For the love of Nature

It is so gratifying, as a small business owner, to contribute to Bozeman, a community I love and have called home for almost 22 years. For the month of June 2017, new Rootstock Acupuncture clients had the opportunity to select the "Support Story Mill Community Park" option when booking their first appointment. Eight new clients chose to do so!

Together, we raised $160 for Bozeman's newest and greatest park. Story Mill Community Park is not just any park - it has restored wetlands and trails that afford a true nature experience right here in town. This artist's sketch provided by the Trust for Public Lands captures the vision.StoryMill BridgerDrive Sketch

As a Master's student at The Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Florida, one of my courses was "Inner Development of the Practitioner." Nature journaling throughout the seasons was one of the assignments - the idea being that practitioners are most effective when we are able to focus our intention. 

Only when there is stillness inside, can we focus that intention. 

"On my way to this spot

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Feeling “at home:” A powerfully content place to be

Acupuncture acts as a compass leading us back to a state of homeostasis. Modern research shows numerous examples of acupuncture's bi-directional regulatory action:1

     “... lowers the blood pressure in patients with hypertension and elevates it in patients with hypotension…” 

    “… increases gastric secretion in patients with hypoacidity, and decreases it in patients with hyperacidity…”

     “… has holistic and bi-directional regulatory effects on immune function.2

Beyond the physiological and biochemical effects, acupuncture also helps us feel more relaxed and grounded within ourselves.

As a Five Element acupuncturist, I take the time to treat clients based on their constitution - not just their symptoms. fiveelementtheory

What is Five Element Acupuncture?

Five Element theory is rooted in understanding the essential energetic qualities found in nature: The elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal.

In nature, as within our bodies, the elements “work interdependently in an elegant and systematic balance, each one sustaining and supporting the next in the cycle as with the change of seasons.”3

My training focused

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Summer: Balancing the energetic and lazy aspects of the season

It's official! I just heard my first ruby-crowned kinglet. We are entering the most yang, sunny, energizing phase of the year. Summer is here!

Joyful signs of the season!

I, like many, thrive in this time of the year - running, hiking and biking more. Gardening. Adventuring. Ingesting colorful eye candy otherwise known as flowers, foliage, birds, bees, snakes, mushrooms... I love it all!sun heart

I’m a planner by nature - having something to look forward to on the calendar is half the fun for me. That said, I also see the value in creating a balance of planned activities AND room for spontaneity – offering me the choice to be energetic or enjoy the concept of long, lazy days of summer.

Running-wise, I’m considering trying something a little different this summer - running for the pure pleasure of it with no obligation. Rather than sign up for a race that requires long training runs that eat up my free time, maybe I'll volunteer for the Ridge Run which has become an annual tradition in our

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