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The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
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.
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.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
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 Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
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.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
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.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
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.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
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.
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.
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.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
July, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 07
Step Seven: Operations
By John Fanuzzi
Last month, we dealt with construction planning; this month we'll shift gears a bit and focus on the actual internal operations required to run a successful spa or day spa.
Before we hire our therapists, we've hopefully done our homework as to appropriate theme planning, and should have penciled out our menu to some degree.That means we know our specialty treatments will fit right into the particular personality and image we want to manifest. Sometimes situations come up in the hiring process, such as finding a massage therapist with other skills that might be beneficial to offer, that triggers new menu items. Modalities such as polarity therapy; chair massage; aromatherapy; Ashiatsu foot massage; etc. could be added to expand your spa theme. There are many more potential additions, but the point is that any employee's extra skills could add more depth to your spa menu that will set you apart.
When you hire staff, there are many qualities to consider. Personally, I would look at attitude first and a passion for work second -- they must love. Don't forget, you are in effect married to your employees, so communicate and make sure their vision is in line with your vision. I recently visited the DePasquale Day Spa in New Jersey, which is in my opinion an extremely well-managed, five-star operation. What most impressed me was the spa's hiring procedure, and the steps it takes for a new therapist or stylist to actually work the main floor. First, employees train in the school area; then perform their skills on the department heads; and finally, on the spa owner(s). Only then are employees "ready" to treat paying customers.
Generally, you should start your staff training about four weeks before your spa opens. Employees need to learn much more than where they will be working; they need to know your philosophy, theme, internal operating systems, and products, so they can sell products and services besides their own. Employees must be trained as team players and be ambassadors to customers and the public. This can only happen if they are happy with their relationship with their supervisors or owners.
Another important key to success is to set up a computer system that will give you all the information you need. With access to the right information, you can manage and make decisions based on facts. Computers will not solve your problems if your systems are not prepared; and wrong or incomplete data is worse than a manual system. In choosing your software program, do your homework. Ask yourself some questions. Will it be easy to learn and operate? Is it a complete bookkeeping and operations package? Can you get any kind of report you need easily? How does it handle commission splits? Does it create barcodes for your inventory? Will your reports produce graphs? If used correctly, your computer system will save you lots of work, so don't skimp.
A few months ago, in my article on spa budget and finance, I presented several charts illustrating startup cash requirements and cash flows. (Editor's note: See "Step Four: Budget/Financing" in the April issue). It would be a wise business practice to prepare those same charts with real everyday numbers, so you can immediately see where you are winning and where you are losing. This type of daily record will reveal trends and allow you to make adjustments before you lose big money. I like to post daily sales figures and employee performances, which help build teamwork and create a challenge to set higher goals. From that original business plan with cash requirements you should be in the ballpark to know what your marketing budget is and at this time there will most likely be some adjustments since the original was done before the final design.
Retail sales is one of the most important, but often neglected, facets of spa operations. Retail sales can be a tremendous source of "extra" revenue. When setting up your retail sales operations, consider a full time retail sales manager and an incentive program for therapists who sell. A good salesperson can make you a lot more money than just letting the receptionist ring up a passive sale. Your retail sales revenue may depend on how big or small your operation is, and how well your employees know your product line.
If you've hired a spa consultant, you may already have a complete operations manual based on experience from similar past clients. Don't forget to allow for regular cleanup and maintenance in off hours, so your place will always stay sparking.
Next month, we will discuss the initial startup marketing strategy for your spa. Until then, keep reading those spa magazines!
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