Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Vata Kapha Warming Kitchari

Kitchari's are a nice gentle cleanse on the system while also nourishing, and are generally eaten during seasonal transitions. They can become boring for an individual as you eat them for 2 weeks for at least 2 meals a day, so I decided to come up with a more fun, bright kitchari to help give some variety. This Kitchari is really nice during the January seasonal transition (around January 15th) as it helps to move stuck mucus, bring down excess air, increase metabolism, remove ama from the system, and is warming... just to name a few.


  • 4 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp whole Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp fresh grated Ginger
  • 1 cup organic white Basmati rice
  • 1 tsp ground Cinnamon (Twak)
  • 1/4 tsp ground Clove
  • 1 tsp mineral salt
  • 1 tsp ground Turmeric
  • 2 or 4 cracks of Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground Cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground Fennel Seed
  • 1/4 tsp ground Coriander seed
  • 1/4 tsp Basil or Holy Basil (Tulsi)
  • 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup Mung Dahl beans
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 stick of licorice root
  • 1 leaf of Wakame crushed

Add Sesame Oil into a pan on medium heat, and allow to start warming. Add mustard seeds, and as they start to sizzle or pop, turn to medium-low heat and add the ginger. Allow for the ginger to warm up, then add the Basmati rice. After about 1 to 2 minutes while stirring, add most of the other spices (Cinnamon, Clove, Salt, Turmeric, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Coriander, and Basil). Heat for about another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Now, add the Mung Dahl beans, water, licorice root and wakame. Cover and turn to Medium-High heat until it starts to boil. When it begins to boil, reduce heat to medium/medium-low, and cook for 30 to 40 minutes (check at 15 minutes as you may need to add 1 more cup of water) until rice and mung dahl beans are soft. Remove licorice stick and serve. Add to each serving about 1 tsp/serving (or to taste) raw unheated honey while the rice is still warm. (Don't add the honey to the primary dish unless it will all be eaten within one sitting and won't be reheated).

  • More Kapha type individuals, reduce Sesame Oil to 3 Tbsp and 1/2 tsp of Maple Syrup. You can also add a pinch of chili powder. Extra water weight? Add 1/4 cup of Barley and up the water by 1/2 a cup.
  • More Pitta type individuals, use 1/2 tsp Tumeric and 1 tsp of Cardamom, skip the honey and instead use either Cane Sugar or more Maple Syrup
  • More Vata type individuals, add 1/2 tsp of Cane Sugar
  • At night, you can add 1/4 tsp of Nutmeg. Nutmeg has a slight sedative effect, so, not really something you would want to do if you're eating this for breakfast or lunch.
Nice Side dishes:
  • Grapefruit, which is one of the only fruits which can be eaten with other foods
  • CCF Chicken (or Fish) with Turmeric, Salt & Pepper
  • Heated Kale Greens with Sesame Seeds & Shredded Cabbage (more Kapha reducing)
  • Beets and Sweet Peas with Lemon and Pepper (more Vata reducing)
  • Steamed Sweet Carrots & Burdock Root with a hint of Parsley (more Pitta stabilizing)
  • Many kitchari's use ghee instead of sesame oil. If you use ghee, there is a risk of a subtle toxin when combined with the honey, so, if you want to use ghee, add more maple syrup and no honey (this is OK for Vata and Pitta types, but the honey option is better for Kapha types)
  • Never heat honey directly! Honey when you buy it should be solid (Raw Unheated Honey). When you heat honey, it releases subtle toxins which could build-up over time. Additionally, Honey has a special property which is heating to the system and helps get mucus (Kapha) to move, and honey that has been aged for a year is great for people working on weight management. Heat honey either in hot water or by placing in warm food.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Healthy Fruits in Winter

In January, many people start thinking more about their health than any other time of the year, and one of things that often comes to people's minds is to eat more fruits and vegetables. While generally this is a good thing, there are healthier options and things to be aware of depending on the time of season.

With each season, we often want to utilize different foods to help keep us in balance. The Winter months of January through May are the Kapha, or mass producing time of the year. During this time our body is naturally building up energy and has more stamina, and many people have a tendency to become lethargic because of too much Kapha weighing them down - or because they are so burnt out from the previous season which came with a lot of hustle and bustle in every which way. We see Kapha as the mucus of the body, and all the physical substance, it is slow moving, and in the mind, the thoughts become duller, and potentially depressive. This is also the time of year that people really start focusing on losing weight, though the natural tendency is to gain weight during this time. To maintain health, we always want to provide a counter balance to what is naturally happening, so forcing yourself to be more active is a key to health during the winter months more so than any other time of the year.

