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Window of the Sky Points
The acupuncture points known as Window of the Sky are a modern creation. There is no reference in Chinese medical texts for an acupuncture point category called Window of the Sky.
Sell Out: Using Research for the Wrong Reasons
The above chorus is from the ska band Reel Big Fish's 1997 hit song, "Sell Out," from their album, "Turn the Radio Off." In the song, the singer sarcastically relates the plight of a musician who is tired of "flipping burgers" and is willing to get "lots of money" by playing "what they want you to hear" in order to get a recording contract.
We Get Letters & Email
In the Dec. 1, 2015 issue, we have Donald Petersen reporting on "the adapting chiropractic practice," which includes multidisciplinary practice as an option; a ChiroPoll indicating 59 percent of DCs are seeing at least 21 patients per day and 27 percent are seeing more than 40.
Integrative Medicine Can Shape the Profession
As the AOM profession struggles to define the role of "integrative" medicine within their practices their schools and organizations, students, faculty, alumni and administrators at schools wrestle with discussions of how much, where, how, and what to "integrate."
Preventing ACL Injuries in Female Athletes
For female athletes, the key to optimal athletic health lies in preventing ACL injuries. In medical terms, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the primary restraint to the anterior displacement of the tibia on the femur at all angles of the knee flexor.
Asking the Insurance Rep the Right Questions
One of the first or last questions a potential patient often asks is: "Do you take insurance?" An ill-informed or optimistic, "yes" can result in delayed or non-payment. Instead, just say: "Let me check if you are eligible first."
Billing and Coding for Moxibustion
Q: I am trying to locate a code for cupping and moxibustion, and have had various fellow acupuncturists indicate that they bill using the existing codes for heat, 97010 hot packs or 97026 infra-red for moxa and 97016 vasopneumatic device for cupping.
Spine Surgery: A Tale of Greed and Corruption
All too often, where there's substantial money to be made, greed and corruption inevitably follow.
Interprofessionalism: What it Means and Why You Should Care
Interprofessionalism in education and in practice is a growing trend across health care in the United States. The idea that team-based care and collaborative practice can improve health care has been around more than 50 years.
The MRI: When and Why to Order One
As I lecture around the country to both chiropractors and medical specialists, it's clear one of the main disconnects between the two professions is that of an accurate diagnosis.
Forgotten Options for Musculoskeletal Health
Challenges with musculoskeletal health are of tremendous concern for many people today.
From Antiquity to Modernity: Huang Qin Tang at Yale Medical School, Part 1
Traditional Chinese medicine is a coherent medical system with several unique characteristics: it originated almost 3,000 years ago; in its area of origin, it has been practiced without interruption since its inception.
Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2016
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published its annual fitness trend forecast in the November / December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.
News in Brief
A Winner in and Out of the Office; Ready for the "Have-A-Heart" Campaign? New Integrative Medicine Journal.
Yo San University Helps Make LA Communities Healthier
An element of healthcare training often overlooked is the residual benefit to communities served by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) schools nationwide.
Percussion Therapy: An Experiment
My study of qi began more than 20 years ago — long before my study of TCM, points or pathways. It all started with an awareness in my hands and physical manifestations in the way of blockages while working on clients.
Ethics: The Glue That Holds Us Together
Kudos to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) for creating a code of ethics for the nationwide profession and for deciding to make courses in ethics a requirement for certification renewal.
The Future of Functional Neurology
Functional is the hot buzzword in health care these days; witness the rising popularity of functional medicine, functional testing and yes, functional neurology.
Osteoporosis Isn't Always the Case
What is your diagnosis? The patient is a 58-year-old female with back pain. I am sure all of you see the compression fracture at L2; however, there are some findings that suggest this is not a compression fracture due to osteoporosis.
Elevated Shoulder? Check the QL
As you know, posture reveals a great deal about the body. Posture is a unique mental and physical landscape revealing compensations and adaptations to life. It's a classic mind-and-body story.
The Amazing Clinical Versatility of Milk Thistle (Part 1)
Most of us know that the standardized extract from the seeds of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is probably the best-proven herb for protecting the liver from chemical and inflammatory damage.
Changing the Cultural View of Medicine
Many hospitals in the U.S. are incorporating integrative clinics that include Traditional Chinese Medicine. Cleveland Clinic has led the charge for adding a traditional Chinese herbal medicine clinic to their existing acupuncture program.
How to Humanize Your Content to Create Stronger Relationships
Content marketing is about building relationships, whether that is through updates on social media, offers on your website, blog posts, email campaigns, or even printed material. Now days a business needs to make a human connection.
