We had the good fortune of connecting with Maggie Flood and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maggie, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I’ve found that the most important aspect of being a woman working with women’s bodies is acknowledging that a woman’s body needs a different kind of work-life balance than a man’s. As women we tend to be cyclical creatures, operating on a completely different hormonal plane than our male counterparts. This means that I (and most women) will have entire weeks where we will be at our peak creative potential and entire weeks where we will be less productive – and it’s completely biological! Accepting this reality has really helped me garner a work-life balance that keeps me in the flow and attuned to my natural work process.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ll call myself an artist here because I can only call what I do a work of art. While most medical professions approach the body like a machine that needs fixing, Chinese medicine looks at the body like a garden that needs watering in some places and pruning in others. Determining which aspects of the body to correct and balance is like applying paint to a canvas, and thus I very much feel like a creative in every aspect of my job! It wasn’t easy to get where I am today, simply because it took many years of studying several different modalities of body care to be able to become a niche practitioner specializing in pelvic, sexual and and mental health. My specialties and the melding of these different approaches really sets my practice apart from others. I take pride in the amount of time I spend with my patients, and the level of care I provide. The body is a complex system, after all, and a high level of care requires that we spend time looking at every aspect of every individual, from the physical to the emotional to the spiritual. Along the way I’ve learned so many lessons, the biggest of which is that in order to love what you do you need to find something that feeds you spiritually in return for the energy you put in.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Moonlight beach, Encinitas and the hidden gem nature-in-the-city spots like Kate Sessions park are two favorites. Mission Hills is my favorite hidden neighborhood with all of its great lesser known restaurants.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to all the teachers I’ve had throughout the years who’ve shared my enthusiasm and inspiration toward the female body, of whom there are too many to list!
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