Category Archives: Health and Wellness

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Just Let That Shit Go: Some Stress Relieving Advice

There are three causes of misalignment in chiropractic care:

  1. Trauma
  2. Toxins
  3. Thoughts

Isn’t it amazing that something as simple and seemingly benign as thoughts can have a huge impact on our health?

We can truly defeat ourselves by negative thinking. A hurtful past criticism can take hold and shape our self-views. This can impact our decisions, communications, and alter the outcome of events in our life’s journey.

So, NO stinkin’ thinkin’… Here are a few life lessons I’ve learned and want to share with you so that you too can be the best version of yourself.

Sticks and Stones

Often, when someone says something hurtful or seriously inappropriate to you, those words are about them, not you. One of the most damaging weapons is the human tongue.  When we internalize hurtful words we can allow them to negatively affect our physiology. Fortunately, the best defense against these weapons is alive and well in all of us.

Here’s an example of how words can affect health at meal time. For good health and nutrition, you need to be in parasympathetic nervous system mode which equals proper rest and digest. If you are having a heated discussion during mealtime your stress may cause a stomach ache because a lot of the blood has left your stomach and gone to your muscles to prepare your body to fight. If that stress persists for weeks, month, or years eventually you may end up with a full blown digestive disease like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) Hint hint… arguing during a meal disrupts digestion. Don’t let this ripple into a health issue…only eat when you are relaxed.

Stress Management

OHM my Goddess — stress is okay to experience for a short amount of time, but damaging to your health for a prolonged amount of time. Why? Because it depletes your immune system. Your immune system is a super power constantly warding off viruses, bacteria, and even cancer cells. When you feel overwhelmed ask yourself, “is there something that I need to do right now that will make a positive change in my life and help release these negative stressors?” If the answer is yes… this is exactly what your stress helped to accomplish. Alternately, if you can’t sleep at night and are overwhelmed with worry and are not being proactive finding solutions to your problems stress is hurting your health and you need to seek additional help in finding solutions.

Here’s the take home… – the defense against harmful words and stress is YOU!

You have the control over how you react to a stressful situation. You choose (whether you are aware of it or not) your response, isn’t that wonderful? Let go of what does not serve you, and be grateful for all the wonder and gifts you have.You have a responsibility to make our world a better place by shining your light and sharing all the love.

So if things are just not working out remember this, and go grab a dandelion (it’s okay if it is imaginary, get in a nice cross sit yoga pose, and blow that dandy in the wind and say, “just let that shit go.”

And, know that you control your reaction to stress and continue to shine your brilliant light!

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Photo by Kirsten Sage


If you enjoyed this post, you might also want to read our blog, “Tips for Finding a Healthy Work-Life Balance.”

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

 

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Tips for Finding a Healthy Work-Life Balance

I recently experienced a joyful moment in my life where I was able to be fully present with my family while on vacation. This moment inspired the topic of this post and I would like to share some ways in which I’m able to find a healthy work-life balance as a mother of two young girls, a wife, the owner of a busy health and wellness practice, and a student!

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Release the Need to Be PERFECT

I happily admit that I am NOT a perfectionist! With everything going on in my world, sometimes things simply aren’t going to get done or aren’t going to be perfect — and at the end of the day, that is a-ok in my book. The world isn’t going to end if I can’t do the laundry right away, the dishes need to get done or I’m running a little behind on something. I maintain a calm and relaxed mind in times like this when I have to just say, “oh well!” As such I am able to keep my stress levels under control and focus things that truly matter…and enjoy them!

Stay Active

If you know me, you that I’m an avid runner. This is another part of the balancing act that is vital to my overall health and well-being. Maintaining some form of consistent physical activity creates synergy between mind and body. It’s so much more than just staying in shape, which is an added bonus but that’s just one benefit of many. There are countless videos circulating the internet showcasing physically active women and men in their 80’s and 90’s. Their motto is often the same, “Don’t stop moving!” Finding the time for physical activity can be challenging if you’re juggling a lot in your work and personal life, I know. But aim to find something that motivates you and start with a small commitment. Maybe it’s once a week or twice a month, then work up from there. And whether it’s yoga, surfing, cross-fit, stand-up paddleboarding, or simply going for a walk with a friend, remember, it’s all about progress and NOT perfection.

