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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?."
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.
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 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.
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.
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."
May, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 05
By Dave Pratt, LMT
"No, it's b-r-e-e-m-a."
"Oh. What is it?"
I'm not surprised when people look puzzled at the mention of Breema Bodywork and Self-Bodywork.Perhaps maybe you've never heard about it, either. When I discovered Breema, I was as much intrigued by what it wasn't as by what it was. Let me explain.
About six years ago, while I was still in massage school, I was studying physiology in the lounge when I decided to take a well-deserved break. Hoping for some lighter reading than on the function of the kidneys, I picked up a copy of Massage and Bodywork Magazine.1 Boy, was I relieved!
Inside, I saw pictures of people gracefully participating in what looked like a playful dance. One fully clothed woman lay face-up on a Persian rug, hips flexed and knees draped over the left thigh of her half-kneeling female partner. The second woman was leaning slightly forward with one palm nestled in the soft area just below the other woman's right collarbone. Her other hand was scooped under the left shoulder, blending with the natural curve of the scapula. The position appeared effortless, and there was such balance between the two of them.
These pictures conveyed a sense of mutual support and ease that interested me. Both women looked content, as if they were exactly where they needed to be. Perhaps some of these details come to me in hindsight, but I was definitely aware that there was something very different to this technique. The photographs brought to mind other floor-based modalities with one exception: the visible tension (like tight arms pushing a client toward a deep stretch) that usually accompanies such techniques. I had been studying martial arts for years, so the idea of moving with the whole body to minimize strain and force resonated with me. In my massage studies, I would see the value of using minimal force - especially with the number of massage therapists that burn out physically and mentally after only a few years. So many therapists work too hard without properly caring for their own bodies.
As I read the article, I actually felt more relaxed. In school, I had absorbed enormous amounts of information about anatomy and physiology, and countless techniques for achieving results, as varied as reflexive effects on each internal organ, and methods to resolve different types of headaches. Each has a specific rate and prescribed duration to reach a particular end. While these are all useful, Breema was liberating.
The author, Dr. Jon Schreiber, director of the Breema Health and Wellness Center, explained that the foremost concern of the Breema practitioner is his or her own comfort. Wait - did I read that right? Isn't bodywork about giving your best to the client, eliminating the pain, and calming him or her down? Aren't we supposed to be making people better? I read on.
Breema, the article said, "uses the natural mechanics, rhythm, and relaxed weight of the practitioner's body to create a precise and dynamic balance that is profoundly comfortable, enjoyable, and beneficial for both recipient and practitioner." It sounded wonderful. He further described treatment sequences that weren't intended to be any particular rate or depth, but only called for what was most natural and comfortable for the practitioner. He explained how each sequence was "composed of a harmonious choreography of movements: gentle, yet penetrating stretches; gradual leaning; rhythmic brushing and percussive tapping."
"Body Comfortable," the first of nine guiding principles, seemed to be key to Breema being called "The Art of Being Present." When a practitioner continually returned to his or her own body's comfort and the registration of his or her own weight and breathing, several things happened:
Well, four years after I read that article, I got my first taste of Breema at a two-day workshop. I was happy to find that giving and receiving bodywork could be equally nourishing. Lying comfortably on a padded floor, I discovered what fun Breema was. At one point, I recall thinking, "I feel like water."
There was such fluidity to the treatment that it didn't feel like anything was being "done" to me, but that I was discovering I had a body for the first time! Afterward, I felt peacefully light and more fully aware of my body's movements. Leaning back as I held a friends arms, I received a stretch through my whole body. Then, leaning in with my palms on his shoulders, I was perfectly supported by his body. The greatest part was that we both enjoyed and benefited from each treatment.
Since that introduction, I have happily found that it is simple to use the principles of Breema with massage and other types of bodywork, and - really - in any activity in life.
Breema's nine principles of harmony are:
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