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A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Treating Beyond Pain
More often than not, when a patient presents to the office, it is for a pain complaint. Headache, neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel... The pain is often the focus of the patient's mindset, and they don't often have any thought of what comes after the pain.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
February, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 02
Practice What You Preach and Go Back to Massage School
By Teresa M. Matthews, LMT, CPT
For all of us, the massage school experience is (or was) transformational in nature. As students, we were feeling "new" things, literally and figuratively, every day. Our wonder at and reverence for the human body and all of its systems grew by the hour.Sometimes it seemed that our skill and confidence increased minute by minute as we studied and practiced and found new meaning in the phrases "living in the moment" and "gratefully holding space." Sometimes, don't you find yourself asking "Where did all that disappear to?"
The simple answer is nowhere. It's all still there at massage school.
As a continuing education provider for massage therapists and personal trainers, I have had the privilege of traveling around the country and meeting face-to-face with practitioners of all levels of education and experience. In my course material, regardless of the topic title, there is always a unit on self-care. I'm constantly amazed at the responses I get when I ask, "What do you do to take care of yourselves?" Almost across the board, the answer is little or nothing. Incredibly, many working massage therapists do not receive massage on a regular basis!
When asked "Why not?" suffice to say there are as many excuses as one can imagine; time, cost and availability rank among the most often heard. Here again, there is a simple solution to be found at massage school!
Most massage programs have an established student clinic and though the hours vary from school to school, they are usually designed to accommodate working adults, retirees and others. The cost for services in the student clinics will vary also but normally fall in the range of $20 to $35 per therapeutic hour and a student therapist is almost always available and eager to work with you. We all very well know the benefits of bodywork and remind our clients and others all the time. Why then do we not consistently "walk our talk," especially since there is a quick, affordable and convenient resolution available at massage school.
The benefits of booking at your local massage school also go to the student therapists and the school, as well. It is where skills are refined and abilities are explored. As an integral part of the educational experience, it is the place where the students initiate contact with the public and receive invaluable feedback from a mostly impartial client base, all in a safe place. For you, aside from the obvious stress management value of the relaxation response you can check in on what techniques are currently being taught and practiced and who knows, maybe even pick up a new stroke or two.
The student clinic is just one great reason to return to school. If you still live in proximity to your massage alma mater, you may wish to reconnect with a favorite instructor. You may be invited to share your success story with a class or serve as a mentor or other resource for the current students. If you have relocated from where you trained, you might be able to find a school in or near your community where you might introduce yourself and network with administrators or faculty. You may find the school has a bookstore or retail outlet where you could find items of interest. It would certainly not be a wasted trip.
Speaking of trips, when traveling, a visit to a local massage school student clinic is a low-cost alternative to spa or out call service arranged through your hotel. When visiting a student clinic there are some general, common sense rules to keep in mind:
So, the next time you find yourself in need of a self-care strategy, send yourself back to school. You'll be glad you did!
Teresa M. Matthews, fitness expert and world champion athlete, has 30 years experience in the fitness industry. She is the president and founder of Health, Wellness & Fitness Professionals, Inc. and is the owner of Arlington School of Massage and Personal Training in Jacksonville, Fla. She is a sports massage instructor for the Florida State Massage Therapy Association and was awarded the FSMTA 2009 Sports Massage Therapist of the Year award. Teresa travels the country teaching self care and wellness classes. Contact her by e-mail at
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