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The 5 Elements of Wellness is a health approach based on Buddhism, Daoism, and Native American Spirituality from a Chinese & Allopathic Medicine perspective. The 5 Elements of Wellness podcast discusses each individual Element during the season of the year that it correlates with and engages with health and wellness professionals in that particular Element for deeper understanding, connection, reference, and resource.
 
Beyond the Couch is a show devoted to celebrating you in your amazing life. Each episode, I will share valuable resources, tips, information, and content for many people across the world who might be holding on to fear and pain in their lives after a difficult experience to more effectively redefine their lives, get rid of that pain and fear that holds them back, and create a life they look forward to celebrating. Along the way, we will look at effective tools, practical tips, accessible res ...
 
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The Interstitium organ is a recently discovered 'organ' of the human body. This organ is outlined by Licensed Bodyworker Tom Archer of Full Body Function and discussed with Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Crystal N. Cliff. Crystal makes Chinese Medicine correlations of the Cou Li space, the Jin/Ye, and the San Jiao areas, …
 
In this episode, Tom Archer of Full Body Function, and Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine practitioner, Crystal N. Cliff, discuss the season of Spring according to the Five Elements system of Chinese Medicine. Discussion includes the Liver and Gall Bladder organs and the Wood element. Seasonal correlations of body tissues related to the Sp…
 
In this multi-part episode, Functional Movement Specialist Rich O'Neill, Clinical Bodyworker Tom Archer, and Licensed Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine practitioner Crystal N. Cliff discuss chronic pain. Pain is defined according to each practitioners training and clinical practice experience. The mental aspect of chronic pain is examined from a Chi…
 
Welcome to Beyond the Couch, a show devoted to celebrating you in your amazing life. Thank you for tuning in. You can also Subscribe to auto-download new podcast episodes to your Apple or Android device. After you listen to a few episodes, please consider leaving an honest rating and review of how the podcast has helped your transformation journey.…
 
Welcome to Beyond the Couch, a show devoted to celebrating you in your amazing life. Thank you for tuning in. You can also Subscribe to auto-download new podcast episodes to your Apple or Android device. After you listen to a few episodes, please consider leaving an honest rating and review of how the podcast has helped your transformation journey.…
 
In this first of multiple episodes, Functional Movement Specialist, Rich O'Neill, of Elite Functional Performance joins us to discuss his Fitness Longevity Model for sustained functionality throughout our lifetime. The four pillars of movement: push, pull, twist, raising/lowering center of mass are discussed according to their functional patterns. …
 
Welcome to Beyond the Couch, a show devoted to celebrating you in your amazing life. Thank you for tuning in. You can also Subscribe to auto-download new podcast episodes to your Apple or Android device. After you listen to a few episodes, please consider leaving an honest rating and review of how the podcast has helped your transformation journey.…
 
Welcome to Beyond the Couch, a show devoted to celebrating you in your amazing life. Thank you for tuning in. You can also Subscribe to auto-download new podcast episodes to your Apple or Android device. After you listen to a few episodes, please consider leaving an honest rating and review of how the podcast has helped your transformation journey.…
 
Welcome to Beyond the Couch, a show devoted to celebrating you in your amazing life. Thank you for tuning in. You can also Subscribe to auto-download new podcast episodes to your Apple or Android device. After you listen to a few episodes, please consider leaving an honest rating and review of how the podcast has helped your transformation journey.…
 
Welcome to Beyond the Couch, a show devoted to celebrating you in your amazing life. Thank you for tuning in. You can also Subscribe to auto-download new podcast episodes to your Apple or Android device. After you listen to a few episodes, please consider leaving an honest rating and review of how the podcast has helped your transformation journey.…
 
Welcome to Beyond the Couch, a show devoted to celebrating you in your amazing life. Thank you for tuning in. You can also Subscribe to auto-download new podcast episodes to your Apple or Android device. After you listen to a few episodes, please consider leaving an honest rating and review of how the podcast has helped your transformation journey.…
 
Welcome to Beyond the Couch, a show devoted to celebrating you in your amazing life. Thank you for tuning in. You can also Subscribe to auto-download new podcast episodes to your Apple or Android device. After you listen to a few episodes, please consider leaving an honest rating and review of how the podcast has helped your transformation journey.…
 
Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese Medicine Practitioner, and owner of Harmony Acupuncture, Amanda Nolff, joins us to discuss the Winter season and the Chinese Medicine element of Water from the Daoist Classical Chinese Medicine perspective. Traditional Chinese Medicine is differentiated from Classical Chinese Medicine and Daoist concepts of Zhi (Will…
 
Author, Speaker, and Entrepreneur, Ashley Davis, returns to discuss his book entitled, 'A Life Through Letters', the post-humous words and wisdom of his father, Reverend Robert Gray Davis. Specific poignant letters are discussed and stories shared of the impact these letters have had in the lives of countless individuals around the world. Queen Cit…
 
In this episode, Central Food Hub Food Broker, Cayla Crawford shares with us the local foods harvested during the Late Fall/Winter season. Each item is briefly discussed according to Chinese Medicine food energetics and their medicinal uses are noted. Cayla details compost pile creation and explains the beneficial bacteria and detritus necessary to…
 
