“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” ― Gloria Steinem
Like many folks, I find this time to be fantastic for assessing the past year and dreaming into the next.
Last year I used this handy dandy planner called the Year Compass (see below) and I loved it! So Im making some time today to complete my compass. I recommended printing it out, if you are able, and setting aside a few hours for the project!
Our goal is that you walk out of here happier, more relaxed, and feeling better than you ever have before.
Please know that we truly value and love every single one of our patients.
Thank you for being you!!! We're going to have a great year!
Wishing you and yours an AMAZING 2019!!!!!
With deep gratitude.
Lance and the Village Wellness Team of Practitioners
"YearCompass is a (free) booklet that helps close your year and plan the next one. In the routine of everyday life it's easy to lose sight of your true goals and aspirations.
And even though we all have dreams, only a few of us plan for them. Effectively, at least.
YearCompass works simply. Using questions and exercises rooted in psychology it takes you through the past year, then helps you turn your dreams into achievable goals.”
Download the Year Compass
I hope you are feeling wonderful and enjoying your winter holiday experience!
Honestly, It's been a challenging, rich, and deep time for me, as my family grieves the loss of our beloved dog, Nimbus. This beautiful and wild soul that I have had the privilege to walk beside for the past 12.5 years departed this earthy realm on Wednesday morning. We had a beautiful and heartbreaking end of life ceremony at home.
The grief process over the loss of a pet is often made harder because there is not a lot of cultural permission to grieve fully for an animal. But my experience with patients in the treatment room proves that the grief we feel is directly proportionate with the depth of love we have, whether that is for a person, an animal, a plant, or our planet.
I am SO grateful to you, my beloved community of friends, family, and patients for your amazing care, support, and kindness for Amy, Luna, myself, and anyone else who is grieving the loss of a beloved. Community support matters so much, as uncomfortable as our culture is with death it is the only guaranteed part of life for each and every one of us.
In Five Element Acupuncture wisdom, Autumn (the Metal Element) holds the energy of death, decay, letting go, and grief. In Fall, The leaves drop as the trees let go of the non-essential Qi in order to preserve their vitality for the colder months ahead. In nature, that death become compost to feed future growth.
Between death (Fall) and new life (Spring) there is a pause, that we call Winter (the Water Element). In the woods, it is a time of quiet, stillness, and rejuvenation. Luna has already asked if we can get another dog and our answer is simply, not yet. The truth is we need time to mourn the loss of Nimbus AND then a time for stillness, pause, empty space. Perhaps after that moment there will be room for someone new.
I invite you to lean on the natural flow of our seasonal energy. Use the current stillness of nature, the hibernating animals, the quiet bulbs and seeds, the dormancy, to foster the much needed qualities of stillness, peace, patience, and depth in us.
[For more information about the 5 elements please download a complimentary copy of my book: 5 element Acupuncture and You! (Use the coupon code: 'ancientwisdom')]
Enjoy these short days and long nights.
Recharge your battery…
so you can generate vital energy - Qi - that will lead to feeling sustained in body, mind, and spirit.
If you are a current acupuncture patient, the next month is a wonderful time to come in for a special Winter acupuncture treatment. We will gently reset your system, align you with the energetic of the season, and nurture the Kidney Qi – our vital energy. This will greatly enhance the body's ability to thrive in times of stress, aid in healing, prevent illness and increase vitality.
If you are a new patient, now is the perfect time to jump into sessions to help you feel your very best! Simply use our fancy online booking system or give us a ring at (610) 203-3747
Thank you so much for being part of our little wellness community!
Wishing you and your beloveds happy holidays, and a new year filled with vitality, wellness, abundance, and new possibilities in this precious life of ours.
With deep gratitude,
Lance David Isakov
Dearest VW Community,
Tara, our new VW astrologer said that according to my chart, I'm entering a very emotional time. Well, it's true....I'm verklempt.
As we approach the end of the year, I have been reflecting on all the beautiful friendships and healing relationships that have been built at Village Wellness. I just feel so honored to have you all in my life and to be part of this little village.
I am on a mission to make 2019 even better, and I would love your help! Please take 4 minutes and complete this little survey.
Everyone who completes it will be given a present! 🎁
And, did I mention how amazing our practitioners are?! On Friday, we had a practitioner hangout dinner...Wow! I just feel so lucky to be surrounded by such compassionate, wise, and caring healers. I hope everyone has a chance to get to know each and every one of them!
Here's what I have on the docket for 2019 so far:
We currently have acupuncture every single day of the week and community acupuncture 5 days a week. In 2019 we are adding even more later evening hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
I am also personally, adding new hours on Mondays starting in January, for private acupuncture and esoteric acupuncture
INTRODUCING The Village Wellness School of Healing Arts (more info TBA)
We are in the process of creating a school to train folks in the healing arts, including, Reiki, Shamanism, Yoga, and holistic medicine. Our intention is to bring even more wellness and deep healing relationships into our communities, by empowering you to cultivate your healing gifts. The plan is to offer in-depth apprenticeships, trainings, classes, certifications, self-care sessions, and more! It all gets kicked off in February with our Reiki Practitioner Certification Training for Parents - Level One.
