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New Year’s ass kicking, with love from Rachel

Life is precious, yes? Especially at these holidays that we all love to love, or love to hate – to me one thing is crystal clear – life is precious. Generally, it’s a pretty damn good gift. Maybe it’s more poignant at winter holiday time because we are often spending it with people we call loved ones. Usually this group includes some babies and some elders. Babies; with their fantastic ability to remind us about … 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

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

Take a break today! 4 ways to slow it down.

This is just a friendly reminder from us to you to make sure you take a little time for yourself today, and every day! Busy life includes work, laundry, who’s making dinner, getting ready for vacation and then recovering from vacation, more laundry, more work, too many Facebook posts to read and more! If you’re finding yourself caught up in the busy bee-ness of life you might notice some things like: I want to sleep … Read More

Summer is chock full o’ lessons; part deux

Summer is all about expansion and partnership so this is the perfect time of year to spread your wings, literally! And to spend time with the people you love. It’s all about being in the present moment. Here are some ideas for having an amazing summer: Fresh Air and Sunshine – Get outside and stretch your arms as far as you can just like the branches of the trees. If you are with a buddy, reach out … Read More

Summer is chock full o’ lessons

Last week Joy helped us remember to take it down a notch, let our hair down and lush up the summer time. It’s an incredible time of year for celebrating, being with people and having a ball. It’s also an important time for us to be with ourselves. I just started readingThe Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown. I’m going to let you know what I learn along the way. I quickly fell in love with … Read More

Oxygenate, that’s what it’s all about. 7 easy tips for breathing on purpose.

I’ve been reminded by a close friend and colleague of the importance of breathing. And I see it all the time in the treatment room, and in my life – lack of breathing. It’s so important that I’ve even written about it before. Breathing is something we do so unconsciously we do not even think about it; and in some cases we even forget to breathe altogether – we’re accidentally holding our breath. Here’s the … Read More

4 ways to get work done, better together!

Recently one of Sam’s colleagues asked her an important question, “do you and your business partners ever hang-out outside of working and meetings?” Her reply, “Yes, it’s essential.” And she’s right. As business owners together our lives are really intertwined with one another. Joy, Sam and I are fortunate because we really like each other. Well, dare I say love? Yes. Indeed. We respect each other and we chose to be in business together because … Read More

Resolutions vs. Intentions

I know it’s January at the gym without looking at a calendar. How? Because last Saturday my Spinning class was packed. Some faces were familiar but there were a lot of new ones. At the gym the classes are busier and everyone is excited to be there. It’s like the first day of school! (Except unlike school, some drop out after a month or two.) As fitness instructors, we love this time of year. We … Read More