Feb. 3, 2009 — The following articles are the top 15 most-read news stories for January on MASSAGEmag.com.

Practice-building and marketing articles topped the list, followed by several health and industry news items.

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Top 15 most-read news stories—January
1. Your Success Starts with Clear Intentions
In the healing arts, we often discuss the body’s bio-energetic system. This system, only recently given some attention in Western culture, describes a vital system of energy centers and meridians. Bioenergetics is at work in practice management, too. Have you noticed when you were feeling tired one day at work, really wishing for a break, someone cancels her appointment? The reverse can also be applied: When your mind is clearly focused, your appointment book fills up. … Read More

2. What is the Difference Between an Acupoint and a Trigger Point? Part 1 and 2
Having spoken with many health-care and massage practitioners of varying levels of experience, I hear a lot of discussion about trigger points and acupoints—and often it seems that these two terms are being used interchangeably. What I’d like to do in this and following articles is clarify the difference between acupoints and trigger points. … Read more

3. The Secret Formula for Increased Profits
I have been working with companies for more than 30 years, ranging from small one-man operations to Fortune 500 corporations. During those years, I learned business owners have the following financial goals in common. … Read More

4. Beauty Trends for 2009
SpaFinder Lifestyle Online Magazine released its “Top Ten Spa Beauty Trends to Watch in 2009” today. … Read More

5. One Opinion: Shut Down NCCAM
A posting to President Barack Obama’s citizens’ website proposes axing the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and invites visitors to vote and comment on this proposal … Read More

6. Michigan Governor Signs Massage Bill into Law
Michigan’s Governor Jennifer Granholm signed a massage-therapy bill into state law today, according to a press release from Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP). … Read More

7. Experts Challenge Pres.-Elect Obama to Include Complementary Medicine in Health Plan
Four luminaries in the complementary-medicine field have issued a call to President-Elect Barack Obama to include complementary therapies—approaches like massage, meditation and herbs—in his health-care plan. … Read More

8. U.S. Health Rankings Top List of 15 Most-Read Articles on MASSAGEmag.com 
The following articles are the top 15 most-read news stories for December on MASSAGEmag.com. … Read More

9. Massage Envy Moves Up on Entrepreneur Survey
Massage franchises are growing in popularity, and Massage Envy continues to lead the pack. … Read More

10. Spa Scholarship Applications Invited
Students interested in pursuing a spa-related degree may now apply for The International Spa Association’s (ISPA) Mary Tabacchi Scholarship. … Read More

11. 8 Ways to Prevent Heart Disease, Stroke and Heart Attack
Your lifestyle is not only your best defense against heart disease and stroke, it’s also your responsibility. By following these simple steps you can reduce all of the modifiable risk factors for heart disease, heart attack and stroke. … Read More

12. Washington Nationals’ Massage Therapist Profiled
A blog about baseball features a new article about Tatiana Tchamouroff, massage therapist for the Washington Nationals pro baseball team. … Read More

13. Fascia Congress Announces New Workshops
Workshops on fascia research will be held in conjunction with an international conference, organizers announced Jan. 5. … Read More

14. Medical Careers Institute Announces Medical Career Education Expo
Medical Careers Institute, the School of Health Science at ECPI College of Technology, is pleased to announce a Medical Career Education Expo Open House to be held at all Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina campus locations this Saturday, January 10, 2009 from 10AM to 4PM. … Read More

15. Massage Reduces Metastatic Bone Pain: Research
In new research, massage therapy was found to reduce both short- and long-term pain and anxiety among cancer patients with metastatic bone pain. … Read More