Product Review: Muscle Mender

I’m back with another product review. This time I am talking about Massage Guns from Muscle Mender. I was gifted one of these as a Christmas present – nice timing considering I am still recovering from an ACL surgery and doing hands on work on your own legs isn’t exactly the easiest! Muscle Mender is a muscle or massage gun that uses high velocity but low impact contact to help release tension or pressure in soft tissue areas. Like many other muscle guns, the concept is simple but its appearance is very slick, with a simple control and speed screen on the handle of the gun. Plus they are an Irish Company – it’s always good to support small local businesses!

 

It comes with a variety of head attachments, being denser, larger or pronged to be able to use virtually all over the body. Obviously you need to be conscious of avoiding bone as from my professional perspective I don’t recommend it. The tempo and impact at no point feels uncomfortable unless done over a tender, injured or bony area. It handles well and the power doesn’t decrease when a small amount of pressure is applied, unlike other massage guns. It can be used over large areas to apply soft tissue work in a quick time so is useful for recovery or with teams when time is limited. It is also very simple to use and can be thought to someone so they can use it themselves if they are educated as to how to use it. If you feel you need more than what the gun can provide please feel free to drop me a message here.

 

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If teams are interested in buying them I know they do wholesale and bulk orders over on their website. The price is fairly reasonable and they go on sale every now and again – keep an eye out on their Instagram @MuscleMender. I have found it easy enough to clean the attachments and I know that there is probably a chance to order more if you are stuck. Hygiene is very important in this business!

 

I don’t believe it will replace a Certified Athletic Therapist, or physiotherapist, using their hands, which we do for a majority of soft tissue work. Nor do I think it will be as accurate, but for speed and efficiency it really helps. Especially on people with a lot more muscle, who can be harder to work on, I think it kind of loosens people up on a superficial level before you have to go in with your hands. I would say that I have gotten the most use out of using it on myself. I think it’s a great tool to aid therapists when your hands are tired or your client wants work on a superficial level – some people come into my clinic just for massages when they are achy form their daily activities.

 

Aesthetic: ⅘.

Handling: ⅘.

Cost: ⅘.

Necessity: ⅗.

Quality: ⅘.

Goal setting for health entrepreneurs

Setting goals for your business is one of those things we all hear lots about when we’re setting out as entrepreneurs. Writing a business plan, knowing what you’ll be doing in 1 year, 5 years – maybe even 10 years time. That’s the right way to do things, isn’t it? Thinking big! Aiming for the stars!

But when we’re up to our eye-balls in getting paperwork for tax, attracting our first clients, watching our finances, learning how to navigate social media and everything else the shouty world of the internet tells us we need to have to run a successful business, who has time to set goals?

The thing is, setting goals for our business is essential to keep moving forward, boost our confidence and guarantee growth.

Without goals we’re all just paddling along doing the same old things, wondering why it’s (often) not working.

Here are my top 3 tips when it comes to setting goals as a health entrepreneur:

Start small when you’re at the beginning

I recently wrote a blog post about how when I started my business I tried to follow the age-old advice of planning my whole year and setting income targets for myself every month.

Needless to say, not having a clue what I was going into, I completely failed to meet my self-imposed targets by month two and ended up feeling totally deflated. Not exactly like a successful entrepreneur.

No matter what anyone else tells you when you are in the early days of your business, if everything seems new and constantly changing, try setting yourself 30 day goals, instead of 365 day ones.

This means that you can constantly evolve and move with what’s happening, and take things at your own pace. Rather than expecting yourself and your business to know what a whole year is going to look like on Day 1.

For example in Month 1 I set myself four goals:

  • Get 50 sign ups in my new Facebook group (all health and wellness entrepreneurs welcome!)
  • Finish two resource videos to help my audience
  • Secure one more speaking engagement to spread brand awareness
  • Book three clients

These were small, manageable goals and each day I could check back in to see what I was focusing on and whether I was taking action to move towards achieving these goals.

Which leads us neatly on to….

