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Call for Abstracts Announced - Parker Las Vegas 2016; Logan Adds Doctorate Degree; New Role for Dr. James Edwards.
Fertility and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids
Starting or expanding one's family is a major milestone. It's something that more and more people seek out health care advice and support for.
Getting a YES: An Effective Strategy for Overcoming Patient Objections
Patients make more excuses for declining care from an acupuncturist than perhaps any other type of doctor. Various reasons hold them back from making a commitment to care.
Improving Communication Between AOM and Biomedical Providers
How comfortable do you feel talking to Western medical providers? If you are like me, you may not feel as comfortable as you would like. Some of my interactions with MD's haven't been the fruitful steps toward integrative medicine for which I had hoped.
An Acupuncturist's View of Medicinal Marijuana
The use of cannabis for medical purposes is very controversial. Use as a panacea by physicians uninitiated to the proper application of herbal medicine, as well as an excuse for recreational use have greatly confused the issue.
Dorsiflexion Dysfunction: Evaluation & Manipulation Techniques
Almost every condition from the foot to the hip can be attributed to the inability to dorsiflex the ankle mortice and other joints that participate in dorsiflexion. Let's start by understanding normal versus abnormal dorsiflexion.
Do Some Good and Grow Your Business with Cause Marketing
Cause marketing is truly one of the best ways that you can promote your services as a acupuncture professional. Cause marketing refers to a type of marketing where a business partners with a non-profit organization to help bring awareness to a charitable cause.
Practice Policy (Gone Bad): The Sign
Every once in a while, you see something and think to yourself, That's a really bad idea. Case in point: I went to see my medical doctor the other day. Just after being "roomed," as they say, the nurse checked my vital signs. Then she left.
What's Chiropractic Research Worth to You?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fundraising campaign to support chiropractic research.
The Short Leg Dilemma
When evaluating a new patient, it is common to note a relative shortening of one leg to the other. Some patients will even tell you they have one, and then pull out the store-bought heel lift they read about online.
The Food Conversation: Nutrition and Your Practice
It's morning and your first patient rolls in with a triple espresso steaming in one hand and a frazzled, desperate look in her eye. "You gotta help me, doc, I am constipated unless I drink one of these, and I am exhausted and anxious all the time."
Change Lives by Supporting Chiropractic Research: Are You In?
The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR), in celebration of its 20th anniversary, has announced it is spearheading a fund-raising campaign to support chiropractic research.
More Chiropractors Required
An intriguing study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine examines how "chiropractic care affects use of primary care physician (PCP) services."
Fish Oil: A Key Component of 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?
A Chiropractor's Guide to Yoga
"Doctor, can I continue to do yoga while undergoing your care?" "Is it OK for me to go back to yoga while I'm getting my back treated?" "It is safe to start my yoga classes again after my neck pain improves?"
The Zen Art of "One Point"
We were always told in our Zen Shiatsu training (by Japanese and Japanese American instructors) that our ultimate aim was to to find that "One Point." To be so focused we could touch just one point to transform Qi throughout a client's body.
Practicing with Authenticity
To extrapolate from the above quote, patients love healthcare providers they can trust. One way to earn the trust of your patients is by practicing with authenticity. What does that mean, exactly?
Surprising Reasons for Orthotic Efficacy
Clinical outcome studies show orthotics are effective in the management of a wide range of injuries, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Harvard Health References Flawed AHA Position Paper
In its special health report, "Stroke: Diagnosing, Treating, and Recovering From a 'Brain Attack,'" Harvard Health Publications includes information from the American Heart Association's 2014 position statement on cervical manipulation and cervical dissection – a statement the American Chiropractic Association emphasized in a letter to Harvard Health mixes "scientific facts with half-truths."
The New Age of Communication
In the age of technology, everyone, including the patient, is seeking faster, easier ways to communicate. With a wealth of social media, blogs, websites and videos, we are constantly barraged with information – to the point of overload.
Help: A Need at Every Level
One of the great gifts of training in acupuncture is the ability to take good care of oneself. I recently had a bout of frozen shoulder — an inflammatory syndrome which can be debilitatingly painful and take years to resolve.
Modernization of Chinese Medicine
Language – written, spoken, signed, or otherwise is learned as a means to express our individualized perceptions about the world around us. Language is designed to communicate our personal experiences.
Nuts Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Cancer and Other Health Problems
Several recent studies suggest regular consumption of nuts may provide a significant degree of protection against certain types of cancer, heart disease, possibly type 2 diabetes and some neurodegenerative diseases.
Oriental Medicine on the World Stage
"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." This simple, yet powerful statement was lived out time and time again by so many of the athletes from around the world during the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Patient-Centered Care vs. Payer Restrictions: Your Ethical Obligation
Do you have an ethical obligation to evaluate your patients, make a diagnosis and provide evidence-based, patient-centered health care, irrelevant to the payer restrictions?
