Magic is in your Ears: Ear Seeds for Stress Relief, Weight Loss, Sleep Support, and More

~~~~~ If you have ever experienced insomnia, stress, the desire to curb your appetite, and/or you became ready to finally and for good quit smoking, then chances are you have either  heard of or experienced auriculotherapy.  But if you haven’t much familiarity with Chinese medicine, then maybe this is the first time this topic has … Continue reading Magic is in your Ears: Ear Seeds for Stress Relief, Weight Loss, Sleep Support, and More

A Musician’s Guide to Health and Wellness the Traditional Chinese Way: Taking Care of Yourself for the Long Haul With Tui Na

Musical artists, do you know where your health is or, if not, how you can find it, keep it, and nourish it?  Did you know that traditional Chinese medicine, especially bodywork such as tui na, can work wonders for you on many levels?   Continue reading A Musician’s Guide to Health and Wellness the Traditional Chinese Way: Taking Care of Yourself for the Long Haul With Tui Na

Acupuncturist Credentials: I Just Passed my Biomedicine Board Exam and Why it Matters for You

~~~~~ People who know me from this blog or via my other social media platforms probably already know this but…August and early September are the beginning of board exam season for me.  I’ve been practicing traditional Chinese bodywork and providing mind-body health and wellness coaching for the past couple years but my program was designed … Continue reading Acupuncturist Credentials: I Just Passed my Biomedicine Board Exam and Why it Matters for You

Tui na Treatment or Acupuncture: Which is Best for You? (Three Points to Ponder)

~~~ As I write out this latest essay, Marvin Gaye’s classic song, “Where are We Going” seems to be winding its way through my mind, bringing up memories and, simultaneously, pointing my nose forward. As those of you who follow my blog know, I’m tying up the loose ends of my 4.5-year-long program in Chinese … Continue reading Tui na Treatment or Acupuncture: Which is Best for You? (Three Points to Ponder)

Attitude is Everything: How to Avoid Speeding Tickets, Bypass Road Rage, and Have a Great Day Even When Things are Chaotic

~~~~~ Attitude is everything as a philosophy is, let’s face it, a bit of a motivational cliché.  It’s easy to have a great attitude when things are going your way.  Have you been hit by tragedy or are you in a truly grave circumstance?  Well, if you have it in you to create and maintain … Continue reading Attitude is Everything: How to Avoid Speeding Tickets, Bypass Road Rage, and Have a Great Day Even When Things are Chaotic

Anthropologie Bags and Doorknobs: When One Closes, Another Opens (On Embracing Change and Finding New Spaces)

~~~~~ Of the many beauties associated with Chinese medicine (and, as I ponder it, Renaissance Florence but I digress), one that resonates greatly with me at this time is its attitude towards change.  Chinese medicine is based on a foundation of harmony and theories regarding yin-yang balance.  Not too much of one or too little … Continue reading Anthropologie Bags and Doorknobs: When One Closes, Another Opens (On Embracing Change and Finding New Spaces)

Harry Potter, Herbology, and Chinese Herbs: How Learning to Love Herbal Study is Good for Me and Great for my Patients

~~~~~ Before I started my program at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine I was fairly typical in that I thought of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as being pretty much a case of going to my wonderful acupuncturist, getting needles put in me, and feeling much better afterward.  In reality, this was a limited perspective … Continue reading Harry Potter, Herbology, and Chinese Herbs: How Learning to Love Herbal Study is Good for Me and Great for my Patients

Holistic Health Coach: What To Expect When You Are Ready For Change (Part I)

~~~~~ Take the story of your life–the outline that you were given at birth, the narrative that has been embellished over the years, the tales you tell yourself–and ask yourself what is working and what could be changed.  What new details would you like to add?  In what way does health and wellness factor into … Continue reading Holistic Health Coach: What To Expect When You Are Ready For Change (Part I)

Holiday Stress and Staying Sane: Tactics, Strategy, Sass, and Flair

~~~~~ Does the holiday season start for you at Halloween or at Thanksgiving? (Or even later, like on December 20th, and only with great reluctance?)  And what, for that matter, does the holiday season mean for you? For me, holiday season starts at more or less at Halloween because I love the Mexican holiday traditions … Continue reading Holiday Stress and Staying Sane: Tactics, Strategy, Sass, and Flair

How’s Your Digestion? Two Hearts Wellness Gives You The Straight Poop on … Well, You Know

~~~~~ As you probably already know by now, I am a holistic wellness health coach and an Asian bodywork therapist (traditional Chinese-style, which includes tui na to cupping, moxa, gua sha, and ear seeds). I’m also a practicing Chinese medicine intern on the home stretch towards graduation. Then I’ll be a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist … Continue reading How’s Your Digestion? Two Hearts Wellness Gives You The Straight Poop on … Well, You Know