Additionally, we also want to consider slightly the previous season, which was Vata, represented by the deep cold, windy times and massive shifts/movement. Many during the first part of Kapha season, when not taking care to stay in balance, will also be experiencing Vata issues like: issues sleeping, nerve pain, muscle spasms and racing thoughts, as well as having a hard time catching their breath.

Below are some fruits to help calm Vata, while reducing Kapha or keep it under control (many fruits are Kapha increasing as they are very juicy, sweet or sour). Additionally, fruits generally should be eaten by themselves as a snack with no other foods for proper digestion.


Grapefruit is both pacifying (reducing) to both Vata and Kapha. It is considered a stimulant, and helps in liquifying and discharging phlegm when taken in the morning. It helps in digesting sugars and fats, is great when trying to reduce weight and helps to stimulate the liver and pancreas. It is high in Vitamin C (crucial for a strong immune system) as well as potassium (good for sore muscles). Feeling like a cold, flu or some other bug coming on? Try eating the seeds as they are considered to have antibiotic effects in Ayurvedic Medicine. 
*Side Notes: For Pitta people, sprinkle some sugar onto the grapefruit to help guard against Pitta going out of control. Grapefruit is also one of the rare fruits you can eat with other foods. Also, it may interfere with some blood pressure medication.


Pears help in bringing strength to the lungs as they help to strengthen Vata and helps in reducing coughing. Pears also help to reduce both Pitta (think fevers and hyperacidity) and Kapha. Pears are a great, gentle laxative when eaten on an empty stomach, and help with stomach issues. 
*Side Notes: building strength after lung issues, try baking pears with some cardamom, clove, ginger and cinnamon. Additionally, really watch your pear intake if you have arthritis, diabetes, dry cough or sciatica.


Oranges are considered Kapha increasing (they are pretty juicy after all, and Kapha is Earth & Water), but Vata reducing. Oranges are considered a stimulant, great for people with diabetes, high in Vitamins C and A. Additionally a pinch of rock salt in orange juice helps in restoring energy after exercise. 
*Side Notes: Add 10 drops of lemon for Pitta people. Also, if you have joint pain or bladder issues, avoid oranges.


"When life gives you Lemons..." burn fat! Lemons are great for burning fat while also building plasma, and hence is both Kapha decreasing and increasing, while also decreasing Vata. They are great for colds, flu, sore throats, bronchitis, asthma, digestive issues, diabetes and much, much more. 
*Side Notes: mixed with some Raw Unheated Honey rids phlegm discharge and is also further fat reducing, and helps dissolve gall stones and increases bile flow.


While strawberries are great for helping to reduce obesity, they are better to have during the summer months as they are considered a refrigerant (very cold) for the body. Strawberries help protect against viruses, cancer and DNA damage. Great for people with arthritis. 
*Side Notes: Summer heat getting to you --- or overdid it in the sauna, try a handful of strawberries to help release the excess heat. Eating too many can also cause cough, skin issues and vomiting. Always eat them as a snack by themselves. Also, raspberries are great for weight reduction, and similar in many ways to strawberries... though also these are better in the summer months, but never eat them with dairy.


For the most part, Bananas are Kapha increasing and hard to digest, and most people will notice this in the sinuses with congestion, though unripe bananas are Kapha reducing. Additionally, for muscle cramps, try bananas with some Ghee and cardamom. 
*Side Notes: never ever eat bananas with milk or yogurt, and don't drink any liquids for an hour after eating.


Apricots are another great Vata and Kapha reducing fruit, and help to reduce thirst and are good for when you have coughs. Apricots are also a good source of fiber, and help to build muscle.


Sour cherries are the best as the sweet cherries are Kapha increasing (sour is vata and kapha reducing). Cherries are great for mental fatigue, insomnia, overall stress, poor vision and help with obesity issues. 


Blueberries are fantastic for helping with sugar metabolism issues, and great for guarding against viruses.

