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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 03
Building a Successful Spa: Step Three -- Location, Location, Location
By John Fanuzzi
How many times have you driven by a commercial property and commented, "What a great place to put a business"? Chances are the real estate or rent might be very high or unavailable - but how important is location? Do you get what you pay for, or do you create your location? Do you settle for what's around, or do you keep looking?
I would consider the following when choosing an ideal location for a day spa:
The location must be a draw for the type of clientele you are trying to attract. Prime location may or may not be an advantage to you. For example, if you plan on offering outdoor tai chi or yoga, fitness or nature walks, these services would be better suited for a remote setting.
If you already own a property without high traffic or are in a secluded location, you may have to adapt your business style and marketing to attract customers according to that location. This is the case in my personal situation: I already own the property. It is actually a challenging location, being so remote in Montana - 50 miles from a population base in Bozeman. To balance the situation, our market must reach a national audience. Friends said I was crazy back in 1985 when I moved Golden Ratio to Montana. My vision did not include a local market. I make my niche now with the Wellspring Institute by attracting a broad variety of customers, local and distant; by having housing for those out of state; and by offering an adventure program, corporate spa getaways, and rejuvenation programs that include longer stays with a cleansing program.
Recently, I attended the Murietta Day Spa, which is about an hour from Los Angeles, California. The owner told me that the spa relies on business from people who want to get away for the day, but do not necessarily want to fly or stay in a hotel overnight. The spa was beautiful and provided plenty of parking. My full day in the spa was shortly after the events of September 11, 2001. To my surprise, the staff told me that they did not notice any slowdown in their business. In fact, they had more people coming to the spa - people who didn't want to fly to a get-away resort.
When I set up Montana Bodycare and Dayspa in Bozeman, I found a location next to a busy hair salon, just off the main drag. I thought the proximity to the salon would pay off. It did - in fact, the current owner bought the salon and knocked a hole through the wall to connect the two businesses.
Here's another important consideration when setting up a spa -- Should I buy or lease? This is a big decision, because if you lease, you usually have to spend your money to make the leasehold improvements, which you do not own. Sometimes the developer of a new commercial property will include the initial improvements, but you will most likely pay more rent. When you start putting plumbing in every room and showers, wet rooms, steam, tile etc., it adds up quickly. Experience has taught me that you will always spend more than originally planned. (My latest advice/warning is to double what you planned to spend)
Make your choice of location and theme wisely. The two must fit together. In this industry, reputation and word of mouth will prevail. A successful blending of the appropriate elements will bring repeat customers, and those steady customers will bring their friends. The bottom line is, it must be the right location for you.
Next month, we will discuss the importance of budgeting, financing, and cash requirements.
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