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A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
Physical Exam 101: The Hands
I am sure you are familiar with the old adage: "When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
November, 2009, Vol. 9, Issue 11
Farewell: Keep Sharing the Love
By John Upledger, DO, OMM
After nearly nine years of contributing as a columnist for Massage Today, Dr. John Upledger tells his readers farewell and leaves us with inspiring insight to this special field of work.
Massage Today would like to thank Dr. John for his outstanding contributions and lifetime of dedication to, and accomplishment in, the advancement of CranioSacral Therapy.
A Simple Beginning
I never set out to change the world when I was developing CranioSacral Therapy (CST) at Michigan State University 30-plus years ago. I was exploring a barely understood body system with a group of talented PhDs who were all following their curiosity, as I was. At the time, it never occurred to me that CST would become my life's work.
Decades later, more than 100,000 therapists have been trained in CST, and they're in nearly every country in the world. While I never intended to make this global impact, I did want to give people who do want to change the world the opportunity to do so. It makes their lives more meaningful and more fun.
My deepest desire now is to get more people coming into understanding that we should all love each other. If you put your hands on people to help them feel better, love has to go with those hands. That's how you facilitate transformation. You might be working on someone who doesn't like certain types of people. When you put your hands on them from a place of love, that person is going to change. You don't even have to say anything about it. This work naturally changes attitudes, characters and how people respond.
The Essence of CST
Here's one viewpoint of that potential from Jackie Hutchison, MPT:
"My first CranioSacral class was with Tad Wanveer, LMT. He had me on the table for a demo on diaphragm releases. There was this profound stillness and he paused. In that moment, I felt so connected to Tad, this being of light and love; I had truly never felt that love before. The beautiful part of the story is that when I told Tad about it years later, he said he was thankful to have been the first to experience my love in that way.
"That is the essence of CST to me. It is in those moments of quiet connection, being profoundly present, that allows the work to happen. There is nothing to be pursued or figured out. Tad's ability to be present with me, even in a room of 60 students and teaching assistants, changed me. Now I have an awareness that life is so much bigger than I thought.
"I used to think it was all about the physical journey of the body. But I'm beginning to understand that the little things are the big things. The subtle things are the profound moments. I always feel appreciation for my client after we share a CST session. My intent may be their highest good, their greatest joy. And somehow I always feel healed, too. Or maybe blessed is a better word.
"So now I don't want to settle for anything less than that. Not for them or for the way I practice. No longer do I rely on the limited knowledge of my brain to guide my way. Instead, I open to the wisdom of the beautiful person before me and step aside as they lead. I extend this gift to myself as well. I do my best to connect to my own body's wisdom, and we move together. I am so grateful for all of my CranioSacral teachers, the formal ones in front of the classrooms and the ones that grace my table each day. Remembering that in the end, the goal is to love as much as you can from wherever you are, in spite of it all."
Meeting Them Where They Are
Nadine Saxton, MA, CMA, recently shared how she applies CST concepts to her life as well:
"There's a cranial concept that has turned into a mini-philosophy for me: Be neutral, meet the person where they are and add 5 grams. I'm a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist completing psychotherapy training as a result of my work with SomatoEmotional Release. I'm also a faculty member of a professional training program in movement analysis.
"In all the work I do, I recognize that creating relationships is the key factor for facilitating change. So in non-CST therapeutic settings, entering in neutral allows me to truly 'meet the person where they are and add 5 grams.'
"This is becoming a constant for me. The cranial concepts of blending and melding enable me to listen deeply and be present with whoever or whatever situation I find myself. Adding 5 grams gives them just enough push to work at being in the situation we're in. As an educator, I'm starting to give presentations to larger groups. I'm finding that arcing the room enables me to be more aware of pockets of energy. I ground and connect with myself going into neutral, and I meet the group where they are. I blend and meld, and I send my message.
"When I'm in neutral, I'm able to receive more clearly and not feel defensive if my message is not understood. I have inner-wisdom support. I'm amazed that this first CranioSacral lesson has had such far-reaching and unfolding effects on my life. I am grateful for the ongoing lesson, and the vision of Dr. Upledger."
Continue to Share the Love
I, too, am grateful to the thousands of therapists who have embraced the concepts of CranioSacral Therapy. For nearly nine years, I've had the privilege of sharing those ideas with you here.
My longtime editorial colleague, Sharon Desjarlais, will now be carrying on in my place. As founder of CranioSacral Success, she has devoted to helping therapists find deep and lasting success doing what they most love to do. She'll continue to bring you the ever-growing voices and views from the cranial world.
I've been fortunate to have many mentors, teachers, colleagues and friends who illuminated my path as I walked alongside them to where I am now. I hope that I have shone that light just a bit for you, too.
Click here for previous articles by John Upledger, DO, OMM.
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