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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5 Ways an Acupuncturist Can Help You Tackle the Side Effects of Your Desk Job

 

  1. Tight hips: In today’s society, many people are chronic sitters who spend much of their day with flexed hips. As a result, the hip flexor muscles can become short and tight causing limited range of motion and a shorter stride length.  The psoas is a hip flexor muscle which attaches at the lumbar spine and travels through the abdominal cavity to the femur. When the psoas becomes short and tight it can cause strain on the lower back by pulling the lumbar spine forward, disrupting your weight distribution. Your body weight then rests on your sitting bones instead of being distributed along the arch of your the lumbar spine which can lead to an increased risk of herniated lumbar disks, back pain and muscle spasms.

     Due to the awkward location, the psoas can be difficult to reach manually, making it an ideal candidate for motor point needling. This is done by activating motor points which can initiate a twitch response causing the tissue       to relax and increase its length. Once your psoas is “reset” this will decrease strain on the lower back.

  1. Sore neck and shoulders: After spending long days sitting at a desk, it’s very difficult to sit up straight and not slouch. Having poor posture can overextend shoulders and back muscles as well as strain the neck.  Needling is very effective for this issue because it can increase blood flow and reduce tension, but Acupuncturist don’t only rely on needling, we have many other effective modalities we can utilize:

     Cupping causes blood vessels to expand bringing in fresh blood and increasing circulation to the area while promoting relaxation of the muscles and fascia. Suction is created in a glass or plastic cup and placed on the body         for several minutes. Mild petechia can be left on the body for up to a week, but these marks differ from a bruise since there is no tissue damage. After the cups are removed you will feel warmth and decreased tension in the    area that was treated as well as a whole lot of relaxation!

     Guasha is also used to release tight muscles and initiate the bodies healing process but is done through rubbing a hand tool with applied pressure along areas of tension.  Both techniques are very successful in releasing          muscle tension, leaving you feeling loose and relaxed afterwards.

  1. Headaches: Today in Western society, headaches are one of the most prevalent reported symptoms. In a study of 15,056 patients, acupuncture was determined to be clinically relevant and show a persistent benefit in the treatment of headaches. Patients with headaches treated with acupuncture showed significant improvement in symptoms and quality of life compared with patients who received routine care without acupuncture (1).
  2. High Blood Pressure: Sitting for extended periods of time has been linked with elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure. High blood pressure is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke and affects roughly one third of the adult population in North America and Europe.

     In studies on patients with mild to moderate high blood pressure, acupuncture was found to effectively reduce blood pressure. When compared to large randomized, placebo-controlled trials of high blood pressure                         medication (angiotension converting enzymes and calcium antagonist medication), acupuncture was comparable in its ability to reduce blood pressure when the patients had regular treatments (2).

  1. Insulin resistance: Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that carries glucose to cells for energy.  When cells in muscles are inactive (sedentary lifestyle) they don’t respond readily to insulin, which causes the pancreas to continue to produce more insulin. This cycle may eventually lead to diabetes or other diseases.

      In a literature review of 31 studies completed on humans and animals, it was determined that electro-acupuncture (attaching small electrodes to the acupuncture needles which causes a tingling sensation in the local area)       at low intensity and low frequency, can reduce insulin resistance and increase insulin sensitivity. Therefore, Acupuncture combined with diet and exercise has the potential to be an effective treatment for insulin resistance (3).

 

    Depending on your specific situation your Acupuncturist will also encourage you to engage in healthy lifestyle habits such as: stretching, exercise, balanced eating and adopting mindful practices into your routine.

 

References:

(1) Jena, S. Witt, C. Brinkhaus, B. 2008. Acupuncture in patients with headache. Circulation; 28(9):969-979.

(2) Flachskampf, F. Gallasch, J.  Gefeller, O. 2007. Randomized Trial of Acupuncture to Lower Blood Pressure. Circulation; 115:3039.

(3) Martinez, B. & Peplow, P. V. (2016). Treatment of insulin resistance by acupuncture: A review of human and animal studies. Acupuncture in Medicine; 34(4): 310.

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