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8 Tips for Keeping you Healthy in Winter

As a Chinese Medicine practitioner I am a bit obsessed with keeping people from getting too cold. I admit it. Guilty. I’m like the cold police. Which means that despite my husband’s strong pleas that I stop concerning myself with his winter weather gear I still went searching high and low for the scarf and hat he was most likely to wear in below freezing temperatures – just in case. He rolled his eyes when … Read More

A $9.99 nutrition boost!

Hang tight folks, this post may not be for the vegetarian faint of heart. At TSW we talk nutrition. A. Lot. Not everywhere, not every time. And we’re not preachers of one particular way – that would completely undermine our belief that each person is unique and no one way is the right way for everyone. So no worries, you won’t be ambushed by any of us with a lecture on being Paleo, Vegan, Pescatarian… … Read More

What you need to know about drinking H2O

Proper hydration isn’t always as simple as drinking enough water. WHAT?! Whether or not you are hydrated can be a bit more complex than what color your pee is and whether or not you are thirsty! Sometimes “my pee is super clear” actually means your water is running right through you – like a dry plant where the water runs right through or off the soil. Many of us are full of pride and proud … Read More

Humans welcome.

It’s ok… I know you’ve been binge watching garbage on Netflix and going to bed late, even though you know you’re tired. I know you sometimes eat fast food because you’re starving and it feels like the clock is running against you. Not only that, the effort in getting out of your car to get something healthier seems like too much effort; even when you’re craving healthier. I know that sometimes you feel crotchety and you yell at the … Read More

It’s OK to rest.

For me 2015 and 2016 have been full-on lessons in remembering my mortality. It’s easy sometimes to forget how precious health is and to take it for granted or alternately it’s easy to operate in a state of stress (aka in our sympathetic nervous system which equals fight or flight) and not really be present to how healthy we feel or not, but to keep going anyway. These few years have been a keen reminder … Read More

26 things your acupuncturist wants to know about you.

    I’m often speaking to my family members when they mention something in passing that has me pause and say, “Did you tell your acupuncturist about that?” Usually the answer is, “No, I didn’t think to tell him/her.” Chinese medicine practitioners are whole health practitioners. So, even if you’ve come to see an acupuncturist because of a shoulder injury or for anxiety, that doesn’t mean that what’s happening in other parts of your body … Read More

11 things you will want to know about massage

Some people are super familiar with massage and the benefits of massage therapy. Though many of us often think massage = luxury and wonder what this modality really has to do with wellness and health. We’ve asked our in-house expert, Erin Devlin, to help us uncover the familiar and unfamiliar about massage by answering some questions. Take a peek below at what she has to say. #1 What is massage?  A massage is intentional time … Read More

What’s the deal with Magnesium?

We recently received this question from an enlightened community member: “I’ve been reading about magnesium deficiencies. What are your thoughts on this?” Magnesium has been getting a lot of attention lately, and apparently everyone is deficient. So what’s the deal? Is this legit or is this overrated? I have had training in nutrition; I’m not a nutritionist or a doctor. I’m speaking from my own experience and observations of my acupuncture patients here. Let’s start … 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

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