Esoteric Acupuncture

Take a deep cleansing breath, quiet your mind, drop into your heart, & let the magic happen.  Do you need help allowing the magic? Shifting your energy so that you are in your heart space? Are you trying to release yourself from past negativity, destructive habits, blockages, disharmony, & restriction? Are you searching for a way to open up & let go of emotional & spiritual tension to allow in a harmonious flow of inner love & peace? Are you ready to let go & dissolve your fears?  I would like to tell you about Esoteric Acupuncture. It is a non-traditional form of acupuncture that focuses on spiritual growth and personal evolution. It is a way to open up the deepest energy fields of the heart chakra. Esoteric Acupuncture uses specially designed geometric patterns of needle placement that work on subtle levels of very fine frequencies. They allow sound-light vibrations to enter through the acupuncture points, thus “accelerating the spin of cell molecules and causing the formation of light micro-fibrils within the cells.” The needle patterns allow reorganization of body patterns on every level of our being, from consciousness to the physical body. Mental clarity and vibrant health are experienced as disharmony, disease and disconnection are dispelled. In addition, deeper states of meditation are achieved along with greater emotional calm. When we get caught up in the mundane world we lose connection with ourselves. Or sometimes we get so caught up in ourselves that we cannot make a realistic connection with the outside world. When we are out of touch with our core being we lose the ability to know...

A Truly Grand Opening

A Truly Grand Opening   The excitement is building at Shindai Acupuncture! Our Grand Opening is just around the corner & I can’t wait to see you all there! It will be a time filled with events that are entertaining & promote good Qi in this new space! Have you heard of a Lion dance? You won’t want to miss this experience! It is an East Asian tradition where performers mimic a lion’s movements in a lion costume to bring good luck and fortune to the new space and to all who witness the dance. This may bring out your inner roar in celebration!  We are on Native American soil here in Sedona & as such, we will pay homage to the energy that is around us. Callie Hill & James Riverstone will be offering up a Native American prayer in the Andean tradition & song as a blessing to the new space & as a sign of respect to those that have been here before us. Aho! Increasing your physical, emotional, & spiritual health is the priority at Shindai. It is only with good health that an individual can enjoy & nourish: relationships, travel, creativity, wealth, career, wisdom, & family. Improving your vitality & well-being touches every aspect of your life!  As part of Shindai’s mission to further wellness in our lives, we are creating a beautiful Zen garden for all of us to bask in. Creating this sacred space allows us to connect, even for just a short time, to nature & ourselves. A meditation before or after your treatment will bring about deeper healing & a more balanced outlook. We have people already lined up...

5 anti-aging tips you can start trying right now to boost your visage!

Skin Therapy  Have you ever thought “My skin needs a therapist?”  That was the title of a recent article I read as I was having a much-coveted beauty day of my own! I think they hit the nail on the head though. It sounds crazy but the catchy punch line has a lot of truth to it. Feelings DO show up on your skin! So while this new idea in Western dermatology of combining skin care with psychiatry (psycho-dermatology…for real) is a revelation that is taking off, those of us on the Eastern side have always known that the mind, body, spirit connection can’t be separated into easy piles. The face is inseparable with the body & our emotions. Think of the Liver line between the eyebrows, the surprise lines on the forehead, the circles under the eyes that relate to the kidneys, or the frown lines that sometimes develop with grief.  Ever get embarrassed & turn bright red? Get frustrated & see the wrinkle increase between the eyes? Been under too much stress & notice your skin looking dull? Or maybe you went through a trying event & later look in the mirror to wonder did that experience suck me dry? Some of this can be explained by the cortisol released during a fight or flight moment. While we need the hormones released in these moments for survival, when cortisol & other stress hormones get pumped out daily & are chronically elevated for months, you start to see that on your face. Both in the brightness of the skin or the increased wrinkles. Cortisol breaks down collagen, triggers inflammation,...

