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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
February, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 02
Building a Successful Spa: Step Two - Theme/Spa Personality
By John Fanuzzi
Last month we initiated a 12-step process designed at opening a spa, starting with conception of the spa. Now let's talk personality!
As we move forward in the process after making that first commitment, the earthy decisions will start to accumulate.Before you even decide on location, design and operational details, it is a good idea to consider the spa personality or theme, if you have not already done so. Do you want to have exotic Italian tile with painted murals? Will you focus on a specific ethnic or cultural atmosphere, reflected in particular modalities such as Ayurvedic treatments accompanied by Indian music? Would you like Greek marble columns with statuary and clouds painted on the ceilings? Contemporary with a full spread of treatments is common. How about Oriental massage with Asian therapists, or multicultural rooms with a variety of multinational therapists? Are you Zen, are you clinical, are you wholistic? Will you need a yoga or fitness room?
Have you considered a retreat setting? If so, what about housing or local hotels? This could be a good choice if you are interested in creating a restorative or anti-aging clinic. People will come to the middle of nowhere to get away. Perhaps a farm, one in which its outer restoration plays a role in the clients' restoration, would work well.
Do you want your spa to reflect a sense of "sacredness," such as the feeling of an ashram, in which spirituality and self-growth are part of the attraction? How about a certain smell when you walk in the door? Is there a clothing or uniform image you'd prefer?
If you choose an ethnic theme for your spa, the location could be even more crucial. The more exotic might prove impractical, when you consider having to find or train specialized therapists. You must also consider your budget. Do you want real marble of faux-painted? Carpet or tile floors? The options are endless.
Whatever you decide, the thread of the theme should penetrate everything in the spa, from products to treatments, colors, smells, uniforms, aprons, robes, and even ethnic therapists if that applies. The keywords are continuity, cohesiveness and uniqueness. You are defining who you are, and what your message and purpose are. In essence, you are defining the image and the perception that the public will get when they visit your facility. In economic terms, how you define your spa's theme and personality equals marketing dollars well-spent.
When spa consultant Monica Brown took on the job of developing the Hershey Spa, she flowed right in with the theme of the Chocolate Giant -- Chocolate. The result was a line of skin and bath products that smell just like chocolate. What a unique signature for such a company. (I have smelled the products and they do smell just like chocolate -- you almost want to drink the bathwater). That sounded like a no-brainer, but to a closed mind, the opportunity could have been missed, and the Hershey Spa would have become a traditional services spa instead.
Tara Grodesk, of Tara Spa Therapies, has been known for her "regional specialties" that reflect the needs of the local environment. For instance, in a cold harsh dry climate, such as at the Peaks at Telluride or in ski country such as here in Montana, she would perhaps promote an alpine menu, with treatments and products that would warm the bones, hydrate the skin, and feature some sort of a fireplace setting to lounge around. A Southwest theme might take into consideration the clay, aloe vera, sage, and adobe indigenous to the region. A tropical climate would invite a feeling of cooling, which might include ingredients in the products such as mango, citrus or coconut. An urban oasis in New York would create the sense of a "lunch-hour getaway" from the fast-paced city life. These seem like obvious points, but sometimes they are overlooked because people rely on familiarity with a certain product or a place, rather than thinking about the wants and needs of the people who truly matter: the clients who will frequent the spa.
In rural areas, consider a restorative retreat for lifestyle changes. Clients will travel to get away to pattern new habits. Here you might include cleansing diets with fasting; colonics; liver flushes; dark-field microscopy; blood and urine analysis; iridology; and classes on self-improvement and spirituality. If people could spent a week and return home transformed, just think how quickly all of their friends would be knocking on your spa door.
Next month, we'll take the third step toward opening a spa by addressing Location, Location, Location.
Click here for previous articles by John Fanuzzi.
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