Author, Speaker, and Entrepreneur, Ashley Davis, shares with us his spellbinding TEDx Charlotte talk "The Power of Written Communication in a Technological Age". As the first in a series on words of impeccability, Ashley also gives us a glimpse into his book 'A Life Through Letters' through which he shares with us the posthumous, eloquent, and impe…
 
As a registered nurse serving in the Emergency and Cardiac Care units, Dawn Ireland was no stranger to high-stress, fast-paced, life and death decisions. In a need to reconnect to herself, Dawn found yoga, personal training, nutrition, and meditation. Now on a journey of sharing methods of positive self-talk and self-love, Dawn leaves behind the he…
 
In this episode, Certified Professional Coach and Certified Daring Way Facilitator, Lillie Marshall speaks with us about Brené Brown's Daring Way, Rising Strong, and Braving concepts of Shame, Wholeheartedness, Guilt, Value, and Worth. We begin a two-part discussion on defining these terms, their origins of creation, and set the stage for continued…
 
Licensed Acupuncturist, Healer, and owner of Be Yoga, Wendy Swanson, joins us to discuss blending the Asian cultures of acupuncture and yoga. Wendy provides beautiful knowledge and wisdom into the internal connection of ourselves through the practice of yoga and the 8 Pillars of Yogic Tradition. Whether on the yoga mat or under the acupuncture need…
 
German native and accomplished athlete Sibylle Klaus shares with us the self-care and self-cultivation modality of Budokon-a fusion of Yoga, Martial Arts, and Meditation. Interconnection of the 5 Elements of Wellness™ elements of Self-Care/Cultivation, Environment, and Spirit are explored in this lively discussion of the transformation of the physi…
 
Dancer/Choreographer Jack Kirven of Integre8t Wellness joins us to discuss his unique perspective on the body and how it moves. Now as a Wellness Coach and Certified Personal Trainer, Jack uses his many years of finely honed body awareness and his 8 pattern system to align, create power, and cultivate lifestyle changes in his clients. In this episo…
 
Overview: This is a quick and relatively easy exercise to bring us into a mindful state quickly. If you only have a minute or two or, for whatever reason, you don’t have the time or tools to try a body scan, the five senses exercise can help you bring awareness to the current moment in a short amount of time. What We’ll Learn: Use this exercise to …
 
Overview: Today, we will be talking how assertiveness improves our relationships with psychotherapist and coach Dr. Julie Hanks, author of the Assertiveness Guide for Women. Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist specializing in women’s emotional health and relationships. Dr. Hanks is the founder …
 
Overview: Today, we will be talking GROUPS with Katie K. May of Creative Healing Philly. Katie K. May is a DBT Certified, Licensed Therapist for Teens in Pennsylvania. She specializes in running groups for teens who experience anxiety, depression and self-harm behaviors, with a passion is helping clients learn to express and cope with overwhelming …
 
Overview: Sometimes, the things we do to try and help ourselves get some sleep end up making our insomnia worse. Instead, there are other approaches we can take to help make sure we are sleeping soundly so that we can face the following day more refreshed and take on the things we are looking to build in our lives. What We’ll Learn: We go through s…
 
Overview: We often start to learn mindfulness skills by focusing our attention on our breath, our bodies, the environment or activities. Being mindful of emotions helps us to stand back from the emotion, understand it, not to fear it or struggle against it, and it can have the added benefit of reducing the distress (although the aim is to learn to …
 
Overview: A question often on people’s mind is 'How much sleep do I need each night?' Generally speaking, there is no single amount of sleep that ‘fits’ everyone. In this episode, we explore the different processes involved in sleep so that we can make sure we are getting the amount and quality of sleep that leaves us feeling our best emotionally a…
 
Overview: After exploring how depression shows up in our lives and the ways that it can get in the way of the life we’re looking to build, we now move into how we can begin to alleviate depression. What We’ll Learn: We uncover some of the ways that we can get in the way of depression and get our lives back on track so that we can begin to show up a…
 
Overview: Depression can grip so many of us at one time or another. In fact, there are many ways that it has come over each of us. In today’s episode, we take a look at what depression is, who it affects, and what it looks like. We set the stage for some ways that depression tends to show up that we don’t typically think of. What We’ll Learn: We ex…
 
Overview: Last week, we looked at what anxiety is and how it shows up in our lives. We also looked at why we may experience it. In this episode, we share some ways of better managing our anxiety both in the short term and in keeping it at bay over the long term. What We’ll Learn: We uncover some ways to work through anxiety and recover from the eff…
 
Overview: We explore the definition of anxiety and uncover what makes it different from just day-to-day worrying and fear. We also look at how it shows up for us along with some contributing factors to why we experience anxiety. What We’ll Learn: We get a better sense of some thoughts on the ways that we can better understand our anxiety. Also, we …
 
Overview: Today, I share a bonus episode in our Mindful Monday series! I recently encountered an experience where drawing upon Mindfulness skills helped me escape a potentially deadly situation. What We’ll Learn: I outline what skills helped me work through this situation along with the techniques that helped me build these skills. I also offer som…
 
