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Allergy, Cold and Flu Relief

Easy Allergy, Cold, and Flu DefenseThis sunny but still cold weather means that allergies are here early WHILE colds and flus are still happening.  How can we support our respiratory systems to be a good first line of defense without overreacting?
 
I'm so glad you asked!  Because I love helping people prevent and treat their allergies, colds, and flus.  I first got into acupuncture because of my allergies, chronic colds and sinus infections.  So I understand the suffering.  And I know the other side—freedom from worrying about managing my sinuses.  Freedom from headaches, brain fog, post nasal drip, coughing, clogged ears, and fatigue!  Plus freedom to go out in nature and enjoy the sun!
 
Today I’m going to share with you my favorite "easy self-care" recommendation that gives immediate relief from allergies, colds, and flus!  I must say that if you want to treat the root cause of your respiratory issues required to experience the kind of freedom I described above, it’s best to get a personalized acupuncture and self-care treatment plan.  But I won’t let that stop me from sharing this tip with you now so you can get started right away.  And don’t let that stop you from sharing it with your loved ones!

Body Experiment:  If you want to support your respiratory system, pick up some Xlear Nasal Spray the next time you are in the office.  It washes and soothes nasal membranes, prevents contact with allergens and viruses, and keeps nasal membranes healthy so they are a better first line of defense.  It has grapefruit seed extract, which is a natural antimicrobial and antiviral, plus xylitol which is beneficial to the respiratory system and acts as a surfactant to help loosen particles from the nasal membranes.  (P.S. they sell it at Oliver’s, Whole Foods and places like that too.)
 
     Here’s how I use Xlear:
2 sprays in each nostril, 2-5 times per day.
Wait a bit, then blow your nose to clean it out.

  • Prevention: Xlear morning and night.
  • ExposedXlear after exposure to allergic irritants or colds/flu.
  • Allergies, Colds, or Flu Symptoms: Xlear throughout the day when allergies are bothersome or cold/flu symptoms have started.

I discovered Xlear after I already had a handle on my sinuses, and I was feeling pretty healthy.  Even then, my respiratory health improved using Xlear regularly. 
 
I’ve recommend
Xlear to friends and patients (often before they get in for their first acupuncture treatment).  My patients recommend it to friends and loved ones.  So many people tell me that their allergies, colds, or flus were squashed because of it, even without acupuncture or other self-care.  It’s that effective! 
 
That’s why I’m so excited to recommend this experiment to everyone looking for a quick treatment for their sinuses.  Try out my favorite respiratory system hack and let me know how the experiment goes.
 
If you want to talk more in depth about your allergies or respiratory system ask me at your next appointment and I’ll be happy to discuss
custom formulas, diet (that’s a biggie for allergies, sinuses, and the immune system), steaming, and more.  No one body is identical to another, and I don’t think people’s treatments should be either.  That’s what makes Chinese Medicine so effective – it's the diagnostic methods that help me create truly customized treatment plans.
 


Upcoming EventsI've always been fascinated by sound healing, and now we have an expert Sound Healer in house–Jules Sears of Primal Peace Sound Healing–for our inaugural sound healing workshop. 
 

 

 

Tuesday, February 25

from 6-7:30pm

at Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness

 

In this fun and interactive workshop, you’ll learn how specially designed tuning forks can stimulate, balance, and promote wellness and deep inner harmony. Each participant will receive a mini tuning fork tune up as Jules applies the forks on potent points!

The sound waves of the forks vibrate and travel deeply into the body. Their rich resonance and vibration connects with and supports the body’s natural frequencies, stimulates and balances the physical and subtle energy field, and promotes wellness and deep inner harmony.

Seats are limited, so click the link for more details and to register to save your seat!  I hope to see you there.
 


What We’re Treating in the ClinicEveryone knows that spring is allergy season, but did you know it’s also migraine season? For some people, especially when they don’t rest enough during the California winter, their bodies get over-excited to jump into spring that the energy gets stuck in the head which causes headaches and migraines.  With our early spring-like weather, I've been treating more headaches recently.
 
The good news is that with the style of acupuncture I do, when you have a headache, most patients report relief as soon the treatment starts – even while they are lying on the table.  Acupuncture works best as preventative medicine, so remember you don’t have to wait for a headache to make an appointment.  I love helping people prevent and treat headaches and migraines so they can get back to doing their thing.

Existing patients can book online here Make sure you get a confirmation email and click "CONFIRM" in that email.  You are also welcome to call or email us if you prefer to schedule that way, or you’re not finding any appointments that work for you online.

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.
 


Tuesdays in 2020We’ve been seeing patients on some Tuesdays for a couple months now.  Normally Tuesday is our admin day, but once a month we’ve opened up a half day on Tuesday for patients and occasionally we open up a full day.  We're doing this when Christina takes Friday off to meet with her monthly resiliency women’s group or if she is out of the office on another day. 

Our online scheduler is up to date with available appointments, and Jules can give you a heads up if you’d like acupuncture on a Tuesday.
 


New Year, New Insurance?Have there been any changes to your insurance?  Make sure to let us know before your next appointment so we can re-verify your benefits.  It’s a busy time of year for verifications, so it’s taking our billing department 48 hours verify benefits.  And acupuncture is like the black sheep of insurance.  The billing department has to call and talk to someone and ask all sorts of acupuncture specific questions.  But we’d rather do that now than get surprised when your claims come back.  Everyone hates insurance surprises!
 
If you have Blue Shield in 2020:  Click this link and check out this information.  There are some big changes for some plans and we're trying to help all our patients get informed.  Let us know if you have questions about your ability to use your insurance in our office.

If you want to lodge a complaint that ASH is managing your acupuncture benefits for your Blue Shield Covered CA plan:  A representative of ASH told a colleague that not enough providers want to work with ASH. It's possible that Blue Shield might change and opt out of ASH for 2021 and hopefully sooner!  If Blue Shield members like you contact Blue Shield and complain, it can help!
 

Call 888-256-3650: Ask to log a formal complaint about your health insurance. Get a reference # at end of call.
or
Online: login to your account, scroll to bottom, "send message about" > choose benefits inquiry.

 
Sample Script:
"I want to voice my complaint please. I do not want American Specialty Health (ASH) to manage ANY portion of my Blue Shield Health Insurance, especially not acupuncture. I've chosen Blue Shield as my health insurance company and agreed to pay its premium for Blue Shield's high quality of care and reputation. 
 
