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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Multivitamin Supplement May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence
There is a great deal of controversy regarding the value of multiple vitamin supplements in cancer prevention.
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.
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.
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.
November, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 11
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.
This is a letter I am both happy and sad to write.I'm happy because you are so successful and your new day spa, The Spa House, is drawing in customers from near and far. They leave enchanted with the homey space you've created and thrilled with the exotic treatment menu you've developed. They are giving you rave reviews, and you're well on your way to surpassing your monetary goals for your first year in business. This is not always the case with spa businesses, as you know. You should be counting yourself quite fortunate at this stage, though your success is due in no small part to your own hard work, insight and persistence.
This is no time to bask too long in your glory, however. After all, The Spa House has only been open for a few months, and fortunes can turn very quickly in this business, as they can in most. I'm glad to see that you are staying on top of your business and working hard to keep it going on the right course. You'll need to do this continually to assure a prosperous future.
While I'm happy for you and all your success, I'm sad because, after these four years of correspondence, the time has come to say good-bye. Mahatma Gandhi once said, "Life is a continual series of separations." Well, this is our separation, Lou. I am formally cutting you loose from the mentor/student relationship that we've enjoyed for these few years. We'll still be friends, of course, but there is no need for me to offer advice any more, so this will be my last letter to you. I would like to look back over the four years we've been communicating in order to give you a perspective on how much you've accomplished. It's all too easy to forget where we are in life until we take the time to more closely examine where we've been.
In the Beginning
When we first started talking, you were a dedicated massage therapist who wanted to help people achieve wellness and find ways they could live more fully in their bodies. You were good at this, Lou. You were passionate and you found your way to the spa world because you knew you would be able to touch many people's lives through this medium.
It's important to note this enthusiasm of yours. Without it, people sometimes get into the spa industry for the wrong reasons, thinking it will mean easy money, prestige or glamour. This superficial initial inspiration does not carry with it the depth of commitment needed to create a truly inspiring spa.
You had what it takes to make a true home for yourself in the spa industry, starting from the ground floor up. You paid your dues as a therapist, working many hard hours a day for years. When the opportunity arose for you to move up the ranks in the resort spa where you worked, you took it and learned about supervision, training, schedules, hiring, firing, politics and more. This knowledge became the foundation you used later to make a move of your own. It's the way many professionals get their start in this industry: Inspiration = perspiration = reward.
Striking Out On Your Own
As so many enthusiastic, dedicated spa professionals do, you realized that opportunity was abounding all around you, and you wanted to try your hand at some new challenges. So, you headed for a new city to work at a startup medical spa. This, as it turned out, was not the dream job you'd envisioned but it was an important stepping-stone in your journey. You learned a lot about what works and what doesn't in a spa business; along the way you were even sued for malpractice! It turned out to be an insubstantial allegation, but it toughened you to the realities of business, which is a good thing (as long as nobody was hurt).
You also became involved with professional associations like the International Spa Association (ISPA), and you learned from folks at the Day Spa Association. You took classes, attended conferences, networked, got to know people and became known. Perhaps most important at this time, though you didn't know it yourself, was your new friendship with your coworker at the medical spa, Barbara. She would later turn out to be your partner in business and in life. And now you're going to get married! So, you can say in a very real way that your spa adventure has turned into your life adventure: the two are inseparable.
Finally, you could no longer take a backseat in this spa adventure and you decided, like many have before you, to open up a spa of your own. You were in a new city with few friends, and you had no real business experience, but you knew what you had to do. You hired people, created a business plan, learned about layout, design, contracts, consultants, retail sales, mission statements, team-building and more.
Most of all, you learned about risk. Risk is inherent in business, and that is why so many massage therapists stay away from business and prefer to remain cocooned within the sense of security created by a job. As I've said before, no matter who you're working for, you are working for yourself. This is especially true in the spa industry where people change jobs frequently, locations open and close, whimsical bosses hire and fire, and the entire landscape changes every couple years.
You took the step of opening your own spa, and even though I wish you the very best for your continued success, I can say in all honesty that even a failure at this attempt will be better than if you had never tried. When you become aware of your potential, feel what it's like to receive income not based solely on your own physical work, and felt the feelings of ownership and entrepreneurship, these impressions become imbedded in your subconscious, allowing you to recreate them again and again, if necessary. This is why millionaires who lose everything so often wind up millionaires once again - they know what it feels like to be rich.
Now You're the Mentor
You now know what it feels like to be a successful spa therapist, supervisor, manager, director and owner. These precious gifts are yours to use as you wish, Lou. You can spend your time worried about the competition and trying to keep the things you've learned a big secret (which you won't be very successful at anyway), or you can go the other direction and share your knowledge with others. And, if you wouldn't mind one last bit of advice from someone who has been your mentor for these past four years, listen to this: Become a mentor yourself, Lou. Find someone you can help, or simply remain open and let that someone come to you. Use your success to give back to others. I can tell you from experience that this is an excellent way to enjoy what you have attained and to move enthusiastically into your future in the spa industry, wherever that may lead you.
As always, I wish you the very best of luck.
Steve Capellini, LMT
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