~~~~~ Are you a Spartan? Have you ever thought about it and wanted to become one? Do you watch the video clips and think “No, I can’t” and “Oh, but I do want to do that”? There is something special about this particular race that sets it apart from so many competitive sports events. It’s … Continue reading Spartan Race 2017: Lessons at the Finish Line
~~~~~ Cupping. What is it? Who can it help? And who practices it most? Cupping has been around for centuries and it is a staple treatment in most acupuncturists’ and Asian bodywork therapists’ repertoire. But that sigh you heard early on in the 2016 Olympics? That would be the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) world’s collective … Continue reading Cupping: From Michael Phelps to You, Today
~~~~~ Fibromyalgia—in a word—hurts. To the 5 million-plus sufferers who know this condition intimately, it is a case of Tolstoy’s “every happy family is alike and every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” when it comes to symptoms, presentation, and effects on quality of life. The common link, of course, is muscle pain. … Continue reading Fibromyalgia Relief and Ancient Chinese Medicine: Tai Chi, Acupuncture, and Tui Na
~~~~~ 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
~~~~ 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?