As always, these statements (or any other in our newsletters, blog posts, etc), have not been evaluated by the FDA. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Boosting your Immune System during ChristmaHanaKwanzikaYuleSolstic

December News

Happy ChristmaHanaKwanzikaYuleSolstic...

  • Natural Options for Cold & Flu... Simple and Highly effective ways of boosting yours and your families Immune System
  • a Holiday Treat: Golden Milk
  • New Wellness Tools coming: ...Addictions, Conflict and Stress Beware!
  • Holiday Virus Season: Be careful when opening emails!
  • Finding Holistic/Greener Businesses in the Twin Cities
  • More Upcoming Events around Town
  • Natural Awakenings article: Happy Feasting to All - Tasty Rituals that Deepen the Holiday Spirit

It's all over in the news... "the Flu is up this year" and they are saying that the Flu Vaccine is considerably less effective than in years past. Keep in mind, we won't ever tell you not to get a vaccine as this is not the type of medicine we offer here (unless we see that your immune system maybe compromised, than we highly suggest you talk more indepth with your allopathic doctor first before, or waiting until it appears that your system can actually handle the vaccine better), we focus more on how can You have a stronger immune system with or without vaccines, so your body can do what it is innately designed to do, and that is to keep You healthy.

Below are some tips that we use here, and SchaOn recently used when he got the cold/flu, which only lasted about 48 hours.

Some tips:
  • Reduce stress (duh) - a Moist-Heat Liver pack in the evening goes a LONG way in reducing stress and boosting the immune system.
  • Elderberry has been clinically shown to reduce the sick time of Influenza A & B from 7 days to 4 days. Elderberry also makes it harder for the virus to spread from one cell to the next. We have 2 throat lozenges here in the clinic that contain Elderberry for this exact reason.
  • Zinc is crucial mineral that helps to boost the immune system. Zinc is also contained in these lozenges.
  • Oscillococcinum is a Homeopathic HPUS remedy that can be taken when you first start getting sick, and helps to reduce the duration of the cold and flu. We have some in-stock here, or you can also order it via the online dispensary and have it at your door in 2 days.
  • Epsom Salt Baths are a great way of getting magnesium into your system (and there's tremendous benefits to magnesium). Additionally, this helps to get your lymph to move which helps maintain a healthy immune system and clean the cells. Additionally, the hot water helps to bring your temp up helping to kill off more of the viruses.
  • Do you have a temp? Try to maintain that and don't try to break it right away, unless it's really high (over 105 F) or if it's lasted more than 2 days is when you want to start getting concerned. Part of the normal immune response is to create a fever to kill off the viruses, and allowing the innate ability of your body's own defenses goes a LONG way in maintaining a healthy immune system for life.
  • We have the Immune Support Audio therapy here in the office and it's only $10/session. Worried about getting us sick? Don't worry, we wipe down the doors handles with Silver Hydrosol (avail. via the online dispensary), as well as put it into the humidifiers and air diffuser. Additionally, we also add Immune Supporting Essential Oils and Herbs into the air... and if we do happen to get sick, we have pretty strong immune systems and heal pretty quickly.
  • Feel you need a little more than the Audio therapy? We also have a some fantastic Colorpuncture therapies to help when you're under the weather. Acute Sick Care appointments are $44 for non-members, or $22 for Monthly Wellness Members.
  • Also, you can't forgot the Vitamin D3. Some naturopaths recommend 25,000 IU for 3 days when first getting sick.
  • Additionally in the clinic, we also have Immune Support tablets by Banyan Botanicals, Trikatu by Organic India (helps move slow digestion --- good pooping is important for healthy immune function), Triphala (high in Vitamin C), as well as Ashwagandha to help maintain strength.
  • For a Cough, you can also try: 1/4 tsp ground Cinnamon with 1 tsp Raw Unheated Honey in Hot Water and drink. Raw Unheated Honey helps boost the immune system as well as heats stuck mucous. Cinnamon is high in Anti-Oxidants and has other good immune support effects.

Golden Milk

This is a favorite of ours during this time of year:
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1/8 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp Cardamom
  • 1 tsp Raw Unheated Honey
Bring Milk, Cinnamon, Turmeric and Cardamom to a soft boil. In the cup, add the Honey, then pour the heated delight, stir and enjoy! For more information about the benefits of this treat, check it out on Joyful Belly.

