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Saying No to Medicine
An interesting article recently appeared in Men's Journal titled "When to Say No to Your Doctor." The article begins with the summary statement above and effectively arms readers with information that will help them "take more responsibility for your own health care, because you can't be sure anyone else is.
The X Factor in Clinical Research: The Patient
It was the great baseball legend, former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra – he of countless aphorisms, each with a mind-bending twist – who once declared, "You can observe a lot by watching."
Talking to Patients About Healthy Aging
I've noticed that a particular category of patients seems to make up more and more of my practice – they work out, but still experience lots of degenerative joint disease (DJD) issues.
The Tao of Gender
If you think gender is as simple as having a new client check off the "male" or "female" box on your intake form, we hope this article will expand your understanding and thus the reach of your health care.
Calcium Helps Prevent Colorectal Cancer
Over the past 25 to 30 years, studies have suggested calcium may confer protection against colorectal cancer.
Help Patients Achieve Optimal Vitamin D Levels
Much research has been done on vitamin D levels and their impact on health; optimal levels have been correlated with a reduced risk of developing numerous conditions.
Blaming the Gluteus Medius, Overlooking the Deltoid
The gluteus medius (Gmed) is commonly written about, strengthened and blamed for many conditions, and rightfully so. After all, the Gmed plays a role in pelvic stability, hip motor control and lower-quarter dynamic movements.
The Wonders of Light Therapy: An Interview with Wes Burwell
I first met Wes Burwell in 2011 when he was teaching a class on light. Since then, every time I hear him speak, his understanding of the benefits, function and capacity of light has evolved.
Managing Today's Fertility Patient
I recently received an email from one of my fertility patients: "Got my lab results back. FSH is 11, AMH is 0.7. My doctor said these numbers aren't good. I guess I'm infertile. Just as a thought. Just set up an appointment to speak with an adoption agency."
AOMA Strengthens Leadership Team
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, a leading college of acupuncture & herbal medicine, announced the appointment of Donna LaPoint Hurta, MBA as the new VP of Finance & Operations this Fall.
Understanding and Identifying Pediatric Growth-Plate Fractures
In general, fractures in children heal well with little intervention as long as the alignment is good. Fractures involving the growth plate, however, are a different issue. In fact, growth-plate injuries are the primary reason for the subspecialty of pediatric orthopedics.
Managing Patient Expectations About Acupuncture
Last year, I attended the Pacific Symposium in San Diego for the first time in six or seven years. It was the 25th anniversary of this event, and on one evening there was a panel discussion with the title; "What is Qi?."
5 Ways to Occupy Occupational Health
Despite the progress that has been made to better protect workers, occupational health and safety remains a priority area for many national governmental organizations due to the widespread problem of occupationally related morbidity and mortality.
Jingei Diagnosis: An Effective and Powerful Diagnostic
I graduated from the Kotatama Institute under the direction of Drs. Masahilo and Katsuharu Nakazono in 1984. As a student, I was exposed to the practice of most of the various theories and modalites of Oriental Medicine.
The Heart Protector
On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
Simple Ways To Find True Happiness
Patients in our clinics are always seeking happiness. As their health advocate, we need to ensure we inform them that in order to find happiness, they have to make sure to identify what makes them happy in the first place.
To The Finish Line With the Help of TCM
When acupuncturist Eddy De Smedt pursued a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he knew he wanted to make a difference.
Lime Jello on Morphine
Taste is in the eyes... actually the mouth... of the beholder. My food preferences have changed, lightening from the food of my youth. My parents loved heavy eastern European cuisine and I loved it as a child. Now I enjoy leaner, healthier whole foods.
Healing With TCM at San Quentin State Prison
For the prisoners at San Quentin State Prison, life-sentences are the reality of every day life. It is not often that prisoners get the opportunity to use alternative medicine to deal with common ailments they encounter behind bars such as, depression, anxiety and pain.
Web Marketing: Content Is King
Google's sweeping updates to its search algorithms over the past few years have brought a paradigm shift in how you can optimize your chiropractic website to gain maximum marketing leverage.