I do NOT want any portion of my health insurance plan to be subject to the poor reputation and horrible care that ASH offers. If ASH is managing part of my Blue Shield plan, I am getting HMO benefits for PPO prices. 
 
Please remove ASH from managing any portion of my Blue Shield plan in 2020."
 


Happy Respiratory Soothing Explorations!
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc

 

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COVID-19: Prevention is the Best Medicine!

 

Temporary Change To Our Illness Policy

Usually we welcome sick people into our office so I can help patients reduce their symptoms and get over their respiratory illnesses faster. However in an effort to help keep our community safe from the rapid spread of coronavirus COVID-19, I’m asking you to stay home if you may be sick with a respiratory illness or have been exposed to respiratory illness. If that means you need to cancel your appointment, we’ll waive the late cancel fee.

Because there are so many unknowns and the situation could change quickly, this means using your common sense about the best public health practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19.  Please stay home if you may be sick with a respiratory illness and cancel your appointment if any of the following are applicable to you or anyone in your household:

  • Fever (oral temperature 100.4° or higher) or symptoms of fever (such as chills or body aches) within the past 24 hours. Please do not consider yourself fever-free until your temperature has been normal for at least 24 hours without the use of Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen).
  • Shortness of breath and/or cough that is not known to be caused by another condition (for example congestive heart failure or allergies).
  • Travel within the past 14 days to areas that have people known to be infected with Covid-19 such as China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and S Korea
  • Close contact with a person known/suspected to be infected with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
  • Healthcare workers who have been in contact with patients known/suspected to be infected with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.

I know many of you have come to depend on acupuncture and cupping to treat your viral and bacterial infections, so it’s difficult to ask you to stay away at this time, but your extra caution could help the community in our office and at large.  Prevention really is the best medicine right now with so many unknowns.

What We’re Doing To Keep The Office Safe

We are committed to keeping things clean and safe at the clinic.  I’m certified in clean needle technique and we have procedures to prevent the spread of pathogens.  That’s why we normally welcome sick people into the office and my staff and I never feel like we are getting sick from work or that patients are getting sick from our office.  We’ve increased our cleaning, disinfecting, and safety procedures.  We will continue to stay up on the latest information and update our procedures to keep us all as safe as possible.

What You Can Do To Take Care Of Yourself

The most important things you can do to support your immune system are really basic:

  1. Don’t panic.  Stress is bad for your immune system.  It’s normal to have worried thoughts. Just don’t entertain them for too long.  Make some time to do something enjoyable each day and connect with loved ones.
  2. Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face unless you just washed your hands.
  3. Get enough sleep.  Turn off the screens and start winding down a little earlier.
  4. Drink lots of water to support healthy mucous membranes as a first line of defense.  Hot water and tea have been shown to inhibit viruses in our throat.
  5. Eat more nutrient dense whole foods, soups, and bone broth.
  6. Eat less inflammatory foods: sugar, industrial seed oils, processed foods, alcohol, and foods you are sensitive to (wheat, dairy, eggs, nightshades etc.)
  7. Support lung health by doing some even breathing, preferably outdoors in fresh air, to move circulation and clear out toxins.  Breath in through your nose for a count of 5, hold for 1, then out through your mouth for a count of 5, hold for 1.  Make the counts even and not too long that you struggle.

If you want to add to your immune boosting routine, I recommend you choose some of the following:

  • Acupuncture is the number one way I support my immune system and I’ve been adding immune boosting points in everyone’s treatments.  You can even book an appointment focused on boosting your immune system or reducing your stress–see above about how important it is to reduce your stress.  Get in touch or book online here.
  • Immune boosting and antiviral herbs!  We have lots of herbs to boost your immune system and kill viruses.  We’re stocked up on simple pills and we have powders to mix into your custom formulas.  Just let us know you are interested and we’ll figure out the easiest way to get you some.
  • Probiotics are an important part of your immune system.  They are available in fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, raw sauerkraut, specifically labeled pickles, miso, kombucha (careful because it can contain lots of sugar and some caffeine).  I recommend supplementing with a concentrated pill or powder.  We carry a high quality, shelf stable probiotic in the office only available from medical providers.  Let us know if you want to try it or replenish your stock.
  • Elderberry syrup is one of my go to recommendations for antiviral support that you can get at Oliver’s or Whole foods.
  • Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc are also good supplements to boost your immune system.

While they say the risk for COVID-19 is currently low in our area, I want to use an abundance of caution to protect our immune compromised patients, help slow a potentially rapid spread of COVID-19 that could overwhelm the healthcare system, and continue to serve our community without interruption.

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Tuning Fork Acupuncture

Date Change For Our Inaugural Sound Healing WorkshopA quick note to let you know we changed the date for our sound healing workshop to Tuesday February 25th. We were so excited to plan the inaugural workshop at our clinic that we had it on 2 different calendars on 2 different days so – long story short, the workshop now is on the 25th. Thanks for understanding that we are human!  We hope this extra time will help you make room for the workshop in your calendar. 

Come join us for our inaugural Sound Healing workshop at Thrive.  Space is limited, so click this link for further details and to register and save your seat for:
 

Tuesday, February 25th from 6pm-7:30pm
at Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness

In this fun and interactive workshop, you’ll learn how specially designed tuning forks can stimulate, balance, and promote wellness and deep inner harmony. Each participant will receive a mini Tuning Fork Tune Up as Jules applies the forks on potent points!

The sound waves of the forks vibrate and travel deeply into the body. Their rich resonance and vibration connects with and supports the body’s natural frequencies, stimulates and balances the physical and subtle energy field, and promotes wellness and deep inner harmony.

More information on Jules and Sound Healing is on her website: Primal Peace Sound Healing

We hope you can join us!
Christina & Jules

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Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year!

How is 2020 going for you? Have you been moving so fast that you haven’t made space for rest and reflection? Or 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, January 25 through February 8 is the Chinese Spring Festival which celebrates the closing and beginning of the lunar years. Because it starts on the second new moon after Winter Solstice, it begins on a different date every year between January 21 and February 20.

Year of the Metal RatThe Chinese zodiac has 12 years in its cycle, each one represented by an animal, which interacts with the cycle of the 5 elements. 2020 is the Year of the Metal Rat.  The Rat is the start of a new cycle and it’s the start of a new decade, so it’s an auspicious time for new beginnings and possibilities.

