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A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
July, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 07
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.
Congratulations! You've found a location for your new spa-a beautiful 19th-century Victorian house downtown, which you'll soon begin to renovate.I have to admit: I was definitely leaning toward that property; it has more personality than a storefront or medical office. The place is "you."
You've also done a good job getting to know your new spa's business plan. It was a great idea to sit down and have a discussion with the corporate lawyer. I know you are a therapist and that you consider yourself an "artist," more interested in healing and one-on-one interactions with clients than dry business plans; but when you are opening a spa, it's important to get focused on mundane reality: numbers; dollars and cents; square feet; contracts; codes; bylaws; and regulations.
You're buying the building, learning the ropes and doing what needs to be done to transform yourself from therapist to therapist/business owner. When it comes to making a good living in the field that you love, taking that leap into ownership is important-even essential. You must be able to separate yourself from the exchange of hands-on labor for income, if you're going to take the next step toward financial independence.
A crucial step on this ownership path you've chosen is the creation of your new corporate identity. Why, you ask? What is a corporation, anyway? How will it affect you in the future as you and your partner incorporate your new spa?
A few years ago, I was unaware of the power of corporations until I spread my wings, left the security of a well-paying job and incorporated myself under the name, Royal Treatment Enterprises. Wow! Little did I know that this would change the structure of my work from that point forward. What I found out about corporations is:
You will be learning these corporate realities yourself over the coming months, as your spa gets up and going. Once you do, you'll probably kick yourself for not having seen the beauty and usefulness of corporations a long time ago.
There are thousands of LMTs across the country that would benefit by incorporating, but think the task too daunting. Those who make all or part of their income directly from clients, rather than a job and paycheck, could benefit by exploring the incorporation option. They can simply contact an accountant in their area to get started, and the cost is usually only a few hundred dollars.
You may feel that being your own boss and the president of your own corporation doesn't offer the same "security" as a job and a paycheck, but the truth is that these days there is no security in a job. You can lose a job, get downsized out of a position, or politics can come into play like they did back at your resort-spa job, remember? In the end, if things don't work out with your own corporation, it can be dissolved as easily as it was created. So don't worry about plunging in. Go ahead. It's time to create (fill-in-the-blank), Inc.
Finding Your New Name
There will be much more to the enterprise than just a name; the name will sum up the feeling and energy of the place. Most likely, the name of the corporation will be the name of your new spa, though it isn't always the case. It's important to choose the right corporate name: the one with the most "oomph"; the most jazz; the most energy. What will it be?
You and your partner, Barbara, have tossed around a few ideas. You want the name to elicit a sense of tranquility in prospective guests, and you want it to be something personal and unique to you and your new location.
Do some "automatic writing" on the topic. You and Barbara should each sit down with a legal pad, numbered from one to 100. Fill in number one with the first name that comes to mind for your new spa - one that you have been thinking of - then write in a name for number two. Don't stop. Keep writing, even if you repeat yourself, or the names on your list make no sense at all.
Finishing all 100 entries should take less than five minutes. This will force your subconscious to dredge up some unknown jewels. Dust them off and rub them until they shine. Afterward, you and Barbara should compare notes. Are any of the names on your lists the same? Which names are most closely aligned with your spa's true mission?
A Spa with a Mission
That's right. Your spa will have a mission, Lou. Perhaps you haven't thought of it in these terms, but just like those monster corporations, your little corporation is going to need a creed to follow. You don't want to be just another "pretty facial."
The mission statement may be an overused cliche, but it is vital. It helps you synthesize exactly what you're doing so you can do it better. It helps your customers understand what they should expect from you. It also creates a tone: a tenor that reverberates in your collateral; decor; signage; treatments; employees; and even your furniture.
Develop both a name and a mission worthy of your aspirations and the spirits of the clients you hope will come through your door; send me your ideas. In my next letter, I'll give you some feedback based on dozens of real cases from students in my spa seminars across the continent.
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