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An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
January, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 01
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.
So now your rooms are being built out, the paint is being applied, and the spa is taking shape.People you didn't know until last week are bustling around, looking to you for guidance. These are called employees, and they must be treated with care. It feels funny to be on the receiving side of all those questioning glances, doesn't it? There is a lot more to being a boss and owner than you realized.
Now that you have your staff assembled - two massage therapists, two estheticians, a receptionist/sales clerk, and a part-time cleaning person - you're ready to rev them up into a customer-pleasing frenzy, but before you do that you've got to give them the tools they're going to need to succeed. You've got to bring them up to speed on the treatments they're going to be performing - the long list of offerings that will make your spa unique and memorable. That's right: It's time to create your menu of spa services.
The Benefits Paradox
As you move forward in putting together your treatment menu, you're going to run into what I call the "benefits paradox." Simply stated, it is this: typical treatments you find on thousands of menus at spas around the world work well and offer people results, but they're boring, boring, boring! New, avant-garde treatments may be more exciting and enticing to your clients, but they might have questionable therapeutic value. What to do?
When you think of spa menus, you might get the feeling that they're all the same: so much seaweed, so much mud, so many massages, so many scrubs. You definitely don't want a cookie-cutter feeling in your spa, and you don't want to bore people. But neither do you want to offer a bunch of "fluff and buff" and "razzmatazz" that will leave your clients asking, "Where's the beef?" What can you offer that is going to excite your clients, create noticeable benefits for them, and keep them coming back?
My suggestion: select judiciously from classic spa treatments and then add your own flourishes and personalizing touches to them. This will maintain therapeutic value and add a little something extra that will charm customers.
One From Column A, One From Column B
Many Chinese restaurants offer choices of food from multiple columns, allowing patrons to select from basics such as beef, pork, or chicken, and adding in spices, sauces, and vegetables to taste. You can do something similar with your menu.
The main categories of what spa clients have come to expect include massage, of course; body scrubs; body masks of some kind (whether seaweed, mud, clay, etc.); facials; hand and foot services; and wraps (herbal, detoxifying, aromatherapy, etc.). I suggest you create a category for each of these on your menu and then customize the offerings within each category in your own unique way. For example, since your spa is called The Spa House, I would suggest breaking down the treatments into these categories: Spa House Wraps, Spa House Body Scrubs, Spa House Massage Specialties, and so on. You could, for example, offer the Spa House Energy Rebalancing Massage, and use your resident shiatsu expert to apply the treatment.
In the descriptions for each of these services you can explain the benefits and backgrounds of each. The unique title will get your clients' attention while the description will put their minds at ease, letting them know these are time-tested treatments, many of which, like shiatsu, have been used for centuries around the world. In this vein, you could offer the Spa House Relaxation Massage for Swedish, and so on. Cap off your menu with the crowning touch of something truly special, something that will enthrall your clientele-the signature service.
Your Spa's John Hancock
The signature service at any spa is what sets it apart from other spas in the area. It's what gets people talking about your place. It does not need to be something that everyone rushes to sign up for, but it should inspire conversation and generate clients by word of mouth. This is the "quality, not quantity" section of your spa menu, something truly unique that could only be offered by you. When people think of The Spa House, they should think of this treatment, and they should think of you. Because the spa is you now, Lou, in a certain sense - it's who you are. You'll want to invest yourself in this special treatment, like the signature dish of a great chef.
What's the special treatment going to be? That, I'm afraid, is up to you. Here are just a few hints to get your started thinking in the right direction:
Once you've gotten clear on what categories you're going to have available, you then run into the question of what products you're going to use, which supply companies you're going to choose and who you're going to give your business to. Use extreme caution here, for a few reasons:
Next time you write, let me know what you've come up with for your signature treatment and what products you're thinking of using. I'll do my best to help you out with any further suggestions, if I can.
Until then, take care,
Steve Capellini, LMT
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