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14 02, 2018

2018 – Year of the Yang Earth Dog

By |2018-02-23T14:19:45+00:00February 14th, 2018|Qigong, Meditation, Tai Chi|1 Comment

No one will ever label 2017 as a walk in the park - the Fire Rooster made sure of that.  In fact, I might say this past year has, “gone to the dogs.”  Are you as “dog tired” of the constant stream of politics, of professional shifts and personal change as I am?  What, then, does the year of the Yang Earth Dog have in store for us? First let’s get familiar with the steady, rooted quality of Earth.  The next two years will have Earthy lessons for us.  This year, we welcome Yang Earth.  Next year (2019) will evoke the Yin Earth (Pig). In Chinese thought, Earth is related to the digestive system which extracts the essence out of what we ingest.  It holds the function of taking that essence and infusing our body with nourishing Qi and Blood.  At the fundamental levels, [...]

9 01, 2015

Year of the Sheep – Gently embracing service.

By |2015-01-09T05:56:26+00:00January 9th, 2015|Qigong, Meditation, Tai Chi, Traditional Chinese Medicine|1 Comment

photo cred: http://www.shetlandwoolbrokers.co.uk/Shetland-Wool-and-Sheep Last year, did you gallop away with the Yang Wood Horse and ride into the potential of accomplishing big goals and expansive ideas? Or did you get trampled by the adolescent hooves of impatience, fall off the saddle and get dragged along with it’s never-stopping, forward momentum? This January, you may feel one last big push as the horse darts into it’s sunset. Soon we shift focus and greet the Yin Wood Sheep. The sheep symbolizes good fortune, peace and abundance. Think of the lamb kneeling before it’s mother to nurse. With the sheep comes nurturing, gentleness, peace, calm, contentment. Life’s hectic pace is slowed and people connect with their more caring, sensitive and emotional sides. A theme with the sheep is the herd (our families and close friends). This year is an auspicious year for rooting deeper into [...]

7 01, 2014

Year of the Horse – Galloping into NEW horizons.

By |2014-01-07T23:39:16+00:00January 7th, 2014|Qigong, Meditation, Tai Chi, Traditional Chinese Medicine|1 Comment

In a few weeks, we leave behind the Yin Water Snake and jump boldly onto the saddle of the Yang Wood Horse. 2014 promises big potential *IF* you’ve embraced the 2013 snake appropriately. Did you shed your skin and slither through the dirt last year? The snake always brings up deeper core questions of morality and wisdom. For many, 2013 was about their core. Did you face it with suspicion or curiosity? Were you triggered and shut down or did you dig deep and study your patterns? The Chinese base a lot of things on cycles. The passage of time is no different. Each year is assigned an animal of the Chinese Zodiac. There are 12 zodiac animals (Rabbit, Tiger, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, etc.) and each of these animals have their own personality. But just like there are many different types of tigers [...]

3 10, 2013

Acupuncture and Emotional Wellbeing

By |2013-10-03T21:16:22+00:00October 3rd, 2013|Modern Imbalances, Traditional Chinese Medicine|0 Comments

As an Acupuncturist, I often run into clients suffering from physical pain. They schedule an appointment with one goal in mind, "I hurt, fix me.". It's phenomenal that one would reach out for assistance with physical issues that affect their lives. I am happy to help. Whether they come to see me for right-sided, lateral Knee pain, a splitting migraine, weight loss or even digestive complaints, clients are often shocked when I ask them about their emotions. "What does my stress, or my anxiety have to do with my back pain?", a client has asked me. This is where education comes in to play. I explain to them the holistic approach to Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. That by looking at every angle of a person's life — whether it's physical activities, emotional habits, dietary choices or even thought patterns — an Acupuncturist can uncover [...]

4 06, 2013

Insurance

By |2013-06-04T12:00:33+00:00June 4th, 2013|Modern Imbalances|0 Comments

I am excited to accept most Health Insurance plans that provide acupuncture benefits in my practice.  I find that doing so allows more people to experience Acupuncture.  Many people are confused by their Insurance policies.  I wanted to define some terms that my clients often ask me. Premium: This is a monthly, quarterly or annual fee you pay for a health insurance policy.  This is merely a fee for the policy and does not pay towards any medical expense you may have. Preauthorization: Your insurance company may require you to contact them before partaking in some medical services.  They will determine if the service is medically appropriate or necessary before they agree to cover the visit or service. There are a few different types of Health Insurance out there.  You may have one or a combination of a Fee-for-Service, Managed Care, Health Savings Account [...]

