resourcesABOUT MT AUTHOR GUIDELINES CLASSIFIEDS EDITORIAL CALENDAR MEDIA GUIDE MASSAGE MART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FEEDBACK
Building Kidney Yang and Jing
Kidney yang, if we include mingmen fire, is the energy and heat source for the whole body. Jing is the essence of yang, and is stored in the kidney, extraordinary channels, and in the bone marrow, which in TCM also includes the brain.
A Very New Year: It's Time to Track
As we enter 2017, we find "affordable care" is not so affordable for many individuals. They are discovering what employers learned long ago: Health care is expensive – and keeps getting more expensive.
Change on the Horizon? New White House Spells Shift in Health Care Policy
On the morning after Election Day, many in our country were surprised to learn that not only did the Republican nominee win the White House, but also that the House of Representatives and the Senate remain under GOP control.
The Key to Recovery
Starting in the 1970s and developing over a decade of assessment and improvement, the South Bronx's Lincoln Recovery Center staff refined the method of using five basic ear-points, which became the NADA protocol for the treatment of addiction.
Herbs for Digestion: The Power of Bitter
Many cultures (and indeed herbal clinicians) around the world have long respected the role of bitter herbs and foods for promoting digestion.
What Are Prebiotics – and Why Should You Care? (Part 1)
In previous articles, I spoke about the different kinds of fiber and their effects, and the potential risks of taking probiotics without also consuming prebiotic soluble fiber (PSF) in foods and/or supplements [see August & October 2016 issues].
Case Study of Benign Hand Tremors
Patients without degenerative diseases causing tremors are often given the diagnosis of essential tremors, for which treatment options are limited to lifestyle changes and medications.
Increase Your Practice Income With Retail Products
With only so many hours in a day, there is a cap on the revenue an acupuncturist can generate by way of appointments. Once your appointment book is filled, you can't really add more without burning yourself out.
The Mysterious Divergent Channels
The divergent channels are among the most mysterious entities in all of Chinese medicine. They are rarely mentioned, lacking reference in modern TCM study, and rarely used within popular Chinese medical treatment.
Losing Your Mind? Try Coconut Oil
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is currently the 6th leading cause of death in America according to the CDC. It affects over 5 million Americans and 50 percent of nursing home residents (2014), and is projected to spike to 16 million by 2050.
Top 2017 Health & Fitness Trends
We really did sign up for a career of learning and development. Now that you have built a strong foundation of your manipulation skills, nutrition base, movement assessments and business knowledge, it's time to keep up with the American College of Sports Medicine's 2017 worldwide health and fitness trends.
MD-DC Affiliations Under Fire
I am George P. McAndrews, lawyer for the chiropractors in the Wilk, et al., v AMA, et al., antitrust suit that resulted in an injunction against the AMA and others, banning them from interfering in lawful professional relationships between medical physicians and doctors of chiropractic.
Your Patients With Cancer Need You
It was a chilly Minnesota morning in March 1999 when she asked to speak to me alone. My then-busy chiropractic practice wasn't built for much privacy, but I quickly scooted the 60-some-year-old, white-haired patient to my exam room, as the open adjusting area was buzzing with excitement.
An Education in Stroke Risk and Chiropractic
Dr. Steven Shoshany's ninth appearance on "The Dr. Oz Show" may prove to be his most significant, as he addressed questions related to the death of Katie May, who suffered two strokes in February 2016, hours after her third visit to a chiropractor for what she described in a Twitter post as a pinched nerve in her neck experienced during a photo shoot days earlier.
Scope of Chiropractic Practice: Time for Change?
The University of Bridgeport, College of Chiropractic Student Government Association sponsored a panel discussion on Oct. 25, 2016.
Acute Locked-Back Syndrome: Cause and Correction
As we all know, occasionally a patient will present with acute-onset low back pain with or without a precipitating incident. A distinguishing feature of the presentation is visible lateral antalgia, both standing and walking.
Scar Reduction With Acupuncture & Microneedling (Part 1)
Applied correctly, modern skin needling techniques can form part of a holistic treatment and incorporate the principles of Chinese medicine.
Clinical Outcomes & Safety for TCHM
The practice of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine (TCHM) may appear archaic to those who misunderstand the theories and principals that guide it. In fact, TCHM continues to evolve and new systems are consistently being discovered and applied within the tradition.
One Intensive, Three Ways
As I stepped into the oversized treatment room, I saw four massage tables set up. Each one held a client surrounded by three to four therapists who were all holding their hands at strategic locations on the client's body. The only sound was the occasional murmur when the client's lead therapist instructed the others to change locations or hand positions.
This was the scene of the first intensive program I attended at The Upledger Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. in 1994. Developed for patients with traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries, these programs would later expand to cater to adults and children struggling with a host of other challenges, from autism to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Yet no matter what kind of challenge was being addressed, the structure of the program was fundamentally the same for everyone. In addition to round-table discussions between therapists, clients and their caregivers, each client received five to 10 days of what we called "multi-hands" Craniosacral Therapy sessions. That means each client had a lead therapist supported by several other therapists who essentially lent their hands (and their hearts) to the sessions.
