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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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 08
A Massage Therapy Presence at the Global Spa and Wellness Summit
By CG Funk, LMT and Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT
Under the theme, "Innovation through Imagination," the 7th annual Global Spa and Wellness Summit (GSWS) was held at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colorado, from June 4 through June 6. GSWS is an international organization bringing together leaders and visionaries to positively impact and shape the future of the global spa and wellness industries. The Summit was founded by a group of industry spa leaders and led by Susie and Pete Ellis from Spa Finder.
The GSWS attracts more than 300 leading spa and wellness professionals representing 40 countries to this invitation-only event. Invitations to the Summit are mailed to a list of top-level executives who are decision makers in spa, wellness and related industries. Representatives from diverse sectors including hospitality, investment, finance, real estate, medicine, consulting, manufacturing, product, technology, and other related industries are invited to attend.
Each year, the GSWS also invites students from international hospitality schools with spa programs to join as student delegates. Some of these students participate in the Student Challenge competition, while others help with conference logistics, note-taking, etc. Some of the objectives of the Summit are:
Amy Margerum, Executive Vice President of Operations for the US Aspen Institute, welcomed the attendees and shared information about the Aspen Institute. Founded in 1950, The Aspen Institute's mission is to foster values-based leadership and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical world issues.
The Global Spa and Wellness Summit is known for offering its attendees exclusive world views through inspiring and thought provoking speakers, panel discussions and break-out sessions led by highly regarded industry leaders. Philippe Bourguignon, Vice Chairman of Revolution and CEO of Miraval Resort, addressed the at capacity room with an engaging presentation titled, "Why We Need Innovation Through Imagination NOW." John Kao, who calls himself an Innovation Activist, entertained the attendees with a lively lecture on "The Art of Getting Innovation Done" using piano practice and jazz music as an example of achieving innovation. John is the author of Innovation Nation.
This year's GSWS also had a focus on cutting edge technology and how spas can use these latest technological advances to deepen client relationships and provide spa users with more inclusive ways to gain and maintain wellness. Ted Souder, Google's Head of Industry and Retail discussed, "Cutting Edge Technology and What's Around the Corner." This was not only enlightening for many of us non-technies, but also provided practical information on Foursquare, Facebook and Pinterest. Dr. Richard Carmona, the 17th Surgeon General, U.S. & Vice Chairman of Canyon Ranch, gave the keynote address, "Pursuit of Global Health and Wellness: The Value Proposition of the Future," and included an overview of health issues in the United States, how obesity is an issue of national security, and how the spa industry can be a major player in addressing many prevalent health issues today. John Hickenlooper, the Governor of Colorado, made a guest appearance to talk about the growing health crisis in the United States. Governor Hickenlooper stressed the incredible urgency of this crisis, and how the focus should be on controlling costs and prevention initiatives.
There was a panel discussion on "Innovative Spa Marketing Campaign: Mexico." The panel, moderated by Alfredo Carvajal from Universal Companies, discussed views about marketing spas in a way that shows consumers they can discover themselves through a spa retreat experience. Panelists also taught the attendees about Mexican spas and their cultural offerings including indigenous styles of massage; Manteada, Kukulkan massage and Sacred Obsidian massage.
Susie Ellis, President of Spa Finder, interviewed actress and wellness advocate Mariel Hemingway. Mariel spoke openly about the mental health issues in her family and how the spa experience addresses not only the physical, but also mental and emotional wellness. "Having an understanding of holistic living is a powerful tool. I think the spa industry is doing a magnificent job of creating a sense of body, mind and spirit but you could be doing more as there's still a perception of pampering rather than lifestyle. Once a month, I get facials. I love massage and the power of touch. The fact people don't get touched in this society is really sad. This longing for comfort and touch goes back to being babies. It's very important. Massage is such a powerful tool," shared Mariel during the interview.
The third day of the summit had a stronger focus on industry issues and trends, including research and data. The major piece of research unveiled at the summit was the report, Spa Management Workforce & Education: Addressing Marketing Gaps, commissioned by the GSWS and conducted by SRI International. Presenting the findings, SRI's senior economist, Katherine Johnston, told delegates there are 130,000 to 180,000 spa managers and directors in the global spa industry and only 4,000 students in management degree courses. Spa businesses and operators need to collaborate more closely with training providers to ensure that courses deliver what's needed.
"Shaking Things up a Bit", with Jessica Alquist, who spoke about the dynamics of Willpower and "Happiness" by Jeremy McCarthy, were two of our favorite presentations. And, Deborah Szekely, founder of Rancho La Puerto and Golden Door, shared her new vision, Wellness Spring, promoting wellness and spa initiatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The networking opportunities were just incredible and staged flawlessly to produce the most out of every breakfast, lunch and dinner. With both of us representing the massage market, we were engaged in conversation many times asking for opinions and feedback on current projects delegates are working on.
The event concluded with the announcement that the next GSWS will be hosted in India. We were honored to attend as representatives of both our companies and the massage profession and to participate in this collaboration that has become part of our industry family. All of the GSWS presentations, briefing papers and research presentation from the 2012 Summit can be found at www.globalspawellnesssummit.org. We encourage massage therapists, massage educators and students to visit the GSWS website and www.spaevidence.com and put these tools and information to use in the classroom and in practice.
CG Funk is the Vice President of Industry Relations and Product Development for Massage Envy Franchising. Her responsibilities include developing national therapist/esthetician recruiting/retention strategies, developing and testing new service and model offerings and implementing national public relations programs and campaigns. CG has been actively involved in the massage therapy industry since 1992 as a therapist, instructor, curricula and program developer, writer and presenter, corporate trainer and school administrator. She's also a licensed massage therapist in Arizona and California and an advanced cranial sacral therapist.
Click here for previous articles by Lynda Solien-Wolfe, LMT.
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