The Kidneys Ask Us to Slow Down

The Kidneys Ask Us to Slow Down

In Traditional East Asian Medicine, the body’s physiological processes can be viewed through the lens of Five Phase theory. 

Each phase relates to a major organ, an emotion and a season. 

All things can be viewed through this lens for easy discussion and healing discoveries.

The heart and lungs are relatively higher in the body away from the earth. They process blood and air every second of every day. 

 

The liver and spleen are physically just below the diaphragm in the middle. They process food and blood on a daily or in some cases weekly cycles. 

 

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They rule events in life such as birth, puberty, child bearing.

These processes are slow. 

In the last 40 or so years the speed of our lifestyles has increased exponentially.  Mother Earth is still telling us all to slow down – more. 

In 2020 I went from 50 patients per week to 22. It wasn’t by choice. But it was most certainly better for me. More time for conscious breathing, exercise, and hydrating. 

Kidney Deficiency usually manifests in the low back and the knees.

This past year has been challenging, heart-breaking, and difficult to varying degrees for each of us.  As we press on into this third wave, it is important to understand the stress this has on the kidneys. We are all to some degree in fight or flight. We are in survival mode. Every social pattern we have known has been disrupted and changed. As we move through this transition, the healthiest thing we can do is to acknowledge how this affects the kidneys and support ourselves accordingly.

In the kidneys resides essence or Jing and our will to live.

The connection between the kidneys and the heart is important to understand. If you look at the diagram, you may notice  that this is the axis of fear and joy. Water and fire. This is a spectrum. The antidote for fear – is Cultivating Joy. The adrenals and kidneys are directly connected. We want to nourish our kidneys and support our essence. We can do this in the following ways:

  • Turn the TV off
  • Take a holiday from social media
  • Go outside. Make a fire, talk a walk, tend to your yard- connect with the natural rhythms of nature. Feel the wind, see the stars, you get the idea.
  • Get plenty of rest at regular intervals
  • Hydrate well and often with good quality
  • 20 min Gentle movement necessary during the day – yoga, qi-gong or pleasant walk in the park (not a 3 mile run)
  • Plan to do less
  • Practice self-care
  • Drink bone broth or mineral broth if vegetarian

 

The Kidneys…

  • are at the deepest level of all the organs (this operates on the levels of mind, body and spirit) 
  • control your entire blood pressure system
  • regulate Blood cell production
  • regulate all the water in the body (regulate the salinity of the water through the advanced filtration system)
  • are related to the element of water and are in affinity with the colors black and blue (where these colors to support the kidneys!)
  • In the Kidneys we find the will – including the will to live – the will to move forward and conversely, fear. Kidneys out of balance will be an experience of stuckness/frozen in fear. It is like the roots of the tree are all dried out.

Winter is the time of a deep going within, it is the season of the kidneys, so having loving intention in this direction can amplify our process.

If we can find the gifts, the silver linings and perhaps even find the joy in places and moments we can proceed in that direction, slowly, mindfully and heal. 

 

Covid-19 Clinic Safety Protocols

Covid-19 Clinic Safety Protocols

Covid-19 Safety Measures

Your Well-being is Our Top Priority.

Please Read Our Current Clinic Covid-19 Safety Protocols in Effect to Keep Everyone as Safe as Possible:

  • Only one active treatment room in both locations
  • HEPA air filter with UV light that cleans the air 5x per hour in the treatment room
  • No linens – treatment rooms completely sanitized between each patient and filter set to high between patients
  • 30 minutes between each patient for thorough sterilizing & cleaning of treatment room, treatment table, all touch surfaces, and both bathrooms
  • Ample hand sanitizer available in treatment rooms and waiting area
  • Chad Johnson, L.Ac wears a mask during the treatment and while cleaning
  • We ask that patients wear a mask (if you forget one, we have masks available for you)
  • Digital files – no paper to clean and sanitize – just an iPad and phone
  • Screening questions prior to appointments
  • Waiving of cancellations fees – we encourage you to cancel even if last minute

 

We are partnering in trust with you – our community- in order to support each of you. We ask that you stay open and communicative with us. 

(We will still offer Telehealth sessions on Saturday- which have proved highly beneficial. If you aren’t feeling well, we can assess over the phone whether you should come in, wait, or if you might benefit from a Telehealth consult.)

 

When coming into the clinic please observe the following:

  • Bring and wear your mask – We have masks available if you have forgotten or need one
  • Please wear freshly laundered clothing
  • Wait in your car until 5 minutes before your treatment
  • Wash your hands in the bathroom beforehand

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Preventative Medicine – Keeping Your Immune System Strong

The preventative component of Holistic Medicine is where Natural Medicine really shines. We are offering 90 minute treatments only at this time so that each person can gain the most benefit during their time in the clinic.

 

  • More Immune support – We want to be able to layer on extra immune support
  • More Nervous system support
  • More Thyroid support
  • More Adrenal support
  • More Relaxation time
  • More Self-care time
  • More time for TuiNa massage
  • More moxa
  • More ability to access Acupuncture’s preventive medical applications
  • Less Patients per day = less exposure for both YOU and Chad

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