ilumina, Your Healing Sanctuary
We have been thinking about you...
We can hardly believe its fall and the holidays are right around the corner.  It is this time of year we like to send our reminders about how important it is to take care of yourself, to keep healthy and happy through the seasonal changes and the busy times, and to look to your TCM practitioners for care.

New Benefits for Referring Your Friends to ilumina

We will continue that thank our patients with a complimentary 30 minute massage for your referral and now your friends will receive 10% off any herbs or supplements they may need on their first visit. 

We want them to have a benefit for knowing you.

From Our ilumina Team


Tips to Keep Health During the Holidays

The holidays can bring a lot of stress, joy and happiness and even overwhelm and sadness. Here are some things you can do to stay mentally and physically healthy.

Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner- by not skipping meals we are sufficiently fueling our bodies. Focus on healthy fats (avocado, nuts and seeds, coconut and olive oil), lean proteins and lots of vegetables. Optimally vegetables should be 80% of every meal.

Drink at least 100oz of purified water per day- Pitch any plastic water bottles and switch to steel or glass and filter your water at home. Berkey is my favorite water filter.

Take your vitamins- When we get busy they are easy to forget but very important. If you are interested in a vitamin protocol tailored just for you the ilumina office can schedule you an appointment.

Get your sleep- A good nights sleep is essential to mental clarity and physical health. If you are having difficulties let us know and we can work on it.

Meditate daily- Take 5,10,20,30 minutes and be still. Calm your mind and settle your Qi. For meditation instructions click here or one of Pema Chodron's books or recordings.

"The newest research suggests that women may experience menopausal symptoms up to 15 years prior to the final menstrual period, usually around age 50. As such, it is not uncommon for women to start having these hormonally-related symptoms as early as the mid-30's. These may include mood issues, weight gain, menstrual changes, decreased fertility, sleep problems, fatigue and headaches in addition to the better-known hot flashes. There are several treatment options to address each woman' s symptoms and concerns, from evidenced-based supplements & acupuncture protocols to diet & lifestyle changes to hormones. The mid-30s through 50's is a great time to touch base about chronic health concerns and future disease prevention.  Don't wait for the new year to make a change to feel better...Let's get started today."   

In Chinese Medicine warm drinks are healing to the spleen, and for over 5,000 years cinnamon, cardamon, ginger and orange peels are just a few herbs, used to help with digestion and improve immune function. The recipe below uses all those great ingredients to make a nourishing fall drink.

Superfoods Hot Apple Cider Ingredients

    *    4 cups freshly made apple juice   
    *    5 whole cloves 
    *    4 cinnamon sticks 
    *    4 whole cardamom pods 
    *    2 Chinese star anise 
    *    1-inch piece of fresh ginger 
    *    ½ teaspoon fresh lemon zest 
    *    ½ orange, thinly sliced

    1.    Juice apples and place completed juice in a medium-sized saucepan. 
    2.    Add cloves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom, anise, ginger and lemon zest. 
    3.    Cover and heat on low-medium heat for 20 minutes. The mixture doesn't need to 
 boil. Just get it warm, up to around 170F or so. 
    4.    Add orange slices during the last 5 minutes. 
    5.    Remove from heat and strain to remove spices and fruits. 
    6.    Serve immediately, and drink to good health.


Audrey Blanchard LMT
 ilumina Healing Sanctuary will be offering a new massage modality, Breast Massage with a focus on post mastectomy rehabilitation. Audrey has recently completed a Nationally Certified continuing education course centered on Massage Therapy and Breast Cancer. This type of massage is beneficial for anyone recently diagnosed with breast cancer to those that have under gone mastectomy or lumpectomy.

"Massage therapy has great potential to aid in the rehabilitation of the patient who has undergone treatment for breast cancer. We actually under-utilize massage, and the early institution of that therapy might actually prevent some of the more long-term complications, such as retraction of the skin and lymphedema."  
-Oncologist Frank Senecal, M.D.

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