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Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
May, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 05
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're doing it! I always thought the day would come when you'd decide to venture out and open a spa of your own, but I didn't think it would come this soon. The timing must be right. Perhaps it was a blessing in disguise that the job at the medical spa fell through - after all, you didn't really enjoy working for the people there, and they certainly didn't support you when you were faced with a career-ending lawsuit. So, it may be for the best that you're now a free agent.
Of course, you probably feel bad about losing those stock options the medical spa offered you, but you've got to remember that options are exactly that: options. They only have paper value until they can be exercised, and if your mishaps with management are at all indicative of the spa's future prospects, I would venture a guess that those options are not going to be worth much in the future. What you're probably throwing away is a bunch of paper dreams. It's better to be rid of them, move on unencumbered, and anchor yourself firmly in the reality of starting up a new spa venture.
I'm sure it isn't easy contemplating a new start in a strange city. It's intimidating, to say the least, but you've got one important thing on your side: a partner on whom you can trust and rely. Barbara has proven herself in your time of need, sticking by your side and believing in you when you were sued for incompetence. Now, she needs your help in creating the spa of her dreams.
More Than Just Another Business
This new facility will be something simple and not uncommon: a day spa. By some estimates, there are over 10,000 day spas in the U.S. alone. Another one opens every day of the week. No big deal, right? Then, why are you so excited? Why are you and Barbara almost delirious at the thought of developing your new business? Why does it all seem so totally unique, so avant-garde, so special? I've seen the same thing many times - in every spa workshop I teach and everywhere I go, from the beaches of South Florida to the woods of northern Canada. When people create their own spa, it almost always becomes a labor of love, dedication, creativity and great hope. You and Barbara now hope to share something of yourselves with many new people, and you want everything to be perfect.
A spa is a special place - definitely more than just another business. It combines the nourishing qualities of a restaurant with the healing properties of a clinic, then adds the social buzz of a great salon and the health focus of a gym. A spa is a place that nurtures, treats and loves people, all in an atmosphere created completely by you.
Of course, to create this fabulous dream, you need to focus on some concrete, un-dreamlike realities. If you don't focus on these realities right now, the entire dream will collapse before it has a chance to take shape. The three things I think most important at this preliminary stage (things you absolutely must take care of first) are concept, financing and location.
What a Great Concept!
First comes the dream. If everyone had to stop and think of all the problems and pitfalls of new ventures before they even dreamed them up, nothing would ever get built. Go ahead and dream. Fantasize. What would your perfect spa look like? What treatments do you want on the menu? Where will it be located? Who are your clientele? Will you have an extensive retail section? Will food or drinks be available? What would you name the spa?
In my spa startup workshops, I share a "Far Side" cartoon with students. In the cartoon, two super-excited dogs sit ogling their owner as she spoons out the same slop they receive every day of the week. The caption reads, "Oh boy... it's dog food again!" The point I'm trying to get across is that spa-goers are not canines. With so many choices available in the marketplace today, you need to spend some time honing and refining your concept until it becomes something a little bit different than everyone else's.
I look forward to hearing about your developing concept over the coming weeks. It sounds like you and Barbara already have some interesting ideas.
You've Got Backing
The primary cause for spa startup failure is undercapitalization, which is a fancy word for being broke. You've got to have some money (six months of operating expenses is the typical suggestion) to get started. In your case, Barbara's parents are going to fund the project with $100,000 of their own capital, and Barbara's going to take a loan out for another $100,000, using her house as collateral. They're definitely taking some major risks here, putting everything on the line to make this new business work. So, what can you offer? You can offer $10,000, that's what. Yes, you heard me right - your entire life savings that you've had socked away in a CD for eight years. I know that's a scary prospect, but if you don't "pony up" a comparable investment, how can your new partners trust your level of commitment? Barbara's family has considerably more money than you do, but you have the ability to show the same level of commitment. You're risking all the money you have in the world, which, relatively speaking, is more than they're willing to risk.
You're young, so you can afford to fail. In fact, failure now might serve as a valuable lesson; not giving it your all would be the mistake. So, in addition to the long hours and hard work you need to devote to your new project, the dollar investment is crucial.
Find the Perfect Space
Even though you're still in the preliminary stages, it's never too early to start looking for the perfect space for your new spa. In fact, when you find the right space, it may inspire you to flesh out parts of your spa dream that weren't quite solid. You and Barbara should both be cruising around, looking for the right place: the place you can fall in love with; the place that will house your dream. Try to let something sneak up and surprise you. Look into properties that seem completely off the wall; walk into them, and see if something gels. You are now officially on the hunt for your future. It is hidden in a building or a storefront, somewhere "out there." It is being subsidized by a bank and your new partner's good faith. It is in the hearts of the hundreds of people you will, with any luck, touch in the near future - your customers-to-be.
Click here for previous articles by Steve Capellini, LMT.
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