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Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 01
A "Second" ISPA
By Steve Capellini, LMT
The International Spa Association (ISPA) held its annual convention at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nov. 8-11, 2004. If there is one adjective I can use to describe it accurately, it is BIG - very, very big.Humongous. Large.
There were over 3,000 people in attendance for the first time in the event's 13-year history. I have a unique perspective on the conference's present-day size because I was one of the 125 attendees at the first ISPA conference here in Miami back in 1993. I remember choosing up sides for the beach volleyball tournament at that conference, which most of the attendees participated in. We had a barbecue and got to know each other. The tradeshow hall was an echoing quarter-ballroom space with a few dozen purveyors of massage tables, natural products, architectural services and basic equipment. We felt like we were on a mission to educate the world about the life-transforming potentials at our facilities. It was a magical time of birth for this industry and as so often happens after a magical birth, rapid growth followed - massive growth.
Now, I suppose, the worldwide spa industry is like a "teenager" with all of the usual problems of the age (including a major case of acne) that seems can only be remedied by cosmetics companies, and yes - the cosmetics companies have arrived. The ISPA convention felt more like an esthetics convention than a massage or natural health convention, and while it makes me personally sad to report that, I realize that in order to grow at such a tremendous rate, we need to sustain ourselves economically. I encourage that, but is economic sustainability the only kind out there?
Thankfully, no. Another, deeper undercurrent at this year's convention - one that provoked a number of breakout sessions, discussion forums and expert panels - was the issue of sustainability. I attended talks on the "greening of the spa industry." I heard testimony from pioneers in the field of gray water recirculation and was impressed to learn that one such expert has created a self-sustaining spa environment in Taos, New Mexico, at El Monte Sagrado.
The industry is not only moving forward with big bucks and glitzy press; it is also moving deeper - deeper into its own mission. In fact, it felt to many of us that there were actually two ISPA conventions happening concurrently this year - one featuring all the latest cosmetics and surface-oriented trends, and another featuring small grassroots groups and individuals committed to the vision of a spa industry that runs itself in a manner congruent with its core values and its core message to consumers.
Natural. Stress-free. Spiritual. Holistic. Ergonomic. Ecological. We use all of these monikers and more to describe ourselves, but how do we actually go about our business? I am sure that you as a massage therapist or allied professional think of yourself in these terms, and you would hope that any spa you worked for had the same values. If you build your own spa one day, you'd like to commit yourself to this same vision, most likely.
So, I am glad to report that there is indeed a "second" ISPA, flickering like a shadow beneath the behemoth that our own success has created. And this other ISPA is still striving mightily to attain those lofty (some might even say idealistic) goals that we entered this industry with in the first place.
Sustainability. It has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? Who wouldn't want to create something that is sustainable? That is what we are all about. I am still vastly encouraged by this spa industry. I am still of a mind that we as therapists can find a home here that makes sense and is consistent with who we are.
There is no need to turn away in shame from this industry simply because it is so successful and generates so many amazing profits with its emphasis on products and retail and beauty. Why not take advantage of that success to build a profitable place for ourselves in this industry and in doing so, also build a more sustainable place for ourselves to live out our professional lives, encouraging others and helping the planet along the way? Why not have the best of both worlds, while always striving for a world better than either? Why not have our low-fat, low-carb spa cake, and eat it too? I know of few other industries where it is even realistic to dream such dreams. Why not dream them?
Click here for previous articles by Steve Capellini, LMT.
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