Astrologers say that people born in the Year of the Rat are hardworking, clever, and on purpose. While Rats are known for bold action, they listen to their inner guidance systems to navigate change. Rats have the energy, vision, and will power to get a lot done, but they don’t venture out until they have done their internal housekeeping first, ensuring a secure, well-stocked home base and a strong support network.

In Chinese astrology, the Metal Rat is known as a champion for social justice and restructuring, so it is reassuring that the Rat is also known for grounded practicality and inspired action.  The Rat’s ability to sniff out what is useful and valuable but also what to leave behind will help us make room for favorable changes. 

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 Rats. Take a moment to connect with your keen senses and inner guidance.  Ask yourself:

  • What are my highest values and most cherished relationships that I want to nourish? 
  • How can I move forward quickly while being fluid, thinking on my feet, and listening for guidance?  
  • How can I use my natural survival instincts and thrive regardless of circumstances? 
  • Who is my support network?

    If your intentions and resolutions include improving your health and well-being in 2020, I can help you with that.  Get in touch and we can arrange an acupuncture appointment for a tune-up to boost immunity, pain relief, or stress reduction.  If you’re interesting in trying something new to help you tune into your natural vibrations, come join us at our inaugural sound healing workshop with Jules–details just below!


Upcoming Events:If you’ve been in the office in the last 3 months you’ve met our new office manager Jules Sears.  While it’s obvious that she’s great at all things acupuncture office related (she’s been managing acupuncture offices for over 10 years) you might not know that she’s an amazing sound healer.

Come join us for her inaugural sound healing workshop at Thrive.  Space is limited, so click this link to register and save your seat for:

Intro to Acu Tuning Forks with Jules Sears
Tuesday, February 18th from 6-7
at Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness

In this fun and interactive workshop, you’ll experience a mini Tuning Fork Tune Up and learn how specially designed tuning forks can stimulate, balance, and promote wellness and deep inner harmony.


New Year, New Insurance?Have there been any changes to your insurance?  Make sure to let us know before your next appointment so we can re-verify your benefits.  It’s a busy time of year for verifications, so it’s taking our billing department 48 hours verify benefits.  And acupuncture is like the black sheep of insurance.  The billing department has to call and talk to someone and ask all sorts of acupuncture specific questions.  But we’d rather do that now than get surprised when your claims come back.  Everyone hates insurance surprises!

If you have Blue Shield in 2020:  Click this link and check out this information.  There are some big changes for some plans and we’re trying to help all our patients get informed.  Let us know if you have questions about your ability to use your insurance in our office.

If you want to lodge a complaint that ASH is managing your acupuncture benefits for your Blue Shield Covered CA plan:  A representative of ASH told a colleague that not enough providers want to work with ASH. It’s possible that Blue Shield might change and opt out of ASH for 2021 and hopefully sooner!  If Blue Shield members like you contact Blue Shield and complain, it can help!

Call 888-256-3650: Ask to log a formal complaint about your health insurance. Get a reference # at end of call.
or
Online: login to your account, scroll to bottom, “send message about” > choose benefits inquiry.

Sample Script:
“I want to voice my complaint please. I do not want American Specialty Health (ASH) to manage ANY portion of my Blue Shield Health Insurance, especially not acupuncture. I’ve chosen Blue Shield as my health insurance company and agreed to pay its premium for Blue Shield’s high quality of care and reputation.

I do NOT want any portion of my health insurance plan to be subject to the poor reputation and horrible care that ASH offers. If ASH is managing part of my Blue Shield plan, I am getting HMO benefits for PPO prices.

Please remove ASH from managing any portion of my Blue Shield plan in 2020.”

What We’re Treating in the ClinicSometimes things come in obviously seasonal waves, but right now I’m not quite sure why so many people are seeking treatment for their digestion.  The good news is that digestion responds very quickly to acupuncture.  I think that’s because acupuncture is communicating through your circulation and there is so much blood flow to and from the digestive system.  The other good news is that I have lots of herbal and dietary recommendations to help you get your digestive system back in balance.  So whether it’s constipation, loose stools, bloating, cramping, nausea, food sensitivities, lack of hunger, excess hunger, heart burn–you name it, I got you.

Existing patients can book online here.  Make sure you get a confirmation email and click “CONFIRM” in that email.  You are also welcome to call or email us if you prefer to schedule that way, or you’re not finding any appointments that work for you online.

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.


One Last RecommendationI want to let you all know about a workshop in Santa Rosa that I’m really excited about.  The workshop is based on the same understanding that I share in my Wisdom Workshops and is the basis for my deep understanding of our innate wellbeing that I talk with all my patients about at their acupuncture appointments–The Three Principles as discovered by Sydney Banks.  You can find out more info and register here:

http://cominghometolove.eventbrite.com/
Feb 15-17th, 2020
at Sonoma Academy

Please reach out if you have any questions or let me know if I’ll see you there.  I’m not involved in putting on the workshop, I just wanted to share this opportunity with you since people normally travel very far to see to see these speakers.

One of the workshop leaders, Dicken Bettinger, is one of my go-to teachers of this material.  He, along with the other workshop leader, Natasha Swerdloff, wrote Coming Home: Uncovering the Foundations of Psychological Well-being which we have in our lending library.  He’s known to embody and convey wisdom, love, and humorous stories that light people up and help them effortlessly experience a beautiful feeling.


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

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New Year Reflections

Happy 2020!I’m not a New Year’s resolution kind of person.  Every moment is an opportunity for fresh thinking and insights.  And that’s where real change comes from, not from the turning of a calendar.
 
But I do enjoy the kind of reflection that happens naturally around the end and start of the year.  I think part of it is that winter season here in the Northern Hemisphere encourages a bit more hibernation.  And there are lots of things that reset in the new year, which invites us to make conscious choices about how we want to do it this time around.

Want to add more depth to your reflections?  Try this experiment.  I do this every year around this time.
 
Mind Experiment:  Reverse engineer your goals, resolutions, dreams, aspirations, or whatever you want to call them.  Ask yourself: If I reach my goal, what kind of experience will I be having?  What will I be feeling?  Then commit to inviting more of that feeling into your life right now.

If you want to kick some booty at work so you can feel aligned with purpose, why not invite more alignment with purpose into your life right now?  Allow yourself the freedom to NOT do the things that don’t feel aligned with purpose.  Yes, really give yourself permission to not do everything.  If you can get quiet enough, I think you’ll find that you still choose to do most of the things you were planning on doing, and you’ll feel the purpose in your formerly mundane daily tasks.  The other ones can wait until you feel called to do them.

