Zero Balancing I classes in Vermont 2022

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Zero Balancing 1

A 25-hour professional, hands-on, body-mind therapy training

with Michele Doucette DC

     May 13-15   Burlington VT or

     June 2-5      Wilmington, VT

 

Zero Balancing is a unique, hands-on, bodywork system of healing.  It combines the Western view of medicine and science from the field of osteopathy with Eastern concepts of energy and healing from the field of acupuncture.  ZB affects the whole person (body, mind, and spirit) by providing both structural therapy and energy medicine simultaneously.

Practitioners learn to engage, evaluate, and balance the deepest currents of movement through bones, joints, ligaments, and other soft tissue. Through touch we learn to access the body’s “interoceptive” mechanism of conscious awareness, self-referencing, and physical, as well as psycho-emotional, resilience.  ZB facilitates deep relaxation that relieves musculoskeletal tension patterns caused by stress, injury, illness, suboptimal posture, etc.

ZB offers the opportunity to work with expanded states of consciousness and to address imbalances in energy fields that precede pathology (illness).   It promotes an expansive meditative state that is grounded in the body and often allows clients to experience greater self-awareness, mindfulness, and insight into their personal health and wellness. ZB is effective for pain relief, improved joint function, and ease of movement.  Side effects may include peace, happiness, clarity, and personal growth as ZB brings a person closer to his or her true nature.

It changes lives.

 

ZB I is approved for 25 hrs. Continuing Education credit (through VT Board of Chiropractic, NCBTMB, NCCAOM, PT/OT boards and agencies and 30.5 hrs. for RN, NP, by American Holistic Nurses Assoc.

 

To register contact Dr. Doucette at 802-464-2361  bones@sover.net  or register online at    www.zerobalancing.com   Course Fee:  $595 If pd 2 mo. Advance, $695 if pd 1 mo. advance, $795 thereafter           Read testimonials from students at www.drmicheledoucette.com

 

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Acupuncture Plus & Acupuncture Delux

I have a lot of modalities to choose from and I love doing all the extra fun stuff – Zero Balancing (ZB), moxa, cupping, gua sha.

Adding 15 or 30 minutes to a session allows me time to do some ZB or running cupping on your back, or whatever you need.needling 2

Acupuncture                          $85      50-60 minutes

Zero Balancing                       $85      30 minutes

Acupuncture Plus*                 $105    65-75 minutesmoxibustion-therapy

Acupuncture Delux**             $125    80-90 minutes

Acupuncture Double               $145    95-105 minutes

(front + back Acu)

 

*Acupuncture Plus sessions add 10-15 minutes (65-75 minutes)

Mini ZB + Acu

Acu + cupping or moxa or gua sha / tui na bodywork

 

**Acupuncture Delux sessions add 20-30 minutes (80-90 minutes)

Full ZB + Acu

Mini ZB + Acu + cupping or moxa or gua sha / tui na bodywork

 

Book online – via email at kelly@VTacupuncture.com – or phone 802-951-8815.

 

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Assessment for prescribing customized Chinese herbal formulas is included with acupuncture series of 3 or more sessions. Herbal 5elemnt2-croppedformulas are extra and are typically $25-35 per week.

 

 

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LOVE over fear

love over fear

Let’s fire up the love not fear.

Feel good hormones or Love hormones – oxytocin, dopamine, serotonin – help ward off anxiety and depression, as well as support your immune system. They have the opposite effect of the fight, flight, freeze response.

Fear, anxiety and worry increase cortisol, stress the adrenal gland and decrease immune function. Stress, overwhelm, fight or flight, trauma. Our fearful, isolated, stressed-out society is not helpful. Stress hormones are high, which is not helpful for our immune function.

Get some Physical and Social Contact

Positive social connection, socializing, laughing, meaningful conversations. Trust, sharing and gift giving. Hugs, cuddles, making love. Self-care, massage, acupuncture. All of these things release feel-good hormones, which aren’t just helping you feel better, but be healthier, too.

Not only in women related to labor and lactation, but also the love hormones help the male reproductive system by supporting the production of testosterone.

Regular physical activity can kick stress hormones to the curb and increase the love hormones.

Cardio like walking, running, hiking, biking, aerobic classes. Muscle building exercise is especially good for the over-40 crowd.

Yoga, meditation, deep breathing and mindfulness training. Obviously, great for reducing stress. Start small. Short and frequent meditation, or moving meditation, like walking meditation or Tqi Chi, is an alternate to sitting or lying down meditation.

