Today is National Period Day. It is a celebration and a reminder that we should not be ashamed of our power. It is emblematic of our strength; we maneuver the world despite the normalcy of bleeding for days. Our periods are natural and it is part of the cycle of creating life.
I also recognize that women still face social stigmas, which can be felt more acutely by young women who are still coming to understand their bodies. As a holistic care practitioner, I am mindful of t
Today is Earth Day. It’s only fitting to honor the women who beautifully lift our spirits and shape who we are becoming. They are the people who remind you that light comes from within and no toxic energy can take that glow away from you. It was humbling to be enveloped by their presence at the Sacred Beauty Collective. This collective is about making space so that everyone can be the best version of themselves. The idea is simple: we explore our own evolution, and in turn, i
While New York is a city that never sleeps, it’s also a place where I find delight in every corner. I know my body, spirit, and mind experience wear and tear when I’m always on the go, so I re-ground myself before stress creeps in. How do I know when I’m about to get stressed? The key to addressing stress is noticing signs before they happen. Breaths are shorter and shallower. My chest starts feels tighter and my shoulders are elevated. My muscles, jawline, and back are tense
Spring is a chance to get rid of winter habits and make room for a fresh restart. While spring cleaning can feel overwhelming, here are easy ways to jumpstart this process. Clear out your mind. Engaging in a mental detox activity helps eliminate distractions. Take a nature walk without technology. Observing nature’s gifts can help you focus and appreciate the small details. Pause and do nothing. Set a ten-minute timer and lay on the floor. This activity disrupts our always-on
Every few years, our bodies mature in ways that we have to learn to embrace. Subtle changes that become glaring to you: the new curves, the stubborn stomach pouch, the surprising freckles, and the new frown line that becomes a staple on your face. Also, those new morning aches and pains and occasional night sweats that become common place. I’m learning to age with grace and gratitude.
In Chinese medicine we are taught that your essence “jing” is considered to be the underp
Weight loss is a complicated issue. Any successful program includes a healthy diet, exercise and stress reduction. Many people are adding acupuncture to their weight loss plan and having great success. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been proven to assist in weight loss. Acupuncture is not a miracle cure, but it is very effective in making it easier to lose weight and maintain that loss. Keep in mind that just like any weight loss program, you must be willing to modify
As 2015 nears its end, I find myself reflecting on maturity. Throughout each year, we experience a range of things—joy, loss, hardship, accomplishments—that push us to grow mentally and spiritually. When a new year begins, we have the chance to embrace our more mature self, and “restart” with a new sense of strength and a clearer understanding of who we are at our core. During this past year, I made some important decisions, like spending more time at home in North Carolina.
Cupping is an effective therapy that can improve both mental and physical health. A heated jar (glass, plastic, or bamboo) is applied to the skin's surface, causing suction to the underlying tissue. Depending upon the practitioner's assessment, the cups may be moved around (sliding cups) or left in place (stationary cups). Once the cup is applied, the skin may feel a little tight and when removed, the cups will pop right off the skin. The cups may leave red, blue or purple ri
Autumn is about change and transformation. As a new school year begins for my kids and the leaves on the trees start to take on vibrant shades of orange, red, and yellow, this season always feels ripe for individual growth and positive change. This year, I’m celebrating the spirit of fall with the launch of my new website. These pages will provide space for me to share more about my professional work and passion for holistic medicine. But, I’m most excited about my new blog,