Learn to Meditate at Susan McNulty Acupuncture in Ludlow, Vermont


So often when Susan attempts to teach her patients the value of mindfulness practices or recommends that learning to meditate could be helpful to ratchet down the stress in their lives and thereby relieve themselves of much pain and suffering, it is a common response that people cannot find the time or the right conditions under which to meditate. They think they have to have total peace and quiet to sit peacefully and quietly. It is in such discussions that Susan will tell this story of the time when she was quite young and new at meditation. She was working a job as a camp counselor and every morning would ride the yellow school bus with 60 hot and sweaty and exuberant young boys and girls on their way to summer camp where she was counselor to a group of 2nd graders. The environment of the bus was anything but peaceful and quiet. It was loud and boisterous and joyful and happy but not quiet. Determined to get her early morning 20-minute routine of Transcendental Meditation accomplished, Susan learned to close her eyes and let the boys and girls assume she was napping while she lapsed into the gap between her thoughts, letting her mantra transport her out of the chaos and into flashes of transcendence. This taught her a valuable lesson in the availability of the stillness within regardless of the volume of noise from the outside.


Anti-Inflammatory Breakfast Smoothie

If you have inflammation, Susan McNulty Acupuncture in Ludlow, Vermont is a great place to get natural treatment for chronic inflammation or inflammation that is more acute as in tendonitis from a recent injury. Since the body has a natural ability to release anti-inflammatory responses, sometimes it is just a matter of provoking that response with Acupuncture treatments or a change in dietary habits. Susan has 30 years of experience in helping people with inflammatory issues and often suggests the following Anti-Inflammatory Breakfast Smoothie to start the day. It is chock full of protein, Omega-3’s and alkaline ingredients that help to reduce the acidity of the body, cooling down inflammation. It is a delicious and medicinal alternative for a morning meal or beverage. Please share this recipe with those who you think could benefit and suggest Acupuncture as a viable alternative to taking anti-inflammatory pills. Let the body do the job it knows how to do by providing the optimal environment with natural remedies.

Anti-Inflammatory Breakfast Smoothie
For one serving
Use a blender or food processor to combine until smooth:

½ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
2 TB Almond or Cashew Butter
1 TB Ground Flax Seed
1 TB Flax Oil (with Borage)
4 oz. Almond Milk
2 – 4 oz water
One packet Greenspak* (optional)
Ice, if desired, but frozen blueberries replace this need

*Greenspak can be obtained online from Vitaminshoppe.com or from many health food stores

KNOW THYSELF — The Workshop this Saturday, May 10th, at Heart of the Village Yoga, Manchester, VT

KNOW THYSELF – The Workshop
with Susan McNulty

12:00 – 3:00pm, Saturday, May 10th

In this condensed version of Susan McNulty’s Know Thyself workshop an introduction is made into the inquiry of who you really are. To “Know Thyself” is advice passed down from many spiritual traditions. It is a message that rings a bell of truth, but what does it mean to Know Thyself?

This workshop strives to help you find the answer to that question. With some specific tools to self awareness, Susan McNulty will share with you some of the methods she has learned to understand the nature of what it means to be human.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Easy meditation techniques that anyone can do
  • Breathing exercises that help you relax while energizing you
  • Simple Qi Gong practices to cultivate energy
  • Sensory training to awaken the senses
  • Guided Imagery to meet your ideal self
  • Tapping with EFT/Emotional Freedom Technique

You will begin to answer the BIG questions:


KNOW THYSELF—The Workshop is a lively lecture combined with practical techniques to raise your consciousness and identify your authentic self.

Join us on a journey of self-discovery and reach deeper levels of self-acceptance

IMG_1507Susan McNulty has been interested in methods of holistic healing for the BodyMind since attending the New England School of Acupuncture 30 years ago. Since then she has been dedicated to learning natural methods of healing to promote well-being and longevity. Although she specializes in pain relief and addiction withdrawal, there is a strong emphasis on stress reduction and relaxation techniques that she teaches to ensure physical as well as emotional well-being for all.

As a healer, Susan McNulty has cultivated her innate talent for listening and drawing people into the deeper parts of themselves. She considers it her job to ask the probing questions that get people thinking about their lifestyle choices and the emotional connections to their physical aches and pains.

In addition to Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, Susan also practices many other forms of BodyMind Medicine including Tapping/EFT, Reiki and Quantum Healing which are effective forms of long-distance healing to address a broad range of conditions such as headaches, digestive disorders, menopause, PMS, circulation problems, auto-immune disorders, anxiety and depression.

