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Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
February, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 02
By Steve Capellini, LMT
Author's note: The Spa Letters column features news, personality profiles, trends, and plenty of professional possibilities for LMTs in the spa industry. The style is epistolary, meaning the articles are letters to a fictional massage therapist friend of the author.
I'm not surprised to hear that you're getting serious about applying for a job in the spa industry.There are more spas each year, and they all need to be staffed by competent, professional therapists. Therapists and estheticians in a spa spend more quality time with the guests than anyone else on staff, managers and directors spend a lot of time looking for the right candidates to make the best impression on their customers.
I'm sure you have a lot of questions about what you might expect as you go for and (I hope!) land your first spa position. Since I've been on the other side of the table, and have interviewed hundreds of therapists applying for positions in spas, maybe I can give you a few pointers of what we're looking for.
Choosing the Best Spa for You
You might think that because you're the one looking for a job, you don't have much say-so in the matter. The truth is, a job interview is two-way street, and even though you might not think so while you're right in the midst of it, you are sizing up the spa, the management, and the position for which you're applying as thoroughly as the spa director is sizing you up.
Your job is to become the best candidate you can be, so that you'll be given the widest range of choices. To become the best candidate, it helps if you receive as much training as you can afford in a variety of modalities. You might even consider training in a field other than massage to become a more valuable employee. I know I've often been impressed by candidates who have esthetician and massage therapist licenses. This makes it much easier to schedule those people and keep them busy. Also, you can take any number of workshops on spa therapies to broaden your knowledge and skills. Bring certificates from such workshops to your interview to demonstrate your eagerness to work in the industry. Even though you'll be trained on the spa's own treatments, techniques and products, spa directors often appreciate a candidate who has gone out of the way to learn as much about the industry as possible.
Quick tip: You can make up for a lack of experience with an abundance of availability. Don't try to impress your interviewer with how tightly your schedule is packed with high-paying private clientele. The spa needs you to be available.
Intuition can be a powerful indicator, helping you decide where you end up working. It's the radar beacon of your soul, zeroing in on where you really belong in this life. I can't tell you exactly what to look for as far as this beacon goes, but I can tell you it's more of an inner knowing than a confluence of any outward signs or signals. The outer shape and look of the spa may be much less important than you think. It's more a matter of how the people there make you feel. So, as you head into a spa for an interview, try to relax your mind and settle your thoughts a little, so you can tune into the subtle messages that you're receiving all the time but usually don't pay much attention to.
Be aware that some of the most seductively beautiful new spas being built today may lack a certain amount of "soul" if they're not run by someone whose heart is thoroughly committed to a vision of caring, compassion and quality. Too many spas sparkle with polished marble, yet lack a certain inner luster. Some of the greatest spas, where some of the best therapists work, are rather "funky" looking at first glance.
Don't be too entranced by the look of a place. Rather, feel while you're there. Does something about the people in the place resonate with your own personality? Do you "click" with certain staff members? Do you feel at home right away? Can you sense a possible part of your future there?
While it might help to present a résumé crowded with highlights from an illustrious spa career, you don't have to worry if you're new to the spa industry, or new to the field of massage. Spa directors know that the character and attitude of their therapists becomes evident to their guests during the hours of close contact that they have together. Therefore, it's important to have a résumé that reflects a high-quality character, regardless of your level of experience.
Make sure to have a couple references ready, preferably with former employers or people in important positions. Judges and CEOs of large corporations will do nicely, but any respectable professional is fine.
It's important to write down what you're looking for, and where you've been. Résumés that start out with a description of a bright individual seeking a challenging position sound better than ones that start by listing the address of your elementary school.
Be sure to include any other character-building experience you've had, such as Outward-Bound, the Peace Corps, etc., and any volunteer work you may have done. Showing a passion and commitment to caring for others is very important because, after all, that's what you'll be asked to do in your new position as a spa therapist.
Like they say, it's more than just a job. It's an adventure in caring.
So, Lou, it's time for me to head out for some exercise. Which reminds me to find work in a spa, it definitely helps if you present yourself as a health-conscious individual. Spas prefer employees who embody the healthy spa image. This doesn't mean you have to hone your body to 6 percent body fat and eat nothing but celery, but if you practice what spas preach (exercise, eating right, lowering stress), you'll be more likely to fit into the workplace.
Next time I have a chance to write, I'll continue with some ideas that might help you on your quest for that spa position you desire, including a description of how to get through the sometimes nerve-wracking experience of giving your first test massage!
Until then, take care,
Steve Capellini, LMT
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