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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
March, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 03
Traditional Hawaiian Healing Arts
By Barbara Helynn Heard, LMP
Lomilomi, sometimes called simply lomi, is the bodywork component of traditional Hawaiian healing arts and it has been used in the Hawaiian Islands for centuries. When social and political situations in Hawaii prevented lomi from being openly practiced, Hawaiian families privately kept it alive.Thus being hidden from a universal practicing method, diverse lomilomi styles developed within individual families who each preserved what they found relevant. As a result, lomilomi today can be very different, depending on who is doing it. There is no one "right" way to do lomilomi; rather there are many approaches and techniques used by different lomi practitioners. That said, in my experience all lomilomi styles share some basic characteristics.
Characteristics Common to Lomilomi
Lomi training emphasizes the practitioners' responsibility to maintain our own physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Making choices that support the highest good allows us to be clear healing channels and to assist others in healing. Lomilomi includes more than physical touch. It includes conducting mana "vital life force" in ourselves and in our clients. We each discover independently how this happens; no teacher can give it to us.
In the Hawaiian world view man, nature and Spirit form an equally bonded lokahi (harmonious) triangle, held together by divine intention in order that all the things of the earth might be protected and nourished. This lokahi triangle forms a foundation which supports Hawaiian healing arts. The traditional Hawaiian way is to live constantly aware of the binding threads which hold together all things great and small. Natural beings and elements, plants, animals, wind, sun, water and land, are alive, conscious, sentient ancestral forms which interrelate with humanity as family. Humanity is responsible for caring for and protecting nature and nature is responsible for caring for and providing for us. Hawaiians know in their bones that we humans form a community with nature.
Lomilomi is done with loving touch and is spiritually grounded. It employs mind and spirit healing techniques. Hawaiians traditionally believe that each person is integrated and equally divine in body, mind and soul. Some techniques for healing mind and spirit are incorporated with bodywork include sweat huts, internal cleanses and medicinal herbs and plants. Traditionally, the first step in treating physical ailments was by ho'oponopono (to make right), the cleansing of negative occurrences of the past and transmuting negative energy into light, allowing us to move forward. Other spiritual tools often used with lomilomi include: oli - chant; pule – prayer; and ho'okuano'o – meditation.
Prayer is another aspect of the foundation of traditional Hawaiian healers and historically played an important role in every aspect of traditional healing work, including lomilomi. In 1894 a "sorcery law" was enacted which outlawed praying to cure, ironically resulting from the influence of the descendents of Christian missionaries who were welcomed by Hawaiian royalty beginning in 1820. The sorcery law established a fine of $100 - $200, and up to six months prison time for native Hawaiian prayer-related healing practices. In 1972 this sorcery law was repealed.
A Hawaiian cultural renaissance movement initiated in the 1970's encompasses traditional Hawaiian healing arts as well as Hawaiian language, traditional navigation, agriculture, hula, education, and more. Aunty Margaret Machado from the "Big Island" was perhaps the most influential native Hawaiian to share traditional style of lomilomi with many people – native Hawaiian and others - who had a sincere desire to learn.
Maka'ala Yates, D.C, a native Hawaiian and founder of the Hawaiian Healing Academy (HHA) developed Mana Lomi®, building on a foundation he gained in his 16-year apprenticeship with Aunty Margaret Machado and from his studies with others. Yates describes Mana Lomi® as movement with pulse and with signature energy which has been passed down through many generations of physical Hawaiian lineage. Mana Lomi® practitioners are energetically connected to the divine through na kupuna, Hawaiian elders with whom we are honored to share lineage.
The simplicity and specificity of Mana Lomi® strokes makes them easy to receive, often triggering an 'ahhh....' response. Strokes are done rhythmically with full, soft palms contouring body surfaces. Smooth and increasingly deep and slow pressure is applied specifically along muscle lengths, usually in sets of threes, flushing the circulatory system and resetting muscle fibers into their relaxed state; and tension in joints is systematically released. While using breath and body weight rather than strength, the practitioner applies soft yet firm contact to relieve aches and pains. Basic strokes are easy, clean cut and simple, though they take much practice to become perfect.
While giving Mana Lomi® to a client, it is important to stay focused to take in vital information. Perceptivity rewards attentive full body listening. Stay alert, fully present and clearly focused to connect with the felt sense of your client's tissues. Like a potter sculpting living clay, carefully shape complex living tissue in a multidimensional body/mind/soul-time matrix. With vigilant problem solving focus, work through soft tissue to communicate down to the bones where Hawaiians believe soul memories, including those from previous lives, are stored. Sense your client's physical restrictions releasing, their pain easing and their mind quieting as their self-awareness grows. Allow your hands, your breath, your thoughts and your voice to be guided and to move surely and firmly, yet gently.
Mana Lomi® is clinically oriented, problem solving lomi. Students learn to support clients in injury prevention and recovery, as well as to provide stress relief and relaxation using traditional Hawaiian healing concepts which work with the body, mind and spirit. Classes teach the students investigative, clinical thinking and loving hands-on healing techniques. They address the muscular and connective tissue systems, the circulatory system, and the nervous system, as well as the effects of thoughts, feelings and beliefs on our bodies. Compression traction techniques applied to tendons and joint mobilization techniques are developed in the advanced classes. All classes include ho'oponopono (the concept of right relationship), chants and use of breath and meditation. Use of hot stones, cleansing and sweat lodges are part of advanced training. We use Mana Lomi® to help people help themselves and to obtain immediate and long-term results.
The Mana Lomi® approach focuses on "unlimited healing potential," and aligns with a period in Hawaiian pre-history recognized by some people as Lemuria, when people lived cooperatively and harmoniously and could "fly with the birds, swim with the fish, and know and understand all things." We recognize our current era as an auspicious time to be alive and we visualize desired outcome for specific body issues, for systemic health and for global well-being. Aloha.
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