 

If you want to spend less time on your phone so you can feel more present with your family, why not invite more presence into your life right now.  Start uni-tasking (the opposite of multitasking) and enjoy the pleasure of doing something with attention.  Try listening to your family members with true curiosity to understand their perspective.

 

If you want to plan more girl’s or guy's nights so you can feel more connected with your community, why not invite more connection into your life right now.  Did you know that you don’t actually have to be in the same room to feel connected with someone?  You don’t actually have to be talking or texting with them.  It’s actually pretty effortless to rest in the love and connection we have with loved ones just by thinking about them.

 
Why wait to have the experience you want to have?  Invite those feelings into your life right now.  The bonus is that the more clear you are on what kind of experience you want to have, and the more committed you are to having that experience along your journey, the more effortless it will be to accomplish your goals.  When I say effortless, I don’t mean without doing things in the world.  I mean doing them with less mental struggle and more good feelings.

Give it a try and let me know how it feels!
 
If you want some help in this area, I’d be happy to work one on one with you on a special goals exercise to help you get clear on what kind of experience you are aiming for in 2020.  I can mentor you to help you figure out how to have more of that experience effortlessly, everyday. 

I recently did this exercise and realized that I’m pointing towards experiencing more clarity, responding to calling, and being guided.  I’m pretty excited to see how that unfolds in 2020. If you're interested in exploring this for yourself with an experienced mentor, just let us know you want to do a “1 on 1 Goals Exercise Session” with Christina and we can answer any questions.
 
If this resonates with you, make sure to check out our upcoming Resiliency 101 Workshop, where we explore state of mind, thinking, moods, and behavior I've seen that we’re better off learning about how we create our experience so we can uncover wisdom, curiosity, love, and understanding in all kinds of circumstances, rather than planning out all the goals and plan B's in hopes that we can orchestrate a good feeling.
 


Upcoming Events:
Resiliency 101
If some of your reflections have you looking in the direction of less stress and more connection with your spark, come learn the inside-out understanding that allows people to thrive in work, relationships, health, and life, regardless of circumstances.
 
Our first, and only state of mind workshop scheduled so far in 2020 is coming up fast and space is limited, so click this link to register and save your seat for:

Resiliency 101–The Art and Science of Thriving
Tuesday, January 28th from 6-7
at Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness

 
In this uplifting workshop you’ll learn how your mind works, so you can enjoy more peace of mind and:

  • Supercharge your performance
  • Improve your relationships
  • Enter the healing zone

Note: I’m taking a break from the Resiliency 101 Workshop in February and March, and I’m not quite sure what format the material is going to come back in, so if you’re interested, come join us in January for this well loved workshop.
 


Intro to Acu Tuning Forks with Jules Sears
If you’ve been in the office in the last 3 months you’ve met our new office manager Jules Sears.  While it’s obvious that she’s great at all things acupuncture office related (she’s been managing acupuncture offices for over 10 years) you might not know that she’s an amazing sound healer. 

Come join us for her inaugural sound healing workshop at Thrive.  Space is limited, so click this link to register and save your seat for:

Intro to Acu Tuning Forks with Jules Sears
Tuesday, February 18th from 6-7
at Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness

 
In this fun and interactive workshop, you’ll experience a mini Tuning Fork Tune Up and learn how specially designed tuning forks can stimulate, balance, and promote wellness and deep inner harmony.
 


New Year, New Insurance?Have there been any changes to your insurance?  Make sure to let us know before your next appointment so we can re-verify your benefits.  It’s a busy time of year for verifications, so it’s taking our billing department 48 hours verify benefits.  And acupuncture is like the black sheep of insurance.  The billing department has to call and talk to someone and ask all sorts of acupuncture specific questions.  But we’d rather do that now than get surprised when your claims come back.  Everyone hates insurance surprises!
 
If you have Blue Shield in 2020:  Click this link and check out this information.  There are some big changes for some plans and we're trying to help all our patients get informed.  Let us know if you have questions about your ability to use your insurance in our office.
 


What We’re Treating in the ClinicCold, flu, and virus prevention:  Back in August a patient of mine said they kept feeling like they were fighting something off, and they wanted a more targeted immune boosting strategy.  They had a family member that needed some extra care, so they didn’t have the bandwidth to get sick.  They already took Gan Mao Ling (“the pills in the yellow bottle” as we often call them) when exposed or fighting something off, but they wanted something more.  So I prescribed her a simple, easy to take daily formula, and she hasn’t had any cold, flu, or virus symptoms since she began taking it daily. 

I’m feeling the same way right now while I take on extra household and home nurse duties while my husband recovers from collarbone repair surgery.  No time to get sick, less time for self care, and lots of extra responsibilities on my plate.  So I’ve upped my immune boosting herbs. 

Now with the news of the China Virus (Wuhan Coronavirus), a lot of patients have been asking about boosting their immune system. 

Acupuncture is great at boosting the immune system and preventing colds, flus, and viruses.  And it’s empowering and effective to take some daily herbs.  Chinese Herbal Medicine has extensive immune boosting and cold, flu, and virus killing herbs, and I’m happy to help you find the ones that are best for you.

Existing patients can book online here Make sure you get a confirmation email and click "CONFIRM" in that email.  You are also welcome to call or email us if you prefer to schedule that way, or you’re not finding any appointments that work for you online. 

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.
 

 

One Last RecommendationI want to let you all know about a workshop in Santa Rosa that I'm really excited about.  The workshop is based on the same understanding that I share in my Wisdom Workshops and is the basis for my deep understanding of our innate wellbeing that I talk with all my patients about at their acupuncture appointments–The Three Principles as discovered by Sydney Banks.  You can find out more info and register here: 

http://cominghometolove.eventbrite.com/
Feb 15-17th, 2020
at Sonoma Academy

Please reach out if you have any questions or let me know if I'll see you there.  I'm not involved in putting on the workshop, I just wanted to share this opportunity with you since people normally travel very far to see to see these speakers.

One of the workshop leaders, Dicken Bettinger, is one of my favorite teachers of this material.  He, along with the other workshop leader, Natasha Swerdloff, wrote one of my favorite books that we have in our lending library–Coming Home: Uncovering the Foundations of Psychological Well-being.  

