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Many of our patients ask about exercise classes to help assist healing. Our own Christine, who is an Exercise Science Major will be offering two daytime exercise classes on Tuesdays, free of charge, for a limited time. These classes will be hosted beginning October 10, 2017 at The Bridge Community Center in Peachtree City and are geared towards all levels, including beginners. Registration is not required, although it is helpful to give us a heads up if you plan to attend. The Bridge Community Center is located at 225 Willowbend Rd, Peachtree City, Georgia.
World Dance – Tuesdays 1 PM - 2 PM
In this beginner level class, Christine explores a variety of different dance styles from around the globe: Bollywood, Bellydance, Hip-hop, Latin and Modern. While focusing on safe posture and biomechanics, this class will promote cardiovascular health and increase flexibility. Students do not need to have dance experience, simply an open mind! Wear comfortable clothing and feel free to bring a mat for the stretching portion.
Total Body Fitness – Tuesdays 2 PM - 3 PM
The old saying, “If you don’t use it, you lose it” can be true for much of our fitness health. In this class, participants from all ages and stages of recovery are invited to stretch and strengthen their bodies. Each patients specific conditions will be addressed with modifications in a circuit style of class that will allow for a variety of different exercise options. We will provide free weights and other exercise equipment, but patients are encouraged to bring their own personal weights and mat for stretching, if preferred.
For more information, please contact Christine at the clinic. 770-783-1663
Have all of the events of the past few weeks begun to take their toll? Have you noticed yourself or a loved one becoming obsessed with watching the same news reports over and over?
When we learn about disturbing events and news, such as we have heard in the last few weeks, it can be extremely hard for us to process it. We all know someone, or have an acquaintance that knows someone who has been affected by the flooding, is in the path of a hurricane or are fighting fires out west. Many of us are feeling helpless to do anything. The more we watch and hear, the more we feel despair, fear, anger, grief, and discouragement. When emotions overwhelm us, there can be a ripple effect to the physical body, which may manifest as back pain, headaches, digestive issues, insomnia, high blood pressure, or a number of other symptoms.
In the clinic over the years, we have noticed that when news of a natural disaster or other troubling event is on everyone’s mind, people tend to come into the clinic with their sympathetic nervous system activated. The sympathetic nervous system, which activates the “fight or flight” response, is there to help us defend ourselves and keep ourselves safe. Problem is that our nervous system does not know the difference between hearing of a threat on the other side of the world, or a natural disaster three states over from one that is happening directly to us. Our nervous systems tend to react the same.
Ways to cope:
- Exercise – Exercise, including yoga and stretching, is a great way to release stress.
- Meditation – Meditation allows the mind to relax. Visit our blog for some easy meditation and breathing exercises.
- Rational/discursive thought - Engage your rational thinking self to make sense and put things into perspective. Try this exercise next time North Korea launches a missile, or makes a threat. Ask and research: 1) How far is the United States from North Korea? 2) What is the size of the North Korean economy, relative to its the United States, and South Korea, Japan, China?
- Acupuncture - We have helped many people through stress, trauma, and negative thoughts from these types of events using acupuncture.
Acupuncture supports the body’s ability to heal naturally by regulating the nervous system which stimulates our “fight or flight” response when we are stressed, and also regulates the hormones that are produced by the body in response to the nervous system such as endorphins, cortisol, adrenaline, and thyroid hormones. The use of acupuncture has been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety levels and stress in individuals. These studies found that acupuncture relieved symptoms such as migraines, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and pain resulting from post traumatic stress. The improvements due to acupuncture were also found to be very rapid, significant, and long lasting. As the mind and body are able to spend more time out of the “fight or flight” response, our minds start to retrain to remain calmer even when things get stressful.
Acupuncture for Stress Relief – A Special Offer
If you or a loved one are dealing with heightened anxiety, grief, or despair associated with current events, we would love to help. Red Earth Acupuncture is offering 30 minute stress relief treatments for $45 between now and September 15, 2017, with Red Earth donating $10 of each treatment to The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. If you know someone who is directly affected by the floods, fires or hurricanes and they have evacuated to our area, we will offer a FREE treatment for them during this time. Please call 770-783-1663 to schedule an appointment with Rawls. This offer is open to new and existing patients and is subject to schedule availability.
Have you been missing emails and emailed appointment reminders from us? We've had some recent issues that are causing our emails to go into Spam and if you use Gmail for your email, this has been a real problem. We have almost resolved the issues, but in the meantime, here's what you can do to continue getting our emails in your Inbox instead of your Spam folder.
