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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
July, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 07
Setting the Goal Standard
By Cary Bayer
"Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible." -- Anthony Robbins
If you're a licensed massage therapist who worries about how you're going to make your rent or mortgage, you might think that establishing goals for your business is a luxury you can't afford. When survival seems like it's at stake, games like these might appear trivial. But I disagree strongly.
Unless you set specific goals to stretch the way you do your marketing program, expand your client base, and grow your income in a profound way, you run the risk of being a casualty in this recessionary economy that's shutting down one business after another.
Goal setting can help your business not just survive, but actually thrive. Tracking goals on a weekly basis makes use of the Law of Attraction, which states that energy goes where attention flows. This law isn't any kind of luxurious way of thinking, it's literally a law of Nature, a manner in which the Universe operates. Physicists have come to understand the role that observation plays in the phenomenon that they observe: "You cannot separate the observer from the observed," said David Bohm, the quantum physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project (the atomic bomb).
In the case of goal setting for us, the observer is the LMT, and the observed is her business itself. The process of observation can have a definite impact on both observer and observed.
The first step to take advantage of the Law of Attraction for your business is to create a variety of weekly goals for different aspects of your work. These might include: total number of massages given; gross income; total number of new clients gained; total number of new prospective clients; referrals from medical doctors; new doctors receptive to referring patients to you; referrals from chiropractors; new chiropractors receptive to referring patients to you; referrals from physical therapists; new physical therapists receptive to referring patients to you; number of pre-paid packages sold; number of gift certificates sold; hours spent on marketing; and so on.
For those LMTs who have therapists working for you, it would be wise to include such categories as: number of treatments given by each therapist; amount of passive income you received, and so forth. (Naturally, this same goal tracking method can work in enriching any area of your personal life, as well. You could set goals for your marriage; the quality and quantity of friendships; your exercise program; weight loss program--virtually any aspect of your life that you'd like to improve.)
Here are the logistics of this goal tracking method: Write your goals going vertically down the page on the left margin. At the top of your paper, going across horizontally, write the following headings: Goal, Actual, and Percentage. Before your workweek begins and you get busy, fill in your goals for the week. Tally your results as they develop throughout the week, so that when you get a new doctor interested in recommending you to the people he treats, for example, mark it down in the actual column for the "New MDs receptive to refer clients to you" category. Then, the following Sunday night (or Monday morning), compute your results. If your goal was to gain two new clients and you gained one, then your percentage was 50 percent. Do this for each category, and do this each week.
There's great power in this process for, as auto legend Lee Iacocca put it, "The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen." Iacocca, who designed the ultra cool Mustang for Ford Motor Co. in the 60s, and who became a cultural icon a couple of decades later when he ran Chrysler Corp., knew a thing or two about making things happen. Goals that aren't written down are more like wishes, and wishes are fine for blowing out the candles on your birthday cakes, but they're not of much use to you beyond that.
John Dewey, one of the nation's greatest educators and a founder of the philosophical school of pragmatism, said it beautifully, "Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live." Make sure that you keep stretching your goals, especially if you are reaching them. As Michael Korda, the novelist and former editor-in-chief of Simon and Schuster, wrote, "One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals." Of course, if you're not reaching the goals that you set, it's wise to examine what you're doing and see what you can do about intensifying your efforts or doing things differently.
Consciousness is a powerful tool, and that's why your mind needs to be used properly. Don't burden it and bog it down as a storage site for little things like appointments. Let it be the powerful force it was intended to be. As physicist Fritjof Capra wrote, "In modern physics, the universe is thus experienced as a dynamic, inseparable whole which always includes the observer in an essential way." How much more could physics say about the power of consciousness?
It's time that massage therapists, who work on the physical body, let themselves benefit from those who've parted the curtain to uncover the secrets of the physical universe.
In other words, simply intending certain results and looking at these intentions daily helps bring them into manifestation. That's why it's wise to display your weekly goal sheet in a place where you can see them every day--remember the power of attention. "It was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to the consciousness," said the Nobel Prize winning physicist Eugene Wigner. The same can be said for the laws of quantum massage business growth.
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