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Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Keep Seniors Safe: Age-Proofing the Home
I want to give Dr. Claudia Anrig kudos for her Dec. 1, 2014 column, which highlighted safety issues youngsters might encounter in the home.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
News in Brief
ACA Exec. Vice President Out, Acting EVP In; F4CP Executive Director Retires; New ED Named.
Pain Is Only a Piece of the Puzzle
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint: headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Managing Tibialis Posterior Tendon Injuries
The tibialis posterior is the deepest, strongest and most central muscle of the leg, with fibers originating from the tibia, fibula and interosseous membrane.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Viewpoints: Massage Reduces Nonspecific Shoulder Pain, Improves Function
While seemingly universal, pain and stiffness in the shoulders can be a significant cause of disability. Often a pain that does not go away on its own, shoulder complaints tend to linger, sometimes for 12 months or longer.
Treating GERD and Incontinence: Focus on Trigger Points
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is defined as the regurgitation of stomach acid in the esophagus. Previously, it was thought that GERD was caused by a hiatal hernia, but recent trials suggest the cause is an inability of the hiatal sphincter to contract normally.
What Do You Know About Physician Compare?
Physician Compare is a website that allows consumers to search for and obtain information about physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
Older Patients, Stroke Risk and Manipulation
The first population-based study in the United States to evaluate stroke risk following spinal manipulation – and the first involving older adults – suggests that "[c]hiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
God and the Chiropractor
My wife went to church last Wednesday night and brought home a CD of the pastor's message. As she handed it to me, she said, "You should listen to this; you'll like it." Our family regularly goes to church and our faith plays a major role in our lives.
How We Can Help the Injured Brain
The majority of patients with mild traumatic brain injuries recover within seven to 10 days. If concussion signs and symptoms continue beyond seven days, the diagnosis changes from acute concussion to post-concussion syndrome.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Striking a Blow to the Medical Monopoly
The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v Federal Trade Commission.
Joint Supplements for Athletes (Part 2)
A fairly recent discovery in nutrition supplemental medicine has proven to be a breakthrough in maintaining athletic joint health. Research suggests a combination of undenatured type-II collagen and tetrahydro-iso-alpha acids helps revitalize joint function and performance in athletes.
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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