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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.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
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.
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.
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 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.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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