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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