~~~~~ Are you a Spartan? Have you ever thought about it and wanted to become one? Do you watch the video clips and think “No, I can’t” and “Oh, but I do want to do that”? There is something special about this particular race that sets it apart from so many competitive sports events. It’s … Continue reading Spartan Race 2017: Lessons at the Finish Line
~~~~~ Cupping. What is it? Who can it help? And who practices it most? Cupping has been around for centuries and it is a staple treatment in most acupuncturists’ and Asian bodywork therapists’ repertoire. But that sigh you heard early on in the 2016 Olympics? That would be the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) world’s collective … Continue reading Cupping: From Michael Phelps to You, Today
~~~~~ Training with a running coach can change a person’s life in more ways than one. When I was writing my doctoral dissertation in preparation for my first career track, I needed to learn how to experience my work (and, by extension, my life) like the cliché goes: as a marathon, not a sprint. I … Continue reading Personal Training with Coach Shaun, or It’s Time to Make the Tiger Roar (Part I)
~~~~~ The 2016 Hill Country Ride for AIDS took place April 30th this year. This was my first time participating in this event and no, I did not ride. Instead, my dear friend, Jacob Cain McRae, and I volunteered our services as Asian bodywork therapists. We spent a fantastic day providing Chinese tui na-style restorative … Continue reading Hill Country Ride for AIDS 2016: Dolly Parton and The Iron Thumb of Doom
~~~~~ Spartan Race 2016…and acupuncture? Together? Yes, that’s right! And just like the teams who were out there in the field, the student interns at my school came together as unit to provide an outstanding introduction to Chinese medicine for anyone who wanted to give it a try. At the recent Spartan Race just outside … Continue reading Spartan Race 2016: There’s a First Time for Everything
~~~~~ I joined a gym as soon as I got my driver’s license and got my own car. Looking back, I don’t know why I did this. I’d never been athletic in high school and I didn’t know anyone who went to the gym. But the siren call of the weight room was just too … Continue reading Choosing a Trainer: What is the History and What are the Goals?