New Tools are on their way!

Esogetics has come out with some new fantastic tools and we are lucky enough to be able to bring some of them to you in the next few weeks!

The first new tool is the Esogetics Synapsis Wave Machine that includes new programs for Addictions, Long Gamma and Power Nap. The Synapsis machine helps in bringing back healthy brainwaves. We'll have more information about this awesome new tool in the next newsletter!

The second new tool that we are getting in is called theBody Disc, or also goes by "the Slice of Earth" (pictured to the left). This is the third crystal disc and goes along with the Love Disc (Disc of the Heart), as well as the Dream Disc. This disc features the sacred geometry of the "Flower of Life". The Earth Disc is the optimal medium to reactivate the communication between the body’s cells. It can be used in any situation. As it is assigned to the body and thus to the cellular consciousness, it relates to blockages of all cellular structures. The application of this disc is particularly suited to the Esogetic segmental zones of the body and resolves blockages gently. SchaOn, to say the least, is very excited to add this to his tool kit.

Lastly, SchaOn will be attending the Esogetics Update Seminar on January 11th and will be learning the latest Holistic Health therapies to be released from Germany, and so he won't be seeing clients on Sunday, Jan. 11th or Monday, Jan. 12th.

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It's THAT time of Year again: Holiday Virus Season

The Holiday shopping season has begun, "Early Black Friday Deals", "Get A $200 Macy's Store Credit" (a recent scam event on Facebook stating Macy's was giving away thousands of in-store credits worth thousands of dollars with over 29K people duped), and more. Phishing scams and virus exploits are at their high during this time of year, which roughly runs from the middle of November to the end of April (Holiday Shopping through Tax Season).

Be very cautious with any links that you click on in emails, or things you like, share or "join" on Facebook and other social media sites. Tips for staying secure during this time:
  • Hover over links - does the site say something like https://www.thecompanyname.com or is it something like https://companyname.someothersite.com, or maybe www.somethingsimple.pz? If it's not the company's official website, more than likely, it's not them and instead a phishing scam
  • When you click a link, what does the address bar at the top of the site say?
  • If you are entering credit card information, or logging into a site, does the site have an HTTPS at the beginning with a lock symbol? If not, don't do it! You can also click on the lock symbol to make sure everything is secure on that site.
  • But the site has a security emblem on the webpage saying it's secure. Don't do it. There are things called Cross Site Scripting vulnerabilities that can redirect your information elsewhere, and you won't know till it's too late.
  • Read last years article "The Busy Computer Seasons: a Virus Writer’s dream!"
  • Get a Computer Tune-up --- helping to make sure everything is up-to-date, Virus Scanners, OS Updates, Software, etc.
Schedule a Computer Tune-Up for November

Happy Feasting to All

Tasty Rituals that Deepen the Holiday Spirit

The holiday season is ripe with an array of spiritual, cultural and family rituals. We celebrate, reflect, give gifts and, of course, feast. Meanwhile, the media teems with tips on how to avoid high-calorie holiday goodies, says Dr. Michelle May, author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. For our diet-driven culture to resolve its struggle with food, she says we must learn to honor its intrinsic value. Ritualized eating can help; a recent study published in the journal Psychological Science found that engaging in food rituals evokes mindfulness that enhances the enjoyment of eating.


Hunger, the body’s fuel gauge, manifests in physical symptoms like a growling stomach or low blood sugar, says May, citing a useful analogy. “You wouldn’t drive around and pull into every gas station you see; you’d check your fuel gauge first. Before filling up with food, pause and check your fuel gauge. Am I actually hungry, or is this desire coming from something else?”

Upcoming Events

...You're Invited!


Find a massive amount of Local, Holistic & Green events online
, from multiple sources, all in one place via the Twin Cities Holistic Directory.

The Twin Cities Holistic & Greener Directory was created to be an affordable online resource for small and local businesses within the Twin Cities Metro region who are more holistically minded and focused on greener options and services.

Are you a small business owner? Make sure to get listed! It's fast, easy and affordable!

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*As always, these statements (or any other in our newsletters, etc), have not been evaluated by the FDA. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Support for the Immune System

With the cold and flu season upon us, it is always good to have a few things on hand as if and when it hits, most people don't want to leave the house. Also, everyone currently gets 5% off their entire order through the dispensary, while Monthly Wellness Members receive an additional 10% off (so, they are receiving 15%). Now, keep in mind, I'm not saying to get everything on the list, though it is probably good to try a few things this season.

