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Spring is Time for New Beginnings

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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

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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. 

Stress Relief with Acupuncture

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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

 

LI20 - Welcome Fragrance

Acupuncture Point Large Intestine 20 (LI20)

Acupuncture Point Large Intestine 20 (LI20)

This acupuncture point, Large Intestine 20 (LI20) is a blessing when you are congested. The full name is Welcome Fragrance due to it's ability to open the nasal passages. The symptoms this point is indicated for are: nasal congestion without discharge, blocked or stuffy nose, sinusitis sneezing, loss of smell, and rhinitis. Welcome Fragrance is located next to the nose, near the opening. Apply pressure for 20 - 60 seconds to help relieve any of the above symptoms. 

Pericardium 6 - Soothe Anxiety And More With This Acupuncture Point

Pericardium 6 (PC6) is named Inner Pass because it is about our connection to ourselves on an emotional level. However, this point is more commonly used to prevent nausea related to pregnancy, seasickness or traveling in a car. It is the area that the wristbands for seasickness recommends that you place the magnet on. Two of its' functions are: 1) Downbear counterflow and checks nausea and 2) harmonizes the Stomach. However, there is one more function that is useful for those who suffer from panic attacks, anxiety or heart palpitations, which is it opens and relaxes the chest. Some of the other symptoms this point can help alleviate are palpitations, heart pain (please check with your doctor if you are experiencing pain in your heart), anxiety, fullness in the chest, hiccups and insomnia.

The Pericardium in Chinese Medicine is related to the heart and the PC interior portion of meridian begins in the stomach and travels up through the chest where it surfaces the body just lateral to the nipple and down the middle interior portion of the arm. This explains why this one point can treat issues related to the digestive system, as well as the heart. 

To locate PC6, take two fingers and slide them from the wrist towards the elbow gently where your fingers will fall into a natural hollow about 2 inches from the wrist, Inner Pass is at this height and in the middle of the forearm. Apply gentle pressure for about 1 minute or until symptoms are relieved.