Dicken is not just a favorite teacher of mine, whenever I've seen him at conferences, everyone agrees that he was their favorite speaker.  He's known to embody and convey wisdom, love, and humorous stories that light people up and help them effortlessly experience a beautiful feeling.  

If you want to get a gist of the understanding, check out his book from our lending library or come to our January Resiliency 101 Workshop.  
 


Happy Inside-out Reflecting and Mind Explorations!
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc

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How to Deal with Holiday Stress

Holiday Spirit From the Inside OutWhy are the holidays supposed to be so wonderful, but sometimes they just feel like a lot of work?
 
Our culture puts a ton of focus on getting the holidays just right in order to experience the holiday spirit—having the perfect decorations, the perfect ingredients for your meal, the perfect gift, following your traditions perfectly, connecting with relatives in the perfect way.  The promise is that if we orchestrate sparkly holidays, we’ll be enveloped in the holiday spirit. 
 
I’m here to tell you that peace, love, gratitude, joy, and your connection to the miraculous does not come from those things. 
 
At first that might seem annoying—you mean I can’t solve my holiday blues by organizing them away?
 
And then it becomes a relief.  You mean I can be separated from loved ones and still feel connection?  I can experience joy even if I don’t have enough money to buy all the fancy gifts that catch my eye?  Things can go awry with the New Year’s meal and we can still have a good experience?  I can get stuck in holiday travel traffic and still appreciate my connection to the miraculous?
 
I’m also going to tell you something kind of amazing—holiday spirit comes from inside of you and it’s with you always, all year long, in every moment, no matter what is going on around you.  It just gets covered up with our busy thinking.  That’s why I’ve designed this mind experiment to help you find out what arises when you make space for a quiet mind.
 
Mind experiment:  Give yourself space for a quiet mind and see what feelings arise.  Over the next few weeks, in between your busy plans, take some time to find out what helps you experience having a quieter mind. 
 
The problem with trying to figure out what helps you experience a quiet mind, is that you can end up doing a lot of thinking about it.  You may see how busy your mind is while you’re trying to figure out how to have a quiet mind.  That’s why it’s best to experiment.  I’ll help you out by pointing you in a few directions to try:
 
Making room for a quiet mind might look like:

  • Getting up when your alarm rings and enjoying a glass of water rather than hitting the snooze button and calculating when you really need to get up.
  • Choosing to not take your phone in the bathroom with you to scroll the internet.
  • Taking 30 seconds to breath when you sit down at your desk to start your day.
  • Going for a 5 minute walk after lunch (when it’s not raining).
  • Not listening to the radio or talking on the phone on your drive home.
  • Not listening to a podcast or watching TV while you are working out.
  • Setting aside a few minutes to sit still in your yard/patio/outdoor space.

What making room for a quiet mind will NOT look like:

  • Trying to control your thinking.
  • Judging yourself for having such a busy mind.
  • Telling yourself you’re doing it wrong.
  • Adding more to your list of what to think about.

You see the secret to having a quiet mind is simply leaving a bit of space for you to experience it.  The quiet and stillness in your mind are always there, we just normally fill up the space before we get to experience it.  In order to experience more of it, you can stop trying so hard and experience what’s already there.  When you touch this space in yourself, beautiful feelings of peace, love, gratitude, joy, and an appreciation of the miraculous arise effortlessly. 
 
Try it out and let me know how it goes.  I’d love to know what is going on or what you did when you are overcome with the holiday spirit in the next few week.  I’m willing to bet it will be hard to put your finger on what caused these beautiful feelings, because it’s more likely that they arose from within you when there was space for them.

If this resonates with you. make sure to check out our upcoming Resiliency 101 Workshop, where we explore state of mind, thinking, moods, and behavior.   I think we’re better off learning about how we create our experience so we can connect to love and understanding in all kinds of circumstances, rather than planning out all the details and “plan Bs” in hopes that we can orchestrate a good feeling at the holidays.
 


The Last Workshop for 2019Better join us now, because December and January are the last 2 times I'm holding the Resiliency 101 workshops for a while.  I'm going to take break next February and March to come up with a refresh for the workshops.  Plus the end and start of the year are a great time for some self reflection.  The world needs you to connect with your best you and get out there and do your thing. Whether your thing is:

  • Taking care of your family and making the holidays all about love and connection.
  • Contributing to support and relief efforts for those less fortunate than you.
  • Finding more creativity and purpose in your work as you close out the end of the year.

It all starts with less chronic stressful thinking and more connecting with your innate spark.

Click the link below to get more information and save your seat now:

Resiliency 101–The Art and Science of Thriving
Tuesday, December 10th, 6-7 PM

Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness

 


Sound Healing by Jules If you’ve been in the office in the last month and a half you’ve met our new office manager Jules Sears.  While it’s obvious that she’s great at all things acupuncture office related (she’s been managing acupuncture offices for over 10 years) you might not know that she’s an amazing sound healer.  We’re planning for you to able to experience her work in our office, but in the meantime she has a workshop coming up in Santa Rosa.  Click the link for more information and to register to hold your space:

Healing Sounds for Holiday Overwhelm
Thursday, December 26th, 7-9:30 PM

Lomitas Center

 


Insurance & Flex Spending AccountsIf you are going to have Blue Shield in 2020:  Click this link and check out this information.  There are some big changes coming that might affect your ability to use your insurance in our office and we're trying to help all our patients get informed ahead of time.

Now is the time to use up your 2019 insurance benefits.  Get in touch if you have any questions about how many treatments you have left. 

Now is also the time for many to use up their Flex Spending allowance for 2019.

We're booking appointments through December 23rd.  The end of the year tends to be a busy time in the office so hop online now and use our online scheduler or get in touch and we'll help you find appointments that work for you.
 


What We’re Treating in the ClinicThe delayed dampness meant delayed fall allergies and a delayed start to cold and flu season, but the dampness and its effect on our respiratory systems is here now.  The good news is that the style of acupuncture I do is renowned for instant help with allergy, cold, and flu symptoms.  And it’s just as effective for prevention.  Having overcome a week respiratory system myself, I have all sorts of tips for herbs and self care too.  Get on in here through December 23rd and we’ll help you stay healthy through this busy social time of year!
 
Existing patients can book online here Make sure you get a confirmation email and click "CONFIRM" in that email. 

