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Love is the Answer


February has arrived, along with its age-old association with the heart and love. The commercial aspect of Valentine’s Day and strong focus on couples can be really troubling, especially for those not in a satisfying relationship.

But wait! Love is everywhere, and the concept of romantic love is only a tiny fragment of what it’s all about. There are endless ways to honor this month, to open our hearts and celebrate love. Here are some ideas:

  • Approach things with a loving manner. If you can put your love, care and attention into your work, no matter how simple or difficult the task, it is likely to be more enjoyable and bring you a sense of opening your heart.
  • Give thanks and appreciation. When you appreciate what you have, or thank someone, you are expressing love in a way that benefits you and others.
  • Learn more about heart health. February is also American Heart Month. If you or a loved one have, or are at risk for, a heart condition, do something small (or big!) to improve your heart health. Check out the American Heart Association for ideas.
  • Spend some time doing something you love. When do you feel best? What for you makes time stand still and gives you a sense of peace? It’s different for everyone: spending time in nature, dancing, playing with your dog, listening to a great piece of music. Make it a priority to spend some time each day doing what you love.
  • Do something nice. It doesn’t have to be big, in fact the smallest things often count the most. A simple compliment is a great gift, or a quick note to just say hello. Do something kind for someone else, it can even be anonymous.
  • Treat yourself well. Give yourself the love that you deserve, in every form. Thank yourself for everything you do to take good care of yourself. Buy yourself something nice for no particular reason, it doesn’t need to cost much at all.

As for me? This year, during this month of celebrating love, I’m focusing on how much I love what I do. I felt called to become an acupuncturist after surviving a horrible accident where acupuncture was pivotal to my recovery. I wanted to share with others that which helped me. Every day I am grateful for being where I am now and being able to use my skill and knowledge to help others. This year I feel very honored to be celebrating my tenth year in practice. I am as much, if not more, in love with acupuncture now as I was when I was first introduced to it.

How are emotions like love, and the heart itself related to acupuncture? In Chinese medicine, the heart is of such importance that it is likened to the emperor in a society. The heart is integral to all mental, spiritual and emotional activities as well as providing circulation of blood and its healing energy to every part of the body. If the heart system is not balanced, a person can suffer from such things as palpitations, poor circulation, feeling scattered, anxiety, insomnia, or feeling disconnected. Acupuncture addresses this by balancing the heart, calming it, improving its function, and enabling the person to feel more grounded and secure.

At Sage Health, I feel incredibly privileged to work with such a talented group of providers who love what they do and have so much to offer. Any of our services would be a great way to treat yourself, or someone else, and celebrate this month of love!

Wishing you a love-filled February,

Dr. Aimee C. Holdwick, DAOM, L.Ac.

 

2019 is Here! Don’t Forget to be Grateful for 2018!

It’s that time of year again, much of the holiday celebrations have passed, and we are turning our eyes to the New Year! Lots of people are preparing for the new year with resolutions and plans for the future. Those plans and resolutions are great to do (I’ve got a few of my own!). But before we run off to the next lap around the sun, I think that it’s important and powerful to reflect on and be grateful for the year that has been. This grounds us in the reality of time passing and helps remind of us of the good the past year has delivered.

Here’s what I’m grateful for from 2018:

Opening Ears and Trusting

Our two children, Ginger and Kira, were feeling constrained and confined with their afterschool daycare. This year we allowed them the freedom to walk to my office after school (they walked with friends and/or their iPhones) and provided them rides to home or after school activities. All of us gained freedom and independence from this experience.

Breathe and Enjoy

We took vacations for relaxation and renewal. My favorite was a trip to Boulder, Colorado which was a twofer! I got to hang in a beautiful place with my family and achieve my annual goal of completing an Ironman 70.3.

Aspire to be Great

Persistence works! My ten year journey to complete acupuncture school is quickly coming to a close. My last semester will kick off 2019.

The Gift of Giving

Part of my clinic training at acupuncture school gave me the humbling opportunity to give back to the community through internships at the UCSD cancer center and a downtown senior citizen clinic. I learned a ton, helped improve lives and made some lasting friendships with my colleagues.

Being Vunerable and Seeking Guidance

Our family got help through counseling to improve our communication dynamics. This allowed each of us to feel empowered and empathic when we interact.

Health and Fitness Plus Friendships

 Let’s go (www.letsgorungroup.com) with coach Cindy Gary is another amazing twofer! This woman’s running group helps me stay in shape and has provided me with an amazing group of friends with the shared interest of fitness.

