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Harmonize with the Seasons

By Cindy Black / December 5, 2019 / 0 Comments

Health and Happiness all Year Long Have you noticed how people are constantly adjusting to the weather? I know this is a simple question, but it has profound implications. In the winter, when it is cold, we put on our heavy coats, gloves, scarf, etc. In the summer it is just the opposite. These simple…

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5 Element Theory

By Cindy Black / April 26, 2019 / 6 Comments

An ancient perspective on the present moment. Whether you are wondering about world peace or inner peace, 5 Element theory has something to offer. Like any theory, the more you wonder, question and investigate each Element, the more they will reveal themselves to you. Elements are living “Spirit” – turn your attention toward them and…

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Meridian Massage

What is Meridian Massage?

By Cindy Black / December 14, 2018 / 2 Comments

Meridian Massage is gentle, mindful contact to acupressure points combined with self-care practices and lifestyle changes that promote harmony of body-mind-spirt. It is a form of energy medicine that utilizes the meridian system of Chinese Medicine. This article answers the most common questions about Meridian Massage. What is the difference between Acupressure and Meridian Massage?…

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Qi and Blood as Yin and Yang partners

What is Blood in Chinese Medicine?

By Cindy Black / August 15, 2018 / 7 Comments

Blood is the home of Qi in the human body. Blood is the “Mother of Qi,” meaning that without Blood, there is no Qi. Blood in Classical Chinese Medicine is much more than the red liquid of western science. Physically, Blood nourishes, lubricates, and warms. When our skin, tendons, ligaments, and joints are saturated with…

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Yoga inversions

By Cindy Black / May 2, 2018 / 4 Comments

Yoga swing makes inversion easy When I began my serious practice of yoga I was in a lot of pain. My right shoulder stuck in place, any movement or pressure was incredibly painful, my neck was tight and sore, and let’s add in some chronic right hip pain. And that was just my physical self…

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Go plant a tree

By Cindy Black / March 30, 2018 / 25 Comments

Trees of my life My father taught me how to plant trees. Dig a big hole Carry the tree from the roots Make sure there is plenty of soft soil around the roots Give it plenty of water When you plant the next tree, give it enough room to grow Keep watering it until it…

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How does acupressure work?

By Cindy Black / February 26, 2018 / 5 Comments

By activating the flow of Qi with pressure to specific points, acupressure relieves pain and balances the entire energy system. Acupressure works with the energetic system of Chinese medicine. There are 12 pathways where the energy (called Qi “chee”) flows through the entire body.  These pathways are called “meridians” or “channels”. Meridians and Acupressure Points…

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Steam Inhalation Basics

By Cindy Black / January 14, 2018 / 7 Comments

Clear your head! Steam inhalation for sinus congestion coughs, or stuffy nose is very effective. To get great results, all you need is: Hot water A bowl A towel One drop of essential oil. Watch the video below for simple steam inhalation instructions: Steam Inhalation is Simple! This is a great way to stay healthy…

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Herbal tea to relieve dry throat

By Cindy Black / January 11, 2018 / 13 Comments

Best herbs to soothe your throat There are many herbs to relieve a dry throat. This list of three favorite herbs to ease a dry throat is a place for beginners to begin. I have used each of these herbs at different times. Slippery Elm – (Ulmaus fulva) – slippery elm tea is made from…

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