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Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
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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