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News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
April, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 04
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.
You've done it! You've moved into management! It's a bigger step than you thought it would be, right? And yet it happened incredibly fast.That's the way the spa industry is moving these days. People who show promise are moving quickly to fill the many openings in spa management created by the proliferation of facilities being built. You're riding the wave of a phenomenon. Now you've just got to be careful not to fall off.
OK, now that you've made your choice, there are certain guidelines you can follow that, in my opinion, will make it possible for you to not blow a gasket and run screaming back into the ranks of full time, hands-on massage therapists. That's exactly what happens to many therapists who try working in spa management, because the job is so incredibly different than the one they're used to, with so many unique challenges and potential frustrations.
I don't mean to depress you, but rather to make this decision of yours real, as it's a decision that I made myself several years ago. It's only been a few days, but the initial celebration of your promotion is already over, and now it's time to get down to work.
It's good that you're still going to be working hands-on as a therapist at least half of the time. This will keep you immersed in the work you love while you get your feet wet in the new world of management. In the meantime, here are four guidelines I followed as I transitioned into supervisory/managerial roles in the spa world. I hope they provide some help for you, too.
As you move up in any organization, you're going to need to form relationships with people in many different fields. While you were strictly a therapist, it was easiest probably to make friends with other therapists, plus receptionists, guests coordinators, and others you came into direct contact with. But as a manager, things are going to be different... or at least they should be.
I heard a story once about the CEO of a large corporation who knew the name of everybody there, including the janitors. When I took my first managerial position at a spa, I made it a point to do the same thing, even though it might have been a little premature on my part (I never did become the CEO). Something wonderful happened, though, when I took on that CEO's mentality. As I made it a point to talk with and get to know everyone in every department, people started respecting me, and I quickly figured out that respect breeds respect.
I also was quick to figure out that people who respect you are much more willing to do what you'd like them to do when the time comes to get something done, which leads me to the next point. I believe it's a good idea to be ready to do absolutely anything that becomes necessary to do in the course of your work and the overall spa's operations.
Be Willing to Do Everything
What I mean by this is that you should be ready to get down on your knees and scrub the tiles, clean up in the bathrooms and drill holes through drywall with a ¼th inch bit. If the people who work for you and with you see that you don't hold yourself above anything or anyone, they will not feel shamed when you ask them to do the same thing.
Some managers will disagree with me on this point, thinking that it's better to retain a respectful distance from the staff, and you can take my words with a grain of salt, Lou, but over the years it's worked for me really well. There will always be times when you can get dressed up in a professional suit, sit in a board room and command the respect you deserve for the opinions and insights you've gained through your hands-on work. But don't put the cart before the horse. It's better to get your hands dirty first, then explain how to dig the hole.
What you're going to find in your new position, almost immediately, is that you have a long list of new tasks to accomplish. Whereas your therapist's responsibilities included 1.) showing up;and 2.) performing a good service, now suddenly you're flooded with a lot of options as to how you're going to fill your hours and days when you're not in the treatment room.
My advice here is to set up some priorities as fast as you can. You'll discover what these priorities are quickly, as they present themselves to you on a daily basis. Grapple with the toughest issues first, spending time to work your way entirely through the problem.
With any luck, you can automate the procedure that needs attention, so it won't require so much of your attention in the future. I've done that with payroll systems on the computer, for example, and it's worked great. After you master one area, check it off on your list (you do keep a written list, right?), and more on to the next item.
You Are, After All, the Boss
Finally, Lou, you've got to remember that, even though you were a rank-and-file therapist just last week, now you're the supervisor of the whole spa body treatments department, reporting to the spa director. You have greater responsibilities and greater concerns. You deserve the recognition of the people around you because you've stepped into this position. It's a position recognized by everyone in the scenario - Spa Treatment Supervisor.
Sounds good, doesn't it? Now you have to go out and earn the respect the title demands. I can't wait to hear how it goes!
Steve Capellini, LMT
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