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To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
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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