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The Importance and Practice of Expressing Gratitude

November is indeed a month where we take a good look at all of the things we’re grateful for. Expressing gratitude is something we encourage practicing year round, and even daily, to maintain a sense of humility and balance, which can be a huge boost to support our mental and spiritual health. There are so many ways we can do this, from vocal expression to written word, and even in our meditation practice. But the key is to really FEEL gratitude when we’re expressing it! And making this a ritual doesn’t have to be a daunting or overbearing task, you can simply think it or say it with the littlest things such as when someone holds the door open for you or when you and your family arrive home safely after a trip. At the end of the day, the little things we are grateful for are just as important as the bigger stuff, if not more so.

While we’re on the topic, it’s extra important to remember to carry that sense of gratitude over into the holiday season, especially during all the hustle and bustle that inevitably surrounds us during this time of year.

Here’s a little idea…set an intention to carry this sense of grace and gratitude with you throughout the season in an effort to stay mindful of all the little things that mean so much. Every day make an effort to list at least 3 things you’re grateful for to help you stay grounded and truly feel the magic of the holiday spirit!

We have so much to be thankful for here at Sage Health so we thought it’d be fun to compile a list of 10 things we’re grateful for and share it with you…

  1. Our absolutely amazing clients and patients, we wouldn’t be here without you!
  1. Our staff, we couldn’t function without our incredibly talented and dedicated team.
  1. The art of massage…from an amazing therapist — ahhhhhhh!
  1. The ancient healing practice and wisdom of acupuncture
  1. Chiropractic care – to realign and help us hold it all together!
  1. Organic skin care and the special touch of an aesthetician
  1. Holistic medicine – herbs, tonics, essential oils, and ALL of the things!
  1. Chocolate!
  1. Having our wellness center in the beautiful beach town of Encinitas
  1. And last but definitely not least, we are so grateful for our loved one’s — family, friends and, yes, even our beloved pets!

If you enjoyed this post, you might also want to read our blog, “Just Let That Shit Go: Some Stress Relieving Advice“.

Sage Health is a holistic wellness center in Encinitas, California founded by Chiropractor, Dr. Kirsten Sage. We specialize in advanced chiropracticacupuncture and massage treatments. We are focused on helping patients with natural alternatives to optimal health and wellness.

We are located at 531 Encinitas Blvd. Suite 100, Encinitas, CA 92024.

Email: health@sagehealthonline.com |  PH: 760.753.2157

Just Let That Shit Go: Some Stress Relieving Advice

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Skin Care and Acupuncture Tips for Fall

Fall is officially here so it’s a good time to think about adjusting some of your wellness routines to accommodate the changing weather patterns. There are two areas we’d like to highlight where these changes can be made, with acupuncture and skin care, as believe it or not, they both go hand-in-hand in terms of their complementary benefits to one another.

We’ll start with what you should think about for your skin care then segway into how acupuncture comes into play, and why.

What should we switch up in our skin care regimen for Fall?

As the summer season fades it can often leave your skin feeling dull/dry, clogged and hyperpigmented. We’re feeling this shift here in Southern California with the recent Santa Ana winds that bring extremely hot and dry desert weather patterns. For this time of year our resident skincare specialist, Julie Colozza, recommends several things to help keep your skin looking and feeling its best.

Lower the SPF on your Daytime Moisturizer

The dryer weather still calls for a healthy level of moisturization but as our part of the world draws further away from the sun (during this time of year), and our sun exposure becomes more limited, it’s not necessary to maintain the same level of a barrier against the sun’s UV rays. Depending on what SPF strength you readily use in the summer months, think of backing down a few notches to a protection level of 15 to 30.

