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Which Way is the Energy Going? Are You Burning Yourself Out?
One of the simple methods that I use to define Yin/Yang theory to patients is to ask the question, "Which way is your energy going?"
It's Time to Review
It is amazing to see the changes that are occurring in the acupuncture profession. Let's look at some of the news and events that have contributed to this growth and awareness.
Syncretism: Acupuncture and Public Health in Cuba
"Syncretism" is defined as a union of diverse tenets or practices. On a recent trip to Cuba designed to demonstrate the integration of Traditional Medicine and biomedicine, our group witnessed this union firsthand.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 1)
It doesn't matter if you come to my practice for pain relief, weight loss, healthy aging or something else. The formula I talk about for each patient's fitness strategy is pretty much the same.
Chinese Herbs and Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Study
"Mary M."* recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Even the former sheriff dropped by to kiss the hand of this diminutive retired teacher, to honor the years she interpreted for him during interviews with Latinas and Latinos.
Dietary Fat and Prostate Cancer: An Important Update
K.M. Di Sebastiano and M. Mourtzakis published a review paper examining the role of dietary fat on prostate cancer development and progression late last year that does a stellar job of summarizing the available data on fat and prostate cancer.
The Modern Application of Ancient Mei Rong
Chinese Medical Cosmetology (Mei Rong) has a well-documented and venerated history dating back to the Qin (221-206 BC) Dynasty.
Footsteps of the Sages: An Apprenticeship with Dr. Kezhan Zhang
When I met Dr. Kezhen Zhang in May 2013, I was his translator and the integrity, creativity, and passion he demonstrated as a practitioner and advocate of the medicine convinced me to travel to Beijing to study with him.
Too Many to Remember: Tips to Revive Your Ortho / Neuro Test Skills
When I was at Palmer in the mid-1980s, we were given a set of notes in one of our diagnostic courses. The notes covered approximately 70 orthopedic and neurological tests for various regions of the body.
Diagnose Sprain Injuries in MVA Cases With Dynamic X-Rays (Pt. 1)
Am I the only person to notice hospitals are doing a seemingly insufficient job lately in their initial radiological workup of motor vehicle accident (MVA) victims?
Omega-3 Fish Oil: An Underappreciated Element of Men's Health
As a clinician with many male patients -- and as a man myself -- I am all too aware of the fact that we like to convince ourselves that we are doing great, when that may be the farthest thing from the truth.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the West
We know acupuncture and Oriental medicine as the indigenous medicine of East Asia; in particular China, Korea and Japan are the countries of origin of this wonderful healing system.
One Size Does Not Fit All: Exercise and Nutrition According to Your Yin/Yang Body Type
There are countless new exercise and nutrition plans out there, emphasizing the latest ground-breaking research and claiming to revolutionize the way we view health.
Tailor-Made Knee Pain: The Sartorius Muscle
A patient was referred to my office after receiving treatment from various providers with no results. The patient was training for the Olympics as a marathon runner and was unable to run or walk without severe medial knee pain.
The Concussion-Subluxation Complex
In the Aug. 1, 2014 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic, I reviewed some of the literature demonstrating the role of the chiropractic adjustment in post-concussive care.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 2
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
North Carolina Acupuncture Board Files Dry Needling Lawsuit
In early September, the NCALB filed a complaint against the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners over the issue of dry needling, a form of acupuncture that uses solid needles to puncture the skin and muscle tissue to relieve pain.
Mechanism: Experimental Approaches to Understanding Acupuncture, Part 1
The clinical benefits of acupuncture are difficult to ignore, but also can be difficult to explain to a Western audience. For nearly 50 years, relentlessly inquisitive scientists and physicians have been working toward a conceptual model to explain acupuncture.
F4CP Making a High-Impact Impression
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released details of its 2016 strategy, certain elements of which are already in play. The strategy includes ads, posters and other resources available to all F4CP members.
Your Billing Questions Answered
I hear a lot of the following questions: I am afraid I may doing something illegal. I have heard I cannot have different fees for the same service.
Targeting the Bad Apples in the Bunch
While everyone was focused on the conversion to ICD-10, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services released a new report on chiropractic titled "CMS Should Use Targeted Tactics to Curb Questionable and Inappropriate Payments for Chiropractic Services."
