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Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
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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