 

 

Just Pure Magic and Love

Watching my kids grow into who they are going to become takes my breath away every single day. They amaze and challenge me with their special gifts. I’m one lucky and proud mom!

Art time

I’ve rediscovered my internal artist with my new hobby of jewelery making. Putting together the healing properties of the stones with the joy of artistic creation is a new business which, oh yes…I love!

Finding Greatness in Others

People, of course, make the world the amazing place it is. The team at Sage Health is what truly makes it great, and the patients we get to serve continue to bring us joy and purpose.

I hope 2019 brings you many experiences that bring you joy!

Yours in health,

Kirsten

Kirsten Sage IRONMAN Finish Line

My 6th IRONMAN in Boulder, Colorado – What an Experience!

A few weeks ago I participated in my 6th IRONMAN race in Boulder, Colorado — the IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon to be specific. I have a passion for this type of race as I’ve been competing in triathlons for 23+ years. Wow!

I really wanted to share my experience with you but moreover why I love it so much, what I’ve learned, and continue to learn from it.

What I Love About Triathlons

Variety. Balance. Social connection. It’s all-encompassing. Triathlons are such a balanced sport and offer a healthy variety of exercise in terms of training — your body is given proper breaks from one type of exercise to the other. I also really enjoy the social aspect of triathlons. The spirit and energy that surrounds them are so positive and powerful. And honestly, anyone can train for them. I see so many different types of people compete, and it is incredibly inspiring. It’s an unassuming sport, and albeit humbling, but in the best way. For example, at one point I passed a super-fit looking 20-year old, yet at another point, I was passed by an insanely fit 60+ year old. Who knows why, and it honestly doesn’t matter because it’s not about comparison. We never know what someone may be dealing with from a mental or health perspective that is affecting their performance. The point is that you can’t assume anything in these types of races, nor allow yourself to fall into compare and despair. You have to release judgment and allow yourself, and others, some grace because we’re all there for our own personal growth and journey.

The Challenges = Such Growth!

One of the biggest challenges, that I personally face, is the number of people that surround you during certain points of the race. But this is where some mental growth can happen, which I love. You have to allow yourself to release your ego, judgment, and not allow what I call “race rage” to take over (similar to road rage…you get the idea!). At this particular race, during the swim portion, there were just so many bodies in the water all at once. For me, this part of the race can be overwhelming. {GULP} I had to dig deep mentally and find a visual that helped me to relax and stay the course; I envisioned that the crowd of bodies aggressively treading water around me were dolphins, playfully swimming alongside me. This vision allowed me to relax and focus… AND I found that I was a much better swimmer than I thought. My triathlon learning experiences are never ending!

New Perspectives and Family Connections

Another thing I love about attending tri’s is that it can be paired perfectly with a vacation but in a very different way. You really get to immerse yourself in the landscape and surrounding environment of wherever you happen to be racing. We combined my participation in this race with a family vacation and something really special happened in terms of family connection. My 12 (soon-to-be 13-year-old) daughter is finding her independence…and while I encourage this discovery of her individuality, at times it can be hard. She’s at a stage where everything is the opposite of me, almost to the point of rebellion. Which I understand but, ya know….deep breaths! But on this trip, she saw me in a new light…or at least I think she did because after seeing me compete she expressed interest in some of the activities that the race entailed. Swimming and biking, specifically. This, perhaps, meant the most to me because not only did we find some common ground (which felt amazing!), I learned that I was setting a healthy example and precedence for my daughter that inspired her.

Here’s a pic of her giving me a high-five when I crossed the finish line, along with some other fun photos we took while on the trip.

Dr. Kirsten Sage after IRONMAN 2018 enjoying beer

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Pretty landscape in Boulder, Colorado

In conclusion, I can’t recommend the triathlon experience enough. But any healthy physical exercise challenge is encouraged because there’s so much to be gained!

IRONMAN-70.3-Medal-2018 from Boulder, Colorado race

Lastly, if you’re a patient at Sage Health, you’ve probably noticed that the bathroom key is different. *WINK* Yep! That’s my medal of accomplishment. Meant to serve as inspiration, and also prevent losing the key itself — haha! It is kinda large and in-charge.

