Acupuncture is an ancient eastern healing art that is gaining momentum in the west and for good reason. Acupuncture restores balance to our chi, the life force that's in us all.
Our western lifestyle of always being on the go and generally unhealthy diets doesn't do our bodies any favors. Add stress into the mix and it's easy to see how our chi can become restricted and off balance, leading to health disorders and addictions. You can read here how acupuncture helped our newsletter editor's husband quit smoking.
Dr. Jaime Sanchez studied acupuncture in mainland China with Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. No need to travel to St. Louis for treatment. Jaime is accepting appointments at Be Well Now on Tuesdays between 11 and 2.
We're always looking for like-minded individuals to become members of our staff. If you are a yoga or martial arts teacher or practice a healing art, call us. We'd love to talk to you!
Don't let a bacteria-laden yoga mat make you ill. Try one of our new products - Happy Yoga Mat wash, a 100% organic cleanser that also disinfects and deodorizes your mat. No more "ewww."
Chaturanga Dandasana is the "yoga push-up." Find out how to do it here. Practice regularly to improve your upper body strength and define your triceps.
We offer a wide variety of classes and times. Check out our calendar to find something that fits into your schedule or a service to give you a pick-me-up.
Theresa Franklin, NCTMB, LMT, RYT, CMT
Olivia Kelly, NCTMB, LMT
Restore Your Balance, Restore Your Health
After a frightening experience with his health one recent weekend, my husband decided it was time to quit smoking. He had picked up the habit when he was in college and at one time smoked close to two packs a day. Over the years, he'd tried Chantix, quitting cold turkey, tapering off, the patch - even hypnosis.
This particular weekend he had a reaction to some medicine and was having trouble breathing. He felt so ill he barely smoked a cigarette. He talking about quitting again but didn't know what else to try. I suggested acupuncture, even though I know he hates needles.
Acupuncture is a centuries-old component of traditional Chinese medicine that is becoming increasingly well known and practiced in the west.
Chi - our life force - flows through pathways in the body called meridians. When our chi is out of balance, we experience illness and other problems such as addictions.
To restore balance and bring about healing, the acupuncturist inserts super thin needles into the skin along these meridians at strategic points that correspond to specific organs and other functions.
Acupuncture is most often used to treat pain but it can also be used to treat the side effects of chemotherapy and for weight control as well as a number of disorders. In auricular acupuncture, points in the ear correspond to areas of the body and to certain disharmonies. It's commonly used for pain control and drug, alcohol, and nicotine addictions.
The initial appointment with the acupuncturist may take up to an hour as the practitioner evaluates the condition that needs to be treated but subsequent visits will take less time.
My husband had four sessions and hasn't smoked since his first one back in May. It was pretty tough at first (he'd been smoking more than 40 years after all) and he did have a few urges to smoke in the beginning, especially at work. But he increased his orange juice to replenish lost vitamin C and began to drink more water. When he was at work and feeling stressed, he would practice deep breathing and visualization.
When I asked him about the needles, he said he hardly felt them. Needles were used in his arm but microcurrent therapy was used on the five points in his ear that helped with smoking cessation.
I am very grateful that my husband decided to put aside his fear of needles and give acupuncture a try. He used to sleep poorly and felt tired all the time. I knew it was because the cigarette smoke was choking the oxygen to his brain. Now he's sleeping better and seems mentally more alert.
If you've had any doubts about acupuncture, I encourage you to call Jaime Sanchez and talk to him. It could very well be the key to restoring your balance and renewing your health.
A Healthy Lifestyle
Do you have experience teaching yoga? Are you a reiki therapist? Practice meditation regularly?
Be Well Now is looking for like-minded individuals to join our team. We bring holistic experiences to our clients through heart-centered yoga, massages that rejuvenate and heal and martial arts classes that have a number of health benefits. Contact Theresa or Olivia at 462-3900
if you have training in a healing art and want it to benefit others.
Happy Yoga Mat Wash
Your yoga mat isn't just another "prop." It's the base that keeps you grounded to your practice. Its sticky surface keeps you from slipping while you hold your poses. It's a cushiony surface during Savasana. Like a comfortable friend, you can get attached to
Maybe a little too attached. Sweat and grime can build up on your mat over the course of many yoga sessions. Not to mention a bad odor developing after being put away dirty too many times.
But with a little TLC, your mat can last a long time.
At the very least, you should wipe down your mat between sessions with a clean wet sponge, then let it air dry.
Better yet, you can try Happy Yoga Mat wash. It's 100% organic and formulated to clean, disinfect and deodorize your mat.
Made of a mild soap made from organic vegetable oils, extracts and botanicals, Happy Yoga Mat wash removes chemical residues from the manufacturing process as well. Its energizing and uplifting citrus scent combines antifungal tea tree, antibacterial lavender and cleansing citrus oils.
Safe for sensitive skin and chemically sensitive individuals, the wash comes in a convenient 4 oz. mister that you can just toss into your purse or duffel bag. You'll find Happy Yoga Mat wash on our shelves near the receptionist counter.
Use Happy Yoga Mat wash and you won't be wondering what's on your mat while you're in your downward facing dog pose!
chaturanga = four limbs (chatur = four; anga = limb)
danda = staff
Chaturanga Dandasana is part of the Sun Salutation
vinyasa sequence of poses. On it's own, it can be used as a transition from Plank and lead into Upward Facing Dog.
Done incorrectly, Chaturanga can result in injury to the rotator cuff. Executed properly, the practitioner develops upper body and core strength.
In the final step, the yogi is supported on toes and hands with the core engaged.
How to do it
- From Plank pose, inhale and lower yourself to just a few inches above the floor until your forearms and upper arms are at a right angle. Keep your arms close to your sides.
- Hold for 10-30 seconds in a push-up position.
- While exhaling, eitther lay yourself lightly down onto the floor or push strongly back to Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog), lifting through the top thighs and the tailbone
- Keep the whole body very level.
- Keep your abdominals and low ribs really pulled in and your core engaged
- Keep your hands, elbows and shoulders aligned
- let the elbows splay out to the sides; hold them in by the sides of the torso and push them back toward the heels
- drop your head and look down,
- Strengthens the arms and wrists
- Tones the abdomen
- Engages the core
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Beginners: Drop your knees to the floor until you build enough strength to support the body with the arms.
Advanced: Hold the pose before coming forward into Up Dog.
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