Acupuncture for Mental Health

Acupuncture for Mental Health

Georgia Carr, MAOM, LAc

Are you tired of feeling tired and blue? Are you fed up with having to talk about emotionally painful stories again and again? Don’t get me wrong. Your story is very important. It is part of what makes you the strong and talented person that you are today. If you don’t feel like traditional counseling is right for you, or if you want some extra support for the psychotherapy that you are undergoing, acupuncture can help.

There are times when looking beyond the storyline can offer potent solutions. When anxiety and depression are affecting both your body and your mind, acupuncture can help.

7 reasons why you need acupuncture:

1.  Anxiety rules your day

2. You feel sluggish and don’t do the activities that used to bring you joy

3. Panic attacks keep you from socializing

4. You have trouble falling and staying asleep

5. You have trouble focusing at work

6. Stress is causing you physical pain

7. You feel angry or frustrated by minor inconveniences

 

Want to know more? Research provides insight.

A number of studies show that Acupuncture is as good as Psychotherapy for Depression.

Regular acupuncture treatments over the course of three months can significantly improve symptoms of depression.

While some people are able to get off of anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications, others are not. Ask me about my story. I’d be happy to share!

 

For best results, stick with the program.

Acupuncture, like therapy, works best when used repeatedly. Best results are found with twice weekly treatments for one month, and weekly treatments for two to six months after. Maintenance care should is seen to optimize long-term results. Maintenance care typically requires one to two visits per month.

According to one study, neither counseling nor acupuncture outperformed antidepressants when discontinued. At 12 months after the study, there was no difference in effectiveness between the three groups (standard care, acupuncture, counseling). Acupuncture should be seen as a long term plan for care.

For more information on how acupuncture can help you, call for a free 15 minute consultation! 303.717.3221

Or schedule an appointment today!

The Needle Way to Fewer Wrinkles

Want to look your best and feel your best? Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine offer safe and effective ways to revive your complexion, decrease fine lines and wrinkles, all while getting your health back to it’s best! From the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) perspective, your face is a reflection of the state of your body, mind, and spirit. Imperfections such as red patches, bags under the eyes, and dark circles are signs that the inner workings of the body is out of balance. Acupuncture can remedy these issues, while correcting the disharmony.

For a review of one patient’s experience, click the article below.

http://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/style/beauty/the-needle-way-to-fewer-wrinkles-1.1910133#.VeiWCtNVikp

 

Yin Yoga & Meditation Workshop at Karma Yoga Denver

Yin Yoga & Meditation Workshop

Saturday, September 19 5pm-7pm

Replenish, revive, balance, and restore. Enjoy an introduction to yin yoga followed by instructions and practice of shamatha meditation. The insights and methods of Yoga, Buddhism, and Traditional Chinese Medicine will be interwoven to create a deeply integral practice.

Yin yoga is a practice of long-held, deeply relaxing poses that open and energize the energetic pathways of the body to restore youthful joint mobility and gather your life force.

Meditation practices are techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. Cultivating a meditation practice can allow you to learn the patterns and habits of your mind. A simple practice can offer a means to cultivate new, more positive ways of being.

You will learn:
How meridian stretching can heal the body
The importance of yin yoga & restorative practices
A simple meditation technique that will help you refocus, de-stress, and reconnect to your life
$25 per person*

To register please call:

Karma Yoga 303.284.8617

or sign up online at:

http://www.karmayogacenter.com/events-workshops/

Karma Yoga 

1705 S Pearl St.

Denver, CO 80210

*The country of Nepal has experienced severe devastation this year after two major earthquakes and repeated aftershocks. To help rebuild the country’s houses, schools, and clinics, 50% of proceeds for the workshop will be donated to Tsoknyi Humanitarian Foundation’s Nepal Earthquake Fund.
For more information about the organization, please see:
www.tsoknyinepalnuns.org

About Georgia: Georgia is an acupuncturist, herbalist, and yoga teacher. After more than ten years of study and practice in the eastern arts, Georgia integrates natural healing tools to create a meditative evening.malahands

20 Healthy Habits To Get You Feeling Great Fast!

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You don’t have to exercise every morning before dawn or stick to nothing but salads — these simple tips will ensure you’ll be your healthiest, happiest, and most energetic yet. Even better? Being consistent with these small habit changes can lead to big results if you’re looking to lose weight. Get ready to feel your best ever with these 20 simple ways to be your healthiest self yet.

