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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
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.
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.
February, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 02
Spa Ratings: Spa at The Carneros Inn - Winner of the 2004 Best Spa Massage Award
Rating: 100 Points
By Editorial Staff
In February 2004, Massage Today began publishing Spa Ratings, a periodic column in which two professionals (dubbed the "massage mice") not affiliated with the spa industry anonymously reviewed and subsequently rated spa massage services.As enthusiasm for Spa Ratings grew, so did Massage Today's vision for the feature. If we were going to publish spa reviews and ratings, why not also reward the spa with the highest score? This is how the Best Spa Massage Award and our new site spatherapy.com came into being ("Massage Today to Launch New Web Site, Annual Award." Dec. 2004, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2004/12/03.html).
Massage Today and spatherapy.com are pleased to announce that the recipient of the First Annual Best Spa Massage Award is Spa at The Carneros Inn in Napa, California, whose superior services and massage treatments received a perfect score. Following is the spa's rating and review, and an interview with Jeannie Jarnot, spa director at The Carneros Inn.
Spa at The Carneros Inn, Napa, California - 100 points:
The massage mice evaluated four massages. The massage therapists and professionals at Spa at The Carneros Inn met or exceeded the rating standards in each category. The reservations process was helpful, friendly and prompt. The client was interviewed at the time reservations were made as to desired pressure and prior injuries, which streamlined the waiting room experience.
The waiting room was pleasantly decorated with comfortable chairs, and clients were offered a choice between lemon-infused water or iced tea. Changing rooms were clean and had lockers and well-lit showers; clients were offered the use of a wet and dry sauna. The massage room was spacious, tastefully lit, nicely decorated in white and beige tones, and maintained at a proper temperature. Music during the massage was soothing and set at an appropriate volume. The massage table was spacious with a comfortable face cradle, and bolsters were used throughout the massage. High-quality linens were used and proper draping techniques were employed throughout the sessions.
The massages treatments, two conventional and two stone massages, were of the highest quality. For the stone treatment, 46 smooth, round, balsite stones of different sizes were used. The stones were heated and used in different ways to assist the massage. The session started with the client face-up with heated stones placed along both sides of the spine. The therapist used smooth, heated stones for deeper pressure in some areas; warm stones were placed in each of the client's hands and on the stomach chakra. The relaxation and therapeutic effects of the stone massage were remarkable, and the four massage sessions focused on the client's issues that were brought up in the original reservation interview. Additionally, the massage therapists requested feedback during the massages and adjusted techniques as necessary.
Aromatherapy was offered, as were aroma options for both the massage and relaxation-facial oils. Following the treatments, the clients were offered scented water and iced tea. These four massages made an outstanding impression and each had long-lasting effects. This is precisely what the spa massage experience could and should be.
Meaning of Overall Grades
Interview With Jeannie Jarnot
Jeannie Jarnot (JJ): We are very honored to have been selected by Massage Today as having the best massage. We are so proud of our bodyworkers and recognize the incredible talent they possess. It is a true gift to be a massage therapist, and we are so proud that you have recognized our gifted staff. Thank you.
MT: How long have you been the spa director at The Carneros Inn? What is your professional background?
JJ: I was the pre-opening spa director and have been here since June 2004. I grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, where resort life was all I knew. I knew when I was very young that I wanted to work in the hospitality industry. I studied hotel management at Cornell University. I started out in food and beverage, and quickly realized it wasn't the healthiest department to be working in. I really wanted to make a difference in people's lives and found that it was possible in the spa industry.
Sometimes you actually have the opportunity to help someone. I began as the assistant spa director at The Norwich Inn and Spa in Norwich, Conn. I then moved to the West Coast where I became the assistant spa director at The Claremont Resort and Spa in Berkeley, Calif. Next, I became the spa director at The Sports Club/LA Splash at The Four Seasons in San Francisco. Finally, I moved to wine country to be in beautiful Carneros.
MT: What do you find most rewarding about being the spa director at The Carneros Inn?
JJ: In general, I love creating a positive, healthy work environment. It is where I feel I get to make the biggest difference for people, my staff. I love that we make people happy all day long. We are in the business of making people feel good...what could be better than that?
MT: What typical challenges do you face?
JJ: Everyday is a challenge. Managing so many different types of people, your peers, upper management, the corporate office, the spa attendants, the front desk agents and the therapists. You need a different hat for each group. It keeps you on your toes, that's for sure.
MT: What direction do you think the spa industry will take over the next few years?
