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Learning the Transformative Language of the Channel System: The Sinew Channels
The Chinese medical classics describe the energetic terrain of the body in much detail. The acupuncture channel systems, as presented in the Ling Shu illustrate the various expressions our qi energy can take.
Relationship Marketing: A Modern Approach
Remember when you used to get real letters in the mail? Not the automated type, but the real deal, hand written with a personal message just because someone was thinking about you? You know what I'm talking about.
Treat Every Patient as an Athlete
Frontal-plane movement pattern dysfunction can set the stage for musculoskeletal injury. Frontal-plane stabilization is essential during the normal activities of daily living: think single-leg stance and gait cycle.
Fish Oil: A Key Component to Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Teaching Qi Gong to Children
Many of us have come to embrace Qi Gong or Tai Chi practice as a regular part of our lives. Qi Gong has been a stabilizing factor in my life for the last twenty years.
News in Brief
Support of F4CP Continues With Latest Donations; Walter Reed Honors Dr. William Morgan; Recognizing 40 Years of Public-Health Activism; Allstate Decision Reversed.
Treating LBP in Golfers: Beyond Basic Assessment
The drive to master the most efficient swing demands a tremendous amount from the lower back. Maintaining stability in a flexed posture, supporting torso rotation and repetitively supporting the golf swing all put the lower back in a vulnerable position.
Patient Retention Techniques
When talking about techniques to grow your business, we tend to focus on the "large" aspect of the patient base, that is, on strategies to attract new patients. However, it is important to remember that "loyal" is equally, if not more, important.
The Ethics of Herbal Prescribing
While teaching ethics classes, I often encounter licensed acupuncturists who are surprised that our use of herbs and supplements has a specific section in the material. It is often an aspect within ethics that clinicians don't think of in practice.
Healing the Core: AWB Nepal Earthquake Relief Project
With almost 9,000 people killed during the earthquakes in April and May, another 23,000 suffering injuries, hundreds of thousands left homeless when entire villages collapsed, and many sacred sites destroyed, no one in this country of approximately 28 million has been left untouched by the disaster.
Lower-Extremity Overuse Injuries: Primer on Causes and Corrections
From ankle sprains to stress fractures, shin splints to plantar fasciitis, the research is clear: These common overuse injuries of the lower extremities – among dozens of others – may be related to abnormal foot function in your patients.
An Unexpected Superfood: All About Eggs
About 40 years ago, excessive dietary cholesterol was labeled a public health concern. Specifically, it was thought that there was a causal link between consumption of cholesterol-laden foods and increased risk of heart disease.
Integrative Sports Medicine
One of the most rewarding and challenging clinical scenarios is the treatment of athletes.
ICD-10 Is Not Scary (and Not About Billing)
In my 13 years of consulting with doctors on billing and coding matters, ICD-10 has aroused the biggest combination of misguided fear and ignorance I can remember.
Exercise Recommendations for Healthy Aging
Aging is inevitable, but how you age is not. Common physical signs of aging include decreased muscle mass, decreased muscular power, increased body fat, and decreased aerobic (lung) capacity.
It's Time to Wake Up
It is time for this profession to wake up and tell someone about the healing benefits of acupuncture. This is the time for Asian Medicine. Its popularity, growth and unusual acceptance is nothing short of amazing.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 1
All humans, by the very nature of being human, will experience moments of trauma and suffering. What, then, makes the difference in how the individual who experiences trauma, suffering, and spiritual loss reacts to such experiences?
Making Public Health a Chiropractic Priority
As highlighted in this edition's News in Brief, Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC, editor and occasional author of our long-running column, "Chiropractic in the American Public Health Association", was recognized by the organization recently for 40 years of membership.
Data: The New Frontier in Health Care
Your practice is empowered with the data you need to improve patient health, run a more efficient (read: profitable) practice, get paid in timely fashion and help show the efficacy of chiropractic on the national stage in the midst of sweeping changes in health care!
Technology Meets Practice: Chiropractic Every Day
About a year ago, I had an interesting conversation with a DC who made house calls. When I asked why, she was quick to explain she learns much more about her patients when she sees them at home than she could ever observe in the office.
What to do When Today Sucks
Have you ever had one of those days when nothing went the way it should have? The patient with migraines got worse instead of better from a treatment similar to one you've effectively used on him before.
Online Marketing Basics: Website Creation
The various online marketing options make it a challenge, especially when all you want to do is help your patients feel better. With such a broad topic, I'm going to share some basics you should know about website creation.
Aetna Updates 97140 Policy
In a development the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors is calling "a resounding victory for chiropractors nationwide," Aetna Insurance Company has updated its national reimbursement policy regarding 97140 (manual therapy), reaching an agreement two years after the association filed a declaratory judgment suit in federal court against the insurer.
Acupuncture Treatment of Trauma in the Canine
From 1972 until 1976, John Ottaviano and I were treating dogs at five different veterinary clinics in the Los Angeles county area. Usually, we were at a clinic for seven to eight hours.
