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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.
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.
Applauding a Legacy of Leadership
Founding Palmer West President, John Miller, DC, HCD (Hon.), FICA (Hon.), a 1954 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, passed away March 8, 2015 at age 83.
Teach Your Patients About External Healing Applications
Since the skin is the body's largest organ, and is able to respond to both internal and external stimulations, communicate sensations to the brain, protect the body, breathe and even excrete toxins, it can be an excellent source of healing.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Talking to Patients About Medial Branch Neurotomy (Part 2)
Even when lumbar facet denervation (medial branch neurotomy) is successful, relief is rarely complete or permanent. Smuck, et al., reviewed 16 articles and found the average duration of >50 percent pain relief for an initial procedure was nine months.
Apple Takes a Bite Out of Research
The more than 700 million iPhone users have just been given the opportunity to "do their part to advance medical research."
If Your Pro-Chiropractic Governor Resigned, Would You Be Prepared?
John Kitzhaber, MD, recently re-elected to a historic fourth term as Oregon governor, has resigned among alleged ethics violations by his fiancée' and first lady, Cylvia Hayes. I developed a personal friendship with John and consider him a good friend.
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.
News in Brief
Dr. Frank Nicchi Receives Award at ACC-RAC; Sherman College Expands International Influence.
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 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.
Functional Impingement of the Hip (Part 2): Rehab Exercises
I find functionally impinged hips that don't move properly on so many of my patients. (See part 1 of this article for a description of the condition.)
Make Every Day Mother's Day
May is a special month for many reasons. After a long, harsh winter, spring is at last in full swing. Memorial Day helps us honor those who have fought and fallen in the name of freedom.
Trouble in the Wellness Waters?
Call me old-fashioned, paranoid or just old, but I do remember graduating from chiropractic college in the late '70s in the midst of the Wilk v AMA lawsuit.
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.
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