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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.).
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
June, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 06
Creating Lucrative Private Retreats that Heal You and Your Clients
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC and Michele McGrew
Imagine that you've just wrapped up your most profitable day ever, leaving your treatment room with a check in hand for $1,500. How many clients would you have to see to earn that much in a day? Fifteen at $100 a session? Ten at $150? Six at $250? Now, imagine you earned that same $1,500, but this time it was from a single client who had one hour-long hands-on session the entire day. And she experienced a profound breakthrough in the pain that had her trapped in poor health for months, even years.
That's the transformation Michelle Noble experienced when she took one of her favorite clients through a one-day private retreat. "It was so rich having a whole day to work with the challenges that tend to surface with bodywork," she said. "We don't have time to address them in a single session. But in a full day together, we've got a broad canvas to play with. So I can bring in a lot of other tools that help them come to a higher level of awareness."
That's just a hint of the empowerment that comes with offering high-end private retreats. For your clients who've been stitching their health together a session at a time, a full day can move them past a plateau. And it can catapult you past the income restrictions you face when you only offer individual sessions. So, what is a private retreat? It's an immersion experience where you devote a focused amount of time – typically one day – to help individuals overcome specific challenges. Everything you do that day is designed to create breakthroughs around a problem they're struggling to overcome. If you are ready to design your first private retreat, just follow these seven simple steps.
Private retreats work well when they're focused on a single issue or outcome that's important to your client. To find the focus of your private retreat, ask yourself these three questions:
Step 2: Draw From Your Signature System
In our last column, we taught you how to use your signature system to craft a high-end private program ("Six Steps to Help You Establish a Six-Figure Practice"). Now you're going to draw from that same signature system to design your private retreat. After helping therapists design their signature systems for years, we've noticed a trend: the first one or two steps of every system almost always create a foundation for their clients to experience the deeper healing that comes through the rest of the system. And that's good news for you, because it's easy to offer one or two foundational steps in a private retreat. It also makes your retreat the perfect stepping stone to a longer private program.
Step 3: Design Your Day
Retreat days break down nicely into five segments or sessions. Here's an easy template to follow:
Total Time: 6 Hours
Step 4: Choose Creative Activities
Here's where you get to bring in all those juicy activities you always wished your clients had time for. Things like guided meditations, journaling or automatic writing, role-playing or dialoguing, affirmations, meridian tapping or stretching exercises. As you come up with your list of ideas, consider addressing a variety of learning styles. For highly visual clients, you may ask them to create a piece of artwork or a meaningful mandala. For those who are more auditory, weave in some soothing music or spoken affirmations. By bringing in exercises that appeal to all the senses, you give your clients a more holistic experience that transcends one-on-one bodywork.
Step 5: Add Some Healthy Bonuses
Once you've got your basic day designed, it's time to add in some extra bonuses that make your client feel highly valued. You don't need too many, just enough to complement your focus without overwhelming your client. Here are a few of our favorites: checklists, recipes, herbal teas, candles, floral essences, essential oils, books, catered lunch, dark chocolate, healthy snacks, journals, recorded meditations and, our personal favorite, car service to and from the airport. With a private retreat like the one you're creating, clients will want to fly in to see you!
Step 6: Give Your Retreat an Attractive Name
If you've read our last couple columns, chances are you noticed a theme: you always want to name your programs and retreats for the outcomes they offer, not the processes they include. Michelle Noble's ideal client is a woman who's learning to claim her voice through the healing process. Her retreat day is called, "Noble Steps: Speak Your Peace to Wellness." Isn't that beautiful?
Step 7: Price Your Retreat for a Breakthrough
When you're pricing your private retreat, remember this: money can be a powerful force for healing. Clients who make a healthy investment will stretch themselves to reach the outcomes they want. And there's nothing more inspiring than a highly committed client, is there?
Using our seven step system, therapists are routinely receiving $1,000 to $2,000 a day for their immersion experiences. At $1,000 a day, by adding just three retreats every month to your schedule, you'll generate an additional $36,000 a year. Now, imagine what kind of impact that would have on your practice and your life.
Michelle is already seeing the results in her income and in her client. "It couldn't have gone more perfectly. When I checked in with my client two days later, she said she was noticing how differently she's communicating with people. When she'd normally go into an automatic reactive response, now she's able to step back and recognize, 'I'm me. You're you. And I am not responsible for your feelings, your responses, or for taking care of you.' I can't wait to do another half dozen retreat days!"
Click here for more information about Sharon Desjarlais, CC.
Click here for more information about Michele McGrew.
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