Year of the Earth Dog: Preorder custom designed T-shirts!


Check out our comfortable and stylish YAO Clinic Year of the Earth Dog Shirts!  We'd LOVE to give one to you for FREE *details below.  These are high quality (some are organic) T-shirts made by American Apparel.  They last a LONG time... our staff still has our Year of the Monkey shirts, and they been washed for nearly 2 full years with regularity and are running strong! 


Here's what we need from you to PRE-ORDER - SUBMIT BY 3.2.18:

  • email us at [email protected]  OR Call 303-777-7891
  • Specify size: S, M, L, XLarge or XXL
  • Tell us your 1st and 2nd choices (please give us two choices) for styles: WOMEN: 3/4 Sleeve, Short Crop Sleeve, One Size Fits All Slub T, Tunic Long Sleeve  OR MEN'S: Crew T OR V-Neck T

TO CLAIM YOUR FREEBIE T-SHIRT Select from the following amazing options for sharing YAO with others:

  1. Write a review about YAO on YAO Clinic FacebookYAO Bodywork FacebookYAO Beauty FacebookGoogle, or YELP  - this is always incredibly helpful for people considering coming to YAO that don't know anything about who we are or what we do. PLEASE PICK YELP!
  2. Invite your Facebook Friends to Like YAO on any of our 3 Facebook Pages, click on the small 3 dots ... under our profile picture and click on LIKE PAGE for yourself and then...invite your friends!
  3. Tag 10 PLUS Friends on your Facebook account to LIKE/Visit YAO Clinic FacebookYAO Bodywork FacebookYAO Beauty Facebook and include #YAOCLINICJOINTHEPACK
  4. Tag 10 PLUS Friends on your Instagram account to LIKE/VISIT @yaoclinic@yaobodywork, @yao_beauty AND Include #YAOCLINICJOINTHEPACK
  5. Send a personal email to 10 PLUS Friends about why you love YAO and how it has helped you or why you think it would be of interest to them.  Feel free to share our fun JOIN THE PACK Video as part of your email!

That's IT! Easy, right? Really want a T-Shirt but would rather not share and simply purchase? No problem. Email or call us to let us know what size you'd like so we can get a good tally on for our order!  (Price of T pending final screen-print total, but will be no more than $15).


Lastly - If you haven't yet seen our short and very cute JOIN THE PACK VIDEO, have a quick look below. We think it really sums up a lot about YAO.  Serious back ground music with a lot of friendly driven playing dogs - serious medicine, serious bodywork & serious beauty...infused with playfulness and a lightness that makes coming to YAO a good ole roll in the mud puddle!

Tasty Summer Salads From the Garden

We are back again with MORE delectables for you from professional Chef Sherrie Robbins!  Today, Sherrie brought in these three fabulous summer salads.  By now, you may be noticing that she makes use of the EVOO Marketplace oils and vinegars.  If you haven't been playing in the kitchen as a hobby and don't have some of the staples/herbs and spices that are referenced in these recipes, I highly recommend making a trip to the store and getting some.  These lovely oils and vinegars can turn a simple dish into something quite spectacular. Below I have referenced 2 local EVOO stores and the address for HMART where you can find some other fun vinegar finds!

My favorite of this bunch was the Roasted Radishes!  They were an awesome surprise...I mean, who roasts radishes?  I guess Sherrie does! And now, we all will.  But truly each of these salads was delicious. Definitely try them all!

Let us know how you like these simple summer salads and any modifications you may try as well!


For EVOO vinegars and oils

  1. EVOO Marketplace, DENVER - 1338 15th St, Denver, CO 80202
  2. EVOO Marketplace, LITTLETON - 2660 W Main St, Littleton, CO 80120
  3. Rice, Cane and other fun vinegars on the cheap - HMART 2751 S Parker Rd, Aurora, CO 80014

 Roasted French Radishes; Recipe Ingredients by Sherrie Robbins

Roasted French Radishes; Recipe Ingredients by Sherrie Robbins

Roasted French Radishes

by Sherrie Robbins

Cook Time: 30-35 minutes at 425 degrees

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Serves 2

Radishes are a root vegetable like parsnips, turnips and celery. All of which can be delicious roasted! Try roasting your radishes the next time you pull some out of your garden or get them at the Farmer’s Market.