It was a profound experience that was designed to help clients overcome a plateau in their healing process. But after years of working with Craniosacral Therapists and other integrative practitioners, one thing has become crystal clear: If you practice any kind of therapy that's outside of mainstream medicine, your clients have already hit a plateau before they ever call you.
That's why I teach therapists how to package their modalities into transformative programs that always start with an intensive experience. Whether they're called intensive programs, private retreats or deep-dive days, they generate a massive amount of healing momentum. Then all the therapeutic sessions that follow the intensive are capable of creating results that are more dramatic – and longer lasting – than the outcomes clients experience when they drop in for a session now and again.
Here are three creative ways to offer an intensive experience that gives your clients a big improvement in their health and well-being. While they don't all last a full day or take place at the beginning of a program, if you're ready to go deep with your clients, these will get your creative juices flowing.
Multiple Practitioners, One Client
Mary Quintero, LMT, CST, was inspired to offer intensive programs out of her own Craniosacral training.
"I noticed in cranial classes or study groups that when you're getting numerous multi-hands sessions, it takes your therapy to light speed," she said. "That's when I started thinking, what would happen if I offered this to my clients who are improving, but not fast enough for their liking? Or they're bumping up against a wall and they need a little extra something?"
So Mary started "playing with multi-hands" in her practice. She hires one or two other therapists to lend their hands to her clients a session at a time. "I ask the therapists what kind of symptomatology they're most excited to work with," she says. "Then I try to pair them up with who they're most passionate about helping."
Since she started offering these intensives, Mary's noticed that the clients who take part in them generally progress much faster than those who don't.
"That got me wondering what would happen if my clients came in multiple times a week for multi-hands sessions," she said. "Now that's taken off in my practice. I love watching how the sessions and my clients have changed. Their progress might speed up or take a completely different route. It's multifaceted."
Mary's intensive programs have been so successful, she's expanding the concept into five-day destination retreats. She's looking forward to hosting the first one in Costa Rica in 2017.
Multiple Practitioners, Multiple Clients
Katherine Macomber Millman, LMP, says the inspiration for her day-long retreat, which she calls The Healing Temple, came as a "download" when she was in meditation at the end of a yoga class.
"The structure came in its entirety. It's a highly choreographed event for 15 women where five healing practitioners are woven in through the day giving mini-sessions to each woman."
The practitioners range from bodyworkers – like craniosacral therapists and reflexologists – to those who focus on the mind and spirit. "We've had everything from Akashic Record readers to BodyTalk specialists."
While Katherine is beginning to create Healing Temples for women and men, she says the Temple was really a calling to create a container for women to be able to gather, to receive, to rest, to reflect, and to be seen.
"It's an opportunity to set it all down, to go within, to be in the presence of other women without having to be chatty, and to have the input of mind- and body-centered therapies to help catalyze her ability to hear her inner wisdom.
"These retreats really started for influencers. Women in the public eye. But she doesn't have to be a news anchor on ABC. She can be the kindergarten teacher. A charge nurse. Someone who's running for local office. Someone to whom people turn for direction, for wisdom, for guidance, for advice.
"In other words, someone who has a level of responsibility to other people that requires her to be 'on' in a way that someone more private, like a writer, might not need to be."
It's also for women who don't have the time or the space to get away for a week-long or 10-day retreat, or even a weekend retreat. "This is just one day," she said. "So anyone can do it."
Katherine originally hosted all her Healing Temples in Port Townsend, Washington. Now she's leading them at other beautiful locations in the Northwest. "Demand has been so high, I'm looking to collaborate with healers who want to gather their local practitioners and set up Healing Temples across North America."
One Therapist, One Client
Mary Grace Windsor, LMT, specializes in helping women find the power to change painful and draining relationships. Her one-day private retreats at her office in Dallas integrate hands-on bodywork and coaching with some of her favorite techniques to help each client experience a dramatic shift before going into a three-month program.
"Doing that retreat day up front really starts the breakthrough for them. Then when they do the further work in the program, so much of the foundation has already been laid," she said. "Their conscious and their subconscious are working together toward transformation. It's a very powerful beginning."
About a week before each client attends her private retreat day, Mary walks her through a visioning session by phone. "I guide her through a process that reveals the vision of the life she wants to live," Mary said, "because it may be very different than the life she's living now."
Then Mary kicks off the retreat by taking her client through self-discovery exercises, like one that reveals her personal needs and values. That's critical, said Mary, because what's really important to you isn't always what you think it is.
"I once did an exercise like this. And I honestly thought marriage would come out at the top of the list. Turns out it wasn't even on the list. And what was on the list was something I was ignoring: being a good role model for my daughters. I couldn't do that in my first marriage because of the way I was allowing myself to be treated. Seeing that contrast in black and white made it clear that something had to change."
After helping her client get in touch with what's most important to her, Mary takes her through other creative exercises and experiences designed to gently break down her old ideas. And let fresh inspiration in.
She leads her client in a crystal-bowl meditation where starts to bring her vision to life. Then she takes her through a hands-on session that combines Craniosacral Therapy and Reiki. And she ends the day with action steps that continue the transformation once her client is home again.
"The retreat is part of a sacred contract you have with that person," Mary said. "You set the intention and set aside the space and the time. It's a powerful message to both the client and the practitioner that this is the beginning of a big process. When someone's made the time available, that means they're ready for the change."