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,...
Conscious Beauty

Conscious Beauty

  Conscious Beauty Conscious Beauty is on its simplest level a choice we all get to make every day. It is the food choices we make, our lifestyle choices, the products we buy, how we treat others, our emotional breadth, our daily health. It is the daily choices that we make to cultivate Good Qi. Conscious Beauty is our emotional balance, our physical health, our commitment to ethical living, & the unity of the human spirit. All this ends up reflected on our organic calling card to each other…our face! Health is a Daily Activity! Your face is a physical & emotional map made of hundreds of little moments stored on the face. Each line & wrinkle carries energy & its own vibration. Our joy, sadness, challenges are all channeled back to us. Our brain has the ability to store emotional memories as a way of protecting us from future dramas. This defense mechanism is instinctive & while sometimes beneficial, can also cause us to live reactively instead of consciously. Bringing these patterns into our awareness means we can release them & live a life with greater emotional breadth. Beliefs that are unconscious can still be manifested as illness. Wrinkles are not an inevitable consequence of getting older. Our face becomes the repository of over work, poor sleep, emotional trauma, etc. Over time these influences change our facial landscape. In Asian medicine we talk about a person “Shen” or spirit that is reflected in the eyes & face. It is in part a reflection of our emotional state. When we are calm, balanced, & harmonious we see a vibrancy...

Embrace Your Inner Goddess!

Embracing Your Inner Goddess   Facial renewal acupuncture isn’t just for entertainment professionals. We all have a desire to put our best face forward! This desire isn’t just about looking younger, it is about feeling vital & confident about ourselves. As the medi-spas offer more & more outlandish & questionable beauty enticements, you may ask, “How can I feel & look refreshed, healthy & vibrant, without undergoing the knife or syringe?” By using ancient beauty ‘secrets’ from Asia you can unlock your own body’s power to heal & adapt to the aging process. Constitutional Facial Renewal is ancient wisdom with a modern twist. The face is a mirror for everything happening inside our body & mind. And the muscles of the face are both highly vascular, small, & amenable to change. By combining a constitutional body treatment aimed at correcting organ imbalances that show up on the face, & facial acupuncture protocols specifically designed to lift, smooth, & tone facial muscles, you unlock renewed facial vitality. The process of facial renewal promotes a healing cascade that facilitates increased micro-circulation & oxygen supply to the skin & the skin’s soothing agents. Detoxification is encouraged & the precursors to collagen & elastin are triggered, giving improved firmness, elasticity, reduced lines & a healthier completion & texture. As results accumulate the body remembers & holds the results longer & longer. The skin plumps as facial energy & blood circulation is restored, facial muscular tension is released, puffiness & fluid retention drains,  & a stressed complexion brightens! Besides the ability to reprogram the skin & muscle’s of the face, Constitutional Facial Renewal helps clients shed years of...
Allergies & Acupuncture, Nature Doesn’t Hate You!

Allergies & Acupuncture, Nature Doesn’t Hate You!

I wish I had the magic acupuncture needle or herbal formula, that made allergies just BE GONE! For sufferers, allergy season brings on fatigue of the body & spirit that can be overwhelming. Is nature striking back? No, allergies happen everywhere. In Japan, the cedar & cypress tree pollen is said to be the cause, in Sedona we blame the Juniper trees. But these trees have been around for ages & it is only in more recent history that we see the issues with allergies we do today.  Nature doesn’t hate you Allergies are a complex interplay of issues with multiple factors given for the rise in allergies over the years.  Adverse changes in the quality of our air, water, & food have certainly affected us. Our digestive systems have been put under more strain than ever before, with GMO engineered foods, antibiotics, too many cold foods, & problems with eating disorders. We are now seeing these problems in children much earlier than we have in the past.  Another factor is how we live. We often lead lives sealed in heated or air-conditioned dwelling, subjecting the body to wind, an external pathogen, even when we are inside. Allergies are also worse in the spring time. In Chinese medicine, Spring is considered the season of wind & can drive external pathogens into the body (wind-heat, wind-cold, wind-damp). Eventually, anything trapped stagnates & turns to heat. The blocked nasal passages, nasal discharge, loss of taste, nasal polyps, red eyes that we see around this time are often caused by heat that has been trapped in the area & ultimately in the...
Shindai Acupuncture Goes Mobile

