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Headache? Forget Advil, try a Chinese foot massage

footI admit the diagrams that illustrate which internal organs correspond with which foot pressure points are a little weird, but I swear there’s truth to it.

In addition to my acupuncture, I also got a traditional Chinese foot massage yesterday and it was amazing.  I have chronically tight shoulder muscles and upon prodding and kneading my feet, Mr. Winn looks up and says in Chinese, “You have very tense shoulders, right?”  Shocked, I asked him how he knew, and he replies nonchalantly, “I can tell everything from your feet.”


During my year living in Shanghai, I fell in love with the intense (and admittedly slightly painful) traditional Chinese foot massages, a.k.a. reflexology.  Unlike western massage, which people get primarily as an expensive luxury, reflexology is seen as a healthy practice that can improve circulation, cure high blood pressure and kidney ailments, and relieve headaches.  It’s cheaper than western massages, too–my wonderful hour-long session was just $20 at Oriental Wellness Center in Oakland Chinatown!



Poking my way to Labor Day relaxation with acupuncture

So I had my first-ever acupuncture appointment today, and for someone who’s afraid of needles I have to say it was pretty cool. Randy Lam, a jolly man of 72, assured me that he’d been practicing for decades and that he would get my stiff shoulders relaxed. . . by sticking pins in my legs.


Lying face up on the exam bed, Randy stuck three super-fine needles in each of my lower legs, at acupuncture points along the body’s meridian. I could barely feel the needles, so no biggie, right?

But then he “activates” each needle by turning it, and I feel an uncomfortable, deep pressure in at each point. Turning each needle over and over, the pressure in my legs increase to an almost unbearable intensity. Suddenly, out of nowhere, I feel extremely hot and break out in a sweat, my hands clammy and little beads of perspiration on my face. I ask Randy why I’m so hot–he says he’s activated my circulation. . . weird! I start breathing deeply as I feel a low-electric buzz in my brain–the only way I can describe it is that it feels like gentle pins-and-needles in your noggin. Laying there in “meditation,” I massage my right shoulder and, to my surprise, one of the needles in my left leg starts tingling!

After a couple more needles in my hands and feet, my session is over and I feel surprisingly relaxed, the soreness in my legs’ pressure points still lingering. My muscles feel loose. My brain feels calm. . .

Thanks, Randy–Labor Day weekend, here I come.


Asian med school drop out turned R&B sensation

I’ve recently discovered a new celebrity crush.  Jay Sean isn’t your typical R&B singer.


You may be quick to assume by his name that he’s another Sean Paul, Sean Kingston, or Sean Diddy Combs, but Jay Sean is UK’s first Asian R&B singer.

Born of Sikh Punjabi descent and known by his family as Kamaljit Singh Jhooti, this emerging R&B singer decided to put aside his medicine career and take up a stage name, Jay Sean, in order to pursue a career in singing. While it was a risky decision, it sure proved successful.  Collaborating with renowned hip-hop artists like Lil’ Wayne, Jay Sean has created numerous chart-topping hits, with the most recent one being “Down.”

In an interview with The Asian ID Documentary, Jay Sean describes how he defied the norms of his Asian culture to pursue his singing career and how his Asian heritage is an inspiration behind his work.