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Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Give Yourself the Digital Advantage
When you see this article in the print version of this issue and swear you read it already, don't be alarmed: you probably did. That's because by that time, the May issue will have been available online in digital format for three weeks.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
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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