All good things must come to an end and I’ve decided that I’m going to close up shop here at BodyworkBiz and in fact to give up my 25 year career in massage to make way for other adventures. The world of massage has been good to me and very fulfilling, but like a fight champion, I’m bowing out of the ring while I’m on top. I’m stepping into an abyss of sorts. I don’t have any clear next step right now, but I’ll be looking new opportunities and challenges outside of massage.
BodyworkBiz will continue to remain open for business for December to give everyone a chance to pick up any courses or resources before they come offline. I’ll be offering specials throughout the month as a clearance sale of sorts. Keep your eye on your inbox starting December 1st for more details.
If you’ve purchased courses, don’t worry. Even though products will no longer be available for sale, the Resource Center that houses your courses will remain open throughout 2015 and beyond. So you’ll be able to access anything you’ve purchased and will continue to receive support for the next year.
I studied business in university and was quite successful with my clinics, my corporate chair massage business and my school. However, I saw so many therapists struggling in their practices that I decided to start Practice Success in 1998 to help give these therapists the skills they needed to be successful in their businesses. I did a lot of touring and speaking, but after the birth of my son in 1999, I decided to take my practice building workshops online so I could spend time at home enjoying my boy while he was still young.
BodyworkBiz was born in 2000 and offered some of the first online courses ever for massage therapists. This was early in Internet years. The browser had just come out in 1995 and dial up access through your phone line was still the norm. Many of those early courses were done through expensive teleconference lines and I would pay transcriptionists to type out the calls and would post those transcriptions online. The web was still largely text and people were still excited to get email. Pictures would take too long to download to be used extensively and video streaming was pretty much non-existent.
BodyworkBiz was very successful despite the low tech nature of our profession. In the early years, BodyworkBiz would get more traffic than even the AMTA website according to various monitoring services. Over these past 15 years, I’ve help tens of thousands of therapists grow their businesses and develop soul-satisfying practices. And in the process I’ve helped them reach hundreds of thousands of new customers, expand their reach and assist them in literally touching and changing the lives of people in their communities.
My business and marketing articles have appeared in massage journals both at home and internationally. I’ve built over 100 massage websites, helped some of the biggest names in the massage profession with their marketing, and have served as a consultant for some of the largest organizations in our industry. In addition, I co-founded both Massage Therapy Radio and World Massage Conference.
World Massage Conference, if you’re not familiar with it, is an online massage conference and the largest event in the history of massage seven years running, with about 20,000 paid registrations in 2014.
The conference will continue to run and because it’s so big, I’ll stay involved part-time to help make sure it continues to operate smoothly and deliver exceptional continuing education to massage therapists.
Why am I leaving a profession that has been so good to me? Everything comes to an end at some point and my preference is to leave on top. I feel like I’ve pretty much taken on every challenge possible in this industry, from pioneering chair massage in Canada, running clinics, working on massage legislation, to pioneering online education and running the largest events in the massage world. It’s a small profession and there are not many opportunities to go any higher or further and I’m ready to push myself to another level.
What will I do next? I’m not sure. I’ve always been a proponent of action. If you’re not sure what to do, then just do something. You’ll find out soon enough if it was the right thing or not. Whatever happens, you’ll learn and grow in the process. So I’m stepping into a bit of a void to see what will happen. It will be an adventure and I’ll keep you updated.
Eric Brown, Grand Massage Poobah
Update! Here’s the link to the Retirement Package:
This will take you to the page where you’ll see everything you get for just $199.