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The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
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!
Click here for previous articles by John Fanuzzi.
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