Happiness is a CHOICE!

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Did You Know?
What is it Like to get Acupuncture?
Massage Benefits Before & After Exercise
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Muscles under strain, such as stress or exercise, can bein to become “sticky”, causing pain and limiting their ablity to perform optimally.  Massage is one of the only techniques which will restore them to their proper performance.  Regular massages will enhance and increase the effectiveness of the athlete’s workout.
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Acupuncture can be used to treat any sort of pain, whether it be a headache, backache, neck pain, anxiety, stress, or gastrointestinal disorders; acupuncture can even help you quit smoking or lose weight.
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Happiness Is a Choice

By Ann Patchett, award winning author

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I believe that in the same way physical exercise can change your body, regular mental exercises can change how you see and engage with the world and the people you love.
Earlier I attended a meditation workshop. The mediation was this: sit for 11 minutes with your hands in front of your heart, palms facing each other a few inches apart. We were to see the person we loved inside the space between our hands. We were to think of them happy, to see them bathed in light, to see them as their best selves. We were given a song to sing during the meditation, but the song wasn’t the point. The point was to see the person you loved as happy for 11 minutes every day.

It was a 40 day meditation and if you missed one day, you had to start over at day one. I picture my husband on a boat or resting with our dog or laughing on the phone with his mom. After a while all the small traces of impatience or judgment to our relationship fell away. I no longer cared if he neglected to unroll his socks before dropping them in the wash. I felt a heightened sense of joy when he came home from work. Again and again I pictured him at his best, and I responded to that best self accordingly. I remember how grateful I was to be married to him. The more goodness I saw in him, the more goodness he showed me.

At the end of the 40 days, I asked the teacher if people ever decided to push on. she told me that 40 days requested a change, 80 days formed a new pattern, and 120 days sealed your intention.

Ann Patchett

Did You Know…sleep

Every extra hour of sleep middle-aged adults can add to their nightly average reduces their risk of coronary artery calcification, a cause of heart disease, by 33% according to a study reported in the Journal of American Medical Association.  When you’re even a little sleep deprived, your body releases stress hormones that constrict arteries and cause inflammation.

Quick Tip…

If you routinely wake up feeling tired or need an afternoon nap, then you’re probably sleep deprived.  Most adults need 7 to 8 hours a night to function well.

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What is it Like to get Acupuncture?

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How does acupuncture work?

There are 3 ways that acupuncture has been significantly shown to work.  First, it increases circulation and lymphatic drainage.  In addition, it releases endorphins to help balance your endocrine (hormone) system — in fact, some people get “acupuncture stoned,” a natural “high” that improves mood.  Third and last, functional MRI scans have shown that acupuncture affects the perception of pain, which may be the reason it’s effective in treating chronic pain.

What is it like to get a treatment?

You’ll lie on a table, similar to a massage table.  You may need to change into a gown, depending on the area being treated, during the treatment, 6 to 10 acupuncture needles are inserted and kept in for 15 to 35 minutes.  Most people snooze during the treatment.  Then the needles are removed and the patient can resume normal activities immediately.  The number and frequency of sessions depend on the condition being treated.

Does it hurt?

While some people feel a slight sting when a needle is inserted, they don’t feel the needles during the session.  The needles are very fine and flexible, like fishing wire.

What are the most common conditions treated with acupuncture?

The best results are in people being treated for pain (including headache, cancer pain, and pain from injuries), insomnia, and infertility.  Acupuncture is also used to treat autoimmune conditions and menstrual and menopausal symptoms.

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Massage Benefits Before & After Exercise

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During an intense workout, the human body undergoes all sorts of different processes.  It is inevitable that the body gets “beat up” during exercise.  That’s where protein and massages come into play.  Protein helps build and repair the broken down tissue from the intense workout.  Massages do not affect muscle strength, but they have been proven to optimize recovery.

A pre-exercise massage is a useful way to increase or decrease the stimulation or nerve cells, thus keeping the ligaments, tendons, and muscles loose and flexible.  Blood circulation is enhanced during a massage as well.
A post-exercise massage is extremely beneficial by allowing the mind and body to relax.  It also improves recovery time by allowing the byproducts from the metabolism to be carried away from the muscles more efficiently.  Post-exercise massage can speed up recovery time twice as fast as regular rest, mainly due to the improved blood flow and nutrient distribution.

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