Birth is one of the most physically taxing, emotionally depleting, and spiritually rewarding things a human being can endure. But despite having birthed for thousands of years, most of us prepare for labor in completely the wrong way. We decorate our nurseries, pack out bags, and sit and wait (because that’s what we’re told to do). And when our pregnancy ticks past the 40-week mark we throw every folk induction method we can find on Pinterest at it with hit and miss results. But what if I told you that the fundamental error that we’re all making is waiting? That you can and should make diet and lifestyle changes in the months before birth? And that if you make these changes, studies have shown that: You’ll have an earlier spontaneous onset of labor You will have a shorter labor You will have a more comfortable labor You will have a more comfortable postpartum recovery And you will have more balanced hormones in the postpartum period All it takes to get these benefits is shifting how we talk about the marathon of birth and take our focus off of the race and put our effort into the proper training. Featured photo and cover image by Ilzy Sousa from Pexels

7 Ways to Prepare for Labor (and why forgetting this crucial step is a mistake)

Birth is one of the most physically taxing, emotionally depleting, and spiritually rewarding things a human being can endure. But despite having birthed for thousands of years, most of us prepare for labor in completely the wrong way.

We decorate our nurseries, pack our bags, and sit and wait (because that’s what we’re told to do). And when our pregnancy ticks past the 40-week mark we throw every folk induction method we can find on Pinterest at it with hit and miss results.

But what if I told you that the fundamental error that we’re all making is waiting? That you can and should make diet and lifestyle changes in the months before birth? And that if you make these changes, studies have shown that:

  • You’ll have an earlier spontaneous onset of labor
  • You will have a shorter labor
  • You will have a more comfortable labor
  • You will have a more comfortable postpartum recovery
  • And you will have more balanced hormones in the postpartum period

All it takes to get these benefits is shifting how we talk about the marathon of birth and take our focus off of the race and put our effort into the proper training.

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Happy Almost Winter, Minnesnowta! Any other season of the year and people give me the side-eye for an “early” season greeting. But in winter? Snow can fly as early as September! In fact, wasn’t it just last week we got our first flakes? And even if the snowflakes weren’t falling yet, the world around us is settling into a winter rhythm. Everything becomes quiet and still. The leaves have fallen, the grass is hibernating, jars of pickled herring pop up in pantries across the state. This spring, I broke the element of wood down in two blog posts – one about how things can be categorized as wood from a health perspective and another about how Chinese medicine looks at imbalances in the wood element. I did the same earlier this month for metal and metal disharmonies. This blog post will be doing the same for this season’s element, the element of Water. Featured image and cover photo by Sebastian Voortman from Pexels

The Water Element: Foundations in the Depths

Happy Almost Winter, Minnesnowta!

Any other season of the year and people give me the side-eye for an “early” season greeting. But in winter? Snow can fly as early as September! In fact, wasn’t it just last week we got our first flakes?

And even if the snowflakes weren’t falling yet, the world around us is settling into a winter rhythm. Everything becomes quiet and still. The leaves have fallen, the grass is hibernating, jars of pickled herring pop up in pantries across the state.

This spring, I broke the element of wood down in two blog posts – one about how things can be categorized as wood from a health perspective and another about how Chinese medicine looks at imbalances in the wood element. I did the same earlier this month for metal and metal disharmonies.

This blog post will be doing the same for this season’s element, the element of Water.

Yesterday’s post about acupuncture misconceptions was super fun to write but it got a little out of hand. I talk about acupuncture a lot. As you can imagine, it’s kind of my thing. So when it comes to misconceptions I have a lot to say. The ten misconceptions about acupuncture could have easily turned into a four to five thousand word blog post and I’m not going to do that to you folx. So here we are, part two – five more misconceptions about acupuncture. Featured image and cover photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels

Five (More) Misconceptions about Acupuncture

Yesterday’s post about acupuncture misconceptions was super fun to write but it got a little out of hand. I talk about acupuncture a lot. As you can imagine, it’s kind of my thing. So when it comes to misconceptions I have a lot to say.

The ten misconceptions about acupuncture could have easily turned into a four to five thousand word blog post and I’m not going to do that to you folx. So here we are, part two – five more misconceptions about acupuncture.

What better time than blogtober to update the element series? This spring I expanded on the spring seasonal living post, adding additional information about the wood element and its disharmonies. Now that we are well and truly into autumn it’s time do expand the autumn seasonal living post with an exploration of the metal element. In this post, we’ll do a deep dive into the metal element, the element associated with autumn and growing yin. Later this month we’ll do a follow-up post on the disharmonies of the metal organ systems. Without further ado, let’s get started! Featured image and cover photo by Markus Spiske from Pexels

The Metal Element: Grief and Release

What better time than blogtober to update the element series? This spring I expanded on the spring seasonal living post, adding additional information about the wood element and its disharmonies. Now that we are well and truly into autumn it’s time do expand the autumn seasonal living post!

In this post, we’ll do a deep dive into the metal element, the element associated with autumn and growing yin. Later this month we’ll do a follow-up post on the disharmonies of the metal organ systems.

How does acupuncture work? The nervous system? Natural painkillers? Magic? Well, definitely not magic but it works on many levels. Click to read more!

How does acupuncture work?

One of the most common questions I get from new patients is “How does acupuncture work?”

It’s a simple question, but simple isn’t always easy. Acupuncture is a complicated medicine, with layers of historical and poetic metaphor to explain complex physiological responses. For so small of a question, the answer is huge.

But I live for questions like this. I used to be a linguistics major and linguistics isn’t the study of a wide variety of languages, it’s the study of how languages work. Linguists study how this group of words or vocabulary evolved differently than this group, even though they are talking about the same thing. I may not be a linguistics major anymore, but this philosophy has carried itself forward into my practice.

My hope for this blog post is to give you an understanding of this big idea – how acupuncture works – in the vocabulary you use every day. While I may have been trained to think in terms of qi, blood, yin and yang, acupuncture works through blood flow, hormone cascades, muscle release and more.

So, if you’re ready, let’s dive in.

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What happens after your appointment? What happens after an acupuncture appointment? Is there anything that you should know before you leave the office? ​Absolutely. In my experience as an acupuncturist, what happens outside of the treatment space is more important than what happens inside of it. The same is true for any practitioner. Your doctor’s appointment won’t help you get over your ear infection if you don’t take your antibiotics. Your massage therapy appointment won’t be effective for more than a week if you don’t follow your practitioner’s advice. ​After-care and homework are a vital part of any treatment plan. So here are six pieces of advice to help you get the most from your acupuncture treatment. Featured photo and cover image by Artem Beliaikin from Pexels

After Acupuncture: Making the Most of your Treatment

You have read about how to book your appointment with me.

You have read about what to expect during your appointment.

But what about after your appointment? What happens after an acupuncture appointment? Is there anything that you should know before you leave the office?

​Absolutely. In my experience as an acupuncturist, what happens outside of the treatment space is more important than what happens inside of it. The same is true for any practitioner. Your doctor’s appointment won’t help you get over your ear infection if you don’t take your antibiotics. Your massage therapy appointment won’t be effective for more than a week if you don’t follow your practitioner’s advice.

​After-care and homework are a vital part of any treatment plan. So here are six pieces of advice to help you get the most from your acupuncture treatment.

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