resourcesABOUT MT AUTHOR GUIDELINES CLASSIFIEDS EDITORIAL CALENDAR MEDIA GUIDE MASSAGE MART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FEEDBACK
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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!
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.).
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.
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.
September, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 09
Principles of Success: The Foundation of a Strong Practice
By Velvete Womack, PhD, LMT, CE, MI
We have previously discussed how fear is the first sign that we may not be aligned with our overall goal or highest aim for ourselves or others. This doesn't mean that fear doesn't have its place, for its design was to keep us safe.But when we become fearful of calling on clients, we are no longer thinking with our rational, higher thinking mind, but now we are thinking and using the primitive mind.
One of the keys or principles to success based on the writings of Napoleon Hill and Raymond Holliwell, is faith. One of the greatest ways to dissolve fear is by having faith in our abilities, talents and gifts, which will also give us the greatest amount of energy to do what we love. When successful people are met with opposition, they dig deep from within and call upon the love they have for their desire. This love provides them with the much needed and abundant energy that will open up a whole new world of opportunities, experiences, partnerships and success.
It is absolutely impossible for fear to exist where there is faith. Where fear closes doors, faith opens them. When fear is filling the mind, the mind is unable to receive intuition, guidance, inspiration and creativity. Just think about it, if a lion is chasing you, your first thoughts aren't going to be focusing on the beautiful vista around you. No, they aren't even going to be about how fast you can run, you'll just naturally run. Your whole mind, body and soul are focusing only on saving yourself from the potential danger of being eaten.
In our business world, sometimes it might feel like we could be eaten alive, but in reality this is just letting us know that we have a little work to do in replacing our fears with faith. Fear, in this example, is simply a state of mind because we know no one is going to eat us. Nevertheless, it's still a real fear in our mind. But, unlike the lion that is real, how is it that fear is created from the mind when dealing with people?
Fear that is created from the mind when dealing with people comes from our own creation of "what if." Many times the things we fear actually never happen or occur in our lives. We spend countless seconds, minutes, hours and days on a fear that has never, nor ever will manifest. All of which is wasted energy on things unseen rather than dealing with what is seen and taking it one step at a time. We don't have to have all the answers, just the ones we need in that moment. Running when a lion is chasing me is the only answer I need in that moment. Telling a client that I have a two o'clock slot open for the day is the answer I need in that moment.
To truly benefit from faith, we need a little more understanding of how to apply it within our own lives when it comes to the principles of success. Some may think that having faith means you throw everything up to the wind and hope for the best, but this would be blind faith. The faith that I write about today that will help you in your growth and success, is the faith in seeing the facts and then doing something about them, taking action rather than throwing caution to the wind. If my checking account is in the negative and I say, "Oh, well I have faith everything will be okay," while continuing to spend money that I don't have then I am acting blindly. If I say, "I don't care that my account is negative," I might find myself caring an awful lot about it as it continues to dwindle. Acting in this way is avoiding the facts, avoiding faith and desire. If I desire to have a successful massage practice, but never take the action which supports such success, then I am wasting the truest wealth of all, my mind and my ability to create what I desire in life.
Faith is the knowing that the sun is going to rise and taking action is getting up to see it to take advantage of what the sunlight has to offer each day. What abilities, gifts and/or talents do you have faith in? You know these things will make you shine, but are you using all of your talents to the best of your ability? Where can you improve upon your gifts, abilities and talents and direct them to your overall goal in life?
Now that you know what abilities, gifts and talents you have that will help you to shine, what steps or actions could you implement and start immediately towards your goal? Do you have a gift in writing? Then what actions could you start today that would move you towards your overall goal of success and financial freedom? Maybe your love of reading could be used to edit a friend's new book or newsletter. Action is endless and full of possibilities when we sit in faith rather than fear.
Each and every day is a new day of possibilities that will help us to shine. But first we must be willing to recognize opportunities, recognize the genius from within, and recognize when we're being inspired and to act upon our intuitiveness. Our taking action proves to the mind that we are willing, ready and able to handle success and we welcome this success gladly.
As defined in a previous article, evolution is any process of growth. Success is defined by www.definitions.net as, "an event that accomplishes its intended purpose, reaching a goal, or accomplishing prosperity." There may be some people unconsciously reaching for a goal of lacking less than they have right now, but most of us usually set goals for higher aspirations, rather than lower. That said, when we set goals we are seeking growth, we are seeking to do and become better and we are looking for ways to expand who we are rather than contracting who we are. Evolution and success go hand-in-hand and you can't have one without the other. This means that as we grow in our field and become more successful, we are encouraging our craft to evolve, thus moving our field and scope of practice into a higher standard of professionalism and recognition. Each therapist participates in this evolutionary process as we set our individual goals, aims and aspirations with the desire in serving others. We will each experience our own growth while also assisting the overall growth of the industry. We will each experience our own financial success and freedom, while assisting the same for the industry. It's a process that can't help but to encourage cooperation.
Take a moment and reflect on the following and be honest with yourself as you make your journey towards success:
As you reflect on the answers to the questions above, put your thoughts into an organized outline to make it easier for you to follow as you move through the process of reaching and being all the success your mind can handle.
Dr. Velvete H. Womack, PhD, LMT, CE, MI, is a published author, inventor, licensed massage therapist and wellness coach. With more than 35 years in corporate American, and in the medical and holistic field of health and wellness, Dr. Womack strives to provide individuals tools that will aid in balance and stress reduction. For more information, visit www.massagebyvelvete.com.
Join the conversation
Comments are encouraged, but you must follow our User Agreementcomments powered by Disqus
Keep it civil and stay on topic. No profanity, vulgar, racist or hateful comments or personal attacks. Anyone who chooses to exercise poor judgement will be blocked. By posting your comment, you agree to allow MPA Media the right to republish your name and comment in additional MPA Media publications without any notification or payment.