 1.Move For 30 Minutes

Every day, try to walk, run, bike, or work out for at least 30 minutes. Your waistline will thank you.

2. Make Sleep a Priority

The more you neglect your nighttime rest, the more your health will be affected. Adequate sleep is important for lowering your risk of disease, helping you lose weight, and making sure you have enough energy to tackle your to-do list. Aim for seven to nine hours a night, and stick with your goal, for better overall health.

3. Drink More Water

Drinking about half your weight in fluid ounces of un-carbonated water is a great way to ensure you stay hydrated, have energy, and even burn more calories.

4. Eat Mindfully

Slowing down will help you relax and enjoy what you’re eating. Sit down when you eat, and think about your food so you make healthier eating choices while enjoying your meals more than you would on a rushed junk-food habit.

5. Track Your Steps

You don’t even have to invest in a fancy fitness tracker — you can track your steps with an inexpensive pedometer or a smartphone app (like the free Runtastic Pedometer app available for Android or iPhone). Try to hit 10,000 steps every day.

6. Add Greens to Most Anything

The more whole foods you have in your life, the better you’ll feel. Add a handful of arugula to your pizza, throw some baby spinach into your next chocolate-banana smoothie, or add kale to your pot of soup. You’ll add fiber and vitamins to keep you feeling energized and full, with almost no calories at all

7. Think Positively

It’s easy to stress out about how we look or feel and sometimes harder still to ignore the negative voices in your head. Take a day, or even an hour, to consciously tell yourself you’ll stop negative, self-defeating thoughts as much as possible — you may not realize how hard you are on yourself.

8. Meditate

Meditation is a great way to unwind and strengthen the relationship between your mind and body. It’s free, too! And it comes with so many benefits including improved concentration, reduced blood pressure, and better quality of sleep. According to meditation teacher Matthieu Ricard, a practice of 20 minutes per day can change your neurochemistry in less than 3 weeks.

9. Stretch

You’ll be in a better mood, feel more energized, and relieve your achy body with just a few minutes of stretches at your desk or on your yoga mat in the morning. 5 sun salutations before breakfast is a great way to start your day.

10. Snack on Nuts                                                                                                         Make your snack work for you. Opting for a high-protein snack like nuts or seeds (especially walnuts or almonds) can help tide you over until your next meal, instead of constantly grazing on snacks with empty calories like potato chips or crackers. Plus, many nuts and seeds are high in heart-healthy omega-3s, which also have been shown to help shrink your waistline.

11. Stand More

Sitting for an extended period can raise blood pressure and increase your risk of dying early. Just shifting from sitting to standing instantly helps your body be healthier, so take breaks off the couch, stand instead of sit on the bus, or move around your office more during the day.

12. Grab Weights

Weight training won’t make you bulk up, but it will help you build metabolism-boosting muscles fast. Make it your mission to use weights for a session or two — you’ll burn more calories, increase bone density, and strengthen important muscles.

13. Go Intense (For Just a Few Seconds!)

Studies have shown that 30-second bursts of exercise, done at high intensity, can help lower cholesterol and increase cardio health. Try one of these full bodyweight exercises in short, intense intervals. Just right for adding to any day — no matter how busy your schedule is.

Jumping Jacks

  • Warm up your body with a vigorous stint of 30 seconds.

Wall Sits

  • Stand with your back against a wall, placing your feet about two feet out in front of you. Feet should be hip distance apart.
  • Bending your knees, slide your back down the wall until your knees are at 90-degree angles. Your knee joints should be over your ankle joints, so you may need to inch your feet further from the wall to create proper alignment. Don’t let your knees fall in on the midline of your body or sway outward.
  • Hold for 30 seconds.

Squats

  • Stand with your head facing forward and your chest held up and out.
  • Place your feet shoulder width apart or slightly wider. Extend your hands straight out in front of you to help keep your balance. Sit back and down like you’re sitting into an imaginary chair. Make sure your head stays facing forward, not down (focus on something in front of you to help), and that your upper body faces forward as well, bent slightly forward. Rather than allowing your back to round, let your lower back arch slightly as you descend.
  • Lower down so your thighs are as parallel to the floor as possible, keeping your knees over your ankles. Press your weight back into your heels.
  • Keep your body tight, and push through your heels to bring yourself back to the starting position.