Sequoia National Forest looking up at the trees

Never Stop Learning and Growing

I LOVE to learn! Continued education is important to me and I am currently chipping away at a degree in acupuncture. Staying current, learning new things, and gaining new perspectives helps me to stay relevant in my industry. It also helps me to stay humble and grounded. Staying open to a constant state of learning is a workout for our minds to help keep us healthy and balanced. Find ways to continue learning that makes sense for you. If you’re too busy to attend courses, maybe read an insightful book or listen to an audio version. Another great learning tool is podcasts. Find one that resonates with a need in your life, and listen while commuting or even folding laundry.

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Deal with Pressing Issues Right Away

We tend to put pressing issues off but this isn’t something I like to do…or recommend. I refer to this as dealing with the “yucky stuff.” Often times a pressing issue is something that really needs to be dealt with immediately and can present a learning opportunity. While it’s ok to take a step back and assess the situation before reacting emotionally or hastily, don’t put it off for too long. Rip the band-aid off and address it so you can move on.

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Delegate Delegate Delegate

I can’t stress this one enough! I’m honestly “ok” if we’re a little overstaffed in my practice to make sure that my own needs and the needs of my clients and the overall practice are met. The benefits outweigh the cost and in the end, everyone is less stressed and able to maintain a sense of controlled balance. This also applies to my home life. For example, I’m ok with budgeting to have someone come in and professionally clean my home. Time with my family is extremely valuable and delegating this task out allows me to focus on making that happen on a regular basis.

Treat Yourself!

And last but not least, finding a healthful balance is all about allowing yourself to enjoy the little things in life. I am a huge proponent of treating yourself! While I love my life and am extremely grateful for all that I have, I work extremely hard so I don’t sweat it when the moment strikes to indulge a little in something I might not otherwise allow myself to on a regular basis — like eating dessert, buying the shoes, enjoying another glass of wine or taking that much-needed vacation! It’s always good to keep these things in check to avoid overindulging…but it’s ok to allow yourself a little frivolity once in a while.

Juggling life and finding a healthy balance is a struggle we’re all too familiar with these days. We live in a digital age, which adds a constant stream of communication and stimulation only feeding our desire to take care of everything on our to-do list, yesterday, while a countless array of newly important (and not so important) things continuously get added to the list. On the one hand, this new digital age life offers a sense of security when it comes to staying in close touch with friends and loved ones…for a variety of reasons. It’s important to be grateful for the positives that it offers. But with these constant information highways, comes the need for balancing life, which is entirely possible if we just pause, breathe, and prioritize.

How do you maintain a healthy balance in your life? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks in the comments of this blog on our Facebook page.

If you enjoyed this post, you might also want to read our blog, “Meet Our Massage Team at Sage Health.

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

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Meet Our Massage Team at Sage Health

Massage is often touted as a luxury or a means of pampering one’s self in a spa setting. While massage can definitely feel like a treat, it’s actually extremely therapeutic and, in our humble opinion, necessary to maintaining one’s overall health and wellness. Our bodies could easily be likened to the cars we drive. Sure we feed them fuel and wash them regularly, but the reality is they’re most likely to run optimally if we take them in for routine maintenance. Chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage are ways in which we “tune up” our bodies and maintain them so we can feel and perform at our best. The more regularly we schedule these treatments into our world, the better our bodies will feel and function.

That leads us right into an introduction to our awesome massage therapy team at Sage Health. All of our therapists are selectively screened for their abilities, style, and professionalism to ensure they can offer the best experience possible for our clients. They all have a slightly different style and we’d like to introduce you to them here…

Sara Valdez of Sage Health

Sara Valdez as many of our patients now know is a common friendly face in the Sage Health office. In addition to offering massage therapy, she also helps Dr. Sage with a lot of additional services within the office where our patients are concerned. Sara has a very relaxed approach to her massage style and is happy to adjust to the needs of a client. She communicates well with her clients and remains mindful of massage pressure. It’s important to her that her clients feel they can communicate with her in order to give them the best experience possible.

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Miranda Guzman has a lot of experience specifically with athletes and comes to us all the way from the Dominican Republic. She’s a regular practitioner of yoga and incorporates these principles into her massage therapy practice. She incorporates the Lomilomi or Hawaiian technique of massage in which she utilizes the other areas of her own body to perform the massage, including the palms, forearms, fingers, knuckles, elbows. Miranda also practices energetic and intuitive healing to further enhance the overall experience for her clients. She’ll make sure you take deep healing breaths before and after each massage.