FEBRUARY HEALTH TIP

  Health Tip of the Month  Flu season is bad this year! Here are 5 tips to keep you feeling well If you are tired or feel something coming on, don’t go out, rest! And keep your body warm & protected from the cold. Avoid foods that are difficult to digest so you don’t overload your immune system. Drink plenty of water & tea each day; & if you are prone to colds protect your immune system with things like reishi mushrooms, vitamins, herbal blends for this purpose, & plenty of sleep! Use a Neti pot to keep your sinuses cleansed. Get regular treatments from your acupuncturist to keep your immune system in good...

FEBRUARY BEAUTY TIP ROSE

Beauty Tip of the Month (for the month of LOVE) Méi guī huā or Rose is the universal symbol of love & friendship. But in Chinese medicine, it is more than just the carrier of romance & love. It has many medicinal uses that have been known for centuries. Its mild nature makes it ideal for nourishing the liver, refreshing the stomach, promoting the circulation of Qi & blood, & unblocking stagnation. Its aromatic nature opens the heart (there are actual studies that show it has a protective effect against myocardial infarction). It helps to sooth the mood & ease fatigue. Méi guī huā also improves the...

YEAR OF THE EARTH DOG

Happy Year of the Dog! That’s right it is the Chinese New Year & we have just transitioned from the year of the Red Rooster to the year of the Yellow or Earth Dog. How does this Chinese New Year work? The Chinese calendar rotates in 60-year cycles based on 12 animal years and five element years — wood, fire, earth, metal and water. 2018 is the Year of the Yellow Earth Dog. We will officially celebrate the arrival of the Yellow Dog on February 16th!  (Find your Chinese Zodiac sign here https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/)  If you are a Dog person like me, you will agree with the Chinese who consider the Dog to be good luck. And anyone who cares for & loves dogs will get a little extra luck this year! (WOOF!) It seems only fitting that in celebration of this cycle change, Shindai Acupuncture is moving to West Sedona right next to the Golden Bone & Sunshine Animal Clinic.  An auspicious move to be sure… or in Sedona speak we call this “woo-woo”, right? The past 2 years have been fiery & sometimes the tension & unpredictability of these years has been overwhelming. So the Earth Dog is a welcome change bringing some calm relief. Earth is a grounding & supporting energy, & if you are one of my clients you know how I feel about supporting the Earth element! In Chinese Medicine, the Earth Element involves the Earth Organs of the Body – the Spleen, Stomach & Pancreas. This is generally considered to be a good year for health & wellness. Be on the watch out for digestive disorders this year- overeating, esophageal...

Happy New Year!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE!  I am excited to write this blog about Traditional Herbal Medicine. I have just returned from Santa Fe, where I have been traveling & studying for 2 years to complete my post-graduate work in Japanese Kampo Herbal Medicine Training.  My interest in natural medicines for healing started while I was obtaining my nursing degree years ago & has continued & developed into a passion for me. During my time as a western practitioner, I was sometimes frustrated by the lack of options for some of the most common ailments. Traditional Herbal Medicines open up increased choices for healing & with their limited side effects when they are used properly, it is hard not to use them alone or in conjunction with other remedies.   At this point I hope I have intrigued you enough to ask what is Kampo & Traditional Herbal Medicine? Traditional Medicine is a comprehensive system of healthcare with its own theoretical basis and practical experience. Kampo Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, and other non-drug therapies are part of this system. Kampo has a long history of use dating back to the Edo period (1600’s). Kampo is becoming more popular because this form of medicine is useful in treating conditions that have limited treatments in Western medicine (or as an adjunct to them). In the Japanese system of healthcare, these remedies are used & prescribed along with Western medicines. Most Kampo practitioners are medical doctors in Japan & Kampo is a fully recognized specialty of medicine there.  Interest & demand for Kampo & Traditional Medicine is rising globally. The opioid crisis...

