A. Raymond Johnson (shiatsu therapist) and Billy Janes (acupuncturist) take you on a DIY journey through the body and how our approach to healing is shaped by the stories we tell in our culture, to ourselves and each other.
A small episode in honor of the illustrious Small Intestine. Some say the way to someone's heart is through their stomach, but the Small Intestine may be the real gatekeeper. Sifting and sorting to determine what is true and allowed to pass. A highway that can take us all through the body, but especially good for shoulder and neck pain. Shiatsu therapist Raymond and acupuncturist Billy talk about how they use the channel in their work.
The Heart is one of the few organs in the Western world that has as many metaphoric meanings as biological ones, how does it compare to the meaning of the Heart meridian in East Asian medicine? Raymond & Billy talk about how the Heart fits into the cycle of the body and ways to take care of it on the emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical levels.
"Soups and Stews", "Transporting and Transforming", this episode is all about the Spleen: the yin companion to Stomach. We talk about the concept of Dampness in Chinese Medicine, cooked vs raw food, boosting your Spleen qi, and why eating ice cream makes you a rebel. Learn how to nourish your body's original sweetness.
The Stomach channel is the next stop on our journey through the body, in this episode we talk about digestion from the start of the cycle, as well as how our emotions and desires play into physical and metaphoric appetites and digestion.
Let's talk about our bowel movements! And other issues related to the Large Intestine, like letting go and processing grief. The words 'poop' 'stool' and 'sh*t' get used a lot in this episode, and while we have a sense of humor about it, we avoid being gratuitous or excessively gross. Everybody poops!
Raymond & Billy talk about how they became healers, what histories & theories inspire their work, and give a brief tour on how the meridians of the body operate. Then we start off the healer's journey with the Lung and information on breathing, metabolizing grief, herb friends, meridian location (kiss your bicep!) & much more.