Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system of medicine that has been successfully treating people for over 5,000 years. It is a dynamic and integrated system of health care with the goal to activate the natural, self-healing abilities of the body.
Acupuncture is one therapy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the insertion of tiny sterile needles in the body at specific points and combinations to regulate the qi (or energy) in the body, thereby leading to better health.
Mostly we think about how we eat as it relates to our weight or maybe even for fueling our workouts, but what we eat and how we eat it has a big impact on our mental health as well. As I see it, this works in two ways:
1. If we eat shitty we feel shitty physically . . . and when we feel shitty physically we’re kinda crabby. It’s hard to be our best self or to enjoy life to the fullest when we know we’re at half capacity.
2. What we eat and our ability to break the food down and use the nutrients directly impacts our ability to produce key neurotransmitters that regulate our mood.
This week I had a couple clients come in who knew what they wanted and needed in terms of their career, but felt a bit stuck in going after it. Nothing earth shattering–this happens to all of us. And to be honest, I hear it every week about one aspect of life or another. But, this self-limiting belief that we can’t have what we want doesn’t need to be the case. Not only do most people know what they really want and need, they also know how to get there–if they take the time to stop and ask themselves.
I specialize in working with “Type A,” perfectionist clients. I love it because my clients are naturally goal-oriented and conscientious–more so than most people. They’re motivated to feel their best and dedicated to the process of making that happen. While often beneficial, there can be consequences when the need to succeed (in any area of life) drives us into a state of anxiety or compulsive behaviors. Some get heart palpitations, some clench their jaws, others turn to shopping or wine or sugar.