  • 2 cups radishes, washed, trimmed, cut in half 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp snipped fresh chives or dried chives
  • 1 tsp spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tsp maple sugar or maple syrup
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place radish halves in oven proof dish.
  3. Drizzle on half the olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
  5. Roast for 30-35 minutes until radishes are tender and cooked through.
  6. Make a dressing with the remaining 2 tbsp olive oil and remaining ingredients.
  7. Drizzle over the cooked radishes and serve hot or cold!


 Ingredients for Apple Fennel Salad by Sherrie Robbins

Ingredients for Apple Fennel Salad by Sherrie Robbins

Apple Fennel Salad

by Sherrie Robbins

Prep Time: 20-30 minutes

Chill Time: 1 hour

Serves 2-4 people depending on whether it is a side or a main dish

 The delectable finished product - Apple Fennel Salad - YUM!

The delectable finished product - Apple Fennel Salad - YUM!

This is a great summertime salad. It is so refreshing, crisp, and light! Perfect for these hot summer days. In the winter I roast this salad in the oven and serve it along side baked sausages, roast pork tenderloin, and baked new potatoes.


  • 1 Fennel Bulb, washed,ribs removed, bottom cut off, and cut in half width-wise (save some fronds for garnishing)
  • 1 Granny Smith or Honey Crisp Apple, washed, cut in quarters, seeds removed
  • 2 Tbsp Peach Balsamic Vinegar from EVVO Marketplace
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Olive Oil from EVVO Marketplace Directions


Salad Portion

  1. After washing, removing the ribs and cutting the bottom off the fennel bulb, cut the bulb in half width-wise. Remove the triangular core then slice the fennel as thin as you can.
  2. Slice the apple quarters thin as well, or you can just dice them in medium sized chunks if you prefer.
  3. Toss the two ingredients in a bowl, sprinkle in some fennel fronds and add the dressing and give a toss. Refrigerate until serving.


  1. Combine the Peach Balsamic Vinegar and Lime Olive Oil in a small bowl.
  2. Add a pinch of black pepper if desired.
  3. Mix well and add to salad.

This salad does not keep well so plan on eating it the day you make it!

 Gorgeous pic of Sherrie's Pickled Carrot Ribbon Salad

Gorgeous pic of Sherrie's Pickled Carrot Ribbon Salad

Pickled Carrot Ribbon Salad

by Sherrie Robbins

Prep Time: 20-30 minutes

Chill Time: 3 hours

Servings: 2

This salad is so versatile! You can use it as a summer picnic salad or as an accompanying dish for grilled and smoked meats.

You could also add sliced cucumbers to this dish to change it up!


  • 2 - 3 large carrots, trimmed, peeled and sliced into ribbons with a vegetable peeler
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 1/2 c water
  • 1 c rice wine vinegar or white balsamic vinegar 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 sprigs fresh dill


Salad Portion

  1. Wash the carrots, trim the ends, and peel strips the length of the carrot with a vegetable peeler making “ribbons”.
  2. Drop carrot ribbons in a bowl of ice water so they will get crisp and put in refrigerator for 2-3 hours.


  1. Add the water, vinegar, salt, sugar, and garlic to a small saucepan and heat just to dissolve sugar.
  2. Let cool; then refrigerate.


  1. Remove carrot ribbons from the ice water, drain, and put in a serving bowl.
  2. Add the chilled dressing and toss.
  3. Sprinkle a few torn leaves from the sprigs of dill and serve!

This salad will keep for several days in the refrigerator so you can make a big batch!

Follow Us For Live Updates at Expo West!

Off we go to EXPO WEST 2017...

We know you are ready for some new and exciting food ideas on your YAO diet...

