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A Healthy Curiosity

Exploring strategies for holistic health, happiness, and personal evolution: what it takes to be well in a busy world. Blending the wisdom of Chinese Medicine, functional medicine, Ayurveda, neuroscience and psychology, you'll get practical tips you can use right away. You know that health and happiness aren’t things you can outsource. You’ve also got a full plate, you're a giver, and making the time to take care of yourself can be challenging. A Healthy Curiosity is here to support you. Host Brodie Welch, L.Ac., is an expert in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, a holistic health coach, as well as a teacher and practitioner of qi gong, meditation, yoga, lifestyle and diet counseling who tries to walk her talk about health and mindfulness as a recovering Type-A, parent, and business owner. You'll find interviews with fellow experts in Chinese Medicine and natural health care about the conditions we treat and strategies we use clinically; simple self-care tips to help you feel calm, centered, and energized; and personal chats where we explore what gets in the way of our best intentions: perfectionism, big goals, habits and routines, chronic pain, overwork and overwhelm, boundaries, limiting beliefs — and what it takes to overcome such obstacles mindfully. While not strictly an acupuncture / Chinese Medicine podcast, it's not "not" an acupuncture podcast.
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Sep 7, 2022

A consistent theme in this show is empowering you to embody self-respect through daily actions; to take small steps in the direction of better. The body is always seeking balance and homeostasis through its own intelligence and there are usually actions we can take to help support that process. One such way is using points on the body to take care of yourself through acupressure.

Katie Pedrick, L.Ac. joins us for this conversation to unpack some of the self-care possibilities that come from putting your own hands on your body. As another proponent of empowering you to support your body's natural intelligence, Katie co-founded the Moxa Acupressure app as a way to further put the process into your hands.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • Katie's journey to Chinese Medicine after starting out studying western medicine
  • What led her to creating the Moxa app to expand access for patients
  • How acupressure can be applied for a noticeable effect on our health
  • The method for providing personalization in the app and why that’s important
  • An example of how to access a point with acupressure

Katie Pedrick is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist with a thriving practice in Boston (VIBE Wellness), as well as the cofounder of the Moxa Acupressure app. She began her career in cancer and pharmaceutical research with a masters in biotechnology from Harvard University, then turned her attention to Eastern medicine, earning her doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine from the Pacific College of Health Sciences. She is passionate about combining modern western science with ancient eastern wisdom, and is on a mission to empower others to reach their most vibrant health through accessible wellness.

Links:

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Connect With Katie Pedrick:

Moxa app

Moxa Instagram

VIBE Instagram

VIBE Wellness

Tik Tok

Youtube

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Aug 10, 2022

Whether dealing with a COVID infection or just moving through life, a lot of us may be hitting energetic walls these days. In times like this, employing methods rooted in Chinese Medicine, like qi gong, can be very powerful in taking care of ourselves.

Dr. Juli Kramer has practiced and studied qi gong intensely for years and she joins us in this conversation to discuss building strength through the gentle movements of qi gong. In addition to the value of using both yin and yang practices in our wellness efforts, she shares how clearing stagnation in different parts of the body helps to avoid injury and disease.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How qi gong fits into the Chinese Medicine framework in the era of COVID-19
  • Dr. Juli’s journey from being an endurance athlete to practicing and promoting qi gong
  • Why the gentleness of qi gong can be transformative compared to the yang addiction of western sensibilities
  • How qi gong can help to strengthen our internal organs as well as other parts of our bodies
  • Walking through practices to help with winding down for sleep

Dr. Juli Kramer is a certified qi gong, meditation, and TCM beauty secrets instructor. She holds a diploma in Chinese Medicine Nutritional Therapy and multiple certificates in Chinese medicine. Juli also has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Counseling Psychology.

Links:

Episode 129: Cultivating Energy with Qigong

Episode 37: Playing With the Life Force

Qigong for Beginners YouTube playlist

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Connect with Dr. Juli Kramer:

Website

Radiant Shenti on Insight Timer

YouTube

Pinterest

LinkedIn

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Learn more about Brodie's Classes and Meditations

Apr 20, 2022

What do you do when your back hurts, or when your neck and shoulders get tight and sore? Acupuncture is a potent medicine for joint pain, muscle pain, and nerve pain that provides an immediate relaxing, anti-inflammatory effect in a way that other healing modalities can’t. A growing body of research shows that acupuncture is a potent medicine for joint pain, muscle pain, low back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis of the knee, as well as chronic conditions like fibromyalgia. But people often try it only after drugs, physical therapy, chiropractic, massage and aren’t yielding optimal results.

