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Fall 2010
In this Issue:
Fall -Wow - Ahhh - Ohh!! by Lance David Isakov, M.Ac.
Medicinal Aromatherapy & Therapeutic Massage with Amy Isakov, NCTMB
Holistic Psychotherapy & Thai Body work with Alicia Barmon, NCTMB

Hi Beautiful Beings,

Are you ready to delve into the Autumn?

The crisp, clean, cool air brushes across my nostrils and deeply penetrates my lungs - WOW!. My eyes widen as the rich golden afternoon light touches the bold ochre, brilliant yellow, and deep red of the fallen leaves littered across the forest floor- Ahhhh! My ears pick up the sounds of busy rustles, gentle afternoon chirps, and the random splashes of my dog, Nimbus, as he jumps in and out of the cold, spring-fed creek - Ohh! This was my Autumn today. What was yours?

There is a special kind of reflective feeling that the Fall offers us. In many traditions, including the Taoist Chinese and Jewish, Fall is the time when the heavens and earth are closest together. A time when we can almost touch the spirit world, a time of deepest connection to our ancestors, those we have lost, those who have come before us. The Fall offers us a powerful opportunity to deeply grieve that which and those who we have lost and also offers us space to give thanks and praise for that which and those who are currently in our life.

In Nature, Autumn grants the opportunity to shed what is no longer absolutely essential. The energy (qi) of our brothers and sisters of the plant world, turns inward and descends deep down into their roots, thus their leaves fall to the ground creating rich fertilizer for the future generations. The descent of Qi also allows for rest and rejuvenation during the upcoming Winter months and this stillness, in turn, creates a powerful potential energy that is explosively released with the crack of Springtime.

In our busy, modern, technological lives we often forget that we too are part of nature. We too have Autumn energy that courses through us. In Five Element Medicine we call this kind of energy the Metal Element. This energy creates our ability to let go of what no longer serves so that we can make room for rest, rejuvenation and eventually our own new power and possibilities.

Emotionally, this phase of energy gives us our sense of self-worth, vitality and resolve. It shows up as our grief, our praise and our sense of awe.

Physically, Metal shows up as our Lungs, the part of us that takes in vital energy oxygen and lets go of the waste carbon dioxide. It also shows up as our Large Intestine, which both lets go of our rubbish and also intakes the last remains of any essential nutrients. Spiritually, the Metal energy gives us the ability to let go, reflect and create space. It offers us the chance to get in touch with our spiritual energy and realize our core values. Metal reminds us of the heavens and our connection to our higher self.

In Five Element Medicine the goal is to keep the energy moving through this natural cycle of seasons. When it gets stuck thats when dis-ease, pain or upset occur. When Metal is out of balance you may feel excessive grief, deep depression, low self-esteem, low self-worth, emotional withdrawal and excessive materialism. You may not be able to recover from a loss or be inspired. You may have difficulty breathing, unhealthy skin or bowel issues.

When Metal is in balance you have the gifts of awe, letting go, acknowledgment, respect, inspiration, preciousness and acceptance.

If your Fall energy or Metal element is feeling stuck here are a few practices that can help! Pick a couple and put them to action for this week and notice how it feels!
  • BREATHE! Go outside, preferably in a natural setting, and allow your lungs to INSPIRE! Sit on a log, a rock or the earth and breathe in and out through the nose slowly and deeply for 11 minutes. As you inhale focus on bringing in that which you desire and as you exhale focus on letting go of that which no longer serves you.
  • POOP! Sorry if I grossed you out =) In Five Element Acupuncture the best time to poop is 5-7 am, when your Qi is focused in the Large Intestines. So for a week create some time between 5 and 7, wake up early if you need to....Find a good book, magazine or just meditate and LET GO! Give yourself plenty of time - at least 11 minutes, no need to rush these things. p.s. This is a particularly good homework for those who have troubles in this area...Extra Credit goes to those who go outside, dig a hole and squat =)
  • CLEAN HOUSE! You've heard of spring try fall cleaning! Go through your old stuff and get rid of that which you no longer want or need. Those clothes that are too big for you now that you've lost all that weight, those keepsakes from the 3rd grade, that piece of furniture you hate...Whatever... create space in your home = create space in your life! There are plenty of places that will accept donations or check out
If you have been receiving seasonal acupuncture treatments, now is the perfect time to come in for your Fall session. We can help bring Inspiration to your body, mind and soul! If you are new to acupuncture now is the perfect time to jump into sessions =) Also if you know anyone who may be interested please feel free to pass on this newsletter!

schedule your session ONLINE, email or call me at (610) 203-3747.

****P.S. For those who dont know yet...Amy and I are the proud and blissed out (or is that just the lack of sleep induced altered state?) parents of a beautiful little girl, Luna Sol, she was born on Sept 18th. Heres a little picture =) ****

Hope to See you Soon!
Lots of love,

Therapeutic Massage & Medicinal Aromatherapy with Amy Isakov, NCTMB
Amy will be offering her Medicinal Aromatherapy and Massage services again starting mid - November for more info on her practice please visit

For more information and to set up an appointment with Amy
visit her website, call (443) 955-2211 or email
Holistic Psychotherapy and Thai Yoga Massage with Alicia Barmon, MA, LMHC, CYT For those who have not yet met our office mate, Alicia, get with the program! =) She's awesome in general and is also an amazing Thai Yoga Massage Therapist and Holist Psychotherapist. Check out her website at or give her a ring at 617.319.1162.
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