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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
January, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 01
Building a Successful Spa: Step One - Conception
By John Fanuzzi
As I write for Massage Today, whose primary readership is massage therapists, I am honored to share some of my experiences with many friends in the industry. Looking through the eyes of a massage therapist and through the eyes of a hotel chain are completely different, so I will write as if I was a massage therapist considering opening a spa.
"Spa" seems to be the wildcard word that incorporates not just massage, but a potential multitude of treatments, including other alternative therapies; body scrubs; skin care; steam; sauna; hydrotherapy; yoga; fitness; diet; meditation; and cleansing.It is the universal and much more socially accepted word, and it has hit its stride only in the past six or seven years. With that window now open, many massage therapists are upgrading their practices to day spas, which can be quite profitable if properly planned and managed.
When inspired with a new idea, such as opening a spa, a process starts that will test you, to see if you have what it takes to fulfill that vision. Many people get sidetracked when someone, perhaps their closest friend or most respected lawyer, banker or accountant, questions them about the practicality of their dream. Will your passion or your fears win when you hit that obstacle? My experience tells me that with any good idea, there are always hurdles to overcome. The real beginning is when you say, "I will." From that point of commitment, the fun begins. I have labeled this Conception -- the first step of a 12-step process to building a successful spa. Sharing your vision with your close circle of partners or staff, who also have a positive vision, will multiply the ideas and keep the creative juices flowing. It is also a time to start to think about what type of corporate structure you might need, and who the principals will be. Your positive attitude will bring the birth of a beautiful business; it must be nurtured, just like a baby in the womb.
I have personally built two spas, and one thing I can say is that what your final product may be quite different than your conceptual plan. When you do get into the design stage, you want to be as close to the final desired result as possible or it will delay construction and cost more for changes.
Now that you have decided to move forward, it is time to ask yourself some basic questions, such as: Do I want or need partners? Should I incorporate? How much will it cost? How big of a space do I need? Should I lease, buy or build? What types of treatments should I offer? Do I want to be more clinical? Do I want to include a hair salon? Should I start small? Should I hire a consultant? (For the sake of readers who may not have any knowledge of the spa industry, I am starting our discussion at an elementary level.)
This early creative stage is perhaps the most important - it is the thrust to get you through the next 11 steps. Each idea is a very important part of the process, and could be worth thousands of dollars. It is time to open your eyes wide, ask questions, visit as many spas as you can, attend trade shows, and read as much as possible from trade magazines such as Spa Management, Day Spa and American Spa.
Next month, we'll take the second step toward opening a spa by addressing Spa Theme and Personality.
Click here for previous articles by John Fanuzzi.
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