ilumina Healing Sanctuary
7520 East Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
602.957.2602




In This Issue:

  The Essentials of Good Sex

Good sex is a valuable part of any relationship. As opposed to bad or nonexistent sex which can cause disconnection and depletion of the body's energy system, good sex creates connection, balance and increase of the energy systems.  
  • Good sex involves love
  • Good sex is an exchange
  • Good sex is energizing
  • Good sex comes from a committed relationship
  • Good sex means both partners are present for each other's needs
  • Good sex is pleasurable
  • Good sex is satisfying
  • Good sex is a total body experience
  • Good sex is a form of communication
  • Good sex is meaningful
  • Good sex is a whole greater than the sum of its parts
This list was excerpted from Jill Blakeway's book "Sex Again."  It is a fantastic book written from the Chinese medicine perspective and an essential for anyone experiencing low libido or wanting to have a more fulfilling love life.
Heart Health: A Valentine's Day gift!
Acupuncture and better health
     The gift of acupuncture provides the much needed "time-out" from our busy lifestyles. Regardless if you are a weekend warrior, a car pool mom, corporate executive, or chronic pain patient, the common thread is stress.
     Stress reduction is one of my primary interests and specialties. We now know that stress has been linked to detrimental health effects on the heart and brain. Using Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine perspective, I assess the nervous system, identify stressors, and create a treatment plan. The primary goals are to calm the nervous system and to create stamina and a sense of well being.
     While resting on the table during treatment, the gentle needles are quietly working to create this inner sense of calm. The heart rate slows and your breath deepens.
     Dr. Eshkevari and colleagues at Georgetown University School of Nursing, published their study in the Journal of Endocrinology on acupuncture and the biological mechanisms involved in acupuncture's stress reducing effects.
Click here to read more on the study.
Great News for 9 Couples
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     We are off to a fantastic, fertile year at ilumina! We would like to congratulate the nine couples who became pregnant in the month of January.
     In conjunction with acupuncture, three were unassisted, four from IVF, one medicated, and one from IUI. 
     We are so proud and fortunate to care for such amazing women and look forward to helping them along their journey to motherhood.
ilumina Business Hours
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 
Please note that while these are our standard office hours, on occasion we may not be open during these times. Please give us a call before stopping by. Our practitioners see clients by appointment only. 

Contact ilumina 
to schedule a session.

Four ways to celebrate Valentine's Day, (and they're not what you think)

    It's February! We made it through the holidays just to get inundated with notions of chocolate, flowers and bling. But what if we pass on the chocolate and Ziggy cards and approach the day (or the whole month!) with a focus on connecting with the people we care about. Not just your significant other, but your best friend that you never have a chance to talk to for more than 4 minutes before a baby demands attention.
    
Share some time with someone. Make a pedicure date with your best friend. If you can't set aside that much time with everyone's busy schedules, drop off a piece of cake from your favorite bakery.
  
 Appreciate someone. Look your favorite dry cleaner/butcher/school bus driver right in the eye and say, "Thank you. I can't tell you how much I appreciate what you do for me. You make my life easier."
    
Massage someone. I know, this sounds weird, huh? I'm a massage therapist and I'm telling you to Do It Yourself. But massage doesn't have to be an hour long ordeal with fancy oils and a complicated routine. Treat your partner to a ten minute shoulder or foot rub to help erase away the day's stress.
    
Give the gift of massage. Call us or pick up a gift certificate at your next appointment. We have gift certificates in 30, 60, or 90 minute increments. Give one to yourself or that special someone that makes your life easier.
    Bonus: Connect with YOU. Not everyone schedules regular massage, and that's okay. But if it's been awhile, maybe it's time to practice a little self-care and get yourself a massage too. The best gift you can give to those you love is a happy, healthy you.
Wellness Boutique Featured Products
Here are a few of our new hand-picked favorite items from our wellness boutique to help celebrate Valentine's Day:  
  • Emerita Natural Lubricant

Why we love it: No parabens, mineral oils, petroleum or animal anything or testing on animals.

  • Leaf People Aphrodisiac Spice Massage Oil

Why we love it: No parabens, mineral oils, synthetics, glycols, gluten or animal testing. Everything is made with premium plant extracts, pure essential oils and raw, vital ingredients.

  • Pure Light Organic Aromatherapy Massage Flame Candle

Why we love it: No petroleum products, harmful synthetic fragrances, chemical dyes or lead. Made with an all-natural organic coconut wax blend and 100% pure essential oils and/or natural and organic aromas.

  • SpaRitual Lip Gloss

Why we love it: Vegan, no gluten, fragrances, parabens or petrochemicals.

 

For more information on how to pick products without harmful ingredients, read this post from our blog 

Give the gift of wellness and relaxation
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Treat your Loved One this Valentine's Day
We offer Gift Certificates in any amount or for any service to give the perfect gift tailored to everyone's needs. Give us a call or stop in today so we can help make gift giving easier. 
Scheduling Freedom

Would it be beneficial for you to be able to schedule, change, or cancel your appointments 24 hours a day 7 days a week?  We are busy with our new system, MindBody, ironing out the kinks so that in the next few weeks we can offer that service for you.  

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Learn what your first visit will be like or call us at 602-957-2602 to book an appointment.
 
Receive a complimentary 30 minute  
massage when you refer a friend

To thank all patients who tell their friends and family about the health benefits of massage and acupuncture, we would like to reward them with a complimentary 30 minute massage. After your friend completes their first appointment, we will mail you a gift certificate to thank you! Call 602-957-2602 for more details.
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