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Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
9 Common Causes of Thyroid Imbalance and How You Can Help
How you sleep, how easily you wake up, and how much energy and stamina you have during the day are directly related to levels of the thyroid hormones.
Don't Turn a 2 Into a 10
The Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale1 is so useful because it can be used by almost anyone. Patients can use the numbers associated with the faces depicted on the scale or select the face that demonstrates their current level of pain from 0-10.
A Vibrating Capsule for Constipation? Relevance to Your Chiropractic Practice
The relationship between gastrointestinal (GI) complaints and back pain is not typically written about or discussed.
CCE Finally Takes a "Baby Step" Toward Reform
During a 16-month period from October 2010 to February 2012, I devoted four separate columns to the heavy-handed attempt by the Council on Chiropractic Education to radically change the chiropractic profession through the accreditation process.
News in Brief
National Chiropractic Health Month: Be Proactive; Collegiate Roundup: Academic Appointments at Parker, Logan.
MPA Media Wins 7 Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Dynamic Chiropractic and DC Practice Insights, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecedented seven publishing awards by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE), the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Pain Underfoot: Metatarsalgia
Foot pain can interfere significantly with normal activities and severely limit participation in sports. Metatarsalgia is foot pain involving the metatarsal bones in the forefoot – the complaint of pain on the bottom of the ball of the foot.
Why Young People Need Chiropractic Now More Than Ever
According to a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, "It is now widely acknowledged that neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and low back pain (LBP) (spinal pain) start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult levels at the age of 18."
Waking Up the Gluteus Maximus
In previous articles in this series, we expounded on the importance of the gluteus maximus (GM) in athletic performance and protecting the knee from injury. We also know there is a link between iliotibial band syndrome and GM weakness.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Chiropractic Research in Review
Chiropractic Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis; Cost / Benefit Analysis: Different Doses of SMT for Low Back Pain; Imaging for Occult Rib and Costal Cartilage Fractures; Treating Neck Pain: Thoracic Thrust Manipulation vs. Non-Thrust Mobilization.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
January, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 01
The Gift of Therapeutic Presence
By Suzanne Scurlock-Durana; guest author for John Upledger, DO, OMM
Editor's note: Dr. John Upledger has asked Suzanne Scurlock-Durana to share her insights in this month's "CranioSacrally Speaking" column.
As a therapist, wouldn't you love to have as much energy for the last client of the day as you do for the very first? Do you ever wonder what it would feel like to be so centered in your sessions that when a client's emotional issues come up, you're able to stay calm and balanced and fully deliver your therapy? Can you imagine how much more effective you'd be if you could more easily feel the subtleties of the craniosacral, lymphatic and visceral systems?
These are just a few of the gifts waiting for you when you strengthen your therapeutic presence.You see, no matter what type of therapy you perform, the outcome of any session is influenced profoundly by your ability to hold a strong healing presence - that unseen, unspoken connection you have with every single client. To be therapeutically effective as a clinician, your energetic bank account needs to stay in the black. However, many therapists often "overgive" their energy to clients because of their commitment to help others. In their enthusiasm, they end up paying more attention to other people's needs than to their own.
That's why learning to build and maintain your own reservoir of healthy inner resources has to become your first priority. This means learning how to be in touch with and nurture yourself so your presence can catalyze and foster the healing process for others. Developing your therapeutic presence in this way is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and your clients. The benefits in such a healing partnership are profound. Think about it. Don't you find it easier to release tension in the company of someone who's energetically full and steady? In that same way, your clients can sense when you're fully grounded and present. That's when the bond of trust forms, the walls come down, and your clients can relax much more quickly.
As you become aware of what nurtures and feeds you, you become more stable and grounded. This allows you to more accurately honor your client's internal pace of healing as well. It also sharpens your ability to feel what's going on with your clients. Your energetic connection becomes a palpable resource; a reliable source of information that can help guide your work, moment by moment, and dramatically increase your effectiveness.
Developing greater therapeutic presence also is a potent antidote to burnout. As you learn to continually fill yourself with nourishing, healthy resources, you avoid becoming depleted when you hold a healing space for another. Finally, your own inner confidence naturally increases as you embody these skills in your practice. Therapists who apply these principles develop a deeper trust in their feelings, intuition and wisdom.
Here are some practical guidelines for increasing the steadiness and strength of your therapeutic presence before, during and after each bodywork session.
Before the Session
During the Session
After the Session
Practicing the art of therapeutic presence takes patience and ongoing commitment. But it's well worth the effort. Our work is richest when we can be in each moment with our clients - in that space of compassion that enables us to receive and give in every session. That's when we move beyond offering a collection of techniques and become a complete conduit for healing.
The ability to be a container for someone else's healing brings each of us into a deeper state of grace and resonance. In this paradigm, to give is indeed to receive.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
Suzanne Scurlock-Durana is a 20-year veteran in the field of conscious awareness and its relationship to the healing process. An expert at integrating right- and left-brain understanding, she teaches therapists around the world how to develop their therapeutic presence through her Healing From the Core training series offered by The Upledger Institute.
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