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You can schedule acupuncture with me at Centered on North in Old Town on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Pilates studio is located on the southwest corner of North Ave and Hudson Ave. There is parking on both streets and it is just 2 blocks from the Sedgwick Brown line CTA station.
Ring the doorbell, leave your shoes at the door, fill out paperwork, and we will walk back to the spacious, relaxing treatment studio.
Sessions fees are listed on my services pages for adults and children.
There is a process to healing. I can’t even count the number of new patients who were disappointed that I could not fix their condition in one treatment. A pill can’t fix it. A needle can’t fix it. A team effort starting with and including the patient all the way through can begin to fix it.
Nothing in life moves forward forever in a straight line. There are ups and downs, setbacks and forward leaps. Acupuncture can be part of your healing process.
Individuals respond just that way–individually. One feels a little worse for the first day or two, one feels significantly better immediately, one notices no changes, and another will have progressive gradual improvement.
I wish I could tell each person how they will respond; I can provide the gamete of responses. The body, after an acupuncture session, will try to continue the flow the acupuncture treatment created. The body may not have the resources to do that after one treatment.
- When the energy of a condition is deeply “stuck”, the result could be a greater sensaton of pain as the energy (qi) tries to break through. After the release, sensation of the pain is reduced.
- When the energy of a condition is moderately “stuck”, the qi is released with less stress and an improvement felt immediately. It won’t be necessarily 100%, but an improvement.
- When the energy of the body is weakened, there is a reduced ability of qi to flow freely. Acupuncture increases the body energy so the qi will flow. In this situation, no change may be felt because it takes longer to add energy to the system. Aditional energy could cause a greater sensation of pain until the qi is at the appropriate level and able to flow freely.
Once the qi is flowing, treatment isn’t necessarily over. The general principle is to provide 10-12 treatments to improve a condition. If the conditon has existed for years, improvement could take a few months of weekly treatments whereas a recent condition could be treated in 2-4 sessions. Treatments are needed to train the body to keep the energy flowing. If treatment is ceased early, the condition may return and the body’s energy will go back to what it remembers. Say a client is treated during the onset of a cold, the pathogen is released and the cold never takes form. Treatment could end there, but ideally a few treatments to boost the immune system for prevention would be in order.
Emotions are related to energy. In Chinese Medicine, emotions flow with your body energy which flows with your blood through arteries and veins. Many conditions have emotional and behavioural correlations which could cause a conditon to recur. Client awareness around patterns and emotional symptoms can assist in curbing a recurrence of a physical symptom. Following a treatment protocol that includes a specifc number of treatments; dietary, herbal and lifestyle recommendatons; and both the practitioner and the client actively participating in the process will enable the healing process.
Cupping, a technique using suction, draws deeply held stagnation of blood, lymph and toxins to the surface of the skin. I use this for sore and strained muscles, painful periods, deep coughs, seasonal allergies, and early stage cold symptoms.
Cups come in a variety of styles. The most used are pump, fire, or silicone cups. Plastic or glass cups are placed on the skin, a device is attached to the top of the cup to remove some air. Fire cups, which I use most often, have a more dramatic flair. A flame removes air from the cup whcih is then quickly placed onto to skin. Silicone cups, which air is pressed out of with the practitioner’s hand, are easy to use.
The cups either remain stationary for no longer than 10 minutes or, if oil is applied to the area, can be moved over the skin in a technique aptly named sliding cupping. The process will feel a bit like a vacuum suction on the area.
Yes, I use spoons too. Gua Sha, a scraping technique with a Chinese soup spoon or other impliment, is mostly used to release a cold or pathogen from the body in the very early stage. I have also used it for releasing heat, and alleviating spinal and muscular pain. It can be applied to the insertion and origin of muscles for sports related injuries.
Both of these techniques will leave marks on the treated area ranging from pink to red to purplish. These are not bruises, but broken surface capillaries. No pain is elicited except occassionally mild muscular ache from deeply held stagnation.
Healing of the skin coloration generally takes a few days, but relief will happen quickly . Drink plenty of water to flush these released toxins from the body.
Needles are the main tool used acupuncturists. Whisker-thin, sterile needles are inserted into specific points to adjust the body back to homeostasis. Whether the issue is musculoskeletal, symptoms from an internal organ disease, or just a need for relaxation, the needle treatment will activate your body’s healing ability.
If you want a re-do on New Year’s resolutions start February 3 with the Chinese New Year – Year of the Rabbit. We know the Rabbit is gentler than last year’s Tiger; it’s a year to catch your breath and calm your nerves.