The Solar Day Cream from The Body Deli would be a great choice to protect your skin during the fall and winter months. “This unique moisturizer is formulated with 15% NON-NANO MICRONIZED ZINC a natural mineral sunscreen. Full spectrum antioxidants such as VITAMIN C, COQ10, TOCOTRIENOLS and PUMPKIN SEED OIL work to protect against free radical damage.” – The Body Deli

Body Deli Solar Day Cream

Level Up on Your Nighttime Moisture

Even though we’re still experiencing warmer temperatures here in SoCal at the onset of fall, the nights are cooling down and as mentioned above, the humidity levels are dropping — making the air quality much dryer, which can wreak havoc on your skin. Julie recommends switching up your night moisturizer from a light summer moisturizer, to a medium/thick lotion or cream such as the Nourish Night Cream from The Body Deli. This will provide your skin with a healthy moisture barrier and means of support needed to combat the changing seasons.

The Body Deli Nourish Night Cream

Think About Switching Up Your Cleanser

In the summer months, your skin may require a cleanser that really helps to remove excess dirt and debris as a result of the high heat and humidity. But in fall and winter, your skin could require a gentler cleanse to prevent it from becoming too dry. Julie says, “if your cleanser becomes too drying, switch to a cream based or foam cleanser such as the ‘Almond Milk Cleanser’ from The Body Deli.”

Almond Milk Cleanser by the Body Deli

For Those Stubborn Dark Spots

Here in Encinitas, and San Diego for that matter, we love to play in the sun…especially in the summer! But the reality is that whether you’re a sun worshipper or not, our skin is prone to the exhibiting dark spots — the closer we are to the sun the more likely we are showcasing them as our skin matures. Increased sun protection and lessening your exposure is key. If you are susceptible to dark spots and have noticed an accumulation of them, Julie recommends a pigment lightening treatment. She also recommends scheduling deeper chemical peels and exfoliations. Taking advantage of these and other regular facial treatments can help to inspire and motivate you to care for your skin on a deeper level.

So How Does Acupuncture Fit in with our Skin Care Regime?

Pairing acupuncture with holistic organic facials can nourish your body and help counter the dryness of fall. Acupuncture can help keep your skin youthful and luscious and improve your health. Here’s how:

The principle of the five phases of nature is integral to traditional Chinese Medicine theory. The five element phases are fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. Each element has an associated season, emotion, color, and organ which is intertwined with health. Autumn is represented by metal and associated with both the lung and large intestine organs. There are twelve meridians which are pathways of energy that flow through our bodies with a life force called qi. When these meridians are balanced it is difficult to succumb to illness. The qi of the lung and large intestine meridians is most active in the fall season. The lung meridian circulates qi to the lung as well as the skin. The disharmony of the metal element in our body is dryness.

If you are feeling the effects of dry skin or noticing more dry coughing or lung symptoms try a consult with one of our practitioners.

Looking to boost your skincare routine? Book an appointment with Julie for a facial and let her help you find the right products for your skin to look and feel its best!

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Celebrating Transition from Facing Adversity

The title of this blog couldn’t be more apropos given recent events at Sage Health as we are absolutely celebrating a huge transition from facing some very recent adversity.

Here’s what happened…

We were happy to celebrate the recent rainy weather given the serious California drought conditions, we just didn’t think that meant it would literally rain in our office!

In early March, a pipe burst in the suite above us and the Sage Health office became a disastrous flood zone. Stress doesn’t even begin to describe how we felt. How on earth were we going function as a business?! Our staff needed to work, and our clients needed treatments! Our heads were spinning but we banded together, rolled up our sleeves and faced the adversity head-on — focusing on how we could turn this negative into a positive.

And we did just that!

Immediately, we found a way to maintain business as usual, as best we could, in what was left of the usable space in our current office. We were also lucky enough to temporarily rent the empty space next door to continue offering massage, acupuncture and skin care services. We were beyond grateful that we were able to make it work while we got down to planning how we would renovate the damaged space.

Here’s where the fun part comes into all the madness. In the renovation planning process, we had this “Aha!” moment that our space really needed some adjustments to accommodate our services that required a quieter environment, such as, massage, acupuncture, skin care, etc. As our current clients will recall, all of these services were previously given in the front rooms near the reception and patient waiting area, which in hindsight wasn’t ideal — though we made it work.

