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The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
May, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 05
The Spirit of Massage
By Retta Flagg
Editor's note: Retta Flagg has 16 years' experience in the massage field and 25 years' experience in metaphysical studies. She maintains a private practice in Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania, and offers continuing education courses in neuromuscular and muscle energy technique, palpation skills, and self-empowerment technique.
I was talking to a colleague one day, and he mentioned that he liked Thai massage best because it was the most spiritual technique he'd learned.I stood there and thought, "But they are all spiritual." For me, touch is a sacred act. My massage work is not just a job; it is part of my spiritual service in the world. I consider everything I do part of my spiritual service, but I have found that the act of giving a massage touches me and feeds me on so many levels.
How has massage touched me so deeply? First, I have come to recognize the depth and uniqueness of each person on my table. Every one of my clients is an extraordinary person. Have I been lucky in the kind of client that I attract? Perhaps, but it is more that I have come to appreciate each client's unique expression of their humanity and the challenges that that expression entails. Second, I am honored to be able to contribute to another person's well being in some small, and sometimes, large way. Third, "being with" another human being and learning to listen to and honor his or her experience has taught me how to "be with," listen to, and honor myself in my own journey.
Another aspect that I consider important in the spiritual realm of my massage work is holding a sacred, healing space in my working environment. Sacredness originates from within and grows from our connection to divine or higher energy. Holding that space for my office helps me to ground my connection in my everyday experience. It is my belief that by holding a sacred space, the quality of my massage work is enhanced by the energy of my connection.
There is a lot of research being done on the power of prayer and faith in a healing situation. Guess what? The power of prayer and faith is measurable in a research environment. Regardless of any validation by any authority other than my own heart, my spiritual connection sustains me in my work and daily life. Do I need research to validate the effect of my faith on my work? Not at all, but I think it is time that as a profession, we step out into the arena of research as a means to validate our spiritual experience in our work.
One of the main challenges in doing research on "spirituality" in relation to any field is in defining spirit. On the one hand, each person's spiritual journey is a unique and personal experience. On the other hand, many religious teachings limit a spiritual connection to one, and only one, valid means of expression. In defining spirit, the one group tends to feel threatened that its personal connection will be limited by another group's definition of its experience. The other group feels threatened that its one and only one means of expression will not be the definition of spirit. Personally, I not feel that spirit can be defined. It can, however, be described. Its effects can be measured. That description and measurement can be broad enough in scope to hold space for every person's belief system and experience. In the last 15 years, our profession has matured and moved into mainstream health care and health prevention. We have held out to the public the physiological benefits of massage, our comprehensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and our high ethical and educational standards. As my colleagues speak about the changes in the massage field, they always remark that it is the spiritual side of massage that keeps them vested in their work. However, they feel that if they talk about it, they will lose their credibility in mainstream health care. I think it is time that we honored the spiritual foundation of our work as a credible aspect of what we do as massage therapists.
The sacredness of touch needs to be addressed in the massage school environment alongside anatomy and physiology. Perhaps spirit cannot be defined, but it can be taught, and it can be taught in such a way that it does not violate the boundaries of one's religious beliefs. Teaching how to hold sacred space and honor a client's experience can be done without having to connect it to a specific dogma. As a profession, we need to clarify and describe our spiritual experience even as we had to clarify and describe what we palpate with our hands.
I recognize that the medical profession is much more comfortable with a distancing word like "holistic" to include spiritual connotations in their work. I ask you, "What makes it holistic?" Body, mind, and spirit. Spirit is the fifth element that acts as the glue of the universe. I think it's time that we name it and claim it for what it is. Touch the body, and touch the soul.
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