Author Archives: Amanda Johnson

Climbing mountains with Tai Chi

When I was traveling for 6 months after graduate school, I had nothing but the pack on my back, and a sense of adventure. I was out of my normal mode of activities and training. However, no matter where I was, I had a consistent 3-5 days of tai chi practice per week, anywhere from […]

Aches and Pains, Oh My!

  The weather has changed, and maybe you’ve found yourself experiencing an increase in pesky aches and pains in your joints. It may be easy to pass this off as arthritis, which has unfortunately become somewhat of an expectation as we age. The solution to this phenomena is not always an NSAID. You guessed it, […]

Functional Body, Functional You

Try this out: Sit down on the floor. Now, get back on your feet without using your hands in any way (even bracing yourself on your knee). Can’t do it? Okay, starting from a standing position again, get down to sitting on the floor without using your hands. Impossible? These movements are simple mobility exercises […]

Apples Galore!

It’s that time, the great season of the apple reigns supreme! In the day and age of produce being available year-round against the grain of seasonality, the beauty of a fresh and humble apple in Fall can be lost. But who can deny the lovely, crisp, dewy flavor of a fresh apple picked in the […]

The Importance of Play

There is a lot to be said about how structure and routine serve us. We have clean teeth, pay the bills, keep our jobs, have meals to enjoy, and have tidy houses due to adhering to routines. In the quest for health, regularity with workouts, eating, and mindfulness practices are all of great importance. However, […]

Collagen as a recipe for recovery, regeneration, and really soft skin.

As an acupuncturist I treat a lot of pain conditions. Whether from athletic injuries, or just living life actively, pain can be a hindrance. Some of the more popular questions I field in my practice are: How can I heal faster?, How do I keep my body in good shape for as long as possible?, […]

My Favorite Fat – A Love Letter to EVOO

By this point, the term “good fat” has gone mainstream. People are once again delving into avocados, nuts, seeds, and butter after the long reign of low-fat, high carbohydrate diet that ruled the common kitchen paradigm. The work of Ancel Keys (poor research turned into even worse blanket advice about the dangers of dietary lipids) […]

Super Powered Cacao Bark

You already knew chocolate had super powers, but this one can convince any doubters. Feel free to play with this recipe, it’s quite forgiving! Remember, this is a refrigerator chocolate bark, the coconut oil can not withstand room temperature without melting into a beautiful chocolate puddle. Ingredients: 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil (melted if it’s […]

Paleo Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients: 3 TBSP flax seeds 1 TBSP, plus 2/3 cup coconut sugar 2-3 TBSP lemon zest 1 TBSP lemon juice 1 cup (4 oz.) arrowroot flour 3 large eggs 1/2 cup water 3 TBSP coconut oil (melted and cooled to room temp.) 1 TBSP vanilla extract 1 tsp sea salt 3 cups (9 oz.) almond […]

Motor Vehicle Accidents and Acupuncture

Statistically speaking, the average driver will be in a motor vehicle accident once every 7 years!  If you’ve been in an accident before, you know the pain can be debilitating, and may linger much longer than expected. Between the shock of the accident, and the stress of dealing with repair shops, lawyers, and insurance agents, […]