesome because it celebrates something. Something. Something as simple as the good ol’ high five.   What is a high five? It’s an act of camaraderie! In one swift move we sh
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Decisions we make

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    I finished closing out my bank account this week; since I became an adult (feel free to insert your own joke here), I believe I’ve had five bank checking accounts, primarily dictated by where I lived. What’s funny—and scary—is how many of the banks don’t exist any more—my first was Sovran, which was the result of a merger (the original bank served Robert E. Lee), which then merged with another bank, then merged with another bank, and now (in some form) is Bank of America. The
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Go Away

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  Well, this seems a little drastic, doesn’t it? You’re probably thinking, “Sweeney, aren’t you usually blathering on about getting MORE clients?”   Yep, I do blather. But a successful practice is about quantity and quality.   People take energy or add energy, all throughout your life. And you do the same—do you add energy to relationships, or do you take energy?   You are on a journey, on a path to career success as you define it. You need to be a thoughtful, caring
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Remember Me?

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  Now where was I?…   My apologies for disappearing for a while. Clearly I’m not on my blogging pace for 2014! But the good news is I am slowly but surely making progress training for the 2014 Boston Marathon (and my coworker and and running buddy Kathy Laskye would love your support). We are just 45 days away from this incredible event! Seemingly forever ago, I posted about the importance of getting client feedback. And my partner-in-crime and co-Massage & Bodywork columnist K
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In Good Hands

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  Since it’s New Year’s Eve, I thought I’d check in on a 2013 resolution. Early in the year, in the throes of training for the Boston Marathon, I made a commitment to receive more bodywork than ever. In particular, because I needed it.   So how’d I do? Well, thanks to these beautiful people above (plus a few other therapists), I did pretty well—not quite to my goal of averaging a massage every other week, but I did receive 24 massages in 2013. You’d think I’d look and feel better!
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Happy Birthday Pop

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    Today is my dad’s 82nd birthday. As usual, he’s not keen to celebrate it. He received flowers from my brother’s family, and rather than admit to his fellow assisted-living facility compatriots what the flowers were for, he told them, “My cat died.” His cat died in the early 1990s. He does, however, keep track of who sends him cards.   The four people who have given me the most in my life are my wife Sarah, Bob Benson (my cohort and mentor here at ABMP), and my parent
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I’m Back (again)!

  You’ll probably recall that this summer I broke my fibula playing ice hockey, which necessitated surgery to insert a plate and eight screws. The surgery was successful, which means that the bone healed properly. However, the bone healing is really about ¼ of the way there when it comes to recovering.   What you don’t understand about surgery before it occurs is a saying we massage therapists use—the issue is in the tissues. Putting your lower leg and foot in a cast for 6 weeks doesn
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