And we are ready to forge every single booth on your behalf starting FRIDAY!  Every year, we head back to the Natural Products EXPO WEST in Anaheim to not only find new exciting goodies for you to taste and purchase right at YAO, but to also find out about the top new exciting things you will be finding at your local grocers: Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, Sprouts and eventually trickling into King Soopers, Target and Safeway as well. 


  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Egg Free
  • Non-GMO/Project Verified (if possible)
  • Organic
  • No Corn/Soy (if possible)
  • Low in sugar (if possible)
  • Local company (if possible)
  • Locally grown ingredients (if possible)

Though these are our ideal criteria, we also recognize that you need options from which to select at the store and not everything will meet all of these.  The top 5 are the most important and the others listed are vegan icing on the gluten free cake.  So we use these as GUIDELINES in our selection process and not hard and fast criteria.

Items we will be looking for to have at YAO:

  • New Bars
  • Jerkies/Meat Sticks
  • Tasty new Chocolate bars/Candies
  • Treats that can be enjoyed by those of you needing a sugar free option!

Sharing our findings with you...SnapChat & Other

We know you want to be a part of this exciting adventure, so we have decided to give it a go and use some social media arenas to keep you up to date on our journey through the show. We are new to SnapChat, but after a successful rudimentary "story" today, we are ready to rock and roll. However, since we are new to it...we will definitely still be posting on our Facebook, Instagram & Twitter accounts. 

Please see our SnapCode and Social Medial Links below. 

We want to hear from YOU...Be a part of our conversation at EXPO

We would love to hear from you as we are going and will be monitoring all of our social media, so please let us know what you like...don't like...and want more of by commenting/liking/loving our posts.

See you online!

-Team YAO







Plans next Thursday? Come find art and massage at the Purple Party!


Join YAO Bodywork's Massage Therapist, Joseph Peters at The Purple Party hosted by Purple Couch Presents on Thursday night, March 24th into the wee hours of the morning at The Glitter Dome. Purple Couch brings together a beautiful fusion of Art, Music and Community.  Joseph will be there to support any tired bodies or anyone who simply needs a little chill out time. Over 700 people will be attending.  Looks fantastic!  He hopes to see you there!

My Morbid Zombie Apocolyptic Post-Partum Experience...Michelle Shares All

Who wants to be called "DEPRESSED or PSYCHOTIC"?

From my own personal experience, I believe that postpartum labels are misleading. This confusing classification of “depression and psychosis” may be the cause that so many women don’t seek help after having babies. Having a baby is supposed to be one of the most beautiful times in a woman’s life... who wants to think of themselves as depressed...yet alone psychotic?

Following the birth of my daughters I experienced a wide range of unsettling symptoms, none of which I would consider classic depression.

Almost immediately after my first daughter was born I was overwhelmed with intrusive thoughts. If I heard something on the news about a child being injured or victimized, I would obsess over the same fate befalling my daughter. If a child got hurt in a movie, I would get extremely emotional and be unable to finish watching; it would take days for me to get the images out of my mind.

Intrusive Thoughts Gone Wild

Probably the most irrational thoughts I encountered were those concerning a Zombie Apocalypse. No, I’m not joking. Before my daughter was born my husband and I enjoyed watching the Walking Dead. After my daughter was born, not so much. As crazy as it sounds I actually began to fear zombies as if they were a real threat. I lay in bed imaging what we would do incase of an attack. Where would we go? How would we defend ourselves? Of course no one knew that I was having these thoughts; I understood my irrational so I kept my obsessions to myself.

Eight months after Estee was born, I was pregnant again. After Isabella was born, I still wasn’t technically depressed, but I didn’t feel happy – I didn’t feel much of anything. I wasn’t interested in sex, I was having a difficult time remembering things, I felt as if my eyes had a film over them and I couldn’t see clearly, and I STILL had intrusive thoughts. The lack of feeling was the most distressing. I love my husband and my children, but at the time I couldn’t experience laughter or joy...just apathy. It took me a year and a half to get help. I suppose like many women, I assumed that the symptoms would fade over time. But they didn’t and my quality of life was deteriorating.