- Check your Spam folder to see if our emails are going there, mark them as “Not Spam”.
- Go to the Gmail Settings (the gearbox at top right). Click “Settings” and then “Filters and Blocked Addresses”.
- Set up a filter so that email from *@redearthacupuncture.com and click “Create filter from this search”. Then click the checkbox for “Never send it to Spam”.
- Set up a second filter so that email from *@server.redearthacupuncture.com is also not sent to Spam in the same way you created the first one.
We apologize for the inconvenience. We've got our best folks working on it and hope to have it resolved soon.
Mark your calendar: November 4, 2017
Red Earth Anniversary Celebration & Patient Appreciation Day
Red Earth is excited to be celebrating it's 10th Anniversary this year and what better way to celebrate that to invite all of the patients who have sustained us over the years to say “Thank You.” We are working out all of the details to be shared soon, and you can be sure it will be fun and festive with lots of good food and entertainment. Please make plans to join us!
It is very important to us that you have a positive, pleasant experience with our team, from the time you contact the clinic for an appointment and with every interaction you have with us. Please take just a few minutes to answer 5 quick questions to help us pin point opportunities for continued improvement that will allow us serve you better. Thank you!
Please extend a warm welcome to a new face and welcome back a familiar face to the clinic.
Gina is our receptionist and your first point of contact when making appointments, checking in and checking out. She will also be assisting us with moxa and patient care follow up. Gina says “the holistic approach to aiding the body in its own healing process is what drew me to the Red Earth Clinic.” We feel really fortunate to have Gina's years of experience working in a medical office setting and are excited to have her as part of the Red Earth team.
Christine has been an integral part of the clinic for several years and is back with us having taken a short break after the birth of her daughter, Lily. We've missed her and are happy to have her back. In case you haven't met her, Christine is one of our acupuncture assistants and also helps out with reception and herbal prescriptions.
September 20, 2016
3:00 – 7:00 pm
You are invited to the Fayette Co. Chamber of Commerce Expo. Red Earth Acupuncture will have a booth at the Expo and David and Rawls will be there to answer any questions you might have about our practice. We encourage you to bring friends and family who have health issues and want to learn how Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can help restore their ability to heal naturally. The Expo will be held at the New Hope Baptist Church South Campus on Hwy 74 South with over 100 local companies participating. It is completely free and open to the public. We'll have some cool freebies at our booth and a giveaway valued at $50. For more information, visit the Chamber of Commerce Website: . Hope to see you there!
Many of you have probably had a chance to meet Sarah by now (that's her on the left). Sarah joined us earlier this year in anticipation of Christine going on maternity leave and has been a wonderful addition to the Red Earth Team. She is our Acupuncture Assistant and Receptionist and generally tries keeps us organized.
Most recently we've been blessed to have two wonderful volunteers helping us out at the reception desk part time. Carol and Ann have truly gone above and beyond to help out and we are very grateful to have them working with us.
It's these folks who manage all of those little things that keep the clinic running smoothly and allow our Acupuncturists to focus on providing high quality care for our patients. Thank you!!
“Hello! What an eventful past week this has been. Baby Liliana made her arrival on May 16th at Newnan Hospital. She is a very healthy little girl, with strong lungs and tender personality. She came a little more than a week early and weighed in at a whopping 6 lbs 1 oz. Thank you to everyone who gave me encouragement, support and kindness during my pregnancy!”
Congratulations Christine, she is beautiful!
Red Earth Acupuncturist, Rawls Whittlesey, has recently started volunteering with the Atlanta Veterans' Acupuncture Clinic in Atlanta. This is a FREE clinic for Veterans, Active Military and their families. Acupuncture is currently being investigated by the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. as a viable treatment for PTSD in returning veterans. The military has also started using acupuncture in the battlefield to help with pain. Acupuncture treatments are offered in a group setting, with participants sitting quietly together. Everyone receives the same treatment which consists of 5 points in the ears. Some of the benefits include:
Improved mental clarity, concentration and memory
Decreased nightmares, hyper-vigilance and flashbacks
Reduced anxiety and irritability
More restful sleep
If you or someone you know is a Veteran, Active Military or one of their family members, please share this information with them. Clinics are held each Monday night at 6:00 - 7:00 pm, and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays at 10:00 - 11:00 am at the Church of the Epiphany on Ponce de Leon in Decatur. For more information visit the website www.acupunctureforveterans.org.