New Beginnings

Announcing the first issue of my quarterly newsletter, "Balance Point." How appropriate to begin it as I move my practice and begin a new venture!

This year marks the end of my seventh year practicing acupuncture. Traditional Chinese Medicine theory believes that a woman’s life transitions in seven year cycles. A man’s life transitions in eight year cycles. So when a new opportunity presented itself, meeting all of my requirements of an ideal location and the opportunity to work with wonderful practitioners, I knew it was time to make a change.

As of July 1st, Trillium Acupuncture will be located within Well Body at 10040 N. Port Washington Road in Mequon.

I will be seeing patients through the end of June at the Advanced Spine Center. My space at Well Body will be spacious, calming, and quiet. Hopefully you will find it a relaxing place where you can heal. I look forward to welcoming you there to continue your care.

Once I move, you will have two options for scheduling appointments with me away from the office. One is to call me directly on my cell phone at 414-218-4434. The other is to schedule yourself online on my website: Online scheduling is a convenient way to choose the days and times you would like. Signing up is quick and simple. Ask me if you have any questions.

I am so grateful to every single one of you for entrusting your health to my care and for inspiring me with your strength and perseverance.

Well Body Grand Opening Celebration

Please join us for our Grand Open Celebration on Saturday, July 14th from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.

Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served and a flamenco guitarist will be playing for your pleasure! This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the three other practitioners with whom I will be sharing space. I hope you will join us!

Mosquitoes in March?

2012 certainly is a year of change. Swatting mosquitoes away from my face in March was a good testimonial to that. Change is occurring all around us in plain sight. Change can be unnerving, yet is a part of life. We have this illusion that we can be in control of our environment and circumstances, but we can’t be. And every season change is a reminder of that.

In earlier times, before the advent of electricity, we lived according to the seasons. We dressed lighter in the summer and heavier in the winter. We ate fresh fruits and vegetables in the summer. In the winter, we ate warm soups and stews. Refrigeration, indoor heating and air conditioning have allowed us to completely disregard the seasons. We have access to strawberries and bananas in the wintertime. We dress warmly in our air-conditioned offices in the summer. We go from hot summer air into a cold office environment. Many of us are unaware that this affects our physical bodies. But it does.

Humans used to eat soup in the winter not only because fresh foods were unavailable, but also to warm their bodies in order to maintain functioning metabolism and good circulation. Cold foods slow down our digestive process, thereby slowing metabolism. Fresh fruits and vegetables in the summer are perfect for cooling our bodies down and preventing stagnant heat or inflammation. Our bodies are affected by the air temperature. The food we eat offsets imbalances that extreme weather changes cause.

At the change of seasons, as our bodies struggle to adjust, many of us fall ill. We develop colds, headaches, can’t sleep, feel exhausted, and get stressed out more easily. We feel “off.” The season change adds stress to our bodies so that energetic imbalances become apparent and our immune system weakens. If you have experienced any of the above with the change of the seasons, you may benefit from seasonal acupuncture. Please contact me if you have any questions about what that entails.

In the meantime, eat well, be active, find time to relax and be joyful!

In health and gratitude,

Rebecca Abbott, C.Ac. Dipl. OM, M.S.O.M.

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