Author Archive for charlie

The secret to living with Vitality.

origins of yin and yang

“Where Qi flows, there is no pain”  (Chinese adage)

Last week I worked with a client who got me thinking about Vitality and it’s relationship to Qi. She is smart, creative, loving, focused, goal-oriented, interested in life, yet she just can’t get out of her rut. “I’m just tired,” she said. I could see it in her face, and after tuning in and allowing

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Staying open in a changing / healing world.

When it comes to our bodies, we tend to think of symptoms and illnesses that show up as bad. We may assign hierarchy to the many things that can happen in a physical body and think, “This is good,” or, “this is going on, but it’s not so bad,” and “Oh that is really bad.” During times of stress

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True healing is a journey into the self.

energetic universe

In Ensoflow Shiatsu sessions, I work with people who are on a healing path. The work that I do is spiritual, even though I work with the physical body. My tools are therapeutic massage techniques, energy points and meridians, and the flow of Qi; but what I actually do is help people to shift patterns of energy.

In order

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Let healing be a reason for the season

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The holidays are here. With all the action and parties, it’s hard NOT to get caught up in the spirit. Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s. There is a little something for everyone. Some people feel joyous and excited during this season and some feel grumpy and anxious. For some it’s so taxing that

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Is grief making you sick?

waterfall

Inspiration and letting go. Cleansing is the reason for this season.

Welcome Fall, Welcome Metal. It’s that time of year when the air crisps and the Qi energies descend back into the earth and downward in our bodies. In accordance with nature, we can observe fall as a time of letting go. The trees let go of their leaves and fruits, the earth cools, the light wanes and

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Healing Trauma – Life’s painful gifts

healing trauma

Trauma, defined by Wikipedia, is 1) damage to the biological organism, 2) damage to the psyche, and 3) damage to the social life. The word trauma invokes images of people whose lives have been upset because of natural disasters, accidents, death, floods, and war. In this internet age, we have all at least seen the

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Spring, Magic, and the Element of WOOD.

wood energy shiatsu

Spring is the WOOD season in Chinese Medicine. Wood is the unfettered GREEN growth of life when energy RISES. Generally during this time we HAVE a lot of energy and feel the drive to get our projects going. When already going, we feel the pressure to solidify the fruits of our labor. But fruiting comes

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Therapeutic Massage: The Myth of Deep Tissue

myth of deep tissue

When people seek out massage therapy they often want deep tissue. “The deeper the better.”  “You can’t go too deep on me.” “I need someone who can really get in there.” The body IS a very heavy, dense part of our existence. As is the physical earth. So it makes sense

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Why you don’t actually have a bad back.

back pain

I know you have heard it. Maybe you have even said it. “Oh, I have a bad back….hip…..shoulder…. neck.” You know what? In most cases, I disagree. What people often have – when they say that they have a bad back, is some combination of muscular imbalance, long term patterning, inflammation, and trauma. THESE

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You have to feel it to heal it.

ensoflow shiatsu

I first heard the phrase “You have to feel it to heal it” in the world of alcohol recovery. Turns out alcoholics don’t like to feel because they have shut down their feelings.  When they get sober, well, things that wake up can sometimes hurt.

I am the child of an alcoholic. Children of alcoholics have this

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