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Please enjoy the hundreds of articles that Dr. Borten has written {over the past 20 years}. There’s something for everyone, including explorations of spirituality, learning from the natural world, exercise and stretching, nutrition, psychology, posture, breathing, pain management, Eastern medicine and philosophy, and much more.

We've gotten off to a great start at the new airport location! Passengers are very excited to have a beautiful oasis to take a break during their travels. We hear people exclaim every day as they walk by "Wow, a spa! What a great idea!"...
I recently had lunch with Heather, most recently the Marketing Director at The Dragontree, who will be taking on more of a part time role at The Dragontree in order to continue her scholastic studies. As we discussed passing the torch to me to handle...
Every month seems to have its theme, and in this case, September is National Yoga Month. It's also National Coupon Month and Mold Awareness Month, among such other notable events as Labor Day and Patriot Day. But Yoga is likely the only one recognized as...
The sun - that bright, glowing orb that many of us Portlanders are soaking up as we prepare to not see it for the next several months - provides our bodies with an essential dose of vitamin D. The vitamin is naturally produced by our...
Summer is here! During this season it is so important to keep our skin moisturized and protected while we play in the sun, so a few of our lovely estheticians got inspired by all this amazing weather we are having, and decided to create a...
As an Esthetician, I have been getting quite a few questions about toners and why they are a necessary part of a skin care regime. There seems to be a rumor floating around that toners are an unessential step in day to day skin care.  Toners are amazing...
The Dragontree’s mission is to create a more peaceful, healthy, and centered world. While we know we can’t massage every person into bliss, we do know that we can contribute to every person that we meet and give them some love that they can bring...
The Dragontree along with other Nobhill business joined together this May to raise money and gather food for the NW Ministries (link to nwpm.org) food program. On Tuesday May 12th we were thrilled to donated 10% of our proceeds to NW Ministries. This organization is such a...
I find that everyday around 3:30 I feel a lull, and with that a desire for coffee, tea, or sugar to pick me up. And while I have given into this desire once or twice ;) it didn’t actually make me feel "better". So the...
One of my favorite summertime drinks is Rosemary Lemonade - it is easy to make. Rosemary is plentiful in Portland and easy and fun to pick with kids! Take 2 tablespoons of rosemary and steep it in 24 oz of almost boiling water for 5...
This morning I attended my bi-weekly HUB meeting and the discussion topic was: What do you do to stay positive with all the negative economic news? As we went around discussing our own personal approaches we realized that the more we discussed the more we...
        On Tuesday March 24th we were delighted to host an appreciation party for Portland Hotel Concierges. It was so much fun to get to know these hard working folk and give them an opportunity to experience The Dragontree. Kabir Green and...
We had such a fabulous Valentines weekend here at the spa...it is so beautiful to see couples and friends expressing their admiration for one another. I have always been a huge fan of Valentines day, not because it is the second largest card-sending holiday of...
It had been quite some time since I had done anything with my hair - right after Sabina was born I cut it short, and regretted it - so I was committed to letting it grow out. After one years I decided that I needed to at...
Last night I was honored to attend a dance hosted by a good friend of mine, Leonie North Alaeddine, and two other amazing women.  The intention of the dance was to let go of what is no longer serving us and move forward into 2009! It...
We have been having so much fun with our couples at our couples foot massage classes!  It is wonderful to see people reconnecting with their partner in a whole new way.  Our participants have said that is a great experience to not only learn massage...
While Portland’s been sunnier than usual these last couple of days it’s still perfectly cold and just right for a discussion of Eastern thoughts on winter. What winter represents is so vital and yet so absent from most Americans’ lives. In Chinese Five Element theory,...
Healthy digestion is fundamental to our physical, mental, and emotional wellness.  While Western medicine tends to see digestion as the mechanisms by which we process food, Eastern healing traditions take a broader view.  Ayurvedic (Indian) and Chinese medical systems conceive of digestion as encompassing the...
This is Peter Borten.  I'm a co-owner of the Dragontree and I practice acupuncture, herbal medicine, and nutrition here.  I will be blogging regularly on medical topics, mostly pertaining to alternative medicine. A big part of my practice is the treatment of pain and injuries,...
I started yoga again last week after a long hiatus.  The hiatus wasn't due to injury.  It was purely based on getting into the swing of NOT exercising.  It's a hard habit to break, especially this time of year where it is so much warmer in front of...