Acupressure

3 Acupressure Points for Low Back Pain

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Statistics show that almost eight out of 10 people experience low back pain at some point during their life. Seeking medical treatment for back pain is very common. Typically back pain is fleeting and can be easily resolved with rest, heat and an occasional anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. However, once the damage is done, the recurrence of back pain can be as high as 50 percent. Part of this is because as we age, things like muscles and tendons become less flexible and pliable. This can also be attributed to the fact that many people suffer from low-grade dehydration because they don’t drink enough water and they don’t ingest enough healthy fats that keep the muscles and tendons loose. It is also very well known that in the United States, people are too sedentary, and this leads to excess weight gain that can create added pressure on the body, especially the low back. continue reading »

Acupuncture: Not Just Needles

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Cupping AcupunctureMost people have heard of the field of acupuncture by now, but did you realize the scope of the practice encompasses Chinese medicine, which includes so much more than needles? Let’s explore this ancient therapy.

First of all, the practice of Chinese medicine starts with a diagnosis. The practitioner asks many questions to build a history; this includes the answers to digestion, appetite, diet, sleep patterns, bowel movement urination, pain, lifestyle, and stress level, for example. The acupuncturist will also be noting the voice pitch, hair luster, skin color and tone, as well as posture and mood of the patient and any significant odor. After that, there is a pulse and tongue analysis to determine where the pattern and root are, primarily. Finally, blood pressure is measured and other applicable tests done, including palpation of the body. After this history, a diagnosis and treatment plan is determined. What might be included in this plan? continue reading »

May the healing begin

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candlelight-vigilCandlelight Vigil

Join us this evening, Friday Nov.11th, 7-9pm
near the Greenlake Bathhouse Theater

Informal gathering of neighbors for healing and
fellowship. We’ll provide white candles. No need to bring your own candle unless you wish.

Self-healing you can do at home…

1. I enjoy softly listening to this soothing musical mantra for healing. “Om tare tutarre ture svaha” can protect our minds from negative thoughts and vibrations, and it awakens our inner compassion.

2. A very easy way to calm your mind and emotions is the acupressure technique of massaging your ears to stimulate hundreds of acupoints on the ear that represent the entire body. Place your thumb on backside of ear and your index finger on frontside, as though you’re pinching your ear but massage in circular motion. Move around the entire front and back surfaces of both ears for 1-2 minutes. They will soon feel warm, and your mind will relax. You may do this during the day when you’re stressed or at night to help you sleep.

3. Try one Random Act of Kindness each day. It could be as simple as complimenting a stranger on something you admire about them, such as their jacket or necklace. Or pay double for your coffee and ask the barista to use the extra to buy a coffee for the next person in line. Something I love to do is carry Andes chocolate mints or Hershey chocolate kisses in my purse and give them to people I encounter during the day — for no reason at all — cashiers, someone next to me in a checkout line or crosswalk, a friend, etc. It brightens their day and their sudden smile brightens mine. Click here for other suggestions.

4. Listen to a purring cat

 

I wish you peace. — Linda