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There’s a moment in life when we lean a little closer into the mirror; to get a better look at time. And when I say time, I am talking about the fine lines—perhaps a blemish from stress here or there, or the dryness you feel from a morning hike at Three Sisters Trail.
I remember hearing about cosmetic acupuncture and wondering if it was a hoax. There is no way those tiny needles and this all-natural approach can make me look seventeen again.
I took a trip to Modern Acupuncture Westminster to give it a try! The first session is completely free and the acupuncturists there are professional and so knowledgeable. Walking into a clean, white space with accents of fresh yellows and a friendly face to greet me, I signed a few forms, watched a video, and then I was taken through these gorgeous wooden doors to the Zen Lounge. Imagine a low lit space with a relaxing atmosphere, spa-style music and large screens with nature scenes to set the mood. There are loungers set up divided by curtains and upon sitting down, you can press a button to lounge back with your feet up and press an additional button to add heaters. I mean, is this heaven?
Greeted by my acupuncturist that day, a soft-spoken and knowledgeable woman named Semi, we explored my intention for the session. If I had any injuries to work on and I pointed out a few fine lines in between my eyebrows and forehead to focus on. She then explained the practice, what to expect, and the benefits of acupuncture. About ten minutes later, I had needles all over my face, lower legs, and my right arm. She said I will be back in twenty minutes, enjoy.
Upon ending the session, she explained what my treatment could look like, should I choose to move further with a recommendation of 12 treatments to see the best results on my fine lines and skin rejuvenation. I went for it and I’m currently on 6 of 12 sessions and loving the progress. My skin is softer, I have been working on my cycle and seeing relief in cramping, and we even did a few sessions with a focus on allergies.
The treatment space is incredible and what I will add is that investing in myself for not only the health benefits, but also the self-care and space to relax and release stress has been a game-changer for me. The Zen Lounge does support the zen, the room does not lie.
I spoke with the manager of Modern Acupuncture, John Standerfer, and he gave me the nitty-gritty notes on this natural alternative to anti-aging:
Acupuncture remedies the surface effects of aging by triggering a self-repair response in the skin and addressing the internal stressors that contribute to the signs of aging. This ancient beauty secret is a non-invasive and natural approach to reduce the signs of aging and help skin regain its youthful glow. It is the only targeted beauty treatment with direct health and well-being benefits.
Needles as thin as a strand of hair are inserted carefully into key areas and creases in the face, causing tiny microtrauma to the skin that triggers an increase in blood flow and activates collagen production. The result is revitalized and nourished skin, a brighter complexion and a more youthful appearance.
The real beauty of getting cosmetic acupuncture is it also includes traditional acupuncture at the same time. It’s about time you can combine beauty and health!
Cosmetic acupuncture is a chemical-free, natural approach to anti-aging, without the side effects, risks, and downtime of more invasive cosmetic procedures.
I love the natural adventure into self-care that Modern Acupuncture provides. Take a moment to check in with yourself and see if you need twenty minutes of zen. The first session is free and you can double down on beauty and health. Happy tingling!
Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.
With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."
There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.
Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:
When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love? As we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?)
TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra.
Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.
Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.
If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.
Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.
There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.
We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.
If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.
These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.