INTRODUCING Corporate Wellness Initiative - Our goal is to bring the Village to the people! If you know an organization who may be interested, please share or email me for more info. Our corporations need to re-instate holistic care in their operations.
Well, I can't wait to journey forward with you!
Wishing you and your beloveds a fantastic Holiday season!
May you be well!
May you be light!
May you feel amazing!
And remember, feeling better is just the beginning...
Lots of love,
Lance David Isakov, Founder, Acupuncturist
or give us a ring anytime to chat! (610) 203-3747
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Our Reiki Raffle Ends in a couple days ENTER HERE.... and for those who enter and want to schedule a session asap - just write "entered raffle" when you book online this week. If you win, it will be free, if not we will give you $32 off as a thank you for participating!
More Insurance coverage for acupuncture in PA starting in 2019!!!! In Particular, some Independence Blue Cross and Highmark Plans. We are encouraging all of our patients to check with their insurance provider as well! LEARN MORE
To Celebrate his new Wednesday hours our wonderful CranioSacral Practitioner Stewart is offering 'Pay What You Want Wednesdays through December! LEARN MORE
I'm excited to announce that our acupuncture monthly membership programs are back for a limited time! It’s an awesome way to invest in your health, save money, and commit to taking breaks for the self-care that lets you show up better in the rest of your life!
Heres how the Private Acupuncture Membership Works. :
Its pretty simple.
You enroll online or in the office.
On the 1st of each month, we will automatically deduct $180 from your credit, debit card, or bank using MoonClerk which provides bank level security.
There is no contract, the plan is month to month, and you can un-enroll anytime online through your account page or contacting us.
What you get:
(2) acupuncture sessions (automatically saving $30)
Unlimited additional discounted sessions at $90 each (saving $15 each).
That means if you come weekly, you instantly save $60 per month! Which, by the way, invested at 10% with compounding interest makes you an extra million bucks in only 50 years! You're welcome =)
But wait... there's more :)
You also have access to The Village Wellness Rewards Program. Here, members receive exclusive offers to other holistic minded businesses in our community.
So what do you think? Want to try out our membership program?
You can enroll right now and though the membership plan officially starts the following month, if you enroll today you will receive $15 off any private acupuncture sessions through the rest of the current month! Woohoo!
Ready to get Started?
Simply enroll online at the Acupuncture Membership Page.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Lots of Love,
Lance Isakov, M.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
Co-Founder, Licensed Acupuncturist
P.S. Here's Our Mission Statement:
Village Wellness is committed to enhancing wellness in our community by providing access to the best holistic medicine services. We also strive to enable our practitioners to thrive in a healthy and supportive environment.
Our holistic approach means that we address healing at all levels of self – mind, body, and spirit. We approach each of our patients, clients, and students with the utmost respect and non-judgmental care.
Whether you come in with pain, anxiety, or trying to figure out your life purpose, we are here in service.
We believe that feeling better is just the beginning of the journey. Our utmost goal is to help you truly thrive.
Join us for our special Water Horary Community Acupuncture Session on the 21st! 4:30-5:30 pm
On the Winter Solstice, we have a very special opportunity to do an acupuncture or acupressure treatment called "Water Horaries." (Learn more about Horaries below)
How to apply acupressure to the Winter Horary points
Create Sacred Space at the right time: On the Winter Solstice anytime between 3:00 and 7:00pm, find a quiet space where you can be meditative and still.
Sit comfortably and begin deepening your breath and relaxing your body.
When you're ready, activate the following 2 points, one at a time, by gently pressing and holding each spot for 3 minutes.
Bladder 66: Penetrating Valley – a place to clear away that which no longer serves, release fear, and free obstacles in our path. Located on the side of the foot at the base of the pinky toe. (see pic)
Kidney 10: Yin Valley – a place to restore calm when there is overwhelm in the mind, emotions, or spirit. Located on the inside of the knee (see pic)
More About Horaries
In Five Element Acupuncture we work with the balance and relationship of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood.
Each of these elements are correlated to a season where that particular energy is at its peak.
The energy peaks for
Fire in the Summer
Earth in the Late Summer
Metal in the Fall
Water in the Winter
Wood in the spring.
(Psst! Learn more about these Elements in my book: Five Element Acupuncture & You - use the code "ancientwisdom" at checkout to get a FREE copy!)
The energy of our body also peaks in different organ systems during a 24 hour time period we call the Chinese Body Clock.
A horary treatment takes advantage of this energetic timing to profoundly influence the body.
For example we can deeply effect the Water element within a person by using the water point on the water meridians at the water time of day (3-7 pm) at the peak of the water time of year (Winter Solstice). This will help powerfully root a person in the seasonal energetic of Winter and bring balance to the Water Element.
