Massage Therapist Keeps it Simple

I went for massage therapy for some back pain. At the end of the session, the therapist asked if I would commit to doing some exercises to strengthen and stretch my back. I agreed, and she promptly demonstrated three exercises. All of them could be done while standing, none of them required any special equipment.

She explained her choice of exercises very simply. With only three exercises, it’s more likely that I will do them on a regular basis, as it won’t take me much time, and they’re easy to remember. By selecting exercises that could be done standing without any equipment, she gave me the ability to do the exercises anywhere.

Her reasoning is completely sound. I can do all the exercises in 5 minutes. While they are perhaps not as effective as others done while lying down, the freedom to do them anywhere means that I’m more likely to do the exercises, making them much more effective than other stretches that I’m not likely to do.

What does this mean to you?

If you want to get someone to perform a task, keep it simple. Make the task as easy to remember and perform as possible. The simpler it is, the more likely it is that the task will get done.