Spring newsletter 2017

IMG_0019Spring greetings!

In Chinese Medicine, Spring is associated with the Wood element, made evident by the green plant world, showing us growth, flexibility, and adaptability.  The Wood element encompasses the energetic networks of the Liver and Gall Bladder, the Gall Bladder being regarded as the strategy oriented mapper and planner, and the Liver the general who executes the strategic plan.  We strive to remain flexible as we grow into our unfolding plans, much like a vine growing around a rock “in the way.” The more we can declutter and free ourselves of known impediments, the better we are equipped to adapt to the ongoing changes that life inevitably presents. So, the notion of spring cleaning is totally synced up with Chinese Medicine theory.  Let’s let go of old build up, clutter, and debris so that we may find ourselves inspired and renewed toward fresh, forward growth aligned with Spring’s momentum.

There are specific acupuncture points on the body to facilitate this process of letting go of energetic clutter and encourage the healthy engagement of Wood energy.  It’s a great time to clean out your closets at home and come in for a treatment to do a similar freshening up!

In honor of Spring renewal, our excellent massage therapist, Jenny Bourdette Lusk, is offering a special.  It is:

3 MASSAGES for $180 through April 30!

You can book with her through our online scheduler; just click the schedule button on the website.

In Asheville, Spring also brings with it the Best of WNC for the MountainXpress local publication.  Please find time to vote for us in the Health and Wellness section. I have been fortunate enough to have won first place in the past, and I would be delighted to receive that honor again! The website for voting is http://www.mountainx.com

In closing, I’d like to share a haiku I wrote for Spring:


green soul peering out

through verdant windows of moss

while plum blossoms drift


Wishing you all a lovely, ever-so-fresh Spring!


Sally Robinson, L.Ac.



Off spring!

by Mary Beth Huwe

The starting gun has been fired, and they are off! The birds and bees and trees and flowers are all flinging themselves toward their biological finish line of procreation. The world outside is pretty much singing “Wheeeeee!” as it bursts forth and multiplies. Trees are erupting into flower, bees are going about their business like they don’t know they’re in peril, and the birds are getting wickedly territorial.flowerWe are springing, folks, and that means babies.

My own offspring materialized in the spring of 2011, and since then I – like all parents – have undergone a series of transformations such that sometimes I barely recognize myself. I can say with certainty and sincerity that I don’t know how people do it without acupuncture and herbs. Especially the mamas.

Not because I think mamas are the weaker sex. But because it is the greatest physical (etc) task to fetch a living, conscious being from the ether, grow it, change with it, hold it inside, and deliver it. Regardless of the method of delivery – they all have their healing times and requirements. And very, very rarely do mamas get that time and those requirements met. The body just has to carry on, because now there’s a person whose very existence depends upon you.

There are lots of ideas about what it means to be a modern parent, and a modern mama especially. Consequently, there are lots of questions a modern mama asks: Should I work? How much? Can I afford to stay home? What are the costs of being away? Do I breastfeed? How long do I breastfeed? Is co-sleeping weird or unsafe? Will I be able to do this?

Will I ever get my body back?

In acupuncture there is a channel that runs up the middle of the front body that is all about bonding and nurturing. (Pregnant and post-partum ladies, as well as some newborns, often have this channel highlighted in the form of the linea negra.)  There are many beautiful things to say about the significance of this channel translated as the “Conception Vessel;” it forms how we take care of ourselves, how we connect to others, how we understand what love is.

But the bottom line is that for the first few years of a child’s life, nourishment – in all senses of the word –  is the central tenet of effective parenting in terms of acupuncture channels. In acupuncture theory the mother and the child are literally part of the same whole, even after delivery. What is good for the mama is good for the baby, and vice versa. So regardless of how you answer the above questions, if the answer encourages appropriate connection, bonding, and feeding, it’s the right answer.IMG_0918

This essay was first posted at The Lantern Project. It appears here with permission.