When Water is out of balance you may feel excessive fear or a struggle to survive. You may experience low energy, deep fatigue, exhaustion, reduced sex drive, lack of trust, and timidity. You may have kidney or bladder problems, hypertension, infertility, and/or back pain.
When Water is in balance you have the gifts of wisdom, stillness, patience, potency, listening, and appropriate fear. You have a greater sense of trust and it's easier to be still. You move slower in healthy ways and create time for introspection and peace; for making room for what's next.
Let me know how it goes! Or if you have any questions! Have an amazing Solstice!!
Lots of Love,
Lance Isakov, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., CYT
Village Wellness. a little healing oasis on the main line.
Mung Beans & Rice Cleansing Diet
from Yogi Bhajan, Founder of Kundalini Yoga
Eat only mung beans and rice for 7 days (up to 30) as a mono-diet. Cook with lots of vegetables. Yogi Bhajan says,” You Americans are rich. You should put lots of vegetables in your mung beans and rice.” A good cleansing diet that gives plenty of nourishment.
A good cleansing diet that gives plenty of nourishment.
Good for the kidneys, colon, and digestive organs, or when food is not being digested thoroughly by the intestines.
Good diet for winter (make it spicy)
May have fruit in between meals for snack. Also may have yogi tea.
Yogic Guidlines for Preparing Food
Prepare your food with love and care.
Eat in a pleasant, relaxing environment
Serve the food Gracefully
Take a minute to reflect upon your gratitude for the gift of this food
Take the time to eat consciously.
Makes 8 servings
1 Cup Mung Beans
1 Cup Basmati Rice
9 Cups Water
6-7 Cups assorted Vegetables
Masala Spice Mixture:
¼ Cup Ghee, Butter, or Coconut Oil
4-5 Cloves of fresh Garlic, crushed in a press
1-2 Onions, Chopped
1 finger fresh Ginger root, peeled and minced
1 1/2 Tsp Tumeric
1 1/2 Tsp Cumin powder
3/4 Tsp Ground Coriander seed
Seeds of 5 Green Cardamon Pods (or 3/4 tsp powder)
1 Tsp Black Pepper
½ Tsp Crushed Red Chilies (more if you like spicy OR omit completely if you don’t like it hot)
1 – 1 1/2 Tbsp Sea Salt
Add salt to water in a large stew pot and bring water to a light boil.
Wash Mung beans, carefully removing any tiny stones.
Rinse Basmati Rice at least three times to remove starch.
Set mung beans and rice aside.
Chop assorted vegetables.
(Prepare the Masala Mixture while waiting for water to boil)
Heat Ghee (or Oil) in a large frying pan (preferrably cast iron.)
Add garlic (using press), chopped onions, and Ginger and saute under a medium flame. When Onions, Garlic and Ginger are translucent, add Turmeric, Cumin, Coriander, Cardamon, Crushed Chilies and Black Pepper; mix well.
When all spices are absorbed shut off flame and let sit for 5 min, covered.
(When water begins to boil)
Add mung beans to boiling water.
Reduce flame to simmering and cover and boil until the beans start to soften and open, (15-20 min.)
Add Masala Mixture to water with mung beans and vegetables.
Simmer for 20-30 minutes until soupy.
Add rice and cook an additional 15-20 min until rice is absorbed.
Shut off and let set 15-20 min.
Serve with fresh yogurt (or sour cream.)
About the Trinity Roots + 1: Onions, Garlic, and Ginger (and Tumeric)
The onion was considered by the Egyptians to be a symbol of the universe. The word onion is derived from the Latin word unus-one. Through the centuries, onions and onion juice were recommended to cure earache, colds, fever, laryngitis, warts and cancer. Onions are said to stimulate the production of blood, to purify the blood and to help keep blood sugar balanced.
Ginger has been used since before the days of Rome. It was said that it cured the troubles of love and prolonged life. King Henry VIII recommended it as a prevention against the plague. A medicine as well as a spice, today it is widely used as a digestive stimulant. Ginger is especially helpful to women, providing energy and relieving tensions associated with menstrual cramps. Ginger root nourishes the nerves of the body and allows them to carry more energy. It keeps the spine and cerebrospinal fluid healthy.
It has long been recorded that garlic is a sacred and powerful herb. Egyptians used to swear by it when they were taking a solemn vow. Roman physicians claimed that it cured 61 ailments. Modern science is revealing its marvelous healing properties. Since the turn of the century, garlic and garlic extracts have been used against gastrointestinal disorders, septic poison ing, typhus, cholera, bacterial infections and even cancer. Investigations by Russian scientists have made garlic oil so popular in their country that it is referred to as "Russian penicillin." Garlic increases and stimulates the production of semen, essential for sexual potency and healthy nerves.
Turmeric. Lubricant for the joints. Good for skin and mucus membranes. Always cook before eating, or mix it thoroughly into yogurt. Add honey to taste.
Hey beautiful community!
Hope you are having a wonderful moment! I am currently enjoying a delicious, aromatic, cup of homemade Yogi Tea. Its so warming and delicious!
