Why Does Good Posture Matter?
by: Bill Easter, PT, MPH
“Sit up straight, get your shoulders back, stop slouching, you have bad posture,” we are told, but what does it all mean and why is posture so important? If you are standing in a crowd of people or a clinic and someone mentions posture, there is a knee jerk response,and people will simultaneously stand in an erect position for 5 maybe 10 seconds, looking around with guilt expressions on their faces (echoes from our parents or our primary and secondary school days). Posture is firmly engrained in our minds but remains very elusive and often misunderstood. Read more “Good Posture: Whats the Point?”
by Lisa Nelson, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M.
Try a Daily Dollop (or more) of Coconut Oil
Virgin Coconut oil is one of the healthiest foods on the planet and it is considered a superfood! Read more “Get A Daily Healing Dose of Coconut Oil”
by: Kara Marell
When We Become Too Busy, PAUSE
I catch myself saying “I am too busy for ___” , when in reality I know I am not. I am ‘too busy’ because I am making a choice, and prioritizing other things. You’re only as busy as you allow yourself to feel. It’s about allowing for the pause.
Read more “The Too Busy Complex: Just Pause”
Hooray for Kombucha’s Amazing Health Powers
I have seen so many amazing transformations in my patients’ physical and emotional health when they have incorporated fermented food into their diet – and kombucha is one of the most BEST!
Read more “Hooray for Kombucha!”
A Health Practitioner’s Confession to the World: I Love What I Do!
I have a confession to make in today’s blog post. Ready? Here it goes– I love what I do.
How many people can say that they truly love their work? How many people are fulfilling their destiny when they go to work each day? Read more “Why I Love What I Do: A Health Practitioner’s Confession”
by Joi Thomas, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M., MSOM
If you live in the Minneapolis area and you are looking for acupuncturist this article will give you a wealth of information in making the right choice.
Acupuncture is becoming more mainstream everyday as more and more individuals either hear about how effective it is from others or take the leap and try it for themselves. It has existed as a distinct healing modality and has treated all of the health concerns that we currently faced for more than 5 centuries! So, if you are considering acupuncture and other healing modalities based upon Chinese medicine, I hope that this article with give you some information to help you make your decision.
Read more “An Acupuncturist: How to Choose the Right One”
by Lisa Nelson, MA/OTR, L.Ac., MSOM
3 Reasons to Immerse in an Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom salt is a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and
sulfate. Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed
through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the
wonderful health benefits. Magnesium regulates the activity of over 325 enzymes in the body, reduces inflammation, and decreases muscle pain and fatigue. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients and flush toxins.
Read more “Epsom Salt Bath: Healing & Rejuvenation”
by Carrie Nightshade, L.Ac., MSOM
Why community acupuncture? What about it makes me so loyal to it’s business model and techniques?
Recently I came across an article (linked below) about the radical roots of community acupuncture (CA). It reminded me about the reasons that I followed the healing arts and also why CA is so important to me. At heart I’m an activist and social justice is one of the many things that drive my passions. As a healer it was and is important to me that preventative health care is available for all people. During my education I realized that acupuncture is not very accessible to my peers. I spent many hours trying to figure out a way to fix this, bartering and work trades only work when people have mutually beneficial skills/ items to work with. Sometime during the second half of school Working Class Acupuncture out of Portland came to hold a workshop on CA. Eureka! It was like taking the fundamentals class in acupuncture after struggling in chemistry. It just made so much sense to me, and it was such a relief to discover a way to be an acupuncturist that worked with my heart.
Read more “Community Acupuncture: Radical & Affordable”
Free Yourself From Fear in 3 Steps
Recently we’ve all been subjected to a fair amount of Fear, and the stress that comes with it, following the events in Paris, the shooting in California, the coverage of these and other attacks in the media. This year was especially stressful. Regardless of political affiliation and personal outlook on these issues, the over-riding feeling of it all for many people is Fear. It could be Fear for one’s life, fear of the uncertainty of the situation, fear of hurting someone you know, fear of becoming hyper-alert and so on….
In all these cases Fear affects us on a deep level, and while it may not always stop us in our tracks, it’s going with us wherever we go, and creates a kind of veil that colors our thinking and feeling.
To address this Fear, we can identify it in 2 ways:
- What is the biological/Functional need and effect of Fear and what does it feel like?
- How can I release it?
Read more “Outlive Fear: 3 Steps to Free Ourselves”
by Carrie Nightshade, L.Ac., MSOM
With More Self Care, You Can Birth a Happier YOU!
It’s the dark of the morning before my young children awake and start my day of chaos. Today is New Years Eve and as always I wonder why we celebrate the birth of the new year in the deepest cold of winter. Maybe it is because it is the time to turn inward and contemplate. 2015 has been a challenging year for many people. From the drought in California to the Black Lives Matter protest in North Minneapolis I have found it difficult to keep in mind the beauty of humanity.
Read more “Birth of the New Year: More Self Care”