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Believe it or not, an estimated one-third of your patients have eaten some form of fast food within 24 hours of their appointment with you.
Acupuncture's Impact on the World
For several years, I have been hearing about the town of Rothenburg, Germany. It seemed just a dot on a map until I arrived. It is the home of the TCM Kongress which began in 1968. It has been held annually for 47 years and it has only missed one year.
What's New in Phytonutrition: Mangifera Indica, "The King of Fruits"
One hundred percent pure Indian green mango fruit (mangifera indica), harvested at a special degree of ripeness for efficacy and taste, can now be concentrated as a phytonutrient nutraceutical powder.
Increasing the Value of Spine Care: CMS Approves New Low Back Pain Registry
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the Spine IQ Low Back Pain Registry as a qualified clinical data registry for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2016.
The Pertinent Negative
We all have to perform evaluations on patients. Most of us don't like doing it – exams take time, and worse it takes even more time after the evaluation to put together a narrative summary of the findings. Sometimes, this process becomes downright tedious.
Adventures with the San Jiao
Those of us who have been in practice for several decades relish the way meridians and points reveal new diagnostic clues and new insights. I love to encourage my students to see this as an adventure that goes way beyond the textbooks.
How to Stay Sane During the Elections: Understanding Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine
In Chinese Medicine philosophy, everything consists of Yin and Yang. The law of polar opposites – one cannot exist without its opposite.
Chronic Pain: Become Part of the Solution
I have lectured to more than 7,000 chiropractic physicians over the past five years regarding the chronic pain and opioid epidemic in this country.
AOM Hospital-Based Practice: A Future Reality?
The natural evolution of health care on the planet is integrative health. We may have some challenges ahead, but based on my research, all indicators are pointing in a positive direction. There seems to be an evolving consciousness among our patient population that is "getting it."
An Emerging Partnership Model
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has educated integrative health and wellness practitioners for the last 40 years, originally as an acupuncture clinic and school. The institution's transformative, relationship-centered programs integrate traditional wisdom with contemporary science
A Long-Overdue Win for Oregon Medicaid Patients - and the Implications for Other States
Beginning July 1, 2016, Oregon Medicaid patients with spinal pain (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, pelvic) who are determined to be low risk based on a biopsychosocial assessment tool (STarT Back – Keele University) can receive four chiropractic visits per episode.
Introducing the Acupuncture Today Digital Edition
In response to the changing habits of our readers, Acupuncture Today will introduce a digital edition of the publication (in addition to our print edition) beginning with the August 2016 issue.
Three Tips to Help You Analyze the Acupuncture Case Studies of the NCCAOM Exam
Confirm the answer quickly by the elimination method. Case study:
After two treatments for back pain, a patient presents for a third
session complaining of rapid breathing and wheezing that is made worse
during cold weather.
What You Say Isn't Always What Patients Hear
A few years ago, my aunt Edna (name changed for the purpose of this story) suffered a stroke. After a short hospital stay, she was transferred to a nursing home for rehabilitation. When she arrived at the nursing home, Edna requested a private room.
Beating the Odds: Interview With Para-Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Since October 2015, the FICS Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), has been supporting disabled athletes internationally.
Acupuncture Muscle Trigger Point and Oriental Medicine Sports Therapy
It is difficult to ascertain the internal condition of professional basketball player Lebron James during game one of the 2014 NBA finals, in which he developed debilitating muscle cramps that led to his premature removal from the game.
Sit or Stand? Analyzing a Mixed Message
I'm more than a bit confused. At my age, that seems to be a rather common occurrence. However, today more than ever, I'm getting a mixed message.
An MD Who Understands the Opioid Epidemic
Doctors of chiropractic have an important role to play in ending the opioid epidemic and dealing with chronic pain by conservative means (see our top story in this issue) – but who's to blame for opioid dependence and abuse in the first place?
Treating Hip & Groin Pain With Abdominal Release of Upper Lumbar Nerve Impingements
Have you encountered patients with groin and hip pain you can't seem to solve? You know it's not a worn-out hip; you suspect the pain is somehow connected to the spine. But somehow, you just can't help them break through.
Insuring Quality Control in Herb Importation: An Interview with Wilson Lau
Wilson Lau is the vice president of Nuherbs, a Chinese herb importation company based in San Leandro, California. Before joining Nuherbs, he trained as a lawyer specializing in FDA law.
Kansas Achieves Licensing Law
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed House Bill 2615 into law on Friday, May 13, 2016. HB2615 includes provisions for the licensure of acupuncturists in the state of Kansas.
Tai Chi Documentary Premier
First Run Features recently announced the world theatrical premiere of Barry Strugatz's documentary The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West, which premiered last month at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles.
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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