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Desert: A Metaphor from the Study of Genetics
In most of the human lives I know about, there are stretches of time which feel stagnant, or worse. We can feel adrift, or wounded and sidelined, and these times don't seem to carry much usefulness while they are unfolding.
Chinese Doctors Poke Holes in Australian Study
A recent Australian clinical trial, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2014 by Rana Hinman, et el., evaluating the effectiveness of both needle and laser acupuncture for chronic knee pain.
Integrative Medicine for the Underserved: A Seat at the Table
Numerous organizations have risen to the challenge of providing care to medically-underserved populations and here we feature one such group.
The Three Heater Official
This Official, belonging to the element Fire, is responsible for maintaining and regulating the heating system of the body, mind, and spirit. It is named for its function. The trunk is divided into three "burning spaces" or "jiaos."
News in Brief
Investigating the Cellular Impact of Mechanical Force; National Board Seats (Not-So) New Officers at Annual Meeting.
Marketing with a Microphone
When given an option, it stands to reason that people prefer to do business with those they know, like, and trust.
Treatment of PTSD: An Opportunity for the Practice of Integrated Medicine
PTSD is widespread across America today. Not only do many of our honored men and women in uniform bring it home with them from the war zones they have been active in, but it often follows any life-threatening event people go through when their lives have been in danger.
Creating Relationships at Southwest Symposium
The month of May brought many interesting activities. As I have said in many previous columns this year, this profession is moving in a very exciting direction. Make sure you are getting involved. If you're not, you just might get left behind.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 3)
A patient with sacroiliac fixation and dysfunction ordinarily demonstrates a noticeable leg-length inequality when placed in the prone position on the adjusting table.
The Source-Luo Point Combination, Part 2
The Da Cheng includes symptoms for the source-luo points that indicate when to use them for treatment. Yang defines the method as the guest-host (it is one of a variety of acupuncture point combinations called guest-host).
Sports Medicine 101: Surgery or No Surgery?
In the world of sports medicine, many careers are saved by surgeries that correct traumatic damage to the body. Muscle tears, ligament damage, fractures, spinal disc herniations, and joint instabilities are a few of the issues frequently addressed with surgical intervention.
I was sitting in a Pizza Hut in Peoria, Ill., with my friend Reggie, sometime in the spring of my senior year in college, when he started doodling on his paper placemat. In those days, the company had a picture of U.S. on the mats, showing all the locations of the "Huts" in the country.
NCCAOM Video Contest
The NCCAOM is excited to announce the launch of the second annual video contest "Because it Works!" 2015.
An International Life: An Interview with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield
I met Mary Elizabeth Wakefield during her class last summer in Seneca Falls, New York at the Finger Lakes School of Chinese Medicine.
Meet Cheyenne: Your Future Colleague
Allow me to introduce you to Cheyenne (Chey), the daughter of some of our family's closest friends. We attend and serve at the same church together, and have known each other for many years.
Q&A With the First VA Chiropractic Residents
As you may have read previously, a major step forward for the profession occurred in July 2014 when the Department of Veterans Affairs began piloting a chiropractic residency program at five locations.
Nomenclature and Classification of Lumbar Disc Pathology: Version 2.0
The Nomenclature and Classification of Lumbar Disc Pathology consensus, published in 2001 by the collaborative efforts of the North American Spine Society, the American Society of Spine Radiology and the American Society of Neuroradiology, has guided radiologists, clinicians and the public for more than a decade.
Should You Change an Athlete's Natural Running Form?
Once past the ankle, impact forces travel at about 200 mph into the knee. In addition to allowing the quad to absorb force, bending the knee (E) prevents the hip and pelvis from moving up and down too much (F), which is important for injury prevention and efficiency.
Key Changes and Updates to the 7th Edition CNT Manual
Acupuncture Today recently interviewed Jennifer Brett, ND, L.Ac. regarding the updates to the CNT manaul.
Going On-Site With Chiropractic Care
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has released a position paper highlighting the financial, clinical and patient-satisfaction benefits of providing chiropractic care at on-site corporate health clinics.
