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Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
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.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
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.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
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.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
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.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
Use Technology to Gain New Patients and Improve Efficiency
From the smartphone in your pocket to your microwave oven, advancements in technology have made almost every aspect of our lives easier.
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.
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.
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.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
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.
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.
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 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
June, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 06
The Courage to Go for It
By Cary Bayer
Vince Lombardi, who coached the Green Bay Packers to victories in the first two Super Bowls, was not just a taskmaster obsessed with winning; he was also a coach committed to having players give their all and not give up.It's fundamental to the yang world of football as much as to the yin world of massage. Mary Pickford, the movie star who co-founded United Artists with Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks, wrote: "If you have made mistakes...there is always another chance for you...you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down."
It's not the falling down, but the staying down. This is precisely where so many LMTs get confused. They have dreams of developing their massage businesses in a particular way, but their fears of doing what is necessary to realize their dreams stop them. They fear that if they go for what they really want - like creating a well-known and successful practice, for example - they might fail. They might like to do chair massage in corporations or incorporate more exotic massage modalities, like Thai or Lomi Lomi, but are afraid to approach corporate executives or worry that such techniques might cause more conservative clients to think less favorably of them. They think that failing in and of itself is something terrible. (In baseball, the best players - Willie Mays, for example - make it to the Hall of Fame even if they fail 70 percent of the time!) The truth is, you fail if you don't try.
Future hockey Hall-of-Famer Wayne Gretzky, who scored more goals than anyone else, said, "You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take." Imagine what would happen if you started to take some new "shots," like going after more affiliations with chiropractors, spas or physical therapists; studying new massage techniques; or going after more clients by marketing yourself in a big way.
I coach my massage therapist clients that success results from living life with gusto. Every time you go after what you really want, you win. That's because going after what you really want involves unfolding your inner being and requires overcoming fear and resistance - and that's a huge win. If your actions don't meet with the results you desire, you still win for the simple reason that you went after what your heart truly desired.There are also times you win twice because sometimes, when you go after what you really want, a wonderful thing happens - you get it!
I've privately coached some three dozen massage therapists in the past couple of years and have seen how frightened they can be of feeling discomfort; at the slightest tinge of fear, they pull back and never go after their hearts' desires. Others give up after one failed attempt. I coach my clients to persevere, commit, and show the universe that they mean business. When they do, the universe shows its commitment to them and responds in a positive way - with support. Synchronicities take place, and they find themselves in the right place at the right time, meeting the right person. It could happen anywhere: in a supermarket checkout line, at the dry cleaners, at a Starbucks. They might find their next client: a corporate human resource manager to hire them to do a big chair massage program, or a chiropractor looking for a massage therapist.
Imagine how many more decades of slavery the Hebrews might have had to endure had Moses given up each time the hard-hearted Pharaoh refused to let his people go. Thomas Edison, who failed some 10,000 times in experiments to find the proper material for the filament in his light bulb, wrote: "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." You might be reading these words by candlelight had Edison been a quitter, and consider this: The genius inventor was actually grateful each time an experiment failed. His rationale was simple: He knew that he had one less road to go down to reach his goal. Imagine conducting your massage business with such certainty, faith, patience and fortitude.
Many massage therapists believe that if things don't come easily, it must not be what the universe wants for them. This couldn't be further from the truth. Liberation didn't come easily for the Hebrews, even with Moses working as a veritable channel for the highest power of the universe. Nirvana didn't come immediately to the Buddha either; he had his own challenges to deal with. Think of your favorite movie: doesn't the hero or heroine overcome some obstacle to realize a higher greatness? The universe often wants to see what you're made of and wants to see your commitment. Show your mettle and desire and you will receive support to handle the obstacles.
Do you stay in life's slow lane, content with the status quo, attached to your comfort zone? If you do, it might prevent you from getting into the real zone, where the universe blesses you with grace, success and greater income. "To the degree we're not living our dreams, our comfort zone has more control of us than we have over ourselves," wrote Peter McWilliams. So, which zone do you want to live in - the seductive comfort zone where your life is really about just coasting - or the liberating zone, where your actions carry a gift of grace beyond what you normally could accomplish on your own?
Beverly Sills, the great opera singer, wrote, "You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try." When you pursue your desires with passion - whether they're desires for enriching your personal life or desires for expanding your massage business - life becomes infinitely richer even if you don't succeed. Who you become in the process is much greater than who you were in your comfort zone. To taste heaven on earth, you must reach beyond your limit. Imagine running your massage business and your life the way the hero of Man of La Mancha did in that show's classic song, The Impossible Dream:
You can create a massage business that grows out of your deepest dreams. Now isn't that something worth getting up for each morning?
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