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It's Time to Wake Up
It is time for this profession to wake up and tell someone about the healing benefits of acupuncture. This is the time for Asian Medicine. Its popularity, growth and unusual acceptance is nothing short of amazing.
Data: The New Frontier in Health Care
Your practice is empowered with the data you need to improve patient health, run a more efficient (read: profitable) practice, get paid in timely fashion and help show the efficacy of chiropractic on the national stage in the midst of sweeping changes in health care!
Teaching Qi Gong to Children
Many of us have come to embrace Qi Gong or Tai Chi practice as a regular part of our lives. Qi Gong has been a stabilizing factor in my life for the last twenty years.
An Unexpected Superfood: All About Eggs
About 40 years ago, excessive dietary cholesterol was labeled a public health concern. Specifically, it was thought that there was a causal link between consumption of cholesterol-laden foods and increased risk of heart disease.
What to do When Today Sucks
Have you ever had one of those days when nothing went the way it should have? The patient with migraines got worse instead of better from a treatment similar to one you've effectively used on him before.
ASA Ready to Impact Profession
The American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) is a 501(c)6 (pending), not-for-profit collaboration among state based, acupuncturist professional associations.
Lower-Extremity Overuse Injuries: Primer on Causes and Corrections
From ankle sprains to stress fractures, shin splints to plantar fasciitis, the research is clear: These common overuse injuries of the lower extremities – among dozens of others – may be related to abnormal foot function in your patients.
Making Public Health a Chiropractic Priority
As highlighted in this edition's News in Brief, Rand Baird, DC, MPH, FICA, FICC, editor and occasional author of our long-running column, "Chiropractic in the American Public Health Association", was recognized by the organization recently for 40 years of membership.
Technology Meets Practice: Chiropractic Every Day
About a year ago, I had an interesting conversation with a DC who made house calls. When I asked why, she was quick to explain she learns much more about her patients when she sees them at home than she could ever observe in the office.
Learning the Transformative Language of the Channel System: The Sinew Channels
The Chinese medical classics describe the energetic terrain of the body in much detail. The acupuncture channel systems, as presented in the Ling Shu illustrate the various expressions our qi energy can take.
Exercise Recommendations for Healthy Aging
Aging is inevitable, but how you age is not. Common physical signs of aging include decreased muscle mass, decreased muscular power, increased body fat, and decreased aerobic (lung) capacity.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 1
All humans, by the very nature of being human, will experience moments of trauma and suffering. What, then, makes the difference in how the individual who experiences trauma, suffering, and spiritual loss reacts to such experiences?
Integrative Sports Medicine
One of the most rewarding and challenging clinical scenarios is the treatment of athletes.
The Ethics of Herbal Prescribing
While teaching ethics classes, I often encounter licensed acupuncturists who are surprised that our use of herbs and supplements has a specific section in the material. It is often an aspect within ethics that clinicians don't think of in practice.
Peaching to the Choir: How to Extend Our Reach Beyond the CAM Community
Professional conferences offer unique opportunities to network, be exposed to cutting-edge innovators, share your interests and work, and be inspired.
Relationship Marketing: A Modern Approach
Remember when you used to get real letters in the mail? Not the automated type, but the real deal, hand written with a personal message just because someone was thinking about you? You know what I'm talking about.
News in Brief
Support of F4CP Continues With Latest Donations; Walter Reed Honors Dr. William Morgan; Recognizing 40 Years of Public-Health Activism; Allstate Decision Reversed.
Online Marketing Basics: Website Creation
The various online marketing options make it a challenge, especially when all you want to do is help your patients feel better. With such a broad topic, I'm going to share some basics you should know about website creation.
Treat Every Patient as an Athlete
Frontal-plane movement pattern dysfunction can set the stage for musculoskeletal injury. Frontal-plane stabilization is essential during the normal activities of daily living: think single-leg stance and gait cycle.
Treating LBP in Golfers: Beyond Basic Assessment
The drive to master the most efficient swing demands a tremendous amount from the lower back. Maintaining stability in a flexed posture, supporting torso rotation and repetitively supporting the golf swing all put the lower back in a vulnerable position.
Aetna Updates 97140 Policy
In a development the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors is calling "a resounding victory for chiropractors nationwide," Aetna Insurance Company has updated its national reimbursement policy regarding 97140 (manual therapy), reaching an agreement two years after the association filed a declaratory judgment suit in federal court against the insurer.
A War You Can Help Patients Win
The average American consumes approximately 60 percent of calories from sugar, flour and refined oils. A donut is a good example of a so-called "food" that represents these calorie sources.
Healing the Core: AWB Nepal Earthquake Relief Project
With almost 9,000 people killed during the earthquakes in April and May, another 23,000 suffering injuries, hundreds of thousands left homeless when entire villages collapsed, and many sacred sites destroyed, no one in this country of approximately 28 million has been left untouched by the disaster.
Acupuncture Treatment of Trauma in the Canine
From 1972 until 1976, John Ottaviano and I were treating dogs at five different veterinary clinics in the Los Angeles county area. Usually, we were at a clinic for seven to eight hours.
Fish Oil: A Key Component to Positive Clinical Outcomes
Patients seem to be presenting with more complex problems, and many are responding to care more slowly or have completely unexpected results. Why?
Patient Retention Techniques
When talking about techniques to grow your business, we tend to focus on the "large" aspect of the patient base, that is, on strategies to attract new patients. However, it is important to remember that "loyal" is equally, if not more, important.
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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