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Rebecca Deroest has a massage style is that versatile and extremely intuitive. She can range from deep tissue with long healing strokes, to a gentler touch if need be. She reads the body through her touch quite well and adjusts accordingly. When asked which areas she likes to focus on for overall health and wellness, she mentioned that neck and shoulders as well as low back and glutes, which are commonly an area of concern that she likes to give a little extra attention to. We can certainly attest to her abilities to release these areas of the body while still offering a relaxing and healing experience.

CJ Harper, massage therapist at Sage Health

CJ Harper has a therapeutic touch and really aims to focus on structural integration and pain management. He also integrates Thai massage and stretch techniques into his sessions for added benefits. If you suffer from sciatica or an extremely tight neck and shoulders CJ is a great fit. He is the newest member of our massage team and those of us who have had a massage from him have found his ability to release tightness in the neck and shoulders to be extremely effective.

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Patrick Fischer has been a therapist with Sage Health for a long while, and for good reason. He’s built up an extremely loyal following of clients who swear by his healing abilities. We can tell you first hand that he’s a master of deep tissue massage. As he cares deeply about educating his clients on the reason behind focusing on a particularly tight area of the body, he’s happy to explain exactly what’s going on in your body and offer a truly effective massage to help release any extreme tension.

We adore our massage team here at Sage Health and encourage our clients to experience them all to feel the difference in what they offer. They are truly fantastic healers and masters of their craft!

Book your appointment today!

If you enjoyed this post, you might also want to read our blog, “The ZYTO Scan: Overview and Benefits.“

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

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The ZYTO Scan: Overview and Benefits for Health and Wellness

At Sage Health we offer a full spectrum of integrative health offerings from chiropractic to acupuncture, massage, organic facials, nutritional counseling and much more. One thing we’ve added to our list of services in the ZYTO Scan.

ZYTO Scanning has been gaining momentum in the holistic health realm and it’s easy to see why. The amount of information you and your practitioner can gain from a single reading is profound.

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So what is the ZYTO Scan and how does it work?

The ZYTO Scan is conducted utilizing a technology that measures skin fluctuations in the skin, which is referred to as the galvanic skin response, or GSR. Lie detector testing is a form of GSR. When the scan is conducted the ZYTO technology utilizes information that is relayed via an array of biocommunication principles and concepts that offer some deeply insightful information in regards to one’s health and wellness. Many practitioners will use it to gain a variety of information including detecting food sensitivities, determining environmental and mental stressors, and even offering beneficial aromatherapy treatments.

Will the ZYTO Scan procedure hurt? How long will it take?

Not at all. The process is simple, painless and can be performed in as little as 3 minutes. The duration of the scan varies, it all depends on the information your practitioner is looking to receive.

Your hand will be placed on the ZYTO hand cradle while the scan is performed. In a subtle manner, small energetic pulses will be introduced to your body while the scan is being conducted. The body responds naturally during the process and the ZYTO software records how your body responds. Some people report feeling a slight tingling or zing from the energetic communication but the sensation is never uncomfortable. Most people don’t feel a thing.

What happens after the ZYTO Scan is performed?

Your practitioner will review your results with you and offer a course of treatment to help you on your path to overall health and wellness.

Book your ZYTO Scan appointment with Dr. Kirsten Sage today using our online booking system or by giving us a call.

If you enjoyed this post, you might also want to read our blog, “What is Cold Laser Therapy and How Does it Work to Relieve Pain?

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

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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

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Spring: The Ideal Time of Year for Cleansing and Detoxing

Did you know that spring is the best time to detox the body and cleanse? It makes sense if you think about the concept of “Spring Cleaning”, which can easily be translated from home to health.

“…But I just did a cleanse in January?”

Many of us rush to cleanse our bodies just after the holidays when we’ve indulged (on an abundance) of rich foods that resonate with the season. We’ve gorged ourselves and likely feel a little tired, sluggish, and perhaps even guilty for “overdoing” it. It’s an ongoing pattern where come January we’re faced not only with the above mentioned emotional and physical feelings, we’re also bombarded with media headlines that tell us to “get back on the healthy bandwagon” and “detox from the holidays.” Now, before we go on, we’ll state for the record that it’s not wrong to get back to being mindful of our eating habits after the most indulgent eating and drinking time year; but performing a full blown detox at the beginning of year may be counterintuitive to the seasonal rhythms our bodies are meant to endure during the thick winter. We often forget that even though the holidays have just ended, winter has actually just begun — this especially rings true if you live in a mild, warm climate such as Southern California. Despite our non-stop lifestyles, winter is a time when we’re meant to slow down, reduce activity, and conserve energy. Our bodies, whether we want them to or not, go into a form of hibernation mode. Long in the short of it, eating foods that warm and comfort us is par for the course during winter.