I would like to introduce you to the newest member of our Village Wellness All-Star team of seasoned practitioners... Laurie Elder, Reiki Master Teacher!
Laurie has been practicing Reiki, a powerful form of energy medicine, for 18 years and teaching it for 12.
Laurie is already scheduling clients! Read her amazing story, Learn about Reiki, and check out her full schedule –> The Magical Wolrd of Reiki at Village Wellness
Im ALSO super excited because Laurie and I are in the process of putting the finishing touches on our AMAZING new, in-depth, Village Wellness Reiki Training Program, with Level One slated to start in February! Its open to absolutely anyone interested in learning this potent healing art.
To sum it all up....Laurie is a fantastic human and healer and I can't wait for you to meet her!
To sum it all up....Laurie is a fantastic human and healer and I can't wait for you to meet her!
See ya around the Village!
five element acupuncturist
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We now have acupuncture every single day of the week! Including weekends! and a brand new looooong day of community acupuncture on Fridays! Use the purple button above to book!
Our wonderful Holistic Psychotherapist, Page has opened up a few hours on Monday afternoon for new clients! Check out her availability (she gets booked up fast!)
Looking for some guidance in your life? A big VW welcome to our amazing new VIllage Wellness Astrologer, Tara! She is an insightful and intuitive astrologer! Book a session!
We will be offering Pennsylvania's first, Medicinal Cannabis journeying experience, for card holders only, on Nov. 30th (see below for all the details). If you know anyone who may qualify and be interested please share this email!
What are the benefits of a grateful outlook? A study (PDF), by the Universities of California and Miami set out to examine just that. Here is what they found.
1. Weekly Graditute. One study focused on people who were to write down, on a weekly basis, 5 things they were grateful for from the previous week. They found that "weekly benefit listing was associated with more positive and optimistic appraisals of one’s life, more time spent exercising, and fewer reported physical symptoms."
2. Daily Graditude. In Study 2, people were asked to complete a survey every evening regarding what they were grateful for. This group had even more positive affects including more interpersonal benefits. "People led to focus on their blessings were also more likely to report having helped someone with a personal problem or offered emotional support to another, suggesting prosocial motivation as a consequence of the gratitude induction."
3. NMD and Gratidude. The third study focused on people with Neuromuscular Disease. They were also asked to report their gratidutes daily. The results were "in greater levels of positive affect, more sleep, better sleep quality, and greater optimism and a sense of connectedness to others. In Study 3, we even found that the gratitude intervention led to reductions in negative affect."
4 Clinically Proven Benefits Of Reiki Therapy
By Lance Isakov, M.Ac. L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.,
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It works with life force energy the subtle electrical flow that keeps us moving. If one's life force energy is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy. Reiki balances your whole system including body, emotions, mind and spirit. When in balance, your own self-healing mechanisms function at their very best.
The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese words - Rei, which means ‘Universal energy’, and Ki, which is ‘life force energy’, so Reiki is actually ‘spiritually guided life force energy’. Reiki is administered by "laying on hands" and promotes healing by helping the body to balance itself from a very deep level, restoring physical and emotional well-being
Reiki has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery. Reiki has been scientifically shown to decrease pain levels, speed healing and relax the mind and body.
Here are 4 clinically proven benefit of Reiki.
Reiki Helps with Pain, Fatigue, and Anxiety. A study conducted by The University of Calgary demonstrated that Reiki Client going through Cancer treatment “experienced significant improvements in quality of life” as compared to a group of recovering patients that simply rested without Reiki. The study found “significant decreases in tiredness, pain, and anxiety, which were not seen in the resting condition.”
Reiki significantly decreased Blood Pressure. A study at The Institute of Neurological Sciences, found that the “Heart rate and diastolic blood pressure decreased significantly in the Reiki group compared to both placebo and control groups.”
Reiki provides longterm relief for Depression and Stress. In a clinical study on the long-term effects of energetic healing on symptoms of psychological depression and self-perceived stress “showed a significant reduction in symptoms of psychological distress in treatment groups as compared with controls and these differences continued to be present 1 year later of Reiki performed.”
Reiki provides support as much as some Beta Blocker Drugs for those recovering from a Heart Attack. Study by Yale University in found that “The Reiki effect on Heart Rate Variability (HRV) after a Heart Attack was similar to that of propranolol in the BHAT (Beta Blocker Heart Attack Trial.)” The Study was done in an acute care setting and found that the “Reiki treatment was associated with an increase from baseline in mean Likert scale score for all positive emotional states (happy, relaxed, calm) and reductions for all negative states (stressed, angry, sad, frustrated, worried, scared, anxious).”
What does a Reiki treatment feel like?
Reiki encourages one to let go of tension, anxiety, and fear thereby providing a profound sense of peace and wellbeing. Clients typically report feelings of positivity, balance, and deep relaxation. Some even feel a wonderful glowing radiance after a treatment .
How does it work?
Reiki is positive energy that flows into the client’s body through the hands of the practitioner. This balances the energy in the body and activates the body’s own healing abilities.
