ACUPNCTURE

Spring is Time for New Beginnings

IMG_7829.jpg

Many feel that Spring is the time of awakening; a time to set resolutions; and a time to move forward. The trees are budding. Many animals are giving birth to their young. The energy is fresh and light after many months of shortened and cold days. We are ready to shed the heaviness of the winter months. 

Naturally, we have the desire to clean our homes, eat lighter foods and spend more time outside. In Chinese Medicine, Spring is associated with the Wood Energy of the Liver & Gall Bladder Channels. This is the budding energy of new things. The excitement of longer days and warmer weather. 

The Liver is also seen as the General of the Body that oversees the smooth movement of Qi. However, this energy can get stuck and manifest physically as irritability, frustration, anger, PMS, moodiness, or anger. To soothe and ease the flow of the Liver meridian, adding sour foods (lemon water or pickled foods) to one diet is essential. As well, foods such as beets, asparagus, pea shoots, sprouts or milk thistle tea can aid in the smooth movement of qi. Avoid heavy and greasy foods which can stagnate the Liver.

Get outside. Take time to spring clean your home. Eat a lighter diet. Move your body to prevent stagnation. Get plenty of rest. Start your day off with hot water and lemon. Listen to your body's needs and your soul's desires to guide you forward. Your body innately knows what it needs. Trust it!

 

 

Yoga Nidra - Sleeping on a Cloud of Yoga

IMG_7837.jpg

Yoga Nidra is known to many as Yogic Sleep or Sleeping on a Cloud of Yoga. It is a guided meditation that leads the practitioner though 61 points in the body while laying down. This allows one to enter a state of deep rest. During this practice, the most  dominant brainwaves are Delta Waves. At this frequency, external awareness is suspended and one enters a state of healing and regeneration. Yoga Nidra offers one important time to relax one's mind and restore their bodies from stress, fatigue or imbalances. 20 minutes of Nidra are equivalent to 8 hours of sleep.

Today we are more stressed and our lives are quite busy; thus taking the time to deeply rest is essential to one's health and well-being.  Mountain Rose offers bi-monthly Yoga Nidra classes and private sessions. For more information, please email ana@mountainrosevt.com or call 802-496-9204. 

Du20 - Hundred Meetings

Du 20 at the Top of the Head.

Du 20 at the Top of the Head.

This amazing self-regulating point is either used to calm a person down or to increase one's energy. Whatever your energy need, Du20 will help. The Du Channel (also known as Governing Vessel) is one of the two extraordinary channels formed at conception and runs from the tip of the tail bone up along the spine to the crown of the head and down the middle of the face to end between the nose & top lip.

Du 20 is the highest point in the body and is the meeting point for all the yang channels of the body. The easiest way to feel this point is to place your hand on top of your head about 1cm away and you will feel a source of heat emanating from this spot. 

This is one of the two points used during the Yoga Nidra because it is so calming. It's functions are to calm the mind, lift spirits, and tonifies yang qi. It is used for headaches, vertigo, tinnitus, and prolapsed uterus or rectum. 

Massage this point when feeling drowsy for a little pick me up!

Stomach 25 - Celestial Pivot

ST25b.jpg

This acupuncture point is Stomach 25 also known as Celestial Pivot because it is the center of the body where the heavens and earth meet. This point is locates about 2 inches laterally from the belly button and is good for all intestinal issues - constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain and distention. This time of year, we tend to enjoy more richer foods and indulge more because of the holidays. If your bowels, are not moving as normal, apply pressure to Stomach 25 for 2 minutes. 

Stress Relief with Acupuncture

IMG_2390.jpg

Our lives are moving at a faster pace. We are more than ever constantly connected to computers and smartphones. We juggle many things at once. Then add in the worry of comparing your friends' lives on social media to one's own. No wonder why more people are stressing out and not finding ways to unwind from that stress. 

Thankfully, we do live in a state where Nature is abundant and it is easy to get outside for a walk; sit by a lake or river; go for a hike through the woods; or feel the crisp wind on your face as your ski/ride downhill. However, at times it's essential to reset the clock in other ways. Acupuncture is one of those tools.

In Chinese Medicine, the Liver meridian is considered to be the General of the Body, ensuring that everything is running smoothly and in order. However, when things begin to slow down or get stuck due to improper diet, lack of sleep, not enough or too much exercise, injury or lifestyle, this may through off the regular cadence of how the body operates. The Liver becomes stagnant.

When the energy or qi coursing its way through the Liver meridian (not the organ) becomes stagnant, one may have these symptoms:

  • Irritable
  • Angry
  • Emotionally feels stuck
  • Depressed
  • Sighs often
  • PMS
  • Pain on the sides 

Overtime, the Liver Qi Stagnation could lead to a deficiency within one's body. And one may experience, dry eyes, dry skin, or blurred vision. 

Acupuncture helps to restore the natural movement of energy within the body by ensuring the smooth flow of energy. When acupuncture points are stimulated the help the smooth flow of energy within the channels needled, as well as the rest of the body. The body has the natural ability to heal itself and sometimes it forgets or needs a little reminder. The stimulation of points aids the healing process to occur. 

Treatments tend to be about 40 minutes with the needles. This time allows for the energy to begin to rebalance. As well, the time resting on the massage table is a good way to turn off the sympathetic nervous system, which is turned on in times of stress. The trick is learning how to turn it off on a regular basis so that your body can unwind and destress and this is what acupuncture helps your body do naturally. At a time when more and more people are constantly stressed, and diseases that are associated (heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, arthritis, diabetes type 2)with stress are on the rise, it is important to find ways to relax. 

If you are interested in learning more about acupuncture, please call 802-496-9204 or email ana@mountainrosevt.com