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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.

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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

Woman receiving a chiropractic adjustment

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

Woman receiving therapuetic neck massage

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