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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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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.
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."
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 01
Online Certificate Program for Spa and Hospitality Management
UC Irvine seeks to meet demands for those trained in spa business and management.
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
While initially facing skepticism about how effective and thorough its content would be, online certificate and degree programs have developed quite a following in recent years, especially when the programs are introduced by reputable educational institutions.
The University of California at Irvine has developed an online certificate program for the booming spa industry by introducing a uniquely designed online program for busy professionals seeking real-world training in the spa and hospitality management industry. UC Irvine previously offered the program through the UC Irvine Extension, but is now offering the certificate program in a completely online platform. The program is endorsed by Spa Finder and Spa Trade and boasts an impressive advisory committee.
"The exponential growth of the industry has prompted the need for spa professionals to enhance their skills specifically related to the business and management issues unique to spas," said Angela Jeantet, MBA, associate director of the Business and Management Department at UC Irvine Extension. "UC Irvine Extension's program is the first university-quality curriculum designed to establish a formal body of knowledge to better prepare national and international professionals in the business of spa."
The program focuses on the business models and positioning needed for various spa categories. Students in the program will take classes covering: business planning/operations; marketing/retailing; human resources; finance; customer relations; and legal issues.
Students have five years to complete the program, and even those not pursuing the certificate program are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish. The certificate is awarded when students complete five required courses and two elective courses (a total of 15 units) with a grade of "C" or better. Required courses and the order in which they should be taken include:
Elective courses include:
Classes range in price from $625 to $660 per course, and discounts are available for groups of three or more from the same company. There are approximately 200 students enrolled in the program annually. "To facilitate maximum learning and interaction among our students and with the instructor, our class size is kept to a minimum of 30 [students]. Our classes are offered on-ground, as well as completely online - and all are instructor led," said Jeantet. "We do have the capacity to offer additional sections as needed to accommodate student demand."
The Advisory Committee is a distinguished list of industry and business experts, many of whom teach some of the courses offered in this program. Committee members include Peter Anderson, CEO of Anderson & Associates; Angela Cortright, principal, Spa Gregories; Jim Croghan, director of spa and recreation, The Island Hotel Newport Beach; Nina Curtis, president, Curtis Communications; Susie Ellis, president, Spa Finder; Ann Emich-Patton, senior spa consultant, Blue Spas, Inc.; Robin Eckert, MD, College of Medicine UCI; John Gray, CEO, Glen Ivy Hot Springs; Nancy Griffin, CEO, spatrade.com; Janice Gronvold, principal, Spectrec, Spa Business and Marketing Development; Mia Kyricos, director of spa development and operations, Starwood Hotels and Resorts; Erika Mangrum, president, IATRIA Spa; Marc Micozzi, MD, PhD, Senior Fellow Health Studies Collegium; Julie Raistrick, spa director, Montage Resort and Spa; Valory Reed, spa director, St. Regis Resort; and Maureen Vipperman, spa director, The Spa at Pacific Palms Resort.
Dr. Micozzi is a particularly distinguished addition to the advisory board. In 2002, he became the founding director of the Policy Institute for Integrative Medicine in Bethesda, Md. His goal with the Institute was to educate policymakers, the health professions and the general public about the needs and opportunities for integrative medicine. He also served as executive director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He also is an adjunct professor in the department of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and in the department of physiology and biophysics at Georgetown University and a faculty member for the new CAM curricula at Drexel University in Philadephia.
"UC Irvine Extension's Spa and Hospitality Management Certificate Program offers a high-quality and valuable educational experience for those spa professionals seeking to enhance their business and management skills," Micozzi said. "I look forward to working with UC Irvine Extension to develop and hone curriculum that further equips spa professionals."
"The Spa Program has cemented our reputation as the educational resource for the spa and hospitality industry. It is very important to us that we continue to build on this success with our current collaborators such as Spa Finder and Spa Trade, as well as establish new and stronger industry and academic connections," said Jeantet. "One such new initiative is a possible collaboration with Arizona State University Polytechnic on a new undergraduate program with a concentration in spa management. We are very excited about this potential opportunity to create additional learning pathways that will benefit our students, our graduates and the industry as a whole."
For those interested in UCI's Spa and Hospitality Management Certificate, a demonstration is available online at www.extension.uci.edu/spa or contact Angela Jeantet at (949) 824-2033.
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