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Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
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.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
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.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
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.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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.
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 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.
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.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
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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