If you are just returning to the gym or starting a new workout program it’s important to keep up your motivation. Unfortunately the majority of new gym memberships go unused. There are many reasons for this, but one major reason is due to injuries or chronic pain. There are a number of practices that will allow you to make the most of the gym, while keeping healthy. These tips are especially important if you are new to the gym, or returning after a long hiatus. Always begin lightly with stretching and a light warm up to prepare your muscles and tendons for exercise. This enhances your range of motion and warms the muscles and joints, which makes you less prone to injury. Drinking water not only helps you remain hydrated, it also helps prevent injuries. It’s important to drink water during and after working out. Pay attention to your body.... Read more →

My clients come from a wide variety of backgrounds- but one thing everyone has in common is a busy schedule. I realize that coming in to the office for an appointment isn't always easy to coordinate- not to mention the hassle of traffic, parking, or public transit. If you don't live in the Bay Area it might feel impossible to commute to Berkeley. While I enjoy the connections made face-to-face, I've learned over time that the important interactions can be done digitally. The homeopathic interview involves deep listening and expression, and there's no reason this cannot be done using the internet. I have a deep preference for seeing a client's face while we interact, and this is easily done if you have access to a good internet connection and headphones. I can easily make appointments using Skype, Google Hangouts, or Firefox Hello. I am available during afternoons, early evenings and... Read more →

The practice of holding space is so important in homeopathy. It's the practice of deep listening, and support without judgement. It is always my intention to hold space for my clients so that we can look directly at what needs healing. Being held in this way allows for deep healing to take place. Here is a lovely article about the practice and importance of holding space for others: http://heatherplett.com/2015/03/hold-space/ photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/48778414@N04/7646188700 via Creative Commons 2.0 Read more →

One of the most common complaints I hear from clients is that they get no relief from their symptoms. They have been formally diagnosed with a disease[s] and have been receiving years of treatment. Unfortunately for them their symptoms never really improve. Often the symptoms worsen, or the side effects become new issues. When you have a complaint that never improves, it is common to increase the dosage on your prescriptions and increase the number of treatments you have. Occasionally it means trying out more or different combinations of medicine. This can result in high out of pocket costs for doctor visits and expensive copays. And yet this often does not touch the source of the complaint. Homeopathy works to heal the original source of the problem. The healing comes from within and can bring relief. Often the symptoms decrease immediately, although it can take quite some time to heal... Read more →

In our modern world we rush forward so fast our health often gets to be a last priority. It’s something we deal with when we are forced to- when our symptoms become so intense they cannot be ignored. Our lives are so intense that we lose touch with our feelings and our sense of our body. We push any warning signs to the side. We do this because we prioritize our family, our children, our jobs. It’s so common that it just feels normal and expected. And we do this until we can no longer manage. It feels like a luxury to slow down, and to take a moment for yourself. In the spirit of the holidays, I encourage each of you to take a moment, an hour, or even a full day to luxuriate in slowness. Take some time to appreciate your body and to breathe deeply. Embrace the... Read more →