Yin and Yang are a way of viewing life. Simply explained, yin and yang provide a categorical way to approach the world….
People often ask me about the science/logic/reasoning as to how the services that I offer (i.e. massage, acupuncture, yoga, etc.) promote health and wellness in the body. I could answer this question from many different angles; we could talk about knots, trigger points, reflex areas, fascia, lymph, inflammation, circulation, endorphins, energy/qi, and so forth. Today, however, I want to go a little deeper with my answer.
Throughout my thousands of hours of training in alternative medicine, I’ve had the privilege to learn from some pretty phenomenal practitioners of both Western and Eastern medicine. What I’ve noticed is that people generally tend to have a great Western/allopathic understanding of health, or they have a good grip on the Eastern/holistic perspective; only a small number of people have studied both. Not only have I actively pursued studying health from both a Western and Eastern approach, but I’ve been building bridges between the two for the last several years. In this newsletter, I’m going to explain what I do from a Western point of view and then next month I’ll explain everything from an Eastern outlook (and I’ll show how the two perspectives parallel and are really one and…
Today I want to discuss alternative medicine. When defending the alternative/holistic movement, it can become frustrating for me as a practitioner. You see, there isn’t an organization or handbook that says such-and-such a modality can be considered “alternative”, while this other method cannot be considered “alternative”. As a result, everything from vitamins to past life readings can fall under this category of the “alternative” health movement. You’ll have some practitioners with impressive credentials (MDs, scientists, chiropractors, psychologists), while others are fly-by-night psychics, shamans, and certifiable kooks.
All of these different alternative modalities have been clumped into one category, but we need to unpack them. Just because you’re a believer in Rolfing and acupuncture doesn’t mean you are sold on concepts such as iridology and Ayurveda. That’s a big part of the conundrum that I face as a holistic practitioner; people hear me say “holistic”, and their mind thinks “hippie” or “New Age” or “quack” (or that one gentlemen that still thinks I’m a witchdoctor). In my opinion, the “alternative” medical umbrella has too many modalities that fall underneath it.
Alternative medicine is one of those things that people tend to make a “black or white” issue. They either think…
An official “stress test” is The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale which can be found here if you’re interested in taking it to discover your current level of stress. I prefer a holistic questionairre that was created by Dr. Lissa Rankin. Every time you answer “no” to any of the following questions, you are uncovering a potential stressor in your life.
- Do you feel well supported with loving community and intimate relationships with friends and family who allow you to express your authentic self?
- Do you feel in touch with your life’s purpose?
- Are you able to stay in alignment with your integrity in your professional life?
- Do you feel financially secure?
- Are you in a nurturing relationship with a romantic partner who allows you to express your authentic self?
- Do you feel satisfied sexually, either with or without a partner?
- Are you able to set healthy boundaries with the people who stress you out?
- Are you comfortable saying no?
- Do you feel spiritually connected to a Higher Power that you trust has your best interests at heart?
- Do you have a healthy way to address negative emotions, such as anger, resentment, grief, anxiety, and depressed mood?
- Are you an optimist?
- Do you practice gratitude?
- Do you engage…