Feeling particularly Queenly. 👑
Peace friends! I’m excited to share that I'll be offering the first round of Heal Haus’ Community Acupuncture this Saturday August 18th from 3-5 pm! The theme is Collective Zen. Community Acupuncture takes place in Heal Haus' group space, where patients lie down in comfortable zero-gravity reclining chairs and massage tables, and enjoy the soothing ambiance of Heal Haus, while receiving an Acupuncture treatment. The Community Acupuncture model involves several people being treated at the same time. This allows for care to be more accessible, affordable, and communal.Sessions are booked in 20 minute increments, allowing for about 40-60 minutes total to be spent in treatment. The cost for this healing experience is $39. Come to relax and unwind. Smooth tunes will be playing. Healing aromas will fill the room. Come enjoy collective zen. You can sign up by clicking the link in my bio and by heading to healhaus.com ! ✨
Current food vibe: Food is your friend (not the enemy). Have fun with your food. Eat all the colors of the rainbow. Make it pretty. Give thanks.
Finally have a big-girl briefcase. I love this @stevemadden one so much. Totally feel like a boss-babe when I rock it to meetings. Ultimately, confidence comes from within. But a boss accessory can elevate it even more. Also, summer palette shoes. 👠 💼 👩🏾⚕️
Totally into this Moringa powder from @kulikulifoods . It’s been a delicious addition to my daily green smoothies. I talk about Moringa all the time at my herbal medicine workshops and wrote an in depth post about it on my blog a few years ago (check it out!). 🌿 Moringa is the definition of a superfood. It’s packed with such a vast variety of vitamins, minerals, and even protein. One really cool fact about Moringa is that it grows like crazy when planted in the right environment. In Haiti in particular, it grows pretty much effortlessly. Think about the impact this has not only on environmental sustainability and reforestation but on public health and individual nutrition as well. Moringa can literally feed the earth and the people, in abundance. 🌿 Very happy with this supplement powder! Thanks to the kind folks at Kuli kuli for sending some my way. Check out @kulikulifoods for more. * * * * * This is not a paid endorsement. All opinions are my own.
I’ve been enjoying connecting with lovely Jasmine as of late. Jasmine flowers are gorgeous and have the most enchanting scent, treasured as a relaxant in aromatherapy. In many cultures, Jasmine is revered for its potent feminine energy and aphrodisiac effects. I love a simple Jasmine tea. Might throw some shatavari and oatstraw in there too for some sweet vibes. 🌿 A big theme of this month for me is women’s health and feminine energy. I have some cool offerings coming your way, so stay tuned and stay connected. 🌿
Sun-kissed and blessed. ☀️ - Gooooood morning tribe! It’s been a whirlwind of a summer so far. So bomb. Filled with lots of personal growth and creative expansion. I’ve really been nurturing myself this summer; intellectually, physically, energetically. Took a little break to go inward, so haven’t been posting as much. Setting intentions, making plans, taking action. Moving forward. Making new connections. Strengthening old ones. The stars are aligning in all these interesting ways and it’s like whoa! So excited about my journey. Thanks for rockin’ with me. ✌🏾
🌸Backyard clippings🌸 We have a couple dozen varieties of plants in our backyard and they bloom and die in rotation. • For a few weeks at a time, different varieties shine and display their splendor. Then it’s their time to release. Then for another few weeks, another group shines, then dies. So on and so forth... • Plants are a constant reminder of the natural cycle of things; particularly duality. There’s a time for exuberance and a time for introspection. Theres a time for rain and a time for sun. Theres a time for motion and a time for stillness. There’s a time for noise and a time for silence. There’s a time for joy and a time for sadness. Ultimately, accepting the is-ness of the present moment helps us tune into these dualities and all the space between.
Jess is out here living her best life, feeling that quintessential Acupuncture high. This blissed out feeling characteristic to Acupuncture treatments is thanks to all of the released endorphins (feel good chemicals) and the activation of the parasympathetic system (rest and digest element of our neurological system). Be like Jess. Feel that high. Embrace the healing; mind, body, spirit. ✨
I’m often asked what I like the most about camping. I often reply that for me, being in communion with nature feels like a huge exhale. An exhale from the inner and outer noise that deafens us from the wise one within. In turn, I get to take in all of the goodness, abundance, and intelligence of the earth, and its bounty. For a short while, I get to actually connect directly with the other living entities around. Plants, wildlife, etc. all inhabit this planet with us, yet we spend so much time closed off in closed walls. I get to wake up with the sun and go to bed with the moon, helping to balance my body’s energetic rhythms. I get to marvel at the sky’s vastness, pondering the immensity of the universe and my place within it, while counting shooting stars and identifying the constellations. I get to....FEAST ON S’MORES, while enjoying the crackling of the enchanting night fire. • Even if camping is not your thing, you can get in tune with nature in some of the following ways: 🌿Visit your local community garden 🌿Walk barefoot in the sand at your nearest beach 🌿 Do a 5 minute meditation when you wake up outside or in direct view of the sun 🌿 Eat a meal outside at your nearest park 🌿Adopt a plant in your home and tend to it 🌿Go out to your local farmers market, connect with the food and the farmers. • These are just a few of the infinite ways you can tap into the healing power of nature and transform.
