fostering our flock | dr. amy king - intuitive chiropractor

Dr. Amy King

fostering our flock | dr. amy king - intuitive chiropractor

We first heard of Dr. Amy King a year or so ago when In Fine Feather did a feature on her. A chiropractor that approaches each client holistically, treating mind, body, and spirit? We were intrigued! Since then we’ve become huge fans of her practice Little 5 Points Chiropractic and happily discovered we are birds of a feather, too. Get to know one of our flock, Dr. Amy King.

Where would we find you on a Sunday afternoon?

Hanging out with my cute pup Bacon, brunching and exploring the city.

You just picked up your best friend from the airport and it’s his/her first time in Atlanta. Where is the first place you take him/her and why?

My favorite thing about Atlanta is all of the amazing local artwork we have, but if I had to pick a location I’d say The Atlanta Botanical Gardens. So on the drive up from the airport I’d take us though my favorite neighborhoods to check out all of the art, and then end up at the gardens to explore. I love the contrast of city life with such a huge and beautiful natural area in the middle of the city that's also connected to Piedmont Park.

What is your favorite place to spend time outside of the city?

Sweetwater Creek State Park or Arabia Mountain for earthing!

What are you currently reading?

I'm typically reading about 5 books at a time. Right now it's:

  1. Essentialism by Greg McKeown
  2. Awakening Shakti by Sally Kempton
  3. Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss
  4. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar

And last, but not least, what bird would you be and why?

I’d be a hummingbird. They are said to be messengers of happiness, hope and joy. They lift us up during times of negativity while encouraging us to express love more fully.

To learn more about Amy’s practice in Little 5 Points or book an appointment, click here.

fine feathers: the pelican

It’s beach season and what better way to get into the sandy swing than honoring one of the coolest beach birds around, the pelican. After all, they’re fairly unavoidable on beach trips – whether they make up the art in your family’s beach house or meet you by the water. Check out five interesting facts we found about the fine feathered friend here.

1. There are eight different species of pelicans. We’re most familiar with the brown pelican, which has five subspecies and calls North American and Caribbean coasts home. White pelicans can also be found in the U.S., and while the brown pelican dives for food, the white pelican simply scoops it up while swimming.

2. They’re as powerful as they are graceful. Pelicans are some of the heaviest flying birds, some weighing in over 30 lbs. It’s the air sacks in their bones that give them extra buoyancy. Their wingspans are also impressive, many spanning up to 10 feet, enabling them to soar up to heights of 10,000 above our beach blankets. Body wise, the pelican also boasts the throat pouch, which they use to catch fish, as well as, rainwater for drinking.

3. With their cool looks, it’s no surprise that the pelican is a social bird. They love being around others (you know, throwing beach parties).

4. Pelican fossils date back almost 40 million years, so it’s also no surprise that the bird has quite a bit of symbolism attached to its name. In Ancient Egypt, the pelican was associated with death and the afterlife. Often drawn on the walls of tombs, the bird served as a protective symbol against snakes.

5. The pelican has its own limerick. Yes, in 1910, Dixon Lanier Merritt wrote:

“A wonderful bird is the pelican, His bill will hold more than his belican, He can take in his beak Food enough for a week, But I'm damned if I see how the helican.”

fine feathers: the snowy owl

As we get to know the new year, we'd like to pay homage to one of our feathered friends – the snowy owl. From their coloring to symbolic significance, the snowy owl welcomes the new year in all the right ways:

1. White like the split second of snowfall we saw this past week, the snowy owl's coloring is one of their most intriguing attributes. While their coloring does help them hide in icy landscapes, few snowy owls are purely white. Females and young birds often have dark scalloping. Males even boast a few dark spots from time to time. The really cool thing is that the male usually becomes whiter with age, but they do say that wisdom comes with age.

2. They're unique in more ways than just their coloring. Unlike other owls, the snowy owl is diumal, meaning that they're active during both day and night.

3. They're nomads. A kindred adventurer, the snowy owl likes to travel. While they normally stay put in the northernmost parts of Alaska, Canada and Eurasia, they'll travel southward when prey is not abundant – even moving down into northern United States. They also do this in style, hanging out at airports along the way, perhaps because the large, open spaces remind them of their home in the tundra.

4. They're quiet. Also unlike other owls, the snowy owl rarely makes vocalizations outside of breeding season. While we're all about a good chat, it's neat that they take a little time for r&r, too.

5. The snowy owl is symbolic of the new year. Like all owls, they're often thought to symbolize death, which, in turn, symbolizes rebirth, renewal and new beginnings. We'll cheers to that, snowy owl!

fine feathers: the white peacock

The peacock is one of the most fascinating feathered friends we have. One of the coolest things about them is that their mesmerizing feathers always seem like they're changing colors, but not this one. The white peacock stuns on a whole other level: 1. The white peacock is a genetic variant of the indian blue peafowl – the most common kind of peacock – so even though they're often referred to as albino, they're not at all. For example, albino birds have a complete lack of color and red or pink eyes, but the white peacock still has its baby blues.

2. Peacock refers to the male, while females are called peahens and peafowl covers both sexes. Our white peafowl is actually born yellow, becoming white as it matures – unless the white peacock is bred to a white peahen.

3. Mating to different colored birds produces a wide variety of color patterns in the white peacock. The first, of course, is all white, but there's also the pied white (the combination of white and the usual indian blue colors), the back shoulder pied (indian blue colors except for white under parts, wings and a single spot under the chin) and the blackshoulder peahen (essentially the really neat dalmatian peacock – white with black spots).

4. The white peacock is rarely found in the wild since any patches of white make the bird more visible to predators. It's theorized it's the safety of captivity that actually made their recessive coloration genes emerge.

5. In a general sense, the peacock is a symbol of nobility, guidance, beauty and fidelity, but the white peacock is thought to be part of an ancient order of shamans descended from Venus. In this sense, they're regarded as protectors.

fine feathers: the hummingbird

We like birds (obviously), but there are a lot of amazing things about our feathered friends that we don't know. That's why we're introducing Fine Feathers, an exploration of awesome birds and their intriguing feats. First up is a bird praised by the Aztecs and the birdwatcher next door alike, the hummingbird. Aside from their cool dye jobs: 1. The hummingbird is the smallest species of bird. It also has the largest brain. Generally 3-5 inches, the tiny powerhouse packs most of its weight in its pectoral muscles and when it comes to its smarts, they remember everything from the flowers in their territory to the very person who last filled their favorite feeder.

2. They are a universal symbol of joy, playfulness and adaptability. We'd be happy too if we could rotate our wings in circles. The hummingbird is the only bird that can fly up, down, forward, backwards, sideways and just hang out and hover.

3. The hummingbird is both present and resilient. They can't smell so they use their attraction to bold colors to find food. They're also able to travel bizarre distances tirelessly. It makes for the perfect summer equation.

4. They're lovers. With an average heart rate of 1,200 beats per minute, the hummingbird does everything from sing to dive for love. While already able to fly up to 3o miles per hour, they can dive up to 60 miles per hour and this comes in handy when the male is trying to impress the female (you know, show off his diving performance). The males may also get together in a group and sing to their favorite females. If she's interested, she'll dance with him.

5. They love baths and grooming often. This makes the hummingbird nothing short of our kind of bird.