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Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
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.
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 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?."
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.
October, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 10
Therapists Learn the "Why" and "How" of Spa
By Nancy Griffin
Thirty acres of stunning beachfront property Laguna Beach, Calif., is the setting for the Montage Resort and Spa, which opened in February. This world-class, yet casual, property has created a peaceful sanctuary for its guests, sparing no detail in lodging, dining, art and service.The 20,000-square-foot spa sets a new standard of excellence for resort spas worldwide. Beyond the ocean views, superior facilities and luxury amenities, one of the spa's key success factors is a commitment to selecting the finest staff. Early in the project, Montage CEO Alan Fuerstman brought in Barbara Schultz, the former spa director of the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Fla., as Montage's spa director, and Anne Bramham, who has developed results-oriented protocols for some of the world's most famous spas - including Canyon Ranch, the Greenhouse Group and the Ritz Carlton - as a consultant and trainer.
Five months before opening, Barbara and Anne were hard at work hand selecting massage therapists and aestheticians. The therapists selected had eclectic backgrounds but a common passion for holistic, noninvasive techniques and continuing education. They took part in a three-week training where they "basically started from scratch," as one therapist put it, and used the resort staff as "guinea pigs," which helped to create awareness and goodwill among the staff toward the spa.
The Therapists' Perspectives
Massage therapist Peggy Matthess left a 14-year position at a five-star resort to join the Montage. "This was an opportunity to receive education I could not receive elsewhere - at no cost," she said. "I could not pass it up."
Suzanne DeFranco, an experienced holistic healer and acupuncturist, also left a lucrative practice to join the Montage team. "After having my own practice for many years, I debated whether I would be happy in a resort environment," said DeFranco. "But when I heard about Anne Bramham's training, I knew this was the right place for me." DeFranco especially identified with the training in clinical aromatherapy, which is the foundation for "aroma balancing," one of the spa's signature treatments.
Drawing from Oriental diagnosis and constitutional analysis, this technique uses the specific application of oils along the reflex pathways using applied pressure and connective tissue methods.
Interview with Anne Bramham
NG: What's different about the spa at Montage compared with a typical resort spa?
AB: At Montage, the therapists have been trained to have an understanding of the "why" and "how" of spa. They understand the physiological responses of the body, and how the applied elements work with the body. Montage is one of the first spas to make a long-term commitment to training its therapists, and it is already paying off in the spa experience. The spa just opened in February, and already people are coming back for their second or third visit. Montage spa guests take home a program and become involved in their therapy.
NG: I was told that you "hand-picked" Montage's therapists. What are the qualities you look for when selecting treatment staff?
AB: In general, I look for therapists that have a sense of rhythm, flow, contact, and an insatiable desire to learn about the human body. Because of the buzz surrounding Montage, we were lucky to be able to attract the best therapists in the area, but skill and number of years in practice were not most important. We hired for attitude and potential, then taught them the necessary skills, like how to identify the links between general constitutions and the corresponding elements found in spa treatments.
NG: What is your biggest pet peeve about spas in the United States?
AB: In the US, most spas talk about "healing," but when it comes to operating the business, they don't allow for the possibility for that to happen. In Europe, there is a Badmeister program adhering to highly standardized protocols using spa therapies in physical rehabilitation. Much like our Western medical system, most spas don't take the time to understand what will best complement an individual's healing process. We as spa owners need to teach our therapists how to focus their efforts towards specific results for the client.
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