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Adventures with the Pericardium
My previous column on the San Jiao deserves equal time for SJ's loving partner, the pericardium. I nicknamed SJ the travel meridian – but pericardium can also play a crucial role in air travel.
A Study of Relationships
Sa-Ahm's five element acupuncture method is known to be one of the most effective acupuncture techniques in Korea because it gives an instant response at the time of treatment and has a high success rate in resolving chronic problems.
Work Stress and Musculoskeletal Health: Do Your Patients Get the Connection?
Most people underestimate the impact their job has on their health, especially if that job isn't particularly physically demanding. Big mistake.
Are Probiotics Doing More Harm Than Good?
Considerable controversy exists concerning the efficacy of probiotic supplements. Very few human studies show any real positive impact on the microbiome or health. The "promise" of probiotics is based on the few animal studies that suggest a positive effect.
The Professional and Practice Benefits of Political Activism
Welcome to election season, a vital part of our American culture. Every two years, without fail, we are bombarded with TV, print materials and phone messages seeking our vote.
Guidelines for the Use of Modifier -52
Modifier -52 identifies that a service or procedure has been partially reduced or eliminated at the physician's discretion. This is to indicate the basic service described by the procedure code has been performed, but not all aspects of the service have been performed.
Analyzing Acupuncture Case Studies
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Take this case study as an example. After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse during cold weather.
Know Your Research: Tips for Evaluating Literature Reviews
Clinical and experimental studies are not the only types of published research we might encounter as we look for evidence to inform our practices. One of the most useful types is the literature review, which summarizes a group of studies.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan Hospitals
This spring, a team of Western medical doctors and TCM practitioners from Cleveland Clinic traveled to Taiwan to visit Kaiser Pharmaceutical Co. (KP), and China Medical University (CMU), Taiwan's leading integrative medicine hospital.
MPA Media Wins More Publishing Awards
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has honored Dynamic Chiropractic with a national award and two regional awards for editorial excellence, and sister publication DC Practice Insights with two regional awards for graphic design excellence.
Time to Fight for Your Medicare Right
I have heard a lot of noise and a lot of debate about what is going on with Medicare. As an ACA delegate, I often get asked: 'What is the ACA even doing?'
Less Time Than Required
Q: When is it appropriate to use a modifier -52? Can I use it for a timed service when I do less than the time required by the code?
Don't Ignore the Lower Half of the Pelvis (Part 1)
When your patient complains of lower back or pelvic pain, but your usual treatments are not getting the job done, what do you examine and treat? You may be missing important structures in the lower half of the pelvis.
Lessons from Functional Neurology
Chiropractic neurology, also known as clinical neuroscience or functional neurology, is moving the chiropractic profession forward by leaps and bounds.
What's New in the NCCIH Strategic Plan
The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) released its draft strategic plan 2016-2021 for public comment in early spring of 2016.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists more than 80 common autoimmune diseases including asthma, Crohn's disease, Guillain-Barré syndrome, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Let's Talk About Biceps Injuries at the Elbow
While most muscles cross over only one joint, the biceps crosses two joints: the elbow and the shoulder. Injuries to the lower biceps cause considerable elbow pain. Here's how to assess and treat an injury to this area conservatively.
Illuminating the Hidden, Freeing the Source
Amongst the Primary Channels, from a classical point of view, the small intestine is perhaps the most important channel to understand. It is one of the least used acupuncture channels in modern acupuncture, yet it within it can be found a wealth of theories from the Ling Shu.
What are the Meridians?
The meridian and collateral system (jing luo, hereinafter referred to as "Meridians") is comprised of the main meridian channels (jing mai) and the collateral vessels (luo mai). Jing takes from meaning of the Chinese word pathway (also jing) and are the main branches of the system.
Chiropractic in the Eyes of the Public: 2nd Gallup-Palmer Poll
The second Gallup / Palmer College poll has been completed, yielding significant additional data regarding Americans' experiences with and perceptions of chiropractic care.
