Wellness

Poop, dry cleaning, traffic, and letting go

More on the autumn theme; as Sam established, it is all about letting go – like the trees let go of the leaves. I’ve had a ton of reminders to let go lately, some painful and all necessary reminders that I am really not in control. The notion that any of us really have control over anything is a big fat joke anyhow. And for me, even though I know this deep in my soul … Read More

Cry-fest 2015; 5 ways to get the weepies out

When the season turned from summer to fall I found myself particularly weepy. It generally happens every year, and every year I forget that it happens. In Chinese medicine one of the correspondences for autumn is grief (the other side of that coin is awe or inspiration) and so it’s not really that weird that as the leaves turn and fall, so do the tears. I checked in with a few others, turns out weeping … 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

Venting gone bad

Picture this: You get home from work after a shitty commute, from a shitty job, with shitty co-workers. And today in the office, like most days, someone incompetent has yet again made things more difficult than it has to be for you. So to unwind from the day you vent to your partner/spouse/roommate. In recounting the offense, you find yourself getting worked up all over again. You’re angry, your heart is racing, your face flushed, … Read More

My wellness checklist; the ultimate in self care.

I spend a ton of time coaching in the treatment room because, as I tell people on their very first acupuncture visit, “you are the wise person who lives in your body. I’m not the expert on you, I’m here to help illuminate that inner wisdom.” And I mean it. Acupuncture treatments, Chinese herbs and all of the modalities at my finger tips are in my opinion some of the best medicine on the planet. Though … Read More

Podcast – Wellness Unlocked: Simple Fertility

Do the words simple and fertility actually go together? We think they do, and we realize this is not necessarily an easy or pretty topic. So, you’ll have to tune in to see why we’d name an episode with these two words together. This is an episode all about fertility – how we define it, the good – the bad – and the ugly. So no matter whether you have babies, want babies, are having … Read More

Is meditation necessary?

We mention meditation often: sometimes in our blogs and podcasts, and sometimes we recommend it to our clients. I’ve noticed that even for me, when I see the term thrown around enough, it starts to sound just like ‘do your homework’ or ‘eat your vegetables’. Yeah yeah yeah, I get it, meditationschmation. Is it really necessary? It helps to revisit the root of why we talk about meditation at all. What we’re really pointing to … Read More