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Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
March, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 03
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.
So you've landed your first interview for a job in the spa industry.Congratulations! It wasn't as hard as you thought it was going to be, was it? I told you spas are very much in need of qualified, motivated individuals to make their programs work. In fact, spas are more employee-heavy that almost any other industry. According to a study done last year by PricewaterhouseCooper, there are over 104,000 full-time employees in the spa industry, and over 45,000 part-time employees.
This observation was echoed by Nancy Griffin a friend of mine in the spa industry. Who has done an in-depth analysis of the spa industry. This is what she says regarding the employment picture in spas: "Creative compensation strategies and continuing education will go a long way in creating employee loyalty. Strategies must be developed to minimize employee loss. Turnover is costly to any industry, but is especially damaging in the spa industry because of the high cost of training per employee."
That's right. Spas, like any industry, have trouble retaining qualified employees, so they're hoping you not only qualify for the job you're going to interview for next week, but they also hope you're going to stay with the job for a long time to come. What could be better than that?
I know, I know all of this information is fine, but it doesn't do much to calm your nerves about the upcoming interview. OK, then, let's get to work.
In Human Resources
Since you're applying at one of the big resort spas in your area, you're probably going to have to do a preliminary interview. Depending upon who interviews you, this can either be a fun experience or a rough one. Probably your biggest challenge is going to be keeping your positive attitude. It's easy to get awestruck and depressed by the impersonal atmosphere in some of these larger corporations. You end up sitting in a little plastic chair for hours and taking a test that has nothing to do with your skills as a massage therapist. All I can say is, keep your head up! It gets better.
The most important points you need to get across to the human resources interviewer are the intangible, yet crucial qualities that make you a superior candidate for a position in this fine, upstanding company. Qualities like honesty, loyalty, punctuality, and disciplined focus on the job at hand, for example, are important factors when considering anyone for any position. But it's tricky to just walk in and say, "I'm honest, loyal, punctual and disciplined." Instead, let your résumé work for you, as I suggested in my last letter. Be humble, attentive, and patient. Mostly, stay positive.
The Spa Director
I'm confident that you'll make it to the next step, which is meeting with the spa director. This may very well take place in the spa facility itself, so watch out! Many applicants, when they first step foot in the opulent surroundings of a first class spa, are overwhelmed by the atmosphere, and a little intimidated by all the marble, the muted colors, and the seemingly rich ladies floating around in robes. Remember, this fancy place needs your services to be successful. Just take a deep breath and relax.
Share with the spa director your vision of yourself in the spa industry, speaking with conviction about where you see yourself a few years down the road. You want to show your serious intentions of remaining with the industry (hopefully at this spa), learning as much as you can, and eventually moving your way up to more responsibilities. Be careful here, though. You don't want to appear too greedy or overanxious. For instance, I was recently interviewing a newly graduated massage therapist for a position at a spa project I'm working on, and he said he wanted to start on the management team right away, for a competitive spa director's salary. Needless to say, this individual never even started as a therapist, and I think he'll find it hard to get a job in any spa with that kind of attitude.
It's all about balance, Lou. You want to look extremely eager yet also aware that there are ropes to be learned. This spa director you'll be talking to can be your ally in that respect. Listen to what he or she has to say.
The (Gulp) Test Massage
If you've never given a test massage before, the experience can leave you standing in a puddle of your own sweat, mired in a complex swirl of emotions, the most prominent of which include fear and self-doubt. I know - it's happened to me. The first test massage I gave was to my instructor in massage school in order to graduate. It was one of the most unpleasant experiences of my life. (Hint: don't eat bean burritos directly before giving the test massage.)
You don't have to go through the same pain I did, though. Just relax as much as possible and follow a few simple guidelines:
I know, this probably sounds ridiculous, but I received one test massage from a fellow who kept banging my own hand into my head as he massaged my arm. This went on and on until I had to ask him to stop. Remember, the person receiving the massage wants you to be good. You can help create that impression by not being bad.
Give a nice, courteous, sensitive massage, asking for feedback a few times during the hour. Adjust your massage accordingly. If the interviewer wants a light relaxing massage, give it to her, even if you're a steadfast deep muscular therapist. You need to show a breadth of skills to work in a spa. Also, don't do anything too "far out," like breathing in sync with the "far out," like breathing in sync with the interviewer throughout the entire massage, or crawling up on the table for some esoteric manipulations. Think simple, straightforward massage.
I received a test massage from an applicant who had several years of experience and was very confident and nonchalant about his prospects of getting a job. The problem was, he was too confident, to the point of not really caring. I felt that he was burned out after too many years of doing the same thing, and that his soul wanted to be doing something else. His massage was good, but he didn't get the job.
You'd be surprised how many candidates come in thinking that a little massage will show the full range of their abilities. This is a mistake. Unless the interviewer requests otherwise, assume you will be giving a full-hour massage. This is more than just courteous; it shows that you can perform the job you're applying for, which in most spas is usually full-hour treatments.
Well, once again, Lou, I hope this information helps you a little. I'll be eagerly awaiting news from your interview.
Steve Capellini, LMT
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