How You Can Heal During Late Summer

How You Can Heal During Late Summer

Much of my time in acupuncture school was spent outdoors. The natural environment was a great teacher for learning about Qi. We were outside to experience and embody the energetic of each of the five seasons. To this day, eight years after graduation, I don’t look to a calendar for guidance regarding seasonal changes. I observe the subtleties from one season to another. I also notice how I’m experiencing each one. Some I embrace and some, not so much. Speaking…

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WANTED: You Drinking More Water.

WANTED: You Drinking More Water.

Here's how a typical conversation with a patient goes: Me: So, how much water do you drink? Patient: Um, likely not enough. Maybe 4 glasses? Me: Why do you say that's not enough? Patient: It seems low. Me: As compared to? Patient: Well, I don’t know. Aren’t we supposed to drink 8 glasses? Me: I used to say half your body weight in ounces. But what I’ve come to understand is that the 8 glasses or body weight adages are…

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Practical Results Of Qigong

Practical Results of Qigong

Zhineng Qigong Science and Hunyuan Qi Therapy (ZNQ & HYQT) are powerful movement and mediative treatments. Much like acupuncture, I consider them to be “needleless” acupuncture. We are opening and moving stuck energy that causes pain, tension or sleepless nights. Traditional Chinese Medicine and ZNQ/HYQT scientific theory believe that diseases are caused by Qi and blood deficiency and Qi and blood circulation disorders which results in an imbalance of various vital functions to occur. The Qigong practice and Hunyuan Qi…

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The Why Of Qigong

The Why of Qigong

I had many reasons for wanting to apply to the Zhineng Medical Qigong program. And, not knowing exactly what I was signing up for didn’t dissuade me. Those who know me would agree that this is my par for the course. All I need is that spidey-sense about a person, place or thing and I leap. I decided long ago to adopt the broadest healing spectrum possible as long as there was a focus of deep healing and not just…

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A Medical Qigong Journey Starts

A Medical Qigong Journey Starts

After two years of consideration, I enrolled in a 2-year medical qigong program. I’ll be studying with an international group of mostly medical and healing practitioners. People who are interested in how to harness their mind-body connection for healing, use this knowledge in their lives and teach it to others. There are many styles and teachers of qi gong as there are acupuncture. Medical qigong is practiced in China as a highly effective treatment for many diseases, alongside acupuncture, herbal…

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Quick Recovery From Springtime Colds And Flus

Quick Recovery from Springtime Colds and Flus

Most of us think that the common cold or the flu are winter illnesses. I’m here to confirm they are not! I’m pretty keen on managing the symptoms early when I’m getting sick. Yet, last week, my typical strategies were not strong enough for this bug. I was out flat for just a few days dealing with a certain type of misery that I hadn’t remembered experiencing in decades: sinus congestion, sneezing, fever, chills, daily wrap-around headache, severe back aches,…

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This is how we’re gonna roll…2018…I’m coming for YOU

New Year’s Eve, with the help of friends, I dredged a corner of my headspace dedicated to certain topics, namely love and loss, so that I could kick THAT personal brand of BS story to the 2017 curb. No taking last year’s garbage into the New Year. Last year’s theme was figuring out who I WAS and acting from that discovery. I aikido’d my life. Which meant I redirected my focus from investments of people, places and things that didn’t…

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The Bee Teacher. Small Package, Big Reminder

The Bee Teacher. Small package, big reminder

There I was, sitting in the neighborhood park where gleefully screaming kids typically assault the jungle gym. But it was mid-week, early in the afternoon and a school day, so the park was unusually and blessedly silent. I needed quiet. Nagging thoughts about the next chapters of my life had me weary.
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You’ve Been Duped! You’re Your Own Best Fitbit

You’ve Been Duped! You’re Your Own Best Fitbit

“What have you learned since using your Fitbit?” I asked a patient of mine, nodding toward his wrist. It seems that half my patients wear them. “Well,” he said, “I’m more aware of when I move versus when I don’t.” “So, you are more mindful because of it?" "I’d say so,” he said. “I do notice when I’m low on steps and I’m moving a lot more—the more you move the more calories you burn, yes?" "But what if what…

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I Feel Sorry for Old People

"I feel sorry for old people," quips my my 86 year-old Mother. I must’ve audibly chortled as she quickly softens the comment by adding that she hoped she didn’t sound arrogant. I’m grinning ear-to-ear listening to her back-pedal that I might see her seriously thumbing her nose at her peers. We were on the phone chatting and catching up about various things. She lives in Maine and I in Maryland. She uses the term “old” when people in her age…

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