Yoga

Motor Point Acupuncture

This summer has been a busy one so far. In the past two months, I have attended 3 conferences and completed 3 trainings. One of these trainings is on Motor Point Therapy.  

Motor Point Therapy strengthens weak muscles and relaxes tight ones. How does it do so? A needle is inserted into the muscle belly where the nerve enters the muscle. The needle is gently stimulated until a twitch response occurs. This causes the nerve and muscle to reset. So that a muscle that is not firing could contract thereby increasing its strength and a muscle that is constricted from overuse to relax. It is important that muscles know how to turn on and off their ability to contract. An overly used muscle will cause the fibers to be in constant contraction leading to the muscle to shorten eventually putting strain on the tendons and joints. This will cause pain and dysfunction in the muscles and joints. A weak muscle will cause other muscles to work harder just to maintain balance in body, also resulting in pain and dysfunction.

Motor point therapy thus resets the muscle to restore joint mobility to normal function and eliminate pain.

While at this training, I was looking forward to the moment we would work on our hips.  For a couple of years, I have had some issues with my right hip. There is decreased range of motion. I know that the gluteus medius doesn't fire. Sometimes, I would get a dull achey pain along my lateral thigh. Sometimes, sciatica. Of course, I have tried several different things throughout the years to release this pain, but nothing seemed to fully get at the source. So, when it came time to work on the hips, I was the first to jump on the table. Initially, my colleague worked on my quadratas lumburam (low back) and gluteus medius. Those two helped, but what I knew I really needed was to come next. I lay on my side to have my tensor fasciae latae needled. This was the spot! The needle was in briefl; stimulated by electricity to further elicit the muscle twitch; and finally, withdrawn. I stood up and began to swing my right leg around and around. Wow! My hip felt so good. There was mobility, freedom and no pain! (Disclaimer, depending upon chronicity of the issue everyone may respond differently.

I am so excited to be offering this treatment to the community because it is quick and effective. Sometimes depending upon the person, a muscle may go back to its old habits and stay in a contracted state or it may stop firing, so it is important to have several treatments to ensure muscle pliability. 

If you are interested in this treatment or to learn, please call at 802-496-9204 or email ana@mountainrosevt.com

LuoZhen - Acupressure for Neck Pain

LuoZhen, meaning Fell Off Pillow, is an acupuncture point to relieve neck strain or sprain, whiplash, sore neck and pain in the shoulder and arm. The point is located in the hollow just below the knuckles of the 2nd & 3rd fingers.  Before applying pressure, check to see your range of movement on both sides of the neck by looking to one side than the other. As well, just tilt your head to one shoulder than the other. Just get a sense of where there is pain or stiffness. Begin by applying pressure to the side that has more pain or less range of movement. I tend to press rather deeply to where I feel a some tenderness, then I gently massage the area by doing small circles in one direction for about 1 - 2 minutes.  If both sides of the neck are tight, repeat for the other hand. Then check in with your range of motion in your neck to see how this point can relieve neck pain.  If there is any numbness, tingling or referring pain, please see your primary care physician about your symptoms. 

Time to Slow Down and Honor

2017 has started off very bittersweet. As some of you may know if you follow me on social media, I said goodbye to my sweet, loyal and caring Daisy Mae two weeks ago. She was 14 1/2 years old and gave me her all in those years. Daisy was with me while I mourned the loss of my brother and has lived with me in 6 different cities/towns. She was with me through my entire 30s. This girl lived and loved! And I am so grateful for her and the many memories. My heart is so full from all that she gave me.

However, these past two weeks there is a hole in my life, a void that is quite deep. Just the other day, was the first day that I could feel her in our home. I still call her name every so often and tell her "I love you" before I go to bed. Because of this, I have been quiet on here. I have been honoring that what energy I have is about grieving the loss, healing the wound and working.  I am getting to what I can without forcing myself to get it all done because I know it is smarter and wiser for me to honor this process, take the time. Because if I do not, then the pain of not having her near me will remain. Her loss is big in my life; however, I have been thinking of all the good she brought to my life: the many people I met through her; the 1000s of miles we walked and hiked; the playing; the belly rubs; the snuggles; the wagging of her tail; the many licks and the soft nibbling of my nose. 

Daisy was a really good dog. One of a kind. Not because she was mine, but because she just was. If you knew her, you would know what I mean. She cared. She loved kids and always checked on them. When my brother lived with me with his wife and year old twins, Daisy would get my sister-in-law when the babies were crying. She was a really good girl with a ton of character. Because of this I am allowing my heart to be full with all the love she gave and the outpouring of love, flowers and condolences I have received from friends who knew her in person and those who knew her on social media. So thank you to all of you who have helped me in this time. I still may not be posting as often as I like because I am listening to how much I can give at this moment and reserving the energy I have to do what I need to do. 

