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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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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 Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
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.
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
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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