~~~~~ Finding a personal trainer seems like it would be easy. After all, any gym you join will probably have a list of personal trainers; otherwise, you can always go online and google “find a personal trainer” and a lengthy list will appear. But finding the right personal trainer for you and your unique needs … Continue reading Find A Personal Trainer: How To Find The Best Trainer For What You Want To Accomplish
~~~~~ Planning ahead is a crucial element in the whole-picture view of self-discipline and inner strength. And though I usually am a little snarky about *cough* Facebook wisdom, the attached meme is thought-provoking for me this morning because lately I have been thinking about different ways to approach the subject of willpower and how it … Continue reading Planning Ahead: The Annoyance Obstacle Course
~~~~~ Personal trainers are a familiar aspect of the fitness-wellness landscape. Everyone has heard of them and quite a few of us have worked with one. But what about health coaches? Ever since I become certified as a health coach I have found that people do not really know what health coaches do or why … Continue reading Health Coach? Personal Trainer? (Which, What, When, and Why)
~~~~~ 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
~~~~ 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?
~~~~~ (Note: This is an older–but always timely–essay that I have revised slightly and now wish to share once again.) ~~~~~ One of my favorite books for self-study is Tara Bennett-Goleman’s Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind can Heal the Heart. (I will add it to my book corner, but today is a lazy day and … Continue reading Cloudy day in Austin, Texas
~~~~~ 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?
~~~~~ Choosing a name for one’s business is fraught, indeed. Put simply: health, of course, is key to what this holistic wellness lifestyle service offers. But “two hearts” . . . not three or four or one? I chose two hearts on some levels out of sheer quirkiness. Memories of Chris Isaak’s song “Two Hearts” … Continue reading Why Two Hearts Wellness?