Pulse Diagnosis: What We Know
I am still finding pearls of wisdom from the books and papers that I inherited from my pulse diagnosis mentor Jim Ramholz.
February, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 02
Healers: Do They Really Heal or are They a Conduit to Healing?
By Marie-Christine Lochot, LMT
Healers are very often associated with mystery and some "magic" skills that, we think, they were born with or have learned through long years of apprenticeship with a Master. Their names are passed by word of mouth, or for some, have reached international fame like John of God in Brazil.The word "Shaman" triggers images of secrecy and rituals. We have famous and gifted healers near us: Barbara Brennan, Donna Eden and John Barnes to name a few. Their names don't trigger thoughts of unusual ceremonials and treatments, but still, we are in awe of their skills which we often call gifts. As we study with them and see them up close and personal, we are aware of their specialness. It makes us wonder, were they born that way? Are they channeling some godly entity? Then, as we practice our craft to the best of our abilities, we have the satisfaction of helping clients feel better and move towards better health. Does that mean that we are also healers?
To answer that question we need to understand what the concept of a healer is and what is meant by healing.
What is a healer? The dictionary definition is quite simple: person who heals, especially through faith. We could also say that people who are called healers have a high success rate in helping people with diseases and ailments; indeed this is why their names are known within and beyond their communities.
Cyndi Dale in her book, The Subtle Body, adds another dimension to the definition by stating: "All healers are energy workers, but are all energy workers healers?" The statement might make some think it excludes therapists whose approach and techniques are not energy based. But it does not. Each and every time we are in contact with a client, we enter their energy field and vice versa. What Ms. Dale is saying is that healers interact with energy.
The etymology of the word heal is cure, make whole, sound and well; so healing is not only erasing symptoms but also assuring a state of wholeness. A study titled, "The Meaning of Health" was published by Thomas R Egnew in 2005 in the Annals of Family Medicine. The objective of the study was to determine a definition of healing that explains its mechanism and gives physicians tools to promote holistic healing. The study was based on interviews with seven well known allopathic physicians who published on topics related to healing or were medical educators. The results were that, "Healing was defined in terms of developing a sense of personal wholeness that involves physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of human experience." Knowing now that healing also includes creating positive changes in a person's condition, we can say we can be healers even if we don't cure people.
The next question, probably the most challenging one, becomes this: do healers really heal or do they facilitate healing and act as a conduit? Do they have some "magic" powers that induce healing or are they able to help people to activate their body's own healing mechanisms?
We know from the study of biology that the body always tries to maintain balance and stability among systems; it works diligently to repair damaged tissues, bones and blood vessels. When we are sick, those mechanisms are not working properly. The wholeness has disappeared. It can be said that healers assist us to heal ourselves by helping our body's native intelligence. They do it in different ways depending of their field of expertise and their healing style.
There can be a physical intervention that triggers a physiological self-healing response. A good example is John F. Barnes and his myofascial release treatments. The principle is to sink into the fascia, stretch it and wait for a release allowing the healing of the structure that was being restricted by the fascia. John Barnes has the gift of being able to tune into the tissues and to feel restrictions in an amazing way. Ultimately, though, the healing comes from the body itself which, free of restrictions, is able to go back to a balanced state.
Another healing style is an energetic intervention that helps release blocked energy, balancing energy systems so the body reestablishes harmony between organs. No matter the techniques used, the ultimate healing comes from the body's energetic system as it regains wholeness and returns to a healthy state.
The one gray area is the impact the healer's energy has when it is infused in the energy field of the client/patient. As I studied with Donna Eden, I had the occasion to be near her and felt her incredible energy field. It was warm, buzzing and felt wonderfully good and ... healing! I also experienced some of that with John Barnes; his touch felt therapeutic by itself. Those experiences made me wonder if those healers' energies had a healing value just by themselves.
At the end of the day though, what matters is that people are brought back to health and balance. When Dr. Mehmet Oz was asked about a woman who had progress from a spinal cord injury after some sessions with John of God in Brazil, his answer was, "I don't care what it is, if you really feel better with this kind of tragic injury, we need to research that. Crawfish regrow their nerves right? Maybe there are things that we can harvest in our psyche that allow us to do it as well."
What do you think?
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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