Veterans, Post Traumatic Stress, and Acupuncture

There are considered three treasures in Oriental Medicine, Jing, Qi, & Shen. Jing is your essence or the source of life, health, & longevity. Qi is your vital energy giving you the ability to move your body. Shen is your spirit & is the most subtle of the Three Treasures. Conscious beauty as we have been talking about has to do with nurturing all of these aspects to maintain health & wellness. Developing a healthy Shen is dependent on cultivating healthy Jing & Qi. The development of a balanced body allows the Shen to shine.  This month I am supporting the Earned Innocence Project, a fundraiser to empower our veterans & bring them home to themselves. PTS is a significant problem & issue for many that have been in the military or lived through a traumatic event. Trauma & shock have profound physiological effects on us.  Whether physical or emotional, trauma causes the circulation of Qi & blood to diminish. Trauma causes a shock to the heart & affects the circulation of blood to the body.  According to the RAND Corporation study titled The Invisible Wounds of War, approximately 300,000 of the 1.5 million deployed since 2001 to Iraq and Afghanistan, suffer from PTS or major depression. And about 320,000 may have experienced at least a mild concussion or brain injury in combat. PTS can cause symptoms of depression, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, as well as pain originating from psychosomatic disorders. More & more studies are showing that acupuncture helps to ameliorate or resolve symptoms associated with PTS. And unlike many conventional therapies that require patients to reconstruct the traumatic...
Conscious Beauty is more than skin deep.

Conscious Beauty is more than skin deep.

Conscious BeautyTM, as we discussed last month, is made up of all the daily health choices we make from diet, to lifestyle, to what products we buy. All these choices end up affecting our health & get reflected on our skin & face. I am a huge proponent of natural, organic skincare. I want to take a few minutes to tell you why! When I talk about organic skincare, I am referring to products that are made of plant-derived & naturally occurring ingredients. That means these are grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, GMO, etc. They are also not manufactured with harmful preservatives. Organic products are not only much better for our ecosystem, by protecting our water & soil & reducing pollution, but they are also better for us. High-quality ingredients mean superior products, that don’t aggravate our skin or pollute our bodies. We spend a lot of time choosing healthy foods to put into our bodies to produce optimal health. Your skin needs good “food” just like our bodies. Just like cooking, the better ingredients the better the soup!  We need to have the same focus or even more on the products we put on our skin. In Japanese Meridian Therapy the Lung organ is active in the Fall & is responsible for the collecting, purifying, & descending functions of the body. Our skin is considered the largest organ in our body, responsible for helping us breathe, protecting us from toxins, & managing our water pathways. Keeping our skin healthy means a better defense to our environment & pathogens we encounter. Here in Arizona, where...
Organic Beauty

Organic Beauty

Beauty in any form takes you out of your head & into your heart. You don’t need to think about something beautiful. It just is. It reaches you on a different level. Certain aromas, visual representations, or a song create highways in our brain that lead us to compassion, gratitude, & joy. Every time we make a new pathway in our brain we open ourselves up & create space for new ideas or patterns to form. Aphrodite, the goddess of love, is often depicted with roses at her feat & around her head. The rose has a beautiful aroma that gives almost everyone pause as they drink it in. Each petal laying on top of each other & open in its own spiral dance. As it blooms it shows you a beautiful, bright center. When we encounter these beautiful blooms it is almost impossible not to pause & drink them in.  Acupuncture is based on the idea that stuck qi, or energy, causes disease. Trauma lives in our bodies, in our blood & bones. The trauma sits there & incubates over time & gives rise to mental, emotional, & physical problems. To resolve & release the trauma we first need to manipulate the physical body. A physical detox so to speak. Acupuncture helps to move the stuck energy of the body so that blood may flow easier & healing can occur.  In Asian medicine the 7 emotions that are associated with disease are anger, joy, worry, pensiveness, grief, fear, & fright. Each organ in the body has a mental, emotional, & spiritual function. When emotions are repressed or prolonged,...

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