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The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Transparency and Accountability: Q&A With the CCE
Every profession needs an organization dedicated to upholding the quality and integrity of its degree programs and educational institutions.
July, 2009, Vol. 09, Issue 07
Helping People Feel Like a Million Bucks for Just $70 (Bucks)
By Cary Bayer
Yesterday, in a coaching session with a massage therapist from Florida, I asked what her clients typically say when they're asked how they feel after a treatment. "Great, like a million bucks," she said. A light bulb went on because last week, a massage therapist client in New York also said, "Like a million bucks."
Last night, I had a lovely dinner that cost $70, but I never, for a moment, felt like a million bucks. I bought a great shirt at Bloomingdale's in Boca today for $70, but it doesn't make me feel like a million bucks. Recently, I bought a bottle of red wine from France for $70, and, while it went down smoothly, it never made me feel like a million bucks. High, yes; like a million bucks, no.
I scratched my head to discover where else can you spend just seventy bucks and feel like a million. No hot shot Wall Street guru could take an investment of $70 and turn it into a cool million. As hard as I thought, no $70 purchase yielded anything close to a million. Nothing, except for massage therapy.
Not only are you giving clients a subjective high they can't find anywhere else for just $70, you're also providing great healing benefits to their entire nervous system.
Deeply Desired Work
When you look at your work in this light, you realize the most important secret that so few LMTs ever really grasp: namely, that virtually every adult whom you see every day deeply wants what you offer. (I say adult, because kids and teenagers are so busy playing that they usually haven't amassed the disposable income that working adults typically have.) Therapists who haven't understood the desire for their work often feel frustrated, trying to figure out how and where they can get their next client. Therapists who have understood that virtually every adult whom they see deeply wants what they offer feel relaxed because they know that they can find a new client that week, that day, or even that hour.
If you doubt how powerful a tool massage is for making people feel really good, take a poll among your clients. That's exactly what I did. I polled friends and colleagues not clients, since many of my clients are LMTs, and are naturally biased toward massage; I didn't want that to skew my research.
Go ahead, and ask your sample group to rank the things they did during the previous month from one to 10 that made them feel the best. The answers you'll find will probably be similar to what I discovered when polling 25 people. They are listed in no particular order:
Top 10 List
What I noticed in polling 25 people, was that getting a massage was on 20 of the 25 lists. Not everyone had access to playing with a baby. Not everyone had grandkids. Not everyone had a pet. Not everyone had access to a beach to walk. Not everyone could afford dining at a great restaurant or plunking down the big bucks to see a Springsteen or a Streisand. But all of them could afford a therapeutic massage. That's good because that's something you can give them. (By the way, the five people who did not list a massage for that month, did not list marriage either.)
If you do this study for yourself, the importance of what you do for a livelihood may start to sink in on a cellular level. I hope so, because my telling you that virtually everyone you see every day could use one often doesn't get through. I know, because I say it many times each time I present a continuing education seminar for massage therapists. I usually say it almost every hour in my 6-CE class, "Build a $100,000 a Year Massage Business in Just 1 Hour a Day Without Burning Out" and still see that it goes in one ear and out the other of some therapists. That's why I spend nearly half the time in that seminar working from the inside out, transforming the small and negative thoughts that therapists have about themselves, their earning potential, and the possible success of their businesses. It takes transformation to take in how valuable what you do is.
I'll give you the benefit of the doubt, and assume that you have gotten the fact that your work is deeply desired by virtually everyone. Now I'll ask you some simple questions. What would you do differently if you realized that you have the ability to give virtually anyone the pleasure of feeling fantastic for just seventy bucks? Would you think differently about what you do? Would you speak differently about what you do? Would you market differently than you do? Would you advertise differently? Would you realize that a business card-size ad that lists your name, the modalities that you practice, and how to get into contact with you is usually a waste of money? Would you realize that, with regard to advertising, that size does matter? So does the message that you communicate? Would you realize that, on the whole, the average person suffering with tennis elbow, backaches, and neck pain doesn't care a whit about modalities, that he just wants relief from these maladies? Would you network more among health care professionals like medical doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists?
Most importantly, would you stop worrying and asking where you're going to find your next client? Instead, relax; and start asking just who among all the people you'll see in an hour is going to be the next lucky person to feel like a million bucks?
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