The Risks I Took
We all take risks when we choose this profession. For some, it is not knowing if you can make a living practicing TCM. For others, it is parental or cultural disapproval.
June, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 06
Selecting the Right Spa Vendor and Creating a Good Relationship
By Stephanie Beck
We have covered most of the basics: You have selected a vision for your business, you understand which treatments offer the right benefits that coordinate with the vision, and you have a good understanding of what products and equipment you will need to purchase.But, now you are left with figuring out where to purchase your products. So, let's uncover some basic truths that will help you work smarter instead of harder.
Benefits in Ordering From a Distributor
There are many vendor choices currently in the market. Determining the right choice for you can be confusing. Some of you might think that working directly with a manufacturer is the best way to go, but let's take a look at some of the myths and facts.
Myth: I get a better discount if I order directly from the manufacturer. Fact: All the spa and massage product and equipment manufacturers have distributors and all of them have policies not to undercut their distributors. Manufacturers and distributors have to operate on a level of trust and have great working relationships, so if a manufacturer were to compete with their distributor, their relationship would be over. Also, keep in mind that you might be in New York and the manufacturer is in California, but they have a distributor in Illinois; the savings in shipping costs alone by ordering from Illinois rather than California makes that the logical choice.
Myth: I receive fresher products if I order directly from the manufacturer. Fact: Manufacturers have shelf life and turn around times on all their products and most do not keep product inventory for more than 60 days at a time. Any authorized distributor should rotate stock on a regular basis; they never want more inventory than what they will sell in a given period, therefore products from the distributor should never be more than 60 days old, either.
Myth: I need to receive my training directly from the manufacturer. Fact: Every skin care manufacturer offers training, and most of them charge extra for it. Most distributors pay to have their staff trained - not just for one product line but several product lines - and the training can be included with your purchase without additional expense from a distributor. Also, there are several videos and DVD's, manuals and workshops that cover, in great detail, the training needed to operate the equipment or apply techniques and products. Therefore, it's not necessary to spend countless hours and thousands of dollars to end up with multiple trainers from different manufacturers coming to your facility to train your personnel. So, how do you determine which distributor is going to meet your needs the best?
How Supportive Are They to My Business and My Industry?
If you recall, in the first article I touched on the "one stop shopping" theory, in that it makes sense that the more you can order from one place, the better your pricing and service will be. Plus, think about how convenient it would be to make one phone call to order all your products, check on order status, report any claims, schedule training, etc. than to have to make those same calls to a bevy of different people who may or may not be available.
And this brings up another good point: How available are they? How responsive are they to your calls and questions? Do they have a Web site or direct contact information for an expert to call you back or for you to have your questions answered in a timely fashion?
Also, what kind of marketing materials do they offer? Are they able to assist with materials that will drive your sales? How educated are they to your needs and do they understand what is important to help you grow your business? How involved are they in the industry? Do they belong to the professional organizations and contribute to the education process? Think about it. Why would anyone want to support a company that is only concerned about making the almighty dollar and not giving back to their community?
You have a responsibility, too. You need to make sure that you are giving the spa vendor all of the information needed to support you. For instance, if you wait until three weeks before an opening to contact the distributor and you need to order three stationary tables, one wet table and 100 customized robes, you must understand that not even the manufacturers would be able to pull that off in such a short time. That is why it's important for you to plan your work and work your plan. Also, it's much easier for us, as spa experts, to work within your budget and recommend the right equipment and product lines if we know what your financial limits are ahead of time.
It's just as important to know the company's philosophies, policies, shipping/lead times, as well as their general level of friendliness and willingness to help on the phone. What are their return policies, backorder policies, warranties and guarantees? Sometimes it's not just about price. Sometimes that old adage is true: "You get what you pay for," so be aware that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
It makes sense for you to want to conduct business with people who have an interest in you and treat you like more than just another account number. The very famous customer service motto is true, "If you don't take care of your customers, someone else will." You should not have to compromise service, friendliness or knowledge to fit a distributor's needs. We are here, as experts in the industry, to make sure your needs and the needs of your customers are being met.
If you have further questions regarding selecting the right spa vendor, please feel free to e-mail me at , and thank you for the support and feedback from everyone else who has been writing.
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