10 Signs You Should Invest In Switching Careers

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switching careersDo you dream of switching careers? No matter what your reason, you’re in good company. A recent CareerBuilder survey found that over one in five workers were determined to find a new job this year, even if they had employment. Reasons for wanting a new job vary, but some common signs indicate you should probably seriously explore not just a new job, but a new career path. Consider investing in switching careers if you:

1. Feel inadequate at your job.

Sometimes you take a job that works at a certain time of life, even though it may not be your passion or what you excel at doing. Maybe you need to pay the bills or found a profession that seemed like it would be a fit at first, but didn’t turn out to be a lifelong career. It’s not your fault — you just need to find something that better takes advantage of your interests and strengths.

2. Have mastered your current position.

Alternatively, if you feel like there’s little room to grow in your current profession, it’s time to consider how to make a change. Once you’ve learned everything there is to learn in certain position, it’s time to move on. Pursue a path that offers you a greater opportunity for greater personal growth and advancement.

3. Possess skills and talents that are underused.

If you feel like your current position doesn’t take advantage of skills or knowledge you have, you probably experience a sense of restlessness at work. Job satisfaction increases exponentially when your work calls upon your greatest skills and assets. You’ll also go further in your career!

4. Picture yourself taking on a new professional challenge.

Do you find yourself hungering for a career path that challenges you to grow? Do you feel like your current position leads to a dead end, personally and professionally? Don’t just settle for a job you’ve fallen into or someone else wanted you to take, but pursue one you’ve chosen specifically to fit your needs and passions, and keeps you energized and learning all the time, such as one that involves helping others.

5. Want to go back to school.

Some people are happy to leave their school days behind, but others thrive on the experiences and challenges that a structured learning environment offers. If you’re one of those people who loves to immerse themselves in new knowledge, consider switching careers by going back to school. Changing professional paths is a great reason and opportunity to jump back into a learning environment, if only for a short period. The Acupuncture and Massage College offers programs you can complete in as little as 8.5 months.

6. Need to increase your income.

Sure, everyone would like to make more money! But if you picture yourself having a family in the future (or already have one!) or dream about achieving other exciting life milestones like homeownership, make sure your career path allows you to steadily improve your earnings over time. Don’t settle for less income than your intelligence or skills can earn with the right qualifications, motivation and career opportunities.

7. Long for a different schedule.

If the hours you work don’t fit your lifestyle, consider switching careers to one that does. Many professions offer opportunities for part-time or flexible work hours. Some even offer the option of increasing or decreasing the time you spend working as needed over time. There’s no reason you should settle for less than a schedule that provides the perfect work-life balance for you.

8. Imagine working in a different environment.

Many careers require that you work in an office. Some involve working with people all the time, while others leave you feeling isolated. Ideally, you should go to work every day in a place that makes you feel energized. Some careers have very specific work environments, while others can be done in a variety of locations. Massage therapists, for example, work in settings as diverse as medical facilities to spas to cruise ships. Find the one that gets you out of bed in the morning and excited to work.

9. Desire job security and a long-term career path.

Your current job may pay the bills, but does it give you a path into the future? Find a career that fits your current and future life plans. Massage, acupuncture and alternative medicine are growing and lucrative professions that hold long-term promise for growth and income.

10. Dream about the perfect work-life balance.

There’s no reason you should settle for less. If you want to work in a specific environment and have certain hours that accommodate your family or other interests, find a career that embodies your dream. Alternative medicine may be the perfect solution. Download our free ebook to learn more about careers in this exciting field.

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Why Holistic Health Careers Are on the Rise

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holistic health careersIf you’re considering holistic health careers, now is a great time to get into the field. Holistic health considers a whole person and emphasizes the connection between their mind, body and spirit — more and more people want treatments that address all three, or therapies that compliment traditional medicine focusing on the body. A growing interest in wellness and healthy living has fueled an increase in the need for practitioners of massage, acupuncture, Chinese medicine and other complementary treatments.

