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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.
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.
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.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
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November, 2006, Vol. 06, Issue 11
Making the Most of Sounds That Soothe
Submitted By George Skaroulis
I have been a fan and regular recipient of massage therapy for years. Over that time, I have made many friends in all aspects of the massage industry. Great massage therapists have a passion for their work, much like my passion for creating music.We share a desire to provide comfort, either by touch or by sound, and we can improve the quality of people's lives every day. That truly is a good feeling. Massage and music therapy can both achieve similar results and, when combined, can be quite powerful, comforting and emotionally cleansing.
I have always said that if I weren't a musician, I would be a massage therapist. As of June 2006, I have completed my certification in reflexology from The Heal Center in Atlanta. I feel more connected to the purpose, power and importance of touch now more than ever because I can combine my two passions - music and touch - and for that I am grateful. I am so grateful for this connection that my newest piano CD release is inspired by and dedicated to massage therapists, reflexologists, natural healers and caregivers around the world. As part of the giving back, I joined Massagewarehouse, a Scrip Company, for the AMTA Foundation event in Atlanta in October and agreed to donate my music and my reflexology services to help sponsor the event. It's another way for me to show my appreciation for an industry that has given so much back to me.
Because of my affinity toward music and the power of touch, I'd like to share a few tips to keep in mind when selecting music. This will help you make sure you are using it to its fullest potential.
Use Good Judgment When Selecting Your Music: Choosing the right music for your work, and ultimately for the relaxation of your clients, is just as important as buying a comfortable massage table, or choosing the right massage products and linens. Keep in mind, your goal is to create a relaxing environment that takes the massage to a higher level. The proper music enhances this experience and separates a good massage from a great massage.
Listen Before You Buy and Look Beyond the Cover: A CD cover may look perfectly relaxing and calm on the outside, but sometimes that's as far as it goes. It has been my experience, as I am sure you can relate, that one wrong song can ruin the entire intent of your session. Whenever possible, go online and preview the sound clips before making your selection to purchase a CD. If purchasing from a catalog, read through the description, and then contact one of the sales reps and have them describe the CD for you. I have found that most companies require their associates to listen to each CD to make recommendations, if listening is not an option for the customers.
Check the Time Frame of the CD: When I create new CDs, I often get feedback from several of my trusted CMT friends before finalizing a recording. I also try to release CDs that run at least an hour long; this is a helpful tool if you offer one-hour sessions, because there's no need to change the music during the session.
Variety Is the Spice of Life: In addition to listening before you buy your music, once you have selected the proper music, change it occasionally. Sometimes, people tell me they have three CDs in their collection and they have been using them for years. Yikes! Your regular clients will appreciate the variety. Changing or adding new music to your play list keeps your session interesting, and also keeps you revived, refreshed and rejuvenated. This is most important for your own sanity.
Feel the Rhythm - Set the Pace: Use the music to set the pace for your work. Listen to the music and work "to" the music. If some of your song selections are rhythmic, incorporate that rhythm into your moves, if possible. If the music is slow and smooth, you might slow your strokes to fit the pace. Work as if you are dancing or interpreting what you hear through your hands. If you find this difficult, it could be that you simply need new music to inspire you!
Silence Is Golden: In many cases, due to our busy lives, people want to disconnect, relax and heal during the time they are with you. For many people, massage is an escape from a hectic world. Try to allow "talk time" before the session begins. During the session, keep conversation minimal or even silent. Allow the client to take their "escape" and let the music be their guide.
Select the Right Equipment: With today's advanced technology, you have a variety of ways to enhance your massage. If you work in an office, clinic or day spa, you might choose a CD player, com-puter, laptop, iTunes, or iPod as your source for sound.
If you prefer to use a CD player, here are a few suggestions:
If you have a computer or laptop in your session room, or utilize iTunes, an iPod or a similar music library, you are enlightened! The beauty of these players is that you can hand-select your favorite songs and keep adding songs to your "massage music" file. Again, use the shuffle option and you will have hours of music.
Remember, you can take this service with you during out-calls. An iPod, for example, can plug into your client's home stereo system if you carry an RCA adaptor cord. Your clients will appreciate the thoughtfulness of you being so prepared, and it's much easier than carrying a boom box around.
For those of you who offer corporate or chair massage, take it to the next level and give your clients a completely new experience. Take a good set of headphones (the around-the-ear variety are best) and a small portable CD player or iPod with your chosen music. Let your clients escape from outside distractions; they'll enjoy your massage work much more and appreciate the calming effect of the peaceful environment that only they can hear. I have tried this at various noisy massage tradeshows and conventions with great success. If you see several clients back to back, you can take along some sanitary wipes to clean the ear pads between sessions.
Sharing the experience: In our world of convenience, I have one more suggestion. If your clients constantly are complimenting and inquiring about the music you play, why send them on a wild goose chase to find it? Connect with the record label or a massage supply company to purchase CDs at your professional cost. It's a small investment and you can sell the CDs to your clients directly. You are going the extra step of providing great service, especially for those clients looking for last-minute gift ideas. Also, it's rewarding you with the additional income from the sale of the CDs.
I have several independent massage therapists who resell music to their clients. When buying in quantities, you also can afford to give the CDs as gifts to your better clients on birthdays or special occasions.
And one last tip: Remember to slip your business card inside the CDs, so your clients will be reminded of you when they listen to the music at home!
George Skaroulis is an award winning pianist and composer known for his ethereal and soothing piano style. His peaceful music is used by therapists and spas around the globe. George has dedicated much of his time toward events that have raised thousands of dollars for massage therapy research, benefiting both the Touch Research Institute and the Massage Therapy Foundation. His latest CD, the George Skaorulis Essential Collection and his 16 CDs are available at www.GeorgeSkaroulis.com, iTunes and Amazon.
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