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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.
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.
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?."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
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 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."
May, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 05
We Get Letters & E-Mail
By Editorial Staff
Gift Certificates, Discounts and Incentives
A question from Becky to DearLyndaLMT prompted me to write this letter. (Editor's note: See Lynda Solien-Wolfe's column in the October 2001 issue of Massage Today.) I too have a three-month expiration date on my gift certificates, with holiday and multiple-session exceptions.Initially I allowed a full year, then reduced it to six months before finally deciding that three months was in my and my clients' best interest. It became apparent that if I allowed a year for the gift certificates to expire, the recipients would wait almost the entire year's time before redeeming it. Only those who prioritize massage and their health redeem their gift within the first few months.
If people "don't have the time," massage isn't really that important to them. Of course, there are always exceptions to all of this. If a new client comes in within three months of receiving a gift certificate, I may see that client nine more times before the year ends, which benefits both of us. If that same client takes a full year to redeem the gift certificate, we both lose. I find the public to be quite uninformed about massage therapy and bodywork. Most people do not understand what a massage encompasses until they receive one. Once they experience a massage, they wish they hadn't waited so long.
Another issue bothering me involves the frequent recommendations for massage therapists to give their time and work away. The work I do is medically grounded. I feel I'm an integral member of the medical profession. MDs, DCs, DDSs, etc., don't give discounts or incentives to their patients, nor are they expected to do so. Giving discounts insults the quality of work I do, the time and money I put into improving my skills and increasing my knowledge, and the emotional and physical energy I expend. I give all of myself when I work, and I need to be compensated for it. Financial compensation is one of the many reasons I do this work, and most people don't value what they don't pay for.
Leave discounts and incentives for the spa and beautician world, which generally provides luxury services. The massage practitioners working there receive wages and usually can expect to receive tips. A distinction between luxury massage and medical/rehabilitation massage needs to be addressed when speaking of incentives. It's appropriate for one, but not for the other.
I'd like to add that many of my clients bestow gifts on me during the holidays, and I sometimes receive notes or gifts of thanks and appreciation for what I've been able to do for them. My clients are important to me, and I care for and appreciate every one of them.
After reading your great January 2002 issue, I decided to comment on two articles in particular. First, I always enjoy the motivation that Perry Isenberg's column provides, and I agree with him 100% that we can't stay with the status quo. Yes, our profession has made leaps and bounds in a short time, but we must remain ever vigilant and informed, or the allopathic world of doctors and their ilk will come down hard on us.
This leads me to the insightful article by my favorite writer, Ralph Stephens. In this particular issue, his article and Mr. Isenberg's seem to flow in sync. Mr. Stephens always keeps us on guard about the medical establishment and how it tries to define us as massage therapists. He provides a great service to all health care professionals, by reading the fine print of government agendas to illustrate the dangers of their beaurocratic ways.
Harry Waranch, LMT
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