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Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
June, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 06
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By Editorial Staff
Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters relating to the publication's content. Letters may be edited for space and clarity, and published in a future issue or online.Please send all correspondence by e-mail to or regular mail to:
Success with the IRS
Your article on the IRS regarding independent contractors or employee has shed some new light on the same problem I am having at the office where I practice massage. There are seven massage rooms and each one of us is practicing as an individual contractor. Several of the guidelines that you point out are what we follow, but there are still unanswered questions as to whether we can continue as individual contractors. The owner recently purchased the clinic from a previous owner (who operated it the same way she is doing). I guess we're all trying to figure out how to do this right.
Example: I've been there for 5 yrs. I have MY own room which contains all of MY furnishings (table, sheets, oils, CD, stereo, hot stones, etc.) All decorations are MINE. I do MY own laundry. I do all MY own insurance billings and payments are issued in MY name. I collect all payments for cash clients (except for credit card payments which are through the owner and she reimburses me). I pay $8 per 1/2 hr.; $17.50 per 1 hr.; and $25.50 per 1 1/2 hr.; which I pay each week according to how many hours I worked.
I pay the hourly rent for the insurance clients when I receive payment from the insurance company.
Her receptionist schedules the appointments (according to MY time available) and I have some of my own that I schedule. This is how the whole clinic is run and everyone working there is doing all of the above that I mentioned. The clinic is an Inc. and I recently made myself an Inc., too.
In your article, you also mentioned The Licensee System which utilizes an outside company as a middleman between therapists and their clients. Is there any information on this? I would appreciate any further information you could help us with.
Responses to "Put Your Hands on Your Monitor, Part One"
Editor's Note: The following is from Ralph Stephens regarding his column in the May 2006 issue of Massage Today, "Put Your Hands on Your Monitor, Part One," www.massagetoday.com/archives/2006/05/10.html
Thank you for writing and expressing your concerns regarding my column in Massage Today. I appreciate you sharing your concerns. I am so sorry we have such a misunderstanding. I am writing to help you understand what you mistakenly believe to be my "very biased and distorted opinions."
Please pay very close attention. I am NOT attacking the disabled or the ADA. You are making some extremely invalid assumptions about me and about my intentions and generalizing them onto Massage Today. Further, I am not demeaning this nation's educators. If you read the article carefully, you will clearly see I commended and exempted the good ones. You will also see that it was politicians and bureaucrats I dismissed as corrupt.
It was never in my mind to equate the disabled with alcoholism or drug abuse. I am sad and hurt that you have made that assumption. When I wrote that sentence, I truly thought the commas separated each group. The groups listed came from documents circulating from CCA schools about planned strategies to eliminate the classroom-hours requirement in massage education. I found their strategy to be quite offensive as well as an abusive, exploitive, self-serving, and inappropriate use of the ADA.
Obviously, from your reaction, my wording was not clear. After considering the sentence in light of your letter, I can see how it could be taken wrong and how it could be offensive. It should have been two separate sentences to avoid any potential confusion on such a sensitive and important issue.
I am sincerely sorry if I have offended you or any other handicapped or disabled individual. Please accept this apology. It is heart felt and sincere.
I assure you I am not the reason the ADA and the IDEA had to be written, nor is Massage Today. I do believe in the rule of law. I believe the classroom-hours standard is currently the law in effect in most licensed states.
Massage schools must already meet the ADA and if this was just about the disabled, I would join you and champion the idea of an exemption for the disabled from the classroom-hours requirement for many lecture courses. I suspect the ADA already provides that exemption by its very nature. What is being asked for is the elimination of all classroom-hour requirements for all students. This is not for the good of the students or the profession. It is the coldly calculated exploitation of the handicapped, using the ADA selfishly for the economic good of schools. This is what you should be appalled over, not one poorly constructed sentence in my column.
I am well aware of the ADA and I think it covers special needs massage students right now and probably overrides the classroom standard, but only for those special needs students. I am hearing impaired and am familiar with impaired technologies. I went to massage school with a sightless therapist (pre-ADA). I have supported over a dozen handicapped therapists in my continuing education seminars. I worked the International Disabled Skiing Championships. I am not insensitive to the handicapped. That is why I am appalled at the shameless abuse of the ADA by career colleges to eliminate classroom hours for non-special needs students. There are many other legitimate ways for career colleges to change educational standards without misusing the ADA. Such misuse of a wonderful program like the ADA potentially creates resentment toward the handicapped and backlash against the ADA and programs like it, thus marginalizing them in the public opinion.
Again, I assure you that I support your efforts to guarantee special needs students access to whatever learning technologies are needed to support their educational needs. In no way am I challenging this access. I support this access and will proudly help you defend it, especially if you ever find it in jeopardy in the massage profession.
By the way, it is fine that you disagree with me. It is through debate and discussion of differing opinions that we all learn and grow.
So, call off your e-mail and letter campaign, as what you are doing is just as offensive and detrimental to Massage Today and me as what you perceived I did to disabled people, actually worse.
I would very much like to talk to you about this misunderstanding. I look forward to speaking with you so we can clear up these misunderstandings and hopefully work together to help the disabled who desire to access the wonderful opportunities of the massage profession.
Ralph R. Stephens
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