March 6, 2018

I’ve been wanting to do a blog post on CBD for a while now and I’m excited to share this with everyone! We’ve been using CBD in the acupuncture clinic for about a year now and I’ve been taking it myself for about that time as well.  I don't claim to be a CBD expert but what I’d like to present is sort of a “CBD 101” and answer some of the big questions I get all the time: What is CBD? How does it work? What is it good for? How do I take it?

I'm going to share my personal experience with CBD and how it’s helped me, as well as a broad picture of what we are seeing clinically. Before going into this any further I want to be clear that this blog post is not intended to diagnose or treat any specific conditions, nor am I recommending that you take a specific dose. I believe CBD has a lot of potential for treating many conditions and I have been using myself as a guinea pig! I will be sharing some of the common dose ranges that we have people taking and which I take myself, but as a...

November 21, 2017

Kino MacGregor (@kinoyoga on Instagram) has been an inspiration to me since I read her first book many years ago. I found her again on Instagram in 2014 with the #JustBePresent challenge which re-sparked my yoga journey.  Over the next year of continuous IG yoga challenges with her and Kerri Verna (@beachyogagirl), I committed myself for the first time to a true daily practice. Since then my practice has been a constant fixture in my life, as have Kino’s books, Instagram presence and her primary series on CodyApp (which is what I use to practice at home when I’m doing ashtanga). I've kept my eye on her workshop schedule for the past couple years and was so happy I could finally sign up for her Boston classes this past weekend! I've had so many people asking me for a recap, so here is a bit of my experience: 

Meeting Kino: I was completely star struck, as predicted. She is as beautiful in real life as she is on IG, but I had no idea she’s so petite! I’m pretty small (...

July 10, 2017

Have you heard of cupping? Most people have by now as it's been popularized by Michael Phelps and countless other Olympians, professional athletes and celebrities in recent years. You've probably seen cup marks-- those circular marks that look like a bruise or even a hickey. Cupping is a therapy that has been used for thousands of years to treat a number of conditions. 

The most traditional use of cupping is for upper respiratory issues; asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, flus and common colds. The cups would be placed on the upper back. While I do use cupping for this and find it quite effective (especially for either acute onset colds/flus or phlegmy asthma) my favorite use of cupping is for musculoskeletal issues.

Cupping can be amazingly effective to treat back and neck tension, headaches/migraines, chest tension, even TMJ. It can also be used on most areas of the body (I've cupped hamstring injuries, IT bands, knees, glutes/piriformis, calves, shoulders, elbows and even t...

February 6, 2017

My POTS Story: how I went from chronically ill with a long list of diagnoses to stronger than ever with acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, yoga & exercise

January 24, 2017

30 feels like a big birthday, and I've been reflecting a lot recently on the past decade. So, in honor of my 30th birthday, I want to share the 30 things I'd tell my 20-year-old self:

1. You're awesome, & you're gonna be even more awesome in 10 years, so relax 😎
2. You should definitely start yoga. Right now. Do it every day. 
3. Enjoy your tits while they're way up there, because...gravity . 
4. Mom is/was/will be right about most things (NOT all, but most) 😘
5. Have absolutely no fear and no guilt about cutting toxic people & habits out of your life 🙅
6. Start getting acupuncture & taking herbs. Right now.
7. Put on some sunscreen already! (@freskincare is the best, & you can use my code to get 10% off at RACHEL1) ☀️☀️
8. J is a great dude, so good job there💛👍
9. Put down the f'ing cigarettes you damn fool (hey, I'm talking to myself 😂 and, yes...I smoked cigs for a few years in my early 20s🤢)
10. Being selfish is a great thing; it's important to yo...

January 24, 2017

Lots of good things will be on the blog! Just a hint: 

-my health story: from debilitating chronic illness back to health with acu/herbs/yoga

-yoga how-to's

-awesome recipes

-fitness ideas and plans

-product reviews

-healthy living

-personal stories

-and many more! 


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