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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.).
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!
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
January, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 01
What You Should Know Before Entering the Spa Market
By Stephanie Beck
In my seven years in the spa market, some of you might remember meeting me over the phone, in person at a tradeshow, or attending one of my classes. Others of you are asking, "Who is this person?" I might not have had the pleasure of meeting or speaking personally with you yet, but I look forward to the opportunity.
Whether you are looking to open a new day spa or be a spa director, I would like to share what I hope you will consider valuable information from myself and from some top industry professionals.We will start with the basics, and expand to include the benefits of offering spa treatments, how to retail, how to select the right spa products, selecting the right vendor, how to create menus the list goes on and on. I hope you enjoy this series and consider it helpful to your endeavors.
OK, so you want to open a day spa. What type of day spa do you want to open? What kinds of treatments do you want to offer? How do you decide which treatments work best for your environment? For some of you, these questions can be answered easily; for those still contemplating the answers, let's look at a plan.
Most of the day spas create a theme for the spa. Design a theme or layout that inspires you. Perhaps you have a deep desire to help others achieve the perfect body. There are a variety of themes, like "Spiritual," "Health and Wellness," "Cultural," or one conducive to your environment. The important thing to remember is that this spa is a part of you your aspirations and your dreams so it needs to be something you feel passionate about.
What do I mean by "conducive to my environment?" For example, if you are planning on opening a day spa in Lemon Grove, Calif., you might want to play off the citrus theme and have several treatments designed with lemon or other citrus essential oils and extracts. You might decide to serve freshly squeezed juices before each treatment, and keep your colors very bright and cheerful.
However, just living in a particular area doesn't mean you have to adhere to that environment. If you have a desire for sports massage and deep tissue work, you might want to open a day spa next to a sports complex or fitness center. You might want to have nutritional supplements and sports drinks in your retail area, and keep your reception areas very contemporary and your colors simple; lots of white, with accents of bright, bold colors. Perhaps your uniforms are more casual; for example, you could use polo shirts with logos instead of lab coats.
I have talked quite a bit about the environment, colors, uniforms and some of the menu. But there is a lot of work involved in creating themes. What if you aren't in a position to open your own spa? You might have other possibilities, like being hired as a spa manager for a new and upcoming spa with a particular theme. This was the case for Lynn Bisoce, the business manager for Spa Balinesia, one of the hottest new day-spa chains in the Los Angeles area. Lynn's background was sports massage and sports therapy before being hired in her new position last year. I was able to interview Lynn and ask her for her advice to other massage therapist that want to break into the day spa market.
"In my opinion, every massage therapist new to the spa environment should know the vision and intention of all services offered," Lynn said. "Study the menu of services and research products utilized. Take courses in aromatherapy and hydrotherapy. Learn as much as possible, not only for yourself, but for the guest who deserves the utmost quality in care."
"My advice to massage therapists, in general, would be to obtain your national certification for massage and bodywork and become a member of a professional organization such as the American Massage Therapy Association. Continue your education in, for example, aromatherapy, Reiki, body treatments, nutrition, and herbology. You will become highly marketable and in high demand," Lynn added.
Don't be discouraged if you find yourself having to make adjustments to your menu, design or theme as you progress with the design concept. According to Lynn, "We made a number of changes as we progressed. The main changes began with our menu."
Once you have selected a theme and created a rough draft of your menu, one of the most important things you can think about is equipment. Generally, equipment has the longest lead time when ordering. It also can be one of the more expensive investments for your day spa, and like the professionals you select, it can make a lasting impression on your clientele base. So, what kind of equipment are you looking for?
It can be overwhelming to the mind and pocketbook to start looking at equipment. In general, it helps if you are prepared when you start looking. Know what type of budget you have to work with, and think long-term when considering equipment. What is going to produce the quickest return on your investment? For example, you can put portable massage tables in your new five-room day spa. They will be less expensive now, but are they able to produce the most return? You might decide, based on your selection of services, that you need multifunction tables that can be adjusted to meet the needs and services of your clients quickly and easily. The more often you are able to use the equipment, the quicker it's going to pay for itself!
Another good thing to keep in mind is that you generally will get a better deal if you can purchase all of your products, including crèmes, lotions, muds, equipment, stools, bolsters, uniforms, disposables, herbs, skin care items, etc., from the same "one-stop shopping" source. You undoubtedly will be laden with countless decisions, and the last thing you need to concern yourself with is calling five to 10 different distributors to check to make sure the lotions are shipping.
All of these items can be handled by a professional spa distributor. You will be busy with personnel hiring, training, spa menu development, marketing, insurance, business licensees, and all the rest of the daily duties to make this day spa run efficiently and effectively. So, make things easier on yourself, and get as much as you can from one place. Make sure they have staff that are easy to reach, reliable, knowledgeable and friendly. Trust me; it's much better to make one phone call and get all of the answers than flipping through your Rolodex or invoices to find who you purchased what from! In the long run, you will make life easier for yourself or your product manager, and you will get the best pricing and service by developing a lasting relationship with your professional spa distributor.
I have seen a few day spa owners try to cut corners by purchasing large buckets of a product and re-bottling it into smaller containers to sell in their retail area. While this might seem like a harmless and less expensive way than purchasing the retail sizes to sell, you must be aware of the potential risk. Product liability can be very costly. All manufactures provide product liability that extends through their distributors as long as the product has not been tampered with, adulterated or misused in any way. If you purchase a gallon of lotion, fill several small containers with the lotion and re-sell it to your clients, you have broken the responsibility to the manufacturer. They are no longer responsible for the product because they were not the ones that sold your client the product. Since they did not fill the bottle, they are released from any responsibility. Please keep in mind: The manufacturers are in the business of making product in sterile, clean environments and should have met all the FDA regulations to be qualified to sell the products. The other question to ask yourself is, do you or your staff want to spend time servicing the clients or filling small containers for retail?
Working for a manufacturer for more than six years and now for a distributor, I have learned we all have a role and a purpose. Manufacturers are great at making products, packaging products, and providing them to the appropriate channels to get the products to the end user. Distributors are the best at maintaining a large variety of products and delivering them with friendly, reliable and timely service to the end users. They are an extension of the manufactures, and are able to meet your needs on multiple levels that a manufacturer is unable to. You, as a day spa owner or spa manager, are the best at meeting the needs of the customer and using the proper goods and services to enhance a customer's well-being. As always, it's best to check with your local or state licensing and regulatory offices to find out what licenses are required for each service your practitioners offer, and to adhere to those regulations.
Next month, we will discuss the benefits of offering spa treatments. If you have questions or comments pertaining to any of the items mentioned in this article, please contact me at .
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