ASA Ready to Impact Profession
The American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) is a 501(c)6 (pending), not-for-profit collaboration among state based, acupuncturist professional associations.
Preaching to the Choir: How to Extend Our Reach Beyond the CAM Community
Professional conferences offer unique opportunities to network, be exposed to cutting-edge innovators, share your interests and work, and be inspired.
October, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 10
How Your Cat Can Help Grow Your Business
By Cary Bayer
My cat is a 10-pound Buddha I named Ananda (Sanskrit for "bliss") because she's got the fastest purr in the West (and East). This calico has taught me volumes about how to enrich my life and become more successful in business. Her teachings can enable you to expand your massage business and enjoy your life more. If you have any doubts, check with your own cat.
Think Highly of Yourself, and Others Will Be Attracted to You
Ananda says self-worth is the basis of net worth. To build a "multilevel cat home," the foundation must be secure. The foundation for increasing the number of massages you give is for people to be attracted to you. Why would anyone want to work with you if you don't already think highly of yourself? "Treat yourself like a dog," my cat says, "and others will, too." I'm reminded of the line: "Dogs have masters. Cats have staff."
Let Others Support You
"Always accept dinner invitations and bring home leftovers in a kitty bag." This isn't restricted to food, of course - you must be supported by others on many levels for your livelihood. (Ananda suggests replacing the expression, "earn a livelihood" with "enjoy a lovelihood.") No matter how large your massage business, it can't survive unless people purchase your services. Without support, you're out of business. Let others support you in every way, whether it's a book from a friend, a coaching session from a colleague, or a $10,000 gift from your mother.
Let Others Touch You; Cuddling Against Them Isn't Bad, Either
Don't just give massage; receive it. Far too many therapists forget this point. A talented LMT can relieve you of the thousand slings and arrows to which the flesh is heir, as Shakespeare's brochure might have said if he were the Bard of Bodywork. The less tense your body is, the more relaxed your mind and heart are, and the more deeply you connect to clients and prospects. This translates into inspiring them to work with you.
Massage breaks down your body's armor against being touched, allowing you to be more intimate with people physically, emotionally and, where appropriate, sexually. Such intimacy makes you feel better, which helps you perform better on your massage table.
It also gives you the profound experience of receiving - the fourth "R" you should have been taught in elementary school. Reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic lead to an educated life, but not a prosperous one. The fourth "R" does.
Exercise Keeps You Young in Body and Heart
My cat's idea of exercise is chasing chipmunks. It keeps her trim and gives her body a workout. She doesn't belong to a gym; the outdoors is her health club. She doesn't try to get endorphins going; they're just firing when she does her thing. Get your endorphins going by playing tennis, swimming, bike riding or whatever your body loves to do. All work and no play make Johnny a dull LMT. Plato said we need a sound mind in a sound body. Both are also essential for developing a sound massage business.
Nap When You Feel Like It; It's Good for Your Soul and Your Body
"Stop living like a dog," my cat tells LMTs who do a few massages past their comfort levels. When your cat cuddles with you, she may be saying, "Stop working and start napping." Downtime for meditation, walks on the beach or just plain catnaps do wonders for your soul. This rejuvenation travels through your hands, benefiting all your clients.
It's Innocent to Be the Center of Attention
Your cat is completely at home as the center of attention; you can be, too. Don't be shy at a party if the topic of conversation turns to massage's healing effects. Being the center of attention means you're handling large amounts of energy from people. This prepares you to handle a lot of money, too.
Curiosity Thrills the Cat
At 14, Ananda doesn't have the curiosity of a kitten anymore, but her ears perk up when she hears rustling in the woods. Doesn't your cat sniff away at times? Doesn't she want to explore every new thing you bring home?
When does your natural curiosity get aroused? Are you curious to learn Thai massage, hot stone or watsu? If so, why keep putting it off? Curiosity keeps your mind young and your spirit alive, so explore your interests - there's pleasure in fulfilling them. Curiosity can also thrill your bank account if you investigate, with an open mind, the opportunities presented to you. Curiosity can make you one rich cat.
The More Playful You Are, the More You're Loved and Prospered
Those celebrities on People magazine's covers are actors who play at being others: singers who play concerts; athletes who play games. Our culture pays buckets of money to see them play. A picture is worth a thousand words to you, but to Hollywood's elite stars, it's worth $20 million - when it's a motion picture.
The more playful you are, the more your inner child is alive and kicking. Self-love attracts love and support from others. Having fun makes the workday fly by and, if you're self-employed, brings you more money.
If You're Happy and You Know It, Purr Away - You'll be Feline Groovy
"Don't just walk your talk; strut your stuff." It sends a message that you're the cat's pajamas. It's time you reverse your parents' weird message to "wipe that smile off your face." If there's a smile on your face, let it grow.
Ananda says, "The more I purr, the more you stroke me, and the more I keep purring." The opposite of a vicious cycle, this is a delicious cycle. A delicious cycle for an LMT looks like this: When you do your lovelihood, you have a great time and others are attracted to that joy, giving you money for what you do. This brings you more joy, and that joy attracts even more money.
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