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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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
August, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 08
Coming Home To Her Own Cranial Rhythm
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC
Janet* was an up-and-coming young hairstylist when panic attacks derailed her career. They'd roll over her in waves of anxiety, leaving her frozen and unable to move. And then the headaches would hit.Frightened, she finally withdrew. She fled the city, moved home with her parents and made a living styling hair out of their basement. She also started a rocky on-again, off-again relationship she knew, "wasn't good for her health." Janet didn't even recognize herself by the time she called Kerry Dontchos, PT, owner of the Dynamic Ease Wellness Center in Chicago, for help.
Kerry offers a seven-step integrative health program for women she calls out-of-control healers. "They're usually coming into their own after living for someone else," Kerry says. "Maybe they're doing everything their mother wants. Or they've morphed into what their boyfriend or husband wants. Or they're going along being a good employee, but they're not using their creative forces. They're not bringing their spirit to life." Ultimately, she says, they're letting everyone else pave their path for them. Until they wake up one day and say, "Hold on, that's not the path I want to take."
Discovering Her Energetic Boundaries
Kerry helps clients like Janet reclaim their self-worth and confidence by using holistic tools that get them in touch with their own bodies and energies, so they can discern "where they stop and where everyone else begins." She walks them through private retreats and programs that blend a range of modalities, from CranioSacral Therapy and Zero Balancing to meditation and clairvoyant energy healing.
"One of the big benefits they get out of our work is being able to clearly distinguish what a healthy, natural, balanced state feels like, and how that's different than what they're feeling on a daily basis," Kerry says. "Once they feel that difference and can understand it energetically and intellectually, they can start separating from all the pain, stress and worries they're dealing with. Then later, when the stress pops back up, they know that it's separate from who they are. And they can release it without taking it on as their own issue."
Kerry begins this sorting-out process by sitting down with her clients and talking about where they're struggling, what their concerns are and where they're stuck or in pain. "We also discuss which areas in their life they want to enhance. So we're always moving toward what they ultimately want." Once they determine the therapeutic goal, Kerry maps out a program of hands-on sessions and wellness coaching to help them get there. The program usually starts with a private retreat where she guides them through meditation and centering exercises to help them get clear on their priorities. Then they'll move to the table for some hands-on work.
Tuning Into Her Own Rhythm
When it comes to teaching women how to distinguish their energy from that of other people, one of Kerry's favorite tools is CranioSacral Therapy. Yet she uses it in a different way than most practitioners. "I teach them how to feel their own cranial rhythm as a significance detector," she says. When the pulsing rhythm of the craniosacral system suddenly stops, it indicates that something significant is happening in the body. The significance detector isn't hard to teach once they can feel the rhythm. But, feeling the rhythm is the challenge. So when they're on my table I'll place their hands on their body, then put my hands over theirs so I can accentuate the movement of the cranial rhythm as I point it out to them. Then I slowly take my hands away so they can keep feeling it."
When her clients are finally in tune with their own cranial rhythm, they're able to use it whenever they feel stuck and confused to reconnect to their own body and mind again. And make decisions that are true to themselves.
Coming Back Home to Herself
Not coincidentally, the last step of Kerry's 7-Step Dynamic Ease system is called "Coming Back Home to Yourself." After just a few sessions with Kerry, Janet's living on her own again and running a successful spa-party business hosting everything from bridal showers to mani-pedi parties for kids. She also became a yoga instructor. And she's in a new relationship. "She had to learn how to separate her energy from her mom's and her dad's and that old relationship to get what she wanted back into her life," Kerry says. "Then she brought all of that to her new relationship. Now she keeps telling me, 'I'm happy. And it's healthy!'"
*Name changed to respect privacy.
Click here for more information about Sharon Desjarlais, CC.
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