I would like to introduce you to an easy yet effective meditation technique, quite provocatively named, “The Quickie”. No, no, it's not what you think! I first learned about the exercise from one of my favourite teachers, Dr Aviva Romm, and have found it to be a powerful, on-the-go technique that is easy to learn and practice. I've then taken it to the next level by adding acupressure to it, to supercharge this technique for maximum impact.
So, are you ready to learn more?
I've been a bit quiet on the blog front lately, because I have been enjoying playing with a new medium...Facebook Live Videos! I have done a few now, on various topics including:
* acupressure for stress relief,
* acupressure for anxiety, and most recently,
* a holistic approach to insomnia
Please make sure to "Like" me on Facebook to see what I am up to over there, and to see all my past videos, and have the opportunity to see me over there "live". You can ask questions and interact with me there, and I really welcome any requests for future videos. I'll be back to blogging again soon as well too. Have a wonderful day!
I am excited to introduce my latest project – a mini ear seed kit for natural stress relief. I made the first batch to give away as gifts at my upcoming clinic Open Day, so if you came along and received a kit, it is hot off the press! (And hilariously, back to front, but that is another story!) I have started using ear seeds in the clinic quite a bit lately as I find them such an effective way to enhance and continue the therapeutic effects of acupuncture for days after the actual treatment.
Here is some more information about ear seeds and auriculotherapy, and detailed instructions for how to make the most of your Ear Seed Kit.
Our digestion is a key component of our health. Whether you have the occasional digestive upset, or whether you often experience problems with your digestion, our free download of TCM self-care tips will be invaluable for you. It covers helpful acupressure points, a simple abdominal massage, a special mudra and also herb and dietary tips that will provide you with relief from most digestive complaints. Download it, print it off and keep it somewhere handy for the next time you have tummy trouble.
If you are experiencing chronic digestive issues that are impacting your health that don't respond to these self-help tips, acupuncture can help to re-balance your digestion for optimal health - contact us today to see how we can assist you.
When it comes to fertility, there is a lot of focus on what women can do to improve their chances of falling pregnant. But, as they say, it takes two to tango! It is just as important for the father-to-be to look after his health and make sure his reproductive system is in top shape for a successful and healthy pregnancy to take place.
There are many things that men can do to boost their fertility and increase the likelihood of conception with their partner.
Do you struggle with insomnia? Find yourself counting sheep at night when you wish you could be catching z's? We have already covered some great strategies you can use to combat sleepless nights like our blog posts Acupuncture and Insomnia and 10 Self-help tips for Insomnia, but if you are still looking for some more ideas, we have put together a free download for you.
This worksheet contains acupressure points, a bedtime breathing meditation, a mudra for insomnia and other tips. Download and print this baby off for next time insomnia strikes.
You settle into a warm, comfortable bed, close your eyes and even though you are tired, nothing happens...you just can’t fall asleep. Hours go by and still you’re awake, feeling increasingly frustrated at your inability to drop off. The next day you feel tired, grouchy, and unable to focus. Does this sound familiar?
Sleepless nights happen to almost everyone at some time, but ongoing insomnia can indicate a deeper issue and could lead to further health concerns. Unfortunately, a common approach to treating insomnia includes prescription sleeping medications, which can cause side effects or even dependence. That’s one of the many reasons to consider an all-natural approach to treating your sleep problems. Acupuncture can be a very effective way to improve your sleep quality without side effects, but here are some tips for healthy sleep that you can try tonight:
This is one of the many little tidbits that I share on Affordable Acupuncture's Facebook page, but I thought it would be good to share it here too! Make sure you 'like' us on facebook if you like inspiration and information like this.
If you are feeling stressed or anxious, try this acupressure technique:
Use the tip of your index finger to apply gentle but firm acupressure on YinTang, also known as "Acupunctures Chill Pill", located between your eyebrows (see photo). Close your eyes, and focus on making your breaths slow and deep whilst you maintain pressure on the point.
If you like visualisations, you can imagine white or golden light entering YinTang on the inbreath, and suffusing through your body on the outbreath. Aim for 10 breaths, although you might enjoy it so much you want to do it for longer! You should feel calmer and more balanced afterwards. Enjoy.
With winter well and truly upon us, and a greater incidence of colds and flus about, its important to look after ourselves to boost our immunity and get in tune with the natural rhythm of the season.
Winter is the season of stillness and conservation. It’s a period of hibernation and our time to rest, slow down and revitalize our reserves. Winter is a great time of year to reflect on our health, replenish our energy, conserve our strength and heal on a deeper level. The “downtime” that winter provides gives us an opportunity to slow down, check in and take account as to how our lifestyle supports or detracts from our health, and to recharge our battery.
Here are 10 easy pointers on how you can support and promote your own health this time of year:
Do you, or does anyone you know suffer from asthma? Did you know that there are some simple strategies using the wisdom of TCM that you can use to bring relief to your symptoms?
Here is a self-help worksheet for you to download, print out, and keep somewhere handy for regular use. It includes acupressure points, a specific meridian stretch for asthma, and a range of essential oils, including a recipe for a natural chest rub. You can use these tips in between attacks, to strengthen your Lungs (in TCM, this includes both your Lung organs and your Lung meridian system). You can also use these acupressure points and essential oils during an attack in addition to your standard medical care. They should help the attack pass more quickly and less intensely.
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