Shindai Acupuncture Goes Mobile

New Mobile Office Shindai Acupuncture has gone mobile! Why limit acupuncture to just one location? I decided instead of hunkering down in an office space that limited my mobility & access to clients, I would find a way to have an office that moved with me. I solved this geographical problem by investing in a mobile office! The 26 foot trailer is spacious, has all the amenities of a stationary office, is peaceful, & can go where I need to. Inspiration Besides the perks of getting to see & meet different people, mixing up my surroundings brings fresh inspiration & the ability to collaborate with colleagues in different areas. I have met so many lovely clients & people along the road that I might not have got to interact with before.  Where to find Shindai Acupuncture I am currently at the Mission Bay RV park (2727 De Anza Road, San Diego) once a month seeing Facial Renewal clients. (Please see website for upcoming dates www.shindaiacupuncture.com in the events section) The relaxing breezes from the bay, the inviting office atmosphere, & a treatment that unwinds the stresses & complications of your life are all waiting for you! And I always love giving treatments here in Sedona, Az overlooking the powerful, beautiful red rocks, at 135 Sunrise Ave. Call for an appointment or to learn more! 619-587-1779 Concierge Service The mobile clinic now allows for concierge acupuncture services as well! Are you having a special event that you need to look good for? Wedding, anniversary, special party? One of my specialties is Constitutional Facial Renewal. I have been specially trained by world...
Liquid Wisdom

Liquid Wisdom

The Green Dragon GREEN TEA  There are many claims about the benefits of green tea, some claiming it is a cure all! You are probably thinking, please green tea isn’t’ that special? And you are right! No single drink, supplement, or action will be the ultimate cure all. But if you are on the path to living well and being healthy, you know that every drop into the wellness bucket helps propel us on a disease free path. So as much as we should eat healthy, we should drink healthy too! ANCIENT DRINK Green tea was popular in Asia centuries ago. There are many complex ceremonies surrounding preparing & drinking different types of green tea. It was used medicinally for centuries to treat ailments from headaches to depression. In Eastern medicine, it is useful in various conditions because it is a wonderful balance of the sweet & bitter flavors, and has cooling properties. Green tea makes up about 10% of the world’s tea. The leaves are picked, rolled & dried before they go brown. Green in Asian medicine represents Spring & the liver. It symbolizes health, peace & eternity. DETOXIFIES THE BODY Green tea has high amounts of antioxidants, amino acids, & phytochemical like polyphenols. It contains B vitamins, folate, manganese, potassium, & magnesium. It helps to refresh the mind, enhance alertness and boost concentration. It is found as an addition in many ancient herbal formulas to help clear heat from the body!  BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM Green tea is touted to help improve brain function, fat loss, help lower the risk of cancer, & contribute to better cardiac health. Green tea...

Botox the Anti-Beauty Poison

                      Instant or Natural? I recently had questions about why one should undergo a series of acupuncture treatments, when they could just get Botox & the line they were worried about, would be instantly gone? Botox masks who you really are…. Botox is indeed effective & instant. It lasts 3-6 months after it is injected. It is the most common cosmetic procedure in the US; a reported 6 million procedures per year in 2003, growing to 14.6 million per year in 2012. That equals billions of dollars in sales. Botox was approved around 2003 for injection to treat facial wrinkles, mainly the lines between the brows. It quickly became the magic elixir for Hollywood stars & housewives alike. Toxins don’t fit into beauty or healthy living… Botox, Vistabel, Botox cosmetic, Dysport, Bocouture, Xeomin, Myobloc are all names used for Botox. But what is it really? It is a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum or botulinum toxin, found growing in soil. Yes, I said bacteria & neurotoxin. Just one gram of botulinum toxin could kill over a million people; two kilograms could kill the entire human population of Earth! Botox jumps from cell to cell, moving the toxin all over the body… The side effects of Botox are often minimized. The FDA has warned about this to no avail. Clients are often told that Botox will stay only in the muscle that is injected. New research has shown that this is absolutely not the case. Studies now show that the toxin jumps from the site of...

Let’s talk Black Sesame Seeds!

I encourage many of my clients to add Black Sesame Seeds to their diet. Here are some of the reasons why… Black Sesame Seeds, Hei Zhi Ma, are a great source of nourishment for the body. They are great for your eye sight, slow the greying of hair, moisten the large intestine helping with constipation, are good for your Yin. There is a very high Vitamin E content in black sesame seeds. Vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant that protects against free radical damage & protects against aging. It promotes cell division, which is necessary for healing & protects against toxins. Ok so now that you have them in your kitchen, what do you do with them? Generally a teaspoon or so a day is a good start. They can be put on any food you enjoy! Salads, oatmeal, toast, eggs, etc. I keep them in a jar by where I cook & put a pinch on whatever I am eating. Happy sprinkling...

Constitutional Facial Acupuncture July 22-24

Constitutional Facial Acupuncture: The New Protocols Small group mentorship July 22-24, 2016 Sedona, AZ Join us for a rare opportunity for personal mentorship with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield. An exceptional practitioner that has studied & taught worldwide, and is a recognized leader in her field. Number is limited for this event. Register Now for early bird pricing & to secure your place! Use the link below to register....

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