Archives for February 2018

February 22, 2018 - 1,107 comments

2018: The Year of the (Earth) Dog

Traditional Chinese Medicine (including Acupuncture) share roots with traditional Chinese philosophy and astrology, including the Yin-Yang philosophy, the theory of the 5 elements,  and Confucianism ethical concepts and practices.

February 16, 2018 marked the start of the Chinese New Year.

2018 is a Year of the Dog. In Chinese astrology, each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to the 12-year cycle. 

Years of the Dog include 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, and 2030... The Dog occupies the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac, after the Rooster, and before the Pig.

If you're born in a Dog year, you're a Dog, and the following are deemed lucky for you:

  • Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 9
  • Lucky colors: red, green, and purple
  • Lucky flowers: rose, cymbidium orchids

More specifically, 2018 is an Earth Dog Year.In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. For example, a Wood Dog comes once in a 60-year cycle.

It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element. So there are five types of Dogs, each with different characteristics:

Combining the 12-zodiac cycle and the 5-element cycle, people show diverse traits and horoscope. 

Types Years of Birth Personality Traits
Wood Dog 1934, 1994 Honest, reliable, considerate, having a strong feeling for justice.
Fire Dog 1946, 2006 Kind-hearted, cautious, working in a down-to-earth way.
Earth Dog 1958, 2018 Persistent, meticulously attentive, with good fortune in wealth.
Metal Dog 1910, 1970 Conservative, accommodating, strong sense of self-respect.
Water Dog 1922, 1982 Foresighted, responsible, but some self-centered.


Not born in a Year of the Dog, find out your Chinese zodiac here.

February 7, 2018 - 286 comments

How Does Acupuncture Improve Your Athletic Performance?

Kortney Haag, elite athelete & JADA Studios client

Athletes of all levels ponder the question: how do I improve my performance? Answer: Acupuncture. Thousands of years old, this effective and proven Chinese treatment has been praised for its medicinal properties of healing and recovery.

NFL and NBA athletes, professional tennis players and dancers, and elite triathletes swear by the results of this time-tested therapy. So how are these tiny needles actually making a difference and improving athletic performance? We’ll break it down to you:

#1 On-going acupuncture PROMOTES RECOVERY

Recovery is the name of the game for successful training. Acupuncture relaxes and re-energizes your over-worked muscles and joints by stimulating cortisol: a natural anti-inflammatory hormone that your adrenal glands produce.This can also help improve your sleep. A study found that acupuncture helps regulate both daytime and nighttime cycles – promoting more energy during the day and more restful sleep at night. This will speed up your recovery time.

#2 Acupuncture PROVIDES HEALING for injuries.

Acupuncture soothes compromised areas, injured muscles, bones, tendons, soft tissue and internal organs, by stimulating nerves and releasing natural chemicals that help relieve pain, like endorphins and serotonin. This opens restricted or obstructed paths where an injury has blocked the healthy flow of energy.


Acupuncture can improve your athletic performance by pinpointing the areas of your body that encourage tonification.

You will have more energy for training/events and a more efficient recovery. It will improve your maximum heart rate, increase your oxygen consumption and help with lactic acid buildup and removal.

Tonification (def): increase the available energy of an organ, part, or system of the body.


The body has over 400 acupuncture points, where microcirculation can occur. Microcirculation reduces swelling, heat and pain while promoting tissue repair that leads to new cell growth throughout your body.

Microcirculation (def): a sponge-like squeezing out of old blood cells and replenishment of new cells. This method creates a fresh flow of blood, boosting injured areas with oxygenated healthy cells.

#5 Acupuncture AIDS your IMMUNE SYSTEM.

Just living in today’s world practically guarantees that your immune system is compromised

- stress, bad food, environmental pollutants.

Acupuncture encourages production of white blood cells in your immune cell that act as adefense mechanism against outside organisms. White blood cells fight infections, autoimmune disorders and allergic reactions.

A strong immune system means a stronger body. More days to train, and less days needed for recovery.

Make an appointment to discuss your health issues and challenges. Let’s put you on the fast track to healing and an improved performance.