So we decided that the front rooms near the reception and waiting area would be used for chiropractic treatments; while the back office space would be transformed into a tranquil spa-like setting where it’s much quieter (and serene!) to more effectively accommodate our services that require this type of setting such as  massage, acupuncture, skincare, and other bodywork treatments.

It’s funny how things work out sometimes. While we certainly wouldn’t have wished for the flood to have happened, it did drive us to improve how our space functions for our clients and staff. We were forced to deal with a disastrous moment of adversity that led us to transition into something that our business truly needed…yet who knows when or if we would’ve ever come to that realization without it!

Lesson learned and we are truly grateful.

We also want to thank YOU our wonderful patients who bore with us and supported us during the transition. We wouldn’t be here without you!

So for the month of May, we’re offering $10 OFF ANY SERVICE! Chiropractic, Chirosage, Fire Cupping, Acupuncture, Massage, Skin Care, etc. This offer isn’t applicable towards insurance co-pays or deductibles but if you’re on our wellness program or a cash patient, you are able to take advantage of this offer.

Thank you again and if you haven’t come in to see our newly renovated space, please come see us!

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If you enjoyed this post, you might also want to read our blog, “Find Your doTERRA Essential Oil Match.”

Sage Health is a holistic wellness center in Encinitas, California founded by Chiropractor, Dr. Kirsten Sage. We specialize in advanced chiropracticacupuncture and massage treatments. We are focused on helping patients with natural alternatives to optimal health and wellness.

We are located at 531 Encinitas Blvd. Suite 100, Encinitas, CA 92024.

Email: health@sagehealthonline.com |  PH: 760.753.2157

Woman receiving cold laser therapy for back pain

What is Cold Laser and How does it Work to Relieve Pain?

If you’re a patient at Sage Health, you already know that we aim of offer a variety of treatments to help with optimum healing and sustained wellness. From chiropractic to massage, acupuncture, fire cupping, nutritional counseling, and even organic facial treatments, we truly have something for everyone to help them feel their best. Adding to our list of beneficial offerings is the healing treatment of Cold Laser Therapy.

What is Cold Laser Therapy?

Cold Laser Therapy is a special modality that Dr. Sage likes to incorporate into her treatments to further promote the overall healing process. This therapy uses specific wavelengths of light to interact with compromised soft tissue, which is believed to increase circulation and further enhance the body’s ability to heal. Cold Laser Therapy is commonly used for acute and chronic conditions in an effort to help decrease pain, reduce inflammation, and alleviate spasms.

How Does Cold Laser Therapy Work?

The cold laser is administered via a small handheld device that emits a focused concentration of light. The laser device is held directly over the affected area for a short period of time, anywhere from seconds to minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated and the power of the laser.

Cold Laser Therapy diagram

The light therapy goes through the skin and the theory is that it activates small molecules in our cells called chromophores. These little chromophores create energy similar to the way photosynthesis works in plants. To further illustrate this point, plants grow when they receive energy from the sun during photosynthesis, light then activates chloroplasts to make glucose molecules causing plants to grow. In a similar fashion, molecules in our bodies activated by laser therapy stimulate healing of damaged tissues and are theorized to activate acupoints along the meridians (energy pathways) within the body.

Cold Laser Therapy benefits illustration

Dr. Sage is a devout study of the ancient healing arts of acupuncture. She regularly incorporates her knowledge of the meridian pathways into her gentle, and uniquely specific chiropractic treatments in an effort to help her patients receive even greater overall benefits in the healing process.

Why is it Called Cold Laser Therapy?

Simply because the laser does not heat-up nor can it cause any damage your soft tissues. It does not in actuality feel uncomfortably cold on the skin.

Is Cold Laser Therapy Right for Me?

If you’re coming to Sage Health for chiropractic, acupuncture or massage treatments, Cold Laser Therapy could very well offer a boost in benefit to help relieve pain, and enhance your healing process. If you are interested, just let us know prior to your next visit so we can allot the necessary time in your appointment for Dr. Sage to conduct an evaluation and recommend the best course of treatment specifically for you.

How Many Cold Laser Therapy Treatments Will I Need?

