resourcesABOUT MT AUTHOR GUIDELINES CLASSIFIEDS EDITORIAL CALENDAR MEDIA GUIDE MASSAGE MART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FEEDBACK
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
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.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
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.
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.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
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.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
December, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 12
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.
So, you're going to work in a medical spa. Congratulations.
You could probably tell from my last letter that I felt this was the right direction for you to take. Medical spas are the wave of the future. In fact, I think that over the next two decades, the distinction between spas and medical facilities will continue to blur, until eventually, we will barely be able to remember the days when we thought of them as such separate facilities.
Consider this: major medical establishments such as John's Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic are aggressively pursuing the development of wellness facilities and spas. They have "seen the light" and have already contacted professionals in the industry to help formulate their plans. These new facilities will feature the latest technology and some of the best physicians, but they will also offer people the comfort and hands-on care found in spas. Practitioners will spend more time, on average, with each person, who may well be called a "guest," as in the spa model, rather than a "patient," as in the medical model. Traditional doctors and experts in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) will work side-by-side to develop detailed life plans for their guests, attempting not only to stave off disease once it arises, but to create optimal health throughout each individual's lifespan.
Many new facilities will focus on longevity. I personally know of several well-funded startups focusing on this aspect of the medical spa, with treatments and programs tailored to those who wish to maintain youthful looks and health for as long as possible. This paradigm is nothing new - the Pritikin Longevity Center started back in the 70s, and it's interesting to note that Pritikin has just recently amended its name to "Longevity Center & Spa."
So, longevity centers are moving toward spas, and spas are moving toward longevity centers, and the whole medical industrial complex is moving somewhere right into the middle of it all. Knowing this, how can you fit in?
The Holy Grail
First of all, it's important to understand something that is going on in the spa world right now that will impact your chances at success within it. Currently, there is a great quest going on, and there are a number of players seeking the elusive "holy grail" of the spa world. What is this holy grail? Nobody knows for sure exactly what it will look like, but everyone knows it will include a chain of spas or spa-like facilities that capture the public's imagination (and dollars) in a big way. It will be the key brand in a future dominated by wellness-oriented spa facilities. From what you've told me, the owners of this medical spa that is hiring you believes they have a chance to become this key brand. Believe me, there are dozens of others who believe the same thing.
To succeed in this early phase of the new medical spa world, there are several things you can do to make yourself more attractive to those people seeking this "holy grail." By understanding their mindset, you can help them on their quest. This will benefit you on your own personal quest for success and fulfillment. It's important, though, not to get too caught up in the fervor of this quest. People hot on the trail of the holy grail often get blinded by their own ambition. Successful navigation of this next tricky part of your career path requires two apparently opposing qualities: a cool, calm rational perspective and also a truckload of enthusiasm.
Keep Your Cool
I understand you're excited, but in this situation, your excitement may not serve you. Let me explain.
If you hop on board the dreamboat created by the owners of this new medical spa, you're going to be in for a rough ride at first, because their concept is not proven yet, and the clientele is still being created. So, rather than jump feet first, keep a cool head, and ask yourself some practical questions:
There are other questions, of course, but I think you get the idea. You're someone who always strives to do the best possible job, Lou, and I know you're going all out in this new position, but I'm worried that you're going to overextend yourself. Remember, you've got to take care of yourself to be able to help others!
Medical Spa Rah-Rah
All of these warnings notwithstanding, let's not forget that you're also embarking on an extremely fun, challenging and exciting mission. At this early stage in the development of the medical spa category, the fledgling field needs all the enthusiastic boosting it can get, especially from those of us who find ourselves working in the trenches, trying to make a consciousness shift in the minds of millions of people.
So... get fired up! You're going where few spa therapists have gone before. You'll be working with people who have serious medical conditions, people who've recently undergone surgery (cosmetic and otherwise). You'll be standing side-by-side with doctors who'll expect you to know what they're talking about when they reference medical codes and other arcane information. The people on your treatment table are going to expect more than just relaxation. They're going to expect results.
It's up to you to become an ambassador for this new field. By getting more serious about your skills, developing them further, and soaking up all the knowledge you're going to be surrounded with, you will soon add immeasurably to your value as a therapist, as an employee, and as a contributing member of society. It's a worthy path you're on.
The next time I have a chance to write, I'll fill you in on some of the details regarding the hands-on skills you'll likely need to develop in your new position. I have a few other friends who work in the medical spa field, and I'm sure their experience will be of help to you.
Until then, take care,
Steve Capellini, LMT
Click here for previous articles by Steve Capellini, LMT.
Join the conversation
Comments are encouraged, but you must follow our User Agreementcomments powered by Disqus
Keep it civil and stay on topic. No profanity, vulgar, racist or hateful comments or personal attacks. Anyone who chooses to exercise poor judgement will be blocked. By posting your comment, you agree to allow MPA Media the right to republish your name and comment in additional MPA Media publications without any notification or payment.