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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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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?
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.
November, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 11
Healing Intention: What is Your State of Mind?
By Marie-Christine Lochot, LMT
Most massage therapists and bodyworkers choose the profession out of desire to help other people feel better. We believe that by using our hands and applying the techniques we have learned, we can help people heal from injuries, get stress relief and attain better health. This is conscious, mindful and determined; this is a healing intention.
Healing intention is better known when it applies to one person desiring to improve his or her health. The past few years, many books and movies have been made regarding that concept: "The Law of Attraction," Shortcut to a Miracle and more recently, "The Secret," to name a few. They are all based on Quantum Physics principles. "Through the study of the quantum realm ... science has now learned that: 1) We live in a universe that is 'an undivided whole;' 2) We are one with it and part of it; 3) It is a world of potentiality rather than predictability; and 4) We actually participate in the operation of this universe – it responds to us." – Michael C. Rann and Elizabeth Rann Arrott from Shortcut to a Miracle.
According to those principles, we can have an impact on our own life by projecting a goal. When I got interested in quantum physics, the most useful explanation I found was that we are projecting holograms of ourselves, or how we perceive ourselves, into the universe and that is what comes back to us. It's the famous, "Be careful to what you are wishing for, because it might happen." Therefore, a healing intention requires using a voluntary thought process that establishes belief, expectation and hope that one's health and balance will be regained.
What happens when that intention is held by a massage therapist or bodyworker? Which state of mind do we need to have before, during and after a session?
Getting ready for a session as we hold a healing intention, requires the therapist to be mentally prepared. To enhance this belief, we want to develop awareness and set a careful intention. One way to reach those goals is our own healing, making sure that we are at peace with our self and our inner world. Another way is to participate in mindfulness programs or meditation.
When the client arrives, listening to her or his desired objectives is paramount; our healing intention has to match what they are looking for in term of the results, even if we had another idea. It cannot be our agenda. I have clients who sometimes only want to address their stress and not their tight shoulders. My healing intention then is to help them relax their mind and balance their energy, even if I know how much their shoulders could benefit from more focused work.
As we sit at the head of the table and touch our client for the first time, our state of mind should be a hope that some healing will happen, belief that the body will guide us, compassion for the human being on the table and acceptance of the results. Be careful not to confuse intention with expectation. This is one of the keys of intentions or manifestations.
We also want to be grounded and centered. A good way to ground ourselves is to plant our feet firmly on the floor and imagine that roots come out of them to sink into mother earth. Being centered comes from grounding and being in a peaceful place. Lastly, I believe that we need to be humble; our mission is to be of service, we are not in charge.
During the session, presence is essential. If distracting thoughts come to mind, acknowledge them, then gently push them away and refocus onto the client's body. Awareness is another key element. As we proceed with strokes, we want to pay attention to the body's reactions and the feeling of the tissues under our skilled hands. I always try to listen to my hands and fingers as they seem to know best when to linger, which depth to go to and which rhythm to adopt. The unwinding of a muscle and the client's sighs of relief often confirm that it was the right approach.
Paying attention to our breath is also part of awareness. Slow and deep indicates that we are focused and relaxed. A shallow breath sends us the signal that we are tensed and need to relax our diaphragm. To accomplish that, I have found it useful to visualize a yellow or green light in my solar plexus. After a few minutes, discreet yawns, provoked by strong contractions of the diaphragm, are indicators that the quality of my breathing is improving.
Being quiet is a must. How can we be centered and aware if we are having a conversation? I am not talking about feedback from the client, but about mundane talk. Finally, empathy, gentleness and kindness are necessary cornerstones of a healing journey.
At the end of the session, gratitude is in order. Let's be grateful that the client trusted us with their healing needs, that we were there to meet those needs and that the body's wisdom did its magic. It probably went the way it was supposed to, even if sometimes we don't see it right away.
The following quote from Mahatma Gandhi is on the wall in my treatment room so I never forget my healing intentions and the sacredness of the work: "Work with the hands is the apprenticeship of honesty. May the work of your hands be a sign of gratitude and reverence to the human condition." May you have successful healing journeys with your clients.
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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