In gratitude!

Winter is here!

Winter is one of my favorite seasons.

I love when the snow falls and all is silent.

I love that I can see through the trees and see the landscape of the mountains.

I love to get out on my board and ride. Carve some turns. Get a little better.

I love feeling the cold on my cheeks and knowing that I have a warm house to go into.

I love seeing all of the animal tracks - deer, rabbits, foxes, fischer cats.

I love going for a walk while the snow is falling. The world is magical and beautiful. It always takes my breath away. 

I love putting on my pajamas at 4pm. 

I love the smell of wood burning in a fireplace. 

I love wearing a cozy sweater.

 

 

 

Can you truly love your neighbor?

This statistic is scary. Pew Research Center conducted a survey that was published on June 22, 2016, which stated that "55% of Democrats fear Republicans, and 49% of Republicans feel the same as Democrats." That translates as 1 out of 2 Americans is afraid of a person of a differing political belief. 1 in 2! If you are terrified by a member of the other party, why? Look in your own hearts to see why you find a member of the other party disdainful. Start with yourself. Start to make peace with what you don't like about someone. You don't have to love them, just allow someone else to have a voice, as much as you want your own voice to be heard.

Today, several people are wondering how did we get here. How? My take it is about the level of tolerance in this country. Can you accept that someone else may not have your same political beliefs without bashing them for having their own thoughts? Can you truly love thy neighbor?

Personally, I have some friends who say they are open minded, but only when it comes to people who share their same belief - yes, both liberals and conservatives are guilty of this. You may think that I am joking about it coming from liberals as well as conservatives, but I am not. Look at the statistics above - half of the population is afraid of the other half. 

I am a conservative, yes, may be hard for many of you to swallow or believe that an acupuncturist, yogi and yoga teacher is such, but that is what I am. Yes, this election had me questioning my beliefs, which is good. It is healthy to look at oneself and self-reflect. I digress.

Here are two examples (of many that I have personally experienced) of how I have seen my friends not accept my beliefs without me even saying what they are. Several years ago, I was talking to a neighbor about someone renting a townhouse who worked for both Clinton and Bush at some level in the government. My neighbor immediately said "I would never let a Republican rent my home." Point blank, without even knowing what party affiliation this couple had. My immediate thought was "Would she even be talking to me if she knew I was a Republican." I didn't say it. I chalked up to her opinion, and I am still friends with her because I value what she has to offer.  My second example is from a couple of months ago after a yoga class, I was talking with several students about the election. One of them said, "Of course she is a Democrat, she does yoga, is an acupuncturist, and snowboards." They assumed that I was liberal because of what I do. It was unfathomable that I would be anything else. To me the fact that people who claim to be open are so closed to someone having a differing opinion is part of the problem in this country. The level of intolerance is palpable.

So what can we do? Many today are talking about acting out of love and being the change. So be the change. Begin to look at your own thoughts, beliefs and how you react or respond to someone else who has a different belief. If you respond with disdain, anger or disgust, this is what you need to look at. Ask yourself "Why do I feel this way? Am I ready to judge a person by their party affiliation? Why am I angry? Is there more to this person than their political alliance? Are they kind, loving, or good?" And this is not meant to be about projecting onto another, it about self-reflection. 

Personally, I know this is not an easy exercise. For years, I have been doing this. If someone triggers me with their actions, words or beliefs than I look at myself. What is it within me that I do not like or accept that they are reflecting back to me that is causing this reaction? If there is disdain about someone holding a different belief, than why is it that I cannot accept their belief? Why? They are allowed to have their own opinion that is based upon their own experiences in life - their whole life from birth to the present moment. I want people to have a differing perspective than me because it allows me to learn and grow from what they have to offer. We all have walked different paths in this life, and we should not all be expected to have the same opinions. 

And I know that there is the room for us, as a nation, to come together. I was woken up at 6:30am the day after the election by a friend's text. We have different political views; however, we both acknowledged that so many American are hurting, feeling unheard, suffering and this election allowed them to be heard. We both believe that the level of intolerance is at the crux of this country's issues. It is our time as a nation to truly listen without judgement what the other has to say. 

So again, I ask you to go within. Look at yourself first, before you look at another with contemptuousness. Do you have fear a member of the other political party? Do you truly accept people for all of who they are or do you judge them prematurely? Be truthful to yourself when asking yourself these questions. Many are saying to go with love. One of my many teachers' said: "Walk your talk. Talk your walk." If you speak of love, love with an open heart and act through love in all of your actions.