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Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 10
The Universal Language of Massage
By Cary Bayer
Vacationing recently at the Caribbean resort of La Samanna in the French part of the beautiful island of St. Martins, I opted for a massage at the spa in my luxury hotel. Little did I know when I booked the session, the therapist who would be treating me that day would be French, as in "not speaking a word of English" French.Having learned Spanish in high school and college, I was unable to comprends my masseuse.
However, she could communicate with me. And it's not because she studied English in college. It's because she studied massage after college. Massage, I would soon realize on her table, is a universal language. Pascale, my French therapist, spoke it fluently. While I settled into a more relaxed state of consciousness as she worked my feet, it dawned on me that this Gallic masseuse also demonstrated a transportability of talent; a gift that she could take wherever she chooses to go on planet Earth. Wherever Pascale is, so are her hands. And that can carry her further in life than her feet ever will.
That day, she demonstrated a powerful reality that so few massage therapists who work on others' muscles and bones, really know in their own bones. And that is, that they're highly employable and can go to work in the cities of their choices. This is an important fact that could give you, if you're a massage therapist, far greater freedom than you probably have ever realized.
Are you doing Thai massage at an office in Ohio, but secretly are hankering for hot stone at a clinic in California? Then go west. Are you doing deep tissue at a chiropractic office in Michigan, but really sweet on a spa in Arizona? Go for it. Are you busy doing sports massage in Minnesota, but would rather do craniosacral in Florida? You have a portable set of skills; take them wherever you'd like. This capacity to move and work how and where you'd like, applies beyond the borders of your state as well. I've taught continuing education classes at a couple of Florida State Massage Therapy Association conventions and nearly 10 different chapter meetings. I've also privately coached dozens of therapists from Key West to Pensacola, so many of whom talk about the summer as their slow season. (That concept warrants its own column so tune in at a later date for that.) If it's slow where you are and you have the freedom of movement, then go where it isn't slow. Sure, if you have a family and kids in school, it's not easy to pack up your gear and go elsewhere. But many therapists are single and do have that freedom. Few, however, have a visceral realization that they speak a universal tongue that's heard and desired everywhere. And that, more than any other reason, is what keeps most therapists here during the "slow season" instead of in more populated locations of summer in more delightful climes.
Choosing to work in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina, the Catskill or Adirondack Mountains of New York, the shores of southern New Jersey or the cape in Massachusetts means that you've gotten the message that massage is portable. You already take your table into your car for outcalls that might require drives of 12 miles. So why can't you pack it into your car for a drive of 1,200 miles?
Speaking your universal language in cooler climes enables you to choose an appealing lifestyle, something I personally relate to. When I first came to Florida in the winter of 1997, it was for one cold February. As I discovered that my work, too, was portable, I expanded snowbird getaways to three months. Within two years, I'd bought (what I thought was) a winter home in South Florida. It didn't take long to see that the delightful weather was quickly transforming me from a snowbird that spends four months per year in the Sunshine State, into a summer refugee, who leaves the humid summers for the mountain breezes of legendary Woodstock, New York, for five months. Whenever I tell people of my two homes (seven months in Florida and five in New York), I invariably hear the expression, "best of both worlds." Well, guess what; depending on your personal situation, you might be able to have the very same, even if your northern home is a rental.
When you recognize that you speak a universal language, you also understand that virtually everybody wants what you offer. It's important that you speak it daily, many times every day. Doing that every day might even bring so many new clients onto your table that, while other therapists complain of their slow season, you're busy massaging in July as if it were January. And you won't need to think about going anywhere else to find clients. This means that you, along with every massage therapist you know, will have broken through the limited thinking of how hard it is to find new clients. The deeper truth isn't how you can get new clients, but rather who is going to become your next client today. This one shift in consciousness is so powerful that it can literally transform your entire massage business.
Who will become your next client? Is it the lawyer standing by the chips and dip at the party whose stiff neck is crying out desperately for deep tissue work? Perhaps it's the single mom of three on the mat next to yours in your yoga class who is bending and stretching to relax her harried nerves. Or maybe it's your tennis partner or opponent who needs to soothe an aching tennis elbow or tight hamstring?
In cities like New York, Los Angeles or our own Miami, which have high concentrations of Latin American citizens, you'll frequently run across stores that have signs in the windows that read, "Se habla Espanol." In other words, "Spanish is spoken here." It's time that you put an analogous sign on your forehead that reads, "Universal Language of Massage Spoken Here." Those Spanish signs help those merchants succeed; your sign can help you, too.
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