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Summer Aches and Pains

Late Summer & Back To School From The Acupuncturist’s PerspectiveI think all the kids are now back to school as of this week and in Chinese Medicine a fifth season called Late Summer started in the third week in August.  I don’t have kids myself, but the transition of back to school effects our whole community.  As an acupuncturist, when back to school happens and Late Summer starts the transition to the fall, I think of 2 things: germs and schedules. 

Back to School Germs and How to Survive Them with Ease!I’m not a germaphobe but what I see from the acupuncturist’s lens is that when kids go back to school they pass germs around and bring it home to the household, and then households share those germs.  Patients get sick more often which is a bummer under normal circumstances, but now getting sick has more repercussions as you manage possible Covid.

So from the acupuncturist’s perspective back-to-school time sounds like a great time for all of us to get a plan for boosting your immune system, treating any possible virus symptoms as soon as they pop up, and having some things on hand in case you do get sick.  I don’t have kids, but I’ve always taken extra care at the start of the school year to not get sick and prepare myself for the fall weather changes.  Yup even before Covid, coming to work sick was not an option as an acupuncturist, so I’m well practiced at avoiding getting sick.

I just updated the recommendations we’ve been sharing for the past 2+ years called the Golden Window For Treating Viruses–because if you treat viruses preventatively or as soon as you feel symptoms it’s surprisingly effective for preventing a virus from taking hold or reducing symptoms and duration.  These recommendations are good for all viruses because they are supporting your body in fighting the virus and your body needs the same kind of support no matter what kind of respiratory virus it is fighting.  There are things that are tailored for treating Covid-19 because we know what direction that virus is headed in most people, but they aren’t bad to take if you have a different respiratory virus.

If you want to update your plan, or simply get a plan to make it through the back to school germs with ease, you can find the link for the Golden Window For Treating Viruses handout here: https://thrive-acupuncture.com/the-golden-window-for-treating-viruses/.

Over the past several years lots of patients have been telling us how effective these remedies are.  They tell us that they started to feel off so they started their plan and they were surprised how quickly they started feeling better.  Or they can’t prove it, but they didn’t get sick when their family did and they know that what they were doing helped them.  Other patients have told us how good it feels to have something to do if they get sick and how much that reduced their stress.  We’ve also had patients tell us that after they took the herbs they felt better than before they got sick so they know the herbs cleared out other lingering illnesses.

Curious about what I updated in the Golden Window Handout?  I’ve dialed in the recommendations as we’ve gotten more information about what is helpful (I’m in touch with colleagues all over the world and we are sharing what is working) and as the virus and it’s most common symptoms have changed.   I’ve clarified and simplified the dosing, made it more clear when to take certain things–prevention or treating lingering symptoms for example, and added a few things.

Here’s what’s new:

  • Propolis Throat Spray: for stoping viruses from replicating and treating sore throat.  The current variants often start out with a strong sore throat and propolis is antimicrobial (including antiviral), anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, anti-oxidative, and has anti-cancer properties.  Studies have shown it to be effective in preventing and treating Covid-19.  Combined with the Xlear nasal spray, you get a really good physical barrier to viruses taking hold.
  • CoQ10: for fatigue.  CoQ10 supports cellular energy, reduces inflammation, has a positive effect on the circulatory system and lowers blood pressure.  So many people experience fatigue with Covid-19, even if their symptoms are mild, and lots of patients notice changes in their circulatory system so CoQ10 is good to have on hand.
  • L-Arginine & Glutathione: for respiratory symptoms.  L-Arginine is an amino acid that is used to reduce asthma, increase blood oxygen saturation, and support cardiovascular and immune system health. Glutathione is an anti-oxidant that supports cellular function throughout the body, especially the liver, lungs, brain, heart, and eyes.  If you are prone to respiratory imbalances, or you just want to be ready to support your respiratory system, they are good to have on hand.

Something that’s not visible on the handout is that we have updated our Chinese herbal recommendations for when people get sick.  The current variants most often start with a bad sore throat, then horrible sinus headache and annoying post nasal drip, and for some people is goes to their lungs.   So we’ve got herbs dialed in to treat all that.  We also have herbs for a variety of post-Covid lingering symptoms.  Those vary a lot so we have lots of options.

You can find the link for the Golden Window For Treating Viruses handout here: https://thrive-acupuncture.com/the-golden-window-for-treating-viruses/.  Take a look and let us know if you want help creating a plan that will work for you. 

Back to School Schedules Get Us Back on Track!Back to school effects all our schedules: traffic, busy times at the grocery store, etc.  Travel and activities wind down for those of us without kids in Late Summer and we get back to more of a routine as well.  And now that the kids have a routine the superhero parents can actually make some time for themselves.  Yup, summer vacation is fun and its own kind of self-care, but lots of people are relieved to have a predictable schedule.  It’s common to reconnect with taking care of ourselves: get back on track with healthy eating, return to exercising regularly, and make more appointments for ourselves for relaxation, beauty, and health.

Are you ready to make some more time for you?  Come on in for a tune up for your immune system, stress reduction, pain relief, digestion support, hormone balancing, or a general wellness tune up.  Take a look at our online booking system (or reach out by phone or email) and find a time for you.  Because when we take care of ourselves and fill up with wellbeing and peace of mind then we can get back to being the superhero for ourselves and those around us.


Fun Facts About Jasmin Jones, LAc😻 Jasmin joined our practice 2 months ago and some of you are still getting to know her.  Now that I’ve told you about some of her accomplishments and where she moved here from, I thought I would share some other fun facts.  Jasmin loves animals of all kinds and has a rambunctious cat at home.  You might have gathered that she loves to travel since she was an acupuncturist in Nepal and on a cruise ship in Europe, but you probably didn’t know that she loves learning about new cultures through their cuisine and art.  

Here’s what one of her patients had to say about her:

“I was lucky enough to find Jasmin when I really needed help. Through weekly treatments I have been able to let go of anxiety and fear. Symptoms from menopause have lessened. Shoulder pain and other small aches have disappeared. My overall health and happiness has increased. Jasmin has a gentle healing hand that is helping me become healthy. ~B Manifern

And if you haven’t checked it out already, there’s more info in her bio on our website.


Thrive Will Be Open When Christina Is On VacationChristina will be out on vacation from Aug 31-Sept 11.  The great news is that now that we’ve expanded and have 2 acupuncturists on the team, Thrive will still be here for you. 

Jasmin will be treating patients.  If you haven’t seen Jasmin yet, let me reassure you that we’ve already been sharing patients and they are enjoying it.  Patients can get a treatment when it fits best in their schedule, they can get a different set of eyes on their health, and they can experience a different person doing acupuncture, all without having to start all over rehashing their whole health history and paying for a new patient appointment at a new clinic.  Jasmin is new to us, but she is not new to acupuncture.  She has been practicing acupuncture since 2008, just a year after Christina started practicing. 

And if you are a patient of Christina’s and need an herb refill, Jules and Jasmin can take care of that too.

If you need anything get in touch and you will be in good hands.


Here’s to enjoying the late summer transition!
Christina and Team Thrive

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Harmonizing Summer Fire Activities – A Body Mind Experiment

How’s your summer going? 

If it’s anything like mine, and so many people that we talk to, you’ve gotten back in the swing of some of your favorite summer activities.  I’ve been mountain biking and hiking, sometimes both in one day!  And I also started kayaking.  And boy am I sore — legs, arms, you name it.   Hello muscles I haven’t used in a while!

As you know, we hired an acupuncture associate (more on Jasmin below) and she joined our practice a few weeks ago.  Leading up to that I was working extra (running a hiring process and getting ready for Jasmin to start) and barely exercising.  That’s how it goes sometimes.  There are times you are going to work more and exercise less.  It’s just part of the ebb and flow of life.  I always encourage aiming for harmony in life–things are not always going to balance evenly–and listening to how you can partner with life. 

So a few weeks ago while I was working on the weekend, I suddenly knew it was time to get back on the  bike.  I was tired from all that I was doing and yet I suddenly said to myself “I’m packing up at 5 and going riding.”  When I started the ride I was dragging a bit, but not surprisingly when I ended the ride I had more energy.  I was smart enough to go for a short ride and the next day I was glad.  My muscles and my butt thanked me — hello bike seat!

Invigorated from my biking, I decided to do some hiking with friends too.  And then I got motivated to get out in our new kayak with my husband.  Hello more muscles I haven’t used lately!  

This kind of burst of activity is common in summer.  We tend to think it’s because there is better weather, but Chinese Medicine thinks it’s also because the fire element of summer is moving us into action and increasing our enjoyment of socializing.  We are microcosms of the macrocosm after all.  

