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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.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
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.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
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.
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.
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.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
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 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
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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