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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
News in Brief
An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
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.
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.
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.
Acupuncture and Homeopathy: Bioenergetic Brothers
Acupuncture and homeopathy share an important healing principle: bioenergetics. "Bio" means "life," so bioenergetics is literally "life energy."
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.
October, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 10
Everyday Facial Acupressure
By Rita Woods, LMT
Facial massage focuses on muscle properties, while facial acupressure addresses many levels, including toning muscles, energy balance and flow, specific point remedies, general wellness, skin tone and circulation. Many meridians and reflex zones run through the face so when you affect points on the face, you are affecting deeper layers of greater complexity. That's why I combine both points and muscles in all of my face work. Today, I'm sharing a simple acupressure face routine that you can seamlessly incorporate into your regular massage session. It has two parts. One is used to relax and one to tone. Together, they constitute a good basic session for overall wellness.This session is not intended to address specific health conditions even though you will be using specific points. Acupressure results may take five to 10 minutes to take effect. If you end with this session it's nice to save time for some last minute energy work or quiet time before the client jumps up and gets dressed. Sometimes you can just sit a few minutes, lightly touching the client. If you begin with this session, the client will experience the benefits while receiving the rest of their massage.
Your hands will always be your most valuable tools but there are a few utensils that you can use for detailed work. If you have big hands and fingers, you may not be able to reach all the points on the face. Precision on the face is important. Muscles are small and there are crooks and crannies you need to access. If your fingers can't do it, try these. A cocktail drink mixer. These are typically plastic but glass ones can be purchased. You have a larger end that is rounded and one end that is smaller, giving you great versatility. Stones that are is smooth and small enough at one end to get into detailed areas. These can all be cleaned and reused. You could also use a chop stick. This is longer and easier for some people to handle and control. Wooden ones cannot be properly cleaned, so you'll have to discard them after use. Just be sure to have smooth ends on all tools. It's best to first practice on yourself in front of a mirror. This way you can feel and adapt the pressure for each utensil. The face can be sensitive, so if you use a utensil, be sure to practice beforehand.
Acupressure techniques vary according to your desired result. For instance, if you are attempting to get rid of a headache, you might deeply massage a point for one to two minutes. For our purposes, it is suggested that you work the point for 12 to 15 back-and-forth sweeping movements or circular combinations, which should take a few seconds. Use the specific point as your intended center of work but include the local surrounding area as well. More details is noted for each point below. The pressure will vary according to its location on the face, so use enough pressure to activate the point but not so much as to cause pain. This will also vary according to the comfort level of the client. The point locations are from the book Facial Reflexology by Marie-France Muller, MD. I've simplified the numbering system for these specific examples (see Image) but more details are available in her book should you decide to pursue this in greater depth.
Disorders of the nervous system are the origins of all sickness and the cause of tiredness and tension. We begin the session by calming this system. The relaxing phase focuses mainly on the forehead and eyebrows. You probably won't need any tools other than your fingers. Your direction will be to work from top to bottom.
Point #1 calms the nervous system and soothes pain, (use horizontal movements of one-half to one inch in length).
Point #2 the arms and shoulders, relaxes the nervous system and combats insomnia (press along eyebrow medial to lateral).
Point # 3 calms the mind, reduces agitation and promotes mental balance (do not overstimulate this point as that could actually cause agitation). Don't stimulate this point if the client has low blood pressure.
Point #4 corresponds to the solar plexus and is an overall balance point. You will end each phase with point #4, as it also serves as a correction point. This point is located in the hollow in front of the ear and using a vertical movement is recommended. This point is always a good beginning and ending for all face work. It helps to regulate blood pressure and heartbeat. If you think you may have overstimulted an area, follow with this point to restore calm and balance. Working it with downward strokes will create peace, while working with upward stokes will tone and energize.
The toning phase allows for release of blocked energy and boosts energy stores. Liberating the energy will stimulate the life force, which will in turn revitalize the body and organs. Your direction for this phase is on the face is from the bottom toward the top. Working the points like you did in the beginning segment, continue stimulating the points with small sweeping movements.
The point marked as #5 works on the small intestines and Conception vessel. Stimulate this point vertically in a downward movement.
Point #6 increases energy and blood pressure (obviously, do not stimulate if the client has high blood pressure). It also brightens the mind. This point also increases uterine contractions, so don't use it on pregnant clients unless they are giving birth.
Point # 3 is used again as in the relaxing phase.
Point #7 is said to stimulate the chakras, brain and pituitary gland. It improves memory and clears the mind.
Point #8 frees circulation around the brain and soothes many issues related to the head.
Finally, finish with #4 as the overall balance.
The entire session takes only a couple of minutes, and I highly suggest you perform it on yourself everyday and incorporate it into your massage routine. Subtle shifts can be powerful.
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