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Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Making Sense of an Increasingly Obvious Conclusion
Where's U.S. health care heading? Like it or not, the list of telltale signs is growing to a point that stands out to even the most myopic observer. Consider this list of facts as you look into the future of health care in the United States:
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
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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