Salt & The Water Element

Salt & The Water Element

This is the final in the free Five Flavors Talks series that has been teaching you how spices can support your internal organs, your energetic balance, and your overall health!

Wed., May 18thsalt
6-7pm
FREE

Savory Spice Shop
2041 Broadway St., Ste 1
Boulder, CO 80302

This talk will focus on the characteristics of the Water Element and how it is associated with the salty flavor. Based on the Water Element corresponds to bones, the nervous system, and fluid in the body, learn how your relationship with salt might be affecting your internal state of balance (or imbalance).

Booking is now open for Student Clinics

Booking is now open for Student Clinics

One hour sessions are only $30!

The students in this year’s HeartMind Shiatsu Basic Training are progressing through their studies beautifully. Indeed, they are demonstrating deeper understanding and better technique at this point than any other class we’ve ever taught.

Student Clinics provide them the opportunity to hone their skills of intake, assessment and treatment and receive honest, valuable feedback to help them become better practitioners.  This is why we are excited to announce the opening of booking for this summer’s Student Clinics!  Appointments are available:

  • Sun., May 15th, 10am & 11:15am250350_412133772180011_181079548_n
  • Sun., June 19th, 10:30am & 11:45am
  • Mon., July 18th, 3:30 & 4:45pm
  • Sat., Aug. 20th, 10:30 & 11:45am
  • Sun., Aug. 21st, 10:30 & 11:45am

There are limited places available in each clinic (only 10-14), so reserve your spot today!

Student clinics are hosted at our school location within the Bodywork Bistro Living Arts Center.

Three ways to book*: 

*Please note: a credit card number is required to hold your place in the clinic. It will only be charge if you fail to give us adequate notice of cancellation.

Cancellation Policy: We require a minimum of 24 hours notice for canceling your appointment. If we do not receive at least 24 hours notice, your credit card will be charged for the full amount of the session.

We look forward to sharing this work with you!

Spiciness & the Metal Element

Spiciness & the Metal Element

Traditional Chinese Medicine sees qi as the cosmic energy or life force that flows through the body-mind. An excess or lack of qi – too much or too little yang, or heat; too much or too little yin, or cold – is the cause of disease. And one way to keep qi balanced is through a balance of the five flavors in your diet: sweet, sour, bitter, spicy (hot), and salty.

breathing fireSpicy foods make us sweat. They produce heat in the body, burning through excess dampness and moisture, which is perhaps why they’re so good to eat in the fall, stoking that internal fire for the cold winter to come. But spicy foods are pretty polarizing. People either LOVE spice or they hate it.

But when should you incorporate heat into your diet? And when should you avoid it?

Next week, we’re hosting the fourth FREE talk in the Five Flavors Talks series will focus on the Spicy flavor and how it relates to the Metal Element of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Wed., May 4th
6-7pm

Savory Spice Shop
2041 Broadway St. Ste. 1
Boulder, CO 80302

Be introduced to the Metal Element expressions in your body, mind, and spirit.  Get an idea of which signs in your body are signaling a need to cut back on the heat, like if you sweat excessively or are prone to rashes or ezcema, heat leaving your body through the skin. And hear a little about the signs that are telling you that it would be helpful to your internal balance to, quite literally, spice up your life, like if you are frequently cold, or suffer from loose stools.  Then learn about a variety of exotic spices from around the world that will satisfy this taste while leaving your food flavorful and hear about their fascinating medicinal benefits.

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FIVE FLAVORS TALKS: Sweetness & the Earth Element

FIVE FLAVORS TALKS: Sweetness & the Earth Element

Worldwide scientific research has linked spices to the prevention and treatment of more than 150 health problems, including heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.  Spices are so powerful because they’re super-rich sources of plant compounds that fight oxidation and inflammation, the two processes underlying most chronic disease.

Sugar is one of the things that creates this disease-causing inflammation in the body.  A craving for sweetness in our diets is natural; indeed, satisfying that craving is essential to creating balance in our lives.  Sweet foods bring us comfort. They produce serotonin (the happiness hormone) in the brain, which brings us feelings of joy and satisfaction in our lives, much like the feeling of having your mother’s arms wrapped around you.
Perhaps this is why sugar is so addictive.  But in our modern culture, processed sugar has become the go-to. It’s easy and it’s fast…the American way. But too much sugar in one’s life create that insidious inflammation that can lead to many ailments, not the least of which is Type 2 Diabetes.

