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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

Wellness In the Written Word

By Shannon Collier, LMT and Chaplain and Owner of Holistic Helping Hand After a recent acupuncture session with Joy, she and I were musing on the experience of hurting and healing. I shared my reflection on the “where’s”, “whys” and “what the f’s?” of the discomfort in my middle-aged body and life. In strategizing on how to “feel better” Joy heard me share my enjoyment of writing. Capitalizing on the expression of my own inner-wisdom, … 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

When pain is a gift

You have 100% chance of contracting pain in your lifetime. The question is what’s your m.o. when it happens. How long has it been since you’ve felt pain? Last month? Last night? Right now? Was it achy, sharp, dull, boring, throbbing, hot, constricting? What did you do about it? Ice it, heat it, numb it, inject it, drug it, get it tested, treated, or cut out? How do you handle pain? Do you wince, cry, … Read More

Chinese New Year: the start of spring in you

Today, February 19th, 2015, is the start of the Lunar New Year, which also marks the beginning of spring. The night of February 18th ushered in the second new moon of the year, which is when the Chinese calendar began ushering in spring. This means spring is waking up in our bodies, too. Spring has a specific energy, or movement. Think about a bulb underground powering up after winter to begin the process to break … 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

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

How long does it take for acupuncture to work?

How long does it take for acupuncture to work? That’s a trick question. The answer is it depends. It depends on  a) what your personal set of symptoms are and  b) how long you’ve been carrying your symptoms around. Your symptoms are unique to you. Even if 10 different people report having a migraine, one may experience it after running, one after not enough water, one may describe it as pounding and hot, and someone … Read More

12 tips for choosing your acupuncturist

Choosing an acupuncturist, or any healthcare provider, is an important part of your healing and wellness process. It’s all too often that we are quick to trust “the expert” more than we trust ourselves, especially when it comes to our health. A good acupuncturist is looking to empower you to own your wellness and that’s what we are all about at Third Space Wellness. In fact, from the rich conversations we have on a regular … Read More

How does acupuncture work?

One of the most common questions I hear is “how does it work?” Oh the mystery! I’m often tempted to pull out Legos to enact a scene of what happens inside the body during acupuncture. Maybe I will make that a youtube video one day… In the meantime, here’s a simple breakdown of how acupuncture works: Acupuncture is a system of medicine that uses specific points to activate the body’s own healing mechanisms. An acupuncturist … Read More