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Modernization of Chinese Medicine
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Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Fish Oil: A Key Component of Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
November, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 11
By Editorial Staff
Spa Survey Reports All the Rage
Since the recent proliferation of spas worldwide, it's evident that the concept of "spa" extends far beyond massage, body wraps and facials.Today's spa professionals have many other concerns, including customer satisfaction, retail products and the bottom line - just look at any one of the myriad spa surveys that have surfaced over the last several months:
Hawaiian Spa to Host First Annual Retreat
On November 13-17, 2003, the Mauna Lani Spa on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, will be hosting its first annual Ke Kumu, O' Mauna Lani (Mauna Lani, The Source) Spa Retreat. The event will feature a series of workshops, seminars and spa treatments, as well as special appearances by industry notables, including Deepak Chopra, author and founder of The Chopra Center for Well Being; Dr. Florence Comite, Associate Clinical Professional at Yale University School of Medicine; and Margaret Pierpont, co-author of The Spa Life at Home and executive editor of Spa Finder magazine, among others. For more information, contact the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel at (888) 424-1977 or visit www.maunalani.com.
Spa Openings Abound
Open since December 2002, the Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms in Phoenix features private gardens in the midst of a Mediterranean-themed setting. The spa houses nine treatment rooms and a variety of outdoor treatment areas in garden settings. Other amenities include a Watsu massage pool; water therapy; outdoor rain shower; men's and women's locker rooms with Jacuzzi and sauna; and the spa's signature Acqua Dolce, a villa featuring rock walls and two heated stone tables with overhead showers.
Another gem in Phoenix is the Revive Spa at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort. Open since spring 2003, this Southwestern-themed spa was designed with the elements of fire, water, earth and sky in mind. With 41 treatment rooms, and private balconies and cabanas, this spa offers a diverse treatment menu and salon services; an indoor fitness center; myriad classes, including yoga, tai chi and Pilates; an Olympic-size pool; and outdoor celestial showers in the men's and women's dressing areas.
The restored 1840s Olde Victorian Inn in New Orleans features five guestrooms and has been a favorite bed and breakfast among travelers for 15 years. The inn recently announced the addition of Miss Celie's Spa Orleans, where travelers can also take advantage of an array of treatments, including massage; facials; body treatments; and hair and nail services. The spa is designed around the Victorian era and includes French Quarter historical themes. Sadie Chanel, an American Bulldog and the spa's manager, greets the guests and likes to hang out under the desk or in the courtyard.
Tru spa in San Francisco features the Tropical Rainforest Room - a signature wet treatment room in which clients can rinse off under a tropical waterfall. The structure of Tru creates a light breezy feel with shades of blue and white, bamboo flooring and a wall of windows that allows natural light to illuminate the space. The spa offers ten treatment rooms - five with natural light for facials and five with color therapy for massage - as well as a unique manicure/pedicure room with three stations.
The recently opened Ayoma LifeSpa at the Hotel Valencia Santana Row in San Jose, Calif., offers a truly unique spa experience. Its mission is to provide clients with services surrounding Ayurvedic therapy, a 5,000-year-old practice from India. Services include massage, facials, energy therapies and traditional salon services. The spa also offers lifestyle consultations, which focus on personal care, diet, exercise and a holistic approach to wellness.
Located in Pala, Calif., halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, the 10,000 square-foot Pala Spa at the Pala Casino Resort boasts 14 treatment rooms; a fitness center; private outdoor rain showers; eucalyptus steam rooms; and a pool, whirlpool and sauna. The spa offers salon services and a wide range of treatments, including massage, and specialty baths and body wraps.
Unlike most spas, guests cannot drive over to Breathe Spa, which celebrated its grand opening earlier this year at the Daufuskie Island Club and Resort on Daufuskie Island, SC., because it is accessible only by boat. The spa features eight treatment rooms and offers an array of treatments, including massage; facials; body wraps; aromatherapy; and reflexology. Prior to the treatment, each guest meets with a personal spa coordinator. The spa also includes a pool, relaxation areas and men's and women's changing rooms.
Residents and travelers to England's Thermae Bath Spa in Bath will once again enjoy the hot springs that were closed 25 years ago. The baths boast a rich history having been developed by the Romans 2,000 years ago and rediscovered in the 1860s. Unlike the original Roman baths, the new bath spa is housed in a sleek building with all the modern spa conveniences, including massages, steam rooms, wraps, hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and a glass-enclosed swimming pool. Visitors can also tour the original Roman baths and a museum. For more information visit www.thermaebathspa.com.
Hua Hin, Thailand is now home to Devarana Spa Cha-Am, Asia's third Devarana spa. This spa is inspired by the "garden of heaven" and features a meditative lotus pond. Spa treatments include massage, facials and water treatments. The spa's signature treatment, the Devarana massage, is a 90-minutes blend of Swedish, Ayurvedic, aromatherapy, shiatsu and Thai massage.
In what is probably one of America's busiest cities, what better location than Washington, DC, to open Soul Day Spa and Salon? Soul is unique in that it caters to the busy professional: Clients are never placed on waiting lists. The spa specializes in water treatments, including a Vichy shower treatment that hydrates, detoxifies and relaxes the mind and body.
This fall, the Park Hotel Kenmare in Kerry, Ireland will open SAMAS spa. SAMAS, located on a wooded knoll and overlooking the water, will feature male and female facilities, each of which will include a "Heat Experience" room with crystal steam; shower temple; sauna; ice fountain; and six treatment rooms. In addition, the spa also offers a private garden, pool and fitness center.
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