Author Archives: Joy

Podcast – Movie Nightcap Takeover!

Anyone who knows us knows we like to have fun, even with our podcast, Wellness Unlocked. Well, we struck up a little fun with our friends at Silver Spring Inc, who run the podcast Movie Nightcap. We staged a coup! We agreed to take over each other’s podcast for one episode. So we decided to watch a movie, then podcast about it, and they would, in turn, podcast about wellness. The movie we chose was Sisters, with … Read More

When you don’t hate your job (but you don’t love it either)

The following is a guest blog post by DC’s favorite hugger, writer and coach Lauree Ostrofsky of Simply Leap. There was a time when I knew that I would be happier somewhere else, but had no idea how I was going to get there. My job was perfectly good on paper. My income was okay. I liked the benefits. The people were nice. I didn’t hate it. When “I don’t hate it” is the nicest thing you … Read More

An acupuncturist’s self-care tool box

Now is a great time to build in some TLC for yourself and renew your commitment to take care of your amazing body. Here are only some of the tricks I have up my sleeve to take care of myself. These are not blanket recommendations for everyone; self-care is a personal pursuit of balance and comfort, so the exact mix of helpful tricks varies from person to person. Exfoliation: Dry skin brushing or wet skin exfoliation do more than … Read More

Do the sanity dance

This Thanksgiving weekend, add a little jig to your routine. Preparing a turkey, turduckin, or tofurkey? Not sure it’s cooked all the way through? Do a little jig. Running out to the grocery store to grab some last minute butter or ice and getting stuck in super long checkout lines? Bounce a little while you’re waiting. Getting into a heated political discussion with you favorite family member? Shake your shoulders out. Taking the kids outside for a … Read More

Patience, young grasshopper

Sometimes things work themselves out. Patience pays off, as all great Kung Fu movies tell us. My car door wouldn’t lock. Then one day it did. An app on my phone didn’t work. Then one day it did. I had a headache that lasted three days. And then it was gone. Sometimes you don’t have to solve every single problem or wrestle every issue. If you can muster a little patience, some things just work out. … Read More

Podcast – Wellness Unlocked: All about acupuncture!

This episode is all about acupuncture: how it works, what it treats, and whether it hurts! Tune in to hear all your questions answered from our experience as acupuncturists.  Listen if you’re curious about trying acupuncture for the first time, or if you’ve already experienced it and you want to get the behind-the-scenes explanation about what your acupuncturist is really thinking when he or she is taking your pulse or looking at your tongue. Types … Read More

Be vigilant in seeking out joy

Joy has never come very easy for me, despite my name. I feel content, at peace, even inspired a lot of the time, but sometimes I have to work at feeling a sense of uplifting effervescence. And especially after studying Chinese Medicine, I now know that joy is an essential ingredient in overall lifelong wellness. Recently, after several days of having a full schedule, I realized I had not seen sunlight in almost a week. My … Read More

What to do when you’re in a panic

You’re probably not reading a blog when you’re in the throes of a panic attack. So store this like a squirrel’s nut next time you’re running late to a meeting, if your’e on the metro when it starts smoking, or sitting calmly when suddenly a wave of overwhelming dread comes over you (like during turbulence). When your heart and mind are racing, when you’re having a hard time taking a full breath, and can’t seem to … Read More

Podcast – Wellness Unlocked: Interview with Aunt Flo

Menstruation. Period. Rag time. Lunar cycle. In this episode, we discuss what a “normal” period is ideally like, and questions to ask yourself about your cycle. This is an episode all about the feminine life force called bleeding. Tune in to find out where your period falls in the spectrum of normal; we cover what makes a flow heavy, what are different types of cramps, what clotting means, number of days in your cycle, what … Read More