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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.
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.
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?
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
News in Brief
Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
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.
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.
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."
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
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.
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.
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.
Industry News for SpaCare Group
SpaEquip, Inc. introduces THE SPACARE GROUP
February 22, 2012 Calistoga, CA - SpaEquip, Inc. is pleased to announce the early 2012 launch of the SpaCare Group, a new division dedicated to bringing world-class skin care products and caring service to the spa industry. With 5 dedicated sales and training professionals located in different areas of the country, this dream team of respected spa and skin care experts has been assembled to present premier products from around the world. A natural extension of the services offered by SpaEquip, taking advantage of the company's reputation and extensive contacts, the SpaCare Group is a new organization dedicated exclusively to representing leading skin care, body care, and nail care products in the USA.
Multi-line – Our portfolio of product lines provides an answer for every type of spa, in terms of product concept, performance and price. After a year of research on skin care trends and the needs of spas, we chose brands uniquely positioned to fill those needs.
Strong, experienced product sales and training team – Our Territory Sales and Training Managers understand the business of spa from the ground up, with experience owning, managing and working in spas. They know how to educate, motivate and inspire spa practitioners. They are dedicated to bringing their experience and success to our clients.
Culture of care – We have adopted an attitude of care, and our objective is to have our Territory Managers provide clients with our own unique style of caring support. We felt this was so important that we named the company after it. Our SpaCare team wants to make a difference in the industry we love.
Sodashi • Made in Australia, this luxury brand is results-oriented, pure, and 100% chemical free. It is featured at some of the most prestigious spa properties around the world, including the spa at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris.
Esthederm • This classic French line provides accessible luxury with a strong performance orientation, proprietary patented products, and an award-winning sun care line.
BioOrigin • Already a massage product leader in Canada with natural, healing therapies, this is the new standard in the USA - created for massage therapists by massage therapists.
Dr.'s Remedy • This 'physician's brand' of nail care products is free from toxins and enriched with natural healing ingredients, with formulas created to provide shine and durability for an extended period.
Melanie Edwards has accumulated a dynamic and diverse career experience exclusively within the luxury spa and professional skin care markets for over 30 years, including sales & marketing, training & education, brand development & advocacy, strategic planning, public relations & advertising, development of product concepts, and treatment protocols & retail strategies.
Ms. Edwards began her career as one of the first licensed estheticians in California. She had the good fortune to meet Robert Diemer, who became her mentor in the skin care industry. With his guidance and support, Ms. Edwards found her passion in the development and execution of training programs for product companies. This experience gave her the opportunity to travel to Europe discover the world of the spa lifestyle and therapies. Inspired by her travels, Ms. Edwards opened Essentiels Beauty Clinic in 1991 in Boulder, Colorado and expanded its operations in 1997. The new concept, Essentiels Spa, became the premier day spa on the front range. After selling the company in 2001, Ms. Edwards moved to New York and was the Vice President of Spa Development and Director of Education for Decléor North America and Carita Paris. In 2003, Ms. Edwards accepted the role of Senior Vice President for the newly formed spa division for the international fashion and beauty group, Puig. A leader in the spa industry and esthetic community since 1978, Ms. Edwards is a recognized businesswoman, training and education executive, and product and concept development specialist. Her expertise is sought after by industry associations and trade magazines. Ms. Edwards believes in giving back to the industry she loves and currently serves as a volunteer for the ISPA Speaker's Task Force. She is also a past Board Member and has contributed regularly and enthusiastically to the organization since 1994.
Ms. Frazier began her career in The fashion industry as a buyer & stylist for 5 years until she was inspired to join the beauty industry. She expanded her experience as a licensed esthetician and hair stylist for 5 more years, and parlayed that first-hand knowledge into beauty industry sales. Jeannie spent the next 7 years in sales and training for Renee Furterer, the Paris-based hair care brand, and traveled to France for several education and development conferences.
Ms Frazier then moved on to New York City to help with product launch for Bumble & Bumble hair care. While in New York, she met supermodel Christy Turlington, and was invited to help launch Turlington's "Sundari" brand in the U.S. and Europe. After 7 years with Sundari, Jeannie moved into medical skin care and worked as the Director of Sales for cosmeceutical company, Luzerne Labs in New York. Jeannie is a member of ISPA and NESA.
"I am very excited to be a part of the SpaCare Group team! Relationships are a big part of success in the industry, along with listening and truly caring about our clients' needs. This will bring much success and reward!"
Jamie worked for IBM as a Systems Engineer and Account Executive for 13 years. After moving to the Napa Valley, Jamie became determined to begin a career as a Massage Therapist and Esthetician, and joined Meadowood Resort & Spa as a practitioner. She was promoted to Spa Director, and took the spa from an accessory to a feature of the property. Within 4 months, retail sales to service ratios went from 17% to 90%. Meadowood was one of the first spas to implement a GWT, offering every guest a gift after their treatment. This program allowed the practitioner to present the gift along with homecare recommendations.
After leaving Meadowood, Jamie joined BABOR Cosmetics America where she secured the largest national corporate account in their history. From BABOR Educator to Western Regional Director and finally Vice President of North America, Jamie was able to duplicate those same business-building principals to spas across the country. Key accounts include Nob Hill Spa at the Huntington Hotel, Sonoma Mission Inn, Spa at Doral, The Spa at La Quinta, La Costa, Grand Wailea, The Spa at Pebble Beach, The Regent Beverly Wilshire, Rock Resorts, Ritz Carlton's, The Spa at The Hotel, Las Vegas, to name a few. Jamie received awards from BABOR Cosmetics America for "Most Sales Growth" in 2004, and was named "2006 Employee of the Year" in Germany for outstanding achievement. Jamie was presented "The Art of Achievement" at the 2006 ISPA Annual Conference & Expo.
"I am thrilled to become part of the SpaCare Group. Now is the time to breathe new life into the industry. My mantra: 'Provide my clients with an experience they will remember forever!' I believe that retail is the true measure of our success. If the guest leaves with a bag full of products, they are very happy!"
Ms. Ochoa is a licensed esthetician with more than 10 years of experience in the beauty industry . She has knowledge in a variety of aspects of the skincare business, including education, sales, medical aesthetics, management and ownership . For 8 years, she was part owner of Elegance Day Spa in Southern California . Out of that, her passion and enthusiasm for the beauty industry grew to include more involvement in sales and skincare education. She was able to expanded her involvement as an Account Executive at NuFACE®, a Carol Cole Company specializing in micro-current technology . Most recently, she was the Regional Sales Manager & Educator at Brazilian GlossTM. She has been a skincare & beauty educator and keynote speaker at ICES, ISSE, and IHS, and has been a guest speaker at Bellus Academy and Paul Mitchell® School. In a rapidly-advancing field, Shyomi continues to learn and enhance her skills by attending advanced skin care symposiums around the world, including London, Rome and Perpignan, France.
"Even though I am at times in a position to inform others, I feel it is very important to continue to educate myself. An educator must stay on top of the latest and greatest in an industry that is constantly changing, with new technology and more advanced products at every turn. This is my passion, I love to learn, and one can never learn too much! As part of the SpaCare team, I am excited and feel privileged to be working with some of the most amazing people in the industry."