Blog : Movement

Guided Meditation to Calm the Mind

One of our recommendations for calming the emotions is to meditate, however we realize that some people are intimidated by the word 'meditate', don't know how to do it, or feel that they aren’t good at it.  Sitting with the thoughts that arise during meditation can be very difficult for those who are dealing with traumatic experiences.  In these cases, guided imagery is very helpful to calm the mind and can be a great way to learn to meditate..

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series.  She has partnered with Kaiser Permanente to offer these guided imagery meditations for free.  There are several that you can download that address anxiety, grief, stress relief and many others.  Bookmark this website  so that you can come back to it when you want to listen.   Have a listen here to one of her guided meditations that helps with anxiety and panic attacks.

BTW - Sitting crosslegged in front of a beautiful waterfall for meditation is the bomb, but it is definitely not required.  The main thing is to find a comfortable seated position and sit with the spine tall, whether that's sitting on a chair, your living room couch, on the floor or in a flower-filled meadow.  To start you'll want to find a quiet spot, but as you become more focused, you will find it easy to meditate most anywhere.    

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Qigong Exercise to Cool You Down on Hot Summer Days

We all want to be more active during the summer months, but when temperatures soar, you may find yourself avoiding exercise. Here's a qigong exercise that you can easily do inside or out that will help to cool you down on those hot days.   

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5 Tips to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Happy Holidays!

For many the holidays are a happy time where they look forward to reuniting with family and friends, but for some, it brings on a sense of anxiety and depression. Presents to wrap, meals to prepare, trying to keep crazy Aunt JoJo from stirring up too much trouble, and the list goes on. For some it’s just too much and they can easily become overwhelmed.

Acupuncture has been proven to help relieve stress. We see it in the clinic frequently, and you may have experienced this yourself. On the simplest level, acupuncture works to affect the hormones to lessen those “fight or flight” hormones and to release the “feel good” hormones. At the root level, anxiety and depression are typically caused by an imbalance in your body. And while we can’t keep crazy Aunt JoJo in line, we are happy to help you resolve the underlying health conditions that so commonly crop up during this time of year and lead to that out-of-control feeling. As our gift to you these holiday, here are a few tips to help you manage the stress of the Holidays.

5 Ways to Manage the Stress of the Holidays

Here are 5 ways you can manage stress during the holidays when you can’t get into the clinic.

Simplify and Prioritize – Do you really need to send 250 Christmas cards, or even 50? We tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves to pull off the perfect holiday, with just the right gifts, food, decorations and so on. But setting unrealistic expectations only leads to disappointment and distress and leaves you missing out. You’ll easily cut your holiday to-do list in half by simplifying your holiday plans and limiting gifts to close family and friends instead of gifting to everyone in the neighborhood. And you’ll thank yourself when the holiday bills come rolling in too!

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Breathing Exercises for Stress and Anxiety

Your breath can be the key to relieving the stress and anxiety of the holiday season.  Deep slow breathing activates your parasympathetic nervous system - that "rest and relax" response.  Acupuncturist Rawls Whittlesey, who also teaches yoga, shares some breathing exercises you can do almost anywhere and will help bring about a sense of calm amongst the chaos of the holidays.  

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