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Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
April, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 04
Working Toward Good Health: Energy Systems and Practices
By Marie-Christine Lochot, LMT
For thousands of years our ancestors have developed systems explaining how subtle energies are organized, how they function and how to work with them for good health. What is subtle energy? It is an energy that cannot be measured.This is our life force. The Chinese call it Qi, the Japanese Ki, the Hindu Prana. Energy has power and intelligence; it connects all things in all dimensions. Its movement nourishes and sustains life. When energy stagnates, it promotes diseases, emotional imbalances and various ailments.
Modern science is starting to bring proof that those subtle energies do exist, confirming the intuition of our ancestors. The physicist Albert Einstein with his famous equation E=mc2 introduced the concept that matter and energy are interchangeable as they are two forms of the same thing. If matter and energy are different forms of the same thing then we can say that ultimately everything is energy. "Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter." Albert Einstein
There is a lot of literature regarding human energy systems. Opinions vary about how many systems there are. Three main systems though are mentioned by the wide majority of texts: the Meridians, the Chakras and the Aura. So, for the purpose of clarity and simplicity, we will focus on them.
The meridians are energy pathways which run throughout the body, invisible to most eyes, connecting to each other and to every structure of the body – atom, cell, organ, bone, tendon, skin. There are twelve major meridians that run on each side of the body, on the chest, back, arms or legs. Ten meridians correspond to an internal organ: stomach, spleen, heart, small intestine, bladder, kidney, liver, gall bladder, lung and large intestine. The last two, Triple Warmer and Pericardium are somewhat different. Triple Warmer distributes Qi to various body parts. Pericardium works closely with the Heart Meridian and helps protect the heart.
The meridians carry energy, blood and information. It is the meridians that send signals for body functions, the regulation of emotions and the maintenance of homeostasis. Energy in the meridians is accessed through acupuncture points. All meridians are grouped in pair of yin and yang partners. Each pair is associated with a specific elemental force. The meridian system is one of the major foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine and its healing practices, acupuncture, acupressure, Tuina and Qigong. Good health is attained by ensuring that Qi is flowing freely through the meridians and that organs work in harmony.
According to most researchers, the chakra system started in India some 4000 thousand years ago. The Sanskrit translation of the word chakra is wheel of light. They are usually shown as vortices of energy coming out from the front and back of the body. Many traditions across the world use chakra systems: Hindu, Tibetan, Kundalini, Tantric, Chinese, Maya, Inca, Cherokee and Sufi to name a few. The differences between systems are usually number and locations of the chakras. Most systems, including the modern western derivative system, acknowledge seven major ones, placed at the same locations and with the same color coupled with them. The seven chakras are associated with a nerve plexus, an area of the body and an endocrine system. They are located in ascending order from the pubic bone up to the head:
Donna Eden, energy healer, reports seeing different colors in chakras for different people. The chakras are like power stations which at the same time transmit information into the universe and are attuned to larger energies from the universe. The chakras are also affiliated with the various aspects of being human: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of life. Energy practices that work with chakras for better health "clear them" by using hands, magnets, crystals, sounds and other means. They include Reiki, Healing Touch, Pranic healing, Brennan Healing Science and Energy Medicine.
The Aura is a field of light that surrounds not only people and animals but also plants and objects. It acts as a protective atmosphere around one's body but also connects the physical, emotional and spiritual being to the outer world. The aura is magnetic in nature, but also has some electro-magnetic component to it. As with chakras many traditions have known the aura, and science has been studying it since the 1800s. Many cultures and authors describe the auric field as having seven layers, with the first layer close to the body and the seventh the furthest away. Colors are associated with each layer, but depending on aura readers there are variations. The auric layers are:
The aura changes size, shape, color and density depending on one's health, state of emotions and activity. The seven bands of the aura attach to the seven chakras. When the aura filters out or attracts energy, it does so through the chakras.
Clearing the aura is good for our physical health but also supports emotional and spiritual identity. A variety of energy practices offer techniques to do so. Even if Meridians, Chakras and Aura are separate energy systems, they interact with each other in a dance as subtle as energy itself. Energy vibrations are received and filtered by the aura, then fed into the chakras. The chakras in turn distribute that energy/information into the meridian system which passes it along to all the elements of our bodies from organs to cells. That transmission of energy and information goes both ways. Chakras collect information from the meridians and send it outward through the aura transmitting the imprint of our being to the outer world.
As massage therapists and bodyworkers, energy is part of our work whether it is ours or the client's or the entwinement of those two. Being aware of it is a key component to a deeper understanding of what we do.
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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