But if you’re anything like me you need to take care to harmonize the summer fire coming through you so you don’t end up in pain, dehydrated, and exhausted.  I want to be able to keep biking AND be able to work.  Since I use my body at work I can’t let myself get run down–no one wants to see an acupuncturist who’s arms feel heavy and sore.  Here’s what I do to keep myself enjoying summer.  With these self care tools on board I’ve been able to keep working with ease and riding after work and on the weekends:

  1. Acupuncture for Aches, Pains, Injuries: It’s probably no surprise that acupuncture is my go-to recovery strategy so I can keep doing all my favorite activities.  Acupuncture is great at reducing inflammation, swelling, and pain from using your body in new ways or pushing it to new levels.  Acupuncture is also great at treating more acute injuries like sprains, strains, and bruises–we’ve been treating several of those in summer warriors lately.  Most people get fast relief from acute pain and injuries in 1-3 treatments.  If it’s a flare up of something more chronic it may take a series of treatments over a couple of weeks.  Either way I’m sure you’ll get back to doing what you love faster and with more ease with acupuncture on your side.
  2. Quick Relief With Creams, Liniments, Patches:  I have a natural first aid kit to treat any aches and pains fast.  Because I need to use my body at work, I can’t let my body slow me down.  I use Evil Bone Water Liniment for bones and joints, Rapid Pain Relief Balm for muscles, and Herbal Pain Patches for stubborn pains.  And we just got some of the original Traumeel in case you need something that doesn’t smell like herbs If you want to add some Chinese Medicine extra punch to your topicals for pain relief, apply some heat on top.  Chinese Medicine says heat heat heat for moving circulation, clearing out inflammation, and bringing in healing nutrients.  If you like cold do 3 min hot, 20 seconds cold, at least 3 times ending on cold.  This acts like a bike pump and flushes things out really well.
  3. Hydration:  Drinking water is one of the best ways to support your body and all that it does for you.  I recommend you drink between 1/2 your body weight in ounces –PLUS– 80 ounces of water a day.  Because most of us are not drinking natural spring water I recommend adding electrolytes to some of your water each day.  I like to get a plain salt electrolyte that doesn’t have sugar or flavor added, but the best electrolyte is one you are going to drink so find something that’s doable for you.  When I drink electrolytes I sleep better, my muscles feel better, and my head feels more clear.
  4. Magnesium:  It’s a joke among natural healthcare practitioners that if you don’t know what to do, recommend magnesium.  That’s because it’s an essential nutrient for so many functions in our body, it’s depleted by stress, and it’s hard to get enough in our food, so most of us are running around deficient.  Add to that the fact that it’s hard to determine if you are deficient–the usual blood serum magnesium test is not helpful because the bulk of your magnesium doesn’t hang out in your blood.  So Magnesium is one of the only supplements I think most people feel a true benefit from.  You can think of it as the relaxing mineral to calm down anything tight and twitchy–including your mood.  I used it to calm down my spasming calf so I could get back on the bike after a hike.  And I often take it before bed to support good sleep.  For those that find that magnesium is tough on their digestive system there are several forms, and we can help you find one that can work for you.
  5. Relaxation:  Don’t forget to take some time to quiet down and reflect among all the summer fun.  If we truly relax (not the still on your phone multitasking kind of relaxing) it doesn’t take long to start the relaxation response that’s counter to the stress response.  The relaxation response increases blood flow, slows your breathing, relaxes muscles, reduces blood pressure, releases “feel good” chemicals, clears up inflammation, and lets your body do repair work.  A lot of people resist the idea of quieting down so make it fun. Spend some time stretching before you get out of bed, have a cup of tea in your yard in the morning, turn dishwashing into a ritual where you notice the sacred in every day activities, do some even breathing for a few minutes when you get home or stop working if you’re working from home.  I love having a vegetable garden because it’s a great reminder to take a break from the hustle and bustle and appreciate the miracle of nature.

The experiment: So now it’s time to take on some of these ideas like an experiment and see if they help you keep riding the wave of summer fire with more ease and enjoyment. Which ones seem easy, fun, doable for you in the next 2 weeks?  Try them out and see how you feel.

Get in touch if you want some acupuncture for your aches, pains, or other injuries so you can get back in the game.  It’s also one of the best ways I know to quiet down and start the relaxation response for rest and repair.  Existing patients can use our online booking system to make an appointment.  New patients need to reach out by phone or email since we have so much information to share to make your first appointment relaxing.

Get your water bottles lined up and see how many days you can stay well hydrated and how good you feel!

Reach out if you want help finding the best topicals, electrolytes, or magnesium for you.

Let us know how it goes!


Fun Facts About Jasmin Jones, LAcJasmin joined our practice a few weeks ago and the most common question we get about her is where is she from?  Jasmin moved to California from Alaska where she had a private practice for 8 years.  She made her way to Sonoma County after some time in Humboldt (hello more sunshine!) studying for and passing the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam.  She’s traveled all over the world and even practiced acupuncture in Nepal and on a cruise ship in Europe.  She’s been practicing acupuncture since 2008 and Sonoma County is lucky to have her here!

Here’s what one of her patients had to say about her:

“I was considering surgery for an old lingering shoulder injury. I tried acupuncture with Jasmin as one last effort before surgery and it WORKED! I have no more pain, and my shoulder works fine a year later.  Thanks.” ~C Evens

There’s more info in her bio on our website.


Here’s to Summer Fire in Harmony With Relaxation,
Christina and Team Thrive

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Welcoming Acupuncturist Jasmin Jones to Thrive!

Please join us in welcoming acupuncturist Jasmin Jones to the Thrive family!
She’s recently moved to Sonoma County after practicing Acupuncture in Alaska, Nepal, and Europe on cruise ships. She’s full of compassion, humor, and mad acupuncture skills! She’ll be shadowing next week making sure she slides into the culture of Thrive with ease. And she has appointments available starting June 27.

 

If you want to learn more about her, check out her bio here.

And you can see her availability on our online booking system here.

The good news for you is that Jasmin and I will be collaborating so you can make an appointment with either one of us.  That means:

  • You can get in faster for urgent matters: Threw your back out? Just found out you have shingles? Woke up with vertigo? Got in a car accident?  Finally hit the wall with stress?  No problem.  Get in here and get feeling better ASAP!
  • Overall increased availability on our schedule: Find an appointment that fits in your busy schedule because we have more appointments available.  Don’t let your treatment plan get disrupted because your acupuncturist has gone on vacation (yes, we do that😉).  
  • New Patients can start treatment faster:  It’s frustrating (on both sides) when someone has finally decided they are ready for acupuncture but we don’t have a new patient appointment for several weeks.  We’ve been limiting the amount of new patient appointments per week because our schedule was so full that if we saw too many new patients, no one would be able to get the appointments they want.  We are just as excited as you are when you are ready to try acupuncture and we’re thrilled you won’t have to wait.
  • You can get a second set of eyes on your case:  Until now if you wanted to get another set of acupuncture eyes on your case you would need to schedule a new patient appointment at another office, which takes more time and costs more money.  Now any time you want, you can book a follow up appointment with either of us if you want to get someone else’s opinion or try acupuncture from someone else.
  • We might suggest you see the other acupuncturist if we feel you should be getting better results:  Thrive has always been focused on you getting better and getting back into your life, but sometimes someone doesn’t respond as quickly to Acupuncture care as expected.  If we think it will be beneficial for you to get another perspective in your treatment to see if that will speed things along for you, we will recommend it.  Thank goodness we all have different perspectives–that’s what makes the symphony that is life.

We’re excited to offer more options for patients.  And if you’ve been around Thrive, you know that we mean it when we say “It’s your body and you get to do whatever you feel is best for you” so you will always get to make your appointments with whomever you want.

Christina has always had a vision of a community of acupuncturists, as well as a community of patients, and she’s excited to see this vision coming to life.  Among her various careers she’s always enjoyed working in teams with colleagues.  She even worked with a team of acupuncturists when she was first out of school. It just makes sense to her for us to share resources and collaborate.  Most acupuncturists are working by themselves in their own practice and it can be difficult to find colleagues to reach out to when you’d like a different perspective or input on a difficult case.  And even if you have someone to reach out to, if you don’t have a shared language it might take more time than it’s worth or not help.  “I’m excited for Jasmin and I to collaborate, discuss difficult cases, inspire each other, and raise each other up!”


Thrive is 10 Years Old!In March of this year Thrive quietly turned 10 years old.  In true Christina fashion, she wasn’t in the mood to celebrate so she decided she would do it later.  After all, every day is a possibility for celebration.  Every moment can be appreciated.  And if you’re not in the mood for celebrating, just wait until you are. 😎

Christina started this “celebrate when you feel like it” practice at young age.  Her birthday is January 2nd and she could build a very strong case as to why that is the worst day for a birthday–I don’t even feel like celebrating on January 2!  And while her family always celebrated her birthing on the actual day (her mom’s birthday is December 27 and she knows the drill), Christina would have her birthday party for friends whenever she felt like it.

