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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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 03
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'm quite impressed with the incredible enthusiasm you've shown for your work in the spa industry.At this rate, you might become spa director yourself in the near future! You should be proud of the "Supervisor of Spa Treatments" position you've been offered, whether you accept it or not.
That's right, I said whether you accept it or not. You should definitely sit down and think long and hard about the decision, although right now it would seem silly to turn down something so obviously good for your career - including an increase in pay and prestige. But before jumping for that big spa brass ring, consider what I call the "3 Rs" that come into play when moving into management.
First of all, when you make the switch to being a manager/supervisor, other people are going to look at you differently. When you are somebody's "boss," he or she may have the tendency to categorize or even demonize you. This single quick decision will make you the "enemy."
I'm not exaggerating. This happened to me, and it's happened to many others I know in the spa industry -- therapists who started working in the spa out of a sincere desire to do good work and treat other people in a caring manner. As soon as they moved into a managerial position and felt the sting of separation from their colleagues, many of them retreated immediately into their former roles as therapists (with the added stigma of "demotion" attached to the position), while others quit the industry altogether.
I don't mean to alarm you, but if you choose to take the position, you have to be prepared to see therapists from the opposite side of the desk. What you see may not be too appealing.
Consider the new responsibilities you're likely to have, including, among other things:
Being in charge of payroll means you'll be in charge of your staff's wallets, bank accounts and paychecks. People will see you as the gatekeeper to their prosperity, or their lack of it. You'll be amazed how quickly a massage therapist will transfer his or her feelings of lack and poverty onto you if the paychecks are not what is expected. You will have to be there to distribute these paychecks, and you'd better not be late or in any way impede the flow of funds, because you will hear about it immediately. Once you have a system worked out, payroll can become routine. Just be aware that others will see you not so much as a friend anymore, but more as a parental figure, if you're the one handing them their money at the end of every pay period.
The flip side of payroll is scheduling. By deciding who gets which shifts, you ultimately will be in control of who gets the biggest paychecks. This is often tied in with some kind of seniority system, as I mentioned a few letters ago. Some managers have a hands-off attitude about scheduling, leaving the details up to requests from the staff and the day-by-day exigencies of the spa, but I think it's better to be proactive on this issue. Of course, scheduling massage staff will include scheduling yourself, since you'll still be a working therapist, and even though you think that will mean you can choose when you work and get the choicest times and dates off for vacations and so on, you'll find that in reality, supervisors work a lot more than the line staff, because a lot more is expected of them. Upper management knows that you're someone who wants to move up, and they'll take advantage of that ambition.
If you decide to be a manager of people, you'll also definitely find yourself managing disputes. With massage therapists, that can be tricky. Everything from security issues to sexual harassment charges will come under your jurisdiction, so be prepared!
As a supervisor, you'll be expected to be on top of the latest issues as far as training is concerned. This usually isn't that much of a problem, because vendors come in to do most of the training, as you've already learned. But it's important for you to stay current and informed and able to offer assistance and even extra solo trainings for those on-the-spot situations where an outside trainer is not available.
Perhaps the most important role you'll play as a supervisor is as liaison between staff and upper management. The other therapists will rely upon you to get their concerns headed, and the owners/management will depend upon you to get their views heard (and their rules obeyed!).
Now consider the reasons you're thinking of saying "yes" in the first place. As a supervisor, you will be in position for serious consideration when other job opportunities evolve within the company, or maybe even in other spas. You'll have to keep your eyes open for such opportunities. Also, you'll be making a steadier paycheck, not one based on the fluctuating flow of clientele at the spa. Also with the greater responsibility, you'll get the opportunity eventually to grow into a more mature you. In the meantime, you'll have to settle down to the job at hand, which will be substantial, as I just pointed out.
Ultimately, your rewards may be greater, in terms of career trajectory, but they will also be different from what you originally entered the field to gain. You've only been a therapist for a couple of years, and now you may be heading off into this uncharted territory. I've seen it happen over and over in the spa industry. It can be a tricky path.
Whatever your ultimate decision is, I'll be here for you to help in whatever ways I can. In fact, I'm kind of excited to find out what that decision will be! Let me know as soon as you've made your choice.
Steve Capellini, LMT
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