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!

Credit

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/stress-symptoms-signs-and-causes.htm/

http://haultainhealth.com/acupuncture-and-stress/

https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/82-625-x/2015001/article/14188-eng.htm

https://www.sciencedaily.com/terms/sympathetic_nervous_system.htm

https://www.sciencedaily.com/terms/parasympathetic_nervous_system.htm

 

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These 3 Activities Will Keep Your Mind Sharp and Bring You Joy

 

 

Yes, nutrition and exercise are paramount for a long, healthy life. But keeping your mind sharp is just as important. Whether you’re a senior looking to combat cognitive decline, a younger person who is trying to excel in your career, or someone who’s battling addiction, one of the best things you can do is find a new hobby. Learning new skills that exercise both your mind and body helps keeps you healthy, prolongs your life, and makes you more productive. Try one (or all) of these activities that can challenge you and bring joy to your life.

 

Learning a New Instrument

 

Being able to play a musical instrument is awesome for many reasons, but the journey of learning how to play is the real reward. Music training can improve long-term memory and brain development in younger people, and it can specifically benefit older people who may be experiencing slower reaction times as they age. Learning an instrument is a rich, multi-sensory experience that involves hearing, touch, vision, and fine motor skills.

 

Starting to play an instrument in your later years doesn’t have to be as hard as you may think. In fact, life experience is a great advantage. Listening to a wide array of music over a lifetime can give you perspective, along with an understanding of musical structures (even if it’s a subconscious understanding). Also, you’ve likely acquired the discipline and focus to practice, and the training can relieve stress—which adults will appreciate more so than kids. Plus, you’re choosing to play your instrument instead of being made to. Read this article for more information on why adults should take up a musical instrument.

 

Arts & Crafts

 

Another great skill for seniors and younger people to learn is how to create arts and crafts. While it’s a fun way to stimulate the brain, creating something that you can see and touch can be cathartic as well. Whether it’s drawing, painting, pottery, crocheting, bookbinding or the like,  arts and crafts are beneficial—no matter if they are done as an individual or in a group. It’s great for people of all ages, but it’s particularly beneficial for retirees who are looking to add a meaningful activity to their lives and keep their minds sharp.

 

Dancing

 

Dancing is one of the most fun and overall healthy activities that anyone can do. For kids, it’s a great alternative to team sports that provides a way for them to channel their endless energy, while also offering many other physical, mental, social, and educational benefits. Physical benefits for seniors include better muscle function, balance, flexibility, and stability—all of which can help prevent injuries. Dancing can also improve cognitive function, fight off dementia, promote emotional health, and improve your sense of well-being.

 

Hobbies like dancing are particularly effective for older adults who are recovering from addiction. The movements are an entertaining yet powerful way to articulate thoughts and emotions that are difficult to express through words or other communication methods.

 

Adding a new and challenging hobby to your exercise and nutrition routine can improve your mental and emotional health in countless ways. Why not try learning an instrument, creating arts or crafts, or dancing? At the very least, you will have tried something new and added a little adventure to your day.

 

Photo Credit: Unsplash

 

We’d like to give a Big Thanks to Karen Weeks of elderwellness.net for providing us with this article.

 

 

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Cupping Certification Course: Spring/Summer 2019

Saturday June 1st, 3-8pm & Sunday June 2nd 9-4pm – Therapeutic Cupping Certification Course 12 hr CEU

Day #1 is designed to teach you all the basics required to safely add cupping to your practice. It is designed specifically for Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, Physiotherapists and students. You will learn why cupping works, which kind of conditions it works for, as well as some techniques such as slide cupping, myofascial stretching and release with cups.

Day #2  is an extension to our basic cupping course (day #1), it is designed to add Advanced Cupping Techniques. This course is specific for Acupuncturists and Physiotherapists as well as Massage Therapists with some previous cupping education. Prerequisites for day #2 are to have taken this course or a minimum of 6hrs. of previous cupping training.

We will focus on special techniques which include:

·      facial lines

·      facial cupping and stretching

·      myofascial release

·      face cupping for smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles

·      cupping for cellulite.

 

Click on our Booking An Appointment button, this will take you to our booking system where you will find our upcoming courses listed under Education. Happy Cupping!

 

 

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