  • Wanna have a New Year’s Eve party?  Done–it’s also my birthday party.  Wanna have a beach party but you live in Connecticut?  Done–my birthday party will be in August this year.
  • Wanna have a Top Gun birthday party?  Order the DVR and schedule the birthday after its release date.  (Yes, I’m talking about the original version.)

As parents were dropping off their kids they would ask me “When was your actual birthday?”  When I replied “January 2”, and it was August, I could see a look flash across their face–why are we bringing our kid to a party today?  But this did not phase me. I was ready to celebrate.

If I want to convince you why it’s ok that we’re celebrating now, I could tell you that Thrive became a corporation in June so our incorporation birthday is this month.  But that’s not the reason I delayed celebrating.  I was simply happy to be enjoying our new office and being of service while treating lots of patients.  And I was running a hiring process for an acupuncturist to join our team.  And we were still getting the new office settled (does that ever stop?)  I was content being immersed in all that.  I knew at some point I’ll be in the mood to celebrate.  And now I am.🎉

The main thing I was to celebrate is all of you that have trusted me to give you acupuncture.  I know trying acupuncture for the first time, or going to a new acupuncturist, takes more than going to a new restaurant.  It takes trust and a bit of faith, and I’m grateful that you’d offer me those.

I am still amazed with this medicine and the results I see daily.  It’s so cool when a patient tells me their pain is reduced after a put a few points in.  I love the look of relief on your face when you get up from the table and your digestion feels better.  I smile when you are leaving and I can see how your spirit looks different, calmer but brighter, than when you walked in.  And I still get excited when you share your improvements with me, especially when you have reached a new level of trusting your body’s own healing system and you tell me that you knew what to do to help yourself when something got out of balance.

Thanks for trusting me and allowing me into your lives so I can enjoy the everyday miracles with you.  💕


What We’re Treating in the Clinic–AllergiesThis year seasonal allergy symptoms started late and are still going.  In fact about 2 weeks ago seemed to be the worst.  The best time to treat allergies with acupuncture, herbs, diet, and lifestyle modifications is before allergy season hits full strength, but most people come for treatment when their symptoms are bothering them.  We can still provide symptom relief and get you feeling better fast, and then make a plan for you to come in for prevention next year.

Acupuncture and herbs are great at reducing allergy symptoms (runny nose, itchy watery eyes, scratchy throat, foggy head) and helping you reduce your medications.  There’s also lots of truly effective self care that you can do.  We have all sorts of tools in our tool-belt to share with you.  And we love helping people get their respiratory system back in balance and get their life back!

Established patients can make an appointment at our online booking site.

New patients need to call or email us to set up their first appointment because there is just too much information we need to share with you.


Upcoming Events

It is possible to create more of want you want in the world effortlessly, even now.  By effortless I don’t mean lack of action, I mean less of the niggling noise in our head that makes things feel difficult.  Growing more peaceful does not mean you will sit on the couch eating bon bons all the time.  I don’t know anyone that’s in balance that wants to sit on the couch 24/7; balanced humans want to contribute to the world.  The secret to doing more of want you want with less efforting has to do with understanding your thinking and your connection to spirit.  If you want to explore how to understand your thinking in a way which allows for more ease and resiliency as we navigate a world that is both coming apart and coming back together, please come join us on Tuesdays.
Weekly Virtual Zoom Conversation
Tuesdays 4pm – 5pm PST every week
Hosts: Julie Gleeson, Founder of The Art of Living Inc, and
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc from Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness Corp.
 Click this link to our event page for more info and the link to register.
We’re so confident in how helpful this conversation is that the first month is FREE, so you can come check it out without any pressure.  Click this link to our event page for all the information about the community and the link to register.

 


Celebrating Every Day Miracles! 🎉
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc

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Masks Still Required at Thrive

We want to remind you that while the universal indoor mask requirements expired in California, masks are still required in Healthcare Settings.

For those that haven’t been reading the details of the guidelines, universal indoor masking is still required in the following locations:

  • Healthcare Settings
  • Public Transportation
  • Congregate facilities
  • K-12 schools and childcare
  • City of Santa Rosa city facilities
  • Businesses and venues that choose to require masks for patrons

Yes we too desire to get back to being able to seeing your smiling faces, but it’s not time yet at Thrive.  We continue to be cautious in our clinic because we treat patients who are immune compromised, undergoing chemotherapy, and otherwise at risk for worse symptoms from C-19. Acupuncture is really helpful for those patients, so we want to be able to welcome them to our office. We also want to stay healthy ourselves so we can keep helping as many people as possible.

Thanks to everyone who has been cancelling their appointment if they feel sick or have been exposed to Covid-19.  Because of your extra efforts, we made it through the first part of the new year with ease and were able to keep helping lots of patients!

Of course if you have any questions about wearing masks or if you should come to your appointment, reach out.  Call us.  Send us an email.  We’re all in this together.


Upcoming Events

It is possible to create more of want you want in the world effortlessly, even now.  By effortless I don’t mean lack of action, I mean less of the niggling noise in our head that makes things feel difficult.  Growing more peaceful does not mean you will sit on the couch eating bon bons all the time.  I don’t know anyone that’s in balance that wants to sit on the couch 24/7; balanced humans want to contribute to the world.  The secret to doing more of want you want with less efforting has to do with understanding your thinking and your connection to spirit.  If you want to explore how to understand your thinking in a way which allows for more ease and resiliency as we navigate a world that is both coming apart and coming back together, please come join us on Tuesdays.
Weekly Virtual Zoom Conversation
Tuesdays 4pm – 5pm PST every week
Hosts: Julie Gleeson, Founder of The Art of Living Inc, and
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc from Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness Corp.
 Click this link to our event page for more info and the link to register.
We’re so confident in how helpful this conversation is that the first month is FREE, so you can come check it out without any pressure.  Click this link to our event page for all the information about the community and the link to register.

 


Stock Up Now On Supplies For Health and Peace of MindDid you know there are herbs and supplements you can take that help you recover from viruses and there is lots of good information about what is helpful to recover from C-19? Given the current transmissibility and level of community spread of C-19, it’s a good idea to stock up now to have things on hand for you and your family to support your recovery if you get sick.  We’re told to stay home and recover and there are things you can do for yourself to aid your recovery.

While I am glad that the current variant has less severe symptoms for most people, I still recommend treating it aggressively because it can go sideways unexpectedly and it’s better to be ahead of it.  Additionally we just don’t know how common Long Covid is with this variant.  Data for the previous variants was showing about 30% of people who got covid, even if the initial symptoms mild, developed long haul symptoms.  There’s good data that shows that supporting the body in recovering from C-19 with herbs and supplements greatly reduces the chances for Long Covid.

All the information about what I recommend to have on hand to prevent and treat viruses is here:https://thrive-acupuncture.com/the-golden-window-for-treating-viruses/On that webpage you will find a handout with recommended supplements and dosages as well as a link to order everything but the Chinese herbs and probiotics that we have in our office.

If you want Chinese herbs (I consider that the cornerstone of virus prevention and treatment) or need help creating a plan that will work for you let us know.


Did You Know We Moved?
Our new location is: 2880 Cleveland Ave, Suite #5, Santa Rosa, CA 95403Take a moment right now to update the address in your phone and make a note with our new address in your next appointment.   We’ve updated google maps and all the other online places we could find, but if you have our old address in your phone or your search history, your phone might take you there instead.

As you can see on the map, we’re just on the other side of the freeway, a short distance from our previous clinic space.  For most people the drive time is same same but different and all the map apps do a good job of navigating you here.  We are just south of the Wells Fargo Bank on Cleveland Ave.  Or a few blocks north of the Staples on Cleveland Ave and 2 driveways north of the Thai market.

 

With smiling eyes,
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc

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Happy Lunar New Year! Bring on the Powerful & Graceful Tiger Spirit

Need a Restart on 2022?How is 2022 going for you? Have you made time for rest and reflection or are you just trying to get through? Do you already wish you had a do-over for your New Year’s Resolutions? If so, you’re in luck. Not only is every moment a chance for a new beginning, February 1 is the start of the Lunar New Year. Because it starts with the second new moon after Winter Solstice, it begins on a different date every year between January 21 and February 20.It’s not part of the Lunar New Year traditions to make resolutions, but Chinese astrology encourages reflection.  Chinese astrology has a lot of symbolism and is used more to explore your inner nature and unconscious instincts.  It’s often used to help reflect on how to navigate your inner life and relationships.

Year of the Water Tiger

The Chinese zodiac has 12 years in its cycle, each one represented by an animal, which interacts with the cycle of the 5 elements – a key concept from Taoism.  2022 is the Year of the Water Tiger, the third animal in the cycle.

