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A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
February, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 02
Pursuing Your Intentions Through Spa Treatments
By Stephanie Beck
In the January issue of Massage Today, Lynn Biscoe, from Spa Balinesia, touched on the subject for this issue: "Every Massage Therapist new to the spa environment should know the vision and intention of all services offered" How can you discuss the benefits of spa treatments unless you have a clear understanding of the vision and intention of your services?
Define What You Are
What kind of business do you want to be? What is your company's brand? What is your company's culture? Everything about your business should embody your intentions as much as possible.That is why it is vital - whether you have a staff of 20 or a staff of one - that they receive the proper training. They must have the knowledge and understanding to the benefits of your treatments and how they relate to the intentions of your company. Every "team member" has to be fully aware of your game plan, and that includes every product and service offered.
Set Goals to Achieve Your Brand
Set goals for your company, business and staff. If you hire staff, make sure they have the same values and receive all the necessary training. Also, your Spa Distributor Rep should be responsible for supplying the necessary education on product ingredients, benefits, protocols, etc. You need to be accountable and ensure everyone adheres to the vision and intention once it has been defined. Some of the goals you might want to consider including are to always recommend appropriate home care products to the client, weekly training and education to ensure all staff members are aware of the benefits of the treatments, or quarterly protocol and product evaluations for every staff member.
Good for You, Good for Your Clients
Giving a massage can be taxing on the body of the therapist. Even with the proper body mechanics, it takes a lot of energy. Thus, it makes sense to keep an open mind to new techniques and services that benefit both you and your clients and might be achieved without a massage.
Scrubs and polishes are some of those procedures that allow for just that: less wear and tear on the therapist, but the same favorable impact on the client. All scrubs and polishes can be performed in half the time of an hour massage and are less strenuous on the body - plus, you still can charge as much as an hour-long massage. All wraps - whether you are working with clay, seaweed, herbals or aromatherapy - still take up to an hour, but without all the taxing requirements on your body.
It makes sense to expand your services to retain clients and gain new ones. Because each client's needs vary, it's crucial to understand what those customers' needs are and which products address those needs. Research the spa treatments you are considering and discover how they will best support your company's brand and identity.
Fitting the Budget
Chances are you might not be flush with capital, so it's time to talk budgets. Speaking from experience, budgets are most helpful in guiding you to the appropriate products for your business. When you apply your vision (intentions and brand) with your budget, it's easier to know what product lines are feasible.
Communicating your game plan to your vendors allows them to assist you in making the right choices. Your budget might be limited to crock pots and Spa Thermal Units, instead of Hot Towel Cabinets and treatment bars. Or, you might need the standard white cotton robes instead of the Customized Micro-fiber robes in three colors and six sizes. Whether you have one room or a 17 room facility, it's still possible to offer a professional environment without sending you into bankruptcy. Plan your work and work your plan.
Go Have Fun Out There!
And let's not forget one of the main benefits of offering body treatments: It's fun to learn new things! It's rewarding to provide options that allow your clients to achieve their goals - lasting ones clients can feel good about after they leave your establishment.
If you have any questions or need assistance with your vision, intension or brand, drop me an e-mail and I will be happy to help. And remember to keep striving to make your dreams a reality!
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