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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 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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.).
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
June, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 06
Energywork: A Powerful Complement to Massage
By Ariel Hubbard
You are a giving a massage treatment to one of your clients, and while working a particularly tight area, you feel a heavy energy flow up from the client's body and out through your head.What is this energy? And how does it make you feel? You've felt this energy before and have noticed that you respond to this experience by becoming fatigued. You decide to ask some friends about it, and they suggest you have a session with an energyworker.
You begin your session and feel completely relaxed. Suddenly, the feeling in the room changes, and you feel a strong sense of love and peace. You look up and see that your energywork therapist is passing her hands around your body, and you feel her touch even though she isn't touching you. You blink - still, her hands are not touching you, but something is happening. You feel emotion rise up in you like a tide, and then you feel a heaviness wash away. You feel lighter than you have in years.
What is energywork? This is a general term for a collection of healing modalities that use positive energy to promote healing in your body, heart, mind and spirit. The energywork therapist recognizes that there is electromagnetic energy flowing around and through the body in very specific currents (called meridians in China and nadis - pronounced "na-dees" - in India) and through the energy field around the body (the aura). When those currents are interrupted, they create an imbalance or blockage in the flow, and if allowed to persist for long enough periods, can create pain and even disease.
When you address the energetic balance and when the root of the problem is fully addressed, blockages release and health returns. People who provide energywork recognize that the body, heart, mind and spirit are connected and that each aspect of us influences the others. If there are imbalances on one level, they may appear also on another level. A physical problem in the body may lead to emotional problems and vice versa.
In energywork, we don't use the word "cure" because we recognize that the recipient is the person doing the healing. Energyworkers pass through healing energy to assist in raising their frequencies, but recipients receive the energy and use it to heal themselves. Energyworkers who are properly trained do not allow themselves to become tired by trying to send their own life force energy to help their clients; rather, they send Universal life force energy.
In a typical energywork session, the energywork therapist learns about the client and events in their life that could possibly affect the energy flow. After assessing the client, the energyworker prepares to send healing energy by centering and grounding him/herself. This allows access to high-vibrational frequencies that he/she will send to the client.
The client's energy system and physical body respond to these frequencies through what is called "energetic field resonance;" it increases in vibration to match the frequencies being transmitted by the practitioner. The client's cells have access to more energy, and this energy gives the cells the ability to expunge toxins from the body, whether physical or emotional. The client experiences what is called a "release," which can come in the form of laughter, perspiration, coughing or deep relaxation. The therapist then sends energy to help the client adjust to the changes after the release occurs, charge the client with life force energy (also called chi or prana), and to harmonize their system. Clients usually feel full of energy, relaxed, happy and peaceful after the energywork session.
Often energywork can address pain that never seems to go away, or hurt feelings that seem to linger in ways that physically oriented therapies cannot. Many therapists combine energywork with massage sessions to balance out the treatment. Some clients who have been in psychotherapy have reported that energywork sessions helped them resolve issues that had never been resolved after years of therapy because the root of the problem was addressed by accessing parts of them that were nonphysical.
Energywork has some marvelous applications, there are some amazing areas where we have seen energywork successfully handle issues like overcoming fear, speeding recovery from surgery, healing pain over lost loved ones, healing during radiation or chemo treatments, releasing intense negative emotions, and helping clients reinstate their trust. This cutting-edge modality will be used more and more in combination with more conventional medical treatments in the years ahead. One modality, Reiki, is currently used in or referred by 50 major hospitals across the U.S.*
Massage therapists can really benefit from using energywork in addition to their massage techniques. Clients release energy, often continuously, throughout the massage. People store their emotions, memories, beliefs and thoughts in their energy system, and massage allows them to come up to be released. That is why many massage therapists feel fatigue when working with clients - it is not because of the physical exertion; rather, it is because they are unconsciously trying to process the energetic release of their clients. When energywork is used in conjunction with massage, this processing can be done consciously, and the massage therapist does not expend personal life force energy. That is key because massage is a demanding profession. This combination of modalities also creates a powerful healing session for the client. Using energywork also boosts the massage therapist's energy level and has the ability to extend a therapist's career.
There are many types of energywork and they all have a different approach, including Reiki, HighSelf Resonance therapy, jin shin, pranic healing, crystal healing, color healing, shamanic healing, homeopathy and network chiropractic. Many of these traditions are new, but some are very old. Energywork has been used all over the world for many years and is currently experiencing growth in the United States. Energywork has been featured on 60 Minutes, ABC News and the Los Angeles Times.
When seeking out an energyworker, it is good to work with someone experienced. Many energyworkers are self-taught and rely on their divine connection as guidance in their sessions; however, it is important to work with an energyworker who is centered and connected with positive energy or a higher power so that the focus is positive. It is also important that the energyworker is grounded (connected with the earth, present and fully aware) so that he/she can pass through energy in a balanced way. Some energyworkers have been trained at school, and it is always a good idea to ask someone about his/her education and experience.
If you choose to get an education in energywork as an additional tool in your massage practice, there are energywork schools available. Energywork is becoming more well-known as a modality, and clients often actively seek energywork as a treatment in addition to massage. If you want to distinguish yourself as a massage therapist, extend your professional longevity, "lighten the load" when you are working, and empower your clients in their healing processes, add energywork to your toolkit!
*Per Ellen DiNucci's research.
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