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Update from the International AIDS Conference
The 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, brought together more than 15,000 of the world's leading scientists, activists, funders, policy makers, and consumers from 153 countries.
National Board Apologizes for Testing Issues
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) has issued a formal apology following a series of computer-based testing malfunctions that impacted two separate examinations (March and June 2016) and caused "widespread confusion and frustration" to the nearly 1,500 examinees taking the tests.
Workers' Back Pain: Causes, Costs & Solution
You will want to share two important papers published in the past several months. Why? When read separately, each provides valuable information relevant to your patients, community and practice; together, they tell a compelling story.
Going Beyond Just Feeling Good
We all know that most patients come to us for some pain complaint: neck pain, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, etc. We also all know that acupuncture is a great first-line care for these issues, as well as supporting overall health and wellness.
Decoding the Mystery of Medical Insurance Acceptance
In the constantly evolving profession of acupuncture, one of the least understood areas is medical insurance acceptance. The profession is filled with controversy surrounding this topic: Is it ethical?
Getting Paid by Medicare Is Getting a Major Adjustment
The 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) was signed into law to implement a new approach to clinician payments and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
First Annual ICD-10 Updates Take Effect
Yes, there was an update to ICD-10 codes on Oct. 1. It was a regular update to the diagnosis coding system and will take place every Oct. 1, just as it did when the ICD-9 system was in place.
Six Things Every DC Should Know About the Zika Virus
The Zika outbreak continues to spread across the continental United States and U.S. territories. We offer this brief overview on this important public health problem for the practicing doctor of chiropractic.
Dysautonomia: The Medical Condition You May Already Be Treating
TCM practitioners have spent thousands of years healing patients without knowing or needing the names of their diseases as defined by allopathic medicine. We have syndrome names that are both poetic and efficient.
Upgrade to "Parker 2.0" in Las Vegas
Continuing your education and refining your practice: two key elements of a successful chiropractic career. Parker Seminars promises both as it celebrates its 65th anniversary in Las Vegas next February, according to Parker University President, Dr. William Morgan, and seminar consultant Dr. Mark Sanna.
Pediatric Footwear: Function Over Fashion
As practitioners, it is not uncommon for parents to bring us their children to treat or ask us questions related to the pediatric population. Children's feet tend to be a perplexing region for parents and practitioners alike.
Treatment Success at the Won Institute
According to the World Health Organization's 2003 report titled, "Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Controlled Clinical Trials," acupuncture has been shown to improve many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.
Using the Lens of Chinese Medicine
One of the most common medications I see in clinical practice on a daily basis is fluoxetine or Prozac. Consequently, I hear many complaints concerning the side effects of this medication and am frequently asked by patients to help manage these side effects with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Power to the Patient
Against a backdrop of splintered political parties, polarizations within nations, civil unrest, and distrust of established government (such as the growing anti-Washington, D.C. sentiment) comes the not-so-surprising finding that health care authorities and practitioners (with perhaps the exception of insurers) are turning over more and more powers to the individual patient.
ITB Syndrome: Treat the Tensor Fascia Latae
Iliotibial band syndrome is usually the result of repetitive knee flexion, such as in runners or cyclists. Pain may be experienced in the knee and/or the hip. The patient may express a sense of the hip dislocating, popping or snapping.
Pediatric Asthma: A Case Study
I have had very good success with pediatric asthma, combining acupuncture with Chinese herbal products. Treatment is given over four to eight months, twice monthly, with herbal formulas rotated every month.
Four Ways to Attract Patients
Acupuncturist A has been in practice for six years and has struggled since day one. She spends as much time and money on marketing as she can, but since her practice is slow, her budget isn't that big.
Treating Peripheral Neuropathy: Multi-Faceted Approach Including Laser Therapy
Peripheral neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States1 and nearly 60 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy. Many suffer from the disorder without ever identifying the cause.
Integrative Cancer Care: Chiropractic for Chemotherapy-Induced Hiccups
Hiccups (singultus) are a frequent occurrence during cancer treatment. The cause of the hiccups may be the chemotherapy drug itself, such as Cisplatin; or the prophylactic use of corticosteroids such as Decadron, which is used to prevent nausea and/or vomiting.
Natural Cancer Prevention: Pomegranate for the Prostate
In recent years, the ingestion of pure pomegranate juice (8 ounces per day) has been shown in clinical studies with human subjects to slow, and to some degree, reverse, the progression of prostate cancer – the second leading cause of cancer death in North American men.
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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