Astrologers say that people born in the Year of the Tiger are passionate, strong, and confident.   Tigers are bold, ambitious, independent, and masters of their territory, always defending their boundaries, but they are also honest, creative, love to travel, and have great survival skills.  Tigers are known for their instinct and precision while they lay in wait for just the right moment to make just the right quick moves to capture their prey, but we should not overlook the role that their patience plays in their success. 

In Chinese astrology, the Water Tiger energy is said to bring a lot of activity, momentum, and change.  Last year we we plowed the fields with the Ox and planted the seeds, and now it is time for them to sprout.  In other words it’s an auspicious time to make decisions and take action to bring your visions to life.  The Tiger is yang and full of action and the Water element will balance that out because it is yin, go with the flow, mystical energy, that is accepting of change.  Water Tiger energy is a paradox of confidence and vulnerability, which is where true strength comes from.

Take care to let your ideas blossom uncaged because stagnant blocked tiger energy leads to frustration, aggression, and disagreements.  Tiger energy is a combination of patience and impulse, but it is anchored by integrity.  We can find the balance by tuning into our true nature which keeps us connected to our intuition rather than distracted by the shiny circumstances that could lead us off our path to manifesting what we want more of in the world.  Tiger energy is lucky and uplifting, bringing hope for what is to come.

Commit to Creating the Experience You Want to HaveThe Chinese do not traditionally make New Year’s Resolutions, however they do celebrate the transition from winter to spring. It is a good time to reflect and plant the “new idea seeds” that will sprout in spring. You can start by asking yourself:  How do I make time and space to bring out my best sense of reflection? What is the new direction and experience I want to have?

If you’re having trouble, maybe it’s time to take a lesson from the Tiger. If you’re feeling unsure about the next steps, be still, spend some time in nature, gather information, consider you options, and listen for you inner knowing that will tell you the right time to take quick action.  Ask yourself what vision is it time to take action on?  How can I align myself with my instinct?   Where can I be more patient and where do I want to be more bold?  How can I relax into the unknown that always precedes action?  How can I foster my self confidence and passion while remaining anchored with wisdom and my true nature?

If your intentions and resolutions include improving your health and well-being in 2022, get in touch to schedule an acupuncture appointment for immune boosting, pain relief, stress reduction, or finally tackling that health issue that’s holding you back.  Existing patients can book online: https://thrive-acupuncture.janeapp.com/.  New patients should call since there is so much information we need to gather and share to make your first appointment enjoyable.

If you want to explore how to accomplish more of what you want in 2022, while aligning with you true nature, wisdom, and intuition please join us for our Growing More Peaceful  Even Now zoom calls (info below).


Upcoming Events

It is possible to create more of want you want in the world effortlessly, even now.  By effortless I don’t mean lack of action, I mean less of the niggling noise in our head that makes things feel difficult.  Growing more peaceful does not mean you will sit on the couch eating bon bons all the time.  I don’t know anyone that’s in balance that wants to sit on the couch 24/7; well rested humans want to contribute to the world.  The secret to doing more of want you want with less efforting has to do with understanding your thinking and your connection to spirit.  If you want to explore how to understand your thinking in a way which allows for more ease and resiliency as we adjust to this round of changes, and many more changes that are sure to come our way, please come join us on Tuesdays.
Weekly Virtual Zoom Conversation
Tuesdays 4pm – 5pm PST every week
Hosts: Julie Gleeson, Founder of The Art of Living Inc, and
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc from Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness Corp.
 Click this link to our event page for more info and the link to register.
We’re so confident in how helpful this conversation is that the first month is FREE, so you can come check it out without any pressure.  Click this link to our event page for all the information about the community and the link to register.

 


Stock Up Now On Supplies For Health and Peace of MindDid you know there are herbs and supplements you can take that help you recover from viruses and there is lots of good information about what is helpful to recover from C-19? Given the current transmissibility and level of community spread of C-19, it’s a good idea to stock up now to have things on hand for you and your family to support your recovery if you get sick.  We’re told to stay home and recover and there are things you can do for yourself to aid your recovery.

While I am glad that the current variant has less severe symptoms for most people, I still recommend treating it aggressively because it can go sideways unexpectedly and it’s better to be ahead of it.  Additionally we just don’t know how common Long Covid is with this variant.  Data for the previous variants was showing about 30% of people who got covid, even if the initial symptoms mild, developed long haul symptoms.  There’s good data that shows that supporting the body in recovering from C-19 with herbs and supplements greatly reduces the chances for Long Covid.

All the information about what I recommend to have on hand to prevent and treat viruses is here:https://thrive-acupuncture.com/the-golden-window-for-treating-viruses/
On that webpage you will find a handout with recommended supplements and dosages as well as a link to order everything but the Chinese herbs and probiotics that we have in our office.

If you want Chinese herbs (I consider that the cornerstone of virus prevention and treatment) or need help creating a plan that will work for you let us know.


Did You Know We Moved?
Our new location is: 2880 Cleveland Ave, Suite #5, Santa Rosa, CA 95403Take a moment right now to update the address in your phone and make a note with our new address in your next appointment.   We’ve updated google maps and all the other online places we could find, but if you have our old address in your phone or your search history, your phone might take you there instead.

As you can see on the map, we’re just on the other side of the freeway, a short distance from our previous clinic space.  For most people the drive time is same same but different and all the map apps do a good job of navigating you here.  We are just south of the Wells Fargo Bank on Cleveland Ave.  Or a few blocks north of the Staples on Cleveland Ave and 2 driveways north of the Thai market.

Gong Xi Fa Cai (Happy New Year)!
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc

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Covid Safety, Reassurance, and Cautious Optimism

Happy 2022I had some time to reflect over the break about how grateful I am that I get to be of service to all of you.  I appreciate the trust and confidence you’ve all had in me over the past year and 9 months when it’s been hard for all of us to find solid ground at times.  Two of the things I am most passionate about are supporting people’s immune systems and reducing stress, and boy have we all needed that!  It’s been a lot of work to keep adapting over and over, but it comes from a calling to be of service to all of you and help my fellow humans connect with their natural potential.

I have some thoughts I’d love to share about the new year transition, seeing every moment as an opportunity for a fresh start, setting resolutions from the inside out, and how I’m exploring how to do more of what I am longing for from love.  But in the interest of time I’m going save that for my next newsletter and keep this one to the some of the most pressing issues in our community right now: COVID-19 safety in our office, what you can do to recover at home if you or your loved ones get sick, and the most common questions I get about C-19 resources.  Getting any kind of virus right now is a big bummer, but there is a lot you can do to prevent getting sick and support your recovery if you or your family does get sick.


Thrive COVID-19 Safety Reminders & ReassuranceI want to take a moment to remind and reassure patients that we like to err on the cautious side in our clinic because we treat patients who are immune compromised, undergoing chemotherapy, and are otherwise at risk for worse symptoms from C-19. Acupuncture is really helpful for those patients, so we want to be able to welcome them to our office. We also want to stay healthy ourselves so we can keep helping as many people as possible.

Thanks to everyone who has been cancelling their appointment if they feel sick or have been exposed to Covid-19.  We appreciate everyone being extra careful because community spread is high, the current variant is more transmissible, and the symptoms can be hard to pinpoint–it often starts with a simple raw or sore throat and we all know that this time of year we can get a raw throat from the dry air from our heater.  It won’t be this way forever, but right now this is where we’re at.  So we’re being extra careful and we appreciate your efforts.

If you are wondering if you should come to your appointment here’s what you should know:The Most Important Thing To Remember:
Please reach out to us if you have any questions about coming in for your appointment. We’re happy to help you figure out what to do.  We know it’s confusing.  It’s a fluid situation.  Guidelines are confusing.  And we’re more careful than the guidelines, which I think are great for going to the grocery store, but we’re more conservative than that as I explained above. And if you need to reschedule for any concerns about covid symptoms or exposure, we’re not charging the late cancel fee.

Should You come to your appointment?
Please reschedule your appointment if in the past 10 days:

  • You have had new symptoms that are possible C-19:
    • Including sore throat, fever, muscle or body aches, headache, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, congestion or unusual runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
  • You have been in close contact with anyone who has possible C-19.

When you arrive we will ask you to confirm this.  We know that Covid is everywhere and it’s super contagious right now so your answer is assumed to be to the best of your knowledge.  We also still feel confident in our protocols with masks, air purifiers, airing rooms out between patients, and sanitizing.  And we’re going to err on the side of caution right now.

Testing to Rule Out C-19:
If you or your close contact are or have tested to rule out C-19 there’s a few extra things to consider right now to be extra cautions.  If you have any questions about coming in for your appointment, please check in with us to make sure we’re comfortable.  We’d hate for you to waste your time driving here.  And as always, check in with your primary care doctor about your individual situation regarding testing.

PCR Tests:

  • The most reliable test is a PCR test when symptoms start or 5 days after exposure if there aren’t symptoms.

