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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
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.).
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.
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.
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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