Good Evening and Happy Winter Solstice to my Valued Friends, Patients and Colleagues!
There are some wonderful things occurring in this time, and I hope this newsletter finds you all full of Joy, Gratitude and appreciation for being alive.
Remember that Winter is a time of Rest, hibernation and of learning to be Still. The Huang di Nei Jing recommends going to bed early, sleeping in (a little) and eating warm and nourishing foods. When you are outside, especially on a windy day, remember to protect your wind gates. They are located on the back of your neck, behind your ears and on the outside of your thighs. Your diet should consist of warm broths (both chicken and veggie), roasted root vegetables and squashes, steamed vegetables and warm beverages. Avoid or minimize raw and cold food during this time.
There is a lot of flu going around, and “cleansing” symptoms in general. If you do feel achy or especially tired, remember to rest, drink a lot of warm fluids, eat only foods from the Anti-inflammatory diet in smaller more frequent meals and consider a homeopathic remedy called Oscillococcinum. You may want to add in an immune-boosting tincture; Dr. Brad created a great one that we sell at the clinic or you can get something similar from Whole Foods or Fairweather.
A lot of women in my practice are reporting heavier menses than usual and changes in menstrual cycle timing. Again, the anti-inflammatory diet can be helpful for this (as coffee, sugar, alcohol, red meat and cow dairy can have adverse effects on hormones). I have also been using a Chinese herbal formula to help.
Please remember to book your appointments early. For those of you coming in once a month for your wellness acupuncture visit, Thank You! and please know that I am booking out about two months right now. Call Laura soon at (435) 655-SAGE (7243) to book your appointments for March and April. If you need to get in for something acute, please call as Dr. Brad may have space available. Also remember that we have a 24-hour cancellation policy, and we charge full price for appointments not cancelled 24 hours in advance. Thank you all so much again for your patience, support and understanding as we try to find ways to get everyone in.
We are excited to announce that Dr. Brad is offering a Tai Chi and Qi Gong class at PC MARC on Monday mornings from 8:30-9:30. Qi Gong is an amazing way to clear up stagnate qi and maintain a strong vitality.
Save the Date: my spiritual teacher, mentor and shaman, Dr. Theo Parades, will be in Park City April 19-22. He is offering several private healing sessions and a healing workshop the weekend of April 20-21st. More information will follow in the Spring Newsletter.
We have some new practitioners in our clinic, and would like to introduce:
Adrienne Trahnstrom: Adrienne is a Certified Professional Midwife, nationally certified and licensed in the State of Utah. Adrienne received her midwifery training at the renowned program at Maternidad La Luz in El Paso, TX. She has experience working with women and families in high volume birthing centers, hospitals, as
well as attending homebirths. She brings years of experience using natural therapies, herbal remedies, homeopathics, and nutrition to her midwifery practice. Adrienne is at the clinic on Monday afternoons.
Alyssa Johnson: Alyssa recently moved here from Atlanta, Georgia, and is a pediatric acupuncturist who practices very gentle acupuncture and acupressure with children. She works with kids who are experiencing ADHD, allergies, anxiety, asthma, bedwetting, cold symptoms, colic, constipation, chronic health concerns, eczema, ear infections, headaches, seizures and wellness care. She is at Mountain Sage on Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings.
Luanne Stephens: a massage therapist and wonderful psychic, offering healing body massages and psychic readings. Luanne practices at Mountain Sage on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Friday afternoons.
Ariel Ford: a psychotherapist offering a holistic and integrated approach with an emphasis on wellness, helping people find balance and increase health using psychological, intuitive, meditative, and yogic tools. Her goal is to assist people who are ready for their next phase of personal evolution, who are on the path and ready to go to the next level.
And several very talented and well-trained shamanic practitioners from the Four Winds Society. These beautiful women are: Karen Wilson, Ruby Parker and Mary Christa Smith.
We are still very honored to have Scot Erickson practicing at Mountain Sage. Scot gives amazing Structural Integration massages, and I highly recommend him for deep muscle and fascial tissue work.
Starting this month on Saturdays, I am bringing in an University of Utah intern, Jessica Stobaugh. Jessica will be assisting me with several projects that I am working on. And T’ai, our beautiful 7 year-old daughter, has requested to be my assistant on Saturdays. If you come in on a Saturday, please look forward to T’ai greeting you and attending to any needs you may have.
Again, I would like to express my Gratitude and appreciation to each and every one of you. It is fun to see some of you around town- at Whole Foods or the ski hill or PC Coffee Roaster (for tea, of course)- and realize what a beautiful community we live in and how great it is to be here.
Wishing you all a year filled with an abundance of Love, Light and Laughter. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.
All my very best,