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Robin van Maarth L.Ac.

September 2014 Research Update


Acupuncture Can Help Athletes Recover Faster

Injury is the most dreaded possibility for athletes, amateur or professional. The down time waiting for the wounds to heal can be mind-numbing and infuriating. And when you finally think that you’re ready to get back in the ring, you’re back in top health, your injury may flare up again keeping you from performing your best. This has caused athletes and athletic doctors and physical therapists to search for better ways to treat injuries incurred during the sport and faster ways to heal. Recent studies have lent credence to the belief among athletes that acupuncture can help you recover faster from athletic injury. Research included a test with three groups: a control group which received acupuncture, another group which received sham acupuncture and a third which received neither. The study tested the subject’s heart rate, oxygen consumption and blood lactic…

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Time for some Lazy Yoga

Healing Chick

Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, a blissfully lazy experience

Nothing beats that relaxed and rejuvenated feeling you get after a successful yoga class. Emotionally restored and body re-aligned, you could take on the world. That said, sometimes the last thing you feel like doing after a demanding day is a group yoga class complete with headstands and never-ending rounds of sun salutations. That’s where Ayurvedic Yoga Massage  or lazy yoga comes in. I recently had the pleasure of receiving my first Ayurvedic Yoga Massage (AYM) courtesy of Niraj at Bliss Pilgrims. Ayurveda and Yoga are ancient holistic systems of India and as I found out, combining the two makes for a powerful healing experience. 

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Helpful tips for reducing stress

Acupuncture can help: Acupuncture has been shown to dramatically reduce stress and anxiety levels as well as helping to relax both the mind and body.

Meditate: Take a few minutes during the day to sit quietly and simply focus on your breathing. Inhale and exhale slowly, breathe deep into your belly and chest.

Exercise: Try to work exercise into your schedule. It’s a natural energy and mood booster. Yoga is an excellent low impact choice and time of the year.

Aromatherapy: Put a few drops of lavender, vanilla or citrus lois on a cloth. Keep it with you and inhale throughout the day. You can also use an aromatherapy diffuser or add a few drops to water in a spray bottle to disperse the scent wherever you are.

Talk to someone: Share your thoughts and feelings with a friend or counselor. Expressing yourself may help you feel better and aid in finding solutions to stressful situations. 

Keeping an open mind is essential while looking for a new coping strategies. Finding what works best for you on your journey to leading a happier and stress-free life!

 

Balance

Balance

 

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“We give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, to find the safest way to optimize your health.”

 

The concept of total wellness recognizes that our every thought, word, and behavior.

 

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