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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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 06
By Steve Capellini, LMT
Author's Note: The Spa Letters column features news, personality profiles, trends, and plenty of professional possibilities for LMTs in the spa industry. The style is epistolary, meaning the articles are letters to a fictional massage therapist friend of the author.
You're really a part of the spa team now.Do you know how I can tell? By the way you've started to voice your first uncertainties. In the beginning, you were filled with enthusiasm, and that's what took you to the next place you were supposed to be in your life. The word "enthusiasm" comes from the Greek word entheos: en = in + theos = god. Enthusiasm led you toward your divine destiny, but now that you've arrived, destiny doesn't look that divine, does it? That's how you know you belong -- because it's real.
Welcome to spa reality. You're absolutely right when you mention that the reality includes much more petty aspects than you anticipated. In your early idealism, you imagined spas to be places where everyone is fully dedicated to the same mission of healing and wholeness you are. But now you see that many of the people you're working with ended up there simply out of need for a job, and that they've gotten where they are out of sheer chance or greed. I understand how this could leave you feeling alone.
Dealing with the Drama
Before you judge too harshly, let's take a look at what's really happening. You complained that some of the support people on staff are unnecessarily dramatic, for example, and that they turn the running of the spa into a life-or-death ordeal. Isn't it amazing how many powerful emotions can be generated over seemingly trivial circumstances? You've worked as an independent massage therapist for the past couple years, and now that you're a part of a team at your spa, it's hitting home fast that you have to deal with multiple personalities on a daily basis - and sometimes within the same person!
My advice is to try to avoid getting caught up in the drama.
Now you're at the point of beginning to align yourself with someone or some group in the spa. While it's great to find your footing and start to belong, there is also a down side that often happens, and it has a lot to do with gossip. That's right, as soon as you start belonging to one faction, people in other factions begin talking behind your back.
Take a hard look at everyone around you, and take a hard look inside yourself. Then align yourself with the people you want to end up aligned with. It's a choice. Don't fall into a clique just because it's the easiest thing to do, and don't begin relating with people at the lowest common denominator, which usually includes lots of gossip about others.
The thing to do is to stay centered while dealing with the outer world of the spa, just like you try to do when dealing with the inner world of your massage therapy sessions. That way you can help make the spa a healing place, spreading the positive energies of your massage room outward. The spa's clients are coming for a total experience, one that can be tainted or even ruined by something negative in an area of the spa that may have nothing to do with you. It's up to you to create a "whole" environment, as best you can, by staying true to your vision, intentions and actions.
The Line Between Commitment and Detachment
Another trap many beginning therapists fall into when faced with the unpleasant politics of the spa is to say, "Well, I'll just come in and do my job, and then leave. This drama is not for me." Interestingly, this is your drama now, because you've chosen it. Now you have to walk the fine line between commitment and detachment. Swing too far toward commitment, and you end up depressed at the lack of commitment in others. Swing too far toward detachment, and you risk straying from your true course, which is, as you've told me over and over again, a wholehearted desire to help people. You can't heal the world if you hate the part of it you spend the majority of your time in every day.
What's really happening is that you're going through a phase, and it will soon be over. It's the phase of finding things out. It's the phase of settling in, and the phase of forming alliances. Look around you. Who impresses you? In whose eyes can you see the glimmer of your own future?
Take advantage of this phase by finding the people who inspire you there, and then spending some time with them. Just walk right up to them and say, "You're someone I'd like to get to know."
But what about the ones you don't want to get to know? I think that cultivating your relationship with them is just as important. The spa is a microcosm. You've put yourself in a place where you need to relate to people in many different ways. Cultivate the best kind of relationship you can with each individual, based on simple human respect and compassion for where that person is in his or her life.
Here are some pointers for getting along with everyone and contributing the most to the overall success of the spa:
Well, that's it. I'm just trying to give you some suggestions that will make this transition stage a little more bearable. When I have more time, I'll write you back concerning the seniority issue you brought in one of your previous letters.
Until then, take care,
Steve Capellini, LMT
Click here for previous articles by Steve Capellini, LMT.
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