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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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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