Fathers Day this Sunday!
Bring that dad in for a relaxing spa experience!
Gift certificates available.
Refresh with a cold lavender salt scrub for your feet and a warm coconut, lime foot soak. Next relax your body with a 90 minute Swedish massage. Finish your treatment with a rejuvenating 30 minute "mini" facial. $175
Fresh produce facial with carrot mask & cucumber eye treatment and brow wax. $110
Due to the huge success of the spring cleanse, it is being extended into the beginning of the summer!
Week One features a health assessment and personalized plan, an acupuncture treatment, a garshana (brisk full body exfoliation), a swedana (therapeutic sweating), a deep tissue massage, and an epsom salt foot bath.
Week Two features an acupuncture treatment, a full body green tea salt scrub, a deep tissue massage, and an epsom salt foot bath.
Both Weeks you’ll have unlimited use of our saunas. An internal cleansing program will support detoxification and rebuilding using herbs and hypoallergenic nutrients.
An at-home plan guides you through dietary changes, skin brushing, and daily sinus and nasal cleansing.
$675 (package value = $851)
$50 discount if you schedule all treatments on weekdays.
DragonTree 5 Year Birthday Party!
Come celebrate 5 years on July 10th from 6 - 9. Come eat drink and be merry with us while dj Lincolnup will be spinning tunes and bellydancers entertain. Raffle prizes, art, and fun!
Peter Borten, L.Ac. - The Dragontree’s Acupuncturist and Herbalist
My pursuit of a deeper understanding of Chinese medicine has led me to an exploration of Chinese culture. And the study of Chinese culture has led me to Daoism, Confucianism, and Chan (Zen) Buddhism, probably the three most influential institutions of Chinese history. Of these, my favorite, and the one with the greatest impact on Chinese medicine, is Daoism. (You may know it by its older spelling, Taoism.)
Daoism is a philosophy based on aligning one’s life with the Dao or Way. Dao is the origin of all things, the thread that ties everything together, the natural way, the order of the universe. It is the flow of life – which we can abide by for an easy ride, or resist for a less easy ride. The first and most famous book on Daoism, the Dao De Jing (written about 500 BCE), starts with the line, "The Dao that can be spoken of is not the true Dao." The Dao De Jing (DDJ) emphasizes that when we speak of the Dao, when we reduce it to words, we lose something of its essence. Its essence cannot be understood through mental analysis, it must be lived.
Westerners have been presented with translations of Daoist texts without much of the cultural context, including Daoist ritual. Purists might argue that we think of Daoism as something different than it is in China. This may be the case, but it appears that the simplicity of Daoist philosophy is exactly what Westerners need. And many Westerners already have a religion, or, in any event, have little interest in adopting the ritual parts of Daoism. We have recently entered an age in which global connectedness has made it possible for us to explore a great variety of world cultures and practices. Plus, we have the profound opportunity to admire and/or adopt any practice that brings richness, clarity, or peace to our lives. Daoist philosophy does not contradict any religious practice – you could be a Jewish Daoist, a Christian Daoist, a Muslim Daoist, or just a person who likes Daoism, no label required.
I hope to not do Daoism a huge disservice by compressing it into a tiny nutshell, but I am going to try to convey some of the wisdom of this path in the next few newsletters. We will start with Jian ("jee-ehn"), one of the three "treasures" of Daoism. Jian is translated as simplicity or frugality. Simplicity is kind of the antithesis of the trend in the West (and now the East also), where we have a strong drive toward complexity and accumulation of material stuff. We tend to believe we need special tools and scientific theories to understand the world. Living with the Dao doesn’t mean you need to get rid of all your stuff, but if you’re juggling a lot of balls you’re in for a bigger challenge. Some unknown wise person said, "The Truth is simple! If it were complicated, everyone would get it."
Chapter forty-eight of the DDJ starts, "In the pursuit of knowledge, every day something is acquired. In the pursuit of the Dao, every day something is dropped." Frugality isn’t just a matter of being economical with money. It means curtailing useless expenditures of energy. It means not doing more than what is needed to make our lives work. Worry would be a good example of a useless expenditure of energy – it never yields a "return."
We seek a lot of things: answers, peace, enlightenment, love, a connection to God. Part of the practice of Jian is recognizing that it would not be frugal to look outside ourselves for these things if they are already within us. Dao, like water, takes the simplest path – the path of least resistance. Sometimes Jian means taking a break from focusing on all the junk we pile onto our natural state of consciousness: to-do lists, worries, desires, etc. In the quiet that is beneath this noise, we find that the answers, the love, and God are already here. But don’t take my word for it. I am speaking of the Dao, so the truth of it has been colored by my interpretations. See for yourself.
Peter and Everyone at the Dragontree