Glorious Spring!

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Resonation Acupuncture Newsletter
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Katie Briggs L.Ac.
(831) 234 6616

In This Issue:
  • Claim your Creativity
  • Lovin' your Liver
  • Yoga Sound Blessing   3.20.12
  • Gentle Liver Cleanse
  • Join our Multi-Modality Healing Center
Katie Briggs offers:
  • Acupuncture
  • Sound and Vibration Therapy
  • Acupressure
  • Chinese Herbs
  • Life-style Counseling
  • Qi Gong

Gentle Liver Cleanse
Spring is the ideal time to allow our major “detox” organ to “detox”. By supporting your liver to gently release the toxins it’s been filtering you are setting yourself up for health and wellness physically and emotionally. With this said doing this gently and skillfully is very important so that you don’t end up in a healing crisis.    
Here are some tips to get the ball rolling with a gentle spring cleaning:
  • Take a break from caffeine, sugar and alcohol
  • Drink 16 oz of warm water with a little fresh lemon first thing in the morning. This is a simple, tasty way to gently cleanse your body.  
  • Eat a high protein/ low carbohydrate breakfast within the first hour of waking. The liver requires plentiful protein for proper function and the protein will balance your energy all day.
  • Dry brush you skin before getting in the shower (start at the soles of the feet and palms of the hands always moving toward the heart.)
  • Schedule an Energetic Liver Cleanse- Resonation Acupuncture  offers an “oil change for the qi”. Call or email to schedule an appointment (831)234-6616.

News from Laurel Healings Arts Center:
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Collaborate in a multi-modality setting.
Do you know a massage therapist, naturopath, midwife, doula, homeopath, aruvedic practitioner, nutritionist or other healing arts practitioner looking to be apart of a holistic healing center? If so please let them know Laurel Healing Arts Center has space available to rent.
Please contact
Katie Briggs
(831) 234-6616

Katie's Healing Philosophy: 
The goal of Resonation Acupuncture is to hold space for the Integration healing and empowerment of the individual to learn to trust the wisdom of their body, to listen to what is being expressed so they can integrate and grow. I hold that everything that transpires in our lives is an opportunity for growth! Often the biggest challenges offer the big gifts.
The spring equinox is just around the corner, Tuesday, March 20, 2012. This is a powerful, seasonal transition providing opportunities to bring new lifestyle habits into fruition. The energy of new growth abounds and the possibility to direct this energy with vision and inspiration is ripe. May the articles in this newsletter inspire self-care, maximizing all the vibrant opportunities this season has to offer.

Claim your Creativity, harness the energy of spring!

cosmos flowersFrom the perspective of the Taoist 5 element model, spring time is associated with the Wood element and the Liver organ system. The Wood energy is forward moving, directed and visionary. Out of balance it is impatient, irritable and at times angry.  One of the chief duties of the Liver energy system, is to regulate the qi, to keep it moving through the body. This is especially important in the spring, because it is the time of year where the energy builds. Imagine a baby chick getting ready to hatch out of an egg, this process of hatching takes determination and strength. Everything, including us is building and mounting energy, the Liver energy system functioning optimally allows for clear vision, purposeful direction and the ability to manifest our goals. What visions, inspirations or creative endeavors are calling you?

If you would like to follow a link to read more about how to access your vision and creativity by Riding the Spring Energy please click here.

If you would like to hear a guided meditation to align with the power of spring and the Taoist Five Elment of Wood please click here.


Equinox Yoga Sound Blessing!!
Chiron Gong

Tuesday, March 20, 6-8 p.m.
This event will be a powerful opening to the fullness of SPRING! We will spent the first hour doing yoga facilitated by Kelly Andrews of Parmita Yoga Therapy. Participants will do gentle postures encouraging ease & relaxation. The second half of the evening will be a sound blessing facilitated by Katie Briggs L.Ac. with the Chiron gong (pictured here) bowls, bells, chimes and tuning forks. You will have the opportunity to spend time going inward bathing your body, mind and spirit in healing sound and vibration. This yoga sound blessing carves out a space and a place in consciousness to slow down and align with our bigger vision. Invest your energy in the abundance of all that the season of spring has to offer.  

Location: Vital Body Therapy, 
556 Oceanview Ave. Santa Cruz.

Suggested Donation:$20. Proceeds from this event will go to the Women's Health Center and the SPCA

Registration: Space is limited. For more information about registration call Kelly at (831) 713-7561 or email

Liver Appreciation… “lovin’ your liver!”

The liver works tirelessly; it has more than 500 vital functions. It is the ultimate multi-tasker of the body. You might picture it as a working mom with 5 kids, constantly organizing, visioning, delegating, looking into the future while performing the mundane tasks of every day. As you can imagine some days the flow is easier than others.
When the Liver energy gets stuck the emotions are anger, frustration, irritability and depression and when the liver is in optimal flow it exudes compassion.
Here are some of the ways the Liver energy system may fall out of balance: (Please note: when I refer to the "Liver" I am referring to the whole Liver energy system)
  • Allergies, one of the many tasks of the Liver is filtering the blood, if this is compromised then allergies are more present
  • PMS symptoms moody, irritable, depressed… breast tenderness (the liver channel ends right below the breasts) if the Liver is struggling to move the qi and blood, women may experience even more intense PMS
  • High blood pressure is a sign of needing assistance with the Liver. One of the Livers main jobs is to regulate stress in the body, if the “garden hose” is already a little bent and more water pressure comes through then the stress on the system is felt…
  • Headaches, Migraines, Dizziness and Vertigo, the energy of spring is building, mounting and the upward movement of qi. Think of a seed sprouting upward out of the soil, this energy when out of balance will rise toward the head causing symptoms
  • Insomnia, especially waking between 1-3am which is the time during the 24hr body cycle that the energy moves through the Liver organ system. If the qi is backed up you are more likely to experience insomnia
  • Anger and frustration… shouting is the sound of the Liver. And sighing, deep dramatic sighs, are the Livers attempt to move the energy with breath
  • The Liver will also “attack” other organs. Think of digestive disturbances due to stress, or stress induced asthma… this is the Liver lashing out
By supporting the Liver energy system you are encouraging overall health and wellness, think of it as sending the “working mother” on a relaxing retreat. She will return with more resources to support herself and her whole family. If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms I encourage you to solicit support. 
Resonation Acupuncture is a gentle effective way to encourage balance within the Liver energy system.

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May you enjoy the beauty of spring. If I can be of assistance to you in any way I look forward to hearing from you. 
Katie Briggs L.Ac. 
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