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The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
July, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 07
The Basics of Facelift Massage
By Rita Woods, LMT
Last month, I introduced basic facelift massage work by giving you a list of benefits, as well as touching on the potential unseen benefits within the autonomic nervous system. This month, I want to talk about the difference between facial massage and facelift massage, and general guidelines for working on the face.While there are similarities between facelift massage and facial massage, you won't get a firming and lifting effect unless you specifically address the muscles involved. It's sort of like general Swedish work versus more specific or focused work such as rehab, deep tissue, etc. With facelift massage, you must be very specific and deliberate with your strokes. It really is best to take a class to learn the detail required to maximize results.
I make it a point to ask my workshop participants and fellow therapists if they work on the face during a regular massage session. About half of them spend very little time, if any, on the face. One explanation they give for this is their client doesn't want their face to feel greasy or to get oil in their hair. Another reason is simply because they don't feel comfortable working on the face. Let's face it, you really are in the client's face and it takes special care not to impose upon their personal space.
Both of these reasons for avoiding the face - client refusal and lack of confidence - are key components that must be addressed in order to start doing good face work. First, there is the lubricant. I have refused to allow therapists to work on my neck and face because they use way too much lubricant. I don't want to walk out with oil on my face and hair, and I'll bet your clients don't, either. Please don't use the same oil or lotion you use on the body for the face. Use something intended for the face or use very little oil. Jojoba actually is quite good for the face and will do if that's all you have. Just remember to use it sparingly. Let's look closer at these issues.
Choosing a Good Lubricant
When I work on the face, I use moisturizer for normal to dry skin. I am using a product intended and created specifically for the face. Formulating chemists of good-quality products put a lot of thought into creating the perfect product. They understand the chemistry and physiology of the skin and will work with it. Notice I said "good-quality products." That doesn't mean you should go buy a moisturizer off the drugstore shelf and use it. Many of the cheap moisturizers contain mineral oil and other petroleum ingredients as their main source of moisture. They moisturize by creating a physical barrier by which moisture can't escape from the body. That's not what I suggest. Rather, look to a line of high-quality skin care products and get the moisturizer with plumping (lessening the appearance of wrinkles) and anti-aging benefits.
Now, your product actually is doing part of the work for you. I use normal to dry because it has slightly more oil, which allows it to stay on the skin just a little longer. That allows me to use it as a massage lubricant. Apply the product to small sections of the face at a time to prevent reapplying as you progress. By following these simple guidelines, you will avoid the pitfall of the greasy face and your client will be able to enjoy the benefits of your work.
As a therapist, you know the importance of confident touch. Confident touch is a blend of good technique and good people skills. It comes from within and flows through your hands to your recipient. Both parties instinctually know if you have confidence or trepidation. Of all the places we work on the body, no place requires you honor the client's space more than the face. They will also feel shaky hands and unorganized strokes, so be prepared to practice and develop a routine for the face. These stokes will differ from facelift massage to general facial massage, but a good rule of thumb is to always lift rather than push or pull down. Here are some tips for building confident touch:
In our workshops, we go over the anatomy of the face in great detail. We learn which muscles cause which expression lines and learn techniques to specifically address each of these areas. That creates our pattern and flow of work. I found students had trouble remembering the sequence, so I incorporated Styrofoam heads as part of our study. We literally get markers and number the sequence and regions on the heads. The students then take their heads back to their office where they can just glance up and be reminded of what to do next.
Let's face it, many of us received very little face training in massage school. This work, however, especially facelift massage, quickly is becoming a very large market. Boomers want it, and they have disposable income. From a business perspective, it's the smart thing to do. From a therapist's perspective, it's very easy to perform. That's a winning combination.
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