Newsletter & Specials

June Special

Soak your feet in a fizzy treat with a rose tulsi foot bath followed by a cool sweet orange salt scrub for your legs and feet. Next relax with an hour Swedish massage and refresh your skin with a daydream facial. $150

Summer Waxing Special

Treat your feet while you get ready for summer! Get a free summer foot bath with $50 or more of waxing (all waxing must occur on the same day).

What’s New at The Dragontree?

Our new menu will be out June 15th! Find out more about our new Acupuncture face lifts, full body glows and polishes, new foot baths, and new spa packages.

Check out our summer foot baths and drinks:

Summer Drinks:

Mango, Papaya and Cardamom Cooler - A perfect blend of exotic fruit and spice. 2.5

Black Raspberry and Lavender Spritzer - A refreshing and sweet fizzy treat. 2.5

Rosemary Lemonade - Our delicious twist on a summer favorite. 2.5

Iced Chai - Made with Tao of Tea’s robust 500 Mile Chai, soy milk, and a hint of honey. 3.0

Summer Foot Baths:

(all of our foot baths are available warm or cool)

Ginger and Green Tea Foot Bath - Green Tea is a super antioxidant and when united with Ginger the effect is heavenly. 26

Tropical Creamsicle Foot Bath - This coconut milk and sweet orange combination is the perfect moisturizing cure for dry summer feet. 27

Lemon - Sage Clay Foot Bath - Detoxifying and refreshing. Umbrien clay draws out toxins while essential oils of lemon and sage awaken your senses. 27

The Chinese Clock and Your Daily Routine - Part Two

- Peter Borten, L.Ac., M.Ac.O.M. - Dragontree Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Last month we explored six of the organs and their respective time slots on the "Chinese Clock." (Click here to read part one.) The Chinese Clock is a concept in traditional Chinese medicine by which each organ has a two-hour time period when it is strongest and most active. During each organ’s time, we can engage in certain activities and avoid others in order to stay in balance and make the best use of the energy that’s available. If a particular symptom or event tends to happen during the same time period repeatedly, it may indicate a problem with the associated organ. Keep in mind that I am referring to the Chinese medical view of these organs, which are often greatly expanded from the biomedical view. Sometimes they have minimal overlap with the anatomical organ. Also, during the Daylight Savings portion of the year (now) subtract an hour from what the clock says to get the "real" time.

3 PM to 5 PM - Bladder Time: The bladder’s functions go far beyond urination. While the kidneys govern the storage of reserve energy, the bladder is associated with the utilization and expenditure of reserves. The Chinese bladder has some overlap with the nervous system and our primal drive for security and survival. Many people, having lived with this drive engaged habitually for years (perhaps unconsciously), feel tired during this time period because of having depleted their reserves. The best thing to do at this time is be respectful of your limits, slow down, don’t overdo, and reflect on how much you expend versus what you do to replenish yourself.

5 PM to 7 PM - Kidney Time: The kidneys store of a deep reservoir of energy, like a well of potential. When this reservoir runs out we die. The kidneys and bladder, representatives of the water element, are easily disturbed by fear. Our deepest fear is of using up this reservoir of life, yet when we are fearful we tend spend our energy like crazy. Just as the surface of water gives an inaccurate reflection when it’s disturbed, fear disturbs the water element within us, making it difficult for us to reflect accurately on the state of our reserve energy and how we’re spending it in the world. Ideally, we should not disturb this reservoir by trying to manipulate life, but instead let the potential within us flow out at its own pace. During kidney time, reflect on the ways you may be overly focused on the future. Slow down, reel yourself in, be still now and reflect.

7 PM to 9 PM - Pericardium Time: The pericardium is the sac that encloses and protects the heart. As the "heart protector," it’s like the wall around our heart and the drawbridge through which we let others – and ourselves – inside. The pericardium governs intimacy, and it, rather than the heart, takes the brunt of the emotional blows we receive. This is a good time for candid discussions, romance and other forms of intimacy, and healing past emotional traumas.

9 PM to 11 PM - San Jiao Time: The San Jiao or "triple warmer" is like a communication network between our organs and also a kind of thermostat. It is closely associated with the hormonal (endocrine) system. It also relates to our ability to interact in social settings. It gives us the ability to feel out a situation and know how to present ourselves in a harmonious way within our surroundings. This is a good time for light social interaction, for games, or watching comedy.

11 PM to 1 AM - Gallbladder Time: The gallbladder, in Chinese thought, is responsible for decision making and courage. A timid person is said to have a small gallbladder while a brave person is said to have a large one. The gallbladder is intimately united with the liver – the "planner." While the liver help us plan, the gallbladder helps us make the big choices and all the minute-to-minute ones too. If you are still awake at 11 PM, this decisive energy may keep you up, giving you a second wind that takes you into the wee hours. While some folks thrive on this energy, the gallbladder functions exceptionally well when we’re asleep, working things out while we dream.

1 AM to 3 AM - Liver Time: The liver is called the General or the planner. It governs our ability to have a clear life plan and goals, and also to do short term planning. It gives us the vision and perspective to see the "big picture." Like gallbladder time, it can become addictive to be awake in liver time, since some people find they get a lot done, have big ideas, do planning, etc. But humans are not nocturnal by nature, and the liver does its best work when we sleep. A common time for insomniacs to wake is around 3 AM, at the transition from liver time to lung time. Frequently, this coincides with some sense of frustration or obstacle around one’s life plan. Consider making lists or scheduling your day in advance so your mind doesn’t have to keep track of it all. Write down your goals and some action steps you can take toward accomplishing them.

I hope this brief introduction to the Chinese Clock and the organs sparks an interest in becoming more mindful of your daily ebbs and flows. Feel free to contact us for more information. We wish you clarity and determination in the journey of guiding your life toward balance.

Yours in the pursuit of whole health,

Peter and Everyone at the Dragontree