Laughter lowers stress hormones. Jokes lower cortisol levels! Make movie night all about the comedies.

Music Listening to music you love lowers cortisol levels and increases happiness. Do you have an instrument collecting dust? Play it. It is good for your brain.

Acupuncture can help as well. I’ve been helping relieve the trauma on our bodies and minds that has come with the pandemic. Some feel it in their gut and it shows up as digestive issues. Others have anxiety and panic, depression, fatigue, body aches or irritability. Depending upon where we have deficiency or stagnation, we will see the effects in different areas.

Spring is a great time to get acupuncture, as this time of year it is easy for Qi to get stuck.

Check out my added session combo options.

I had COVID last month and I’m glad that I’m over that hump.

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I had COVID (better than a booster)

FAE41808-7B41-47D2-AD38-C7F5B7687FF5_1_105_cMy whole family had COVID last month. We are grateful that it was so mild. Also grateful that I had many treatment options at my fingertips. I have been keeping up with what medical doctors and NDs have been doing to treat COVID, as well as continuing to study Chinese medicine, so I felt pretty ready when it hit. Here are some of the things we did.

When my son was sick (testing positive for COVID 2 days later, when he was feeling better) I started doing nasal rinsing and gargling to reduce the viral load. We had all been taking Vit C, D and zinc regularly but upped the dose. We also took Quercetin and NAC and, of course, Chinese herbal medicine.

So speaking of fear… I’m hoping to relieve a little fear, if you were worried about coming to see me. Having recently had COVID is the best booster out there. Natural immunity, at this point, is certainly better than a booster based on a 2 year old variant. The chances are slim that once you’ve had it that you can catch it again, at least until it mutates a few times. Some do get it again, but it is rare, and more common in people with deficient constitutions.

Not that I want you all to get it, but if you do, I hope you got the mild version like we did (headache, fever, fatigue, dry throat). And let me know if you would like some support with supplements and herbs. Telehealth appointments are an option.

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Year of the Yang Water Tiger 2022

year of the tiger 2022

Happy Chinese New Year. Today is the first day of the lunar new year – it’s the year of the Yang Water Tiger.

The Tiger is known for her power and courage, and is a natural leader who is careful and direct.

The Yang Tiger energy is especially active, forward-moving, and brings momentum that can help us accomplish the goals we have set for ourselves in the past couple of years. Hard work will pay off this year.

Working hard doesn’t mean working all the time. Make sure to balance work with relaxation, family time, exercise, hobbies, and self-care – when it is time to work be productive, put away the distractions and give it all of your attention. Like a tiger waiting for the right moment to pounce, relax until it is time for action, then give it your all.

This is the year for completing what we started, bringing our efforts to fruition. Think about what you want your life to look like in the coming years or decade – it is time to grow and move forward in our chosen direction.

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Health in the Year of the Tiger

Chinese New Year marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Winter is the season of the water element; fear is the emotion associated with the water element and winter.

Manage fear and anxiety by connecting to the earth and bringing grounding qi into daily life. Flow beyond 5elemnt2-croppedfear. Get outside and walk amongst trees, breathing deeply, leaving the ear buds at home. In the five element cycle, earth controls water.

Over activity, over use of stimulants, and lack of sleep depletes the kidney qi, which is associated with the water element. Move forward with gusto this yang tiger year, but also in a balanced way, including rest and sleep – and eating well. Rest and sleep are the best way to replenish the kidney qi. As we age, our kidney energy naturally declines. Take naps, ideally lying flat, to give the most energy back to your kidneys.

Foods that support the water element are bone broth, soups and stews, beef, chicken, eggs, seafood, and root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, squash, shiitake mushrooms, berries and walnuts.

Spring is associated with the wood element, the liver, and the emotion of anger and frustration.

Avoid letting your energy stagnate this spring, or frustration can build and one may become irritable and argumentative. Bottling up anger can contribute to physical ailments that are due to qi stagnation such as body pain, headaches, digestive issues, or menstrual/menopausal irregularities.

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Japanese Beef and White Sweet Potato Stew

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Simple and delicious. The base is bone broth, tamari, ginger with sweet Japanese cooking wine – slow cooked stew beef with Japanese white sweet potatoes. Yum. A hit with the kids.

