3 Flexible Jobs Perfect for You

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massage_careerFor women in their 30s and 40s, a keyword in any job search is flexibility. The demand for flexible positions is growing as women realize it’s the key to work/life balance, excelling in their chosen careers, and being there for their children, aging parents, families, and communities. Flexibility is no longer a dream perk that’s difficult to attain. It’s a realistic work expectation in more and more fields, and it is empowering women to make room in their lives for all the things they find important.

Flexibility can be defined in many ways, depending on the employer and the employee. For many, a flexible job may have one or more of these attributes:

  • Flexible hours or a flex schedule – This can mean the ability to come in early and leave early, or work four 10-hour days, or have several months off at a time.
  • An option to telecommute – Working from home either full-time or part-time can be a difference maker for women, not just on a day-to-day basis, but when they have personal tasks to attend to or their children or aging parents are sick and need care.
  • Close proximity to home – Having a short commute allows workers to multi-task between work and family, attend to mid-day appointments, or get to school functions or events immediately after work.

There are several professions that are known for being flexible. The following three are some of the most popular based on not only their flexibility, but also their great career potential.

School teachers. Teachers and teaching assistants are great professions to work with children and make a difference in their lives and futures. Education required is based on the type and level of position. It is an ideal career for women with school-age children who would like to be home after school and during the summers.

Administrative assistants. These jobs are always needed in any field, and with more computer and data services and Internet access, many can be done on a flex schedule or even at home. Most jobs require a high school diploma, some computer skills, and excellent customer service abilities.

Massage therapists. Message therapy is growing in popularity because it allows people to be active, work with their hands, and really help people. The hours can be very flexible, with therapists having options to work full- or part-time in a home or office, and to determine the number of clients they want to see. Certification is required with the position, but most programs can be completed within eight months.

For women in their 30s or 40s looking for a career that is flexible and rewarding, it’s an exciting time to research these positions and the many others available that provide job satisfaction and a greater balance between home and career. Women interested in a quality comprehensive massage school in Miami are encouraged to learn more about the Acupuncture and Massage College, where classes are always forming.

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What is acupuncture?

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Acupuncture means needle piercing, and is the practice of inserting fine needles into the skin’s surface to stimulate acupoints, or specific anatomic points located along the body’s various meridians or energy channels.The meridians, invisible to the eye, are channels through which Chi, or energy flows. Acupoints are specific points on the body where Chi flows closest to the skin’s surface.Used for therapeutic purposes, the emphasis of acupuncture is on prevention of illness although it is also used in the treatment of disease. Acupuncture is used frequently for chronic pain conditions such as bursitis, arthritis, and migraines as well as skin disorders, asthma, and allergies.
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Acupuncturist often use the tongue as one of the first tools of diagnosis

Acupuncture is also effective in treatment of osteoarthritis, back pain, chemotherapy induced nausea, bladder instability and painful menstrual cycles. Disorders such as chronic fatigue, insomnia, hypertension, anxiety, depression, and addictions can be treated with acupuncture as well.Acupuncture practitioners, along with piercing the skin with needles, stimulate the acupoints through heat, friction, suction, pressure, or electromagnetic energy. Stimulation of the acupoints is necessary in order to restore health in the body through the balancing of the movement of Chi.
When Chi flows freely through the meridians, the body is in a state of balance and good health. When Chi is blocked, stagnated, or weakened the body can become prone to physical illness. The individual may also experience emotional or mental ill health.The acupuncturist practitioner, through stimulation of the acupoints, rebalances the body’s energy system. Rebalancing the flow of Chi restores health and prevents disease development.Acupuncture, in the treatment of chronic pain management, is effective through generating stimulus, or competing signals, which block existing pain signals from reaching the brain.Acupuncture treatment methods and their ability to maintain well-being and health have a basis in various Chinese philosophies, which have to be understood as well. The concepts of Tao and Yin and Yang are primary considerations that the acupuncturist practitioner incorporates in treatment of various conditions or disorders.Tao, or the path, or way of life, advocates moderation in all things and living in harmony with nature. According to the philosophy of Tao, the acupuncturist applies treatment that results not only in improving health, but also in living closer to the Tao.

Yin and Yang, or the feminine and masculine elements, are the two complementary or opposite energies present in a state of balance within the body, as well as in everything in the universe. Imbalances of Yin and Yang within the body’s system can result in ill health. The acupuncture practitioner treats these imbalances to prevent illness and to restore health by applying treatment to various related acupoints.

Nationally Accredited Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Schools

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There are presently 54 schools, accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, (ACAOM) for potential students of acupuncture and Oriental medicine to choose from. By attending accredited schools, students receive training that enables them to become licensed and legally practice in the majority of states.

Accredited programs include: Master’s degree and Master’s level certificate and diploma programs in acupuncture, and Master’s degree and Master’s level certificate and diploma programs in Oriental medicine with a concentration in both acupuncture and herbal therapies. The Commission also accredits postgraduate doctoral programs, but no accredited schools at this time offer doctoral programs.

Accredited Acupuncture and Oriental medicine programs are somewhat similar in curriculum structure. The main difference being that Oriental medicine programs offer an extensive educational component in Chinese herbal therapy. Due to this additional component, Oriental medicine programs are lengthier than acupuncture programs.

Certain state acupuncture licensing boards require acupuncturists to have training in herbal therapy. Students seeking to practice in these states should choose an Oriental medicine program.

Aside from the primary concerns of attending an accredited school and selecting a suitable program, there are other considerations when choosing a school. Potential students should select a program that offers a core TCM curriculum, such as that practiced today in China.

A core TCM curriculum focuses on a foundation base of traditional Chinese medicine theory, meridian theory, pathology, diagnosis, and TCM treatment principles.