Rapid Antigen Tests:

  • New For This Variant: If you have symptoms, it can take several rapid antigen tests over a couple of days to rule out C-19 with confidence, especially early in infection. In other words, rapid tests sometimes are not positive until people have had symptoms for several days.
  • Take a rapid antigen test when symptoms start and 2 days later.  Or if you are exposed but don’t have symptoms take the test 3, 5, and 7 days after exposure; continue to watch for symptoms.
  • Some people are reporting that they rapid and PCR test at the same time and the rapid test is negative but the PCR test comes back positive.  The good news is that this means that when you took the sample your viral load was low, so it’s a good indicator that in that moment you were not very contagious.  The bad news is the rapid test may not be ruling out C-19 and you could become more contagious with time.
  • It can be more accurate to do a throat and nasal swab for rapid antigen tests. The theory is that Omicron is mostly replicating in the throat and bronchus at the start of infection, so just a nasal swab might not get enough virus on it to be detected.  But this is off label use for the US rapid antigen tests so some people are warning these conditions have not been studied enough.  In an ideal world you would run both a plain nasal swab and a throat and nasal swab if you had enough tests.  Here’s some info about how to do a throat and nasal swab.  Some of the tests in the UK are designed for this and in the video below they show you how with a person and a diagram:
  •  🧪https://www.huffpost.com/…/covid-rapid-test-swab-nose…
  •  🧪https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qHTBlxfNes

If you get sick:
Of course if you have C-19, or any virus for that matter, get in touch and we’ll connect you with herbs and supplements to help you recover at home.

This is the best explanation I have seen of the current guidelines for isolation and quarantine: https://dearpandemic.org/isolation-explainer/.  It is confusing so I love the visual flow chart.

What do I think about all this?
A lot of people have asked me how I’m feeling about all this. While I truly wish I could stop sending out messages about this, overall I’m feeling optimistic. I think we need to be extra careful for a month, and then we’ll start to see the light at the end of the tunnel and enjoy a healthy spring.  After more people have had C-19 there will be more people with natural immunity and I’m hopeful that can slow things down for a bit and we can catch our breath.  I also think that we’re being fast forwarded into the new reality and, while it isn’t fun, we will get aligned with our place in it.  People’s habits of thinking, expectations, and judgements will change in a way that will be better for our nervous systems.   And since I’m not psychic, we’ll keep adapting as appropriate.


Stock Up Now On Supplies For Health and Peace of MindDid you know there are herbs and supplements you can take that help you recover from viruses and there is lots of good information about what is helpful to recover from C-19? Given the current transmissibility and level of community spread of C-19, it’s a good idea to stock up now to have things on hand for you and your family to support your recovery if you get sick.  We’re told to stay home and recover and there are things you can do for yourself to aid your recovery.  While I am glad that the current variant has less severe symptoms for most people, I still recommend treating it aggressively because it can go sideways unexpectedly and it’s better to be ahead of it.  And it’s a bummer if you get any kind of cold, flu, or virus right now so it’s best to stop them in their tracks and get better fast.

Additionally we just don’t know how common Long Covid is with this variant since it hasn’t been around that long.  Long Covid is officially named post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC).  While this name is a bit of a mouthful, the fact that it has an official name shows you how prevalent it is since western medicine normally takes a long time to identify this type of “hard to pinpoint” illness.  Data for the previous variants was showing about 30% of people who got covid, even if the initial symptoms weren’t that bad, developed long haul symptoms that can be really difficult.  There’s good data that shows that supporting the body in recovering from C-19 with herbs and supplements greatly reduces the chances for Long Covid.

All the information about what I recommend to have on hand to prevent and treat viruses is here:https://thrive-acupuncture.com/the-golden-window-for-treating-viruses/
Click the link and open and print the the handout on that page.  It has recommended supplements and dosages.  Make it easy for yourself to have on hand when you need it.  Then take a look at what you already have and make a plan for what you want to stock up on.

  • If you want Chinese herbs, probiotics, or the nasal spray we have those in our office.  I’m happy to talk with you and help you get the best Chinese herbs for you and your family.
  • All the rest of the supplements are available through our online dispensary–just use the link on the webpage, find your way to the practitioner protocols, and order the supplements you want.

All of these recommendations are good for treating any cold, flu, or virus so these supplies won’t go to waste, especially since it’s a bummer to have any of that right now so you’ll want to stop it in it’s track no matter what it is.

If you need help creating a plan that will work for you let us know.


Covid Safety and Testing ResourcesA lot of people have renewed interest in better masks, protective eyewear, and access to testing right now.  And not surprisingly some of the best people to ask are those that have been doing a lot of covid safety and testing for the past year and 9 months, like me.  Here’s my answer to the most common questions I get (I am not affiliated nor do I get any commission on these products):

  • Masks: I’m wearing a KF94 filtering mask right now and anytime community spread is high.  I like them because they fit my face, I can get a good seal, they don’t crowd my nose or lips, and they help my glasses not fog.  The ones I have that I know fit my face aren’t available right now, but if you search KF94 you will see all sorts of versions of this type of mask.  They have similar filtering to the KN95 masks, but they are made in Korea and have a bit more breathability for less stuffiness.  The ones I have say they are large size and some have sizes, but you never really know until you try them on.
  • Lanyards: I attach my mask with a lanyard behind my head because I get a better seal and my ears get tired if I have loops on them all day long.  I get ones like these, and instead of using them around my neck, I tighten them and put them above my ears and over the back of my head. https://www.staples.com/cliq-it-face-mask-lanyard-gray-each-cl61312gy/product_24466217  I like the quick release adjustment because I can get it just right–not too tight and not too loose.  You can find them lots of places online.
  • Eyewear: Several people have told me they want protective eyewear.  I love my Stoggles https://wearstoggles.com/.  While I’m sure they aren’t as effective as a full face shield, they look like glasses, have protective shields on all sides, an anti-fog coating, and you can get them with prescription lenses.  I have cracked 2 ear pieces over the year and half that I have been wearing them which is a bummer.  I am very careful with them but I do take them off when I am not with patients, which is a lot of off and on each day.  The price is best if you buy direct from Stoggles but there are knockoffs on Amazon.
  • PCR Tests:  I have tested regularly throughout the pandemic and more often when community spread is high.  I order these PCR tests with a home collection kit through Labcorp: https://www.ondemand.labcorp.com/at-home-test-kits/covid-19-test-home-collection-kit.  The way it works is that you order the test and they send it by Fedex Express, you take the sample by following their simple instructions, and send it back by Fedex Express.  Typically you can get results in less than 3 days total from when you order the test, but it is taking a longer right now to process the samples because they are busy.  If you started having symptoms and got on the site right away and ordered the test I bet you could beat any local lab for getting test results.  Because you are administering the sample yourself, the results do not qualify for some situations to prove you are negative, but they work if you want the information for yourself.  You have to answer a few simple questions to see if you qualify to get a test for free.  I qualify since I work in healthcare and then my insurance covers them.
  • Rapid Antigen Tests:  I don’t have any good secret sources, but my advice is stock up with a small supply for your family.  I hear people ordering from Amazon are getting their packages earlier than promised.

Did You Know We Moved?
Our new location is: 2880 Cleveland Ave, Suite #5, Santa Rosa, CA 95403Take a moment right now to update the address in your phone and make a note with our new address in your next appointment.   We’ve updated google maps and all the other online places we could find, but if you have our old address in your phone or your search history, your phone might take you there instead.

As you can see on the map, we’re just on the other side of the freeway, a short distance from our previous clinic space.  For most people the drive time is same same but different and all the map apps do a good job of navigating you here.  We are just south of the Wells Fargo Bank on Cleveland Ave.  Or a few blocks north of the Staples on Cleveland Ave and 2 driveways north of the Thai market.

 


Upcoming Events

So many patients have been telling me they are struggling with stress, anxiety, and low moods lately.  And yet others have told me they’re feeling optimistic.  How are people having totally different experiences of the same world circumstances?  The secret has to do in understanding their thinking and their connection to spirit.  If you want to explore how to understand your thinking in a way which allows for more ease and resiliency as we adjust to this round of changes, and many more changes that are sure to come our way, please come join us this Tuesday. 
Weekly Virtual Zoom Conversation
Tuesdays 4pm – 5pm PST every week
Hosts: Julie Gleeson, Founder of The Art of Living Inc, and
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc from Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness Corp.
Click this link to our event page for more info and the link to register.
We’re so confident in how helpful this conversation is that the first month is FREE, so you can come check it out without any pressure.  Click this link to our event page for all the information about the community and the link to register.

 
Here’s to cautious optimism and resiliency to start the new year!
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc

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Thrive is MOVING!! 🎉 Plus Holiday Overindulgence Support

We’re Excited To Tell You That Thrive is Moving! Here’s a few key things you should know:

We will be closed Thanksgiving week Nov 22-26 while we get ready to welcome you to our new space.  Take a moment to see if you need anything to support your wellbeing while we are closed for a week.  Get in touch now if you need herbs or want to make some appointments in our new space.

