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Acupuncture in the U.K. Today: A Personal View
When asked to write a short piece on the current state of the U.K. acupuncture profession, my first response was to say it has all been relatively quiet.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 2
A talented young woman presented herself with emotional mood swings, which included being nervous, anxious and jittery.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
The Year to Make Things Happen
It is hard to believe that the Year of the Ram – 2015 is half over. Time seems to be moving especially fast. This is the year for things to happen for the acupuncture profession.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Calculating Billable Units
I recently learned of an office that was audited based on the number of acupuncture sessions performed in one day. Is there a maximum number of sessions that can be performed in one day?
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients, in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2 to 4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
TMF 2015 Scholarships
The Trudy McAlister Foundation (TMF), a nonprofit organization established to support students who are on track to make contributions either to clinical practice and/or to the understanding of the role of Traditional Oriental Medicine, has announced the 2015 scholarship recipients.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
Acupuncture and the Pulse
In 1991, I attended a martial arts workshop hosted coincidentally by Sung Baek, a martial artist and the head of his lineage as a Korean trained acupuncturist. I was enamored by the details Sung could attain from the pulse, as told to me by some of his apprentices.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
Breath: The Movement of Oxygen and Energy
I remember with surprising clarity the first time a patient started crying during an acupuncture treatment I was giving. This is now quite a long time ago, back in 1999, when I was a student.
What Does Success Mean to You?
Recently, I was asked to speak to young, budding businesswomen about running a successful business — and at first I thought, "Me? You want me to speak to others about success?!"
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
How One Little Symbol (#) Gets You More Patients
Are you struggling to get more fans or followers for your acupuncture practice? Or are looking for ways to simply connect with your patients? Or do you just want to know how to keep them engaged (comments, retweeting, liking and sharing)?
The Source-Luo Point Combination
The luo collaterals are part of the acupuncture channel system presented in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu (The Nei Jing). The function and clinical application of the luo mai are primarily presented in chapter 10 of the Ling Shu, however, they are also found in others chapters in the Su Wen and the Ling Shu.
The Modern Acupuncturist
You studied ancient Chinese medicine, but I'll bet you don't practice it! Contrary to popular belief, our medicine has evolved A LOT over the years. Let's take a brief walk through history and discover the differences between ancient and modern acupuncturists.
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine
Essential oils are a very hot topic these days, especially with the likes of the Ebola virus and the resurgence of measles lurking in our awareness, but when I first became interested in Chinese medicine, essential oils weren't on the radar screen for acupuncturists.
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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