appointments

Spring Energy

Happy First Day of Spring! Spring is when new green shoots rise, tendrils reach out for the next hold, and the world gets a bit warmer and brighter. I hope holding that image in your mind helps you find what the majority of my patients said their goal was for this year: more energy.

I think we're so tired in part because we're expected to come out of the gate of the New Year bursting with energy for new projects and self improvement. I've never been one to make New Year's Resolutions, but this year it felt especially off, setting us all up for failure. It's just not the right time. Winter is when we want to curl up in front of a fire with a good book, a blanket, and a hot beverage. No wonder we fail so routinely at most of our resolution setting and everyone coming in in January was so incredibly fatigued!

Then just when we might have recovered a bit we were hit with the spring forward daylight savings time change and I find myself (and most of my patients) still struggling to adjust ten days later.

Be gentle with yourself as we start to spread out into what should start to be warmer weather (we got quite a taste last week)! Picture the plants that are just opening up. Gently stretch your body. Awaken slowly.

kyle-glenn-686341-unsplash.jpg

Spring is a better time energetically for new growth and taking on new projects. If you didn't have the energy for the changes or intentions you set for January 1 or Chinese New Year, don't lose heart. Try again this Spring, or even Summer. Find the time of year when your energy rises.

And of course, if you don’t have enough energy to complete your daily activities, are stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious, and having trouble falling or staying asleep, please come in for acupuncture. That’s not sustainable and I want you to have a great year! Acupuncture has tools to help you regain some of that rest, rebalance with the season, manage your stress and anxiety, and restore a healthy sleep schedule.


FOUND THIS INTERESTING? RELATED POSTS ON A CUPPA QI:

What Autumn Holds for You

Joyful Movement

Stress Relief and the Pantone Color of the Year

ABOUT SHAWNA

Shawna Seth, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. is a California state licensed and nationally certified acupuncturist focused on promoting women’s health, especially surrounding menstrual health and fertility. She uses the gentlest effective methods possible to guide her patients to balance. Shawna sees patients in her private practice on Sutter Street in San Francisco. Make your appointments online or email contact@shawnaseth.com. To learn more about Japanese medicine and the world of acupuncture, follow her blog A Cuppa Qi.

Header/mug photo: Unsplash

Fatigue photo: Death to the Stock Photo

Need a Massage? Introducing Tyler

Update: July 2019 – Note that Tyler is now seeing patients on Tuesdays only in this space.

Massage hand.jpeg

I’m pleased to announce that Tyler Chamberlain, Certified Massage Therapist is now sharing our San Francisco clinic space at the Sutter Healing Arts Building. He’s seeing clients on Saturdays, Sundays, and Tuesdays.

Tyler’s style is in harmony with my approach to gentle, personalized treatments. He offers time-based appointments that are then tailored to your needs on a given day using his massage skillsets including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Ortho-bionomy, Energy, and Lymphatic/Detox. Having experienced his work myself, I highly recommend his thoughtful, effective, and deeply relaxing care.

His introduction to you in his own words:

I'm fascinated with us humans.

Tyler Chamberlain, CMT

Tyler Chamberlain, CMT

Our anatomy is physically structured to work as a cohesive, singular being. Muscles, tendons, and ligaments can be identified, felt, and touched. But it's the layers within, the unexpected (and often magical) connections between the obvious and the less understood, that really excite me: how gentle stretching can allow the opposing muscle to relax; how non-invasive Vagus nerve work can almost immediately relax the entire body; how unraveling the fascia (the stuff that holds it all in place, and is usually neglected in massage) is so critical to overall muscle health; how simply receiving touch can invigorate the soul.

I've heard my role as a massage therapist described as that of a chameleon, and that resonates. Occasionally, we need to get deep into the muscles. There may be painful trigger points to be released, or a specific injury requiring attention. Or you may be pregnant, have tech-neck, or may be holding stress in your shoulders or abdomen. You may have pain walking uphill (but not down), chronic headaches, or unidentified pain in your back. You likely have some combination of "all of the things", and my passion is to work together to tailor the bodywork specifically for your needs, on that day. Then, ideally, a plan to address your goals over time.

Perhaps most importantly, I firmly believe in the power of human touch. It's OK to want that, to simply receive pleasure, to have a safe place where you can just feel good. To have an energetically clean and soft space to relax. It's fascinating how often I observe clients who simply want to receive a relaxing, pleasurable massage, and are almost embarrassed to say it, as if it's not a good enough reason. IT IS!

It's surprising to me how many massage therapists don't put any thought into the music. It's such a critical part, since we're really working with all the senses. From chamber music if you want to be soothed, to nature sounds if you want to zone out, to underground techno if you want to be energized, we'll find the right fit. 

I'm so thrilled to be sharing a space with Shawna, with whom I immediately felt an energetic & professional connection - it feels like we share a similar mindset within the space, with similar goals (and very complementary styles). There's really such great energy already in the space, and I hope to share in that energy with all of you.

Booking Details

Book with Tyler online on his website: www.tylerccmt.com

Rates (subject to change):

  • 60 min: $100

  • 90 min: $140

  • 120 min: $170

  • Intro offer: I so strongly believe a 90-minute massage is that much better than a 60, that I'd like to offer your first massage at $100 for 90-minutes.

Availability: Saturday, Sunday, & Tuesday from 10am-10pm

ABOUT SHAWNA

Shawna Seth, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. is a California state licensed and nationally certified acupuncturist focused on promoting women’s health, especially surrounding menstrual health and fertility. She uses the gentlest effective methods possible to guide her patients to balance. Shawna sees patients in her private practice on Sutter Street in San Francisco. Make your appointments online or email contact@shawnaseth.com. To learn more about Japanese medicine and the world of acupuncture, follow her blog A Cuppa Qi.

Blue Shield In Network Provider

I am now an in-network provider for Blue Shield!

Q: But I already have you bill my insurance. What's changing?
A: This is an option I have added to my existing insurance participation: You can still use your out of network acupuncture benefits if you have a PPO plan with a different carrier. The difference is that now most Blue Shield plans will get you affordable coverage you do not need to pay for out of pocket before using your plan benefits in both San Francisco and Oakland.

Q: What about Anthem Blue Cross or Blue Cross Blue Shield?
A: 
In some states Blue Cross and Blue Shield are managed as one company, but in California they are mostly separate. If your coverage is for Anthem Blue Cross, I am not in network, but we can bill for out of network benefits that are often quite comprehensive. If you have Blue Cross Blue Shield, we'll check your benefits and see whether your specific plan is considered in or out of network for me.

Please fill out the form on my Fees and Insurance page to request a benefits check for either your Blue Shield plan or other PPO insurance and we'll start taking advantage of your acupuncture benefits!

If you have any questions, please contact me and I'll be happy to discuss them with you. And because insurance checks are usually completed within 24-48 hours, feel free to make an appointment then send me your insurance information to check right away!

ABOUT SHAWNA

Shawna Seth, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. is a California state licensed and nationally certified acupuncturist focused on promoting women’s health, especially surrounding menstrual health and fertility. She uses the gentlest effective methods possible to guide her patients to balance. Shawna sees patients in her private practice on Sutter Street in San Francisco. Make your appointments online or email contact@shawnaseth.com. To learn more about Japanese medicine and the world of acupuncture, follow her blog A Cuppa Qi.