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Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
March, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 03
The Second Element: Nourishment
By Robin Zill, LMT
The 10 Elements of the Spa Experience are designed to teach the consumer and professional about the integrated nature of the spa experience. This is the second article in a 12-part series and focuses on the second of the 10 elements: Nourishment.
The 10-Element Circle is available for viewing on line at http://www.massagetoday.com/archives/2002/01/16.html.It is no secret that optimal nutrition enhances health and vitality. But what is good nutrition, especially in today's fast-paced and chaotic society? Is good nutrition simple and pure, high-tech and advanced, or a little of both? The process of discovering what diet or nutrition program is right for you raises numerous questions, and for good reason.
It appears that Americans choose fast foods over everything else. In his book Fast Food Nation, author Eric Schlosser makes the case that what we eat has changed more in the last 40 years than in the previous 40,000 years. Americans spent $110 billion on fast food in 2000, up from six billion in 1970. We spent more in 2000 on fast food than we did on higher education, personal computers, computer software, or new cars. If we are what we eat, we have a lot to reflect upon and change.
Perhaps this is why the spa industry has also experienced tremendous growth. The spa experience can be an invaluable tool in expanding awareness and health through food and nourishment. This second element of the spa experience, nourishment, offers the spa-goer and the spa professional a framework to integrate nutritional choices into today's lifestyle. It includes foods, herbals, supplements and medicine; everything we consciously put into our bodies.
Natural food, water treatments, and exercise have always been at the center of the spa experience. According to spa historian Dr. Jonathan De Vierville, a new interest in nutrition, water and exercise emerged in the 1920s, in part to help war veterans recover from the rigors of World War I. Escaping from Romania just before Hitler's takeover, the Szekely family became pioneers of the spa industry in this tumultuous time. They started one of the first spa health retreats in America.
"Our principal asset was a simple faith in the values of living in harmony with nature," says Deborah Szekely. Opened in 1940, the Essene School of Life, now Rancho La Puerta in Escondido, California, is one of the most famous destination spas in the world. Originally committed to a vegetarian philosophy and a grape juice diet, the Szekelys believed that healthy food came from healthy soil. Although the price tag has changed since then, from $17.50 a week and "bring your own tent" to a few thousand dollars weekly and required reservations months ahead, the Szekelys' philosophy has remained intact. They still seek to provide a healthy retreat with a focus on integrated living, including an emersion experience with natural and organic foods.
This time period also saw the beginnings of the American Medical Society (AMA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This represented a big social change, affecting citizens on a personal level. Although it may have escaped the average citizen's conscious attention, the individual no longer controlled what went on the table. As the 20th century advanced, technology and regulations advanced at an exponential speed, and the general population embraced and admired these advancements in the name of progress.
Sound familiar? Gradually, natural and pure foods (and simple health remedies) were devalued. This unconscious cultural withdrawal from nature had many serious consequences, which we will discuss in future articles, but certainly people became more and more removed from the food they ate. From the beginning, the spa industry responded to these issues. Healthy and natural food, spa cuisine, was central to the spa experience. What is spa cuisine? Cathy Cluff, director of the Oaks at Ojai and daughter of spa and fitness pioneer Sheila Cluff, laughed when I asked her to define spa cuisine. She said that asking that question is like asking someone to define "the spa experience." When pressed for spa cuisine guidelines, Cathy suggested the following:
Cathy says the latest trend in spa cuisine is to create a menu and dining experience for the guest vs. letting them choose from a set menu. This way, the spa guest can receive the best of what the chef has to offer: food of the season; regional specialties; secret recipes; and a simple education of what and why you are eating this delicious entree. In fact, says Cathy, education of the client is one of the best forms of creating client retention, and should be woven throughout the whole spa programming.
For health-conscious massage therapists and bodyworkers, I definitely recommend visiting a spa that specializes in spa cuisine. Not only will you have a great time and a healthy retreat, you will also absorb knowledge that you can then share with your clients. Unfortunately, some destination spas can be pricey, so if you are on a tight budget this year, check out the recipe of the month on the International Spa Association website (www. experienceispa.com). Local day spas also have healthy, trend-setting options. Also, remember to remind your clients that after the rigors of massage, water treatments or exercise, it is advisable to eat simple, easily digestible foods.
We have a lot of work to do to when it comes to healthy eating, but we are on our way. Mary Tabacchi, a nutritionist from Cornell University and a spa spokesperson says that in the last 10 years or so, we have gone from the Pepsi Generation to the Fitness Generation. Nutrition, fitness and health are beginning to dominate our lifestyle. Mel Zuckerman, of Canyon Ranch, sums up this evolutionary yearning for better health when he says, "How we deliver our message may change, but how we truly get there does not. We tell our customers that wellness can be achieved by making emotional connection to health by finding balance of mind, body and spirit."
What do you think? Your voice is important. Join me at The Great Spa Conversation, hosted by www.spaelegance.com.
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