6 March

Herbal Compress Massage

Herbal compress massage ~ the ultimate fast fix for stress. My favorite things about the Thai steamed herbal compress massage: Smells amazing: lemongrass, ginger, basil, galangal, basically tom yum in a ball! Feels like your muscles are turning into butter. The combination of gentle, deep pressure, heat-assisted stretching, and tension melting effect is so strong. The […]

6 February

Late Winter and Our Bodies

In the classical Chinese view of the body, humans are likened more closely to ecosystems or plants, rather than machines as is the dominant narrative in “Western” culture. An interesting article (click here) about the body as machine theory shows how Americans are starting to unpack our conceptions of the body and self, turning to […]

5 January

Flu Season Tips

You may have noticed the especially strong flu season this year. Even with the flu shot, our bodies need all the help they can get to stay in top flu-avoiding form. Here are 7 ways to boost your immune system at this critical time of year: Try to get 8 hours of sleep per night […]

21 September

The Fall, And How To Adjust To One’s Landing

Fall is both a season and a verb describing movement, a change of direction, and sudden action. Herodotus observed, “People are most likely to be seized with maladies during changes; changes of anything, but especially of the seasons.” According to the Huananzi, “Autumn wind brings frost, retreat, decline….The grasses and trees retrench to their roots, […]

1 February

Acute Care in Acupuncture: When to Come In and When to Stay Home

Have you ever had an acupuncture visit scheduled, then come down with a massive respiratory infection (or case of food poisoning, or major migraine, etc) and feel like cancelling the visit? You are not alone. Sometimes it is best to curl up in bed, metaphorically lick one’s wounds, and sleep. Sometimes one shouldn’t drive or […]

25 August

Postpartum Care for the New Mother

You worked so hard to have the baby. Now your bundle of joy is finally here and you realize that the real work has just begun! As a recent mother, I understand the challenges of the immediate postpartum period, and I am happy to say that acupuncture, acupressure, and herbal medicine can be of great […]

18 June

Acupressure for relieving Travel Pain and Sinus Pressure

When traveling, do you find yourself with a pounding headache or a super stiff neck? Perhaps some annoying sinus pressure during flights and excessive ear popping? Most of us have heard of pressure point bracelets for stimulating the anti-nausea point on the wrist, but acupressure can also help with aches and pains associated with travel. […]