Success through Chinese Medicine

Even though I am a practitioner at YAO, I humbly made an appointment to get my blood tested and set up time with Daniel to design a treatment plan. With the help of Chinese Medicine, a better diet, several supplements and Cross Fit, I was 70% better within 3 months. As some of you are aware I am now 38 weeks pregnant with Baby #3.  Let's see what happens this time around.  Of course...I know at YAO I am in good hands with talented and compassionate staff.  I will be documenting my trials and tribulations on the new YAO New Mommies Facebook Community.  Join me there for support, strength and wishfully some humorous gems along the journey. 

YAO New Mommy Post-Partum Package

My desire to provide support for post-partum depression/intrusive thoughts (and whatever other crazy mis-leading diagnosis that none of us want to have) has led to the development of YAO's fabulous New Mommy Post-Partum program.  We are extremely proud of this package as it truly offers an all encompassing package for the Mother (especially when everyone else is concerned about the baby and Mama takes back seat)! The price is totally reasonable for a new and growing family and includes 6 full hour post-partum visits with acupuncture plus a FREE massage and FREE facial.  It goes without saying that new Moms need some R&R and the Facial is wonderful for dealing with any fluctuating hormone imbalances that are affecting the skin.  

Let us hold you when everything else feels like it's crashing around you

I know how brutal and isolating those feelings can be and no other Mom should have to go that road alone.  Please don't hesitate to reach out to any of us at YAO.  Either call us directly at 303-777-7891 or complete the request form below and we will be in touch promptly to assist you in your challenging situation.  

Holiday Tips for Busy Moms From Michelle



It get's so incredibly crazy during the holidays. Just when we think we have things either organized physically or our minds settled down, one child or a family member or even a friend...incident on the freeway or other can take us down quickly. With that in mind, here's a few things as it relates to your ties with YAO to keep things CHILL!



Keep holiday indulgence to a minimum. Wanting to stray form your optimal diet over the holidays is to be expected, but if you're like many of our patients at YAO, indulging in gluten, egg or dairy can be detrimental to your digestion and well-being.

If you're unsure of the food being served at a holiday party, make sure you eat at home before you venture out. If you have the time, try baking your favorite treats with Gluten Free 1:1 Bob's Red Mill Flour, Earth Balance or Coconut Oil in place of butter and substitute eggs with an egg replacer (EnerG) or flax seed and water. If you know you're going to indulge because your Mom is making your favorite holiday dessert, come into YAO for some Repairvite, Underbergs, Culing pills and more. Here are some holiday desserts that are YAO approved. (Make sure to substitute with Gluten Free Flour if necessary).





It's easy to overbook your schedule during the holidays with friends, family and co-workers. Unfortunately, your health and sanity are often at stake. Workouts get cancelled, diets are compromised and the lack of down time leaves you feeling stressed and irritable.  Prioritize your social engagements; say YES to those that re important to you and your family and NO to those that aren't going to have a positive effect on your life. 


This year I am 6 months pregnant with two toddlers; the thought of getting ready for Christmas was overwhelming so I called my Mother and asked her if we could spend Christmas with her.  Going to her house now saves me the trouble of cooking and cleaning, and as an added bonus,  my kids will be properly spoiled for 5 days while I nap and eat too much.

If it's your turn to host Christmas dinner, ask your guests to bring side dishes and desserts.

If you're stressed out about cleaning, ask your loved ones to pitch in to hire a cleaning service before your big day of entertaining.

If you need some alone time, ask for it!  Arrange for your kids (or spouse) to get out of the house for a few hours. 

Sometimes when we need help, we give hints or expect other people to read our minds. Make sure your requests for help are direct and understood.


Did you let it go too far?  too long since we've seen you? Book your appointment today 303-777-7891 and we can get you on the table for some deeper relaxation/a little YAO nap in the ever available YAO Time Warp.  You know where to find us. We're here when you need us.

Happy Holidays!

