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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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
December, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 12
The 10 Elements of the Spa Experience
By Robin Zill, LMT
The 10 Elements of the Spa Experience were designed to teach the consumer and professional about the integrated nature of the spa experience. This is the final article in a 12-part series.
The spa industry, with its tremendous scope and worldwide reach, is poised, perhaps more than any other industry, to lead our culture into the next century, and into the next paradigm of living.Giving definition to the macrocosm of the spa experience, using the microcosm of the 10 Elements, was a little like holding infinity in the palm of your hand. I can't help but feel we've only scratched the surface. I have taken the liberty of showing how the spa experience can provide a lifelong career track for the therapist, and how it can be life-changing for the individual.
Since this is the final article in the series, let's review the 10 elements, and begin to explore the relationship between them. The first goal is to help define the elusive, ever-changing nature of the spa experience. The second is to create a foundation; a common language and career path for the emerging spa professional. As the number 10 is rich in symbol, representing both the beginning and end of a cycle, this concluding article is the perfect time to set the stage for the next avenue of growth.
Take a moment to review the Ten Elements of the Spa Experience. Within the circle, all 10 elements are related and interact dynamically with one another. Each element is reviewed below; I challenge you to consider how touch relates to the other nine elements. Currently the elements can be defined as:
Integrating the Ten Elements
The essence of the 10 elements is in how they relate to one another; this will require more dialogue and thought. The triangle symbol represents the integration of three elements working together, and I have listed a few examples below to stimulate your thinking. The goal is actually a process: how can we actively create integrated spa experiences for ourselves and for our clients
How can diet, exercise, body type and season affect when and what kind of massage is given?
What is the role of the massage therapist as timekeeper? How does this one facet of creating space for personal growth separate us from other professions?
What tools do massage therapists use to select products and modalities -- ancient philosophical systems, current scientific data, a combination of both? What role should belief systems or intuition play in their selections?
How can we support the environment in the massage experience? How can members of the massage and spa industries unite to encourage better stewardship of the earth?
Will cross-training in massage, hydrotherapy and aesthetics be a natural career track for the massage therapist?
It was amazing for me to reflect back and try to articulate ideas that seemed vague and difficult, only to find that they have been articulated and explored by many before. I am learning how people, even if only for the briefest of moments, weave into our lives as teachers and mentors. I've learned that a true teacher often goes unacknowledged in her or his own time. Yet, as part of the human family, we are connected and this knowledge lives on in the collective unconscious. Like roots, to flowers, to seeds... the story is one of interconnected humanity, not the individual.
It is the giving and receiving that keep us connected. Writing this series for Massage Today brought home to me how many people and industries have gone into building our culture and making us who we are today. This has connected me to great minds and great friends. Alex Szekely, from the Golden Door, who has recently passed on, was one of these people for me - he gave me the confidence to express my voice. Although it is impossible for me to acknowledge everyone who has inspired me, I would especially like to thank my colleagues on the ISPA Educational Committee, past and present; Dr. Jonathan DeVierville for his visionary thinking; and many colleagues who have given of their time. Thanks to Dr. Fritof Capra, Michael Schneider, Dr. Elton Haas, and Dr. LawrenceVan Der Post for authoring books that inspired me to think differently. I would especially like to thank my contributing editor, Kelly Colbert Baynham, whose thoughtful insights (and ability to listen) helped to articulate and evolve the 10 elements.
How we internalize the impressions and lessons from the people we love and respect is critical. Why? Because the impressions of our community often become our own. Like a river, the story of our times flows forward through individuals. This is not a passive happening; people who carry forward the story possess a special characteristic -- they are open to change. They share the like-minded qualities of being willing to risk, grow, explore and evolve. And they are willing to share what they've learned with others.
It is this interrelated nature of The Great Spa Conversation that has so intrigued me. I hope this is just the beginning. Your voice is important.
Click here for previous articles by Robin Zill, LMT.
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