You can access our online booking anytime by clicking anywhere on our website that says "make an appointment" or "book now" and follow the breadcrumbs to "Existing Patients" and "Book Online".  Existing patients are always welcome to call or email us if you prefer to schedule that way or you’re not finding any appointments that work for you online. 

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 Quiet Mind Explorations!
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc

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Herbal Relief for Digestive Issues

When Abundant Eating Goes AwryThe holidays are a time of abundance.  Abundant gratitude, abundant friend and family time, abundant gift giving, abundant celebrations, and abundant eating.  I’m all about everything in moderation, including moderation, sometimes.  That’s why I keep my Curing Pills close during the end of year holiday celebrations.  My friends and family have learned to do the same.  So I’m going to share this tip with you.
 
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, weird food combining, slow or fast digestion, 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. 

Body Experiment:  Pick up some Curing Pills the next time you are in the office so you can have them on hand.  (They also sell them any place you would find herbal pills like Oliver's or Whole Foods.It's my favorite digestive aid in a Chinese herbal pill.  And then take some the next time something you eat or drink doesn’t agree with you, even if it’s just because you ate too big of a meal.
 
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.  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 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 found that Curing Pills don’t agree with them.
 
Some might say that in a perfect world, during the December 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.
 


Insurance & Flex Spending AccountsIf you are going to have Blue Shield in 2020:  Click this link and check out this information.  There are some big changes coming that might affect your ability to use your insurance in our office and we're trying to help all our patients get informed ahead of time.

Now is the time to use up your 2019 insurance benefits.  Get in touch if you have any questions about how many treatments you have left. 

Now is also the time for many to use up their Flex Spending allowance for 2019.

We're booking appointments through December 23rd.  The end of the year tends to be a busy time in the office so hop online now and use our online scheduler or get in touch and we'll help you find appointments that work for you.
 


Upcoming Events:Come join us at the last state of mind workshop in 2019.  It’s the best way I know how to help you spend more time in the holiday spirit of love and gratitude, any time of the year!  Because with a deeper understanding of how thinking, moods, and behavior work, it becomes easier to listen to wisdom, love, and understanding.  Click the link below to get more information and save your seat now.
 

Resiliency 101–The Art and Science of Thriving
Tuesday, December 10th, 6-7 PM

 

In this uplifting workshop you’ll learn how your mind works, so you can enjoy more peace of mind and:

  • Supercharge your performance
  • Improve your relationships
  • Enter the healing zone

Because less mental stress (worry, rumination, over-analysis, frustration, guilt) isn’t just more enjoyable, it’s correlated with better physical health! 
 


What We’re Treating in the ClinicSonoma County’s nervous system is on edge and I've been treating a lot of patients for stress, anxiety, PTSD, and all the imbalances that come from that including insomnia, digestive upset, pain, impaired immune systems, you name it. 

I’ve always been particularly interested in helping people reduce their stress and reset their nervous systems because it makes life more enjoyable and I’m sure it is the cornerstone of our physical wellbeing.  Just a few weeks ago I attended a 4 day acupuncture seminar on the Balance Method, the style of acupuncture I do.  I’ve taken these classes before, but each time I re-take them, I deepen my understanding and pick up some new gems.  This time I really honed my skills for diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional imbalances and patients can feel it.  Patients have been getting off the table saying things like “I feel great.  I didn’t know how out of whack I was!”
 
Existing patients can book online here Make sure you get a confirmation email and click "CONFIRM" in that email. 

You can access our online booking anytime by clicking anywhere on our website that says "make an appointment" or "book now" and follow the breadcrumbs to "Existing Patients" and "Book Online".  Existing patients are always welcome to call or email us if you prefer to schedule that way or you’re not finding any appointments that work for you online. 

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 Healthy Celebration and Digestion Explorations!
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc
 

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Blue Shield Changes Result in LESS Acupuncture Benefits

Blue Shield Coverage–Big Changes for Some in 2020If you might have anything to do with Blue Shield in the new year, please read this.  We hate fine print, but even more than that we hate insurance surprises, so I've tried to outline all the information that could affect you.
 
The Change:  We have been informed that acupuncture benefits for some Blue Shield California PPO plans will be managed by a third party, American Specialty Health (ASH), beginning Jan 1, 2020.  Due to this change, we will no longer be in-network providers for Blue Shield California PPO plans that are managed by ASH in the new year. 

ASH’s policies prevent us from providing the quality of care that our patients deserve and are crippling to a small business.  ASH pays acupuncturists up to $41 per visit, including the patient’s copay.  In addition, ASH requires an overwhelming amount of paperwork and claims are often denied.  One of the most egregious policies they have is that after 5 treatments, the provider is required to submit a lengthy request for more treatments, which is often denied.  Patients are often left wondering why they have 20 visits per year in their policy, but can only use 5.  If you are interested in getting a feel for why we do not contract with ASH, we suggest looking at their Yelp page www.yelp.com/biz/american-specialty-health-san-diego.
 
Which Plans:  As of right now there is still a lot of uncertainty as to exactly which Blue Shield of California plans will be affected and how the billing will work, despite the concerted efforts of the California acupuncturist community and billers.  As I understand it:

If your insurance is anything other than Blue Shield of California PPO these changes do not affect you. 
 
This change should not affect Federal Employee Blue Shield plans, out of state Blue  Shield plans, and “self-funded” Blue Shield plans which are large group plans funded through your employer.  These plans do not have a metal in their name.
 
This change will affect Covered CA Blue Shield PPOs and all “fully-funded” Blue Shield California PPOs such as small business, non-employer individual and family plans.  These plans all have a metal in their name. 
 
We’ve been told that Blue Shield will not verify the new year benefits until Jan 1, 2020 and, based on our experience, we expect the information to be inaccurate for some time into the new year.  We recommend that you get in touch with your broker or Blue Shield representative to inquire if your plan will be administered through ASH in 2020.
 
In Our Office:  Starting January 1, 2020 at Thrive, patients that have Blue Shield California PPO plans that are managed by ASH will no longer be able to use their insurance benefits at our office.  Because of the amount of paperwork and likelihood for denial, will will not be billing out of network for these plans.  Normally we can offer out of network patients a superbill for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement, but we’ve been told that Blue Shield California PPO plans that are managed by ASH will not accept superbills from patients.

