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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
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.
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.
October, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 10
Step 10: Presentation
By John Fanuzzi
Welcome to the physical sector of opening a successful spa. After visiting the first nine steps, our doors are now open. From this point on, your success or failure may depend on one element: Presentation.
Presentation with respect to your spa includes everything from the physical appearance of the front desk to the appearance and personality of each employee.Your retail display; artwork; décor; printed receipts; collateral printed materials; menu; website; and customer service are all part of the presentation. Presentation is going to affect the image of your business, and public image is the backbone of repeat business, word of mouth, your reputation, and ultimate success.
Lets take a look at image. I remember going to a trade show a few years ago in Chicago, and instead of one booth, we took four booths with lots of inventory and a new look. One customer came by and made the remark, " Wow you guys really got big." In truth, we were no bigger than the previous year, but we looked like we were. Remember, people talk, especially in a local community. That's exactly what you want if there is something good to talk about. Perception is reality. As I mentioned in a previous article, the goal is to keep the marketing dollars in your pocket. Good word of mouth means good publicity. People talk, and positive talk about your spa is the least expensive way to advertise.
In last month's article, we discussed the hiring and training of your therapists and staff. Now that the spa is open, you must make a daily effort to keep your staff happy, alert, and tuned in to the needs of the customers. Always keep in mind how important that first impression is. It should be a goal to make each person who comes through your door a long-term customer.
Work toward this goal as soon as each person walks through the door. Welcome clients and offer a cup of tea or a snack when they sit down, just as you would do with guests in your home. Offer a tour of your facility if possible, and introduce them to your key staff. If clients come in specifically for a massage, don't have the therapists just put them face down and start rubbing. It is a time of first impression and relationship building. Spend that extra time and offer a gift product or gift treatment. I like to have new clients sit face-up on a backrest table and get a foot scrub and rub, so a conversation can happen before the silence of a massage -- even if it takes more time. An extra-personal presentation, especially on the first visit, leaves a lasting impression. It is also a good habit to have every treatment as warm and special as the first. Think of it as keeping the romance alive after the marriage.
Another simple-but-effective presentation is uniforms. I like logo shirts, with each employee's name on his or her shirt. Some people, myself included, have a hard time remembering names, and it's also a bit awkward if the customer forgets your name. The same logo also should be on the robes and towels. Uniforms also make it easy for all employees -- they all know what to wear, and there is no room for individual fashion shows that could tarnish your presentation. If you design a particularly catchy or attractive image, your logo shirts may even become a popular retail item. Again, this is great advertising for free.
Do you want repeat customers? Serve food -- sandwiches, cookies, tea and juice drinks. I would cost it in with your treatments. They serve free drinks in Las Vegas when people are gambling. I don't drink alcohol, but I know I would be touched if I could get free juice drinks or food while at the spa. When I took a few days at the Miraval Resort in Tuscon, all the food, juices and snacks were included. The high room cost did not matter -- the service was worth it. Free food encourages customers to relax, socialize and spend more money. They become loyal friends instead of revolving-door customers, and they become your extended marketing family. Just think of their circles of friends they will bring back over the years if you foster good relationships with them.
One extremely important detail not to be forgotten is cleanliness. Think of how unpleasant is it to find one hair in the bathroom of a fine hotel you just paid top dollars to stay in. It just takes one hair to give you a bad image. Consider your spa as you would a fine hotel. Clean your spa every night, and make sure each therapist keeps his or her appearance and work space immaculate at all times. Cleanliness is Godliness! Once gain, it's all about presentation: if it's clean enough for angels, it's clean enough for your customers.
That leads us to my favorite subject, to be discussed next month: Golden Rules.
Click here for previous articles by John Fanuzzi.
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