Holistic Health Care For Women – San Francisco, CA
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Lately, I’ve been thinking about what one of my mentors said. Paraphrased, it goes something like this: the body has an innate intelligence. Our role is simply to remove the obstacles blocking the flow of that intelligence so healing can occur naturally.

What does this look like from a seasonal health standpoint? We’ve now entered late winter, which is generally wetter and less cold than early winter. It’s the time of year that the channels of the body can start to feel a bit boggy or sluggish.

Perhaps it’s more difficult for you to wake up, or you’re noticing more respiratory mucus in the morning. Richer foods and decreased physical activity during the past few months may have slowed everything down, and now it’s time to shift gears with the changing seasons by giving some TLC to your lymphatic system. (more…)

CC image courtesy of susivinh on Flickr

CC image courtesy of susivinh on Flickr

It’s that time of year again.

Traveling to visit family and friends over the holidays can be enjoyable, but it also brings its fair share of stress. Disrupted waking and sleeping times, increased traffic, flight delays, unfamiliar foods and dry, recirculated air can all put a strain on the body and mind.

From the Ayurvedic standpoint, being on the move and off your normal daily rhythm increases vata dosha in the body, which has the qualities of coldness, lightness, dryness, mobility/instability and roughness. These qualities translate into physical challenges like dry skin, gas and bloating, constipation, cold hands and feet, worry, anxiety, insomnia and mood swings.

Although unpredictability is part of traveling, there is much you can do to make your upcoming trips go more smoothly. (more…)

My living room the night before I left for my birthday trip

My living room the night before I left for my birthday trip

This is what my living room looked like the night before my husband and I left town for a couple days to celebrate my birthday.

If you look closely, you’ll see crumpled clean laundry on the couch buried beneath pillows, blankets and assorted papers. On the table are multiple days of tea mugs, unopened mail, checks to deposit, a stack of books, an apple I meant to eat for a snack two days earlier, a pair of glasses and an aromatherapy spray bottle. On the floor are more books, assorted receipts, bags, paperwork and several pairs of shoes.

I’m posting this photo here on my website (somewhat sheepishly) because as I stood in my living room and surveyed the damage, it reminded me of something important: I’m never going to get to the end of my to-do list, and that’s okay. (more…)

As I mentioned in my previous post, the sweet taste enhances feelings of contentment. It’s easy to forget that the sense of taste is just one of the ways we invite nourishment and satisfaction into our lives. In Ayurveda, we understand that well-being is impacted by everything we take in through our five senses. Therefore, what we eat, touch, smell, hear and see affects our physical health and state of mind. Have you ever found yourself craving junky sweets when you’re not getting enough nourishment from other aspects of life like your relationships, career or self-care practices? I know I have. Here are some ways to increase sweetness in your daily life through the other four senses:

Ayurvedic warm oil massage

Ayurvedic warm oil massage

Touch: Soaking in the tub, any form of loving touch like holding hands, long hugs, cuddling and gentle massage with warm oil. The word sneha in Sanksrit means both “oil” and “love.” Ayurveda recommends daily warm oil self-massage through a practice called abhyanga.

Smell: Flowers, essential oils like cardamom, cinnamon, jasmine, neroli, sweet orange, rose, vanilla, or ylang ylang. Use a diffuser or purchase a small spritzer bottle and add 10-15 drops of essential oil. Keep it by your desk or in your bag for whenever you need a little boost.

Sound: Kind words (especially self-talk), any soothing, calming or uplifting music.

Sight: Earthy colors, pastel colors, spending time in nature, bringing nature into your surroundings at home or work.

Some of my other favorites include smiling, laughing, getting more sleep and taking deep belly breaths.

Right now, jot down a few simple and pleasurable activities that help you to feel more nourished. The next time you find yourself craving a cookie or some other treat, take out your list and pause for a moment to reflect. Do you actually want to eat that specific food or is your craving indicating that another area of life may need some TLC? When is the last time you did something on your “pleasure” list? Perhaps there’s a way to satisfy the craving with a more nutritious form of the sweet taste. Or maybe you decide that what you really, really want right now is the treat. If so, honor that craving by giving the experience your complete attention and savoring each bite with the fullest pleasure.

This summer brought a lot of big changes into my life. My husband and I moved into a new home in July, and I also opened my own full-time office near Mission and 21st Street in August. It has all been very exciting and, to be honest, quite exhausting.

Now that the boxes are unpacked and the dust is settling, I’m ready to share a new offering with you. In addition to my one-on-one patient care, I am thrilled to be launching Find Your Flow: a six-week small group coaching program for women that begins on Tuesday, October 9th.

You may be laughing at the image above, but I chose it very intentionally. For me it represents a time when relationships with other women were more straightforward. Many women I know (myself included) have painful stories to tell about jealousy, betrayal and friends tearing each other down. It can be profoundly healing to spend time in the company of other women and simply offer each other the gifts of friendship and mutual support. (more…)