Break your goals down into easy to do tasks

Let’s take one of my goals as an example.

Writing down “book three clients” on my to-do list wasn’t going to make me very productive. My brain would totally see an enormous and overwhelming task like that on my list and immediately send me to browse around on Instagram and faff around reorganise folders on my computer instead of taking action.


Yup – a big task like “book 3 clients” would bring out my Instant Gratification Monkey. If you haven’t heard of the Instant Gratification Monkey you need to get on over to this blog post from Tim Urban at Wait But Why.

In order to take small actions that were going to add up to achieving my goal, I needed to break down the big task into smaller ones. Then I could look at my list and pick something small and manageable each day, which I knew was going to move me towards my overall aim.

Taking “book three clients” and breaking it down could look like this:

  • Write to 5 people I know to ask for a referral
  • Design some promotional graphics to put on my Instagram Stories
  • Promote my coaching services on my Facebook page
  • Send an email to my mailing list about my coaching services
  • Direct Message 3 people on Instagram to offer them a coaching package

Don’t let the Instant Gratification Monkey distract you from the task in hand. Break things down into little do-able tasks that you can happily tick off with that immense feeling of satisfaction. That’s what achieving goals is really about.

Make time to review your goals

Setting goals and taking action really doesn’t amount to much if you don’t schedule in some time to step back and assess how it went.

At the end of each month (or whatever period you’re working to) it’s essential to make time to reflect on whether you achieved your goals and really look at the actions you took. Doing this will help you make a decision about how to move forward into the next month or goal setting period.

For example with my goal of booking three clients – if I hit the target, then I can take stock of the actions I took and replicate most, if not all of them, the next month to try and repeat the same success.

I should also take a bit of time to think about how the month went with this goal. Perhaps the goal was too easy? How did it feel? Shall I aim for the same next month, or push myself to go for 5?

If I didn’t book the target number of clients – why not? What actions worked and secured clients? Which ones felt like a waste of time? What were the tasks I didn’t do that would probably have got me better results? How can I overcome my fears or break down tasks further to take more action?

If we don’t do this sort of assessment, we run the risk of just repeating over and over the same sort of activities that aren’t getting us anywhere. Whilst reflecting and assessing might feel like a distraction for the ‘real work’, it’s actually essential to setting more goals and writing better to-do lists each day. 

It’s also really important to review because if we achieve our goals then we can and should celebrate!

Celebrating and rewarding ourselves reinforces in our brains that there is a positive outcome from all the hard work and pushing out of our comfort zone. Without that reward, why would we keep doing it?

Find a way to reflect and celebrate your hard work. In my Facebook group for health and wellness entrepreneurs we have Celebrate The Wins Wednesday posts where we can share those results together, feel free to join us if you’d like a supportive community to celebrate with.

What do you think? Will these tips help you set goals in your business?

If you’re still struggling to get started download my Just Start Now Checklist of 10 things you can take action on immediately to get your business going.

BIO

Vicky Shilling is a coach, helping wellness industry entrepreneurs turn their business ideas into reality. Find out more about Vicky, dig into her extensive set of resources  www.vickyshilling.com

Setting goals for your business is one of those things we all hear lots about when we’re setting out as entrepreneurs. Writing a business plan, knowing what you’ll be doing in 1 year, 5 years – maybe even 10 years time. That’s the right way to do things, isn’t it? Thinking big! Aiming for the stars!

But when we’re up to our eye-balls in getting paperwork for tax, attracting our first clients, watching our finances, learning how to navigate social media and everything else the shouty world of the internet tells us we need to have to run a successful business, who has time to set goals?

The thing is, setting goals for our business is essential to keep moving forward, boost our confidence and guarantee growth.

Without goals we’re all just paddling along doing the same old things, wondering why it’s (often) not working.

Here are my top 3 tips when it comes to setting goals as a health entrepreneur:

Start small when you’re at the beginning

I recently wrote a blog post about how when I started my business I tried to follow the age-old advice of planning my whole year and setting income targets for myself every month.