Each person is unique and therefore requires a different course of treatment. In some cases, Cold Laser Therapy is needed for 2 weeks at a frequency of 3 times a week for maximum benefit.

How Much Does Cold Laser Therapy Cost?

At Sage Health the cost for Cold Laser Therapy is $10 per treatment as an add-on service.

If you enjoyed this post, you might also want to read our blog, “Fire Cupping: Insights and Benefits.”

Sage Health is a holistic wellness center in Encinitas, California founded by Chiropractor, Dr. Kirsten Sage. We specialize in advanced chiropractic,acupuncture and massage treatments. We are focused on helping patients with natural alternatives to optimal health and wellness. We are located at 531 Encinitas Blvd. Suite 100, Encinitas, CA 92024. Email: health@sagehealthonline.com |  PH: 760.753.2157

Fire cupping therapy treatment

Fire Cupping: Insights and Benefits

The 2016 Summer Olympics has been so much fun to watch! We especially love to see all the coverage on the ways in which the athletes are taking care of their bodies while enduring what we can only imagine involves an intense and grueling amount of training. One thing in particular that has gained a lot of attention is a treatment we offer at Sage Health called, fire cupping.

Athletes such as Michael Phelps and Alex Naddour have both showcased numerous large red circular spots on their shoulders and back — an almost ghastly visual of what fire cupping is known to produce. While these spots may look like the aftermath of some sort of torture device, we can assure you the treatment (when performed properly by a licensed practitioner) is actually quite soothing, for most. In fact, this ancient Chinese medicine practice is meant to be extremely healing and rehabilitative.

What is Fire Cupping and What Does it Do?

Traditional Chinese medicine (AKA as TCM) describes cupping as a method in which a vacuum is created on one’s skin to resolve and dissipate stagnation in the body to improve the flow of qi (free flowing life force). In this case, stagnation might exist in the blood and lymphatic system. The suction created (from inside the cups) is known to loosen muscles and produce a mild sedation and relief to the nervous system, offering relief of muscle stiffness and pain. Additional benefits are known to reduce feelings of anxiety, as well as aid with rheumatism, and fatigue. That’s only a small glimpse of what this treatment can help with.

Fire cupping is often married with acupuncture or massage, but not always. It all depends on the needs of the patient. At Sage Health, we pair it with a treatment known as Tui Na — a form of ancient Chinese therapeutic massage, which utilizes a variance of techniques where a type of rhythmic compression is moved along different energy channels of the body to create a harmonious flow of qi in an effort to create positive balance.

Will Fire Cupping hurt?

Typically, fire cupping is painless when performed properly by a licensed professional. Most of our patients find it quite relaxing. Some report a mild sensation of suction, pressure, or heat.

How is Fire Cupping Performed?

There are a number of different ways to perform fire cupping. At Sage Health we commonly use the traditional glass cups.

Fire cupping on patients back at Sage Health in Encinitas CA

Curious what it looks like? Click here to view a short video of a Dr. Kirsten Sage performing the procedure on a patient who was experiencing some shoulder pain in the upper and mid-back.

Why Are Some Spots Redder Than Others?

This is a common question, and there are a variety of answers. The short answer is that the more redness that is brought to the surface of the skin, the more it was needed to expel stagnation, increase blood flow, and release toxins. Your practitioner can explain further based on your specific needs and reason for the treatment.

Fire cupping marks left on upper back

Marks left on Sage Health patient’s upper back after fire cupping treatment to help relieve shoulder pain.

Is Fire Cupping Right for Me?

While we recognize the incredible benefits fire cupping can offer, whether or not it’s right for you is something to absolutely discuss with your health practitioner.

If you enjoyed this post, you might also want to read our blog, “Spring and the Time Change: Taking Care of YOU.”

Sage Health is a holistic wellness center in Encinitas, California founded by Chiropractor, Dr. Kirsten Sage. We specialize in advanced chiropractic,acupuncture and massage treatments. We are focused on helping patients with natural alternatives to optimal health and wellness. We are located at 531 Encinitas Blvd. Suite 100, Encinitas, CA 92024. Email: health@sagehealthonline.com |  PH: 760.753.2157

Spring and the Time Change: Taking Care of YOU!

