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An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
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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