Recipe: Bok Choy with Wood Ear and Shiitakes

Dr-Yuan-Wang-Cooking-Class

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a cooking and nutrition class with Dr. Yuan Wang, author of “Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen”, where we focused on the topic of lipid health and the rising concern of high-cholesterol. I could go on and on about the educational value of this class, and may do so in another future blog, but the number one thing I wanted to share with you is this delicious that we cooked up that contains a special blend of ingredients that help to support healthy cholesterol and lipid levels in the body. I hope you’ll enjoy cooking and eating this recipe as much as I did!

Bok Choy with Wood Ear and Shiitakes Recipe

This delicious stir-fry combines the benefits of mushrooms, wood ears, greens, and herbs. Serve with rice.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1⁄2 cup (3⁄4 ounce, or 20 grams) dried black wood ear (hei mu er in Chinese, kikurage in Japanese)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 4 medium-size (3⁄4 ounce, or 20 grams dried; 1⁄4 pound fresh) dried or fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 (1⁄2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 medium-size green onion, chopped into 1⁄2-inch pieces, roots and tough tips discarded
  • 1 medium-size cluster bok choy, (about 1⁄2 pound), cut into 1 by 2-inch strips grouped by color (white and green parts)
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon powdered kudzu, arrowroot, cornstarch, or thickener of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons cold water

PREPARATION
1. Place the dried wood ear in a bowl of warm water with the salt and soak for about 30 minutes, or until soft (it will expand to two to five times its original size). If you are using dried shiitake mushrooms, soak them with the wood ear; if you are using fresh shiitakes, simply rinse them.

2. Cut the wood ear and shiitakes into 1⁄4-inch pieces, discarding the fibrous base from the wood ear and, if desired, the stem from the shiitake.

3. Heat the sesame oil in a wok or sauté pan over medium-high heat.

4. Add the ginger, garlic, and green onions, and stir-fry for a few seconds, until fragrant.

5. Add the white stalks of the bok choy and stir-fry for 1 minute, stirring frequently.

6. Add the wood ear, shiitake mushrooms and leafy part of the bok choy and stir-fry for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

7. Cover, lower the heat and simmer for another 3 minutes, or until the vegetables are done. Stir in the soy sauce.

8. Mix the kudzu with about 2 tablespoons of cold water and stir out the lumps, then add the mixture to the wok. Cook for a minute, stirring, to mix the flavors together and set the thickener, then serve warm.

Bok Choy with Wood Ear Shiitake Mushrooms

From Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen by Yuan Wang, Warren Sheir and Mika Ono. Excerpted by arrangement with Da Capo Lifelong, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright © 2010.

Acusage treatments combining acupuncture and massage

Acusage: A Unique Treatment That Combines Acupuncture and Massage

Sage Health is excited to offer a very special treatment called Acusage. This unique service beautifully blends acupuncture and massage into a single, balanced treatment where the two complement one another for the ultimate experience in relaxation and healing.

Within our busy practice, we see so many patients for a variety of reasons. From regular adjustments and treatments to the urgent “please fix/relax/relieve this!” … we see it all, day in and day out. It’s why we’re in business and why we love what we do — to help people feel their best! Our busy practice allows us to better determine the needs of our clients, and one of the biggest pain points we hear about is time. We get it. Making time for appointments is hard in our busy schedules. So we’ve found ways to combine certain treatments to help save time and offer maximum benefit. We did this first with Chirosage and now with Acusage, offered by our very own Sage Health team member, Dr. Aimee Holdwick, DAOM, L.Ac.

While there’s nothing like experiencing it for yourself, here’s a little info to explain how Acusage works and what the benefits are.

How long is Acusage and how is it structured?

All Acusage appointments are 90-minutes to ensure that the appropriate amount of time is taken for each part of the process. The service is carefully “bookended” as Dr. Holdwick appropriately puts it. The treatment begins with approximately 30-minutes of gentle massage of the back, shoulders and lower legs, followed by acupuncture. Then the front of the body is addressed with another massage focusing mostly on the neck, arms, and front of shoulders, which is followed with another session of acupuncture. The final step is a massage to the lower legs and feet, which is meant to offer grounding benefits.

How deep is the massage portion of Acusage?

The service addresses overall body concerns using gentle tui na and Thai massage techniques. The massage portion is meant to be gentle as it helps the technician to further detect and assess what the body’s overall needs are to offer deeper healing in the overall treatment. The massage portion also helps to relax the central nervous system and bring it into the calmest state possible. A deep tissue or sports massage would be counterintuitive to this treatment so we advise that those types of massages be booked separately.