Oscillococcinum is a fantastic homeopathic remedy that many people swear by for helping to reduce the length of flu-like symptoms. It is non-drowsy, doesn't interact with other medications or herbs and works naturally with the body. I've attached the links for 30 and 6 doses, as well as the Children's formula.

Additionally, I've attached to the newsletter some Elderberry products. Elderberry is a nice traditional high antioxidant fruit, has anti-infective properties and has been shown to prevent the flu virus from spreading from cell to cell. In studies, it was shows to be effective with influenza strains A & B to shorten the duration from 7 days down to 4! Keep in mind, the Elderberry Zinc lozenges are an entire case --- though if you would like only a bag, we will have them in the clinic within the next day or two.

Next we have Calcium, Magnesium & ZincZinc is a mineral that helps to boost the immune system, while magnesium (something almost everyone is deficient in) help relax the cell walls allowing them to absorb more nutrients, hydration as well as let go of waste... and has a host of other benefits too long to put in the quick email.

After that I have listed some oils for Abhyangas (Self Oil Massage). Sesame oil is good for all the doshas, while the Ashwagandha/Bala oil is really good for people who want to build strength, have nerve pain, muscle spams, and congestion. Additionally as we will be entering the full swing of Kapha Season in January (though the Kapha is already accumulating outside [snow], as well as inside for many people/slow digestion, sinus congestion, mucusy bowels, etc), the Kapha Oil is great for those of the Kapha dosha, or those whose Kapha is out of balance.

Next are a few Essential Oils for the home. The Invincible Immunity by Amrita (we've personally used this) utilizes traditional oils that are meant to help boost the immune system and cleanse the air. Next, I've listed Peppermint Oil as mice and rodents do not like it. You can try adding a couple of drops onto your furnace filter (for a whole house effect), or on cotton balls that you can put in areas the mice frequent. Additionally, Peppermint helps to open the sinuses and is great for congestion.

Last is Silver Hydrosol. Sovereign Silver is one of the leaders when it comes to colloidal and hydrosol silvers. Silvers are great for every infection known by my understanding, and no virus/bacteria has defenses against this. I use this often instead of hand sanitizer (as many hand sanitizers have endocrine disrupters, or I'll put it into an air diffuser, add it to furnace filters, etc.

In the ClinicSome items that we have in our office not available via the online dispensary are:
  • Breathe Free by Organic India
  • Bowelcare by Organic India
  • Trikatu by Organic India (really good for slow digestion)
  • Ashwagandha by Organic India
  • Immune Support by Banyan Botanicals
  • Triphala by Organic India
  • Tulsi Essential Oil
  • Traumeel
  • Auromere Natural Hand & Body Lotion
  • *new* Auromere Sulfate Free Shampoo Bars
  • Auromere SLS, Mint & Flouride Free Toothpaste (homeopathic safe)
  • and much, much more, so stop on in and check it out!
To your Holistic Health,
SchaOn, André and the Team here at Psinergy!

Oscillococcinum 30 Dose
Oscillococcinum 30 Dose
by Boiron

Children's Oscillococcinum® 6 doses
Children's Oscillococcinum® 6 doses
by Boiron

Oscillococcinum® 6 doses
Oscillococcinum® 6 doses
by Boiron

Black Elderberry 1 oz
Black Elderberry 1 oz
by Gaia Herbs

Elderberry Zinc Herbalozenge 12 bags
Elderberry Zinc Herbalozenge 12 bags
by Zand Herbal

Calcium, Magnesium & Zinc 250 caps
Calcium, Magnesium & Zinc 250 caps
by Nature's Way

Black Elderberry Alcohol-Free 1 oz
Black Elderberry Alcohol-Free 1 oz
by Herb Pharm

Sesame Oil (Organic) 36 fl oz
Sesame Oil (Organic) 36 fl oz
by Banyan Trading Co.

Ashwagandha/Bala Oil 1 qt
Ashwagandha/Bala Oil 1 qt
by Banyan Trading Co.

