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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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 04
Stay in Touch With ... Ayurveda, Part II
By Karyn Chabot
"Stay in Touch With..." is a periodic column designed to provide an overview of a particular technique or modality. If you would like to contribute to this column, please e-mail .
Editor's note: Read part one of Karyn Chabot's article in the March issue at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2005/03/06.html.
Dr.Vasant Lad taught his staff of massage therapists to say (or chant) the sounds of Hari Aum to make the experience more powerful and auspicious. Aum or om is the sound that contains all possible sounds made by all possible creatures through all possible times, and the sound made by Gaia (Mother Earth) herself as she dances her dance of creation, sustenance and absorption. It is the sound astronauts have reported hearing when they are launched into space. Alexander Graham Bell was perplexed and intrigued by this sound. While he was inventing the telephone, he noticed that the sound of aum was always present when he tapped into the "airways," regardless of his geographical location. Saying the name of God with great reverence is auspicious, no matter what name you're saying. "Hari" translated from Sanskrit has many meanings: 1) Pure existence without thought; 2) The end of knowledge; and 3) Choice-less, passive awareness. Hari is Shiva, king of oneness and it is also Vishnu, the protector. It is also Krishna. Silently saying the sounds of Hari aum or chanting them out loud before each healing session invokes a loving, gentle force where no duality exists. The sounds of Hari aum create a sacred space in the room. The actual sound of "aaahhhh" is the sound of the Creator. You will find that in every culture and religion the name for God has the sound of aaahhh somewhere in it. If you question where the sound aaaahhhh is in Jesus, keep in mind the Hebrew pronunciation was "Yesh-u-ah." Wayne Dyer, an internationally renowned author and speaker, advocates using the sounds of aaahhh during meditation to manifest and create the things you desire in your life. Bodywork techniques that will sooth the vata dosha include:
Compression therapy, using 10-pound handmade heated sandbags will initiate the relaxation response. You can fill them with sterile sand from any hardware store or with volcanic black sand. Compression immobilizes the muscle, so there is a surrendering that must occur on the part of the client. When the body stops twitching and wiggling to find comfort, only then can we attain the inner stillness we all seek.
Sandbags create a perfect amount of pressure and can be heated on an oil heater. Laying sandbags on the top of the thighs will encourage the femurs to ground more deeply into the hip sockets. When the hip sockets are not in perfect alignment, it increases the likelihood of disturbing vata because spaces within all joints belong to the vata dosha, especially in the hips. It also helps redirect the energy downward by simply increasing body awareness in the legs.
The roots of hot stone massage therapy can be found in India. Stones are the ancient bones of the earth. There is an ethereal pulse within the earth and within each stone, and this pulse will harmonize perfectly with the human pulse, if we allow it. Dr. Naina Marballi, BSAM, DAC, owner of Ayurveda's Beauty Care in New York City, a sister school to Sacred Stone Center for Holistic Education and Therapy in Middletown, RI, reports that part of her curriculum at Poddar College and Mombai University in India was a course called "Shila Abyhanga." Shila is a Sanskrit word for stone and abhyanga is a Sanskrit word for oil massage. She told me that this course dates back more than 5,000 years as part of the standard protocol for most medical Ayurvedic physicians.
Another profoundly effective healing modality is Swedhana therapy, which integrates steam tent that fits perfectly on the massage table. It's a powerful addition for those therapists who need to save their hands. Shirodhara therapy is an ancient sacred treatment to the forehead and crown of the head. Shiro means "head" and dhara means "flow." Warm, herbal oil is poured in a continuous stream over the client's forehead and crown for 20-50 minutes. Shirodhara helps disperse negative electrical impulses that accumulate at the skull from stress. It opens the third eye, increases intuition, and renews the sweetness of life. It also has powerful medical value for healing neurological disturbances and chemical imbalances within the brain.
There are many books on the subject of Ayurveda that include lists of foods that pacify the doshas. Let these Ayurvedic food lists be your "training wheels." These training wheels will assist in developing your intuition. Living intuitively is synonymous with living in harmony with nature, which is the very foundation of Ayurveda. Do not get caught up in food lists and lifestyle rules. Educate yourself with the knowledge of Ayurveda, apply the principles to your life, then learn to eat and live intuitively.
Become aware of how your body feels after you eat a certain food or do a certain exercise, or if you go to bed by a certain time. Each person is a conglomerate of many attributes and a beautiful mixture of the Five Great Elements. You are not just a vata person, a pitta person or a kapha person. We contain all the doshas within us. Yet, we are all genetically predisposed to one - maybe two - doshic attributes that will have a preponderance to go out of balance more easily than other doshic qualities. Knowing how your body tends to go out of balance is extremely helpful. This is something that can be observed and intuited through meditation and keen body awareness or with the help of a skilled Ayurvedic practitioner or doctor.
Determining your imbalance is just as important - if not more important - as determining your Prakruti (constitution). Your Prakruti may not always be the same as your imbalance. The Sanskrit term "Vikruti" refers to imbalance. Most Ayurvedic self-tests are designed to determine your Prakruti, not your Vikruti.
Observe your actions and thoughts without judgment. Know your body; know yourself. When you observe yourself this way, observe the observer. "Watch the Watcher," as my teacher Dr. Lad would say.
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