The Roots of Insomnia
One of the most common clinical presentations is insomnia. Next to digestive disorders, sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints the clinician will encounter in daily practice.
East Meets West
Gung Hay Fat Choi. Welcome to the year of the Monkey. There will be fireworks for both January and February this year. What great celebrations.
May, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 05
The Five Fundamentals for Building Your Business
By Cary Bayer
As a business coach for massage therapists, every day I see so many people in pain — suffering in relationships, in unconscious communication and in desperate financial situations. As LMTs, you see pain, too.You and I face similar challenges: namely, how do you get people to recognize they deserve relief from pain? The answer: knowledge and techniques to help break through to better health In your case; and better relationships, more money, and greater happiness in mine. I've seen similar patterns in the more than 260 massage therapists I've coached so I'll draw on them to offer you motivation now and practical tools for the future. To invoke the Chinese proverb, "I'll offer you fish for food for the day, and knowledge of how to fish to feed yourself for a lifetime."
To become successful and happy, you need more than massage techniques alone. Being alive means that you're on an intriguing journey to self-knowledge, peace and prosperity. So, what do you know about journeys? "A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step," said Lao-Tzu, the great Taoist master. Yogis offer wisdom, too. "You've got to be careful if you don't know where you're going ‘cause you might not get there." That yogi was named Berra. Continue reading to learn the five "S's" for creating a successful massage business. These are: self-knowledge, Strategy, serenity, sales effectiveness and success thinking.
The 1st S: Knowledge of Self
You need to know what you want from business and who you truly are. Socrates said, "the unexamined life is not worth living." He might have added, "The unexamined massage business is not worth practicing." Self-employed people are often so busy trying to make ends meet, that they overlook taking time to shape their businesses. So ask yourself some vital questions:
Find these answers right away to progress with a direction that you could move in with velocity.
The 2nd S: Strategy
Managers hustle to get things done to meet various deadlines. Leaders, on the other hand, create visions to evolve the business into and a strategy for the manager to accomplish them. Strategies are necessary for people or organizations intent on growth; they incorporate short-, mid- and long-term goals. When you've got a plan, you know where you're going and can guide your actions effectively.
The 3rd S: Serenity
People want to work with you because of your hands and your spirit. Many clients see you as a healer who helps them manage stress. Clients don't want stressed-out massage therapists. Therapists with good hands and good vibes succeed. So much success depends on our serenity. As the great French philosopher Blaise Pascal said, "all of man's troubles stem from his inability to sit quietly in a room alone." I could give you the experience of profound serenity, but I'd need to put on my hat as a teacher of Higher Self Healing Meditation, and it takes several hours to do that, and I can't do it by remote. In one minute, however, I can give you a small dose of serenity.
Close your eyes now, and take a deep breath. Release all your cares and breathe like this for a minute. Do you feel silence and peace? Can you see what this one-minute breather can do if you center this way before each massage? This is the value of serenity.
The 4th S: Sales
Many therapists dread selling their services. Mostly it's because they think they're selling themselves, and if nobody buys, they're not liked. A person can't be sold in America. You can rent your services by the hour on your table. Once you truly get the distinction between selling yourself and renting your services, anxiety and the sense of rejection can completely disappear. Do you remember when you were in kindergarten, and you played show and tell? You brought something to school that you loved and shared it with the other kids. Perhaps a favorite doll, baseball glove or teddy bear, and you inspired the others. Unfortunately, they had no way of getting it, because there was only one of them and it belonged to you. Show and tell is a bit of a selfish tease because your enthusiasm interests people in having something that they can't have.
Therapists can play a similar game today, in which they just as enthusiastically describe whatever it is that they love. Only this time, it's spelled slightly differently. It's called show and sell. It's similar to show and tell, except that you don't have a stuffed animal to show and pass around the room. But you do have massage techniques that you can talk about. In fact, in half a minute you can even demonstrate the benefit of such techniques. The good news about your work is that it doesn't take more than a few seconds for someone to feel the benefits of it.
So, if somebody asks what you do, show and tell them. Their neck and back are very interested in what you can do. You have no idea how people value your work. The famous actress Hedy Lamarr once said, "I don't fear death because I don't fear anything I don't understand. When I start to think about it, I order a massage and it goes away." Virtually every adult you see every day, wants what you offer. Everyone wants less pain. When someone is interested in having less pain, ask them, "Would you like to set up a session to relieve this pain?" This question sets show and tell apart from show and sell, because now the person can have the great thing that you're enthusiastic about. You're not five-years-old anymore and neither is this person — you're probably each closer to forty five than to five. They have been holding tensions in their body for longer than five years. It's innocent to ask if they would like to have less tension. It's what we call selling. It needn't be more complicated than that.