Spring Forward Time Change

Spring is only days away!

As we emerge from our mild Southern California winter we’re ready for the longer, warmer days to come. While the extra hour of sunshine is, of course, something we look forward to, (initially) losing that extra hour of sleep often takes some adjustment.

Time Change Alarm Clock

Our best advice is to be gentle with yourself.

It’s important to ease into the time change by aiming to go to bed a little earlier, and maybe even slowing down a bit on extracurricular activities within the first week to give yourself some time to acclimate. This is easier said than done, though. We know! 

Bottom line is that you need to take care of YOU.

Here are some helpful ways we can offer to help you with the time transition…from the solace of winter to the vibrant days of spring.

Put a Little Extra SPRING in Your Step with Herbal Remedies and Essential Oils

Dr. Sage offers Bach Herbal Remedies at her office to help clients with a number of ailments and issues — be it mental or physical.

Some clients require a blend that is created especially for them (by Dr. Sage), others may prefer to choose a single type of tincture to suit a specific need. Remedies range in spectrum from helping individuals with allergies to aiding others with mental clarity and overcoming emotional challenges.

Unsure which one is right for you? Book an appointment with Dr. Sage and she’ll work with you to create your very own personal blend.

Bach Herbal Remedies Display

Essential oils are rising in popularity, and for good reason. Many have attested to their ability to help with a variety things; from air purification and relaxation to maintaining focus and even helping to relieve seasonal allergies. The benefits reported are endless.

Nectar Essences Essential Oils

At Sage Health, we proudly offer essential oil blends from Nectar Essences. We wholeheartedly trust the essential oil blends they produce. In addition to adhering to strict GC-MS testing to ensure purity, they use absolutely no synthetic fragrances, no parabens, no phthalates, nothing artificial in any of our products. To learn more about Nectar Essences click here. Come into our office and check out our selection of the Breath Me product line, which features the popular Super-Immunity, Destress and Unwind, and Decongest Immunity blends.

Book a Treatment

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Whatever your preference, booking a massage, acupuncture or chirosage treatment can help put a little extra spring in your step to celebrate the new season.

Acupuncture, for example, can be extremely helpful for those who suffer from seasonal allergies.

Massage restores blood flow to the body while also helping your muscles and lymphatic system to release stress inducing toxins, among other things.

During the month of March, we’re offering two special treatments to help you feel your best!

The Ultimate Trio Treatment*:: Come see us for a 90-minute treatment that will include a blend of acupuncture, chiropractic and massage for only $150! *This special will run through March and April.

$25 OFF a Chirosage Session:: Book a 30 or 60-minute chirosage treatment during the month of March and receive $25 off! If you’re curious about this treatment, this is the perfect opportunity to experience it. We blend chiropractic and massage into one beneficial session that works with your schedule. For more information on the benefits read our blog about it here.

Remember to Factor in a Chiropractic Adjustment

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We understand that with the time change, spring break, and tax time coming up, your to-do list will be an overwhelming one. So if one of the treatments mentioned above simply isn’t in the cards, we can’t emphasize enough how important it is to make time for a chiropractic adjustment.

During times of high stress, our joints tend to lock up and cause misalignment, which then leads to lack of circulation and blood flow throughout the body. This can (and will) only make things worse. So please make time to help yourself stay at the top of your game, both mentally and physically, with an adjustment, or two.

If you enjoyed this post, you might also want to read our blog, “The Benefits of Chirosage.”

Sage Health is a holistic wellness center in Encinitas, California founded by chiropractor, Dr. Kirsten Sage. We specialize in advanced chiropractic, acupuncture and massage treatments. We are focused on helping patients with natural alternatives to optimal health and wellness. We are located at 531 Encinitas Blvd. Suite 100, Encinitas, CA 92024. Email: health@sagehealthonline.com |  PH: 760.753.2157