Support and cleanse your liver and calm the sleep issues that accompany stress, de-stress with an easy DIY tea. I found all the ingredients in the Whole Foods bulk herb section.
- 1 tsp Dandelion leafs/tea (liver and blood cleanser)
- 1 tsp Milk Thistle (liver and blood cleanser)
- 5 Rose buds (reduces pent up tension) or 1/8 tsp Lavender buds (calms nerves)
- ¼ tsp Nutmeg –from your kitchen (reduce bloating and discomfort…sometimes a liver energy issue)
- 1 Licorice stick (overall toner)
- A little lemon zest is always a nice addition to revive the Liver
To relieve the physical symptoms that accompany stress, you have to breathe! Tap on sternum with 2 fingertips as you breathe into your low belly. Make sure your shoulders don’t rise and the upper lung under your chest is the last part to fill with air. Take 6 seconds to inhale through your nose and 12 seconds to exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat 5 times
To relieve the mental symptoms that accompany stress, you have to stop the repetitive thoughts. Exercise is always the go-to activity to get out of your head, but a quick fix is sound.
- If you hold a tone, hum, you can’t think of anything else. Try it, hum one note, after a minute your body will be humming, you won’t be able to think about what’s bugging you and you’ll be more relaxed.
- Specific sounds and colors correlate to energy centers in Chinese Medicine, to revive your Liver energy, take a deep inhale and exhale the sound SSHHHHHHHH and visualize a green light. Do this with three long breaths daily.
Learn how the tea you already drink helps your body and energy
Learn how to choose teas, tisanes and combinations to treat a variety of symptoms
We will focus mainly on Chinese medicinal herbal traditions
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RSVP and prepay $25 by Sunday, March 6 to hold your space.
Kefir is chock full of probiotics-all the good bacteria your digestive tract needs. Much of your immune system and serotonin production is housed in your gut. Reestablishing the microflora ecosystem will help you feel healthier, happier, more balanced.
- Promotes Healthy Detox
- Rehydrates the Body
- Aids in Weight Loss
- Enhances Mood
- Boosts Energy
- Reduces Allergies and Candida symptoms
- Makes a good hangover cure
- Lifts Depression, Fatigue and much more!
Wednesday, March 9 5:45 pm to 7 pm
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To use up the last of some vegetables, I made this savory Winter stew.
- Cauliflower is packed with vitamin C
- Mushrooms are great for the immune system
- Pungency of leek and spices aid in throwing off early cold symptoms
- Greens are packed with vitamin K, A, and C folate, and calcium
- Garbanzo beans lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar
- Cauliflower, greens and legumes contain inulin and are considered prebiotics – great for your gut health
1 small head cauliflower
6 large shitake mushrooms, sliced
20 green beans, diced
2 small turnip, diced
2 small parsnip, diced
2/3 leek, diced
1 cup cooked garbanzo beans
10 sun dried tomatoes, minced
3 leaves collards, julienned
2 leaves swiss chard, julienned
1 heaping T sunbutter
1 heaping T tahini
1 T coconut oil
Small piece of ginger, minced
Cayenne, allspice, turmeric, nutmeg, cumin to taste
Garlic, minced (optional)
Break cauliflower into small pieces. Toss cauliflower, mushrooms, green beans, turnips, parsnip and leek into a pot. Add cooking oil. Sauté, simmer until the smaller items are soft. Add sundried tomatoes, garbanzo beans, ginger and garlic. Stir for a few minutes. Add the tablespoons of seed butters and enough water to cover half of the ingredients. Stir butters into water. Add spices and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in the greens.
I was looking through my old articles from 2006 and 2007. Time certainly flies but the information stays relevant! Here is a little explanation of acupuncture, treatment protocols, and the individual healing process.
Healing is a process. Nothing in life moves forever forward in a straight line. There are ups and downs and setbacks and forward leaps. Acupuncture can be part of your healing process. Individuals respond just this way – individually. Some feel a little worse for the first day or two, some feel significantly better, others notice no changes, and others have a progressive gradual improvement.
I wish I could tell each person how they will respond; I can provide the gamete of responses. The body, after an acupuncture session, will try to release the stuck energy or stuck qi.
- When the qi of a condition is deeply “stuck”, the result could be a greater sensation of pain as the qi tries to break through. After the release, sensation of pain is reduced.
