~~~~~ Acupressure is a great way to take the benefits of acupuncture into your own home. One of my most firmly held beliefs is that I am doing a great job only if and when I teach my coaching and bodywork clients and my clinic patients not to need me. This philosophy is largely derived … Continue reading Acupressure: Healing Art for the Home
~~~~~ “This photo was taken less than 72 hrs after an ER trip for emergency units of blood. There was a 50 FT rock face I saw while hiking with family. I pushed the envelope and made it to the top. I did it for myself, for those who would, but can’t, and for those … Continue reading A Rare Courage: Transcending Self, Helping Others
*** 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
~~~~~ Today was a strange and stressful day, one that started with a remarkably bad traffic jam and was punctuated by odd news (a dear schoolmate’s car was stolen, for one thing, and the day just got more weird and fraught by the minute). Getting through it took the full arsenal of calming tactics … Continue reading Patience and Shuffle the Cards
~~~~ 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?