Acupuncture Rising: From Acupuncture Anesthesia to Assisted-IVF, Part 1
Acupuncture's cultural and historical roots go back to the emergence of Chinese civilization. For more than 2,000 years, acupuncture needling has been continuously practiced on the largest population in the world.
Healing Trauma: Cultivating Resilience and Presence Through Mindfulness, Part 2
In the last issue of Acupuncture Today, the first part of this article introduced the topic of trauma and resilience, and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system response and the concept of the spirit being grounded in the body, and suggested the importance of mindfulness as a tool for healing.
September, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 09
Make a Point to Connect with a Client's Energy
By Marie-Christine Lochot, LMT
Every time we touch our clients, we enter their energy field and visa versa. It is an integral part of doing bodywork, whether it is Swedish massage, sports massage or another modality. What is energy? According to modern physics, energy is what you find when you break down a body or an object into very small parts; it is invisible energy."It followed from the special theory of relativity that mass and energy are both but different manifestations of the same thing – a somewhat unfamiliar concept for the average mind." Albert Einstein.
The Chinese call that energy Qi (pronounced chee). It is our life force. When it disappears, we stop living. It is in us and all around us in our aura, chakras and other energy systems.
The two energy systems we encounter as soon as we approach a client (or any other person for that matter), are the aura and the chakras. The aura is a sphere of energy with multiple layers. It acts as a protective atmosphere around you but also connects you to the earth environment. It can be thought as your "space suit" that filters some of the energies you encounter, keeping out the ones that are detrimental, but also drawing in the ones that you need. The chakras are like "power stations" or vortexes extending out, attuned to larger energies in the universe. There are seven chakras located in ascending sequence from your pubic bone up to your head. The aura has seven bands which attach to the body through the chakras. Each auric band attaches to a specific chakra. When the aura filters out or attracts energy, it does so through the chakras.
As we enter a client's energy field, our aura and chakras interact with theirs. Because of that interaction, it is our duty as massage therapists and bodyworkers to make sure that our energy is sturdy, peaceful and balanced. This is important for them but also for us.
Clients come to us for relief of pain, physical injuries and for relaxation. Very often the massage/bodywork session is the only time in a client's busy life when they can pause and take care of themselves. If the therapist is not grounded or is tired, preoccupied, in a bad mood or distracted, the client will feel it, his or her energy will be affected and the quality of our interventions will be lessened. The therapeutic effect of the session can become diminished or non-existent. Conversely, if our energy is not sturdy, we can be impacted by a client's distressed energy, making it difficult to release this negative effect at the end of the massage, possibly affecting energy for the rest of the day. If it happens too frequently, ultimately we will not be able to sustain the physical, mental and energetic demands of our craft.
How do we make sure that our energy is in good shape? Good quality sleep is essential, which means getting enough hours and not going to bed too late. According to acupuncturist Dr Nan Lu, "...more energy is required to keep the body's systems active after midnight, a time when the body naturally should be resting. Most people are surprised when I tell them they expend nearly two or three times the amount of energy when staying up very late."
At the beginning of the work day, prepare yourself with an energy building and centering routine: energy exercises, Qigong, Tai Chi or meditation. Before a session, ground yourself. There are a few quick easy ways to ground yourself. You can walk barefoot on the grass for a few minutes or, standing up, you can visualize that your feet extend into the ground like tree roots. Clear your mind by staying quiet for a little while. Put away your problems in your "personal iCloud" and, of course, stay away from your smartphone. Focus on your intention.
Between clients, clear yourself of the client's energy by washing your arms up to the elbows. You can also visualize their energy leaving your body or do some energy exercises. Make sure that you schedule enough time between clients so you can release the energy of the previous one and clear the space for the next.
At the end of the day, take care of yourself and have some time to reflect on the work of the day. A shower can be beneficial to wash away the accumulated energies and remember to change your clothes. Walking in nature at a quiet pace is also a great way to relax and transition to the next part of the day.
As clients lie on our tables and we touch them to relieve their pain, aches and stress, our energy intertwines with theirs in a subtle dance. This is sacred work which ultimately benefits both participants. Be prepared.
Marie-Christine Lochot is a licensed massage therapist, energy bodyworker and educator. Owner of Massage Montclair in New Jersey, she has been a member of the AMTA since 1994 and is nationally certified by NCBTMB. With specialties in Swedish massage, massage for people affected by cancer and energy healing, Marie-Christine coaches and teaches energy healing to laypeople, massage professionals and in the corporate environment. With a diverse background in management and accounting, Marie-Christine also teaches small business and private practice organization. She can be reached at www.massagemontclair.com.
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