As of Monday, November 29 our new location is2880 Cleveland Ave, Suite #5, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Make a note with our new address in your appointments starting November 29 and after.  As you can see on the map, we’re just on the other side of the freeway, a short distance from our current clinic space.  For most people the drive time is same same but different and all the map apps do a good job of navigating you there.  And the parking lot is much simpler!  People keep asking what our new clinic is near.  If you know where the Wells Fargo is on Cleveland Ave, we are the building just behind it, just south of it. Or a few blocks north of the Staples store on Cleveland Ave.

What’s inside the red doors?  More everything — bathrooms, sinks for all the hand washing at any moment, office space for Jules who has been “temporarily” using the waiting room as her office since the start of the pandemic, airy waiting room, treatment rooms, and storage!  Plus we have laundry and a kitchenette.  Somehow with all this more, we’ve managed to still keep it cozy.

Everyone asks what we’re going to do with the extra treatment rooms.  We’re going to hire another acupuncturist to join our team!  I’ve always had the vision of having a community of acupuncturists as well as patients.  Life says the time is now!

Thanks for all your support along the way and especially in the last 2 years.  We were looking for a space to expand into in February of 2020, but we put it on hold with the start of the pandemic.  Who knew what was gonna happen to a small healthcare practice like ours?!  It turns out people are more motivated than ever to get and stay healthy.  And we’re honored that you have trusted us to do everything we can to support you no matter what life throws our way.


Upcoming Events

So many patients have been telling me they are struggling with stress, anxiety, and low moods lately.  I have a theory that while people are excited to be getting back to normal a little bit more, they also have new habits of thinking about what is safe.  So while your intellect knows that community spread is low and you’re comfortable with the risk of going out to dinner, spending the holidays with family, or seeing live music, there are some habits of thinking that you’ve built up over the last year and 9 months about people not being safe.  There can be an underlying habit of thought that is screaming “danger danger” when you’re with more people.  This screaming may not be so clear in what it is saying, but it is clear with the feelings of tension, stress, and anxiety in your body.  If you want to explore how to understanding your thinking in a way which allows for more ease and resiliency as we adjust to this round of changes, and many more changes that are sure to come our way, please come join us this Tuesday. 
Weekly Virtual Zoom Conversation
Tuesdays 4pm – 5pm PST every week
Hosts: Julie Gleeson, Founder of The Art of Living Inc, and
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc from Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness Corp.
 Click this link to our event page for more info and the link to register.
We’re so confident in how helpful this conversation is that the first month is FREE, so you can come check it out without any pressure.  Click this link to our event page for all the information about the community and the link to register.

 

Pick Up Your Curing Pills For The Holiday OverindulgencesThe holidays encourage a bit of excess and you want to be ready to ride the wave.  I think the point of being healthy is to find a place where we can indulge here and there and come back to balance easily.  Of course if you are working on a specific health challenge or trying to reach a certain health goal, now is not the time to indulge.  But if you’re feeling pretty good, I believe in moderation of all things as, including moderation sometimes.

If you are consciously going to indulge in that rich holiday meal, treat, cocktail–or all three–how do you plan to support your body?  Staying well hydrated is key.  Aim to drink between 80 ounces to half your body weight in ounces of water a day.  And make sure you get some electrolytes or natural salts so all the water doesn’t just rush through you.  Making fresh ginger tea is supportive.  You can cut a few slices of fresh ginger and boil it in water for 5 minutes.  The fibers from the ginger are really good for your digestive system so that’s why it’s helpful to use fresh ginger and really get it boiled in the water.    And having some Curing Pills on hand for you and the whole family really helps get everyone back in balance

What are Curing Pills?  They’re a Chinese medicine herbal pill that’s good for all kinds of digestive imbalances that are common during the holidays including: upset stomach, indigestion, overeating, and hangover.  How can they be good for so many things?  Unlike western medications that are specific for certain kinds of digestive imbalances, Curing Pills don’t move your digestion in a specific direction, they regulate your digestion back to harmony.  That is why their other name is Healthy Peaceful Pills.

Here’s how I take Curing Pills:

  • Prevention (My eyes were bigger than my stomach): 1 Packet after a meal.
  • Upset Stomach (As soon as I can tell something I ate or drank did not agree with me):  1 Packet now, 1 More Packet every hour for the next 3 hours if things aren’t feeling good yet.
  • General Digestive Imbalance (My digestion is moving slower or faster than normal and I just realized it’s been happening for a few days): 1 Packet 3 Times/Day for a day or two.

Warning: Curing Pills are not for you if you have true Celiac disease because they contain an herb that is a relative of wheat and you should aim to avoid all contact with anything wheat related.

Reassurance: Curing Pills are well tolerated by people who are normally sensitive to wheat because the herb is grown in China and it’s fermented before it’s made into a tea and then freeze dried into a pill.  Many wheat sensitive people in the US have no problem when they eat wheat grown from other places around the world.  And fermentation changes the building blocks of wheat proteins and carbohydrates which makes wheat tolerable for most people, even for some people who have Celiac disease.  I still recommend people with Celiac disease avoid it because, in that instance, it’s better safe than sorry.  But I’ve never met someone who is simply sensitive to wheat that has found that Curing Pills don’t agree with them.

Some might say that in a perfect world, during the holiday times we’d all eat and drink in moderation and avoid weird food combinations and sweets.  But I believe the point of being healthy is so that you can relax about it all at times.  There have been times where I was struggling with a health challenge and I kept to a very regimented diet 100% of the time to support healing, but I’m not there now.  So in my current perfect world, since I’m pretty healthy, I eat darn well most of the time and sometimes when I’m celebrating I consciously indulge.  Most of the time that works out pretty well for me.  When it doesn’t, I have my Curing Pills to get me back in harmony.


Here’s to Welcoming You to Our New Office in Two Weeks!
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc

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What to do when Exposed or Sick with a Virus

We said we’d keep monitoring things and adapting our mask policy as appropriate and we did just that over 2 weeks ago, so we wanted to send the word out through this newsletter.  We’ve also noticed people are confused about what to do if they have been exposed to Covid-19 or start to feel sick, so we’ve put together a summary.  We’ve pulled together this information in one place in hopes of easing stress and confusion about all of this, because stress isn’t fun and doesn’t help your immune system.  

Scroll through below for info on:

  • Mask Policy Update At Thrive
  • Cancelling Your Appointment At Thrive If You Feel Sick Or Have Been Exposed
  • What To Do If You Feel Sick Or Have Been Exposed
  • Growing More Peaceful Stress Reduction
  • What We’re Treating In The Clinic

Mask Policy Update At ThriveMasks on Again:  We’re asking everyone, including those who are vaccinated, to wear their masks at all times at Thrive again. We’ve been telling patients in person for the past 2+ weeks and everyone has been understanding and on board.  We adapted quickly as needed, and updated our website, but it took me a bit longer to get this newsletter out.  Now everyone will be caught up and some of you will know ahead of your next appointment.

The Change:  Since June 15th we had been allowing fully vaccinated patients to go maskless while they were in their room by themselves for their acupuncture nap. This was based on the information that they were much less likely to become infected with or transmit SARS-CoV-2. But there’s new information that it’s becoming more common for vaccinated people to become infected and transmit SARS-CoV-2. Right now there is just too much unknown about how the virus and its variants are spreading even among vaccinated people.  So it’s time to adapt and ask everyone to keep their masks on to keep us, our patients, and our small business safe so we can continue to help lots of people.

As a healthcare facility we’ve been following the CDC guidelines and asking everyone to wear masks in all the public places of our office, so this won’t be a very big change. And it’s important to me that we adapt right now and be extra safe until we know more.

Thrive is Not the Grocery Store:  It is unique in that patients get to rest in a room alone for half an hour. When the CDC was saying that fully vaccinated people were less likely to have infection or transmit SARS-CoV-2 we were allowing fully vaccinated patients that showed proof of vaccination to be maskless when they were resting by themselves.  We were excited to move in the direction of less masks.  But viruses change, information changes, and we will keep adapting.

One thing some people don’t realize is that patients come to Thrive who are immunocompromised or at higher risk for severe disease from COVID-19. Those patients can choose to not go to the grocery store or out to eat, but I would like for them to be able to come here since acupuncture is so helpful for them. And I want for them to feel safe and for us to know we did everything we could to support their health.

Guidelines:  On August 3 Sonoma County guidelines aligned with the CDC regarding masks. According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people who become infected with the Delta variant can transmit the virus to others. In order to reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and spreading it to others, fully vaccinated people should wear a mask indoors in areas of substantial or high transmission. Currently Sonoma County falls into this category and is requiring all individuals to wear face coverings when indoors in public settings.