Pro-Con: Swaddling for Newborns
The practice of swaddling has been used for thousands of years and was popular until the 1700s, when it was slowly abandoned by many cultures that considered it old-fashioned or barbaric.
Born to Energize the Human Spirit: Recollections of Sig Miller
Sig Miller, longtime executive director of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC), passed away on Sept. 17 after a long battle with cancer.
July, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 07
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 moment has arrived.This Friday is opening day for The Spa House, your new day spa. The festivities are set to begin at 5 p.m. with a big grand opening party, and I know you couldn't be more excited. You're rushing around with a thousand concerns on your mind, feeling more like a host than a business owner. But even though your life may feel like it's all about the future, I thought I would take this opportunity to look back at the past and review your progress up to this point.
My intention is to provide you with a reminder of why and how you got to this point of opening your own spa in the first place. I feel there are four reasons why you will be the perfect spa owner: You're a caring, giving, feeling therapist who carries the therapeutic torch, or vision, for your spa; you're willing to learn, grow and change, passing this torch along to others when the time is right; you've got a strong business partner; and you're lucky.
Carry the Therapeutic Torch
In my mind, Lou, first and foremost you've always been and always will be a massage therapist. The core inspiration for you to get into the spa business in the first place was your passion for helping others and interacting with one individual at a time in meaningful, therapeutic encounters. You wanted to take that inspiration and apply it in the spa setting, where more people experience therapeutic massage for the first time than in any other venue.
So you went forth and found work in the spa industry, after applying yourself diligently to become trained as a first-rate bodyworker. A spa without a therapist with a deep commitment to the therapeutic process (like yourself) is like a restaurant without a good chef. Keep this in the forefront of your mind when you're dealing with payroll, scheduling, marketing, bookkeeping and other non-therapeutic necessities of the spa. Always make the therapeutic encounter the spa's main focus. Spend time every week and everyday thinking about it.
When Mel Zuckerman, founder of Canyon Ranch spa, first started his business, he personally signed up for an herbal wrap every day for the first year. That way he kept his therapists busy while sending the message that he focused on the therapeutic process.
Pass the Therapeutic Torch
Paradoxically, even though you're the one with the vision to carry forward, you're also the one who needs to be able to relinquish this vision - to pass the torch along, so to speak. Mel had to do the same thing eventually, as his business grew. Some spa owners/therapists in your position make the mistake of tying the spa's success too tightly to their own therapeutic prowess. They make their touch the showcase of the spa, and somehow they never seem to find other therapists who are quite good enough to attract more clients and expand the business.
This is the paradox: You must hold tenaciously to the vision, but at the same time you've got to be willing to let it go. In other words, your vision must be so strong that other people on your team internalize it and make it their own. This will be your number one mission as your business expands.
Business is Business
There's a saying, "Do what you love and the money will follow." I'm not a firm believer in this bit of wisdom. In fact, I think it is a bunch of baloney. I would rephrase the saying so it reads something more like, "Focus on the money and the money will follow." Too many therapists are unwilling to focus on the money. This is why your partner, Barbara, is such a crucial element to your potential success: She is a businessperson; she will focus on the money.
I'm always telling massage therapists who are would-be spa owners to focus on the business, marketing, promotion, keeping costs down, building clientele, retail, compensation options, and the bottom line. But quite often, these terms are foreign or antithetical to their personalities to really sink in. They resist real-world monetary success. I wouldn't want you to think that I am solely a "numbers" person - you know me better than that. But I do firmly believe that you have to equally combine therapeutic savvy with business savvy in order to be truly successful. So, treat Barbara with kid gloves. Believe me, everything depends on her know-how.
And finally, Lou, there is one other key element to your spa's success - plain, old-fashioned good luck. That's right. Every mega-successful person knows this. And somewhere in your psyche you feel it too. Much of what happens in your life feels preordained to some degree, doesn't it? Many people feel the same way.
I've spoken with "multi-hundred-millionaires" about their successes, and they've told me the single most important factor in their ultimate triumph could be summed up in that one word: luck. They followed their hearts, worked hard, and prepared for those lucky breaks when they finally showed up.
As another saying goes (one I believe) "The harder you work, the luckier you get." So, keep working at it, Lou. Make The Spa House everything it can be. Go for the biggest vision you can conjure up. And good luck!
Until next time,
Steve Capellini, LMT
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