It is my desire to continue serving you and I hope you continue care with us.  For those patients the time of service discount rate will apply to visits in our office.  This rate includes the following options:
 

Per Treatment Payment:
  • $100.00 each visit
Prepayment Plans Terms and Conditions:
This office offers two prepayment plans for patients paying at the time of service. In return for the patient's agreement to prepay for a specific number of visits in advance, the patient is offered free treatment(s).
  • $500.00: With the purchase of 5 treatments at $100/treatment, the patient receives one treatment for free, for a total of 6 treatments. ($83.00 per treatment)
  • $900.00: With the purchase of 9 treatments at $100/treatment, the patient receives two treatments for free, for a total of 11 treatments. ($81.00 per treatment) 

Sad Times For Chinese Medicine (and Chiropractic and Physical Therapy):  I am very disappointed that this change represents a step in the wrong direction for patients’ access to Chinese Medicine.  I first got enough acupuncture that made a difference to my health in 2000 when my insurance was covering part of my treatments.  I love it when insurance pays for a portion of a patient’s treatments.  And these changes will be affecting Chiropractic and Physical Therapy providers too.  I hate these changes and I hate having to tell you about them.
 
The California acupuncturist community is in an uproar as we feel we’re being forced to go out of network which means many of our businesses are going to take a hit and our patients will suffer.  Many patients will be forced to change the frequency of treatments or give up treatments entirely.  It’s heartbreaking to me to think of all the people with less options for their medical care.  All the people with less access to life changing acupuncture care and the hope is provides.
 
Questions:  Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions and concerns about how this may affect you.  We will do our best to help you understand what we know at this point.  And don’t forget to use your benefits for the rest of 2019.
 


Upcoming EventsInterested in feeling more peace of mind? Like to have more energy? Want to reduce your inflammation and improve your immune system?  Join us for our October state of mind workshop to learn the inside-out understanding that allows people to thrive regardless of circumstances. 

In this uplifting workshop you’ll learn how your mind works, so you can enjoy more peace of mind and:

  • Supercharge your performance
  • Improve your relationships
  • Enter the healing zone

Because less mental stress (worry, rumination, over-analysis, frustration, guilt) isn’t just more enjoyable, it’s correlated with better physical health.  And the bonus is that when you understand your state of mind better, it’s easier to make better decisions to support your health.
 
Seats are limited, so click this link to find a date that works for you and register:

What We’re Treating in the ClinicColder temps mean achey joints for some people.  And boy have we had some cold mornings so it's no surprise that patients have been asking for more support for their joints lately.  The great news us that acupuncture isn’t just great at reducing joint pain, it also reduces inflammation and supports joint repair.  Plus I have lots of great recommendations for herbs and diet to support your joints.
 
Existing patients can book online here Make sure you get a confirmation email and click "CONFIRM" in that email.  You are always welcome to call or email us if you prefer to schedule that way or you’re not finding any appointments that work for you online. 

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.
 


Be Well,
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc

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Gan Mao Ling for simple virus prevention

Number 1 Cold BusterThis time of year everyone asks me what they can do to boost their immune system.  It’s normally not a quick answer, because I think it’s important to tailor treatments to each person, and improving your immune system long term often involves several facets.
 
But today I’m going to share with you the number one thing I do after I interact with a sick person.  It’s also the number one thing my loved ones do when everyone around them is sick.
 
Body Experiment:  Pick up some Gan Mao Ling the next time you are in the office so you can have it on hand when colds and flus start going around.  It's my favorite quick immune boost in a Chinese herbal pill. Then take some the next time you notice a cold or flu going around.
 
Here’s how I take Gan Mao Ling:

  • Prevention (everyone in general seems to be sick): 2 pills 2X/day
  • Exposed (people I’m interacting with are sick): 3 pills 3X/day
  • Sick (I start to feel the symptoms of getting sick): 6 pills 3X/day

So many pills you ask?  Don’t worry, they are pretty small.  Chinese medicine likes to make small herbal pills so digestion and customized dosing is easy.  Smart thinking eh?
 
I struggled with a poor immune system from age 11-25 so I’ve tried all the things and some worked better than others for me.  Even after I turned my health around, I still keep experimenting with how to best support my immune system.  And the immune system has been a major focus of my studies and practice as an acupuncturist.  So I’m confident this body experiment is worth trying for everyone looking for a quick boost to their immune system.
 
Try out my favorite quick immune system hack and let me know how the experiment goes.
 
If you want to talk more in depth about your immune system ask me at your next appointment and I’ll be happy to discuss custom formulas, probiotics, elderberry syrup, nasal rinsing, steaming, diet, rest, and more.  No one’s body is identical to another and I don’t think people’s treatments should be either.  That’s what make Chinese Medicine so effective—the diagnostic methods that help me create truly customized treatment plans.
 


This Tuesday in Santa Rosa

In this uplifting workshop you’ll learn how your mind works, so you can enjoy more peace of mind and:

  • Supercharge your performance
  • Improve your relationships
  • Enter the healing zone

Because less mental stress (worry, rumination, over-analysis, frustration, guilt) isn’t just more enjoyable, it’s correlated with better physical health.  And the bonus is that when you understand your state of mind better, it’s easier to make better decisions to support your health.
 
The next workshop is this Tuesday and seats are limited, so click this link to register or find a future date that works for you:

Resiliency 101–The Art and Science of Thriving
Tuesday, September 24, 6-7 PM
Santa Rosa, CA

 


This Saturday in the East BayI've teamed up for a special Saturday workshops with my mentor, friend, and colleague Julie Gleeson.  We'll be exploring how to have more resilient relationships because my patients tell me relationships are one of their biggest stressors.  We both have a lot of experience personally and in helping others uncover peace, connection, understanding, and joy in relationships.  I am sure the conversations will be helpful and humorous. 
 

When I got a fresh perspective on romantic relationships, all my relationships improved.  So much so that friends and colleagues started asking me for all kinds of relationship advice.  Come explore the understanding that will help you find peace with family, career, and romantic relationships. 

  • Are there people in your life who are unreasonable?
  • Do you walk on eggshells around someone?
  • Have you given up on a relationship completely and wish you had another option?

More information and registration to save your seat:

Dealing with Difficult People
Saturday September 28, 10 am- 3 pm
Moraga, CA

 
These workshops will be held in Julie’s beautiful office in Moraga, which is just over an hour drive from Santa Rosa on a Saturday.  It’s a perfect time to bring a friend or loved one and make a day out of it.  During the drive home you can chat about what insights you had or just relish in the good feeling together.
 


