Acupuncture is one of the best forms of preventative medicine available today. The goal of acupuncture is to maintain balance within the energy channels so that disease will not present itself. Maintaining balance ensures that there is not too much (an excess) of energy in one channel and a lack of (deficiency) of energy in another channel. Chinese herbs are also used for this purpose; to clear out any excess, support any deficiency or treat any resulting pathologies. From an emotional perspective, I have found that when people become stressed or emotionally vulnerable, any preexisting deficiency becomes a more serious problem. For example, the person who has a long history of digestive disorders gets severe digestive problems when they experience a loss in their life. Or a person who has a long history of allergies and frequent colds get a long standing cough that will not go away when life becomes stressful. [Read more…]
Yoga has been well documented to assist with many health challenges. From heart disease, arthritis and osteoporosis, the benefits of a
regular yoga practice have been linked to improved health and well being. According to Susan Winter Ward, author of the
book Yoga for the Young at Heart (Nataraj Publishing, 2002), insists there is nobody for whom yoga is completely off limits. “If you’re
breathing, you can do yoga,” Ward says. “All it takes is some creativity to adapt poses to any level of ability.”
Simple postures (called asanas) can increase flexibility, blood flow, reduces muscular tension, improves
digestion, nerves and respiratory system efficiency, eliminate asthma, diabetes, migraine, lower back pain, high blood pressure and arthritis. Movement
decreases stiffness, rigidity and strengthens our muscles, ligaments and joints. Yoga reduces the need for prescription drugs. People over the age
of 70 take an average of 8 prescription medications daily. Yoga is shown to reduce the needs for prescription drugs. [Read more…]
I love yoga. Every time I leave a yoga class, I feel lighter, more flexible and I become a happier person. (It’s not that I’m a unhappy person but yoga definitely enhances my mood!) I have been practicing for about 7 years and I have watched myself grow physically, emotionally and spiritually through my practice. The more I practice, the more I believe that yoga is an important practice for everyone. (And yes, I mean everyone). I often recommend patients try yoga as a gentle alternative to exercise but it is much more than that. Many people find much more satisfaction and spiritual fulfillment in a yoga class as compared to regular exercise. [Read more…]
Winning Futures is a non-profit that I’ve worked with in the past. They pair mentors with at-risk youth. The time commitment is minimal yet it is very rewarding. Can you imagine giving a child the encouragement and self esteem to let them know that they can truly accomplish their dreams?
Winning Futures Mentor Kimle Mitchell stated, “My time with Winning Futures has been very rewarding, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to mentor with this organization. The structure of the program and the guidance from the staff to support its mentors, made me feel confident that I was truly helping my students improve their lives. This year has truly been a life-changing experience for me, which is why I selected Winning Futures to be supported by the National Cares Mentoring Movement for resources to mentor more students.” [Read more…]
Ever since my first herbs class, I have loved working with Chinese herbs. It is through Chinese herbs that the true art of Chinese medicine really shines. In practice, using herbs is key in helping patients progress in their healing. The building blocks of Chinese medicine are single herbs. Individual herbs are categorized based upon their taste, temperature, and channels affected. Tastes have specific functions, and therefore the way a formula tastes is indicative of what it is trying to accomplish. [Read more…]
Saturday June 18th
8 am – to 9 am
Access your deep core stabilizers using the amazing Yamuna BODY ROLLING Technique. This gentle and restorative experience will empower YOU to access your deep, innate stabilization system. Think self-guided massage and relief- ahh!!
Using the Yamuna Body Rolling Technique we will explore areas of the body that hold tension and lead to restriction! This user-friendly technique will surprise and delight you with immediate and profound results of stretching and relaxing your muscle and connective tissue. Feel a greater ability to sustain optimal posture. Great for a review or a comprehensive introduction to the work!
Cost: $25 per class
Space is limited, to reserve your spot please call:
Increased range of motion
Improved alignment in all parts of the body
Increased muscle tone
Increased organ function
To find out more or reserve your spot, please contact Inspired Wellness in Birmingham
As healthcare practitioners, we are often asked what books we recommend for various health concerns. One of my favorite books is called “Ask & It is Given” by Esther and Jerry Hicks. I first read this book in 2005 and it really has changed my life. The 1st half of the book reviews the basic concept of it which is called the “Law of Attraction”. In simple terms, it says that everything you think or feel has an energetic vibration to it. So every time you have a thought or feeling, you are releasing that energetic vibration into the universe. Then, your circumstances shift to match that vibration. You know that happy-go-lucky person in your life that always seems to have the best things happen to him? Or how about that person who never seems to catch a break? Both of those people are (probably unknowingly) using the Law of Attraction.
