The long, often sunny, days of Seattle are upon us! The Summer Solstice is Friday, June 21, a day that features 17 hours of sunlight, with the sun rising at 5:11 am and setting at 9:11 pm, leaving only seven hours (less than 30% of the day) of nighttime. As a long stretch of summertime is similar, with lots of light and less darkness, it's important to remember that getting a good night's sleep in the summer months in Seattle often takes some planning, good window shades, and possibly an eye pillow.
February 5 marked the start of the Lunar New Year of the Pig. Traditionally the Lunar New Year is celebrated for the first two weeks of the Chinese calendar new year, which initiates with a new moon. As the moon builds over the first two weeks of the new year, we can take the time to set the stage in preparation for what we intend to manifest over the coming year.
Simple techniques of self-care during the fall transition can enable good health and prevent illness. Especially as many of us in the Northwest were exposed to extended fire-smoke during the end of the summer, taking care of ourselves, especially our Lungs, can support us during the seasonal transition to prevent health challenges.
Today marks 20 rewarding years practicing acupuncture, and Susie continues to study more than ever to better help her patients. In the last 2 years, she has gone to Brazil twice, as well as Portugal and Barcelona, to continue studies with her world-renowned professor and scholar Tran Viet Dzung MD, accumulating an additional month of study on advanced acupuncture topics fused with an understanding of advances in allopathic medicine.