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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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?
October, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 10
By Steve Capellini, LMT
Author's note: The Spa Letters column features news, personality profiles, trends, and plenty of professional possibilities for LMTs in the spa industry.The style is epistolary, meaning the articles are letters to a fictional massage therapist friend of the author.
The decision has been made. The die has been cast. As the supervisor of the massage department at the spa, you recommended that the male therapist accused of harassment be fired, and now he's gone. It was a tough decision, wasn't it? And, as if it wasn't bad enough having to pass judgment on a fellow therapist, now you're facing an additional, completely unforeseen problem having to do with your old nemesis, Ms. X, the spa director.
Surprisingly, it was the director who ended up most perturbed by the firing of the therapist. After a time, it seemed as if she was the only one who felt giving him a second chance was a good idea. Everyone, even the therapists closest to him on the staff, agreed that he'd overstepped his bounds, that his flagrant actions were definitely grounds for dismal. The owners and other upper management of the resort were pleased with your actions, too.
So, what's up with Ms. X?
The Green-Eyed Monster
Lou, in my opinion, what you've just encountered is the first sign of a situation that may lead to your ousting from the spa you've come to love. The situation is called jealousy, and the spa director is aiming it at you. She sees you as someone who is climbing the corporate ladder, because that's what she's been doing herself for years. She doesn't realize that you're operating based on an entirely different set of motivations. You reached the position you're in because you have a passion for your work and the field you're in, not because you want to manage other people. This director, on the other hand, is there precisely because she wants to manage others, taking the fast track to managing an entire property one day.
Tread lightly, Lou, because, whether you like it or not, Ms. X is still the one with the power to have you fired. In fact, from what you've described, it looks to me that's exactly what she's planning on doing.
Consider the signs: Instead of her going to the spa director's retreat that you recommended, the management sent you in her place because you were more of a "hands-on" person, and Ms. X professed feeling uncomfortable about taking all the time off to attend the retreat. She thought she was scoring points with the spa owners by keeping her nose to the grindstone, but what really happened was that she revealed how insecure she is in her position.
Guess what? The more I think about it, the more obvious it becomes to me. The owners of the resort have begun to groom you. They think you're director material yourself. You've been there a year and a half already, which is a lot more time than many other therapists have spent before getting tapped for directorship positions.
No wonder Ms. X is worried. She should be! You're her worst nightmare, even though all you're doing is following your heart and doing the best job you can in the position you've been given. Do you see how it's working? The spa owners see you as someone who could more fittingly represent their philosophy and make their guests happier. You've already proven your ability to manage people and make difficult decisions. The practical skills needed to perform the daily tasks of a manager can be taught. What you've got - heart and talent - is not so easy to instill.
Do you want to become a spa director? It's a question you couldn't even imagine asking yourself two years ago, but now it's a real possibility. The spa owners have already asked you to attend the annual International Spa Association (ISPA) trade show along with Ms. X., and she's not too happy about it. In fact, she's requested that you not attend, citing scheduling difficulties. We both know that's hogwash.
My guess is that if she really does succeed in barring you from attending the show, when she returns to the spa afterward the bomb will be dropped, and you will be named the next director. It's either that, or you'll get fired.
Ms. X. has already shown all the signs of backstage maneuvering. She can't afford to let you keep doing what you've been doing. In this situation, I have two bits of advice for you, and I hope they help.
Stay True to You
First of all, I think it is most important at this juncture to get firmly back in touch with what brought you to where you are in the first place - namely, bodywork. You've been considering taking one of the CranioSacral workshops offered by the Upledger Institute. I'd consider this a prime opportunity to do just that. Get away from the spa for a weekend. Take the course. Immerse yourself in a new technique. Feel your hands on people, doing what they love to do best.
This, in my opinion, is your true strength. You're a great massage therapist - sensitive, strong, and with great palpatory skills. To downplay this aspect of your personality now would be a mistake. As you move forward into the spa industry, if indeed that's what you end up doing, it will be good if you keep yourself grounded in the real work being done there. It's all too easy, as I've learned from personal experience, to get caught up in the mechanics of the spa world, rather than its message.
Stay true to you, Lou. Take that time. Settle your heart and clear your mind. Things will look different when you come back from the workshop.
Go to ISPA
Second, no matter what happens with Ms. X., I say go to the ISPA conference anyway, even if the spa doesn't send you. That's right. It might sound strange, but I believe you'll end up better off if you make this move. In the end, we're all private agents in this industry, and you're now getting to the point at which networking and contacts are going to be vital for you. ISPA is the best place to create and nurture those contacts.
What do you think Ms. X. is going to be doing at the conference? That's right, nurturing her own set of contacts. If you don't go, and then somehow through political maneuvering you get ousted from the spa, where will you be? You'll be up a creek without a paddle. Also, I think your spa owners will look favorably upon your attending this conference on your own. They'd see you as serious about your spa career if you pay for it yourself, because it's an investment of several hundred dollars, as much or more than one of your weekend massage workshops.
You can't lose by choosing to go to ISPA, no matter who pays for it. It will open up doors for you that you didn't even know existed. After the conference, things are going to change for, you one way or the other, so you'd best be prepared.
Steve Capellini, LMT
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