Upcoming Course: Orthopedic Acupuncture – Posterior Neck & Scalp

Sunday, November 17th 2019, 4-7pm

Qualifies for 3hrs. CEU credits

This is a continuation of the last Acupuncture lateral/posterior neck course. The focus will be on the Posterior aspect with any remaining time spent on reviewing the lateral. Often many points of the neck are misunderstood or not used because of fear or lack of understanding of the structures of the neck.

Learn safe techniques for releasing muscles of the posterior and lateral neck with both Acupuncture and Acupressure. Learn to safely and better use the TCM points on the posterior neck. We will likely also include points into the scalp and upper back.

Instructor: Brandy Buchanan, R.Ac, M.TCM


To Register: https://bodydevotion.janeapp.com/#/1/treatment/250



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Foundry Room X Event: Community Acupuncture

Community Acupuncture

A collaborative effort to bring alternative medicine and community together.

With Rachel Yeap, R.Ac, R.M.T & Jason Wu, R.Ac & R.M.T

Drop in anytime between 9-4pm, November 21st ‘19 at the Foundry Room.

located in Oliver Exchange Building (12021 102 Ave. Edmonton )


Tickets available at: https://foundryroom.com/pages/communityacupuncture




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Can Massage and Acupuncture Help You Get Better Sleep?


Along with other healthy sleep habits, such as an effective wind-down routine, meditation, and exercise, there are two forms of wellness therapy that may help you to finally get some well-deserved shut-eye: massage and acupuncture. Here are some of the health benefits of these two practices as well as how they can help you get better sleep at night.


Benefits of Massage


Along with the more commonly known reasons for getting a massage, like relaxation and relieving stress, here are some other lesser known benefits.


  • Increased Immunity

Massage therapy boosts your white blood cell count, protecting you from disease.


  • Relief from Migraines

A study from the University of Auckland revealed that after several weeks of massage therapy, those suffering from migraines had fewer headaches and got more restful sleep.


  • A More Youthful Look

According to skin care expert Kimara Ahnert from Women’s Health, massage increases blood flow and “adds vitality to a dull complexion.”


Benefits of Acupuncture


Although the idea of needles may turn some away from acupuncture, here are some of its many health benefits.


  • Enhanced Mental Clarity

Along with improved mental clarity, patients report higher energy levels.


  • Increased Immunity

Acupuncture also boosts your immune system and can reduce the duration of colds and relieve their symptoms.


  • Reduced Stress

Stress is the number one reason people seek acupuncture treatment, which lowers cortisol and stabilizes mood.


Common Reasons for Poor Sleep


On average, adults should be getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep at night, but according to the CDC, many people aren’t getting enough sleep. Some of the reasons for this include eating too close to bedtime, exercising to close to bedtime, drinking caffeine in the evening, and consuming too much alcohol. Mental health issues can also lead to poor sleep, as can using technology too close to bedtime. Finally, issues like sleep apnea and other diagnosed sleep disorders can lead to poor sleep.

How Massage and Acupuncture Can Benefit Sleep


Both massage and acupuncture help you to relax as they alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with certain illnesses that may keep you up at night. As mentioned, massage can help to relieve migraines and acupuncture is also used to treat tough headaches. Massage relieves sore muscles due to exercise, as well as relieving pain due to fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other illnesses.


Acupuncture is an excellent treatment for pain that can affect your sleep because of how the needles stimulate the body’s pain relief responses and increase circulation. This is done by stimulating muscles, tissue, and nerves at specific pressure points. Other illnesses and health issues that massage and acupuncture treat to relieve symptoms that can contribute to insomnia include:


  • Chronic pain
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Skin conditions
  • Digestive disorders
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sciatica
  • Stroke recovery
  • Among others


Massage therapy and acupuncture work naturally with your body to relieve the symptoms of injury and illness that can keep you up at night, making them effective long-term solutions for insomnia.



Article written by Amanda Lasater – Writer and Sleep Researcher of Mattress Advisor

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Annual Spring Cleanse is back!

Please join us as we have once again, put together our very popular Annual Spring Cleanse program for you.

The program includes:

  • An easy to follow recommended diet plan
  • 2 weeks of liver cleansing herbs followed by 1 week digestive tonic herbs
  • 2 of your choice: Massage or Lymphatic drainage Massage
  • 2 of your choice: Detox Cupping or Acupuncture treatments
  • Unlimited support and access

Our program will take you approximately 3-4 weeks to complete.

You can pick any date to start in May or June 2019 to begin.

The Cleanse program is very easy to do amidst a busy work and/or family schedule.

Once you register for the program, we will contact you for your start date, this can be anytime in May-June.

At that time we will book you for your first treatment,

then we’ll provide you with the necessary herbs and detailed instructions to follow for the coming weeks,

as well as book the remainder of your treatments

Click on our Booking An Appointment button,

this will take you to our booking system where you will find BodyDevotion Spring Cleanse 2019 listed,

 and continue on to register.

Happy Cleansing!

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Stress Awareness Month!

As we spring into Spring, our bodies are awakened with new energy.

Spring’s organ are the Liver and Gallbladder.

In Chinese Medicine our Liver helps to move Qi and Blood through the body, when stressed, it is not able to it as efficiently.1. What is stress?

Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic and alert. Stress can also help you rise to meet challenges.

Chronic stress happens when we exist in a space that puts us in Sympathetic mode too often. In the modern world, this is usually a mental or emotional stress rather than a physical one. Working long hours or in a high pressure environment, or not being treated well and facing conflict in your work or home life can all contribute to this problem.

According to statistic Canada In 2014, 23.0% of Canadians aged 15 and older (6.7 million people) reported that most days were ‘quite a bit’ or ‘extremely stressful’. Since 2003, females were more likely than males to report that most days were ‘quite a bit’ or ‘extremely stressful’. In 2014, the rate for females was 23.7%, while for males the rate was 22.3%

The sympathetic and parasympathetic system

Sympathetic system

The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is part of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), which also includes the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS).The sympathetic nervous system activates what is often termed the fight or flight response

Parasympathetic system

The parasympathetic nervous system is one of three divisions of the autonomic nervous system.

Sometimes called the rest and digest system, the parasympathetic system conserves energy as it slows the heart rate, increases intestinal and gland activity, and relaxes sphincter muscles in the gastrointestinal tract.

2. Do you know what stress looks like to you?

Stress can present itself in different forms in different individuals. Here are just some examples; Sleep disturbances, autoimmune disease, thinking and memory problems, digestive problems and depression and anxiety.

3. How can we help?

Numerous studies show that moderate pressure massage is more effective than light pressure massage for reducing  pain associated with different medical problems including fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. Regular massage therapy effectively reduces anxiety, improves emotional resilience and enhances feelings of general well-being in anxious patients.

Acupuncture helps your body’s release of serotonin, endorphins and GABA to name a few. Serotonin and GABA are two of the main neurochemicals that keep the brain happy, relaxed, and able to handle stress in a healthy way. Endorphins help your body manage pain and stress. This means that acupuncture also helps the body switch from fight or flight to rest and digest.

Massage increases parasympathetic activity and decreases cortisol levels.

Now you know how stress can impact you, and what stress looks like.

We are here to help you manage it!








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