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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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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