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Optimizing Winter Health

    The Five Element clock never stops ticking and the hands on that clock are now pointing directly at the Water element of Winter, which relates to the Kidney and Bladder function. As we transition from the Metal element of Fall and the correlative organs, the Lungs and Large Intestine, we now enter the most yin time of year, where the Kidney/Bladder system will be at its most vulnerable, but also most amenable to balancing and strengthening. Continue reading this blog through the following link: Optimizing Winter Health  

Protection From Colds, Flus, Viruses

  In past blogs, I mentioned some great ways for protecting and strengthening the Lung function as this is the time of year (September 21st-December 21st) when it will be at its weakest. Today, I will write about more healthy hacks for the Lungs that will help provide us protection from colds, flus, and viruses. A daily practice of Self-Massage (DO-IN), which involves activating certain acupressure points along the Lung meridian line, is my main go-to to accomplish this, but also diet, particular breathing techniques, and simply letting go of all that is weighing us down in our lives, can be highly beneficial to the Lung function. Due to past transgressions in my younger years, it is now very important that I pay special attention to protecting, balancing, and strengthening my Lungs . Today, I want to share some other ways to strengthen the Lungs that I have found to be very effective over the years . Dry skin brushing According to Eastern medicine, our skin is controlled by our Lungs

Protect and Strengthen Your Lungs

As we transition from Late Summer and the associated organs, the Spleen and Stomach, we enter Autumn, and according to macrobiotic and Chinese medical theory, this is the time of year that is associated with the Lungs and Large Intestine. This transition, which takes us in the direction of the colder weather of Winter, is seen as especially important as this system plays a significant role in the health of our immune systems, and many other facets of our overall health. Continue reading this blog through the following link: Protect and Strengthen Your Lungs

How To Increase Energy By Strengthening the Organs of Digestion

Do you remember in the last blog post I wrote about the lack of Mojo that we may experience this time of year? That feeling of moving through a swamp, with little motivation in our lives? This season of Late Summer is related to the internal organs, the Spleen and Stomach, and if they are not functioning optimally then we may experience one or more of the following conditions: Anxiety and insomnia Lowered immunity Fatigue and sluggishness Constipation Diarrhea IBS Bloating Water retention Weight gain Fibroid tumors and stones Candida Chronic fatigue syndrome Arthritis Cold hands and feet  For me, doing a daily Self-Massage routine helps much to keep the energy moving through the organs of digestion so that my Mojo is strong. But diet and nutrition are also very important. So what can we do from a nutritional perspective to avoid the various physical and emotional conditions listed above? Well, here's just a few ideas .  According to Chinese medicine, Sweet is the flavor that is as

Need More Mojo In Your Life?

Increase Your Mojo Through Proper Nutrition Do you ever feel like you need more Mojo in your life? Just not feeling the energy you used to? Like you're moving through a swamp, perhaps feeling ungrounded, with confused thinking, spiciness, and brain fog? We are just now transitioning to the time of year, Late Summer according to Eastern medicine, where these sorts of feelings can be more prevalent. This season of Late Summer is related to the internal organs the Spleen and Stomach, and if they are not functioning optimally then we may experience one or more of the following conditions: Anxiety and insomnia, fatigue and sluggishness, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, bloating, water retention, weight gain, fibroid tumors and stones, candida, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, cold hands, and feet, etc. This is the time of year that is all about digestion and proper nutrition. The digestive system processes the food we eat, but also the thoughts and emotions we internalize, hence this i

Action Leads to Motivation

Take Action To Increase Motivation! Isn’t it the case that this is more true than the opposite, that motivation leads to action? How many times have you not wanted to do something that needs to be done, but you just took one baby step in that direction and before you knew it the task was completed?   This happens to me on a daily basis. Sometimes I’m not really feeling motivated to do something but I force myself to just start, maybe making a deal with myself that I will only do it for 5 minutes, and before I know it motivation has kicked in, and I am rolling right through it until its completion.   This can apply to meditation, exercise, doing the dishes, sometimes writing e-newsletters 😎, addressing a personal situation that I have don’t want to confront, etc.   Action vs Procrastination - Which One Wins? Action beats procrastination every time. And don’t we all feel better about ourselves, more liberated when we have moved through any mental/physical sluggishness and resistance a

Giving to Others vs. Giving to Ourselves

Give to Others To Give To Yourself In past blogs, I have spoken about the importance of Self-Care through Self-Massage, which is the single most powerful technique I have found for myself for creating and maintaining optimal health, and one that I have practiced for 35 years. Daily Self-Care, especially as we age, is so vitally important for our health and well-being. Do you put others before your own Self-Care needs? Are you a people-pleaser? When we live our lives by giving to others before we give to ourselves, in the form of Self-Care, we are setting ourselves up for some unsustainable health patterns that could have highly deleterious effects. When we give to ourselves first, we then create a state where our cup is spilling over, and this excess is when giving to others can truly and authentically happen. If we don’t give to ourselves first then we end up depleting ourselves, perhaps with feelings of resentment towards the people we are giving to. Why do we do that? Is it in order

Power Breathing

Power Breathing Benefits I hope you are enjoying abundant health this Summer season. One of the best things we can do for our health throughout the entire year is to remember to breath. Did you know that on average we humans take in 6% solids, 14% liquids, and 80% air ? Further, we can survive for 63 days with no solids, 4-5 days with no liquids, and just 3 minutes with no air . This speaks to the extreme importance of optimizing our lung capacity, especially as we are still trying to protect ourselves from Covid. Did you know that just by taking five normal inhalations and exhalations you can reset the respiratory center, that then resets other systems in the body - like cardiac, circulatory, digestive, skeletal, etc.? It's a great idea to incorporate into your health kit a daily, conscious breathing practice to boost immunity, energy and overall well-being . Power Breath Tutorial I just made a video of what's referred to as the "Power Breath" , something that takes

How to Enhance Summer Health

Enhance Your Health  Have you ever felt emotional distress and then that led to digestive distress? In Eastern Medicine, these two organs are very closely related and it's important to take steps during this season to nourish and strengthen both of them. If the Heart is imbalanced, then this is the season when we are most likely to feel the symptoms of that imbalance - things like lack of mental clarity, poor concentration, insomnia, anxiety, confusion, agitation, and manic depression . I want to suggest a couple of things that can help to bring this system back into balance. First, in my Self-Massage program I devote an entire session to this - how to use breathing, stretching, percussive techniques, massaging, and direct activation of the most important on the Heart and Small Intestine meridians. Here is a short video demonstrating one acupoint you can work that is directly related to the Heart and can help very much with calming, relaxing, de-stressing, and sleeping better . Yo