Now, before we go on, we’ll state for the record that it’s not wrong to get back to being mindful of our eating habits after the most indulgent eating and drinking time year; but performing a full blown detox at the beginning of year may be counterintuitive to the seasonal rhythms our bodies are meant to endure during the thick winter. We often forget that even though the holidays have just ended, winter has actually just begun — this especially rings true if you live in a mild, warm climate such as Southern California.

Despite our non-stop lifestyles, winter is a time when we’re meant to slow down, reduce activity, and conserve energy. Our bodies, whether we want them to or not, go into a form of hibernation mode. Long in the short of it, eating foods that warm and comfort us is par for the course during winter.

So why is spring the ideal time for a cleanse?

The days of spring bring longer, warmer days, where new growth and regeneration is abundant. At this time of year, our bodies emerge from this dormant winter state, calling us to rejuvenate and revitalize our overall sense of being — making spring the perfect time of year for cleansing and detoxing the body!

At Sage Health, we take a holistic approach to healing the body. Many of our healing methods are inspired by traditional Chinese Medicine protocols. These methodologies are derived heavily from historic recognition of how closely humans are interconnected with nature and the seasons. To further elaborate, in Chinese Medicine, the element that represents spring is wood, which includes the liver and its ancillary organ, the gallbladder. Cleansing these two organs in the springtime directly correlates with the balance of nature and the seasonal rhythms that surround us. Spring cleaning is an opportunity to clear our bodies (and environments) of the ‘junk’, allowing us to detoxify, rejuvenate, and transform to achieve a better sense of well-being, health, and vitality.

The 21 Day Standard Process Cleanse

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Image credit: Standard Process

So are you ready for some spring cleaning of the mind and body? At Sage Health, we proudly offer the 21 Day Cleanse from Standard Process. This cleanse is unique in that it combines eating whole foods, drinking nutrient-rich shakes, supplements made from whole food ingredients, and light exercise to help move and release toxins from the body. With this cleanse, Sage Health also offers a full consultation as well as a body composition reading both before and after the cleanse so you can see your results. This cleanse can be done dairy free as well.

We’ll end with stating that regardless of the type of cleanse you choose to do, it’s best to consult with a physician to make sure it’s the safe and optimal path for you. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, please make sure to check with your doctor to ensure the safety and health of you and your baby.

Spring and the Time Change: Taking Care of YOU!

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.

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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

Acupuncture Chiropractic Massage

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

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The Benefits of Chirosage

We all love getting a massage and know how beneficial it can be if we pair it with other therapeutic treatments such as chiropractic and acupuncture.

For some time now, Sage Health has been offering Chirosage treatments, which meld both chiropractic and massage into one service.

While Chirosage has been growing in popularity with our clients, we understand that this service may still leave some people wondering what it is, and furthermore, why they should consider booking a session. So we thought it might help to explain and outline the benefits of it to give insight to anyone who might be interested in this healthful therapeutic treatment.

Enhanced Alignment

If you’re a regular customer of Sage Health, you’re familiar with the common treatments we offer prior to your adjustment — rolling table, heat, percussion, etc. These elements are meant to help you relax and relieve tension. By helping you to relax, your muscles and joints, in turn, become easier to work with thereby enhancing the integrity of your chiropractic adjustment. Now imagine taking that pre-adjustment phase a big step further — this is what you get with a Chirosage.

We start with a massage treatment that is tailored specifically to you. This also gives your chiropractor a chance to literally feel where the particular points of issue are on your body by massaging the surrounding soft tissue and muscles. It allows them to pinpoint these areas and work them out in an effort to relieve excess tension and stress. It also provides them with an enhanced understanding of what needs to happen with your chiropractic adjustment. This only further augments their awareness of your body’s needs and helps them to determine the best course of action to bring your body back into balance. Once the massage portion is complete, your body has become much more malleable — thereby making it so the muscles and joints are ready to release fully and allow your body to align (with ease) during your chiropractic adjustment.

