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Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
October, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 10
A Career Move to a Resort Spa: Is It Right for You?
By Ann Brown, LMT
Wondering if working in a resort spa is right for you? I've been in this industry for nearly 20 years, but I have to admit – it was more of a career path that opened up for me, instead of one that I purposefully set out to make my life-long mission. It was definitely one I never expected to love so much.
I fell into the resort spa industry. I say "fell" because, when I started, I was looking for a job with flexible hours and good pay while I was finishing my MBA. My previous work had all been in sales, driven and dollar-focused. I went to nail technician school as a means to support my way to my MBA, not looking for a career in the resort spa industry. I didn't really know all the benefits of working for a large corporation, but once I started working within one of the largest resort spas in the U.S., I started to see so many other perks besides good wages and flexible hours. I had, at my fingertips, very low employee hotel rates at the other hotels within the corporate group, great pay with taxes taken out, medical benefits, complimentary lunch and uniform cleaning, and the ability to trade freely with the other licensed staff for massages, facials and all sorts of modalities I had never tried before, such as watsu, Thai, MLD, reflexology, craniosacral, acupressure and more.
I also had the opportunity to add to my spa education at a discounted rate, sometimes even earning free CEU's from training for new menu items. Training for treatments such as stone massage and classes on the principles of hydrotherapy were the perks that really opened my eyes to the BIG world of spa. When I started at my first resort spa, I have to admit my nail technician job was primarily about meeting my needs – some decent money and very flexible hours. I had my basic license, but it became quickly apparent to me that the more education I had, the more money I was going to make.
The resort spa I was working for had a couple of pedicures that included reflexology on the spa menu, but I wasn't eligible to perform them. You had to have at least 16 CEU hours in reflexology and some case studies before being opened on the schedule for these pedicures. When the resort spa offered a free 16-hour CEU class on reflexology, I decided to do it, mostly because it meant a significant pay raise per hour for me to be able to do these specialized pedicures over the basic ones.
You may have heard the saying, "When you are ready to learn, the teacher will appear." I learned so much in those two days of reflexology training – that is exactly what happened to me. I was in awe of what I learned and the potential it held. At the time, I had some minor health issues and was at a loss as to a course for my future wellness. Through this class, I immediately felt the benefits that spa therapy had upon my own health. The reflexology class set me on a path that has daily reminded me of why I am in the spa industry.
It also put my big toe in the pool of entertaining the idea of entering massage school, which was very intimidating to me. I had never been much of a touchy feely type and hadn't given much massage of any type to anyone before entering school, but the more spa therapy I learned, the more I wanted to learn. I have to admit – I was so intimidated about massage school that I pursued esthetician training first. Please don't judge me, but I was equally intrigued with skincare and really learned so much from some Eastern European estheticians I worked with, I thought I better get that license under my belt next, so fast forward four months and I finally took the plunge with massage school. I was living in Florida at the time and went to a 500-hour evening program. I was receiving treatments for my health concerns within the spa, trading with massage therapists and receiving lots of MLD, reflexology and seaweed treatments and hydrotherapy using water temperatures to aid in the exchange of fluids and to help me reduce water retention issues, and it was all working. I honestly had a hard time believing that all this natural stuff was working and making my body more alkaline, but it was undeniable how it improved my overall health. As I look back even today, it was an "ah-ha" moment in my life.
That's my story, but you may still be thinking – is the resort spa industry for you?
First, I know it can be intimidating, but you will have to push through those fears. Working with 50 to 150 staff members, some with oodles of certifications and years of experience, can be quite overwhelming. What I found is so many of them are willing to share their experience, technique and offer great advice. I am so eternally grateful for all the spiritual souls I have met in the spa/massage industry. Second, the pay and hours are really pretty good. You have no overhead, and since uniforms, supplies, business cards, linens, massage oil, equipment and clients are provided – Why not?
Many resort spas are breathtaking and so ample in room size, offering luxurious locker rooms, ergonomic hydraulic tables and more. There is so much for you to enjoy. I do understand that some massage therapists are hesitant to leave their own practice because they like the relationship they have when they see the same client weekly or monthly to better his or her health. Sometimes, in a resort setting, this is almost impossible. But I do think you have the ability to set the bar really high for resort spa clients with your massage techniques and abilities. You can set the guest's expectations and put them on a course of action for better health, for sure. All clients are looking for prevention/wellness tips and who better than to do that than a licensed massage therapist who is getting a better understanding of the client's structure/muscle/fascia during a massage, not to mind the emotional aspects the body holds.
So many people enter the massage world with their first massage on vacation, whether a resort or cruise, and why not impress them with their first experience? You have the potential to make them aware of how important massage is for their health.
Lastly, I think the career implications and business aspect of making a move to a resort spa is huge. You can potentially learn from other smart business people, not only in the massage industry, but also food and beverage or resort group sales or marketing gurus. You can learn how they operate and this can benefit you in numerous ways via networking, growing your own future business and giving a broader scope of your potential. If you are worried about the interview at a five-star property, my advice is to own it. If it seems like a good fit to you, it probably feels the same to them. Good luck – and let your journey begin.
Ann Brown, a licensed massage therapist, is a member of the International Spa Association's board of directors and serves as spa director at Spa Shiki at The Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Mo. She also provides management consulting services through Spa Insight Consulting.
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