Why Bother With Details?

Sometimes details make me so bored that I dread the thought of them. I’d rather know the forest than the trees. There is so much more to experience in a diverse forest than there is staring at a single tree. However, I also find that I benefit from…

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Food for Thought

Wondering about the wisdom of your gut feelings? The Enteric Nervous System (ENS) is a very large group of nerves embedded within our digestive system. Not too much is known about this system, so it doesn’t get much press. But consider this: the ENS contains over 100 million…

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Yin is In!

It’s Winter, the time of full Yin. Compared to the light, heat, expansion, and Yang activity of Summer, Winter is quiet, dark, cool, and concentrated–Yin. You may have noticed a desire to go to sleep sooner, and wake up later as Winter has settled in. This is…

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Earth is Thicker Than Water

Knowing the elements of astrology can lead to real compassion for those quirks in others that tend to provoke our judgment rather than our patience. OK, it can also give you something to think about during events that you were hoping to avoid this holiday season. The…

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Relieve headaches

5 Points to Relieve Headaches

Chinese Medicine brilliantly points out that there are many different types of headaches. Here are 5 points to relieve headaches. It’s easy and effective to massage the associated points, even without diagnosing the type of headache your client is suffering from. Work each one of these points…

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When Plants Talk, I Listen

I seek communion with the original spark of myself, the force of me that is also the force of you. I wonder what animates and lights this world, a life, a human or a plant? To open the door of this connection to our common origin, I…

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Coming Home to Massage Therapy

Life is what’s happening while you’re trying to figure out your life…or something like that.     After 15 years of teaching and practicing massage therapy, I went to Acupuncture school. It’s seven years later. I have my Acupuncture license in two states and a couple Diplomates…

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Jade Wind Screen

Fall is here. Time to put on an extra jacket to stay warm. In the same way that we naturally reach for our coats in the windy, chilly weather, we can add a layer of protection to our Vital Energy by using herbs. Jade Wind Screen The…

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5 Transformations or 5 Elements

Lost in translation – the 5 Elements, or is it the 5 Transformations? Chinese Medical Theory incorporates 5 principles of change, of transformation that are recognized as 5 different aspects of the natural world: Water Wood Fire Earth Metal These 5 are often translated into English as…

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Season of Earth

Earth Element of Chinese Medicine Moving toward September, we come to the season of late summer – associated with the Earth element in Chinese Medicine. In the fullness of high summer, the Fire element gives way to Earth. The fields are turning gold, the farmers’ markets are over…

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