Kapha Massage Oil 12 oz
Kapha Massage Oil 12 oz
by Banyan Botanicals

Invincibile Immunity 10 ml
Invincibile Immunity 10 ml
by Amrita Aromatherapy

Peppermint (Organic) 10 ml
Peppermint (Organic) 10 ml
by Amrita Aromatherapy

Silver Hydrosol 10 ppm 4 oz
Silver Hydrosol 10 ppm 4 oz
by Sovereign Silver

Monday, December 1, 2014

Question from another business: "SchaOn, how have you best built your business?"

Today, I received an email from another colleague in the community asking "SchaOn, how have you best built your business?"

Now, I'm always excited to help, though I don't think this person thought it would contain this much information. :) Here is my response:

There are so many, though I would say acting like a business, meaning:
  • Having office hours, and sticking to them (and being there & present)
  • Online Scheduling - also clearly stating pricing for services on website
  • Automatic reminders of appointments (online scheduling system handles that)
  • Being professional (dressed nice, smell good, answering the phone professionally - "Thank you for choosing Psinergy Health, this is SchaOn. How may I help you?")
  • Returning phone calls ASAP (you would be amazed at how many practitioners do NOT return calls or emails)
  • Being real, upfront and honest
  • Following the law (MN Statute 146A) --- going through the Client Bill of Rights with the clients, also, putting out the Client Bill of Rights for potential clients
  • Doing Free talks, and providing good, healthy snacks for the talks
  • Making myself available to people
  • Informing and encouraging instead of talking down
  • Advertising in areas that we want to support. Print Advertising takes 3 to 6 months to start working, so you want it with a publication that you want to be giving money to support their distribution, not solely because you want clients from them. If you're not getting clients from that publication, start informing your clients of that publication (give them a copy each month with their appointment). Print publications get handed off to 1 or 2 people after the original person. For example, we spend ad dollars with Natural Awakenings Twin Cities because we find that the articles published are very informative to my clients (as well as to ourselves). Additionally, Jackie with Natural Awakenings does a LOT for her advertisers, and is a HUGE wealth of information and resources. You can truly tell that she is there for the advertisers, and not just for the money. We also do print with the Park Bugle, our local newspaper. They are a non-profit and help to keep the community informed of the news of the neighborhood. We also do online ads with the Bugle, they have a page rank of a 5, and helps us have a higher page rank as well. Additionally, we also do some advertising with the Pioneer Press. Yes, it's a large company, though our rep is very nice, and this also helps to open other doors for us not normally available to smaller businesses. Additionally, we also are members of MetroIBA as they hold many of the same values we do.
  • Expos --- and affordable expos at that. Yes, the really LARGE expos like Healthy Life or Edge Life are great exposure though you will spend between dollars and time about $1,500 to $2,000 just for that weekend. Newer, small businesses often don't have those dollars available --- so, smaller venues that still attract a crowd are really good. In my first 3 or 4 years of business, we averaged 14 expos/year.
  • In my first 3 years of business, I had over 450 client files. Some I only saw once, some where from free talks I did, some were from group sessions, others were from Expos, and others became regular clients.
  • Have a newsletter for your clients (and don't sign up people to it that you just had a conversation with and just received their business card... unless THEY ask to be on your newsletter). Also, send out the newsletters regularly and consistently. Be informative and not overly selly. Yes, sell in the newsletter, but have it more about informing and educating. Also, I didn't do a newsletter in the first 3 years of business, and hence, one of the biggest reasons why I had a really hard time retaining 1/10th of the 450+ clients I had worked with over those years. This was one of the biggest ways I lost a lot of potential money.
  • Talk to people about what you do in simple terms, and terms THEY can understand. They don't need to know everything you do and how you do it... they just need to know that you CAN do what they need for them. It's easy for us practitioners to over-inform and confuse our clients because all of this is so common to us, but NOT to them (do they know what LI4 and LI11 is for? Probably not).
  • Remember, you don't have to do everything right away --- as you grow, offer more. This helps to keep you fresh and new to your clients.
  • Don't bend over backwards for your clients. Yes, be accommodating, but do not put yourself in harms way, even perceived. For example, I have a 24-hour cancellation policy which is pretty standard in this day in age. One day, a client never showed for their appointment called, no answer, so I left a message, and emailed over an invoice for the missed session. After this person's appointment and my phone call and email, they call me and said that they spaced out about it, and that they shouldn't have to pay the appointment because in their business they don't enforce that, but they would be happy to reschedule and pay for future appointments, but if I made them pay for the missed one, they would stop being my client. That person is no longer my client.
  • Consistently update your skills (and add them to your Client Bill of Rights) - no one modality will solve everything
  • Be OK with referring clients out to other practitioners that you trust. Let your client know WHY you are referring them to this other practitioner, and if they should be working with you during that time as well, or when they should start to come back. I refer out about 90% of my clients to other practitioners who specialize in things I do not, like massage, cranio-sacral, more in-depth Ayurvedic procedures, Chiropractic (this is my #1 I refer out for), Rolfing as well as a few others. Also, refer out to practitioners you know and how they work. I've referred out to some practitioners I didn't know, and now this practitioner wants to see this client every week, or 2 or 3 times a week, and not willing to coordinate on care. A good referral would be like when I referred a client to Marcia Meredith, a fantastic Ayurvedic Practitioner in Minneapolis, specifically for Marma Massage. My client went there for the Marma Massage, and Marcia didn't try to gain the client permanently. She knew that it was a referral for a specific service to be completed and then sent her on her way. For me, I get consistent referrals from other practitioners for Kirlian as the practitioner (and client) want to know more information, or see things from a different set of eyes. Those clients, we do the Consultation (and I take notes for the other practitioner, unless the other practitioner is there), and I am fully aware that this client will be irregular as the other practitioner is their primary, not me. Also, do not EVER put down the other practitioner (unless they are doing something illegal or out-right and completely unethical and you are 100% sure of that).
  • Note - When referring clients, if you want to talk with the other practitioner, make sure to have the client complete a Release of Information form!
So, that's my top 20! Hope it helps :)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Dry Hands? This will help!