How often should I book an Acusage appointment?

The answer to this is based on your individual needs and goals, and something to discuss with your acupuncturist. In general, this type of treatment would be beneficial on a monthly basis — especially if you’re often pressed for time and booking multiple appointments on a monthly basis is challenging.

Book your appointment with Dr. Holdwick today as these treatments are starting to book up fast!

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If you enjoyed this blog you may also want to read The Benefits Chirosage.

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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Give Yourself a Healthy Dose of Self-Love This Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day has historically been associated with all things related to romance. While we love roses, hearts, and chocolate (DUH!) we think the holiday has started to shift towards ALL things related to love. Love for others. Love for the planet. Love for spirituality. Love for all that we have been blessed with. Love for ourselves…and by this, we don’t mean narcissism, we mean showing ourselves the love, kindness, and patience we show to everyone and everything around us. In these busy times where we go go go, it is more important than ever that we take a moment to stop, breathe and appreciate who we are, who we’ve become, how we’ve grown, and show ourselves a healthy dose of self-love!

How?! Here are 10 suggestions…

  1. Enjoy watching the sunset with a glass of wine and a good friend (pets totally count!)
  2. Eat the chocolate (goes great with #1 *wink*)
  3. When you’ve truly given back in some way, put your hand on your heart, take a deep breath and feel the amazing energetic vibration of the good deed you’ve just done.
  4. Write in your journal what you love about YOU, whatever that may be. Your kind heart. Your tenacity. Your passion. Your compassion. Your determination.
  5. Take a pause and truly recognize what you’ve accomplished recently – nothing is too small here.
  6. Treat yourself to a massage or facial or BOTH!
  7. Dedicate a meditation session to some healthy self-love, especially if you’re dealing with or have recently dealt with something particularly difficult emotionally or physically. Grab some oracle cards, crystals, or whatever spiritually uplifts your soul and dedicate a moment to YOU.
  8. Eat or drink something super healthy and delish to nourishes your mind, body, and soul — perhaps some golden milk, kombucha, elixir, tea or a heart/belly warming veggie bowl.
  9. Dedicate and calendar out at least one day (or half day) out of each month dedicated to some self-love and healthy reflection.
  10. Buy YOURSELF some beautiful fresh flowers – bask in their aroma and place them somewhere to remind you that you are truly amazing and deserving of the love and light that surrounds you.

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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‘Tis the Season for Giving Positive Vibes!

Today we’re focusing on the concept of giving the gift of positive vibes.

While the holidays are a happy time for some, for others it can be melancholy. On either end of the spectrum, it is indeed a season where emotions are heightened. Our emotional state can greatly affect our health both mentally and physically. So it’s important to keep those good vibes at the forefront of our holidays and remember that it’s more of a feeling than pretty lights, gifts, and fancy dinners. Sure, all of those fun things are part of the season, and we’re not saying to not enjoy them — by all means please do! But it’s important to remind ourselves of what it truly means to “give” and allow ourselves to really feel the positive vibrations that surround us when we do so with kindness, compassion, and authenticity.

Giving doesn’t always mean we have to give a tangible gift. Not everyone has the means to give a wrapped gift and this isn’t something anyone should feel bad about. There’s a deeper meaning to the word “give” that we’d like to touch base on here, and that is to give authentically from your heart in whatever beautiful vibration you can. Giving from the heart can be simple; a smile to someone who might be having a tough day — like that person behind the register who’s inevitably having to endure the last minute gift buying rush. It can also be giving your time to someone who is need of help, or perhaps to that one friend who’s had a particularly tough year and needs someone to lean on over a glass of wine and good conversation.

So when you think about the word “give” try to not only think of it as a something to be unwrapped but as a gift of positive energy from your heart that will make an impact, whether big or small.

Many people have lost a great deal this year due to natural disasters, for example. The most important thing these people have now is each other and the kindness of those around them…people who care and are willing to give by donation or their time to help them thru this challenging moment.

However, you plan to give this holiday, give with your whole heart. Give with a sense of humility and gratitude. Give with kindness, grace, and compassion. Give without the expectation of receiving and let the gift of positivity surround you!

From the staff at Sage Health, we want to wish you ALL a merry, happy, and healthy holiday.

If you enjoyed this post, you might also want to read our blog, “The Importance of Expressing and Practicing Gratitude.”

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.

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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!

"Let that shit go." Funny mug.

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!

Glacier National Park Montana

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.

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