21 05, 2013

Stress

By |2013-05-21T12:00:09+00:00May 21st, 2013|Modern Imbalances, Qigong, Meditation, Tai Chi|1 Comment

Who in this world does not have stress?  Honestly … show me that person, and I'll show you an enlightened being (or a person who is numb to the world). When talking about stress, we need to distinguish between two important aspects of the experience.  First there is the stimulus, the trigger, the "thing" that is causing us to feel the stress.  Experts call this, "the Stressor".  There are two types of stressors.  Work stress, family happenings, financial hardship, injury, punishment — these are examples of Distress.  Often times distress has a negative connotation in life and can lead to disease.  Love, promotion, winning the lotto, having babies, seeing a beautiful sunset — these are examples of Eustress.  Eustress most often has positive connotations in life and leads to a feeling of euphoria. Second, after the stressor, there is the response — the Stress.  [...]

14 05, 2013

Tao Te Ching – Chapter 74

By |2013-05-14T12:00:36+00:00May 14th, 2013|Tao Te Ching|0 Comments

If people do not fear death why threaten them with it? But suppose they did fear death and this was the fate handed to lawbreakers Who would dare to do the killing?   There is always a Lord of Death He who takes the place of the Lord of Death is like one who cuts with the blade of a master carpenter Whoever cuts with the blade of a master carpenter is sure to cut his own hands. - Jonathan Starr _____________________ If you realize that all Things change, there is nothing you will try to hold onto. If you aren't afraid of dying, there is nothing you can't achieve. Trying to control the future is like trying to take the master carpenter's place. When you handle the master carpenter's tools, chances are that you will cut yourself. - Wayne Dyer Beyond the obvious [...]

7 05, 2013

How does Acupuncture work?

By |2013-05-07T12:00:30+00:00May 7th, 2013|Traditional Chinese Medicine|0 Comments

Almost daily, I am asked how Acupuncture works.  I've come up with a few explanations, some certainly easier to understand than others.  I thought I'd attempt once again, here in blog form.  I am hopeful that this explanation will be my best yet! Much like our country with it's infrastructure of roadways connecting important cities, landmarks and people, our bodies have an infrastructure in which electrical impulses, chemical signals, blood and other vital substances travel.  There are large interstates in which many materials travel at great speeds, there are smaller highways that go to specific places.  Smaller still, there are neighborhood streets and alleyways that connect organs, tissues and cells.  We call these roadways Meridians, Channels or Networks. Sometimes, like with roadways, there are traffic jams which clog up the movement of vital substances, bringing healthy flow to a standstill.  Acupuncturists are trained to [...]

30 04, 2013

Anxiety

By |2013-04-30T12:00:13+00:00April 30th, 2013|Modern Imbalances, Traditional Chinese Medicine|0 Comments

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Heart is considered the Emperor of emotions.  A fair and balanced ruler will preside over a fair and balanced country.  If you are experiencing anxiety, chances are your emperor is unbalanced. Day-to-day, healthy individuals experience anxiety and stress.  In those times, recovery is smooth and easy.  Our normal lives resume with not much effort.  If the Heart is unbalanced, though, anxiety can stay in the system and uncomfortable symptoms will manifest — persistent worry, insomnia, shortness of breath, restlessness, poor concentration, irritability, muscle tension, overreacting or being easily startled and even the feeling of a repetitive, intense perceptible heartbeat (also called "heart palpitations").  These symptoms can often creep up on us — feeling as if they come out of nowhere.  Other's report that they can associate their symptoms with certain triggers. What causes the Heart to become unbalanced?  To [...]

24 04, 2013

Allergies

By |2013-04-24T12:00:06+00:00April 24th, 2013|Modern Imbalances, Traditional Chinese Medicine|0 Comments

If you are like 10-25% of the world, Spring-time brings on sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and congestion.  Whether you are dealing with acute or chronic allergies, these symptoms are no doubt uncomfortable.  Conventional medicine used nasal decongestants, pain relievers, antihistamines, drugs that thin mucus and even antibiotics.  Sometimes these drugs are ineffective and some can even cause dependency. Traditional Chinese Medicine sees an underlying constitutional deficiency in people who suffer from allergies.  There is a defense system (called Wei Qi) that circulates around our body, protecting us from exterior invasion.  Allergic symptoms point to this defensive Qi being weakened.  Though it is best to address this weakened state before allergy season begins, there are still somethings that can be done today that can ease suffering. 1. Stinging Nettle is a natural alternative to antihistamines and doesn't have the uncomfortable side effects of drowsiness [...]