What We’re Treating in the ClinicAs soon as kids went back to school patients starting asking me how to boost their immune system.  It’s one of my favorite things to do.  I know the freedom that comes with having confidence in your body’s immune system.  Yup acupuncture isn’t just great at treating the symptoms of colds and flus, it’s even better at preventing them. 
 
Existing patients can book online here.  Make sure you get a confirmation email and click "CONFIRM" in that email. 

You can access our online booking anytime by clicking anywhere on our website that says "make an appointment" or "book now" and follow the breadcrumbs to "Existing Patients" and "Book Online".  Existing patients are always welcome to call or email us if you prefer to schedule that way or you’re not finding any appointments that work for you online. 

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.
 


Hiring an Office ManagerChange is in the air and I'd love your help.  I'm looking for a warm go-getter office manager to grow with us.  Who do you know that would enjoy making a difference in people's lives with our kind of enthusiasm, care, and humor?  Please share our craigslist add with them so they can read all the details of the job description and how to apply:
https://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/ofc/d/santa-rosa-growing-acupuncture-practice/6976071482.html
Thanks for spreading the word!
 


Happy Immune System Body Explorations!
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc

 

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Listening to Connect

More Connection With Less On Your MindIt’s a few days away from the official start of summer, and we’re already feeling it here in Sonoma County.  The weather is warm.  Kids are out of school.  And there’s more social gatherings popping up on my calendar.  More time with family and friends is a hallmark of summertime.  Unfortunately that doesn’t always mean more connection.  That’s why this Mind experiment is designed to help you explore how to have more presence, love, and connection.
 
First let me dispel a common myth—it’s takes work to connect with people.  Actually the opposite is true.  Connection happens when you have less on your mind.  Connection happens when you are spending more time being with another person, and less time being with your thinking about how to be with another person.
 
Spirit Experiment:  Listen with less on your mind.  Over the next few weeks when you are with someone you want to connect with, see how much you can listen without an agenda, listen with curiosity for their perspective, listen for understanding or a feeling.  See how much less you can listen to your thinking about your idea of the other person, listen to your solution to their problem, or listen to your dinner plans.
 
What this does NOT look like:

  • Listening to challenge, negate, or affirm. 
  • Listening to your mental chatter. 
  • Giving advice.

What this DOES look like:

  • Listening for understanding without proof or evidence. 
  • Listening for a feeling. 
  • Asking open ended questions. 

Set yourself up for success and over the next few weeks experiment with listening with less on your mind during easy conversations.  Hear your thoughts coming and going.  See your habits of listening.  Notice what you are hearing that is spoken and unspoken.  Ask questions that you don’t know the answer to.
 
The good news is that when you catch yourself caught up in your thinking, you don’t need to do anything other than not take it seriously and re-aim towards listening to the other being.  The thinking will pass, and you’ll return to presence, love, and connection.
 
I’m serious about the not taking it too seriously part.  When you’re trying too hard to be a good listener, you’re more likely to end up stuck in your thinking and missing what you are listening to.  And don’t be hard on yourself if you catch yourself caught up in your thinking a lot.  Sometimes it’s useful to listen for information, just not when you’re looking for connection.
 
This experiment will help you break habits of listening, so you have the option to listen with less on your mind.  You’ll have the option to be present, connected, and full of love.  And you might just find that it's useful in more situations than you imagined.  Let me know how it goes.

If this resonates with you, make sure to check out our upcoming workshops.  A great way to immerse yourself in a deeper understanding of state of mind would be to joins us June 25th for the introductory class and then again on June 29th for a class specifically focused on relationships.
 


Wisdom Workshop:Resiliency 101–The Art and Science of Thriving
In this uplifting workshop you’ll learn how your mind works, so you can enjoy more peace of mind and:

  • Supercharge your performance
  • Improve your relationships
  • Enter the healing zone

Because less mental stress (worry, rumination, over-analysis, frustration, guilt) isn’t just more enjoyable, it’s correlated with better physical health.  And the bonus is that when you understand your state of mind better, it’s easier to make better decisions to support your health.
 
The next workshop is next Tuesday and seats are limited, so put it in your calendar now and click this link to register or find a future date that works for you:

Resiliency 101–The Art and Science of Thriving
Tuesday, June 25, 6-7 PM
Santa Rosa, CA

 


Saturday Workshops:I've teamed up for some special Saturday workshops with my mentor, friend, and colleague Julie Gleeson We'll be exploring how to have more resilient relationships because my patients tell me relationships are one of their biggest stressors.  We both have a lot of experience personally and in helping others uncover peace, connection, understanding, and joy in relationships.  I am sure the conversations will be helpful and humorous.  

Finding Family and Relationship Peace
During the heart of summer family time, we’re hosting a Saturday workshop to support resiliency in families and relationships.  

  • Imagine coming home to sanctuary, not chaos…..
  • Imagine being on vacation and actually connecting……
  • Imagine people who are warm with each other, and genuinely enjoy being together….
  • Imagine enjoying the roller coaster ride, not fearing it.

More information and registration to save your seat:

Finding Family and Relationship Peace
Saturday June 29, 10 am- 3 pm
Moraga, CA

Dealing with Difficult People
When I got a fresh perspective on romantic relationships, all my relationships improved.  So much so that friends and colleagues started asking me for relationship advice.  Come explore the understanding that will help you find peace with family, career, and romantic relationships.  

  • Are there people in your life who are unreasonable?
  • Do you walk on eggshells around someone?
  • Have you given up on a relationship completely and wish you had another option?

More information and registration to save your seat:

Dealing with Difficult People
Saturday September 28, 10 am- 3 pm
Moraga, CA

 
These workshops will be held in Julie’s beautiful office in Moraga, which is just over an hour drive from Santa Rosa on a Saturday.  It’s a perfect time to bring a friend or loved one and make a day out of it.  During the drive home you can chat about what insights you had or just relish in the good feeling together. 
 


What We’re Treating in the ClinicLately I've been seeing a increase in patients with insomnia and anxiety.  That's common at the start of the summer season.  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.  
 
Existing patients can book online here.  Make sure you get a confirmation email and click "CONFIRM" in that email.  

You can access our online booking anytime by clicking anywhere on our website that says "make an appointment" or "book now" and follow the breadcrumbs to "Existing Patients" and "Book Online".  Existing patients are always welcome to call or email us if you prefer to schedule that way or you’re not finding any appointments that work for you online.  

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 Mind Explorations!
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc
 

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