Next week, we’re hosting the third FREE talk in the Five Flavors Talks series, which will focus on the Sweet flavor and how it relates to the Earth Element of Traditional Chinese Medicine. (Hint: think about the term *Mother* Earth and relate it to that feeling of protectedness, contentedness that one feels after a sweet treat.)

Wed., April 20th
6-7pm
FREE
at the Savory Spice Shop
Boulder, CO 80302
2041 Broadway St., Ste 1
Learn about the expressions of the Earth Element through your body, mind, and spirit, and which signs in your body are signaling a need to cut back on the sweet flavor in your diet and which signs are telling you that it would be helpful to your internal balance to incorporate more sweetness.  Then learn about how to satisfy your natural craving for sugar using whole foods, herbs, and spices.

These talks will be led by Jessica Van Antwerp, an AOBTA nationally Certified Shiatsu Practitioner and Certified Instructor of HeartMind Shiatsu. She has been studying Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2009 and strives to live in harmony with Nature using the Elements as her guide. Her passion for her work comes across through her teaching style, infused with case studies and personal stories, as well as humor and light-heartedness.
The Bitter Flavor & the Fire Element

The Bitter Flavor & the Fire Element

 

Colorful-spicesImparting the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine, this is the second in a FREE series of talks that will teach you how herbs and spices can support your internal organs, your energetic balance and your overall health, literally spicing up your life!

Wed., April 6th
6-7pm
Savory Spice Shop
2041 Broadway St., Ste. 1
Boulder, CO 80302

This week’s talk will focus on the Fire Element and the Bitter Flavor.  Learn how the Fire Element expresses itself in your body, mind, and spirit and some signs and symptoms that your Fire energies may be out of balance, such as disturbed sleep, trouble speaking, high or low blood pressure, getting easily chilled or overheated.  Learn some distinguishing features between exaggerated Fire and depleted Fire, which will tell you when to avoid Bitter flavors for better internal balance or when to start incorporating more of them into your diet to support your health.

Then an expert at the Savory Spice Shop will go into detail about some bitter herbs and spices and how to incorporate them into various recipes so that you can bring your body into balance by spicing up your life!

jess-87These talks will be led by Jessica Van Antwerp, an AOBTA nationally Certified Shiatsu Practitioner and Certified Instructor of HeartMind Shiatsu. She has been studying Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2009 and strives to live in harmony with Nature using the Elements as her guide. Her passion for her work comes across through her teaching style, infused with case studies and personal stories, as well as humor and light-heartedness.

The Sour Flavor & Wood Element

The Sour Flavor & Wood Element

We begin the first of our Five Flavors talks next Wednesday, March 23rd, with the SOUR flavor and itscitrus associations with the WOOD Element.

Do you have hip issues? Trouble sleeping 11pm-3am? Feel the need for a cleanse? Deal with anger issues? Have addictive tendencies or behaviors?

Ever had gall stones? Or trouble making decisions?

Be introduced to how these (and many more) symptoms could be signaling an imbalance within your Wood Element energies. Then learn about the spices associated with the Sour Flavor and how incorporating these into your diet may help bring these energies back into balance.

BONUS: Learn how incorporating more sour foods into your diet may help curb your sugar cravings!

Disclaimer: the information in these talks is not intended as a diagnosis, nor as medically sanctioned treatment for ailments or diseases.  Please consult your physician before making any adjustments to your health regimen. 

Dates set for Five Flavors Talks

Dates set for Five Flavors Talks

spicesWe are excited to announce that the dates for our upcoming Five Flavors Talks, in partnership with Savory Spice Shop, have been set.

Jessica Van Antwerp, a Boulder-based Certified HeartMind Shiatsu Instructor, will highlight one Element per talk, expounding on its associations within the body and mind, how it shows up in our lives by expressing itself physically or through personality.  Then one of the spice experts at Savory will showcase the spices associated with the Flavor of the Element, all in the effort to expand your mind around how using spices can help these Elemental Energies come into balance within your body.

This is a FREE series of talks, every other Wednesday, 6-7pm, starting March 23rd.  The talks will be held at Savory Spice Shop at 2041 Broadway Ste. 1, Boulder, CO 80302

  • March 23rd – WOOD and the Sour Flavor
  • April 6th – FIRE and Bitterness
  • April 20th – EARTH and Sweetness
  • May 4th – METAL and Spiciness
  • May 18th – WATER and Salt

Hope to see you there!

