About Lynn

lynn jaffeeLynn Jaffee is a licensed acupuncturist and the author of the book, Simple Steps: The Chinese Way to Better Health, a clear and concise explanation of Chinese medicine for the lay person. She is co-author of the book, The BodyWise Woman, a personal health manual for physically active women and girls. Read more about Lynn...

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Got Muscle Knots?

Acupuncture for muscle knots

In my upper back, on the left side, half-way between my neck and shoulder, I have a muscle knot that feels like a small potato. It’s hard, thick, and unmistakable. And it causes me pain. When it acts up, it gets tight and achy and can be Ground Zero for migraines that can take me down for a day or two. I know—a migraine that starts in my shoulder? WTF?

So what exactly is a muscle knot and why can they be so miserable?

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Watsu: The Most Relaxing Bodywork You've Never Heard Of

Aquatic therapy and Chinese medicine

Imagine floating in warm water.  Your eyes are closed and the sounds of the outside world have receded.  You are gently stretched by the drag of the water while being comfortably supported.  You glide back and forth while your limbs are soothingly stretched and your back is softly flexed. You feel like seaweed floating on the surface of the sea.  This is Watsu.

The brainchild of California Shiatsu teacher Harold Dull, Watsu combines elements of massage, movement, dance, stretching, and Shiatsu—all performed in 95 . . . → Read More: Watsu: The Most Relaxing Bodywork You’ve Never Heard Of

Alternative Therapies in a Scientific World

This morning an article in the newspaper about alternative therapies caught my eye.  Apparently, the US government has spent about 2.5 billion dollars over the last decade studying the effectiveness of several alternative therapies and herbs.


The big news was that researchers concluded that most of the herbs and therapies studied don’t work, with a few notable exceptions.  Acupuncture was shown to be effective for a number of . . . → Read More: Alternative Therapies in a Scientific World