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Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
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.
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.
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.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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.
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.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
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.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
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.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
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.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
January, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 01
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 can't believe it's already been a year since you've begun your spa odyssey. Now you're a full-fledged member of an industry that employs well over 100,000 people. Plus, as a massage therapist, you're on the front lines of this expanding sector. You are the person spa guests spend time with. You are the person they look to as a living example of the health and wholeness they seek. They want you to walk your talk!
I hope you've benefited from our conversations thus far. What started out as a simple correspondence has turned into a correspondence course for spa therapists! (Editor's note: To read the complete archives of Steve's Spa Letters column, go to www.massagetoday.com/columnists/capellini/articles.html.)
"What's next?" you asked in your last letter. Good question. You've been at the spa for some time, and have become a valuable asset through your training, dedication and hard work. Now that spa season is in full swing again, you're ripe to "make your move," or at least take the first step up the spa ladder. But toward what?
It may feel as if you're suddenly in a dead-end position; maybe you're even questioning why you got into the spa business in the first place. Everywhere you look, you see a long line of therapists in front of you. You've just run into what I call the "Seniority Syndrome," and I don't blame you for feeling frustrated.
Your enthusiasm and energy are colliding with a system that has been in place at most spas (and many businesses in general) for years. Therapists who've worked at the spa longer than you are given preference for prime shifts and time off, simply because the start-date of their employment was earlier than yours. As you've pointed out, some of these "senior" therapists are resting on their laurels, not doing the best work they're capable of. You think they're taking advantage of the system.
You may be right. However, keep in mind that you might possibly behave the same way if, a few years from now, you find yourself in a cushy senior position. If that were to happen, you might resent the energy and enthusiasm of an upstart -- such as the person you are right now!
The problem, in my mind, is not so much with individuals, but with the system itself. Given sufficient motivation and opportunity, most spa therapists will want to continue to improve themselves and their work.
Your best bet now is to continue to work closely (and obediently!) with your spa director, massage supervisor, and other managers. When the time is right, let the director know about an alternative to the seniority system. I saw it in action at a spa in northern California once, and it worked quite well.
Instead of the existing "senioritocracy,"consider an alternative system I'll call a "meritocracy." Rather than awarding therapists simply for sticking around, this system is based on monthly guest comment cards, plus longevity on the job, which does count for something, after all.
If the therapists who garner the most favorable comments also receive the most prized shifts and optimal number of hours, it will work for the benefit of the spa, the guests, and the therapists, who will be motivated to do their best work. The only problem with this system is that sometimes, over-zealous therapists solicit favorable guest comments. Spot-checks need to be in place to guard against this. All guest comments should be unsolicited.
Lou, I have a feeling you're going to go far in the spa industry. You just have to find a way to reign in your enthusiasm right now so it can be used for the greater good. Sooner than you think, you're going to be a senior employee yourself. Exercise compassion toward others in your workplace who are dealing with their own challenges. Believe me, you'll need the same type of compassion in return one day.
Something you can do today is begin to create your own private meritocracy. Continue to do the best work you can do, on all levels that the job demands. That hard work will take you to the place your heart wants you to be -- your soul's calling.
More about this next time I write. Until then, take care,
Click here for previous articles by Steve Capellini, LMT.
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