How many sessions should I have?
Just one session can change be a powerful support! Initially, receiving Reiki more often can be beneficial if you are feeling anxiety, tension, or pain. Typically clients come weekly for 1 month and then begin to space out sessions to bi-weekly and then monthly. Eventually you will have a sense of when you need a session.
What are the benefits of Reiki? Here are just a few of the many examples:
Increased Energy Levels
Increased Mental Clarity
Personal Ability to Grow
A Sense of Calm or Balance
Emotional Healing & Stability
Clearing & Balancing of Chakras
Can Provide Relief from Chronic Pain
Boosts & Strengthens the Immune System
Compliments & Supports Conservative Medical Treatment
Helps the body deal with side effects of conventional medications
Helps to Deal with Suppressed or Blocked Emotions & Feelings
Reduces Stress, Tension, Anxiety, & General Emotional Distress
Ready to Schedule? Book Online or give us a ring at (610) 203-3747
❤ What is the best time to make love... According to Chinese Medicine?
By Lance Isakov, M.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist & Yoga Teacher
Did you know that according to Chinese Medicine there is a best time to poop! There is also a best time to eat, to nap, to dream, to meditate and even to make love! I remember being wowed the first time I learned about the Law of Midday/Midnight or The Chinese Clock as its commonly known. Qi moves through the body just like a wave moves through water. The crest of this wave circulates through particular organ systems at different times of the day.
For example from 5-7 am, there is a greater amount of Qi in the Large Intestine. How is this helpful? Well, if you suffer from constipation, you will be more likely to move your bowels at 6 am than at any other time of day!
Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day? The stomach Qi is strongest from 7-9 am! It is easier to digest anything in the am! At the opposite time, from 7-9 PM the qi is lowest in the stomach, that is why a light dinner is beneficial!
What can you do instead of eating a big dinner? Make love! From 7-9 pm the Qi is in the Heart Protector/Circulation Sex function of the body! This function is responsible for relationships, communication, and the birds and the bees =)
So here are 3 more examples:
Best Time to Meditate: 3-5 Am - Lung time - Connection to Spirit/Breath
Best Time to Nap: 3-5 PM - Siesta time! When the Qi is in the Bladder - the storehouse of energy in the body!
Best Time to Dream/be creative: 1-3 AM: Qi in the Liver - creativity and the wandering etheric body (Hun). (know any artists who like to create at that time of the morning?)
What time is it now? check the clock below to see what you could be doing! and if you have any questions feel free to ask! If you are wondering about the health of your internal Chinese Clock, simply book an appointment online, come in and I can take a look.
The 13 Ghost Points were developed in the 6th century by physician Sun Si-Miao to treat mental disorders that were thought to be caused by spirit possession. Sun Si-Miao shifted the idea of spirit possession as a cause of illness, to the idea of having too much phlegm, and invasion of wind, heat, and dampness in the body. He also understood the points serve to cultivate your sense of self through your lifetime.
Each ghost point has a specific use and are often used together to help anxiety, overwhelm, dizziness, or even not feeling like yourself.
In our day and age, I see these points as helping to bring a deeper connection to one's self, and a feeling of rootedness in one's path. We wouldn’t be where we are without those who came before us, so honoring the ancestors is an important part of finding oneself. I find these points help create space in an overwhelmed nervous system which so many of us experience these days.
From Chinese Medicine to "Jewish penicillin" (chicken soup), bone broth has been an important natural and holistic remedy in traditional medicines. Over the last few years the amazing benefits of bone broth have come into the mainstream.
Packed with nutrients, minerals, amino acids (Proline & Glycine) , bone broth can:
help improve our digestion
strengthen our immune health
support our brain function
re-mineralize our teeth
increase hair growth and strengthen hair
heal our connective tissue
help build our bones
How to make your own bone broth
These days you can actually pruchase good quality, grass-fed, bone broth at your local natural foods store. But Bone broth is super easy to make and will save you some big bucks in the long run! Here's my recipe!!
Note on Grass-Fed meat: I highly recommend getting bones from grass-fed animals. This is because pesticides and hormones get stored in the marrow of the bone. Getting grass-fed non-hormone treated meat and bones will help ensure we don't ingest these unnecessary substances.
4 quarts water
2 lbs Grass Fed Marrow Bones or chicken bones. (ask your butcher, or order from a local farm -(Philly area farm)
1-2 stalks celery
2 TBS of Apple Cider Vinager (important - to help draw out the minerals)
OPTIONAL to tase: Salt, Pepper, favorite herbs, garlic
If you are using beef bones, you can roast the bones in the oven for 20-30 minutes at 350°
Place bones in Large pot or crock pot.
add all ingredients
cook for 24-48 hours (or use an instapot to shorten the time) -
strain and enjoy
Bone broth will stay good in the fridge for 4-5 days otherwise you can freeze it! you can also make other soups out of the broth! add veggies or make pho!
Enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions!