Location: 1553 Como Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108, USA
This fantastic hand & body lotion is great for all skin types (Vata, Pitta or Kapha). It leaves skin extraordinarily soft, smooth and hydrated.

*Forumulated from Auromere's popular Ayurvedic Massage oil, this lotion combines the deep-penetrating and nourishing properties of Sesame oil, the premiere Ayurvedic oil for skin care, along with the moisturizing, soothing and rejuvenative action of Almond oil and Castor oil

Infused with 13 skin-beneficial Ayurvedic herbs, oils and minerals according to traditional Ayurvedic methods to preserve long-term potency

*Full-body treatment: Gentle enough for delicate facial skin, yet effectively softens and soothes chapped hands and cracked heels as well.

Long lasting, yet leaves the skin soft, not oily.

*Delicate soothing fragrance occurs naturally from the herbal ingredients.

*Cruelty-free, Paraben-free, Gluten-free.

In-Stock now at Psinergy Natural Health & Holistic Wellness. Price: $ 7.95 / bottle.

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Purified Water, Sesame oil, Herbal Extract Blend: Asparagus racemosus, Desmodium gangeticum, Uraria lagopoids, Round Zedory, Sweet Flag, Castor Oil Plant, Spreading Hogweed, Sandalwood Oil, Indian Valerian, Winter Cherry (Ashwagandha), Khus Khus Grass, Cardamom, Rock Salt, Almond Oil, Castor Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Stearic Acid (from plant), Sorbitol, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Triphala Tea to Cleanse the Eyes, Mouth and Nose

A daily cleanse of our senses allows us to interact more rewardingly with our world and to make our awareness more clear and precise. There are many techniques to do this depending on which sense you want to cleanse. One way is simply decanting a Triphala tea.
  1. Before bed boil 16 ounces of water
  2. Place a teaspoon of powdered Triphala (or about 6 capsules) in a large glass
  3. Pour the boiled water in next to top off the glass
  4. Stir well
  5. Place a cover on the container
  6. Allow the infusion to be still and undisturbed until morning
  7. Soon after waking carefully decant the top third into eye cups
  8. Wash your eyes with this, adding rose hydrosol if you want
  9. Carefully decant the middle third into a neti pot (click here to learn more about neti pots and how to use them)
  10. Wash your nasal passages, sinuses and back of throat
  11. Swish and even rub the bottom third into your teeth, gums and tongue
  12. Swallow, sending the Triphala to purify your gastro-intestinal tract and enhance digestion
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