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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.).
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.
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!
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
December, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 12
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.
The recruits are coming through the front doors fast and furiously now, and it's up to you to assemble a successful team.It wasn't long ago that you were applying for a job at the resort spa. Now, here you are on the opposite end of the job application, making your own judgments about who's a "keeper" and who's not. How can you possibly make such crucial decisions - decisions that affect not only your spa but the lives of others, as well? How can you look someone in the eye and tell them, "No, you're not good enough?" You weren't bargaining on this aspect of the process being so tough, were you? Well, don't worry too much. I'll give you a few pointers that should make it easier for you to go through this process.
Your spa consultant has already done a good job of winnowing out the best candidates from the dozens who applied. Now it's your turn to meet them face-to-face to receive that all-important, hands-on experience: the test massage. A while back, I gave you instructions for giving the best test massage, but I believe it takes an equal amount of skill to properly receive a test massage to consider a candidate's potential for employment.
Techniques for Receiving a Test Massage
Receiving a test massage is more work than it might seem. Sure, you're lying there with your eyes closed while someone gives you a massage, but the skill required to put a candidate at ease while trying to enjoy yourself and critique their performance is tricky.
I once hired the entire massage staff for a new mid-sized spa, which required me to receive over 40 test massages. Because of our deadline, I had to schedule three massages a day, every day for a week. This not only made it difficult to differentiate between candidates but also left me in a state of near-catatonia (by the end of the week I was bruised from bumping frequently into furniture!). Leave yourself enough time to savor the distinct qualities of each massage before moving onto the next. Schedule your test massage sessions with as much time between them as possible.
When you were giving test massages, I gave you the following advice: Do not hurt the person; ask for feedback, but not too much; be confident, but not too confident; and provide a whole massage. Look for these same qualities when receiving a test massage. Is the therapist sensitive to possible contraindications? Is he or she willing to help clients fill out an intake form and go over it with them? (I'll send you a sample intake form in a future letter.) During the massage, does the therapist ask pertinent questions about pressure and comfort? Is the therapist professional and sure of the technique, yet humble enough to change tactics if you ask for something different? Does he or she cheerfully offer a full-body massage?
Someone who fulfills these criteria will likely be a good choice, but look for other signs of potential success, as well. For example, when the airline companies hire flight attendants, they place several candidates in a room together and give them each a problem to solve. Airline officials observe the performances through a two-way mirror, but they are not concerned with who solves the problem. Rather, they watch for who helps their fellow candidates - they want to hire helpful people.
Look for these traits in potential candidates, too: helpfulness, compassion, cooperation, humility, and a positive attitude. Does the therapist want to clean up the massage room after giving the test massage? Do they pick up towels, linens or other things lying on floor? Do they smile and say hello to the other people they meet during the process (not just you, the person they are trying to impress)?
The Final Word
Finally, the hiring process comes down to trusting yourself. No matter how much you think you should hire someone because of a slick résumé or other factors, you have to go with your instincts (after checking references, of course). I've had to make some tough decisions. I once received a test massage from a blind Peruvian Indian. I wanted to hire him because he had fought against staggering odds to find success; however, his massage technique needed a lot of improvement. I was sorry to turn him down, but I had to be honest about the needs of the spa. Do what you have to do, Lou, and forgive yourself for mistakes you make.
Talk to you soon,
Steve Capellini, LMT
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