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Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
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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