*Please note: the information in these talks is not intended as a diagnosis, nor as medically sanctioned treatment for ailments or diseases.  Please consult your physician before making any adjustments to your health regimen. 

jess-5Jessica Van Antwerp is an AOBTA nationally Certified Shiatsu Practitioner and a Certified Instructor of HeartMind Shiatsu, an avid qigong practitioner and believer in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Her passion for this work is infused into every moment of her daily life, as she strives to live her life following the wisdom of Nature and its expression through the human body.  Her enthusiasm is contagious.

 

HeartMind partners with Savory Spice Shop

We are excited to announce a creative partnership with Savory Spice Shop in downtown Boulder.

We have partnered up to bring you a series of talks about the Five Flavors associated with each of the Five Elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  We will focus on one element at a time, exposing you to how they may show up in your life.  The physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual issues that we all deal with can be clues as to the inner state of balance between each of the Five Elements.  Vertigo?  Think Water Element.  Diabetes?  Earth Element.  Hip problems?  Wood Element.

After a brief intro to these common issues, we’ll discuss the Flavor associated with the Element and some spices that will help support those energetics within your body.  The magic of Traditional Chinese Medicine comes in its associations, the interrelatedness of everything in your system.  Looking at your body as a whole, you can start to draw your own conclusions as to your particular imbalances and how you might be able to incorporate these spices and certain flavors into your diet to help bring your body back into balance.

*Please note: the information in these talks is not intended as a diagnosis, nor as medically sanctioned treatment for ailments or diseases.  Please consult your physician before making any adjustments to your health regimen. 

 

Enrollment is now open for the HeartMind Shiatsu Basic Training 2016

Enrollment is now open for the HeartMind Shiatsu Basic Training 2016

heartmind-trainingWe are so excited to announce that Enrollment is officially open for the 2016 HeartMind Shiatsu Basic Training in Boulder, CO.

Imagine your life when…

  • You have developed your healing skills
  • You can help people to relieve their suffering
  • You can use your hands to soothe & reduce pain
  • Your life dedication to healing becomes a daily practice…and a means to right livelihood
  • You grasp the deeper meaning behind disease
    …and can confidently facilitate transformation


HeartMind Shiatsu Basic Training will make these dreams a reality. We will take a deep dive into the fascinating and beautiful theory of Chinese Medicine. You will learn Beginner and Intermediate treatment skills for the health and longevity of your clients. You will learn techniques to help relieve your loved ones of common aches and pains. You will understand how the energy of Nature expresses itself through personality and physicality and develop the capacity to work with the corresponding energetic flows of the human body to bring yourself and your clients to a greater place of balance. You will gain a deep sense of connection to yourself and to the infinite place of silence within, through which healing energy flows.

We are now scheduling enrollment consultations and accepting applications for our 2016 program in Boulder, CO.

We’ve been working hard to evolve the program to produce higher quality therapists with deeper levels of understanding of Chinese Medicine.  And every year, the program gets better and better.  So next year’s training will be the best one yet.  Join us!

Basic Training 2016: Enrollment opens Oct. 12th

We will begin accepting applications for our 2016 Basic Training in Boulder, CO next Mon., Oct. 12th.

We are incredibly excited to run the program again next year, having evolved and refined our presentation, incorporating student feedback from this year’s program.  Newly graduated Certified HeartMind Instructors Becky Whitmer, Dave Goetz, and Jessica Van Antwerp will teach the first three levels of next year’s Basic Training, and our lead instructor Matthew Sweigart will fly in from California to teach the final level.

Prepare for a deep dive into Traditional Chinese Medicine and all of its mystery.  Learn how the Five Elements express themselves within Nature and within human beings to gain a better understanding of people in your life.  Learn techniques to balance your own energy so that you may be healthier and livelier in your own life.  And learn how to balance the energy in other people’s bodies so that they may be relieved of common aches and pains and feel their own vitality radiating out of every pore.

Stay tuned for application details…

 

FREE HeartMind Shiatsu Demo – Mon., Nov. 16th

What is HeartMind Shiatsu?
What is it good for?
How does it feel?

Come see what HeartMind Shiatsu is all about by watch one of our lead instructors apply techniques you can learn in our 1st of 3 Free Demos:

Mon., Nov. 16th
5:30-7pm

Bodywork Bistro Living Arts Center
3825 Iris Ave. Ste. 300
Boulder, CO 80301