Wellness

Who says money can’t buy winter happiness?

Winter is my least favorite season. You would think that my rage alone would be enough to keep me warm until April but, sadly, it does not. But you know what? I finally figured out that there are things I can do and buy to ease my winter blues. I listed them below. I asked Rachel and Joy as well for things they use and look forward to when the weather turns cold. RACHEL Crockpot and dutch oven for … Read More

Some things you might not know about boosting your immunity.

Ba na ba na ba na ba na ba nananana…I ain’t afraid of no flu. Well, actually most people are a bit afraid of the flu! Here we are in cold/flu/sniffle/bronchial gunk/sinus infection season. Everyone’s favorite! There are advertisements for flu shots everywhere, reminders for hand-washing and plenty of masks for all at your favorite ER or drop-in clinic. For some people this is a terrifying time of year; the fear of getting sick in … Read More

Does the end of Daylight Savings depress you?

Sunlight. Is. Medicine. As we come to a close of Daylight Savings Time on our corner of the hemisphere this November 2nd, 2014, we say goodbye to longer days and hello to winter nights. This brings a sense of impending doom for some folks. If this is you, you’re not crazy. The body and mind are both involved in this case of the blues – you may experience both a biological and psychological reaction (sometimes … Read More

A brief story on non-attachment

Things are not going well at work. I will spare you the details but the bottom line is that I have gotten too attached to the outcome of this “day job.” I have expended too much energy and surrendered too much of my peace of mind to the situation. I did not win. I could not win. As a result my chi suffered. Dearly. I was walking around with a cloud of unpleasantness around me like Pig … Read More

Loss: my greatest teacher.

We are settling more deeply into autumn with each day which is a season particularly associated with grief and awe in Chinese medicine. These two expressions are energetic matches as it is our capacity to know something is valuable that leads to our expression of grief when something is lost. In loss, the preciousness of what we value is illuminated and can inspire us to move forward after the loss with greater intention and respect … Read More

You are amazing: a letter from your practitioner

  Ever walk into an acupuncture [or other] appointment feeling old, broken, or like a hot mess? Ever wondered what’s going through your practitioner’s head? It’s worth knowing you are not being sized up or judged. Here’s a glimpse of what goes through my head with each patient: You. Are. Amazing. Your unique lens on the world is fascinating. Your spark is undeniable. Your deep desire to live a life that is interesting, delicious, gorgeous, … Read More

Fall into fall; 5 tips for an awesome autumn

It’s official – we are in autumn! I even broke out my for real autumn-winter wear boots this week. In Chinese medicine we take it seriously that us humans are a true reflection of nature, and this includes the seasonal changes too. Thus, one of our measures of “health” is how well we weather the weather. In the treatment room we tend to take note of how people do from season to season, looking for patterns that illuminate … Read More

Pillow talk: how sleep affects everything

How do you get good sleep in an era of Leaning In and Netflix binging? Sleep is not so easy to come by these days. And being tired all the time affects your work, your home life, your social life, and everyone around you. Not sleeping enough is like driving your car on fumes all the time: it eventually wears out your engine. Losing a couple of hours of sleep every night is linked to … Read More

FIVE reasons to play hookey tomorrow

First of all, WHO ARE YOU? Are you really reading this post because you need a reason to take the day off? Send me your location and we will get assistance for you ASAP! I’m kidding. I get it. There is so much to be done at work. At home. In life. How can we possibly take a whole day off? But the truth is individuals with less stress are better friends, partners, employees, spouses, … Read More

Menstrual Health Day – Taking Back our Periods

It’s time to talk about our periods, period. This is an entry for everyone, not just menstruating women…so listen up!  First, I’d like to debunk the notion that PMS, feeling crazy, tons of pain and heavy periods that have people in adult diapers is a normal thing, or that a barely-there bleed is normal. It’s not…unfortunately it’s just common. And there is a huge distinction, because what this means is that there is actually an … Read More