The Shindai Vision

Shindai is growing & with all the healing bursting out of the space it gave me pause to reflect & be grateful for what is developing. The vision of Shindai has always been one of healing & wellness through cooperation & interaction with different high quality healers. I see healing & wellness as a process where each step leads to more awareness & integration. Transformation is more fully realized through interaction with different modalities & practitioners. Different reactions are catalyzed by different modalities of healing & each practitioner has a different way of approaching this change. This cooperation & group intention or Qi, is so powerful.    I am reminded of how powerful group Qi is from an experience I had years ago. I attended a conference where each day we were asked to put aside our limiting beliefs in a unique way. We accomplished three seemingly unbelievable tasks. We broke a wooden arrow with our neck, two people walked together & bent rebar steel with their necks, & we walked, barefoot across a fire bed that was 1000 degrees or more. All seems so crazy! And yet all three of these were accomplished without injury. How? Partly by putting aside the belief that it couldn’t be done & partly by accessing the collective Qi that was created by the group.    Shindai now has an amazing team of healers that can hold space for deep healing & transformation. We are able to offer healing retreats that are completely personalized to your needs. We all work seamlessly together, picking up where another practitioner left off to shift you to...

FEBRUARY BEAUTY TIP ROSE

Beauty Tip of the Month (for the month of LOVE) Méi guī huā or Rose is the universal symbol of love & friendship. But in Chinese medicine, it is more than just the carrier of romance & love. It has many medicinal uses that have been known for centuries. Its mild nature makes it ideal for nourishing the liver, refreshing the stomach, promoting the circulation of Qi & blood, & unblocking stagnation. Its aromatic nature opens the heart (there are actual studies that show it has a protective effect against myocardial infarction). It helps to sooth the mood & ease fatigue. Méi guī huā also improves the...

Veterans, Post Traumatic Stress, and Acupuncture

There are considered three treasures in Oriental Medicine, Jing, Qi, & Shen. Jing is your essence or the source of life, health, & longevity. Qi is your vital energy giving you the ability to move your body. Shen is your spirit & is the most subtle of the Three Treasures. Conscious beauty as we have been talking about has to do with nurturing all of these aspects to maintain health & wellness. Developing a healthy Shen is dependent on cultivating healthy Jing & Qi. The development of a balanced body allows the Shen to shine.  This month I am supporting the Earned Innocence Project, a fundraiser to empower our veterans & bring them home to themselves. PTS is a significant problem & issue for many that have been in the military or lived through a traumatic event. Trauma & shock have profound physiological effects on us.  Whether physical or emotional, trauma causes the circulation of Qi & blood to diminish. Trauma causes a shock to the heart & affects the circulation of blood to the body.  According to the RAND Corporation study titled The Invisible Wounds of War, approximately 300,000 of the 1.5 million deployed since 2001 to Iraq and Afghanistan, suffer from PTS or major depression. And about 320,000 may have experienced at least a mild concussion or brain injury in combat. PTS can cause symptoms of depression, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, as well as pain originating from psychosomatic disorders. More & more studies are showing that acupuncture helps to ameliorate or resolve symptoms associated with PTS. And unlike many conventional therapies that require patients to reconstruct the traumatic...

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