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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.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
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.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
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.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
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.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
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.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
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.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
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.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
August, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 08
The Seventh Element: Environment
By Robin Zill, LMT
Editor's note: 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 eighth article in a 12-part series and focuses on the seventh of the 10 elements: Environment.The graphic of the 10-Element Circle appears on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2002/01/16.html.)
It has taken me a while to assimilate and integrate all the wisdom from the mysterious old bookstore journeys Dr. Jonathan Paul DeVierville took me on years ago, as we began to develop the 10 Elements of the Spa Experience. Books almost seemed to pop off the shelf, begging to be re-read, voices needing to be re-heard. Man, Weather, Sun, written in 1947 by William Peterson, MD, was one of those books. This book outlines his research on weather patterns and their effects on the human health condition, with a particular emphasis on air. I would like to start our discussion of the seventh element, Environment, with a few of Dr. Peterson's comments.
He goes on to say that a conscious effort was made by the scientific community to eliminate weather and environmental studies, and how they directly affect human well being from the scientific database. This meant that all financial support for the study of "man" in the environment was denied during this critical period of scientific development and technological progress. The good news? Peterson continued his work on his own and continued to nurture these "new or old ideas of interconnectiveness" with the environment. What's the spa connection? This is just about the time you see some of the first American spas developing, in contrast to this scientific and reductionist fervor. Spa pioneers also recognized the importance of environment and climate to optimal human health and well-being. They also saw the significance of working with the environment, rather than trying to conquer it.
It is obvious to the contemporary spa journeyer that we are part of nature. We are not separate from our environment. We play a dynamic role; a healthy environment is critical to living a healthy life. That is why the environment is so critical to the spa experience. Currently, we have defined the seventh element, "environment," to mean location, placement, weather patterns, water use, natural agents and social responsibility. We need to remember that the earth is home, and that we occupy a special place on the planet.
This element is at the very least twofold in meaning. First, it explores creating the spa experience with the intention of relating it to the local environment. The geography, the temperature, the air, the water, the tempo of the city and the culture of the people are all involved. We have seen this trend take the industry by storm. Creative menu development in the industry is a perfect example. Aloe treatments for the desert, detox treatment for the cities, seaweed treatments for the ocean. Look at any of the many professional trade magazines to get fresh ideas.
Second, this element reminds us that we are related to our global environment. As spa professionals, we each have a responsibility to be a caretaker of the small "spa space" we occupy on the planet. This responsibility often goes unspoken, but includes simple things like creating beauty through design, nature and intention. It also includes creating business with goals of minimal impact. We need to be mindful of how the land is cleared, how much and what type of water and water resources we use, how we recycle, the type of products we use, and the integrity of the suppliers we support.
But this element goes deeper. It is at the precipice of the new dimension of spa, or should I say old dimension of spa. In the seventh element, we begin to explore the deeper significance of the spa movement and why this new global community has emerged. As we move into this next paradigm of thought, our connection to the earth for survival and health becomes imperative.
Two thoughts about the interconnectiveness of nature to the human experience come to mind. It is humbling to remember that the same water that was on the planet at the beginning of our time, is the same water that is still here. It is just in a different form. I remember the comfort this thought gave my Mom as she was passing on and contemplating the nature of spirit. We have been so obsessed with measuring and analyzing information to harness the power of nature, that we have forgotten that the things we are measuring are nothing more than transient impressions of our ever changing being in an ever changing environment. There is something magical here on earth that eludes measurement.
The second idea regarding how the environment is connected to spa is a term used and created by Fritof Capras, a great thinker, visionary and author of The Tao of Physics and The Web of Life. It is called a "living system." A living system is a scientific term used to describe an organism or ecosystem in which the parts strive not only to survive, but to renew, regenerate, and evolve.
A living system is an interdependent web in which the components reach out to each other in ever-changing ways, seeking balance and harmony. The cell, a perfect microcosm for this discussion has many individual parts, each with their specific job to do. The magic? Communication within and between these cells is always taking place. The internal cell is constantly responding to the outer environment through a constant interchange of information and fluids. The cell is a perfect metaphor for our individual human existence, the earth, and how we are all related to a greater whole.
To take the metaphor one step further, imagine the concept of a "living spa" as a business model. In a living spa, employees are expected to do their part; management serves as a caretaker for the environment. Their job is to weave all the elements of business together through excellent communication systems, a healthy work environment and an evolutionary vision. A living spa is centered on water, natural elements, and how they affect our senses: light, air, sound, earth-clays, muds, seaweeds, and other plant extracts and essences. It connects people with natural elements and seasonal changes. We need to create next-generation business that embraces the beauty and creativity of the universe, while at the same time developing a strong organizational system centered on serving the client over time. Clearly, we must live in "harmony with nature" if we are to survive and thrive... for ourselves and for future generations. We are forever changing together. We are all stardust.
If you have comments, ideas or other resources regarding this topic, please e-mail me at . To learn more about the environmental aspects of spa, contact Jonathan DeVierville at . Remember, your voice is important.
Click here for previous articles by Robin Zill, LMT.
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