Ingredients

2 pounds local stew beef (boneless chuck 1 – 1 ½ in chunks)

3 cups bone stock or broth (chicken, turkey, beef)

¼ cup tamari or soy sauce

10 slices of ginger, peeled

Black pepper

Sea salt

1 lemon (Zest goes in with the potatoes. Juice at the end)E95E380D-ABC0-4796-BCD6-DBC75E5FBD30_1_105_c

2 pounds Japanese white sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-1 ½ in chunks. Alternatively use regular sweet potatoes or butternut squash.

Scallions (optional)

 

Salt and pepper the meat. Turn oven on to 350 F.

In large Dutch oven heat 1 T bacon fat, ghee, butter, coconut oil or olive oil.

Sear half of the meat, turning once about 5 minutes per side. Put aside. Sear the other half and put aside.

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White Tiger Decoction

Powerful and graceful White Tiger Decoction treats what is known in Chinese medicine as the 4 bigs – big fever, big thirst, big sweat, big pulse – and has its place in the Chinese medicine dispensary as an important emergency formula. Apropos for 2022 – the Year of the Tiger.

F61544D3-B9B8-42B6-AB3B-639D19360CAD_1_105_cGypsum, the main ingredient, is a clear white mineral with a crystalline structure made up of parallel fibers, which is pungent, sweet and cold. Some say it is very cold, others slightly cold, but all agree that it has strong heat clearing properties. It’s function can be likened to cleaning a clogged screen, allowing the body to vent the heat that has built up under the clog. We can visualize the image of the parallel crystal fibers – keeping the vertical flow of the meridians, so heat cannot build up. This amazing mineral is can either reduce profuse sweat or promote sweat as is needed.

Gypsum is used together in White Tiger Decoction with honey-fried licorice, rice and anemarrhena which, along with gypsum, are all sweet and/or cool and help replenish the fluids that were scorched by the intense heat and high fever. It is an incredibly effective formula when used appropriately for the correct pattern, including for pediatrics.

I had the chance to use it when my son woke up the first day of the winter break with a fever. His main signs and symptoms were headache, rapid and flooding pulse, body hot to touch, and fever went up to 104.6. I have him White Tiger Decoction and the fever came down from 104.6 to 101 literally within minutes. By the time he went to bed an hour later his fever was below 99. I was amazed that it worked so fast. I am so grateful for the wisdom of the ancients and to have this potent medicine at my finger tips. Chinese medicine rocks!

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Oral-Nasal Virucidal Therapy

For prevention and early treatment of COVID and other viruses, one of the best things we can do is treat the area that the viruses come in and hang out: the nose and throat. Gargling is one way to get to the throat, while a spray will take care of the nose and behind, where the nose and throat meet. This effective method has been shown to reduce PCR positivity and shorten the duration of illness.

There are many options for what anti-viral/microbial agent to use use. Solutions of Betadine (povidone-iodine 1%) and hydrogen peroxide (3%) are highly effective. Grapefruit seed extract has anti-viral and anti-microbial effects, as do many essential oils, like the ones used in Listerine. Obviously, Listerine is great for gargling, but not so great for spraying up one’s nose. Xlear Nasal Spray contains grapefruit seed extract.

The goal is to decontaminate the nose and throat to reduce the viral load that your body has to deal with, and to reduce the transmission of the virus.

2 teaspoons Betadine in 6 ounces of water

Use nasal spray or syringe bulb and spray up nose – snort it to back of throat and then spit it out.

Gargle the rest of the Betadine solution, spit it out – do not swallow.

Finish with Listerine gargle

This method is recommended for early stages of COVID or flu, or if nasal symptoms continue. This can be done up to every 4 hours while you are awake. Read More »

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Gargling with Antiseptic Mouthwash Kills Viruses

Gargling is an easy way to reduce infection and transmission of viruses. Antiseptic mouthwashes, like Listerine, effectively reduce oro- and nasopharyngeal (mouth, throat and nose) viral load and inactivate coronaviruses.

The nose, throat and salivary glands are major sites of virus replication and transmission during early stages of coronavirus infection, as well as other respiratory viruses and bacteria. Targeting these areas with mouthwashes and nasal rinses can help prevent progression and reduce transmission of the disease.

While the vaccines aim to prevent viruses from replicating in the lungs, they do not prevent viruses from replicating in the nose, mouth and pharynx, which has a different type of mucosa than the lungs and this area is the first area to be infected.

The easiest thing we can do is to gargle daily for prevention of transmission of viruses and bacteria. Alternatively, gargling can be applied after exposure to someone who is sick or potential exposure after flying or being in a crowded place. This can be helpful for all people regardless of vaccination history.

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