A writer and lecturer, Susan teaches her workshop Know Thyself to those interested in a deeper inquiry into the meaning and purpose of their lives. She also teaches a Tapping/EFT Workshop to those interested in shifting the emotional blocks and negative thought patterns that may be keeping them from a sense of ease and well-being.

Susan is an avid reader and student of spirituality and BodyMind Medicine. She has had a dedicated meditation practice for over 40 years and enjoys swimming daily as an active form of mindfulness A landscape painter, she lives in Southern Vermont where there is no shortage of subject matter for her watercolors.

Pre-register: $40 per workshop; $45 at-the-door

TO REGISTER: Sign up and pay at the studio in advance, email, or call Jo @ 802.379.4514.

Spring Detox with Juice Fasting


Morning Refreshment

Fasting in the springtime can bring a much needed rest to the internal organs of the body.  Just like cleaning house, every now and then it is good to lighten things up by cleaning out completely and using the body’s energy to heal while it takes a break from the tasks of digestion.  Much healing can be done when the organs of digestion are required to work less vigorously.  By juicing a variety of fruits and vegetables, energies of the plants go more directly into the cells of the body and lend themselves to healing as tissue repair is more efficient and toxins are allowed to be cleansed.  Fasting for 5 – 10 days can do wonders to decrease inflammation in the body, loosen joints, purify the blood, heal the intestines, boost the immune system.  Whatever healing you need, your body will have access to greater amounts of it’s own natural healing ability when getting such pure nutrition.

Juicing for even one meal a day with an anti-inflammatory juice like the one I had this morning, can do wonders for your health.  It is tangy, zesty and delicious.  You won’t believe how tasty it is.  Give it a try and know you are doing something your body will thank you for in how it feels.

Recipe for Morning Refreshment:

 In a Juicer, extract the juice of:  2 Green Apples, 4 Large Carrots, 2 inches of fresh ginger root.  Drink immediately.  Enjoy!

Susan McNulty Acupuncture in Ludlow, Vermont for Headache Relief


There are many reasons one may experience headaches and Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can be very successful in resolving chronic headaches.  But did you know Biofeedback techniques can be very useful, too?  Next time you have a headache from stress or fatigue, try this simple visualization technique and see if it works for you.  It’s effects can be immediate and significant.  And don’t forget to drink plenty of water as often a headache is one of the first signs of dehydration. 


Find a comfortable position where you can relax, undisturbed.

Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Calm yourself and go within.

Begin to imagine that your hands are very, very warm. Imagine what they might feel like if you slipped them into mittens that have just been warming on the radiator. Imagine how warm they would feel if you were warming them over a campfire or if they were wrapping themselves around a comfortably warm rock. Use your imagination to begin to feel your hands are warm.

Now, at the same time, begin to imagine that your head is very, very cold. Use your imagination to do this. Maybe you imagine wearing a football helmet that is made of ice. Perhaps you imagine yourself outdoors on a very cold day all bundled up and protected from the chilly conditions but that your hat is missing and your head has become quite cold. Maybe you picture an icepack sitting atop your head. Use your imagination and notice whatever pictures pop into your mind until your head is cold.

Hold these two feelings simultaneously. Warm hands, cold head. Begin to notice your headache is diminishing. Imagine the blood flow to your head has relaxed and any constriction that was contributing to your headache is loosening and opening up. Continue to stay in this calming state, holding the intention of your headache dissolving, until you feel yourself relax more deeply as the headache drains.

Take a few more deep breaths as you notice what has changed.

Susan McNulty Acupuncture in Ludlow, Vermont

ImageAt Susan McNulty Acupuncture in Ludlow, Vermont, there is no better time to get an energy tune-up than when the cold and harshness of winter gives way to a sense of renewal in the balminess of spring.  In Chinese Medicine it is recognized that the body goes through many changes as the seasons change and it is recommended to let your Acupuncturist give the body a tune-up to help make the transition more seamless.  Susan recommends wellness visits to her patients at every change of season, but of all the times of year, April and May are the best months for this.  Come in for a spring check-up and experience that deep relaxation that a nap in her acupuncture office can bring! 

KNOW THYSELF – The Workshop



                          Know Thyself – The Workshop

           DATE:   Saturday , May 10,  2014          TIME:  12 noon – 3 p.m.

           Location:   Heart of the Village Yoga Studio, 3556  Main Street,  Manchester, VT  05254

            Cost:  $40/advance registration;  $45/at door.  Space is limited.  Register early.


                 Jo Hirsch, Heart of the Village Yoga Studio 

                                       3556 Main Street, 3rd Floor

                                       Manchester Village, Vermont  05254

email: jo@heartofvillageyoga.com           phone: 802-379-4514     web: heartofvillageyoga.com

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