In this episode, Licensed Acupuncturist and host Brodie Welch and Dr. Anthony Lombardi unpack why acupuncture should be your go-to treatment modality available for muscle and/or joint pain due to its ability to neuromodulate, returning the neuromuscular system to homeostasis: improving range of motion, strength, while reducing inflammation.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • How Dr. Lombardi’s journey to acupuncture began in chiropractic school
  • What advantages he sees in acupuncture compared to chiropractic therapies
  • What motor points are and how they overlap with acupuncture points
  • Why a series of treatments is typically necessary for lasting change

Dr. Anthony Lombardi is a 2002 graduate of the New York Chiropractic College and McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program in Hamilton, Ontario, and has been practicing acupuncture for 19 years. Upon graduation, he founded Hamilton Back Clinic and since then has become a private consultant to athletes in the NFL, CFL, and NHL. Over the past 19 years Anthony has given over 100,000 acupuncture treatments. In addition to practicing, Dr. Lombardi was also an instructor in the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program at McMaster University from 2004 to 2013. He developed his EXSTORE® system, which he currently teaches along with motor points and electro-acupuncture, to physicians and practitioners the world over.

He regularly writes and contributes articles on motor points in the Canadian Chiropractic and Chiropractic Economics magazines. Dr. Lombardi’s library continues to grow, with some 60 webinars available on a variety of MSK and pain conditions, as well as patient practice management topics. He holds live courses throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has a mentorship/education community on dranthonylombardi.locals.com.

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Dr. Lombardi’s Webinars

EXSTORE Certification

Connect With Dr. Anthony Lombardi:

Website

Locals Profile

Instagram

Email

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For more of the science on how acupuncture works, check out episode 203

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Feb 25, 2022

Chances are, if you're checking out this episode, you're looking for tools and techniques to help tune into yourself and be a better self-healer. You're probably also aware that the things we do every day can make a massive difference in how we feel as opposed to only finding healing in a bottle.

In this conversation, Amy Kuretsky, L.Ac. joins us to examine the deceptively simple, yet powerful technique of breathwork. As a broad term, breathwork is about simply bringing some intention to how you are using or manipulating your breath to reach specific outcomes such as regulating energy, clearing trauma, and reprograming old beliefs.

On Today’s Episode of A Healthy Curiosity:

  • What some of the differences are between types of breathwork
  • Who often benefits the most from the type of breathwork Amy practices
  • The benefits she found for herself through her practice
  • How breathwork can help to unpack trauma
  • A short example of the breathwork Amy works with

Amy Kuretsky (she/her) is a breathwork facilitator and business coach working on Dakota and Anishinaabe ancestral land. Her work is focused on helping successful businesses tap into their intuition and do business differently so that they can fall back in love with their work.

She uses the breath as a tool for healing and business building and has led online and in-person breathwork groups all over the world. This past year, she organized with a group of other breathwork facilitators for more anti-oppression and trauma informed training as part of the Breathwork for the People collective.

Along with her coaching business, she also has a background in acupuncture and Chinese medicine and co-owns Constellation Acupuncture and Healing Arts, a healing space in NE Minneapolis.

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Stanislav Grof

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

Holotropic Breathwork by Stanislav Grof & Christina Grof

Breath by James Nestor

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Connect With Amy Kuretsky:

Website

Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts

Instagram

Constellation Instagram

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Feb 2, 2022

Winter is cold, dark, slow time of year, and since we’re a part of nature, it’s easy for us to feel the same way: sluggish and more inclined to hibernate than to get things done.

This most yin of seasons is necessary to balance the yang of life, and we ignore its gifts at our peril. In this episode, we examine how we can embrace the yin nature of winter,  along with:

  • The connection between slowness, empathy, and connection
  • What winter is about according to Chinese Medicine
  • How qi gong can make you a better listener
  • Why doing less is seasonally appropriate
  • How to overcome winter’s inertia to keep moving forward

 

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Register for Brodie’s 1-hr Intro to Qi Gong: Embodied Meditation for Your Nervous System (Feb. 9, 2022)  

https://inaura.com/events/qigong-basics/

Brodie’s on-demand qi gong class

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