To your health!,
We are living through interesting times. It's painful to see such a lack of care for human decency and it can be re-traumatizing for survivors to hear the conversations around sexual assault that populate the media these days.
Acupuncture and Holistic Medicine can be an amazing tool for easing trauma, whether it happened yesterday or 35 years ago. To learn more about the many ways acupuncture can help please read our acupuncture page.
Now through the end of November we are offering 20% off to all survivors of rape or sexual assault, no questions asked.
When booking your appointment simply write “WeCare” in the notes section - or mention “We Care” when checking out and we will extend this discount.
As of now WeCare can be applied to the following:
Cranio Sacral Sessions
This is for ALL survivors, whether you reported it or not, whether you were believed or not. No questions asked.
It has never been more clear that we are the people we have been waiting for. Thank you for being part of creating the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible and allowing us to support you all in this way.
In Five Element Acupuncture, the emotion of grief is associated with Autumn, and the element of Metal.
Lets walk through this energetic cycle and ill explain. If you make it all the way to the bottom there is an amazing audio excerpt to listen to by Martin Prechtel, a Mayan Shaman. He talks about dealing with grief in his culture and I think it is wonderful!
In Nature, Autumn grants the opportunity to shed what is no longer absolutely essential. The energy (qi) of our brothers and sisters of the plant world, turns inward and descends deep down into their roots. The trees let go of the survival non-essentials and so their leaves fall to the ground creating space for new growth AND rich fertilizer for the future generations. The descent of Qi also allows for rest and rejuvenation during the upcoming Winter months and this stillness and space, in turn, creates a powerful potential energy that is explosively released with the crack of Springtime.
What is so cool (and often forgotten) is that we ARE nature. We too have the Autumn movement that courses through us. In Five Element Acupuncture we call this kind of movement the Metal Element. This part of the cycle within creates our ability to let go of what no longer serves so that we too can make room for rest, rejuvenation and eventually the re-birth of own new power and possibilities.
In nature the metal element is represented by the crystals and minerals that make up the air we breath and the soil our food grows in. Like these metal elements there is a special kind of reflective feeling that the Fall offers us. In many traditions, including Taoist and Jewish, Fall is the time when the heavens and earth are closest together. A time when we can almost touch the spirit world, a time of deepest connection to our ancestors, those we have lost, those who have come before us. The Fall offers us a powerful opportunity to deeply grieve that which, and those who, we have lost and also offers us space to give thanks and praise for that which is, and those who are, currently in our life.
What is the Metal energetic's impact on our different levels of being?
Emotionally, this phase of the cycle gives us our sense of self-worth, vitality and resolve. It shows up as our grief, our praise and our sense of awe.
Physically, Metal movement within builds our Lungs, the part of us that takes in vital energy oxygen and lets go of the waste carbon dioxide. It also shows up as our Large Intestine, which both lets go of our rubbish and also intakes the last remains of any essential nutrients.
Spiritually, the Metal energy gives us the ability to let go, reflect and create space. It offers us the chance to get in touch with our spiritual energy and realize our core values. Metal reminds us of the heavens and our connection to our higher self.
The goal of Five Element Acupuncture Treatments is to keep the energy moving through this natural cycle of seasons. When it gets stuck thats when dis-ease, pain or upset occur.
When Metal is out of balance we may feel excessive grief, deep depression, low self-esteem, low self-worth, emotional withdrawal and excessive materialism. We may not be able to recover from a loss or be inspired. We may have difficulty breathing, or have unhealthy skin or bowel issues.
When Metal is in balance we have the gifts of awe, letting go, acknowledgment, respect, inspiration, preciousness and acceptance.
If your Fall energy or Metal element is feeling stuck put the following practices to action:
BREATHE! Go outside, preferably in a natural setting, and allow your lungs to INSPIRE! Sit on a log, a rock or the earth and breathe in and out through the nose slowly and deeply for 5 minutes. As you inhale focus on bringing in that which you desire and as you exhale focus on letting go of that which no longer serves you.
POOP! Sorry if I grossed you out =) In Five Element Acupuncture the best time to poop is 5-7 am, when your Qi is focused in the Large Intestines. So for a week create some time between 5 and 7, wake up early if you need to....Find a good book, magazine or just meditate and LET GO! Give yourself plenty of time - at least 11 minutes, no need to rush these things. p.s. This is a particularly good homework for those who have troubles in this area...Extra Credit goes to those who use a squatty potty.
CLEAN HOUSE! You've heard of spring cleaning...now try fall cleaning! Go through your old stuff and get rid of that which you no longer want or need. Those clothes you never weart, those keepsakes from the 3rd grade, that piece of furniture you hate...Whatever... create space in your home = create space in your life! There are plenty of places that will accept donations or check out www.freecycle.com
We can help bring Inspiration to your body, mind and soul! If you are new to acupuncture now is the perfect time to jump into sessions =)
Schedule your session ONLINE, email or call me at (610) 203-3747.
