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East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
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Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
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Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
Do You Teach Patients How to Breathe Properly?
Spinal manipulation often produces quick results in terms of pain alleviation and improved range of motion. Unfortunately, once the patient is no longer in pain, they may discontinue therapy, only to be plagued by the same complaint at a future date.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
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From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
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Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
September, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 09
An Interview with Blake Feeney, Spa Director of the Canyon Ranch SpaClub at the Venetian in Las Vegas
By Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT
I am sure many of you have heard of Canyon Ranch Health Resorts - destinations dedicated to healthy living, with an emphasis on mind, body and spirit.
Mel and Enid Zuckerman founded the first Canyon Ranch in 1979 in Tucson, Ariz.In 1989, they opened Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires Health Resort in Lenox, Mass., then Canyon Ranch SpaClub wellness and fitness facility at the Venetian in Las Vegas in 1999. The second SpaClub will open this year in Kissimmee, Fla., at the Gaylord Palms.
I recently had the opportunity to visit Canyon Ranch SpaClub at the Venetian and meet Blake Feeney, SpaClub's director. Blake and I met at the Canyon Ranch Cafe while I was enjoying the special smoothie of the day!
I was impressed with Blake's knowledge and willingness to share. You can tell he loves what he is doing - the sign of a true professional.
Lynda Solien-Wolfe (LSW): How long have you been in the spa industry, and how long have you been the spa director here?
Blake Feeney (BF): I have been in the spa industry since 1993 and have been the director at SpaClub since November 2001.
LSW: What are the most challenging and rewarding parts of being the spa director here?
BF: The most challenging part of my job is ensuring the large volume of guests that come through SpaClub on a weekly basis receive the Canyon Ranch experience. The most rewarding part of my job is when the staff at SpaClub makes the above happen every hour of every day.
LSW: What direction do you see the spa industry taking in the next ten years?
BF: I continue to see growth in the industry; however, not at the pace that has been reported. I would like to see a governing body or association develop guidelines and requirements that spas must attain to be included in the mentioned association. There are too many facilities that call themselves "spas" when, in reality, they are a salon with a massage room with a portable table. The industry needs a "AAA/Mobil" kind of ranking to separate those types of facilities from real spas and wellness centers.
LSW: What is your favorite treatment to receive?
BF: I love treatments that have more than one modality or sequence within the protocol like our Deluxe Conditioning Body Scrub; within this 100-minute treatment, there is a scrub, hydrotherapy sequence and a full-body massage. It doesn't get much better than that!
LSW: How many treatment rooms do you have, and how big is the spa?
BF: SpaClub has 63 treatment rooms that include massage, body and skin care. We've got 65,000 square feet with more to come.
LSW: What type of spa is this?
BF: SpaClub is put in a few different categories. We are called a day spa at times because the resort we operate in, the Venetian, does not own SpaClub. However, I classify us as a resort spa.
LSW: How does the Canyon Ranch SpaClub differ from other spas here?
BF: Other spas in Las Vegas differ from us in many ways. First off, our menu of services and offerings dwarf those of other spas. Secondly, our fitness facility is second to none in the Las Vegas resort community. Lastly, the main differentiator is Canyon Ranch's commitment to helping people change their lives by furnishing guests with tools to make an incremental change in their lifestyle. Health and wellness is the main focus at Canyon Ranch SpaClub.
LSW: Do you offer a signature treatment?
BF: Yes, we offer Canyon Ranch signature treatments; one of them is the Canyon Ranch Mango Sugar Glo.
LSW: Tell me about it.
BF: This is the treatment that you will have today and is my favorite. The service starts with an exfoliation with a mango sugar mixture. The full body is exfoliated, followed by a hydrotherapy treatment. The hydrotherapy sequence lasts up to 15-20 minutes. The treatment then ends with a full body massage with a mango cream application. It is an incredible treatment.
LSW: Tell me about the water features offered at Canyon Ranch SpaClub.
BF: Within SpaClub, we have Jacuzzis in both locker rooms; two hydrotherapy tubs; two hydrotone thermals; Rasul; King's Bath; and soaking tubs.
LSW: What percent of services are massages, and how important is massage to your spa business?
LSW: How many massage therapists do you have on staff? Are they employees?
BF: We have approximately 105 therapists and growing. We hire full-time, part-time and on-call massage therapists. Full-time therapists receive health insurance, dental and vision; 401(k); vacation; sick time; and many other benefits. We accept applications at any time.
LSW: What do you look for when hiring a massage therapist?
BF: We look for someone who has good guest service skills and, of course, a confident, therapeutic, professional massage.
LSW: What type of training do massage therapists receive when they work here?
BF: SpaClub does an enormous amount of training for our therapists. We schedule in-house training for our signature services and we will bring in trainers for specific certifications like NMT, reflexology, shiatsu and the like. Our staff receives monies that can be used towards outside training as well.
LSW: What do you find is the best method for finding quality massage therapists?
BF: Developing relationships with our local massage schools have been very helpful. We will also travel out of Nevada on recruiting trips to find qualified therapists.
LSW: What is a typical day for a massage therapist?
BF: On a typical day, a therapist would be on the schedule for 6-8 hours with an hour lunch in between.
LSW: Thank you for your time today, Blake.
Time flew by and before I knew it, it was time for my spa appointment. After I was warmly greeted at check-in, I took a relaxing dip in the Jacuzzi and spent a few minutes in the steam room.
I met my massage therapist, Luke, who took me to the special wet room, which had both a wet table and hydrotherapy tub. Luke treated me to the spa's signature Mango Sugar Glo, a 100-minute treatment ($290, including gratuity). The mango sugar scrub started on the wet table followed by a hydrotherapy bath and a delightful moisturizing massage. I was in good hands, and Luke did a great job taking my jet lag away.
During your next trip to Las Vegas, be sure to visit the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, located on the fourth floor of the Venetian Hotel.
For more information, visit www.canyonranch.com.
Click here for previous articles by Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT.
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