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April’s Update –

How’s your Heart?

2020 is a hard year – we are all taking collective and individual wallopings. We are dealing with a deadly pandemic, overwhelming calls for social and economic change and tremendous climate concerns. Anxiety, nervousness, sleeplessness, fear, depression, worry and trauma are are some of the most frequent concerns I am hearing right now. Ideal assessment would look at each individual, their overall health, history and conditions to create an individualized, context based assessment and treatment plan. But even without personalized assessment (again, that is best) there are a number of tools that I can suggest to help create some ease starting with comforting and nourishing the Heart (which house our Shen and is injured by any excess emotion) and nourishing Yin (cooling things off, both from summer’s heat and the friction generated by excess emotions. Here’s a few blogs to get you going, if you need more individualize focus and tools, contact me directly. Are you getting my newsletter? Be sure to sign up at the bottom of the page.

Hands off is safest!

Idaho (and much of the US) has seen a huge surge in coronavirus cases. Hospitalizations are increasing, burdening the healthcare systems, a and hospitals are starting to make tests available to only those who are ill. Nurses and doctors are begging people to social distance and wear masks. With everyday, we are learning more and more about the virus. It is true that not everyone who catches the virus will die, however it is becoming painfully clear that those who do catch it and survive will likely live with irreparable damage to their body. We also know that it spread frequently by those who are asymptomatic – and even they are showing visceral damage in the long run.

My mother asked the other day if I knew how long the virus lived on surfaces. I realized I didn’t have the answer (even if that answer was “we still don’t know”). This question along with a number of others from clients made me realize it was time for me to get updated again. By request – I have created a page where I will add links for these sites and articles that I have found to be beneficial in understanding the coronavirus and its impact on all aspects of our lives. These are reputable stats and graphs and scholarly studies.  This page is a work in progress and will take me a little time to populate it. It is not intended to overwhelm and has no political agenda. I am interested in keeping informed and helping them to not getting sick.

I take my role as a healthcare provider very seriously, always trying to work from a place of “first do no harm” – weighing the risks and benefits to make informed choices. I know we are all tired of the coronavirus, and I miss treating and teaching hands-on, I’ve been doing so for 26+ years. Unfortunately, the virus doesn’t seem to be sentient enough to consider our personal feelings.  Heck, I try my damnedest to not expose others to a cold! If I can help protect us all by not touching, I will not touch. 

Here is what I am doing!

Hands-on is only a small part of my career and knowledge. I can do a lot with online and phone consultations. I can’t feel your pulse, but you can still stick your tongue out at me – which might be medicine in and of itself.  I am actively engaging with clients, new and old, near or far. I am mentoring practitioners and teaching self-Amma technique classes, like cupping and gua sha. On occasion Penelope Panda has made an appearance to amuse a restless toddler during a session.  I am also getting ready to launch my newest nutrition and herbal program – which I am very excited about.  The tools and means of engagement are different but the knowledge is the same. So, rest assured. I am still here, I am still practicing the medicine that I so love, but I have to follow my conscious that it is safest for us all to not touch you. 

I am available online or by phone for 1/2 hour and hour consultations for new and existing clients. Booking for online sessions are available through my Square appointments, and feel free to call or message me if you have questions at aprilfcrowell@gmail.com

 I am building a small herbal closet and setting in place systems that will allow my clients to order and have herbs shipped directly to them. When I do return to treating in person, I will be in a new location, somewhere downtown or in the Northend. I am no longer affiliated with Pulse. My schedule and availability will likely shift due to safety protocols and practices.

I have new business phone number 208-918-1895. I will answer it during regular business hours unless I am unavailable. You can also easily reach me via email or Facebook. Onward. 

Thank you all for your understanding and support. I am blessed and grateful and hope this storm will settle soon.

Be safe, be well – April

I Can Help!

Online consultations are available for nutrition and Asian medicine assessment (of course I can’t do pulses online, but we can get a lot done). I have opened more time slots and temporarily reduced my rates to help us navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. Appointments can be scheduled for 1/2 for $30 or 1 hour on a sliding scale of $50-75.

The following are my current openings. These appointments are booked via my square appointments. 

Tuesday, Mentoring – 11-2 pm
Wednesday, 10 am – 12 pm & 2 pm – 4 pm
Thursday, 10 am – 12 pm & 2 pm – 4 pm
Friday, 10 am-1 pm


March 23rd, 2020

Contributions at this time will go to helping me offset my income lost from not being able to offer hands on treatments.

Thank you,



When I first met April, I had severe numbness in my left arm.  I had had a MRI, chiropractics, and traditional massage without any lasting relief.  April’s skill with Amma techniques and honest, questioning style, not only eliminated the numbness in one treatment but also redirected my lifelong path toward wellness.  If you are willing to listen and truly reflect, April offers more than a 50 minute treatment. Whenever I follow the insight gained from the treatment table, I find that my life improves in ways I didn’t expect.

My background is education.  I find April to be an outstanding educator.  She has depth to her knowledge which allows her to be open to discussion and questions.  April is a constant student. Her style nicely combines teacher and student to create a rewarding learning environment.  I look forward to taking more classes from her in the future.   – J.W. 

I have been a client of Pulse Holistic Health and April’s for many years.  I have been extremely happy with the care I receive. Amma has helped me greatly with my back problems…I always feel better after a treatment. They have wonderful information on dietary and methods for healing.  The therapists at Pulse are excellent and very knowledgeable and they go out of their way to be helpful. Last winter I fell and hurt my back. I called and someone saw me within an hour. I would recommend Pulse to anyone. –M. F.

I have worked with April for a number of years, first as an instructor in my Amma program and later for Asian body work  treatments and as a wholistic nutrition consultant. This work has opened many new vistas. I am trained as a mental health professional. My work with April added a new dimension to my thinking and life work. I’d highly recommend using April’s services to anyone seeking to improve health which improves every other aspect of life in today’s world.  – G. B

April is the first health practitioner to ever ask me to further explore the story of my pain. When I opened up about my journey with pain, she listened intently then asked questions. Each session I have with April, she shifts her CM formula recommendation based on the new understanding of my body she has from what she has understood through listening to my story, my emotions, and my body. She asks questions, stays curious, and makes me feel deeply cared for. Further, the value April provides moves beyond the patient/practitioner role and into the teacher/student role. She provides this because she knows I truly want to learn and understand. I am so filled with gratitude that my path has led me to Pulse and April. I highly recommend their services to any one needing support in their body and mind. In gratitude, AW

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