International Congress on Integrative Medicine
"Bridging Research, Clinical Care, Education and Policy" was the theme for the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2016 (ICIMH).
October, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 10
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.
Setting up a spa is a lot different than working in one, isn't it? By changing roles from employee to employer, you have changed your mindset, your perceptions of how business works, and how people relate to one another.Suddenly, your friends are other spa owners, too. Do you see how following your dream helped sculpt your reality? It's difficult, but you're doing it.
The Spa House is a work-in-progress. It's like remodeling your home: In the midst of the dust and confusion, it's sometimes hard to keep the goal in sight. The best policy is the "one-step-at-a-time" approach. Now that you have made your decision to construct a wet room, you have to look at the other equipment you will need. You've also got to decide whether to hire a spa consultant. I can help you with those decisions.
Wet Room on a Budget
You might be wondering how your "little" spa is going to be able to offer all of those treatments you administered at the mega-resort where you used to work. Have no fear: There are some cost-saving measures you can take to ensure your clients receive the kind of luxurious experience they expect that will not put you way over budget.
One key ingredient you will need is a hydrocollator; maybe two. This item is a staple in many spas and clinics, and for good reason. In addition to heating gel packs for therapeutic application, hydrocollators are used extensively to allow budget-oriented spas to offer a full array of wet services. Hydrocollator units come in various sizes: a smaller business can get by with an ES-1 model; but most day spas, including yours, need the ES-2 model. Bigger spas often opt for the larger M-2 or M-4.
The hydrocollators can be used in a number of ways. I place hand towels inside 165-degree water, wring them out (wearing rubber gloves), and store them in an insulated container, such as an ice chest. The towels come in handy to wipe off mud, clay, seaweed and other products. Another option is the hot-towel cabbie, found in many spa supply catalogues. This is a useful, attractive addition to a spa room; however, if you have a hydrocollator, they are not absolutely necessary. Almost every service you offer can benefit by the presence of one of these units. There's only one problem: they tend to look a little clinical and will probably not fit into your spa's "homey" decor, which brings me to another topic: the staging area.
All the Spa's a Stage
To create an illusion of timeless peace and tranquility while running a thriving business, you will need to employ the same secret that Disney World uses: an invisible, behind-the-scenes staging area. In Disney World's case, this involves a vast network of underground passageways. For the Spa House, you will only need a room the size of a large closet. In addition to linens, oils, products (both retail and professional) and other items, you can place your hydrocollators in this area, which will ideally include a janitor's sink, so you will have to think about plumbing. A five-foot by eight-foot space is usually big enough to accommodate these items and leave room to maneuver.
In a smaller spa like yours, one staging room should be plenty. You can keep it from getting overcrowded by including extra storage space in the treatment rooms below counters, on shelves or beneath the tables. You'll want the staging area centrally located for greatest accessibility.
Whew! You didn't think there would be so many details regarding what is essentially a closet, did you? That is where an onsite spa consultant might come in handy.
One thing is for certain: There is no shortage of spa consultants. It seems the spa business has launched a thousand consultancy ships over the past decade. Many spa consultants allow you to retain as many or as few of their services as you need, and contract for areas you feel weak in. For example, you wouldn't need a consultant to conduct a demographic study because your partner Barbara has already done that; and you have already retained a lawyer, so there will not be a need for business plans. You could use some help, however, with a few aspects, including space utilization, menu planning, and retail and staffing issues.
There are many good consultants out there, but there are also a number slightly prone to exaggeration as far as experience, knowledge and track record goes. So beware. Start your search for a consultant with the International Spa Association (www.experienceispa.com) or SpaTrade (www.spatrade.com).
When interviewing a potential consultant, ask the following questions:
One last thing: the "click" factor. Do you feel empathetic with the consultant? Would you look forward to working with him or her closely for a period of time? Your consultant may have a profound effect on your finished spa. You'll want his or her sensibilities to be as closely attuned to yours as possible, while still leaving room for some creative divergences. Give those Web sites a try, interview a few consultants and let me know what you come up with.
Until next time,
Steve Capellini, LMT
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