Alternative Health News
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
As 2015 is upon us, the majority of massage therapy clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
Hooked on Shoulder Pain
We tend to look at anatomy and structure as something that is constant and unchanging, but the truth is there are a number of anatomical variations and many of the structures shown in anatomy books can be somewhat different among individuals.
Massage Therapy During Childbirth May Reduce Labor Pain
Labor hurts. Labor is an often painful and sometimes long process causing much distress to women during the birthing process.
Aromatic Abdominal Massage
In massage school, we learned the proper draping and general techniques for working the abdominal muscles, including the pattern and use of vibration to help the body's elimination process through the large intestine.
Helping to Create the Healthiest Generation
The imperative to create the "Healthiest Generation by 2030," envisioned by the American Public Health Association (APHA), was in full force at the APHA's 142nd Annual Meeting held in New Orleans from November 15-19, 2014.
Going Beyond the Basics in Your Massage Therapy Practice
As a spa director for almost 15 years, I sometimes wonder if I should know more, do more or empower staff and clients more. I think, in our healing profession, most of us know part of the reason we got into massage/bodywork/spa was and is to help other people.
Acupuncture and its Place in the Integrative Healthcare Practice: The Need to Move from Modality to Profession
Acupuncture and oriental medicine (AOM) has grown and flourished from its inception thousands of years ago in China. In surrounding regions of Asia, AOM developed as a response to differing cultural, pathological, health and wellness care needs.
Deal or No Deal?
FSMTB trumpeted this news in their October 3rd press release, which stated: "FSMTB and the NCBTMB have worked cooperatively to reach an agreement that the NCBTMB will no longer provide examinations for licensure purposes and will now focus exclusively on delivering quality certification programs.
The Conscious Evolution of Healing: Importance of Opening the Sensory Portals in Classical Chinese Medicine
The Chinese medical classics are not just clinical guides. They give advice; ways we can awaken more fully into conscious awareness.
Happy New Year 2015 Gong Hoy Fat Choi
Welcome to the year of the sheep! We begin a new year guided by the sign of a quietly and creatively organized animal.
The Aspiration to Prevent Hip, Knee and Shoulder Replacements, Part 2
The extrinsic variables that contribute to hip, knee and shoulder degeneration were outlined in my last column in the November 2014 issue. That article proposed that the hip and shoulder joints have a genetic propensity for subluxations.
I Felt it in My Fingers First
I'm not afraid to say it. Massage therapists make better acupuncturists. I'll tell you how I know, but first I have a question: What do a microcurrent device, a laser and a hippie massage therapist have in common?
Marketing Yourself to the Aging Population
Most people starting their careers in massage consider working in spas or resorts, working with athletes or working for themselves: but do they consider geriatric massage?
A Massage Therapist's Guide to Public Speaking
One of the most terrific methods (yet most feared) of marketing is public speaking. Massage therapists that use this method obtain the benefit of sharing their passion and knowledge to a captivated group.
Hands-On Learning in the Dissection Lab
While the opportunity to perform a full body human dissection is rare, a growing number of massage therapists, acupuncturists and traditional Chinese medical practitioners, physical therapists, athletic trainers and other providers are entering the anatomy lab.
Comprehensive Manual Therapy for Breast Cancer Survivors
More than 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are estimated to be diagnosed in 2014.
AWB Makes a Difference in the Yucatan
We are in the sleepy town of Izamal, located about an hour from the Merida airport where our group arrived last night. Later that morning, on a bus winding through the dusty roads of the Yucatan, fourteen acupuncturists, two facilitators from AWB and two tour guides make their way to the small rustic town of Popola.
The Body's Load-Sharing Hub: The Thoracolumbar Fascia
Have you ever wondered why you swing your arms when walking? It's largely due to kinetic energy being stored and released in the thoracolumbar fascia (TLF), as forces from the lower body transfer upwards - and vice-versa.
An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Eldercare is a growing area of practice for massage therapists. Even though more nursing homes are adding massage programs, it's still relatively new.
Trouble Down Under: San Zhen Therapy for Lower Jiao Issues
In the last several columns, I have discussed many clinical options for utilizing San Zhen or Three Needle Therapy. In this installment, I will continue this trend and discuss several foundational patterns which can be found in several very common clinical presentations.
Animal Acupuncture Gaining in Popularity
We have just finished the year of the fire hoarse and now it is time to spend some time alone, daydreaming and thinking outside the box in terms of where our profession is headed. The sheep person is well organized and creative so this should not be difficult to do.
Two for One: The Cervical Distraction Test
In today's healthcare system, diagnoses and treatment plans follow a western medical model - especially if you work with attorneys or insurance companies.
The Way of Zen Performance Enhancement
Working with elite athletes and implementing various techniques to keep athletes focused and at their optimal performance for a sustained period of time includes incorporating various meditation techniques that counterbalance their sport-specific physical and mental demands, which is an important element of success throughout the years.
Environmental Toxins: Cause of Modern Illness, Part 2
In Part I of this article, we detailed the variety of environmental toxins assaulting our bodies. These include pesticides and herbicides; plastics; preservatives; cosmetics; gasoline additives, solvents and glues; and heavy metals.