The history of Acupuncture in the USA is fairly recent. The initial “discovery” by the American public in general centered around events surrounding the World Ping Pong Championships of 1971. Prior to that, it was primarily known only to Asian groups and several hundred Chiropractors.
The first official Acupuncture program offered in the U.S. was sponsored by Columbia College of Chiropractic and presented by Dr. Richard Yennie, DC (Chiropractor). In 1973, Dr’s Pennell and Heuser, both Chiropractors, published The “How to” Seminar of Acupuncture for Physicians one of the first books on Acupuncture published in North America.
Today, there is growing confusion about Acupuncture and its various styles. “Dry Needling” for example, is not acupuncture per se as it has evolved out of trigger point injection studies (The injection syringes, “needles”, used consisted of one group using medication and the other control group not using any medication, aka “dry needles”. Both found to have positive impact on trigger point relief). In fact, in Classical Acupuncture there has been a protocol for thousands of years that already consisted of using needles on “ha shi” points which are associated with trigger points. The bottom line is that the body doesn’t care what a treatment is called. The body will utilize any opportunity to regain balance and promote healing when given a chance.
Love was once considered a highly spiritual emotion. Some sages believed it to be a form of giving that should be extended to society at large, as well as intimates. In the center of the Chinese character for Love is the “heart” pictogram, above is “breath” and below is [...]
“Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes radiance.” – Morgan Freeman
This quote reminded me of our Winter trip to Crystal River, FL to Stand Up Paddle and passively observe the Florida Manatees that gather by the hundreds to rest and keep warm in the clear [...]
Happy Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Pink water, pink ribbons, 5k’s, and more. I’m ok with awareness but I think such a festive and corporate-dominated scene focused on fundraising for non-profits really doesn’t help women “fight” breast cancer. The best thing a women can do is focus their time, energy and money on [...]
The ONLY TWO REASONS why I use the “Elevation Training Mask”
1) Strengthens the Diaphragm and Accessory Muscles of Respiration
2) Strengthens the Mind by forcing Calmness (forced slow, deep breathing)
* The remarks about Oxygen Deprivation don’t make sense to me because the air outside the mask when it is on is the same air being inhaled [...]
“the avoidance of excess or extremes, esp. in one’s behavior or political opinions”. The above definition sums up my personal political opinions I suppose (Independent). In terms of living a healthy active lifestyle it also applies. For those that know me, I follow a moderate diet. Monday through Friday afternoon I will eat [...]
Water + Sun + Nature + Core + Balance + Endurance + Strength + Paddle + PaddleBoard = STOKED!
Join me this year for one-on-one classes, group fitness classes, and corporate outings.
You just might get hooked too.
Eater Sunday 2013 is also Cesar Chavez’s birthday. The Californian farm-worker-human-rights activist suffered from low back pain. After the assassination of Robert Kennedy and the continued stressors of the struggle for humanity-based policies, Cesar was hospitalized for twenty days with severe low back pain and suffered for months with no known cause. Dr. [...]
A new year is a great time to get focused on you and your health. My focus here is to help my clients help themselves by informing them of basic cornerstones to body function (inside and out). I have found that many of my clients are not aware of, and do not incorporate, [...]
Pilates and Chiropractic care are a winning combination!
I recently immersed myself in a workshop through the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) that focused on applying the Pilates method with modifications that complimented research on hip and low back and neck stability. Basically, this group used research to help formulate an incredible program of [...]