Find out more about why:

Increasing focus on wellness 

A variety of factors indicate that Americans have a growing interest in all aspects of a healthy lifestyle, which is a positive indicator for the growth of holistic health careers. Food trends like locavorism, wholesome foods and GMO-free agriculture indicate consumers have an appetite to improving their diets and health. Yoga studios and CrossFit gyms abound, and apps for everything from eating well to practicing meditation exist. Fitness, health and all aspects of wellness are a growing part of people’s everyday lives. Even the social media channel Pinterest showed an increase in activity around holistic health for this year based on what users saved.

Significant spending on complimentary health

recent federal study found that 60 million Americans spend money on complimentary health treatments, and 4.1 million children have used them. Out-of-pocket spending on these therapies topped $30 billion. Families with income ranging from $25,000 to more than $100,000 put part of their budget toward alternative medical treatments. so a broad spectrum of households see the value in a holistic approach to health. Among the treatments people report using: acupuncture, massage, naturopathy, supplements, mind-body therapies and more.

More validation of holistic approaches

A growing body of research shows the benefits holistic approaches offer to health care. “Integrative medicine is not going to have the same funding as pharmaceuticals do, but because of the consumer demand and increased interest from academia and our national government in integrative medicine and health, there has been an increase in research,” Stephanie Romanoff, communications director for the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine, told UPI. “And increasingly, there’s more research validating the value of these approaches.” Many complimentary treatments have been practiced for centuries, but this interest and acceptance in institutions of higher learning and government agencies will accelerate demand and growth.

Alternative treatments integrated into health care

According to a study conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association, individuals are increasingly turning to massage for reasons above and beyond relaxation. Some 52 percent sought massage for medical reasons and 23 percent to treat stress. This is just one example of how consumers see massage and alternative treatments as a part of maintaining their health overall. Nearly 38 percent of adults and 12 percent of children use complimentary therapies, according to the National Institutes of Health. Women and those with higher levels of education and income report using these treatments at a greater level.

The demand for practitioners of alternative medicine is likely to continue growing and the field needs trained and educated professionals to fill the need. The Acupuncture and Massage College offers several excellent programs to prepare students to join exciting and burgeoning holistic health careers. Learn more by downloading our free eBook today!

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What Is Acupuncture?

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what-is-acupunctureThe word ‘acupuncture’ means needle piercing, and is the practice of inserting fine needles into the skin’s surface to stimulate acu-points, 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. Acu-points 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.

What is acupuncture?

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 acu-points through heat, friction, suction, pressure, or electromagnetic energy. Stimulation of the acu-points is necessary in order to restore health in the body through the balancing of the movement of Chi.

Acupuncture helps Chi energy flow

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 acu-points, rebalances the body’s energy system. Rebalancing the flow of Chi energy 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.

Yin / yang and Tao are considerations in acupuncture

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 acu-points.

If you are in the Miami area, we offer acupuncture and massage treatments in our Community Clinic. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs you can email our admissions department.


Can You Treat Thyroid Naturally?

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treating_thyroid_naturallyDo you suffer from hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism or another ailment that affects the gland that regulates your body’s metabolism, growth, development and temperature? If so, you’re not alone. More than 20 million people in the U.S. suffer from thyroid disease, according to the American Thyroid Association. That’s more than 12 percent of the U.S. population. Many people don’t even know they have thyroid problems.

What is hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, often comes with the following symptoms: tiredness, heavy menstrual periods, forgetfulness, weight gain, dry skin and brittle hair, dry throat and cold intolerance. On the other hand, those who suffer from hyperthyroidism, or a thyroid that produces too much of the hormone thyroxine, can have symptoms of irritability and nervousness, tremors, infrequent menstrual periods, weight loss, sleep trouble, vision or eye problems and heat sensitivity.

How can it be treated naturally?