14. Clear Out Junk Food

What’s in your house has a big influence on what’s in your mouth. Clean up your diet simply by getting rid of processed foods in your kitchen. If you ever have a craving for something, you’ll have to go to the store and buy it or wait it out until the craving passes.

15. Ditch Soda

A soda-a-day habit can hurt your health, even if it’s diet. Cut out soda or substitute your daily soda dose with carbonated water flavored with fresh fruit or lime juice instead.

16. Relax

Take a few minutes every day to de-stress and reenergize. Take a break from your computer, read a book before bed, or listen to music while doing nothing at all — whatever it takes to shut your mind off and decompress for a few minutes.

17. Prep Produce

This week, cut up some fruits and veggies on a Sunday, so you can snack on them (with a healthy dip or alone) throughout the week. When you’ve got readily available foods like carrots and apple slices in your fridge, you’ll be less tempted to grab higher-calorie, less-nutritious options.

 18. Cook a Meal (or Two!)

Eating out too much? The amount of fat, sodium, and calories in takeout and restaurant meals can be eye-opening. Mastering just a few simple meals that you can whip up at home every week will save you calories and make sure you’re eating whole foods instead of processed ones. For healthy recipe options, check out www.cheftess.com

19. Dine Smart

You don’t have to limit everything you eat to what’s in your kitchen. Make smart decisions the next time you eat out: share a huge entrée with a friend, order a side salad to help you fill up with nutrients, and savor your favorite treat if you opt for a dessert at the end. For some healthy local restaurant options, visit:

http://www.denverwellspring.com/resources/

20. Connect With Friends

Friends can have a major impact on your health and well-being. They can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad times. Visiting with friends can also help boost your happiness and decrease stress hormones such as cortisol.

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year, Denver!

Chinese Astrology: Year of the Yin Wood Sheep 2015
from: http://foreverconscious.com/chinese-astrology-year-of-the-yin-wood-sheep-2015

According to Chinese Astrology, 2015 is the year of the Yin Wood Sheep which brings about a soft, gentle and feminine energy.

2014, the year of the Yang Wood Horse saw a lot of dominant action, energy and transformations taking place but as the galloping horse begins to fade, the energy of the Yin Wood Sheep (or Goat) will take its place.

Beginning on February 19th, 2015- the start of the Chinese new year, the energy is going to shift outward to a more inward state. This is because the energy is moving from Yang (outward/masculine) into Yin (inward/feminine).

Yin energy is very creative, intuitive and gentle. Instead of everything moving fast and abruptly like yang energy, yin energy gives us time to focus, get centered and take stock over what we have created so far.

The element of Wood returns this year too and brings the energy of groundedness and understanding oneself on a deeper level. In fact, this wood energy complements the demeanour of the Sheep perfectly.

The Sheep symbolizes the energy of generosity, patience and peacefulness. The goal of the sheep is to create harmony and beauty within the home and family and is often considered to be the most feminine of all the Chinese zodiac animals.

Just like the horse, the sheep is extremely intuitive, the only difference is the sheep is a lot more emotional, and has more awareness to heal, nurture and tend to issues that are causing suffering.

This year will be about knowing yourself clearly and deeply, forgiving yourself, clearing past wounds and accepting who you are.

We are being called upon to nurture ourselves, our friends and family and to go after our desires with patience, love and kindness.

2015 will also ask us to shed our ego and will not favor greed, overspending or unconscious business practices. Instead, the sheep calls us to practice modesty, charity and to delight in the smaller, more delicate aspects of life.

The sheep will also guide us to tune into our intuition and emotional well-being while still being receptive to the emotions of others. She asks that we use our mind and heart to make decisions, rather than force and aggression.

In Chinese culture, it is believed that those born under the year of the sheep are destined to be followers, not leaders however, in terms of dealing with the energy for 2015, we are being asked to manage what we have already
created in 2014 and ‘follow’ our instincts.

The Yin Wood Sheep reminds us that home is where the heart is, and that loving yourself, feeling safe and surrounding yourself with a loving group of friends and family is paramount to your life’s work. It is her desire that we go within, pay attention to the small things and to nurture others and ourselves.