JJ: I think resort spas will level out. They need to be really well versed in the basics. I think clients who enjoy massage are becoming more educated, and the level of education that the therapists need will increase. I think, overall, the spa goers' expectations from massage therapists will increase and they will seek out really proficient therapists.
MT: How many treatment rooms does the spa have?
JJ: Seven indoor treatment rooms and four outdoor treatment rooms.
MT: Tell me about the water features of the spa.
JJ: We are building a customized hydrotherapy tub called The Huichica Creek bath. It is a hydrotherapy tub that simulates the feeling of lying in a gentle creek, but it has therapeutic jets. The bath is lined with creek stones and will truly be a one-of- a-kind water feature. We have a spectacular co-ed outdoor hot tub seating eight that overlooks the Mayacamas Mountains. It has an infinity edge that literally pours you into the vineyards. We have a steam room and sauna in both the men's and women's locker rooms. The steam room is filled with organic herbs daily: lemongrass, sage and rosemary.
MT: What are some of your other unique spa amenities?
JJ: Wonderful Red Flower brand amenities; we feature their decadent Italian Blood Orange scent, luxurious logo robes, robe warmers in each treatment room, oil warmers in the rooms, heated massage tables, and hot towels in every massage.
MT: The signature bodywork treatments correspond to the environmental surroundings of the Inn: The Harvests, The Farms, The Minerals, and The Cellars. Are any of the ingredients used in the treatments harvested locally?
JJ: The olives from the olive oil used in the Orchard Olive Stone and Honeydew Exfoliation are grown in Carneros; the oil is processed in Carneros. The grape seeds used in the Grape Seed and Guava treatments are from the Napa region, and the goat's milk that we use is custom blended right here.
MT: Can you talk a little about some of the most popular bodywork treatments?
JJ: Our Soothing Goat Butter Wrap followed by our Warm Goat Butter Massage is one of my very favorites. Our wrap begins with a brief dry brush exfoliation. Then, we apply a warm goat cream that includes rosehip oil, goat butter, jojoba oil, avocado oil, and aloe vera infused with chamomile. We wrap you for about 20 minutes and massage your scalp and feet as the goat cream absorbs fully into your skin. We then unwrap you and pour warm goat's milk with honey all over your body. This wrap melts tensions and really prepares the muscles before a massage. Continuing the treatment with a massage is my advice.
Our new Red Flower Body Ritual Massage is a two-hour body ritual that takes place in the privacy of a guest cottage. It uses the incredible Japanese Bathhouse-inspired products developed by Red Flower, and the scents layer beautifully. It begins with a hot shower in your outdoor shower using a Yuzu and Mimosa Sea Algae Wash. It is followed by a scrub with an Ohana Gingergrass Bamboo Scrub, a buffing with a Cherry Blossom Rice Buff, and misting with a Plum Wine Soft Water Mist. Then there is a long massage with a Wild Lime Kinmoxei oil that incorporates some traditional Japanese massage strokes along with plenty of time for the therapist to give a therapeutic massage. It is amazing.
MT: What percentage of your services involves massage or bodywork? How important is massage therapy to your spa's business?
JJ: Seventy-five percent of services involve massage. Our number one treatment in the spa is a therapeutic massage - it always has been and it always will be. There is no replacing a good massage.
MT: Does the spa employ its massage therapists? If so, what kind of benefits package do the therapists receive? How are therapists compensated?
JJ: Eight therapists are on staff [as] employees. In addition to employee discounts, trading with other therapists, and meals in our family dining hall, all therapists who maintain 30 hours per week are offered a full health benefits package, vacation, holiday and sick time. They receive an hourly rate plus a treatment rate. All tips go directly to them. We add a 20 percent gratuity on all group appointments.
MT: As a spa director, what do you look for in a massage therapist?
JJ: I look for that ability to connect with a diverse clientele. I look for therapists who have a balance of Eastern and Western education, and mostly I look for therapists who truly love giving massage. Giving a massage needs to make them happy. If it doesn't, there is an ingredient missing.
MT: What have you found is the best method for recruiting massage therapists?
JJ: Having the best work environment for them to work in. The word spreads in the massage community. If you have a good work environment, they will want to work for you and you will have no shortage of good therapists applying at your spa.
MT: Thank you so much for your time, Jeannie, and congratulations again to Spa at The Carneros Inn.
Editor's Note: Read Jeannie Jarnot's article, "What Does a Spa Director Look for in Professional Massage Therapists?" at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/02/05.html.
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