Time Saver

The other benefit of a Chirosage is that it can be considered a time saver since you’re getting both your massage and chiropractic adjustment in one service. At Sage Health, we offer Chirosage treatments in increments of 20, 30, and 60, minute sessions. Often times, patients only have time for one service or the other on any given day. While we’d all love to book an hour-long massage along with an adjustment afterward, this may not be realistic for everyone’s schedule. With Chirosage, you get the best of both worlds in an ideal time-frame that works for you.

For more information about Chirosage, or to book an appointment, please give us a call.

If you enjoyed this post, you might also want to read our blog, “Setting Realistic and Healthy New Years Goals.”

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

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Setting Realistic and Healthy New Year’s Goals

Happy 2016!!!

Ringing in the New Year inevitably brings about the desire to start fresh and make some resolutions. Some shy away from New Year’s resolution, often because they set goals that may not be within realistic reach given their current lifestyle. We’re not saying you shouldn’t reach high when it comes to your life aspirations, by all means reach for the stars! However, when it comes to goal setting it might make more sense to stay within reach of what you can truly accomplish in a set amount of time. While a year may seem like a long time, we all know that time goes by rather quickly. Just look at how quickly we flashed through the holidays!

So with this post, we’re focusing on ways you can set realistic goals this 2016 for a healthy, happy, and productive year.

1. Make a Short List of S.M.A.R.T Goals

This is a great start to goal setting. S.M.A.R.T goals equate to the following:

  • Specific: What do you want to achieve in your area of focus?
  • Meaningful: Why is this goal important to you?
  • Action Oriented: What steps will you take to achieve your goal?
  • Realistic: How do you know that you can achieve this goal?
  • Timely: By when do you want to achieve this goal?

We often set goals that are difficult to truly track or measure. Some examples of this might be, “I’m going to work out more“, or “I’m going to eat healthier.” These are great goals, but there’s no plan of action of exactly what you’ll do to make it happen or achieve it. By making your goals S.M.A.R.T you’re giving yourself an understanding of what it’ll take to get to truly get there. Here are some S.M.A.R.T goals in contrast to the ones above:

Not S.M.A.R.T. = “I’m going to work out more this year”
vs.
S.M.A.R.T. = “I’m going to commit to working out 3 days a week, for at least 30 minutes per session for the next 6 months.”

OR

Not S.M.A.R.T. = “I’m going to eat healthier.”
vs.
S.M.A.R.T. = “I’m going to eat at least one leafy green or vegetable with my lunch and dinner over the next 3 months.” or “I’m not going to eat any sweets for at least one month.”

By keeping your goals S.M.A.R.T. you’re setting hard, measurable targets that require action and provide an end result of whether or not you actually met those goals.

2. Maybe Commit to Doing a Little Less of Something

We’re a time starved society. We often say, “I’m going to do [blank]” or “I really need to start [blank]“, but we honestly have so many things on our plate, which could be the very reason we haven’t committed to starting anything new. Perhaps if you commit to doing a little less of something you can actually make room for something you truly want to do. A good example might be, “I’m not going to check my [email, social media, etc.] right before bed” or “I’m not going to drink coffee in the afternoons this month.” By cutting certain unnecessary actions out of our lives, we might just make room for some much needed downtime or quality time with family and friends.

3. Set Realistic Goals

Set realistic goals, as opposed to something you won’t stick to — that’s the slippery slope! We’ll often commit to an unrealistic goal (with the best of intention), inevitably break it, and then just give up because we feel like we’ve failed. An example of this might be, “I’m going to get a massage at least once a week!” Awesome goal, but is it realistic to expect that of yourself and your budget? A more realistic goal might be, “I’m going to commit to getting a massage once a month over the next 3 months.”

4. Make One Goal a Selfless Act

Lastly, we’d like to suggest making at least one of your New Year’s goals a selfless one. It’s important to give back. It feeds our soul and provides us with a sense of humility and balance. Once again, though, keep it simple and realistic. If making a donation to a cause you believe in is all you have time for, then make that the goal. A S.M.A.R.T way to accomplish this might be to pick the charity, determine the amount you’d like to donate, set a deadline for your donation, do it, then check it off your list!

What are your New Year’s goals for 2016? We’d love to hear about it.

And from everyone at Sage Health, we wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

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