Men’s Health & Why It’s On My Radar (Thoughts From a Holistic Practitioner)

~~~~~ Guys like to pretend that they are invulnerable.  Cultural messages tell young men certain stories and life experiences etch them in stone.  This might be useful on a surface level.  In reality, that tough facade of robust masculinity covers factors that lead men to compromised health, a life that may not be as full … Continue reading Men’s Health & Why It’s On My Radar (Thoughts From a Holistic Practitioner)

Acupuncture For Weight Loss: Holistic Ways To Look Great And Feel Even Better

~~~~~ Different bodies come in different shapes and sizes. You can be heavy and healthy.  You can be skinny and unhealthy. It all depends.  What’s important is that you feel good inside your skin and that you have strategies for dealing with unwanted weight or body composition.  Easy to say, though, isn’t it? If you … Continue reading Acupuncture For Weight Loss: Holistic Ways To Look Great And Feel Even Better

Stress Relief That Gets Right To The Point: Acupuncture Treatments Designed Just For You

~~~~~ How’s your stress level these days?  And have you ever tried acupuncture (or, for that matter, any other form of traditional Chinese medicine)?  If the answer is “Not so good” followed by “Nope” or “Yes, but I didn’t like it,” then keep reading.  You may be pleasantly surprised and–if you do opt to give … Continue reading Stress Relief That Gets Right To The Point: Acupuncture Treatments Designed Just For You

Holistic Health Coaching With a Traditional Chinese Medical Twist: Tips for Nurturing Mind and Body

~~~~~ I’ve been seeing a lot of stress and tension lately and, as the seasons change and the news cycle swirls, it makes sense that people are feeling a little unsettled.  As a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner and health coach, though, I can assure you, dear reader, that there is a lot you can … Continue reading Holistic Health Coaching With a Traditional Chinese Medical Twist: Tips for Nurturing Mind and Body

Valentine’s Day Approaches: A Health Coach’s Guide To Loving Yourself

~~~~~ Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that you either love or hate.  If you’re in love, a romantic, and in sync with your partner, it’s a great one.  If you’re unhappily single, miserably married, or the anniversary of your bitter divorce falls on February 14th (true story: I knew someone in graduate school … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Approaches: A Health Coach’s Guide To Loving Yourself

Let’s Talk About Sex: New Entries In My Book Corner

~~~~~ “A history of sexuality runs the risk of confirming popular fears that academics are capable of ruining even the most simple of pleasures” –Stephen Garton, Histories of Sexuality: Antiquity to Sexual Revolution It’s a testament to the fact that I, to my dying breath, am and will remain an academic, but frankly, the above-quoted from … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Sex: New Entries In My Book Corner

Just One Tear: Alan Rickman, Professor Snape, And Dante Alighieri

~~~~~ The figure of Professor Snape, both written and onscreen, captured the imaginations of all who experience his commanding presence, his anger, his slow cadenced speech, and his heartbreak.  The actor who made him come to life in film, Alan Rickman, was known for a wide variety of roles, both on stage and in the … Continue reading Just One Tear: Alan Rickman, Professor Snape, And Dante Alighieri

What a Health Coach Can Do For You That Dr. Google Cannot: Are You Ready for a Vibrant 2018?

~~~~~ Conventional thinking holds that when a person is ready to become healthy and make big changes for the new year (or for swimsuit season, or in preparation for an event), the go-to guide would be a personal trainer and the place to make the change would be at the gym.  Now, though, options for … Continue reading What a Health Coach Can Do For You That Dr. Google Cannot: Are You Ready for a Vibrant 2018?

Of Gingerbread Persons and Christmas Songs (Or: The Most Important Question to Ask Yourself Today)

~~~~~ How do you feel about Christmas and the holiday season?  If you follow the social media narrative, you should be happy, replete, surrounded by friends and family, and poised for January first and a “New Year, New You!”  Yes, that’s right.  And if not, your narrative can go something like: you’re stressed but committed … Continue reading Of Gingerbread Persons and Christmas Songs (Or: The Most Important Question to Ask Yourself Today)