In addition to the options offered by traditional medical care providers, you may wonder if you can treat thyroid naturally. Some patients choose to complement other treatments and medication with natural methods that include massage, acupuncture, nutritional remedies and herbal supplements. More than 38 percent of Americans use complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies for a variety of conditions. Whether you suffer from side effects of thyroid disease ranging from fatigue and weight changes to lack of mental focus — or even just feel stressed from your diagnosis — you may find relief with CAM.

Thyroid medications

Most doctors recommend synthetic thyroxine for hypothyroidism and treatments like anti-thyroid medication or beta blockers for hyperthyroidism. Natural extracts are available, such as those made from the the thyroid glands of pigs, though they aren’t regulated by the FDA so talk to your provider about what would work best for you. Some thyroid patients also take the natural supplements Biotin and bladder wrack. Biotin is believed to help dry hair, skin and nails, but it can interfere with medical tests, so be sure sure to communicate with your doctor about all supplements you use, especially before undergoing any lab work. Bladder wrack, an herbal supplement made from seaweed that is rich in iodine, has not been studied in clinical trials, so talking to your doctor before adding it to your health regimen.

Although thyroid diseases require lifelong management, you can get symptoms under control and lead a healthy, active and happy lifestyle. Talk to your health care providers about the best approach to wellness for you, including natural options like massage and acupuncture, to help manage the symptoms of thyroid disease or a thyroid diagnosis, as well as any side effects you experience from traditional treatments.

Whether you want to help dealing with thyroid issues or improve your overall health and wellness, Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and massage therapy for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500.

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Does Acupuncture Work for Anxiety?

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Acupuncture for anxietyAn anxiety disorder is a common mental illness defined by feelings of uneasiness, worry, and fear. While it’s common for everyone to experience bouts of anxiety at various times, people with anxiety disorders feel an inappropriate amount of anxiety, which is greater and more frequent than what might be considered reasonable.

In an effort to address this, many people have wondered: Does acupuncture work for anxiety? The following is a closer look at how acupuncture and other forms of traditional Chinese medicine can alleviate stress and reduce anxiety.

First, what is anxiety and stress?
Stress is a highly personalized phenomenon that can vary widely for people, even in identical situations for different reasons. Many people who are prone to anxiety disorders have anxious personalities that make them susceptible to stress. Others have risk factors for anxiety disorders that include trauma, stress due to illness, stress buildup, mental health disorders such as depression, drug or alcohol abuse, or having blood relatives with anxiety disorders.

The impact of anxiety
For some people, anxiety may be linked to an underlying health issue. In some cases, anxiety signs and symptoms are the first indicators of other conditions including:
• Heart disease
• Diabetes
• Thyroid problems, such as hyperthyroidism
• Respiratory disorders, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD and asthma
• Drug or alcohol abuse or withdrawal
• Chronic pain or irritable bowel syndrome

How does acupuncture work for anxiety?
Because anxiety disorders can be such a serious issue, many people have looked to both traditional and alternative medicine to treat them. They’ve found acupuncture to be an effective way to restore the balance of Yin and Yang in the body, which can alleviate stress and anxiety.

Acupuncture balances the energy or life force — known as qi — believed to flow through the body’s pathways or meridians. By inserting tiny needles into and around these specific points, acupuncture practitioners believe that body energy flow is re-balanced.

Acupuncture can be used for treating mood swings. It can also be used to treat pain by stimulating nerves, muscles, and connective tissue, which boosts the body’s natural painkillers and increases blood flow.

Additional complementing therapies
Acupuncture combined with these additional alternative therapies can further alleviate anxiety disorders:
• Stress and relaxation techniques may produce modest, short-term reduction of anxiety in people with ongoing health problems, such as heart disease or inflammatory bowel disease
• Meditation can be useful for symptoms of anxiety and depression in adults.
• Yoga, which combines physical postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and a distinct philosophy, is known to alleviate stress.
• Kava,
a plant found in the South Pacific, has been shown to be safe and effective in treating anxiety and improving moods.

If you’re suffering from anxiety, learn more about how acupuncture can help.

In addition, you can schedule an appointment for an acupuncture consultation and session at our clinic in Miami. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy, and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.

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