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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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
Dialoging With the Nonconscious Mind
By Ken Piercy, MTI, CST-D; guest author for John Upledger, DO, OMM
Recently, I conducted a CranioSacral session that took an unusual turn. "Serena" (name changed to protect privacy), a woman about 50 years old, was in for the second time. As she got on my table and began to relax, she became quiet and still.I was instantly drawn to the left side of her abdomen, where I placed my hands. I sank in a little deeper, focusing on the energy cyst I was feeling. An energy cyst is a highly compressed ball of disorganized energy that originally entered the body in the course of an injury or trauma. Essentially, it's the "energetic imprint" of trauma, and it can contain emotional as well as physical energy.
Within minutes, Serena spontaneously began telling me that she could see a little girl, but she could only see her head. She said the girl was in a yellow light, and that her hair was matted and unkempt. The little girl also had no eyes.
My training taught me that it's essential to get permission from the client's Inner Physician before proceeding. This ensures that it's always the client who sets the agenda. It's not up to the therapist to decide to go into a client issue. It's up to the client, and that includes her conscious and nonconscious mind.
After getting the green light from Serena's Inner Physician, I moved gently into using therapeutic imagery and dialogue. I asked Serena what the little girl was doing. She told me the girl didn't have any spark, that her brother had taken it away. Suddenly, Serena said, "He shouldn't do that to me, a 6-year-old girl."
After 10 years of practicing CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release, I've come to learn that a shift like this - from third person to first - is usually significant. So I asked Serena, "Do what?" She said, "He was behind me. He snuck up and squashed me." She went on to describe the scene in the woods, the pain, the violation of trust. Then she said her brother told her, "If you tell mom, I'll kill you."
The Ego Takes a Back Seat
This was obviously a traumatic experience for a little girl. I could feel the tension build in Serena's body. With my saying nothing more than "Tell me about it," she was able to discuss the scene in enough detail to gain some clarity around it. As she did, I could feel her tension begin to dissipate.
That's when I asked Serena what she wanted to do with this experience. It was her experience, after all; it wasn't my place to tell her what to do. Surprisingly she said, "Don't go to the forest. You'll leave me there!" Of course I hadn't mentioned the forest, and my own ego immediately began thinking that I would never leave her there anyway. But this session belonged to Serena, not to me. It was no place to defend what I thought I would do.
Indeed, the therapist's ego has no place in the treatment room. Whether I understood what was going on for Serena or not is irrelevant; I was just looking for signs in the tissue that my client was in some way releasing the energy of emotion that's embedded there. The therapist must adapt to the client's pace, never the other way around.
So instead I simply asked, "Is there a place that's safe for you to take this?" Serena thought for a moment, then said, "There's a place for the pain in the ocean. Look! There are ocean people." I'm not sure who the ocean people were or what they looked like, but it wasn't important at the time. She brought them up and they could take the pain. That was good enough for me.
Feeling the shift in her body, I asked Serena what she was experiencing. She said, "One of them took the pain and put it inside of him. Then they all went back into the ocean with the pain and now they're fine."
After sensing the relaxation come into Serena's body, I inquired, "So, where are we now?" She talked about a young girl who went to a gorgeous garden and was happy to stay there. She didn't want to leave, so I suggested that we could come visit whenever we want.
The Conscious Mind Returns
Throughout all this, I had spent the entire session on the left side of Serena's abdomen, never moving. It felt like the right thing to do. After a few minutes of allowing the peaceful feeling to permeate, I felt Serena move her arm. She said, "Wow, I must have drifted off." I was surprised by her comment, but it indicated to me that her nonconscious mind had not connected fully with her conscious mind.
A few weeks later, Serena came in for another session. She told me that after the previous session, she had woken up in the middle of the night and suddenly remembered it all quite clearly. She shared her surprise that she had spent years in "talk therapy" about that very issue, and yet it still came up through her body. Note: Even when something may seem unresolved from a session, it's important to remember that the therapeutic process continues long after the client leaves your table.
I was grateful to Serena's Inner Physician for allowing the imagery and dialogue to play out at her speed and her understanding. And I was happy to have learned from Dr. John Upledger and Stan Gerome, LMT, who both facilitated my understanding of using therapeutic imagery and dialogue in a CranioSacral session. To learn more about SomatoEmotional Release (SER), read Dr. John Upledger's article "Releasing Emotions Trapped in the Tissues" (June 2008 issue).
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
Ken Piercy, MTI, CST-D is a diplomate-certified CranioSacral therapist with a thriving private practice in Dallas. To learn more visit www.kenpiercy.com.
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