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It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
January, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 01
The Five Seasons of Spa: Winter
By Robin Zill, LMT
The seasons of life impact how we evolve over a lifetime, a day or even a moment. If we are in harmony with the physical environment we live in, we experience one of the only constants in the universe: change.This dynamic interaction between self and environment over time is the essence of living. Observing and integrating the seasons into daily living can enhance all aspects of self: mind, body, spirit and soul. If nothing is permanent except change, and we embrace this reality, we take charge of our own lives; we become conscious pioneers of our own frontiers.
Embracing the living patterns of nature is key not only to a healthy life, but to a successful business. In previous articles, I articulated some of the language and meaning behind the 10 Elements of the Spa Experience:
In this series, I hope to deepen your understanding of the ousia (essence) of living, using the seasons and how they change and interact with the 10 elements as a guide for spa business and personal lifestyle planning. Let's begin with the season of winter - a time of increased sensitivity and inward movement for the individual. It is a season of resting and silence, and a time of listening. It is a time of contemplation and reflection, and a time to prepare for the spring, which is an outgoing, action-oriented time.
When the environment cools down, animals hibernate and trees become barren: bark and evergreen hues reflect against a clear blue sky. It is important to note how the cool colors and temperature during this time affect our feelings and natural inclinations. Winter is a time to retreat inward; a time to receive, or perhaps even "conceive," in a metaphorical sense. In winter, the seeds of the next life cycle are created. Although the ebb and flow of cycles varies for everyone (and differs according to where we are situated on the planet), this general sense of seasonal winter is something most people experience. However, usually we do not understand or embrace its importance to health. During the winter months, many people consider themselves "not on top of their game," and feel lazy and unfocused. Taking time to listen and reflect is as important as action. I like to think of it as living smarter, not harder. Think of it as the dynamic between the art of being and becoming.
Massage therapists can be excellent mentors in this regard, teaching their clients to relax and receive. Ironically, this act of creating space for the client to be receptive is an active, conscious intention and skill. This month, observe or receive a treatment from an experienced massage therapist you admire. Try to articulate or define the actions, intentions and actual language he or she uses to create the space in which you learn how to deeply receive. What does he or she do that is qualitatively different and unique?
After the winter solstice on December 21 (the shortest day of the year,) the days begin to get lighter again, foreshadowing the new growth of spring and the time for action, birth, plans and vision. From a spa business perspective, the winter cycle is the time to solidify vision and business goals for the future. It is a time to read trade magazines; visit other spas; go to classes; talk with peers; and meditate and reflect on your goals. Because this winter season is metaphorical in nature, the process can happen in any physical season. The key is that you actively embrace the reflective part of creating a meaningful and practical business plan by being receptive, assimilating information, and listening to your deeper self - your inner vision.
Professionally, it is also a time to identify resources and allies, and to articulate business obstacles you may need to overcome. It is a time to organize. I like to think of this time as planning a garden for spring. I love looking at the beautiful, lush gardens of the seed magazines, as I love looking at spa trade magazines featuring lavish and ornate spas - but there are numerous things to bear in mind. Before you "plant," consider these thoughts:
Maintaining a spa business truly is comparable to maintaining a garden. In essence, a successful spa incorporates many aspects of healthy living, so many choices need to be made. After all, not every flower will bloom in every garden. Discipline will help make your vision and business goals succinct, clear and reachable. Purpose and vision will bring joy to your work. From feasibility to marketing; location; layout; equipment selection; treatment and menu planning; staff training; financing; etc., the garden is a timeless metaphor for keeping you in touch with the seasons of natural healthy living, and as a tool for running a next-level spa business that keeps meaning, purpose, balance and chance at the forefront of your business plan.
Nature is our best teacher.
Click here for previous articles by Robin Zill, LMT.
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