Joy Andrews

What is Feng Shui?

When you hear Feng Shui, what comes to mind? Some form of old interior decorating with bamboo plants? Something about ‘lucky’ areas of the house? Most people have heard about Feng Shui and are not too sure what it entails. As an acupuncturist, it’s a natural extension of my practice, because it is considered “acupuncture for one’s home”. How so? Acupuncture is based on the theory of moving, clearing, and balancing Qi – energy – … Read More

Back injury: one year later

    I feel like a walking miracle. A year ago I had my brush with a painful back injury and now I am reflecting on how far I’ve come.   Pain feels like everything It started as a twinge. As if a rubber band in my back had stretched, twisted, then popped back into place in the span of three seconds – all while simply lifting a bag out of my car. I always … Read More

Kick that cold

Many folks have been experiencing a fall cold lately, with symptoms ranging from sinus congestion to sore throats. Here are some tips to help you prevent it or help your body bounce back from it! Listen to your gut. The first sign of a cold can show up as digestive upset, since 70% of our immune system lives in our digestive tract. Churning, nausea, abdominal pain, bloating that doesn’t go away… these can be signs to go easy … Read More

Judgement-free zone

We’ve been including the words “judgement-free” in several of our class & workshop descriptions lately. Judgement-Free Nutrition Zone, judgement-free prenatal yoga classes, judgement-free regular yoga classes… Judgement is more of a feeling we impose upon ourselves: we fear our bosses will judge us if we don’t get certain projects accomplished within a certain time frame; we fear our mother will judge what we’re eating or wearing; we fear our father will judge what car we decided to … 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