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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.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
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.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
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.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
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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