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Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
September, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 09
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.
It sounds like your new spa persona is in full bloom. I know exactly what you mean -- it's hard to remember what life was like before the all-consuming reality of the spa took over. I'm glad some of the ideas I mentioned in my last letter are helping you cope with the inevitable burnout experienced by a successful spa therapist; I'd like to share some more ideas with you now. In fact, I'd like to have you experiment with some paradigm-shifting concepts, to show you how to widen your self-definition beyond that of simply "massage therapist." Are you ready?
Upgrading Your Self-Image
Now that you are, by definition, a spa therapist and a massage therapist, you might as well become trained in every modality available to you at the facility. I know that you've shared with me on more than one occasion how important your self-image as a massage therapist is, and how adding a bunch of "wraps and scrubs," as you called them, to your repertoire might downgrade the impact of your therapeutic persona. Well, guess what? I think you're doing yourself a disservice with that attitude. I know, because I had that attitude myself for several years.
No, I don't think a peppermint exfoliation is as powerful as an intense session of neuromuscular therapy, but I do think that it can be much more powerful than you give it credit for. Most of that power comes from within the person giving the treatment (a.k.a., You). For example, I once visited the spa at the Enchantment resort in Sedona, Arizona, which is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I signed up for the aromatherapy wrap, wondering what it would be like. As it turned out, the treatment consisted of a simple application of aromatherapy-infused lotions, followed by a wrap in a muslin sheet. No big deal, right? But something about the way the therapist did her job turned it into much more than just a wrap. It was an expression of care, compassion, and connection, and I ended up experiencing a profound increase in my energy levels as a result.
In other words, the client will get out of it what the therapist puts into it. What are you willing to put into your work at the spa? Nothing less than your whole self will create the level of therapy I know you're capable of providing. And as I mentioned before, if you have the attitude that the spa is your spa, you'll improve your chances at advancement within the spa, and you'll open up opportunities that you can't even imagine right now. The best way to maximize your potential for success is to focus intently on the moment, on the person beneath your fingers, whether you're giving him/her an herbal wrap or a session of high-octane bodywork.
A Powerful Lesson
You also need to understand that the ingredients used in these spa therapies are quite powerful. I recently received a letter from a woman who told an unsettling tale about a spa treatment that had unexpected results:
This scenario reminded me of another incident in which too much peppermint essential oil was used in a bath, resulting in severe chills by the client. You must respect the ingredients used in spa treatments. The purer they are, the more potentially therapeutic they are, but at the same time the more harmful they can be. Fortunately the woman recovered, but not after a scare.
What I'm trying to show you, Lou, is that a wrap, a scrub or any other spa treatment can bring about powerful results. It's up to you to make sure those results are beneficial.
Beyond Wraps and Scrubs
My advice to you is, go ahead and take the training the spa is offering next week. Yes, that means you'll be called upon to give wraps and scrubs in the future, and yes, that means you won't have the opportunity to give as much massage therapy. Go beyond what might initially look negative to you, and see things from a wider perspective. Alternating your massage work with spa modalities will give your body a break, and the therapeutic properties of the ingredients will soak into your body while you apply them, adding to your longevity as a therapist. And don't forget, each new treatment you add to your repertoire also adds to your worth at this spa, and at any other spa you move to in the future. You may find yourself getting paid more for doing treatments that require less physical effort on your part. Working smart is just as important as working hard.
Enjoy yourself at the training! I'll expect a full report when you have time to write again. My guess is you'll be more enthusiastic about these new treatments than you can possibly imagine.
Talk to you later,
Steve Capellini, LMT
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