Any Concerns?  As always we’ll keep monitoring the situation and new information and adapt as appropriate. If you have any questions or concerns let us know right away by emailing or calling us so we can discuss them with you. As always, we welcome your feedback and have lots of solutions and options. One thing we’ve learned at a deeper level from the pandemic is that we’re all in this together!


Please Cancel Your Appointment If You Feel Sick or Have Been Exposed to Covid-19If you have any suspicion that you have a cold or virus that could be Covid-19 or have been exposed to Covid-19, we ask that you err on the side of caution and cancel your appointment with us.  In case you’ve lost track, Covid-19 can start with new symptoms of sore throat, cough, congestion or runny nose, shortness of breath, fever, chills, headache, muscle or body aches, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting.

We know that it’s not always as clear as black or white, so please call or email as soon as you realize you might be sick or wonder if you should cancel, and we’ll help you get clear.  We will do our best to call you back so we can talk with you because we know it can feel unsettling and we can get and share more information in a phone conversation.

Thanks to all our patients who have been being extra cautious and cancelling their appointments with us if they start to feel sick or have been exposed to Covid-19.  This is how we’ve been able to stay healthy and keep our small business open so we can help lots of people safely.  It feels like you’ve partnered with us and we appreciate that more than we can express in this newsletter.


Now What? What To Do If You’re Sick or Exposed?Don’t feel bad if you are confused about what to do, just give us a call.  As a physical medicine practice that works with patients in person we stay up to date on guidelines, information about the virus, what is going on in our community, and what herbs, supplements, and other treatments are helping patients in order to make our office policies and support patients who get sick.  We talk about this topic a lot, with each other and with patients. This is what we do.  And we are happy to help. 

We’ve been fielding these questions the whole pandemic and lately people are more confused than ever.  The virus has changed, information about what protection vaccination provides has changed, guidelines have changed, and our office policies have changed.  No wonder people are confused!  Things can change quickly, but here is a summary of the current recommendations if you are sick or exposed to Covid-19. 

Herbs and Supplements: To start give us a call or email to cancel your appointment, if you have one, and check in with us to make sure you have herbs and supplements.  There are great herbs and supplements to support your immune system for prevention after an exposure or for reducing symptoms and stopping viruses in their tracks if you are sick.  Lots of patients have some at home just in case.  So many have told us over the past year how helpful the herbs have been for preventing or stopping colds, flus, and viruses.  With the start of back to school lots of people have been stocking up.  Ask me about herbs at your next appointment and we’ll find the best options for you and your family to have on hand just in case.  If you don’t have stock at home and you’ve been exposed or start feeling sick, we can arrange to set them outside for pickup.

Don’t Panic:  If you are more than mildly sick or know you have Covid-19, don’t panic, remember that most people recover at home from Covid-19.  You should get in touch with your trusted medical professionals for their support and so that you know what to do if things take a turn for the worse.  This can ease your mind so you can rest and recover better.

Remember to spend some time picturing your health.  What does it look like and feel like to be healthy?  What will you be doing and who will you be with as you enjoy your strong energetic body?  No matter how much you try to avoid it, there’s a lot of information coming at us about people struggling with being sick.  What we think about influences our physiology so we need to give some airtime to thoughts about our resiliency and our strong and effective immune systems.

Next Steps:  This is the part where people get really confused lately.  We’re happy to discuss this with you if it comes up and here’s an overview in the meantime:

Exposed: If you have had close contact with someone who has Covid-19 (including the 2 days before they had symptoms) you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure.  The virus takes some time to take hold and replicate enough so that a test will be able to pick up the infection.

The guidelines say that if you are not vaccinated you should quarantine for 10 days; if your test is negative you can reduce your quarantine to 7 days.

If you are vaccinated and not showing symptoms the guidelines say you can wear a mask when you are indoors in public until you get a negative test result.  It’s also good common sense that you should limit your exposure to anyone who is immunocompromised or at higher risk for severe disease from COVID-19 even if you are vaccinated, and some people choose to quarantine until they get a negative test.

Feeling Sick: If you start to feel sick with new symptoms of sore throat, cough, congestion or runny nose, shortness of breath, fever, chills, headache, muscle or body aches, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting you should start quarantine right away and test for Covid-19 as soon as possible.

If you are positive for Covid-19 you should quarantine for 10 days since the start of symptoms or, if you don’t have symptoms, the day the sample was taken.  You can stop quarantine after 10 days as long as your symptoms are improving and you have not had a fever for 24 hours without the use fever reducing medications.

Testing: You can get a rapid test that gives you results in about 15 minutes.  They have them at testing centers and you can also buy an at home rapid test from all the usual pharmacy stores or online.  A lot of people are buying at home rapid tests to have on hand if they start to feel sick.  The good thing about the rapid tests is that the results are fast.  The downside is that they are not the most accurate and can have false negatives.  False positive results are not that common from the rapid tests, especially if you have symptoms, so if you get a positive test you can assume you are positive and start quarantine.

You may want to follow up with a PCR test because they are more accurate.  They have them at testing centers and you can order some online that will be delivered by F0edex for you to take the sample yourself, and then you send it back by Fedex to the lab.  The good thing about the PCR test is that it is more accurate.  The downside is that it takes longer to get results so you are in limbo for a little bit of time.

Still Confused? If you are as confused as you were before you started reading this, here is a helpful decision tree that outlines what to do if you are exposed: https://www.instagram.com/p/CSKWaiwrgNK/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link


Upcoming Events

I’ve noticed that more people have been struggling with stress, anxiety, and low moods lately.  If you want to explore being more peaceful no matter what is going on around us come join us this and every Tuesday afternoon for a zoom conversation where we take a breather from all the noise and make room to grow more peaceful, even now!
Weekly Virtual Zoom Conversation
Tuesdays 4pm – 5pm PST every week
Hosts: Julie Gleeson, Founder of The Art of Living Inc, and
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc from Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness Corp.
 Click this link to our event page for more info and the link to register.
We’re so confident in how helpful this conversation is that the first month is FREE, so you can come check it out without any pressure.  Click this link to our event page for all the information about the community and the link to register.

What We’re Treating in the Clinic–DigestionLately I’ve been seeing an increase in patients with digestive imbalances.  Sometimes it’s stress, other times patients aren’t sure what is causing it but they are fed up with IBS, diarrhea, constipation, cramps, gas, bloating, heartburn, or nausea. The good news is that digestion responds particularily well to acupuncture and I practice a style of acupuncture that is really quick at balancing the digestive system.  Most patients report an instant improvement in their comfort as soon as the points go in and that things have already started to turn a corner after their first treatment.  Of course there are also dietary changes, herbs, and supplements to support sustained improvements in your digestion.

One thing I hear a lot that makes me want to get on my soapbox (which doesn’t happen very often) is that a Western Medicine doctor has told a patient that their digestive imbalance can’t be helped by diet or that it will be a lifelong illness.  Did you know that Western Medicine doctors aren’t required to study nutrition–even gastrointestinal doctors!?  Why are they giving nutrition advice?  I don’t know.  And I see improvements in patients’ digestive systems all the time.  It’s one of the things that I see on a new patient’s list of complaints and I think “I can help them!”  So why are doctors telling patients their digestive problem will be with them for life?  I don’t know that either.  It makes me want to yell from my rooftop “If you are having digestive issues, seek help from a healthcare professional who is trained or licensed in nutrition, like an acupuncturist.”  Acupuncturists are licensed to give dietary advice, herbs, and supplements in addition to acupuncture.  It’s part of the thousands of hours of study and clinical practice for our degrees and is in our 8 hour board exam.   OK I’ll get off my soapbox / rooftop now.

Established patients can make an appointment at our new online booking site. You’re also always welcome to call or email us to make an appointment.

New patients need to call or email us to set up their first appointment because there is just too much information we need to share with you.


Here’s to resilient bodies and vibrant immune systems!
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc

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Mask Update + Feeling Good Mind Experiment

Hello again from the space of this newsletter!

It’s been a while.  Normally I have a loose schedule for the newsletters, but back in March I threw the loose schedule out the window.  With so much extra on our plates in the last year or so (pandemic, new online booking/charting/payment system, surprise changes from the medical insurance world) I gave myself permission to truly just wait until I was called to write a newsletter.

So here I am, 3 months later, called to write to you about 2 things:

  1. Masks In Our Office
  2. A Mind Experiment for the post-pandemic renaissance

I have a few other updates and reminders as well, so scroll on…..


Masks at Thrive Acupuncture

Starting June 15 California guidelines will align with CDC guidelines regarding masks.  According to the CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated people are less likely to have infection or transmit SARS-CoV-2 and can resume most activities without wearing a mask or physical distancing except where required (like at your workplace, local businesses, healthcare settings, and public transportation).

Since we are a medical office, we’re asking that all our patients continue to wear masks to their appointments and keep them on in shared spaces in our office and while Christina is in the room with them doing the intake and placing the needles.  

