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Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
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.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
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.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
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.)
April, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 04
The Zen Teachings of TV Commercials, Part 1: How to Find Happiness and Peace of Mind
By Cary Bayer
The last thing you might expect to find in a massage journal is a column about the wisdom of television commercials. But, as we say, God works in mysterious ways - humorous ones, too. This coaching column has always been dedicated to finding the lessons available in everyday life, when we're ready to see them, even in the most overlooked places.Every massage therapist has many desires, but the three near the top - if not at the very top - are happiness, peace and financial success.
This column shows how multinational advertisers have been giving profound teachings on these topics for years - and still do every night on your TV screen. If you watch consciously, you might find that the message is coming to you less from McDonald's than from the Universe.
But, let me back up a bit. Half a lifetime ago, I worked at a large advertising agency for three years and, for a couple of years before that, as an editor at Adweek, reporting on advertising, marketing and media. Even though all copywriters and art directors want you to choose their products over their competitors', they're not in cahoots with the Devil; nefarious, seductive and sometimes insidious, yes; but evil and demonic, no. I know firsthand they are good people.
Advertisers often pump hundreds of millions, and sometimes billions, of dollars into mini-messages to make you like them and buy their wares. Their slogans are pop-culture mantras repeated nightly. (That's where the billions of dollars of TV time comes in.) Ad agencies run these messages for their clients' bottom lines. But because the Universe has more profound purposes than increasing brand market shares, "Its" creative intelligence often encodes a deeper meaning into ad messages. These become electronic wisdom, inspiring an enlightened life of peace and prosperity.
You might wonder, after taking a yoga class, how TV spots could possibly lead you to a peace greater than the one your clients feel after getting off your table. Allow me to explain. Centuries ago, the great yogi Maharishi Patanjali preserved kernels of wisdom on spiritual development in verse form called The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. That classic inspired "The Yoga Sutras of Television Commercials" that follows.
Verse 1: You Deserve a Break Today - Stress Management (McDonald's)
As a massage therapist, you succeed in your business because your clients recognize the therapeutic value they receive from a restful and rejuvenating break from their daily activity. An hour-long treatment each week likely will help restore balance to their bodies. The Puritan ethic suggests that such treatments are an indulgence; after all, you don't need them to live. And they're right; you don't need them. But life is more than just work, productivity and need; it's also about rejuvenation, recreation and desire.
Since 1971, McDonald's has flooded our consciousness with a vital message: You do deserve a break today. Not for a Big Mac with cheese, as the copywriter intended, but for stress management, for you and your client, as the Universe intended.
Verse 2: The Pause that Refreshes - Transcendence (Coca-Cola)
The principle of rest and activity McDonald's introduced in verse 1 is expanded upon by Coca-Cola in this verse, suggesting that not only do you deserve a break today, but that the break also refreshes you. After years of twice-daily breaks of Transcendental Meditation (I've taught it to hundreds of people since the 1970s, as well), I can speak from experience when I say the pause refreshes physically, mentally and spiritually. TM, of course, simply is one form of stress management - albeit the most thoroughly researched by scientists. There are many other stress management techniques that can help you recharge your batteries on every level. Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and breathwork are a handful of such methods. The method you choose isn't important; what's important is to give yourself a break, a daily pause for multi-level refreshment. Besides, you deserve it. So where does this rejuvenation come from? Coca-Cola clarifies that point in the next verse.
Verse 3: In the Back of Your Mind, What You're Hoping to Find It's the Real Thing - Where to Go for Transcendence (Coca-Cola)
As a human being, you're continually in search of greater happiness. Becoming a massage therapist is something you did to give yourself greater joy. Learning Thai or Lomi-Lomi methods, for example, were further expressions of this natural quest. We all find happiness in our own ways. But what if you could find a place where a concentrated, virtually unlimited reservoir of happiness was available?
There is one that exists, and great teachers throughout history have pointed us inward to find it. The Bhagavad Gita, where Yoga was taught for the first time, locates this reservoir of joy at the source of thought, at the basis of (or back of) your mind; it's transcendental. Since happiness is what you always seek, and since it exists in abundance at the back of your mind, what you're always hoping to find can be found at the back of your mind. And, Coca-Cola is right; it is the real thing.
Verse 4: You Can Be the Happiest Place on Earth - Tap the Joy Deep Within, (Disney)
Disney has been depicting each of its magic kingdom amusement parks as "the happiest place on earth." But they're wrong, and Coke is right: the happiest place on earth isn't there; it's at the quietest level of your own being, deep within you, at the back of your mind. Coca-Cola is right about the location of what you're looking for (verse 3), but it's Disney, in this verse, which recognizes that this "real thing" is pure happiness.
Naturally, none of the commercials described can give you the happiness and peace you seek, but they do tell you that you deserve to experience it (verse 1); that it's refreshing (verse 2); that it's within you (verse 3); and contact with it can turn you into the happiest place or person on earth (verse 4). That's quite a bit for the 30-second interruptions you use as an excuse to go to the fridge or bathroom.
Part two of this article, which will focus on how to create success in your activities and prosperity in your massage business, will appear in a future issue.
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