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Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
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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