🌊 •trust the process• 🌊 This has been a big theme for me for a while. We trust that the sun will rise and set, that the seasons will change, and that the waves of the ocean will always come to kiss the shore. But, we tend to not trust our own life process and evolution. • At the beginning of my client sessions, I always say “we are about to embark on a journey” because healing is a journey, not a destination. We must put our intentions out, act with purpose, and trust that we are going where we need to be going. • I see myself as a partner in your journey. We are in this together. I am right beside you cheering for you, rooting for you, as I cheer for myself, root for myself. My belief is that if each of us is engaged in our healing process, walking in the direction of our fullest selves, the world will be a much brighter place. • Trust. 📷: @pinterest
Jade rolling is how I like to end most of my cosmetic facial acupuncture sessions. Thanks to the cooling nature of jade cyrstal, jade rolling helps close the pores of the skin, decrease inflammation, and seal the treatment. 💚 Jade rolling helps increase circulation in the face, which can help decrease the severity of eye circles, under eye puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles, etc. 💚 Jade crystal is revered for its healing and protective properties. The crystal is associated with longevity, purity, love, and the heart chakra. ✨Cheers to tapping into our inner beauty and cultivating love for all of who we are.✨
Energy doesn’t lie. It’s transmitted into everything. That feeling in your heart. When you just know. A wise one once said “you recognize the truth by the way it feels”. As Bob Marley said, “who feels it knows it”. ✨ • 📷: @dabito (thanks @projectreroot !)
🌟 Choosing joy 🌟
Is it me or are in-season fruits just...better? I feel like they’re sweeter, riper, and higher in vibrations. Loving these peaches 🍑 from my local market. What a delicious nourishing nectar. • What are some of your favorite summer fruits? I’m about to feast on an entire watermelon 🍉 when I get home.
Tending to myself with my herbal allies. I swear the practice of this medicine is a real practice. Every day, I learn more and more about the plants. Every day, I connect more and more. Every day, I’m humbled more and more. The wisdom and bounty of the earth is truly endless. 🙏🏾🌱 - I whipped up some echinacea, hyssop, peppermint, lemonbalm, licorice, and forever bae, lavender. 🌿🌿🌿
So how does acupuncture work anyway? 📌✨🌗 In my Masters in Acupuncture program, we were encouraged to offer different descriptions that can resonate with everyone. ✨ On an energetic level, we are working with “qi”, the fundamental life force, responsible for the elements, the cosmos, and the experiences you have in your body. Acupuncture works with qi, as well as yin and yang and other energetic elements, to help restore balance to your system so you can live abundantly. • On a more physical level, we are stimulating your body at specific points, to get specific effects. Sometimes, we are releasing muscle tension, other times we are stimulating cellular repair and lymphatic flow, and other times we are interfering with pain and neurological receptors. This can lead to everything from decreased pain to an increased sense of overall wellness. • One of my former professors explained Acupuncture like this: “Imagine telephone wires, connected by cables. Electricity and energy flows easily and freely between the poles when the right structures are in place. But let’s say one pole is off, or a wire is loose, or a structure is shaky, well, then the electricity doesn’t flow as smoothly. Acupuncture makes sure all the electricity is flowing smoothly between the wires and that all the poles and structures are strong and balanced”. • Pick whichever description resonates with you! But just know that Acupuncture is AMAZING.
Maca root powder is m my jam for hormone balancing. I love to add it to smoothies for a nutritional hormone-balancing kick. Maca root is in the cruciferous family like my fave vegetables; broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. Maca comes from the Andes region of Peru and has been used for healing forever. • What makes maca great is its superstar nutritional profile. Some standouts are Calcium, zinc, B vitamins, iron, etc. These nutrients are important for everyone, but especially for women looking to regulate their menstrual cycles, which is important when working on everything from fertility to estrogen dominance (PCOS and fibroids, for example). • A quick note on superfood supplements: It’s tricky because there are so many to choose from, yeah? Between the protein and green powders, immune boosters, energy lifters, it can get overwhelming. I think this is where the value of seeking the consult of a licensed healthcare provider comes in. We can help guide you on what to incorporate into your diet and lifestyle. • Also, what’s ideal for one person may not be ideal for you. I may recommend acai berry extract to someone with atherosclerosis, while I may recommend goji berry to a woman going through menopause. I may recommend bee pollen to one person for immune boosting, while I may recommend turmeric powder to another. I give very specific recommendations tailored to your unique self and your unique health profile, so you can reap the benefits of everything you’re consuming to better your health. 💚