As of June 15, fully vaccinated patients, after showing proof of vaccination, can be maskless for the part of the treatment where they are resting by themselves in the treatment room.  

Christina and Jules will continue to wear masks at the office when patients are here.

We will continue to use a HEPA air filters in each room, let each room air out in between patients, and sanitize sanitize sanitize!

And we’ll keep monitoring things and adapting as appropriate.

How will this work if you want to be maskless for part of your treatment? 

Proof of Vaccination: Please email a photo of the front of your vaccination card to thrive@thrive-acupuncture.com and we’ll add it to your medical record.

Getting the mask off and on: Wear your mask to your appointment and after Christina has placed the needles she will slip your mask off and place it on your chest.  Yes she can get it off even after placing needles in the ears.  At the end of your treatment, she’ll start by taking out the points that free you up to put your mask on, so you can do that while she is down at your legs and feet.

Any concerns?If you have any questions or concerns let us know right away by calling or emailing so we can discuss them with you.  As always, we welcome your feedback and have lots of solutions and options.  One thing we’ve learned at a deeper level from the pandemic is that we’re all in this together!


Mind Experiment – Follow A Good Feeling

As we emerge from the disruption of the pandemic and transition back to some of our “regular” activities, I want to encourage you to take your time and be mindful about what you put back into your life and how you put it back in.

A variety of experts, from astrologists to economists, are predicting a post-pandemic renaissance.  They predict a revival of art, music, celebration, community, travel and accelerated innovation in all areas of life.  What better time to ask yourself what you want to create in the world as part of our new normal?

I want to give you permission to follow a good feeling as you navigate piecing together your post-pandemic life.  So much of popular culture messaging tells us that it requires effort and struggle in order to create more of what you want.  But what if it was simpler than that?  What if you could trust that when you are in a good feeling, you actually have more clarity, wisdom, creativity, and insight that will help you create the life you want?

Mind experiment:  Pick a time that you commit to following a good feeling to make your decisions. 

  • If this is new to you, maybe pick an hour on the weekend. 
  • If you want to test it out for longer, pick a full day to see what it would be like to follow a good feeling to make your decisions. 
  • And if you’re really up for an experiment, try it out for a few days or a week.  

When I say “following a good feeling,” what I mean is that when you have a decision to make, lean into anything that feels like peace of mind, aliveness, happiness, curiosity, motivation, relaxation, clarity, connection, love, spirit, and all the good feelings that come from that space.  

I do this a lot on the weekend, and it doesn’t mean I don’t get anything done.  Instead it means I get more done while enjoying doing it.  Last weekend I had a long list of things I wanted to do, so I chose from that list by leaning into what I felt like doing in the moment.  I rode my mountain bike, took a country drive to 2 different garden centers, gardened, had a date night with my husband in our backyard after he tidied up our bocce ball court, washed my car, did laundry, caught up with family on the phone, had a pool hangout with a friend, read a book, watched some basketball.  I did have a moment pre-car wash when I was starting to come up with excuses not to wash it, but that actually didn’t feel good.  When I tuned back into what felt good I remembered I wanted a clean car, plus I had the time and energy to make that happen in the moment, so I got on with washing the car and it felt good.  

I aim to do this in my business as well.  After all, I didn’t start a business in the service of wellbeing so I could suffer.  It’s effortless for me to stay in a good feeling while working with patients—my personal worries don’t have any place in the space of service.  And it’s pretty easy for me to follow a good feeling, or at least avoid the constricted bad feelings, when making big business decisions.  However, it takes a bit more discipline to keep experimenting with spending more time in a good feeling while doing everyday admin work. 

Are you willing to take on this experiment?  Can you take on the intention of staying in touch with a good feeling, without having “how to” instructions and techniques?  Are you willing to let go of control and effort in one area of your life to follow a good feeling?  It’s not possible to stay in a good feeling 100% of the time—at least I’ve never met a human that’s built that way—but you can experiment with pointing yourself in the direction of a good feeling AND recalibrating when you notice you are headed in the wrong direction.  Are you interested in that?  

You will probably be surprised that everything doesn’t fall apart when you give up suffering and efforting.  And you may be amazed at how much you accomplish while having a good feeling!

As we enter this post-pandemic renaissance, I’m interested in taking on the experiment of rising up from a place of connection and love.  I can’t wait to hear how your experiment goes and see what “new normal” we create!

 


Upcoming Events

If you want to explore following a good feeling–what that means, how to do it, and what the benefits are–come join us this and every Tuesday afternoon for a zoom conversation where we take a breather from all the noise and make room to grow more peaceful, even now!
Weekly Virtual Zoom Conversation
Tuesdays 4pm – 5pm PST every week
Hosts: Julie Gleeson, Founder of The Art of Living Inc, and
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc from Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness Corp.
 Click this link to our event page for more info and the link to register.
We’re so confident in how helpful this conversation is that the first month is FREE, so you can come check it out without any pressure.  Click this link to our event page for all the information about the community and the link to register.

What We’re Treating in the Clinic–Insomnia and AnxietyLately I’ve been seeing an increase in patients with insomnia and anxiety.  That’s common at the start of the summer season which is June 20 this year.  I think it’s flared up a little early as we get ready for the transition–it has been summertime hot for a while–and from constant adjustments to the pandemic.

Although most people weren’t a fan of the social isolation over the past year, sometimes there was a simplicity in it.  And now as we adjust our habits of thinking about being around people, our thinking can get a little wound up, and we experience social anxiety.

The good news is that I practice a style of gentle acupuncture that is effective at reducing anxiety as soon as the treatment starts.  And most patients report they sleep better after acupuncture even when I’m not focusing on that, so you can imagine how helpful it could be for sleep if that was our focus.  

Established patients can make an appointment at our new online booking site. You’re also always welcome to call or email us to make an appointment.

New patients need to call or email us to set up their first appointment because there is just too much information we need to share with you.


Happy Good Feeling Mind Experimenting!
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc

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A Guide to PREVENTING and TREATING Viruses at Home

 

I created this as a handout for my patients.  If you want a copy to have in your medicine cabinet, contact us for the pdf.  Be well – Christina 

What to have on hand to start taking at the first signs of a virus:

 

Antiviral Chinese Herbs

  • The cornerstone of both virus prevention & treatment. There are several options: pills / powders, different strengths, and price points. Schedule a phone or telehealth appointment with Christina to get the ones right for you.

Xlear Nasal Spray

  • Prevention: 2 sprays each nostril, wait then blow nose, 2 times a day
  • Possible exposure: several times a day.
  • Sick: 5 times a day

Vitamin C

  • Prevention: 500-1,000 mg/day depending on how much you get in your diet
  • Possible exposure: 1,000-1,500 mg/day
  • Sick: increase to bowel tolerance such as 1,000 mg several X/ day

Vitamin D

Prevention: get regular sun exposure and supplement to get blood level to 25-50 ng/ml. Preferably supplement with Cod Liver Oil because it has Vitamin A which is synergistic.

Here’s an idea of the range of supplementation based on blood levels:

< 15 ng/mL = 4,000 IU/day

15–20 ng/mL = 3,000 IU/day

20–25 ng/mL = 2,000 IU/day

25–30 ng/mL = 1,500 IU/day

30–35 ng/mL = 5000 IU/day

  • Possible exposure: use same dosage twice a day.
  • Sick: take a Vitamin D supplement in addition to Cod Liver Oil:
    • Take a very high dose such as 10,000 iu/day for a week.
    • Or take a super dose of 50,000 iu/day, then 20,000 iu/day for the next few days,then 10,000 iu/day until feeling better

Zinc

  • Prevention: 10-30 mg/day depending on how much you get from your diet
  • Sick: zinc lozenges that you suck on for 20-30 min, every 4 hours to keep it in your throat

Vitamin A

  • Prevention: if you are taking fish oil the amount that is in there is fine
  • Sick: 30,000 iu/day = 7.5 mg/day

Probiotics

  • Can get them from fermented foods such as raw sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, and kombucha. Can also supplement with a high quality pill.

Anything to reduce phlegm if you are sick or have been exposed: According to Chinese Medicine, Covid-19 always has a phlegm component even if you don’t feel it yet.

  • N-Acetyl Cysteine: 500 mg 2X/day
  • Fresh Lemon and Ginger Tea or Traditional Medicinals Breathe Easy Tea
  • Less dairy, alcohol, sugar, fried greasy foods
  • Cupping to support the lungs: In most cultures cupping is a home remedy. Christina can advise you on buying an at-home cupping set and show you how to use it to support the lungs.

Quercetin if your body is having an intense reaction or lots of inflammation:

  • Sick: 500-1000 mg/day

If you think you missed the golden window and the virus starts to take hold, get in touch so we can get you a customized herbal prescription that will be stronger and tailored to your body and your symptoms.  Telehealth appointments are available with Christina.

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