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Thoughts on self-care

Let’s talk about the importance of self-care

I have been thinking a lot about self-care lately. I have always tried to find time for myself in some way. I have a need to re-charge, and I tend to do this with quiet time alone either reading, walking or being in my pool. Being on my porch is a great place for me to recharge. Another aspect of self-care for me is to begin a day by centering myself. Starting a day with a connection with a higher power, asking for assistance in the day from my angels, helps align my energy in a positive way.

I always want to be genuine and honest as an acupuncturist and as a person. If I am going to be honest, I find that my practices are improving, and I am doing this more and more on a regular basis. Am I successful daily? Probably not. But I am finding that as I am enjoying doing this and I am doing it much more regularly.

This is so true with everything. I have been up and down with weight my whole life. I diet successfully and then I am back to old habits and the weight creeps back on. I am presently in a good place and am eating healthy and losing weight. It is slow but steady and I am enjoying eating whole foods, enjoying healthy carbs and generally not being afraid to eat. This is so liberating! I have learned that I actually am enjoying my exercise routine! Once again to be honest, this is a work in progress. But I like the changes I am creating. I give myself credit for the positive days and forgive myself when I am a bit off.

And that is important. As we grow and change, we need to be kind to ourselves. Recognize the successes. Pat yourself on the back! And forgive yourself when you get off track.

So often I hear a person say they do not have time for exercise or healthy eating or whatever positive change one can make in one’s life. And yes, I have certainly been guilty of that as well. I think sometimes it gets overwhelming. There are many rules and opinions out there. Positive changes come in small increments. There is an amazing amount of busyness and the need to do in our culture.  Take five minutes a day to get off the track. Stop talking, stop doing, be aware of your surroundings. Sit by the water and just observe. Be calm. I am rather certain, if you feel calmness you will want to re-create that feeling. It will build. Everyone can find the time for self- care.

Finally, there are no rules. What works for one person may not work for another. Not everyone needs to do yoga. Not everyone needs to think water is calming. But find what works for you. It will make an amazing difference in your life and health.

Acupuncture: What you should know in the beginning

Calm Water Acupuncture is accepting new patients. Presently have space near Columbia, Md with a goal of having practice location in Carroll County soon.

Acupuncture is an ancient medicine that has been around over 3000 years. It has been shown to be effective in the treatment of many medical problems such as addiction, anxiety, depression and insomnia. It also can be a great treatment for the following conditions (and so much more):

  • Fatigue
  • PTSD
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome and constipation

What can one expect when getting an acupuncture treatment?  Treatment begins with a conversation. Getting to know who you are as a person and what your needs are. Your acupuncturist will “listen” to your pulses. This is a diagnostic tool that tells us a lot about the state of your qi (energy) as it flows through the meridians (the energy pathway of the body).

From this, imbalances of flow can be detected. The tongue is another diagnostic tool. The tongue is the body in miniature and a lot of valuable information can be detected. There may be a physical examination similar to what a medical doctor would do. From all of this a treatment plan will be formed.

Qi that is free flowing and not restricted allows the body’s natural self-healing to take place. This allows the body to have stability and harmony. With acupuncture the body can be reminded of its own self- healing capabilities. A meridian that is blocked is not going to allow for the free flow of qi. 

Many of the situations in our lives both emotional and physical can block the flow of qi in our meridians. Acupuncture treatments can reset the normal flow allowing for healing and alleviation of pain and dis-ease.

Questions I have been asked:

What is qi?

Qi is energy. Our bodies are energy bodies. The qi moves through our meridians. Qi is what animates us. Qi protects us. Qi regulates and maintains our body.

              “Qi is matter on the verge of becoming energy, or energy at the point of materializing”                  

         Ted Kapchuck. The Web that has no Weaver.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Not really. Acupuncture needles are very thin. A hypodermic needle used to give an injection can fit ten acupuncture needles inside its tip. There can be a sensation when the acupuncture needle is inserted such as a tingling or ache. It does not last. Some points can be more sensitive than others. The sensation is quick and not lasting.

How often do I need treatment?

Initially treatment is once a week. One should start to feel better after treatment, but it may take 4 to six treatments to see lasting effects. Acupuncture treatments have a cumulative effect. The goal is to get a person to maintenance (once a month) or seasonally as needed. Typically, if the problem is acute then it will take less time for treatment to be successful than if the problem is chronic in nature.

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