Hill Country Ride for AIDS 2016: Dolly Parton and The Iron Thumb of Doom

~~~~~ 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: There’s a First Time for Everything

~~~~~ 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

Bodies: Exploration, History, Text, and Photograph

*** Just like anything else, notions related to the body bear repeated viewings and engagement from different perspectives. Unthinkingly, we get up in the morning and notice (or not) aches or stiffness. Maybe we feel beautiful, or perhaps we hear a chorus of internal criticisms that stem from messages about weight and age and ability … Continue reading Bodies: Exploration, History, Text, and Photograph

What is Tui Na?

  ~~~~ For most people in the West, acupuncture treatment with needles is probably Chinese medicine’s most well-known and widely practiced export. A less widely familiar traditional Chinese healing modality is tui na (“pushing” and “grasping”, respectively). This is a manual therapy that is, at first glance, akin to massage. But to categorize this art … Continue reading What is Tui Na?