Hope to see you soon and please let me know if you have any questions about this!
with lots of love,
Lance Isakov, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., CYT
Village Wellness. a little healing oasis on the main line.
P.S. HERES THE AUDIO I was talking about above – Check out this amazing talk about Grief and Praise by Martine Prechtel
Hope you are having the best magical rainy evening! Did you know that there are 3 powerful events happening right now that make it the perfect time to do some deep soul-searching and intention setting?
1. its raining…alot!
We can use this rainy time to energetically wash away the old and release that which no longer serves.
2. Its the Virgo New Moon
The New Moon is the perfect time to start new things! Virgo reminds us to get in touch with our purity, our essence. Its a time to sow seeds that are in alignment with out highest intentions. Virgo also reminds us that small, meticulous, every-day, actions can lead to great changes over time.
3. Its Rosh Hashanah, The Jewish New Year.
This is a time that people all over the world hold strong intentions to sincerely apologize for wrongs they have committed and to forgive those who have wronged them. It is also a time to clean the slate and start anew with abundance and sweetness.
So in the spirit of right timing I have a challenge for you if you willing!
Take some time over the next 24 hours and use this time to still yourself and contemplate:
Is there a seed you would like to sow?….Is there an intention to make or an small action to take that will allow for self-growth and added value to your life and the lives of those around you?
If you come up with something I would love to hear about it! Either email me here or post it in our Holistic Wellness Group! And if there is anyway I can help you please let me know!!
As part of my Rosh Hashanah tradition, I would also like to take a moment to ask your forgiveness for any wrong I have made to you. If I have wronged you in any way, please take a moment to let me know. I have learned over the years, that the practicing of asking for and offering forgiveness has led to profound healing and the opening of doors that were previously shut. And for this I am truly grateful.
Thank you so much for being part of my life and our community at Village Wellness. Wishing you and yours a beautiful, fulfilling, and sweet new Lunar Cycle!
With lots of love,
Hope you are having an splendid moment. Did you know we now have an amazing team of FIVE extraordinary, fully accredited, and licensed acupuncturists at Village Wellness?
We ALL practice holistic acupuncture, meaning we treat the person who has symptoms rather than just the symptoms themselves. But we each have our specialities too!
Here is a handy dandy list so you can keep it in mind when you are booking your appointment:
- Gabrielle focuses on helping folks with emotional/mental upsets like anxiety, depression, and overwhelm. She also is amazing at helping with musculoskeletal upsets like aches and pains. Gabrielle also manages our Community Acupuncture Program.
- Lei specializes in women's health issues, hormonal upsets, and fertility support. She is also our Cosmetic & Facial Acupuncture Guru. She can help with those fine lines & wrinkles, bring color to the face, and a sparkle to the eye.
- Carey, specializes in Sports Medicine Acupuncture and is super helfpul for physical injuries, pain, and muscle tightness.
- Karin does Five Element Acupunture and Allergy elimination (NAET).
- I (Lance), focus on helping folks with spiritual level work. My main interest is helping my patients with Spiritual awakening and aiding them in feeling more like themselves. I also work with people who already feel well and healthy to give them an edge, expand possibilies, and help them feel even better!
Wow! 5 amazing acupuncturists under 1 roof! I believe the greatest transformation comes from the beautiful healing relationship that develops between you and your practitioner. At Village Wellness, each of us is completely committed to this level of healing and transformation!
If you have any questions about who the right practitioner is for you, drop me a line, and we will figure it out together!!
I hope to see you soon!
Lots of love,
Our collective attention is, yet again, to the tender subject of suicide with the passing of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, most notably.
This has me reflecting on our fast paced, modern world. Our relative freedom and abundance also comes with immense pressures and intense challenges. Some of these look like the pressure to perform, to be happy, to "look good", or to get it "right."
Let's look at just one area where this shows up — social media. We see our friends, family, or celebrities, like Anthony Bourdain, living the apparent dream life. This can bring up questions for us either quietly or in a very significant way, that make us question our choices, our lives, our joy. "Why don't I have the dream life?" "What did they do to have such a perfect life?" These nagging questions push on us to be happy, to perform, to look good, and to conform.
We live in a culture where having things, – money, fame, titles, and fancy stuff are cherished above most else, even without a diagnosed mental illness, these pressures can spiral down into what I'll simply call dissatisfaction.
In her article "Regrets of the Dying" Palliative care nurse Bronnie Ware expressed the following 5 "surprisingly common" themes of dissatisfaction from her patients on their deathbed:
- I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
- I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
- I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
- I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
- I wish that I had let myself be happier.
Happiness starts with being well
To foster 'true happiness' starts with being well.
Sleep well, eat well, move well, play well, relate well, and work well.
Be generous, live with integrity, and be kind.
Be your authentic self. express your feelings, be with friends, and have community, commune with nature.
Remember your true value does not decrease based on someones inability to see your worth.
Practice taking joy in the little things.