Overview: In this meditation on lovingkindness, we allow ourselves to switch from the usual mode of doing to a mode of non-doing. Of simply being. As our body becomes still, we bring our attention to the fact that we are breathing. If distracting thoughts arise, acknowledge them, then return to the practice. What We’ll Learn: In this episode, I gui…
 
Overview: Some stress pushes you to meet goals by working harder or sticking with a challenging task. But sometimes stress reaches an unhealthy level that can prevent you from functioning well and meeting your goals. stress can affect your mood and ability to think clearly. It can also weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to gett…
 
Overview: Today, we will explore Mindful Movement in our Mindful Monday mini-series. When we think of Mindful Movement, some things such as yoga, Tai Chi, Qi-Gong, and the classical martial arts come to mind. But we can engage mindfully in any type of movement. With Mindful awareness to our movements, we can work to more deliberately engage in the …
 
Overview: Following traumatic events, many people experience changes in beliefs about themselves, the world, and others. In fact, there are a number of different thoughts related to these beliefs that then go on to impact the way we feel, act, and think. In turn, the reshaped beliefs following a trauma become more confirmed and reinforced. This can…
 
Overview: One very powerful technique we can use to reestablish contact with our bodies is known as body scanning. Because of the thorough and minute focus on the body in body scanning, it is an effective technique for developing both concentration and flexibility of attention simultaneously. It involves lying on your back and moving your mind thro…
 
Overview: We’ve been taking a closer look at the impact of posttraumatic stress disorder or PTSD. We’ve discussed an overview of what happens in PTSD and explored in more depth how people with PTSD are impacted by the re-experiencing cluster of PTSD symptoms. We’ve also explored more thoroughly what the hyperarousal set of challenges we see in PTSD…
 
Overview: If you’ve heard about mindful eating but aren’t sure where or how to start, I’ll guide you through some instructions for a brief mindfulness eating exercise. Mindfulness, with its focus on full awareness of the present experience without judgment or attachment is a foundation that many people have been missing in trying to overcome food c…
 
Overview: We continue our exploration of the effects of trauma with a focus on PTSD. In particular, we examine one of the primary symptoms of PTSD that keep a person on high alert as though a threat is continuously eminent: Hyperarousal. What We’ll Learn: We discuss the different ways hyperarousal can show up along with the ways that this can be de…
 
Overview: We continue our Mindful Monday series with a look at how we can practice Mindful awareness. A guided practice is provided to help us begin connecting with the present experience using our breath. Connections are drawn to how this can facilitate posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) responses. In particular, we discuss ways that this tool c…
 
Overview: We continue our exploration of the effects of trauma with a focus on PTSD. In particular, we examine one of the primary symptoms of PTSD that keep a person feeling as though the overwhelming, terrifying experience is happening again: Re-experiencing. What We’ll Learn: We discuss the different ways re-experiencing can show up along with th…
 
Overview: Mindfulness has been a useful resource in a number of different issues. In addition, posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, brings with it a host of challenges and difficulties. We examine the ways that PTSD brings on neurophysiological changes and also the ways that Mindfulness can act to counter some of these negative neurostructural i…
 
Overview: There are a number of different events that can be traumatic. Some examples of these situations that may immediately come to mind include a serious and potentially life threatening accident, assault, natural disaster, or combat. Other types of experiences can be traumatic as well such as surviving or witnessing a crime or physical, verbal…
 
Overview: Mindfulness has a lot of neurophysiological benefits, which makes it a particularly useful tool for emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing. Many people don’t know how to get started making this a part of their routine so they have a hard time gaining the important benefits of this practice. We’ll explore how we can make this tool a pow…
 
Overview: Mindfulness has recently become well known for its various benefits in helping to alleviate suffering for people. Whether this is a tool used to minimize and eliminate physical pain, emotional stressors, and mental health issues, the benefits of Mindfulness have been documented in a variety of sources. In fact, Mindfulness has become a ma…
 
Overview: Groups are becoming increasingly popular in counseling interventions. The primary advantage of group counseling is that participants get the opportunity to learn from each other. Other benefits from group counseling include that groups can more closely resemble everyday circumstances, they help to build a sense of community and belongingn…
 
Overview: Reiki has come to receive much acclaim and recognition for its effectiveness as a powerful healing instrument. Reiki therapy is a holistic, gentle energy work process that assists in physical, mental and emotional healing. It is a simple, effective and powerful method of natural healing. Sessions provide a relaxing, soothing healing envir…
 
Overview: In today’s episode, we take a closer look at what psychotherapy is and how it can help us get unstuck in our lives to make the progress that we want to see, change the patterns we keep repeating, and help build new ones so we can create a life that we want to celebrate. What We Will Learn: We take a targeted look at how psychotherapy can …
 
Overview: Today, we take a look at the ways that disruptions in our lives leave an impact. In particular, we notice the ways this can help us as we make changes but we also explore how this can leave us paralyzed, stuck, and repeating the same cycles over and over again. Finally, we look at some tools to get ourselves unstuck and moving forward. Wh…
 
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