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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?
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.
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.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.).
October, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 10
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.
Sorry I haven't written for a while.I've been busy teaching workshops lately, and then I was on vacation. I'm glad to hear that your training in the new spa techniques last month went smoothly, and even happier to hear you decided to bite the bullet and delve into "fluff & buff" modalities, regardless of your initial reluctance.
I told you that you'd be impressed with the level of professionalism in the training. There's a growing network of dedicated people out there who insist on serious skill enhancement in the spa setting. The funny thing is, I actually know the woman who did your training! We met a few years ago when she and her husband were just getting back from stints as spa directors in Bali. As you now know, the product line they were training you on was born from their experiences there.
You didn't realize you were going to receive such in-depth information, did you? It's good that you're following up by studying the literature on your own and practicing with your colleagues. Too many therapists take a single training then head straight out to perform their new skills on the public. Have you checked on the internet for more information too?
Even though your experience was a positive one, you should still be aware that there are some people out there who are primarily interested in selling products to spas. They provide education merely as a hook to produce more sales. The situation is such that vendors are probably the main source of instruction for the majority of spa modalities, and very few non-product-related entities have taken the time to focus on spa education. But that's changing rapidly. There's a woman in West Palm Beach, for example, Anne Bramham, who has opened a training spa. She offers intensive programs for directors and therapists who want to understand the philosophy and physiology behind the treatments. I know that other similar centers are about to open across the country.
Serious spa training is an idea whose time has come in this country, though it's been going on for a long time in Europe. Remember I told you about a spa training trip to Czechoslovakia I wanted to take? Maybe you can come with me! It's run by a professor from San Antonio who knows more about hydrotherapy than almost anybody else in the world. He also leads trips to the incredible Liquid-Sound experience at a spa in Bad Sulza, Germany.
I teach a few workshops each year to therapists, estheticians, and others who want to learn about spa modalities without being told one particular brand of products is better than any other. I think it's better that way. Don't get me wrong; I definitely understand the need of product vendors to make money. Yet not all vendors have gone beyond that basic need and taken education in the spa industry to higher standards. There are some, though, that have centers around the world giving detail-oriented trainings that go way beyond just explaining how to use their products.
It's a fine line we're walking in the spa industry between education and promotion. You and I didn't enter this field to get bombarded by advertisements, and we certainly don't want our clients to feel that way. However, we do need to familiarize ourselves with certain products if we are to be effective at what we do.
Power to the (Spa) People
So, what do spa products and treatments really do? They feel good, of course, and that's probably why people think they're purchasing them. But you and I have to remember the treatments are powerful, as I mentioned to you in my last letter. We have to take that power seriously, even though there's a strong tendency to discount the treatments as merely "fluffy."
There are several treatments that I personally feel to be quite powerful. They include the herbal wrap (my favorite); seaweed wraps; sea salt scrubs; aromatherapy applications; and hydrotherapy. I'll explain each of these from my point of view in a future letter, but for now I'd just like to give you some common-sense guidelines for whenever you're faced with the choice of "to train or not to train on a new treatment or product."
Ask the trainer or company these questions before signing up for your next training:
For me, the most powerful spa therapies contain an element of heat. Anything that heats me up really does the trick for my particular physiology, but I know that's not the case for everyone. Most people don't take into account the intimate and personal nature of spa treatments - powerful, natural ingredients soaking directly into your pores while you lie there pondering your life - and as a result, there is seldom enough customization going on in spa treatment rooms. It's often a one-wrap-fits-all mentality out there, but that is changing. Look for tailor-made spa treatments to gain in popularity over the coming decade.
Trainer, Train Thyself
Sorry I don't have time to get into any specifics about the treatments right now, Lou. Like I said... next time. Anyway, I'll leave you with one last word. I know you were impressed with the trainer, and fascinated by the ritualistic approached she shared about the treatments from Bali, to the point where you were ready to hop the next plane to the South Pacific. You even mentioned wanting to become a trainer yourself. My only suggestion here is, whoa, slow down! There is a danger in the spa world of wanting to move too fast, simply because there are so many directions to move in when you start looking around. Trips to Bali and well-paid training missions all over the country might sound glamorous to you now, but remember that if you don't put in the legwork first, pay your dues and learn the ropes in their natural progression, you'll end up with a fancy job title and no substance to back it up. Even more likely, you'll end up seeking the perfect career and being turned away due to lack of experience. Take it one step at a time.
Talk to you later,
Steve Capellini, LMT
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