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Taking Charge of Your Health


Marc Luber: Hey what’s up everyone. Welcome
to Careers Out There. I’m your host Marc Luber and we’re helping you find a career that fits.
Today we’re talking to Sarah Vosen – she’s a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist
amongst other things. She’s gonna talk to us about careers as a holistic health practitioner.
You’re watching a short version of the interview with Sarah. If you want to learn more about
being a holistic health practitioner, you can see the full interview at Careers Out
There dot com. You’ll see we had some Skype issues – some technical issues on this day
so it kind of looks like a kung fu movie where Sarah’s lips aren’t moving but the words keep
coming out – but it’s just as informative! Alright, let’s meet Sarah! Can you explain
for us the difference between Chinese medicine and Western medicine? Sarah Vosen: I would say that the main difference
between Chinese medicine and Western medicine is that Chinese medicine really steps back
and looks at the whole picture and looks at the whole body holistically. So we’re very
much interested in how all of the systems of the body are working together and if one
is out of sync with the others we understand why and how to put everything back together
and get them working synergistically. Whereas Western medicine, often they look deeper and
deeper and look at smaller and smaller pieces and often forget to step back and take a look
at the whole body. Marc Luber: So how does that happen? Tell
us what you actually do as a practitioner of holistic medicine? Sarah Vosen: So in the course of a treatment,
when somebody comes to me with some specific symptoms that they’re experiencing that they
don’t want to experience any more, I acquire information not only about those symptoms
but also about all of their systems in their body. So if somebody’s coming to me because
they’re having trouble sleeping, I don’t just talk to them about their sleep. I also talk
to them about their energy, their digestion, their other systems: their urinary, bowel,
everything. So I want to look at how your whole body’s working and how those other systems
are affecting your sleep. And then once I decide what the diagnosis is for you, then
we choose what tools, what methods of treatment are best for your condition. So perhaps acupuncture
would be better. Sometimes herbs and supplements are better. Sometimes we focus on nutrition.
Sometimes it’s more about changing your lifestyle. And more often than not it’s really all of
those things that end up to be useful. But certain conditions are more suited for different
tools. So we would give you treatment and send you on your way, send you home with some
homework or some herbs or some different things to work with in your lifestyle that compliment
the treatment. And then from there, usually you have a course of treatments. Say six or
ten treatments and then a re-evaluation, a re-diagnosis, and then decide from there where
we go. More often than not, people are coming with symptoms that they’ve had for quite a
while or have been in development over a course of time. And in those cases, it takes longer
to treat and to help get your body back in balance. So, depending on what we’re treating,
different lengths of treatment are necessary. Marc Luber: Walk us through a typical day.
What’s a typical day in the life of a holistic health practitioner? Sarah Vosen: I have clinic hours from 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. So I get myself ready and I go to my clinic and I set up my room, which means
I’ve got a massage table set up and I use sheets to cover them up. I set up my needles,
I’ve got alcohol to sterilize, I’ve got different massage oils, I’ve got a biohazard container
to make sure I put the needles away in the proper disposal. So once I’m set up I see
patients usually in one hour or 90 minute time slots. Those are most common, I would
say for acupuncture and or massage. And in that time I’ll see five or six people in a
day most often. As a part of my day I often do some kind of physical practice that allows
me to feel good so that my chi and my body is functioning in a balanced way so that while
I’m facilitating a treatment I don’t get in the way of their healing. Marc Luber: And what’s the most fun and rewarding
part of what you do? Sarah Vosen: I think the most fun and rewarding
part of what I do is really seeing the effects that my work has on people. For the most part
I’m helping people get out of pain or reduce or relieve symptoms that really are getting
in the way of their lives. So when they leave from seeing me, they more often than not have
a smile on their face and they’re just more relaxed in general. And that warms my heart. Marc Luber: Hey everyone – if you want to
learn about being an acupuncturist and a holistic health practitioner, you can see the full
interview at Careers Out There dot com, where we help you find a career that fits. I’m Marc
Luber. Thanks again for watching and we look forward to seeing you there. [theme music]

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