This foundation base should offer educational training and practice in the concepts and techniques of acupuncture, Chinese herbology, dietary therapy, and Tui Na.Students, while training in traditional Chinese medicine, should also be introduced to associated TCM systems, such as Japanese, Korean and French acupuncture systems.

Small class sizes should be the norm, to encourage student-instructor dialogue and to ensure a supportive educational atmosphere. When preparing for critical examinations, schools should offer an additional review component, either through a specific class or through a tutoring system.

To facilitate learning, the school should have a comprehensive TCM library, which not only features TCM English and Chinese medical texts, but should also offer an extensive selection of related medical journals.

Clinic observation and practice should consist of students observing and attending to actual TCM practitioners, rather than to more advanced students, in order to develop a more in-depth understanding and knowledge of Chinese medicine. Consultative services should be available to graduates who request consultation with the school’s instructors regarding patient diagnosis and treatment.

A listing of the 54 accredited and candidacy status schools can be found on ACAOM’s website, at acaom.org.

Earth Acupuncture

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Similar to the acupuncture techniques used to regulate imbalances of energy in the meridians of the human body, earth acupuncture, (geopuncture) techniques work to balance the earth’s energies. Earth energy lines can have a detrimental effect on an individual’s health, when they lie beneath home or workspace.

Earth acupuncture conceptualizes the planet as a place of interconnecting energy lines. These energy lines form a grid, or energy network, that comprises the earth’s Qi. When earth energy becomes blocked or stagnated, or a physical space experiences a traumatic event, these energies can produce negative effects in the health of individuals, through interaction with the energy fields of humans.

Earth acupuncture treats these energy lines, which correlate with underground streams, burial sites, ritual grounds, battlegrounds, execution sites, earthquake fault lines, underground caves, harmful mineral deposits, toxic chemicals, poisons, radiation, and electro-magnetic fields.

Earth energy lines, which are located through dowsing, create a physical space with negative energy. These negative energy areas can encompass as small a space as a single room to as large a space as an entire building or plot of land.

These energy lines are a primary cause of individuals experiencing geopathic stress, or bodily imbalance or illness due to close proximity to these harmful energies radiating from the earth.

Geopathic stress-related illnesses and disorders include immune deficiency disorders, cancer, cardiovascular deficiency, chronic fatigue, attention deficit disorder, headaches, chronic body pains, insomnia, and chronic asthma.

A Feng Shui specialist often administers earth acupuncture. Consultations are often scheduled when there are areas of the home, or garden or workspace that either create an unpleasant feeling, or seem cluttered, or appear dark although having sufficient lighting.

The earth acupuncture consultation begins with discussion of any health disturbances the individual is experiencing. The earth acupuncture practitioner then dowses to locate any existing energy lines. The space will be checked for levels of electric, magnetic and radioactive fields.

Any existing energy lines will be treated in a method similar to traditional acupuncture. In place of the fine metal needles used in acupuncture therapy, earth acupuncture practitioners utilize copper rods, which are inserted at points bisecting the energy lines, directly into the floor or into the earth of the physical space.

These copper rods serve to block the energy from flowing through the line, causing it to dome over the physical space and neutralizing its negative effect.

Benefits of earth acupuncture treatment include greater productivity, better health and vitality, enhanced creativity, reduction of stress and tension, improved communications, and a sense of greater harmony with nature.

Benefits of Acupuncture

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Oriental medicine is a holistic approach, which is based on the treatment of all bodily systems. Acupuncture benefits the improvement of physical health conditions as well as affective disorders and instills a feeling of increased mental clarity.Acupuncture works directly with the body’s energy or qi, as acupuncture practitioners believe that all illnesses are a result of the natural flow of energy through the body becoming stuck, depleted or weakened and thus making the individual susceptible to illness. Acupuncture benefits the rebalance of qi through treatment of specific acupoints related to symptoms or illness present. Treatment is effective in removing these energy obstructions.

Through clinical trials, acupuncture has been proven effective in treating various medical conditions and its use has been expanded into conventional medicine practices.Although best known for the control of pain, acupuncture benefits a wide variety of disorders. Respiratory disorders such as sinusitis, common cold, bronchitis and asthma can be effectively treated with acupuncture.

Conjunctivitis, (pink eye), nearsightedness and cataracts are a few of the eye disorders acupuncture benefits. Toothache can be reduced through acupuncture. Neurological and musculoskeletal disorders including paralysis following stroke, frozen shoulder or Tennis elbow, sciatica and osteoarthritis are also treatable with acupuncture.

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With certain health conditions, acupuncture can be effective enough to reduce or eliminate the need to take drugs to control pain or symptoms. Additional benefits of acupuncture are faster recovery from injuries, decreased symptoms of stress and improved circulation.Acupuncture benefits the strengthening of the immune system function, which through treatment is better able to withstand colds, minor infections, and flu.

Post-surgical nausea and vomiting can also be reduced through acupuncture. Many post-surgical patients find that acupuncture treatment is effective in increasing energy, and brings a sense of vitality. It also benefits the individual through a sense of restoring a sense of “normal self” after surgery or illness.

Multiple emotional or psychological disorders can be treated by acupuncture, which benefits addictions, phobias, obsessive behavior, eating disorders, and anxiety. Acupuncture can also be beneficial when used alongside conventional medicine treatments for both acute and chronic disease.

Often used as a form of preventative medicine, acupuncture is beneficial in preventing illness from occurring. Many people receive acupuncture without suffering from any particular malady or ailment. Treatment strengthens general constitution, and can correct a feeling of being unwell although there is no physical disorder, imbalance or illness in the traditional Western medicine sense.