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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 06
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.
One month to go 'till your grand opening! In just four short weeks, you are going to have The Spa House Day Spa up and running.Your staff is in place, the facility is looking good, and you have your job descriptions and operational manual in place; now comes that nail-biting interlude of anticipation mixed with dread. "I've done everything in my power," you're probably thinking. "Now, this is out of my hands. Luck and fate will decide how the grand opening is going to be. I wish I had more control!"
Well, Lou, you're at least partially right. There seems to be a kind of magic that allows one to business take off, while others stagnate. This is perhaps more true for the spa business than others. In the spa business, you're selling yourself, your concept, your touch, your vision - the product is you. In a sense, you've done everything you can do and become everything you can be. However, there is still one thing you can do; one thing that there is never too much of in this world that will be certain to give you the absolute best chance for a dynamite, successful grand opening: a party.
That's right, Lou-- It's time to get down and boogie! I'm talking about an all-out, everybody-in-town's-talking-about-it kind of affair. I'm talking about media hoopla -- in short -- marketing. Of course, I'm being a little tongue-in-cheek. There's more to marketing than party planning; however, at this particular stage of your spa's incarnation, nothing else is as important.
So, how do you go about planning this shindig? Now is the time to enlist the full efforts of the spa consultant you hired and work closely to create an event that will get The Spa House off to a great start. First, you want to get the local media to the event by creating some unique and enticing invitations. Physical invitations make a big difference. Editors, freelancers and columnists get a barrage of invitations to all kinds of events, and they know how the game is played: They're "wined and dined" in exchange for positive press. So, let them know you value their time, expertise and influence by using creativity on the invitations. Create something eye-catching and relevant.
How about a miniature dollhouse with a custom, hand-painted miniature sign says "Welcome To The Spa House"? This would tie in with the children's art hanging on your walls. Inside the dollhouse (stuck in a window?) you could have a little invitation inviting them to free treatments that afternoon before the reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony that evening.
Call your consultant and get her involved. I'm sure she'll come up with many more ideas. How about enlisting the help of some local businesses? You could broker a trade with a local caterer or restaurant and swap food for spa treatments or invite the owners of the toy store where you buy the dollhouses, and tie in the children's charity you've chosen to benefit. Create a compelling story through this party and its impact will continue for a long time to come. In the meantime, what else could you be doing to market The Spa House?
As you know, I'm a big proponent of the Internet as a tool for spa success. As you approach the opening of The Spa House, it will serve you well to have your Web site up and running so you can support the business that starts pouring through your doors. Your Internet presence will serve as an information resource regarding your spa. People will get a feeling for your facility before they arrive, and their questions will be answered so you won't tie up your receptionist's valuable time on the phone. You'll be able to tie your marketing efforts together in one central location, creating links (both virtual and actual) with the charities you support, the community you serve, and the vendors and service providers you work with. I suggest finding a webmaster you trust and hand the work over. You've got too much on your plate right now to try and learn Web design!
And speaking of having too much work on your hands, here's one more piece of advice, friend-to-friend. Now that you're in a personal relationship with your business partner, Barbara, there is bound to be some additional stress during this hectic time as the spa is about to open. Try and give her some extra slack in the relationship department. This has to be unilateral, I suppose, because you can't control what she does or says, but you can control what you do and say. The next month is a time for letting things slide: a time for not sweating the small stuff and for acceptance and appreciation, rather than judgment. The challenges of owning a business together with a life-partner will be difficult enough over the long haul. Try to make this party into a time of real celebration. I'm looking forward to hearing how the grand opening goes. Wish I could be there!
Until next time,
Steve Capellini, LMT
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