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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.
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.
Spieth Thanks His Chiropractor After Historic Masters Win
Jordan Spieth didn't just capture the hearts of golf enthusiasts worldwide with his record-setting, wire-to-wire victory at the 79th Masters Tournament.
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.
Green Tea Improves Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects
Publishing their results in the journal Nutrients in May 2014, researchers showed that drinking the equivalent of 2-4 cups of brewed green tea (or bottled tea) daily improved cognitive function or reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction in elderly subjects.
Professional Credentialing and Board Certification: An Ethical Faux Pas
Because of the Affordable Care Act, health care systems are coordinating care through accountable care organizations (ACOs) in order to reduce the cost of care and improve quality of care.
Reducing the Autogenic Inhibition Reflex: Making Weak Muscles Strong
The autogenic inhibition (AI) reflex is a sudden relaxation of a muscle in response to excess tension.
Giving Vets the Care They Deserve
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the largest integrated health care system in the United States.
ACA or ICA: Which Best Represents You?
Last June, I was honored to represent Texas ICA members as their representative assemblyman at the ICA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
Leg-Length Inequality and Pelvic Fixation: A New Approach to the Negative Derifield (Part 2)
As we noted in our previous article, with a positive Derifield (+D), the doctor observes the reactive (shorter) leg in the prone position that becomes longer or "crosses over" in the flexed position.
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.
Our Biggest Challenges to Compete in Wellness Care
In the first article in this four-article series [May 1 DC], I made the case that chiropractors should either embrace offering lifestyle wellness in their practices or face the possibility of losing their place in the wellness care marketplace.
First Do No Harm?
There's no questioning the frightening nature of breast cancer, which strikes one in eight women in the U.S. – eclipsed only by skin cancer in terms of prevalence.
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.
We Get Letters & Email
A House Divided? (May 1 issue) provoked significant response from readers. Here are several of the surprisingly similar comments we received.
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.
Rethinking Musculoskeletal Pain – A Public Health Perspective
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the world's oldest and largest association of its kind, founded more than 140 years ago and boasting over 25,000 members.
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.
5 Simple Steps to Create an Effective Marketing Calendar
In the educational experience of most healthcare practitioners, business and marketing are overlooked topics.
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.
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.
A Poor Choice for Pain Relief
Acetaminophen is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 27 billion annual doses as of 2009. With 100,000-plus hospital visits a year by users, it's also the most likely to be taken inappropriately.
May, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 05
Using Transactional Analysis to Speak "Client"
By Gerry Pyves
One of the most valuable things I learned when I trained as a Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist was to learn the difference between my "self" and the "other." This is particularly important in a therapy like massage which offers so many opportunities to "merge" with our clients.
By "merge" what I mean is to confuse what I am experiencing and thinking with what the client actually experiences. This sounds a bit obvious, doesn't it? However, one of the most common mistakes I witness in my training of massage therapists is precisely this problem. Many therapists pride themselves on their "sensitivity" and their "psychic" abilities, even. They simply love to prove their abilities by telling clients exactly what they notice about them and what their "energy" is doing.
Most of this is simply projection. We feel uplifted so we say to the client, "I notice how uplifted you are." In the power relationship of massage, the client is bound to agree. Occasionally, a client with a strong ego will simply walk out and not return as a result of such insulting and manipulative behaviour.
We must ensure it is the client's own experience they are describing in their own words. To do this, I invite the client to spend a few minutes lying on the table at the end of the treatment. This is so they have time to integrate the effect of the massage. Sometimes this is the most powerful therapeutic time of the treatment. Clients often report that they "let go" even more than during the bodywork itself. I leave the room so they really are in their own space for this phase.
The second part of this "integration phase" is when the client is dressed. Here, I still avoid chit chat and deflect the inevitable, "what did you notice?" game by simply asking the client to: "Walk around the table and notice how your body wants to walk after this treatment. Tell me anything you notice that feels different from this before you got on the table - if anything."
What is remarkable is that clients never say "Wow, I feel so myofascia-ed!" or "I feel like my iliopsoas is now so much longer!" Only massage therapists and professional bodyworkers talk such language. If clients really do speak this way, then they have been educated. What clients actually come out with, without such professional brain washing is, well, absolutely anything!
Learning From Our Clients
That is what makes it so exciting to actually listen to clients - I never know what will actually come out of their mouths. One client may walk like a zombie carrying lead weights on his feet and say, "I feel so light and free." They could not look less free or light if they tried. But who am I to say what my client actually feels or experiences internally? What is certain is this: everything I learned about the power of touch and massage came from the mouths of my clients. None of it can be found in the massage text books which, of necessity, only speak "bodywork." Yet, to really understand the immense power of massage, we really need to turn each client we massage into our teacher, by truly listening to their words.
Many therapists I know actually give a non-stop verbal commentary on what muscle is being released as they work. Now this is beyond the scope of practice, because it is hypnotherapy. Telling another human being what is happening in their body while they are in a semi-relaxed state and giving them suggestions is hypnotherapy. It is not ethical, in my opinion.
Only one person truly knows what the client is feeling in the treatment room, and it isn't the massage therapist. If you want to be a psychic, go get a velvet tent and a crystal ball. Otherwise let your clients have the space to find their own words for what they are feeling. When my clients "walk" after the treatment and are integrating their new body structure through the walk, I must bite my tongue and let them explore this new state of being.
What if they say, "nope, don't feel any different?" If there is not a convenient 8th floor window to throw yourself out of, you might just stay around and learn something. These "failures" are sometimes the most powerful teachings of them all.
You will not learn about massage from training courses. You will only learn about it from actual clients. if you bother to really listen to them and really want to know about them. All about them, not just their "physical" state. Know about them as human beings. You are not a bodyworker. The only place to find bodies without energy, emotion, mind and spirit is in the morgue or in bodywork text books. What you are, is a "human being worker."
The Best Marketing Tool
One of the great advantages of giving the client the chance to define their own reality in their own words, is how your clients walk out of your treatment room extremely clear about the value of coming for treatments with you. When they meet their friend for coffee after the treatment and they ask, "what have you been doing?" Your client replies, "I have just had a massage treatment and I feel six inches taller, so much lighter and ready to take on the world."
What just happened here? You just got yourself a new referral is what happened. Just from learning how to speak "client."
Gerry Pyves lives in West Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom. He holds an MA from Oxford University and qualified as a massage therapist in 1984. He became a UKCP registered Transactional Analysis psychotherapist in 1999. He is the founder and creator of NO HANDS® Massage. He is currently looking for instructors to teach NO HANDS® in the U.S. For more information, visit www.nohandsmassage.com.
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