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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.
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.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
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.
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.
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.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
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!
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
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.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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.
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.
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."
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
February, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 02
By Steve Capellini, LMT
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 treatment menu for your soon-to-open Spa House is coming together, and it was a little trickier to create than you'd imagined, wasn't it? When you walk into a great spa and take a glance at its beautiful brochure and list of services, it all seems so natural and easy, doesn't it? But when you have to do the work yourself, you understand how much goes into it.I think you've made some wise choices as far as the treatments you're going to offer, and I'm not just saying that because you followed my advice on some of them! Nobody could resist the sumptuous Spa House Specials you've created:
You've also added several foot and hand treatments, a scalp treatment, manicures, pedicures and "quickie" chair-massage. This is a great start for a menu, Lou. There is no need to be overly worried about the items you did not include at this stage, as you will inevitably revisit this menu and make amendments in coming years. What you should concentrate on now is training your staff thoroughly on all the treatments and products.
I'm happy to hear that you've chosen products known for their organic properties. Although these products are not generally well known, you will be able to educate the public about their value. Sometimes it's smart to use a less remarkable brand and then pair it with your own Spa House private label products later, rather than go for a famous skin care/body care line now. You're smart to avoid the tendency of "transference" in which you hope to upgrade the image of your spa by associating with famous brands. Sometimes that backfires, and you end up without a clearly recognizable image of your own.
Proudly display, in a conspicuous area in your spa, each of the all-natural lines you will be using in your treatments. These of course will also be available for sale to your clients, but they are there to enhance your spa's image, not take it over. The trick is to get your clients interested in buying your spa's overall image and to have them view products as an adjunct of that.
You've got mud from Hungary, clay from Sedona, fango from Italy, seaweed from France, Ayurvedic oils from India, shampoos from the Hawaiian rainforests, plus several more products on your shelves. My advice is to keep diversifying, as you have already. Then, when it comes time to highlight one brand in the near future (hopefully shortly after you open the spa), it will be your own house brand.
The Signature Service
I absolutely love the signature service you've chosen for the Spa House. Asian treatments are very hot right now in the spa market, so it's great that you're going with that theme and offering the Spa House Balinese Ritual. At 2 1/2 hours long, with a healthy snack and take-home spa sandals included, I think you're going to receive some rave reviews and many repeat customers, even though the price, at $295, seemed high to you at first. Your spa business partner Barbara was wise to price it at that level. After all, your clients will be getting a lot for their money: the dedicated attention of one of your therapists, gifts, and first-class natural products from the exotic South Pacific via Jamuspa.com, the same company you trained with while working at the resort spa a few years back.
It's some kind of destiny that your previous work is coming in handy as you incorporate your training and experience into your new endeavor. Based on the traditional "Lulur" ritual of preparing brides for their weddings, the treatment features my favorite triumvirate of exfoliation, hydrotherapy and massage. It doesn't get any better than this, with rose petals in the bath, a creamy yogurt-based mask application, and a long, flowing Polynesian-style massage session.
Your choice of signature service can even color other, broader choices at the Spa House too, if you want. The room in which you provide the Balinese Ritual can be decorated with wood carvings, silk wall hangings, native statuettes and warm tropical earth tones. This theme, over time, may trickle out into the rest of the spa. Personally, I can't wait to see it!
Now that you have created a menu in your mind, you need to create a physical menu on paper, which means that you're going to have to strike up a relationship with yet another co-creator of your spa vision - a printer. Perhaps you didn't think of a printer as being a core member of your spa-creation team, but stop for a moment and think about collateral materials - brochures, fliers, stationary, letterhead, logos, business cards and so on. Besides the actual spa, collateral is what most impresses clients and potential clients. It's what "shouts out" your spa's image loud and clear; it is your signature and personality sent out far and wide into the world. In fact, when you use electronic collateral on the Internet, you are making this image visible for millions across the globe.
One tip I'd like to offer as you and your collateral design partner begin putting together your materials: Insert a separate price card, sometimes known as a tariff sheet, which you can change at any time easily without having to go back to the printer for another run, wasting hundreds, or even thousands of dollars on existing brochures.
Stop and give your collateral materials some serious thought, Lou. You'll benefit greatly by teaming with a printer and/or designer who shares some of the vision you have for the Spa House. Interview a few people. Find someone who loves spas and would like to get involved hands-on with the project. He or she should receive a few treatments and walk through the spa with you to get an idea about the kind of image you're attempting to create.
I look forward to hearing about the collateral-collaborator you find and seeing some of the art you create together soon. In the meantime, hang in there - you're getting closer and closer to the opening of your new vision, the Spa House!
Until Next Time,
Steve Capellini, LMT
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