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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.
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!
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.
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?
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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?
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 02
Accentuate the Positive
By Cary Bayer
Massage Today is pleased to introduce our newest columnist, Cary Bayer. Cary is a life coach and CEU provider licensed by both the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and the Florida Board of Massage Therapy.He has successfully coached more than two dozen massage therapists in several states in the past year, and conducts private sessions by the ocean in south Florida and the mountains of New York state.
Half a century ago, Broadway's Tin Pan Alley offered the above advice to Americans who wanted to succeed in love and business. It's still true today for therapists who want to succeed in life and massage.
Most massage therapists think of their massage work as a "practice." If you want to "practice" massage, call me; I'll be glad to let you practice on my back. If you want a massage business, I'll show you how to change the attitudes about money and business kicking around in your subconscious mind that hold you back from success.
A powerful way to accomplish this transformation is to "rewire" your mind through affirmations. Naturally, it's important to discover the negative thoughts preventing your success. I have discovered five common negative thoughts in coaching more than two dozen massage therapists this past year, including the following:
These limited thoughts must be healed to take your massage business to the next level. Let's focus on the second thought (probably the most detrimental of the five): "Doing massage is so enjoyable, I don't need to get paid much for it." For this thought, I recommend the following affirmation:
On a piece of paper, draw two vertical lines to form three columns. In the left column, write down the affirmation. Writing down the affirmation helps create its truth in your life, and transforms your mind's resistance. In the middle column, write down the negative response it elicits. For example, suppose the negative thought that comes up is: "If I do the massage work that I love, not enough people will come." Write down your negative response without judging yourself for having it. In the right column, create a new affirmation to specifically treat this response. A good one would be: "The same force of nature that helps my clients heal on the massage table, supports me when I do the massage work I love."
This process accepts, without judgment, the negative thinking that prevents the affirmation from being your current reality. Writing the response to the negative thought releases that resistance from your being. I recommend writing this affirmation 10 times a day for a week; the following week, say it out loud 10 times a day with feeling, until its truth manifests in your daily life, then return to this three-part written process the following week.
To recap, each written repetition has three parts:
Repeat this process three times; then, on the fourth repetition, write your affirmations in a second-person voice. For example:
Continue the three-part pattern until you reach the seventh repetition, then switch to a third-person voice:
Continue using this voice until completing the 10th repetition, then start at the beginning, using the first person, and so on. It's like coming full circle, ending where you started. In your final repetition, only repeat the first affirmation.
It would have been wonderful to have had daily affirmations as children, or to be told bedtime stories about our future success. Since that often was not the case, it is up to you to train yourself. It's high time you became loving and loyal to your "higher self", and this once-a-day affirmation exercise can help a great deal.
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