When we get stuck...Acupuncture and our shadow emotions
In Five Element Acupuncture we understand that emotions are a healthy part of being human. Our bodies are wise and we have emotions for good reason. The goal in acupuncture is to keep it moving - problems arise when we get stuck and stagnation of emotions ensue. By understanding the shadow side of the emotions, we can use them to heal, and take better care of ourselves and those around us.
The Wood Element – Depression
Appropriate anger uprises when we feel violated whether it's physically, emotionally, or mentally. That anger is there to serve us in taking effective action. When there is no appropriate expression/action this uprising energy gets stuck. Eventually the "explosion" upward turns inward and that leads to profound inner turmoil or resignation.
To Feel Better with the Wood Element: When you feel violated and anger ensues - take appropriate, safe, ethical, and effective action to right the wrong. A release of anger can be as simple as saying 'no', punching a pillow, or shouting alone from the gut in a safe space like your car with the window up.
The Fire Element – Mistrust & Cynicism
Appropriate sadness arises when we feel heart broken or disappointed. This feeling is there is to serve us in creating space, allowing the heart to heal. When there is no appropriate space or expression of sadness, this energy turns inward and brings about cynicism and a deep lack of trust.
To Feel Better with the Fire Element: When you feel sad, do your best to allow the feeling and give yourself a safe space to heal. Effective communication, having support through friends and community, or listening to music can be helpful in making room for the shadow side of the Fire element.
In a world that puts pressure on us to feel happy all the time, remember that beauty thrives in diversity of experience – it's okay to not feel happy. Give yourself the space and support you need.
Earth Element – Obsessive and Compulsive Worry
Appropriate empathy arises when we are concerned for the care of others. This feeling is there to serve us in creating a powerful bond with those we care about. When stuck, this energy turns inward and can bring about obsession, worry, and/or compulsiveness.
To Feel Better with the Earth Element: When you begin to feel worry, do your best to allow the feeling and not fight it. Remember to trust the process.
Practicing the art of gratitude is one of the best remedies for the feelings of worry and obsession.
Metal Element – Despair
Appropriate grief arises when we lose someone or something precious to us. Grief arises to help us create space, mourn and integrate that which we have lost. When we get stuck in grief, this energy can turn inward and bring about feelings of despair.
To Feel Better with the Metal Element: When you begin to feel grief, do your best to allow the feeling and not fight it. Remember to trust the stages of grief.
Creating ceremonies of remembrance and honoring is a powerful way to move the energy. Deep and powerful breathing also moves stuck feelings and relieves heaviness of the heart.
Water Element – Fear & Anxiety
Appropriate fear arises when we are placed in what we perceive as a dangerous situation. This feeling is there to serve us in creating safety and respect of that danger. When we get stuck in fear, this energy can turn inward and bring about feelings of overwhelm and anxiety.
To Feel Better with the Water Element: When you begin to feel fear, do your best to allow the feeling. If appropriate, heed the warning. If you need to move through it, breathe intentionally to promote feelings of courage.
If you are feeling anxiety, pay attention to what may be the root fear underlying those feelings.
Deep and powerful breaths develop courage to move through the fear. Meditation will also allow you to cultivate perspective so you can sort out what needs to be feared and what doesn't.
You are not alone & it’s not personal
When our emotions are balanced and flowing, they arise to serve and guide us. If they get stuck, try one of the suggestions above.
You are not alone, even if you’re feeling that way. Know that others are going through or have gone through similar experiences. Reach out! There are friends, family members, community centers, gyms, wellness centers, schools, classes, meet-ups, clubs, support groups, and support hotlines.
If you or someone you know is struggling and you find this helpful please feel free to share.
Wishing you a full and abundant life of allowing, presence, and harmony.
Lots of love,
I love hugging! I'll take any hug I can get! A 1 second squeeze, a 3 second embrace, even a loooong 20 second healing hug! Sure, it can be a bit awkward to linger - but if both parties consent, the research is there to support major healing benefits of a nice long hug!
Here are the Top 3 Health Benefits to a Long Hug - Scientific Proof included!
1. A hug of 10 seconds or more increases Oxytocin.
Also known as the "love hormone", Oxytocin regulates social interaction, bonding, underlies trust, and is an antidote to feeling down. When Oxytocin is released it also balances your blood pressure and heart rate. (see the science)
2. Hugs reduce pain, ease Asthma, help with diabetes, and improve our immune systems. The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine has carried out hundreds of studies into touch. They have found evidence of significant effects, including enhanced growth in premature babies, diminished pain, decreased autoimmune disease symptoms, and improved immune systems. (see the science)
3. Hugs help with feelings of depression.
Hugging stimilates the production of Serotinin. Low Serotonin has been linked to feelings of loneliness and depression. As Serotonin is released feelings of pleasure, elevated mood and happiness increase. (see the science)
So now that we have all the science lets experiment with this healing art for ourselves! For the next week, i challenge you to find one consenting person or loving pet each day to practice a 10 to 20 second hug with. Pay attention to how you feel before and after. so that you can see the benefits for yourself!
I would love to hear from you about your experience so please send me a note!
Lots of Love,