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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
September, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 09
Different Strokes for Different Folks: Solving the Mystery of Multiple Intelligences
By Gail Frei, LMT, NCTMB Tiffany Field, PhD
The first day of massage school! You walk into your classroom a bubbling brew of emotions: excitement, anxiety, fear, and enthusiasm. You can't wait to get started with your new career training, but you also have some trepidation about your ability to succeed in this profession.Then, before the first break, you find yourself struggling to keep your eyes open. You glance around the classroom guiltily, suspecting you may have even nodded off once or twice. What's happened here? Are you a poor student? Is your instructor inadequate? Neither! You've just experienced a classic case of the clash between multiple intelligences.
What are Multiple Intelligences?
Simply stated, multiple intelligences are the varied ways we humans demonstrate our intellectual abilities. First described by Howard Gardner, there are seven of these intelligences: verbal/linguistic; musical/rhythmic; bodily/kinesthetic; intrapersonal; interpersonal; logical/mathematical; and visual/spatial. They are rather self-explanatory but a brief overview will help you understand the dynamics behind the above situation.
The verbal/linguistic person learns best utilizing speaking and listening skills; they thrive in a conventional lecture approach to teaching. The musical/rhythmic person may not fare so well in a traditional classroom devoid of music and sounds (other than the teacher's voice!).
The bodily/kinesthetic person needs to move about, and may feel stifled in a classroom where students are expected to remain seated and listen to the lecture. The intra-personal students may drift off into a seemingly self-absorbed reverie, as inner awareness is their strength. The teacher may view the interpersonal student as a problem, since these students learn best by interacting with others.
Logical/mathematical students asks a lot of questions and may appear disruptive due to their need to understand patterns and connections. The visual/spatial person learns best with visual aids, such a charts, overhead transparencies and videos. Without the use of such images, that student's attention will wander.
We each possess all of these intelligences to greater or lesser degrees. It is the strength or weakness of each that affects our learning style. Curious about yours? Visit www.surf aquarium.com/MI/inventory.htm.
I believe teachers must understand not only their own dominant intelligence, but those of their students, as well. This simple assessment can save a lot of frustration between a teacher and student. A classroom environment that accommodates the various approaches will enhance learning, make the instructor's job easier, and create a fun learning experience for students. FUN?!
Since when is school fun? Never, for a sad majority of us. We cannot wait to escape the classroom, and we return kicking and screaming in protest. Most of my massage students felt dread and fear at the thought of going back to school, even for a future career that excited them. If the goal of school is to inspire a lifetime love of learning, it must turn students on - not off - to the academic experience.
Tips for Teaching to Multiple Intelligences
The verbal person's strengths are speaking and listening; they shine in the eyes of most teachers. Since the majority of us are also verbal/linguistic folks, the challenge for teachers is to move out of their comfort zones to embrace approaches to teaching that they are not familiar with. Adding drama and storytelling to lectures will enhance the experience for verbal learners.
The musical learner fits easily into the hands-on massage classroom, where background music is played as a soothing accompaniment to bodywork. Creating rhymes from lesson plans will help in memorizing information, as well. I once heard of an anatomy and physiology instructor who gave her class the assignment of creating a song for the flow of blood through the heart! The students did so with such enthusiasm, they easily memorized details they had previously struggled with.
The bodily/kinesthetic learner is a natural in the massage classroom! They excel at hands-on activities and movement, and will best absorb the lesson by performing the strokes.
Intrapersonal learners may seem "spacey" to an instructor, since their strength is self-reflection and inner awareness. These students are most in touch with their own feelings and do well with independent assignments that provide opportunities for self-discovery, such as journaling. Interpersonal learners have the ability to relate to others and understand another perspective. They do well in group discussions and cooperative learning environments. When I had an uneven number of students to pair up for the hands-on work, I assigned an interpersonal learner the role of assistant. The student excelled at reminding fellow students about proper body mechanics and demonstrating strokes, as well as offering general support and encouragement.
The logical/mathematical student is your analyzer. This person enjoys problem solving and quickly grasps patterns and connections. Based on my informal observations over years of teaching and staying in touch with graduates, these are the students most likely to continue advanced studies in rehabilitative bodywork. I call them the "Sherlock Holmes" of massage, as they love to figure out pain patterns, solve the mystery and provide relief. They will be serious students of the muscle system, and relentless inquisitors. Problem-solving experiments, diagrams and research will prove most helpful for this group.
The visual/spatial student learns via images. Videos, charts, and overheads help integrate information best for this person. They may enjoy working with the Anatomy Coloring Book.
The root of the verb "to educate" means "leading out that which is within." Our highest goal as educators is to do just that for our students - to help them bring forth the successful massage therapist within each of them. Deepak Chopra believes that encompassed within every desire is the power to fulfill it. I hope this article has helped you tap into that power with your students.
Gail Frei has 20 years of experience as an educator and has specialized in massage education since 1994, working as an instructor and program supervisor. She offers consulting services for schools desiring to set standards of excellence, and is currently working on a book for massage teachers.
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