The 2nd half of the book is my favorite part because it provides tools to increase your energetic vibration. This means that if you have a certain situation which is really bothering you, you can use a quick tool in the book to shift your mindset regarding that situation. It’s a really great way to keep yourself in the “zone” regardless of what’s happening around you. Just to be clear, this doesn’t mean ignoring something that’s negative in your life. But actually it means that you can be a stand for love and peace, in the midst of fear and anger. What a powerful place to be! The tools are really useful because they help you to make a slow and gradual shift. Often times when people want to move forward in their healing, they want to do it at warp speed! When infact, sometimes the best way to go is slow and steady. That way you are honestly and authentically moving forward in your beliefs about that situation, rather than just covering them up.
Their website also has a lot of videos, cd’s, and other great books you can feel free to check out.
Please let me in on any benefits you’ve gotten from reading the book – I’d love to hear them!
Affect damage is a concept within TCM that describes how our emotions affect us on a physical level. It is the concept that our emotions play an integral part in our state of health. There are five basic emotions recognized within TCM: joy, grief, thought, fear and anger. In a well-balanced system, it is expected that people will experience each of these emotions in their appropriate context. TCM views pathology when any one of these emotions is felt more than others or is displayed in an inappropriate manner. We have the potential to damage ourselves in this manner every day. In fact, most people who come into our office are under a heavy load of stress that leads to excessive worry. If continued unchecked, this worry and stress can wreak havoc upon the body. As awareness grows within the mainstream for the mind/body/spirit connection, people are becoming more aware of exactly how much our mind affects our body. In the meantime, it is important that we all develop our own methods of keeping our stress in check.
Here are a few tips that I have found to be particularly helpful:
- Stop yourself! When you become aware that you are worrying or stressed about something, take a physical inventory of your body. Do your shoulders hurt? Did you lose your appetite? Are you craving something? Try to first make yourself aware that you are in a moment of stress, and then try to figure out where you are placing this stress within your body.
- Take 10 deep breaths. Deep breathing is a mechanical way that you can help calm your nervous system and calm your mind.
- Live in the moment. Yes, it is a cliché. Remember that we have little to no control over the future. Rather than worry about what is coming up tomorrow, focus on what is happening today! You can control your actions today and that may have an effect on what happens tomorrow.
- Remember that the world is bigger than you. This is a personal one for me. Whenever I become overcome with the stresses in my own life, I remember that there are more troubles and bigger issues in the world than the ones I am dealing with. Not to discount my own experience but gaining a wider perspective is a great coping method.
- Get a hobby. (Hopefully a healthy one—like exercise, rather than a daily cocktail) Sometimes a little distraction is all it takes to chill out.
In these modern times, we are busy. We are busy juggling our work lives, personal lives, hobbies, etc. Between all of our responsibilities, we try to fit in a movie or a book. With all of this busyness, many people are experiencing anxiety. The nervous system of the human body is not really designed for the type of constant stress that we are under. Rather, our nervous system prefers to be in “rest & repair mode” most of the day while switching over to “fight or flight” only when something life threatening occurs. But with people feeling so overwhelmed by the amount of things on their to do list, they subsequently feel frazzled.
One way to calm the nervous system, as well as calm our emotional selves, is to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. During anxiety, the nervous system releases catecholamine hormones that trigger an increase in heart rate & breathing. There is also a constriction of blood vessels in many parts of the body and a tightening of the muscles. When we focus on gratitude, a cascade of endorphins is released that produce a feeling of well-being. When we start to focus on our blessings, we actually create a renewed sense of love for life not only in our minds but also in our bodies.
The easiest way to create that attitude of gratitude is to go on a ‘rampage of appreciation’ (see Ask & It is Given by Esther & Jerry Hicks). Basically, say one thing that you are grateful for. And as you experience that gratitude, let another thing slip into your mind. Most of us are fortunate enough to have many wonderful blessings so we don’t need to think too hard. If you’re having trouble, start here. “I am grateful for my eyes that see the beauty around me & allow me to read this article.” As you find more and more to be grateful for, you may realize that sometimes negativity creates your perception, rather than this optimistic view. It’s really a rather simple exercise, but it can have dramatic short term & long term benefits. It is a great tool to allow people to enjoy their lives, no matter how busy they are. In fact, many find that they can cultivate an appreciation for their active lives. They are able to choose to interpret the busyness as a gift.
Blessings on your journey,
Monica Mae Leibson