Summertime! Well it seems in Minnesota we’ve completely skipped Spring and jumped right into the hot weather of Summer. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been working quickly to adjust to the new way of life, it is so different from Winter and early Spring practices.
Welcome to the season of longer days, lazier afternoons and an increase in energy to match the bustling months to come!
It is likely that you are already eating lighter, more cooling foods and doing things to match this Summer energy (spending time outside, swimming, connecting with friends) These simple changes are what seasonal harmony is all about, and will help promote health for your body and mind.
The Summer season is ruled by the element of Fire and contains the energies of expansion, movement, energy and growth. The emotion related to this season is Joy. The mind and the spirit of the Heart are very important and typically thrive during this time of year. It is a good time to connect with loved ones and actively practice those pursuits that bring us great joy and happiness. When a lack of joy or and overabundance of manic energy is present, then we know it is time for some shiatsu or acupuncture to help bring us back into balance. Practioners of Chinese Medicine can also provide lifestyle advice so that you are able to come back into balance on your own.
Living in harmony with the seasons is at the core of Traditional Chinese wisdom. Health is nurtured by living in harmony with nature, one’s environment and found through preventative practices and practical eating.
Align with Summertime
Foods for Summer Season
Here is where I remind you that it is always best to talk to your physician before making any major changes to your diet. Professional practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine can also provide safe advice on lifestyle practices and foods that will suit you! This article is for information purposes only and cannot substitute personal advice from a professional.
I took a year off from the blog. But I am back! It isn't that I haven't been writing, I have. I just haven't made the posts public. What I do write ends up in the monthly email newsletter, or on Facebook. I needed some time to organize, simplify and get ahead in other areas of my practice.
What I realized though is this: I love discipline of writing and sharing. It helps me to connect with clients, friends and fans of bodywork in ways that I cannot in the studio during sessions.
So please, let this blog be a venue also for your benefit! Ask questions and use me as a resource! I love my job and I love sharing what I've learned through my practice.
Soon then, all my best,
Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), CMT, CST
Happy New Year! I wish you all the best as we begin 2013. I'm happy to be in the midst of Winter. I can't even believe I'm saying that! The snow is beautiful (not too much, not too little), the weather is crisp (not too cold, not too warm) and the coziness of the season has me inspired to sleep longer, read more books and make more soup!
Embracing the inward direction that cold brings is one way to harmonize with this often difficult season. Adding more warming foods to your diet helps too! If you feel that you are constantly cold or low energy, then hot tea, meat soups, warm breakfasts and stewed fruits will help build Qi. It is equally important to avoid most dairy, tropical fruits, raw foods and refined sugar when feeling cold and fatigued. And always remember to take time to enjoy your meals!
All the best to you and yours,
Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy!
I am now nationally certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as an Asian Bodywork Therapist!
"You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe,
deserve your love and affection."
See you soon,
One type of therapy I've studied, that I've mentioned rarely but use in practice daily, is Trigger Point Therapy. That is, the act of locating and eliminating trigger points in the body.
Why are trigger points relevant to most people and how do we get rid of them?
Read below to find out.
The term Trigger Point was coined by Janet Travell, a physician and researcher who co-wrote a famous book on the subject. She is well known for her work with Trigger Points but more famously recognized as the personal physician of President John F. Kennedy! (And the first female physician of a U.S. president, I might add!)
Her research on the treatment of musculoskeletal pain has informed the practice of massage therapy as well as many other health practices.
A myofascial trigger point is a tender, palpable spot located within a taut band of muscle tissue, that typically refers pain to another location in the body. This means that while we may feel pain very strongly in one spot, the cause of the pain may be located in another spot completely. Until the trigger point is released, the pain will continue. Trigger points also cause stiffness and weakness of the involved muscle.
FACT: Any skeletal muscle in the body can develop a trigger point.
FACT: There are two types of trigger points: active and latent.
FACT: Latent trigger points, which are less noticeable and cause stiffness and restricted range of motion rather than severe pain, are far more common that active trigger points.
FACT: A latent trigger point can turn into an active trigger point at any time.
FACT: When an active trigger point is present stretching the muscle increases rather than decreases pain.
Trigger points are caused by acute overload, overwork fatigue, direct trauma and by cold. They are indirectly caused by other trigger points, internal disease, arthritic joints and emotional stress.
Trigger points are treated by normalizing the involved soft tissue through various massage techniques and prevented by regular exercise and avoiding the causes listed above.
Bodywork is a very effective way to eliminate trigger points. However, perpetuating factors such as lack of exercise, overwork or repetitive stress must be considered for treatment to be complete.
I wish you a cheerful and healthy October!
Fall is in the air! Things are drying out, cooling off and beginning to change. Yet, I bet we can expect a few more sweet summery days this month before the weather truly shifts! I'm beginning to dream of cool autumn walks, bonfires and soup. How about you? Here are a few good links below for you to enjoy. See you soon!
SEAWEED :: love it? never tried it? scared of it? curious?
Here is a great introductory article that explains a bit about the health benefits and how to get started with eating these delicious vegetables of the sea!
You've probably heard me talk about the Spleen by now. And if not, check this out! Here is a very well written informative article all about loving your Spleen!
I love eating soup and I love making soup. Here is one I can't wait to make this season, it is a Mulligatawny (Indian Stew) made with root vegetables, lentils and coconut milk. Soooo good!
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