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Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
August, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 08
Spa Menus That Bring Customers to You
By Stephanie Beck
How to create spa menus that bring customers to you is the million-dollar question, isn't it? So, how do you create spa menus that bring the customer to you? Most of it comes from using emotionally based adjectives, creativity and knowing your client base!
Let's face it, we are emotional beings and as such, we respond to those wonderful, descriptive words like "luxurious, rich, velvety soft, silky smooth, vitamin-infused, cell vitality, supple and smooth, contains the latest discovered ingredients, most advanced science, phenomenal visible results, and "active moisturizers!"
We are the same way when we are describing our newest favorite item.Have you ever recommended a product to a friend? How did you describe it? I bet it went something like this: "Oh, you have got to try this! I mean, this is really good! Oh wow, it was incredible; I mean, it is absolutely the best thing I've ever tried!" Now, I could be talking about my latest massage, facial, or my new favorite ice cream, (actually, it was this new teeth-whitening product I have been trying). With everyone I have spoken to, I have used this same description and they have gone out and purchased it without me prompting them to. I didn't have to tell them how to use it or describe for them how to make their own trays, what the gel tastes like, how long to leave it on or how many times a week to use it. Wouldn't that be great - if all of your customers walked out of the treatment room and made statements like that and produced new clients for you? That happens, and it's great when it does, but you also need to let your spa menu do the talking for you.
We've discussed themes, visions and intents, protocols, products, vendors, ingredients, training, and marketing materials. You have created a theme, selected treatments to support your theme, and researched your treatments, found products with ingredients that match your theme, selected the right spa vendor and trained the staff on the techniques. Now comes the fun part: descriptions! Be creative; use words that describe how it's going to make the client feel! You don't have to use a lot of what I call "fluff." Here's an example of how a spa could promote a facial treatment: "Reduce fine lines and wrinkles within the first two treatments, leaving your skin fresh and younger looking!" This describes what the product does, but ends with two very emotional words that create curiosity.
A very dear friend of mine who owns a day spa in Dallas describes his facial with micro-dermabrasion this way: "In six treatments, we will take 10 years off your face!" Who wouldn't want to take 10 years off their face? And with the products and regime my friend sets up for his clients, the results are remarkable and he has a thriving a business.
Describe what the treatment is going to do for your client, your client's skin, their body, their hair, or their lifestyle, or whatever your intent was in choosing this treatment. It's great to use ingredients, but make sure to include how the ingredients will make them better. For instance, one manufacturer of massage products promotes that their products are infused with vitamin E "to help skin breathe and function normally." Doesn't that sound good? I certainly want my skin to "breathe and function normally," don't you?
This is where it will come in handy if you have built a good relationship with the right spa vendor. You can take the majority of the provided descriptions and then add your special touch to entice your clients. And if you feel as if you are not that creative, the vendor will help you along the way. Some vendors, like myself, already have several menus written, or they can create menus specifically for your spa! The important thing is that you stay focused to your vision and intention.
As always, it's been fun; if you need help or have further questions, e-mail me and I will assist you the best way I can.
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