Learn these "S's" because an increasing number of people will be coming to you for massages. According to AMTA research, through 2012, massage therapists are likely to see a 20-35 percent rise in job opportunities. Some 47 million Americans got massages between August 2004 and July 2005, with 34 percent of adults receiving a massage in the previous five years. With only 17 percent of men in that previous year having been massaged, more than 8 of 10 men haven't experienced massage in 365 days. That's a huge opportunity for them and you. Two of three adults haven't been massaged. Virtually everyone wants what you offer. Ask clients to share their benefits with friends. Seventy three percent of people polled who get massage would recommend it to others. Talk to health professionals, too. Seventy percent of therapists receive two referrals monthly from healthcare pros. Talk to these medical doctors and chiropractors.
The 5th S: Success Thinking
Success is a function of our attitude. As positive thinking guru Norman Vincent Peale said, "change your thoughts and you change your world." You ate 20,000 meals at your parents' dining room table while you were growing up under their roof. And money was a major topic of conversation at that table. You learned many limited ideas there, as if they were Reality with a capital "R." They weren't. They were just your parents' opinions with a lower case "o." Here are some common ones:
There are three other big opinions. The first is so universal that I've seen it in students from all over the world:
So I ask, who's left? Known enemies? That's why, at different points in your career, you've unconsciously turned bosses, clients or customers into known enemies. But don't despair. I have a technique to transform limiting beliefs. First, I want to show you how to receive, because parental training about receiving money has confused the act of receiving itself. It's important, as therapists — masters all at giving — that you learn how to receive. You voluntarily massage politicians, marathoners and Olympians. Now it's time to master receiving.
If it's difficult receiving appreciation, it's difficult receiving money. Your net worth is tied to your self-worth. Enhance the latter and you can increase the former. To prosper, it's essential that you master receiving money. This technique starts by acknowledging someone for a minute. t can look something like the following:
And so on. After a minute, have them acknowledge you. This can look something along the lines of the following:
If they acknowledges your dress, please don't say, "This old thing." Or, "got it at Marshalls for 60% off." You do this every day. You'll be amazed at how powerful this technique is for overcoming this kind of deflecting of appreciation. Two minutes daily will increase your self-esteem and teach you how to receive appreciation. You may want peace of mind more than a piece of Berkshire Hathaway stock, but you can have both. You're more effective when not worrying about how to pay this month's mortgage. The Italians say, "the money you refuse will never do you any good." A Yiddish proverb goes, "with money in your pocket, you are handsome, you are wise, and you sing well, too."
Confidence and competence creates success. I can't teach you competence with massage techniques but I can teach you confidence. When confidence is overwhelming, others want to be around you, they want what you have, and they will pay you for it. Babies emanate positive energy. That's one reason you love their presence. Material success — in the Olympics, business or massage — depends on your inner success. I've seen many talented massage therapists quit doing body work because they couldn't support themselves. That's a real loss for the world and for themselves. I don't want that to happen to you.
To master the inner life, transform negative thinking in your conscious and subconscious minds. It's essential to believe in yourself and overcome fears of failure. Athletes succeed on playing fields because they master the mental field. This technique creates powerful transformation. Think the thought: "I can prosper and succeed as a massage therapist." Then record the first negative thought that disagrees with it. Let's say that it's, "Massage therapists don't make much money." We're not focusing on the negative here, we're releasing it. These thoughts live in the subconscious part of the mind and help attract that corresponding reality to you, as the Law of Attraction points out.
"A" invokes a reality that you desire to be your reality. "B" releases an obstacle that prevents the thought from becoming reality. The next step transforms the limited obstacle with a new affirmation geared specifically to present a larger reality to the smaller part of your mind that entertained the limited thought in the first place. Here's a good one, "I'm so magnetic to clients that my schedule is always full." It's difficult to prosper as a massage therapist when you don't think that you can, don't deserve to, aren't smart enough to or aren't talented or experienced enough to. Why should people flock to you if you don't think they should? When you're clear that you deserve to prosper, think that you can, and are smart, talented and skilled enough to, your chances rise significantly.
I call this ABC affirmation technique, the ABCs of Transformation because, in three steps, it introduces success, eliminates failure in your thinking, and re-introduces success to parts of the mind that entertained failure. We just did one repetition; do a few more for 10 minutes daily. It's an inner prosperity aerobics workout.
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