Spring is a Time for Change

In Chinese Medicine, Spring is connected with the Liver. It is a time of waxing and waining. Regrowth comes to almost everyones mind when you hear Spring. That is why it is extremely fitting for all of this to be happening when it is.

This spring is also a time for TS Acupuncture to continue to grow. Drum roll please…..


Micheal Scott Drum Roll. The Office.

TS Acupuncture is moving!

This is a very calculated and exciting step that I can’t wait to share with all of you! *The address, online scheduling system, and opening date are posted at the end*

Now that this move is out there, let me tell you a little of my vision and how I came to decide to pursue my own space.

I have always wanted to have my own clinic, even before I had graduated from the Acupuncture program. Granted, at that time I thought my clinic would be a hut on a beach somewhere – but unfortunately, thats not a very clean clinic space and sunburns17757608_1322817867799545_6933591682794457368_n don’t tend to make treatments more comfortable. Anyways, getting back to my point, I feel so fortunate to be able to educate people in this area about Traditional Chinese Medicine. I have been thinking about this opportunity long and hard, I had found a space and was contemplating the pros and cons of a move. That is until I was making myself some tea one day and got this sign from the universe – “Do what you Love” and “There is pleasure in the pathless woods”. From that point on everything has been moving wonderfully smooth and the new clinic will be open Monday, May 29th, 2017!

It has truly been an honour treating in Stettler, acupuncture has been so well received that I would love to make it so more people are able to experience its benefits. In my new clinic I will have my regular 60 minute acupuncture treatments but will now also be offering a 90 minute acupuncture treatment for more musclo-skeletal issues where we need a bit more time to do a front and back treatment. Along with that I will be extending my cupping therapy to 45 minutes instead of 30 minutes.

One more thing that I will eventually be adding, is Community Acupuncture. This is an awesome opportunity for people to still get acupuncture but at a lower price. Let me explain Community Acupuncture a bit here. So there will be about 4-5 comfortable chairs in a room, people will come in and relax for 30-40 minutes. I will do needling predominately in the feet, hands, and ear. This is an awesome alternative to a traditional 60 minute 1 on 1 treatment for people who;

  • Don’t have the time or funds
  • Came in for treatments for stress and just need a tune up
  • Are feeling stressed and need to disconnect for a few minutes

Once I get this part of the clinic rolling I will have a post explaining Community Acupuncture more in depth, so stay tuned!

The-Big-Organic-BoxAnd lastly, the new TS Acupuncture clinic will be the pick up spot for Organic Box – on Thursday evenings. Organic Box is a wonderful organization that offers fresh, local, organic produce. If you’d like to learn more you can visit www.theorganicbox.ca. *If you are interested in Organic Box prior to the opening of the new clinic, that is awesome! The pick up location is currently at my house – contact me for more details*

What’s New?

What’s the Same?

  • Phone: Call/Text 403-741-8898
  • Website: http://www.tsacupuncture.ca
  • Hours:
    • Sunday 11am – 6pm
    • Monday 1pm-9pm
    • Tuesday 11am – 5pm
    • Wednesday 7am – 10:45am
    • Thursday 11am – 8pm

And like always, if there are any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thanks for being a part of this journey!

My Meditation Process

I have been having quite a few patients ask about my meditation routine lately. So I thought I would write a bit of a break down of my process. Remember, this is what works for me, it might not work for you and that’s okay.

So, I have meditated off and on for years, mostly in yoga, and then here or there for five(ish) minutes. It wasn’t until probably about a year ago that I started to honestly have meditation as a regular practice in my life. It takes a while, or at least for me it did, to actually get to the point of seeing how beneficial meditation can be. I knew the benefits for a long time, but it wasn’t until I really started craving meditating that I started to feel and experience the benefits.

I learned to meditating in silence, and that is what I always go to. I am fortunate because I am a very visual person and can see my breath traveling though my body. From my head to my feet, down into the roots that are grounding me to the earth. It wasn’t until I was in Victoria in September, that I did a guided meditation. It was wonderful! I can see how it is a really nice way to start meditating. But for me, silence is still my favourite.

So, to start, I sit on my meditation mat and burn some sage and then ring my singing bowl. These two rituals have just started up since I moved into our new home and I have a specific meditation space. I find this to be a nice way to start the meditation process, both sage and the singing bowl help to clear any negative energy.

Now, I sit cross legged with my spine straight/core activated/shoulders down and take about 5 nice deep breaths. As I take these 17777014_10212524140999130_529392115_obreaths, I invite only the highest and brightest to guide me. This helps to get me centred and release any stress/worries/pain, etc. From this point I begin to watch my breath travel up and down my body. As I exhale, I watch the air and negative energy travel down my body into the ground. When I inhale, I watch the clean, bright, positive energy travel from the ground up through my body to my head.

I do a combination of diaphragm and thoracic breathing.

  • Diaphragm breathing is when your belly pushes out with the inhale and in with the exhale. Usually we only use Thoracic breathing in our every day lives so its nice to take time to focus on diaphragmatic breathing.
  • Thoracic breathing is when the diaphragm doesn’t descend when we inhale, therefor the chest must expand to accommodate.

I have found a huge part of of my meditation practice is gratitude. If I feel a pain in my shoulder while I am meditating (and actually in my everyday life now) I thank it and give it permission to leave. If my mind wanders off to a thought or task that needs to be accomplished, I give it gratitude and release it. I then bring myself back to my breath, back to centre. As I’m writing this I know it can sound kind of “hokey”, but I tell you it works really well for me. Everything we experience is for a reason, so I have come to appreciate the fact that giving it gratitude is extremely important – in my opinion.

In a world where we are always connected, I strongly suggest everyone take up a meditation practice. We all have that ability to connect to our higher self, we just need to take advantage of it. If a silent meditation isn’t for you, there are other types of meditation such as walking meditation or guided meditation. Find whats best for you. If you are looking for a guided meditation, there are lots of podcasts or on iTunes that you can test and see what works.

Good luck and don’t be upset if you aren’t really focused when you start meditating. Spoiler–you likely won’t be. But, just let your ego go. You know the one telling you you’re doing it wrong or not “good enough”. Put your thoughts, ego, and phone on the shelf for ten minutes and enjoy the process!

Peace and love,