Michelle Luiz, LAc, YAO Medicine

Stress Management Through The Holidays from YAO Bodywork

Everyone knows that holiday stress can creep into our bodies so easily.  We think we are grounded, knocking off things on our "to do" list and then WHAM...we get hit by a cold, we are late to an engagement, we can't orchestrate the timing of getting things done correctly etc and we feel the stress and anxiety clamber up inside our body.  

Both of our YAO Massage Therapists have come up with some fabulous ways to beat the holiday stress.


Breathing can be so underrated!  At YAO, we often find that many of our patients do not truly understand deep diaphragmatic breathing.  Short, high breaths can easily contribute to stress and anxiety.  There is incredible nourishment and relaxation that simply comes from learning how to properly breathe.


  1. Find a comfortable position: lying down, sitting in a comfortable chair or other. 
  2. Close your eyes and let your breath fall lower and lower into your abdomen. This means that when you inhale, your belly should rise up and when you exhale it should fall back into the body. 
  3. To add a more energetic component, imagine your breath as a beam of new fresh energy or light coming in through the top of your head and finding the place in your body where you are holding stress. Imagine the new energy coming in and transforming any old stagnant energy. Any old energy can dissipate from the body through the feet or head an can be recycled back into the earth.


Take a moment to just relax your body by doing a short visualization. Close your eyes and visualize a calming place with every sense of your body.  What does this space feel like? Smell like? What is the air temperature? What sounds are transpiring? Possibly a light breeze? Smell the air around you, notice the light and shadows that exist in this space.  Be present here and allow yourself to practice some deep breaths in this space.

Fluid Movement

Enough sitting and standing still, learn to move each joint in the body through its range of motion.  If you do this 20 times each morning, you will increase the synovial fluid in the joints. It gets the body moving and awake..ready to face the day!

LIDDY's Days at YAO: Wednesdays and Fridays

Joseph's Tips

Boost Your Immune System with Regular Massage


Cold and flu season can be extremely challenging on the body.  Did you know that massage therapy is a proven immune booster?  Numerous studies have indicated that massage increases the immunity by increasing the lymph flow and body's natural "Killer cells". Once the immune system is stronger, your body is more prepared to defend itself against those cold and flu viruses going around your workplace, school or even your home during the winter months. Booking regular massage throughout cold and flu season is a wonderful measure that will aid in assuring a smooth Cold and Flu season. 

Improve Overall Circulation in Winter with Massage  

Hands and feet can easily get cold and clammy during the winter months.  We may also find an increase in stiffness in joints and muscles with the chilly weather.  Massage therapy increases the circulation in muscles, joints and organs warming up the body.  The aches and pains associated with the chill can be easily eliminated with regular massage in our cozy YAO Bodywork room. 

Thanks for the Massage, My Winter Blues are Gone!

As it turns out there is a decrease in number of those affected by winter blues in those who receive regular massage.  Ah, the power of touch! 

JOSEPH's Hours at YAO: Tuesdays, every other Thursday and Saturdays

OH No, I Ate Something I Wasn't Supposed to - OR Oh No, I Drank Too Much!

It happens to the best of us. We're at a holiday party and someone says that what we are about to eat is totally gluten free, but then mid-way through after they explain how they made it to us, we realize that it wasn't dairy or egg free.  Never fear check out these "before and During items" followed by the "morning after" items. 

When it happens

Here's what you want to do. Immediately get some of that Repairvite in your body (PIC ABOVE).  The sooner you get it in, the sooner it will sweep the yuckies away.  Also take some Culing Pills and an Underberg to get things under control quickly and discharge any discomfort. 


So you forgot to take anything right when it can definitely have the Repairvite the morning after (and a few days after continuously); however, you may also want to try Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Pian.  It is pictured here both in vials of small pills as well as within a liquid. The liquid will act quickly by getting into your system fast.  The pills are easy to take also and will get in there, but just a little slower than a liquid might. 

We are sure that these will definitely make your holiday F#@! up a WHOLE lot easier.

All our best,