- When the qi of a condition is moderately “stuck”, the qi is released with less stress and an improvement felt immediately. It won’t necessarily be 100%, but an improvement.
- When the qi of the body is weakened, there is a reduced ability of qi to flow freely. Acupuncture increases the body energy so the qi will flow. In this situation, no change may be felt because it takes longer to add energy to the system. Additional qi could cause greater sensation of pain until the qi is at the appropriate level.
Once the qi is flowing, treatment isn’t necessarily over. The general principle is to provide 10 to 12 consecutive treatments to improve a condition. If the condition has existed for years, improvement could take a few months of weekly treatments whereas a more recent two month old condition could be treated in 2-4 sessions. Treatments are needed to “teach” the body to keep qi flowing. If treatment is ceased early after just a couple sessions, the qi may return to a “stuck” state and the pain will return. Say a client is treated during the onset of a cold, the pathogen is released and the cold never takes form. Treatment could end there but ideally a few treatments to boost the immune system for prevention would be in order.
Emotions are related to qi. In Chinese medicine emotions flow with qi which flows with blood through the arteries and veins. Many conditions have emotional or behavioral correlations which could cause a condition to recur. Awareness around patterns and emotional symptoms can assist in curbing a recurrence of physical symptoms. Following a treatment protocol that includes a specific number of treatments; any dietary, herbal or lifestyle recommendations; and both practitioner and client participating in the process will enable the healing process.
My days of concocting in the kitchen began in preschool. I remember taking turns with classmates shaking a milk carton until it became butter for us to slather on saltines, but the recipe that stuck with me was cranberry relish.
Cranberry relish. My pride beamed every year with my contribution to the family Thanksgiving meal. I loved watching Mom bring out the ancient food mill and attach it to the edge of the kitchen table. I was ready with my 2 bags of cranberries, my whole oranges, and loads of granulated sugar. We had to place a bowl on the floor under the mill to catch all the escaping fruit juices as the cranberries popped while squishing through the mill. I watched the orange chunks, skin and all, slurp through the corkscrew mechanism as I cranked the handle. And then the incredible amount of sugar to sweeten it to everyone’s non-refined 1970s taste!
My fondest memories are those from the holidays with the extended family. My grandmother and her sisters just a little too happy from holiday cheer laughing together until they cried, the antics that ensued, the toasty two rooms of long tables encircled with plenty of family, the abundance of food and pies, the chilly walks around the block to digest the dinner and the sheepshead played late into the evening.
Mark my words cranberries will be considered a superfood one of these years. Packed with crazy levels of vitamin C and antioxidants, with compounds and phytonutrients to protect blood vessels, prevent kidney stones and cancer, prevent viruses and combat urinary tract infections and viruses, and possible a natural probiotic encouraging healthy bacteria and fighting bad bacteria in the gut and mouth .
Cranberries are one of the fruits to buy organic! Between containing high levels of pesticides, growing in poisoned bog water, and sprayed with chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system, organic is a must!
Cranberry relish (with tweaks to the recipe) stayed my constant as the family dwindled, friend gatherings replaced family, and sometimes solitary holidays replaced those. My mom gave me the food mill to keep my contribution alive each year. As my kitchen equipment moved to the 21st century, the food mill collected dust and the hand blender, then the food processor, then this year the Blendtec whipped the ingredients into relish.
All the years I ground up those fruits and sugar, I called the relish cranberry sauce. Imagine my annoyance when at one meal a friend corrected me saying “this isn’t sauce, it’s relish”. Well the next year, I made sauce! It was amazing but it wasn’t the nostalgia of my cranberries, oranges and sugar.
The traditional 4 year old Lisa’s cranberry relish required
2 large bags of cranberries
2-3 cups of sugar…I am sure I used 3 cups!
The Cranberry Sauce
2 bags of cranberries
Zest and juice of 2 oranges
Honey to taste
Contents from one Vanilla bean
1 Cinnamon stick
Sweet red wine
Cook cranberries and orange juice in a saucepan until the cranberries pop. Add the vanilla bean and cinnamon stick, honey and red wine to taste. Let simmer until it tastes awesome. I put this through a sieve so it was completely smooth.
Cranberry Relish 2010
1 pint of local cranberries
1 juice orange
Seeds from 1 pomegranate
I blended all ingredients in the Blendtec and added no sweetener.
For those of you drinking Coconut Kefir, I combined 4 ounces of fresh fizzy coconut kefir with about ¼ to ½ a cup of this relish and LOVED it as a refreshing holiday drink.