Needless to say, not having a clue what I was going into, I completely failed to meet my self-imposed targets by month two and ended up feeling totally deflated. Not exactly like a successful entrepreneur.

No matter what anyone else tells you when you are in the early days of your business, if everything seems new and constantly changing, try setting yourself 30 day goals, instead of 365 day ones.

This means that you can constantly evolve and move with what’s happening, and take things at your own pace. Rather than expecting yourself and your business to know what a whole year is going to look like on Day 1.

For example in Month 1 I set myself four goals:

  • Get 50 sign ups in my new Facebook group (all health and wellness entrepreneurs welcome!)
  • Finish two resource videos to help my audience
  • Secure one more speaking engagement to spread brand awareness
  • Book three clients

These were small, manageable goals and each day I could check back in to see what I was focusing on and whether I was taking action to move towards achieving these goals.

Which leads us neatly on to….

Break your goals down into easy to do tasks

Let’s take one of my goals as an example.

Writing down “book three clients” on my to-do list wasn’t going to make me very productive. My brain would totally see an enormous and overwhelming task like that on my list and immediately send me to browse around on Instagram and faff around reorganise folders on my computer instead of taking action.


Yup – a big task like “book 3 clients” would bring out my Instant Gratification Monkey. If you haven’t heard of the Instant Gratification Monkey you need to get on over to this blog post from Tim Urban at Wait But Why.

In order to take small actions that were going to add up to achieving my goal, I needed to break down the big task into smaller ones. Then I could look at my list and pick something small and manageable each day, which I knew was going to move me towards my overall aim.

Taking “book three clients” and breaking it down could look like this:

  • Write to 5 people I know to ask for a referral
  • Design some promotional graphics to put on my Instagram Stories
  • Promote my coaching services on my Facebook page
  • Send an email to my mailing list about my coaching services
  • Direct Message 3 people on Instagram to offer them a coaching package

Don’t let the Instant Gratification Monkey distract you from the task in hand. Break things down into little do-able tasks that you can happily tick off with that immense feeling of satisfaction. That’s what achieving goals is really about.

Make time to review your goals

Setting goals and taking action really doesn’t amount to much if you don’t schedule in some time to step back and assess how it went.

At the end of each month (or whatever period you’re working to) it’s essential to make time to reflect on whether you achieved your goals and really look at the actions you took. Doing this will help you make a decision about how to move forward into the next month or goal setting period.

For example with my goal of booking three clients – if I hit the target, then I can take stock of the actions I took and replicate most, if not all of them, the next month to try and repeat the same success.

I should also take a bit of time to think about how the month went with this goal. Perhaps the goal was too easy? How did it feel? Shall I aim for the same next month, or push myself to go for 5?

If I didn’t book the target number of clients – why not? What actions worked and secured clients? Which ones felt like a waste of time? What were the tasks I didn’t do that would probably have got me better results? How can I overcome my fears or break down tasks further to take more action?

If we don’t do this sort of assessment, we run the risk of just repeating over and over the same sort of activities that aren’t getting us anywhere. Whilst reflecting and assessing might feel like a distraction for the ‘real work’, it’s actually essential to setting more goals and writing better to-do lists each day. 

It’s also really important to review because if we achieve our goals then we can and should celebrate!

Celebrating and rewarding ourselves reinforces in our brains that there is a positive outcome from all the hard work and pushing out of our comfort zone. Without that reward, why would we keep doing it?

Find a way to reflect and celebrate your hard work. In my Facebook group for health and wellness entrepreneurs we have Celebrate The Wins Wednesday posts where we can share those results together, feel free to join us if you’d like a supportive community to celebrate with.

What do you think? Will these tips help you set goals in your business?

If you’re still struggling to get started download my Just Start Now Checklist of 10 things you can take action on immediately to get your business going.

BIO

Vicky Shilling is a coach, helping wellness industry entrepreneurs turn their business ideas into reality. Find out more about Vicky, dig into her extensive set of resources  www.vickyshilling.com