This post was originally published on Medicine Wheel Wellness’ Blog, to learn more or subscribe, click here. Acupuncture and Dry Needling Acupuncture is an ancient medicine that currently requires a master’s degree to practice. Acupuncturists are required to pass a national certifying board exam, as well as become certified in clean needle technique and spend over 1,000 hours in a supervised, hands-on, clinical setting. Dry needling has been around since the 1940s and has recently begun gaining in popularity at PT clinics, where licensed physical therapists use it as an additional tool in their bag of healing techniques. Related: The Sun and Jupiter Combine This Week to Create Upbeat Energy. Be Ready For Positivity! During dry needling, needles are placed directly into the location of pain (usually soft-tissue related). This causes a lesion in the tissue small enough to avoid damage but big enough to cause the body to release and send its natural anti-inflammatory chemicals to the area to expedite healing. Acupuncture also targets injured tissues this way, but includes many other points on the body correlated with energy flow referred to as meridians. The whole body approach to treatment allows the practitioner to look beyond the local pain. Acupuncture has a […]
The Sun and Jupiter Combine This Week to Create Upbeat Energy. Be Ready For Positivity!
by Lyn Dalebout Star Signposts: Week of Last Quarter Moon September 23-29 Last Quarter Moon “Huckleberry Beauty’ photograph by Lyn Dalebout This week, as we complete the current SolLunar cycle, we are greeted with the upbeat, opportunity-offering Sun/Jupiter conjunction. The actual conjunction takes place on Sunday, September 25, but it is working positively, expansively with us all week long. Keep in mind, Mercury was retrograde most of this SolLunar cycle, and just went direct on September 21. That meant the focus was best used to let go of stuff, ideas, attitudes, completed dreams, or research areas of interest that you want to pursue with anticipation of the forward moving New Moon/SolLunar cycle that begins on September 30. **It’s the last week of my Fall Equinox discounts on all my sidereal astrological readings. Send me an email if you are interested! Thank you.** ~~~~~ Here is a description of the qualities of the Last Quarter Moon phase compliments of my friend and sidereal colleague, Nick Anthony Fiorenza at Lunar Planner: This phase completes with our Inner Needs surfacing to consciousness, to become aware of what is important to self and what is not. A sense of completion comes forth with a recognition that the […]
Is Your Energetic Body Healthy?
by Becky Watson Your Energetic Body Just as we care for our physical body through exercise and a healthy diet, we too must care for our energetic body. Energetic body…wait…what? Most people would hear energetic body and stop reading or listening. The assumption is that anyone who speaks of the energy of the body is speaking of quackery or witchcraft. We didn’t learn the subject in school, therefore it cannot be accepted as real. Or can it? Related: Nuggets from the Cosmic Café: Finding Purpose There is no question in our minds that when we eat food, our body automatically begins a process that we know as digestion. We do not question this process. In fact we have all studied it just enough to know that we accept the miracle of digestion and our bodies experience this process without us telling it to do so. Circulation is another intriguing process that we accept from science as fact. We do not wake up in the morning and say, ‘Okay, now, I must circulate my blood.’ Our body ‘knows’ that circulation is its job and it does so accordingly. However, we have learned that we have a responsibility to fuel the body with […]
Nuggets from the Cosmic Café: Finding Purpose
by Carol Mann * This article was previously published in “Planet Jackson Hole” Finding Purpose Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that… Because what the world really needs is people who have come alive.”– philosopher and civil rights leader Howard W Thurman As the world is rapidly changing, more and more people are feeling the need to align to a higher calling, to live a deeper sense of purpose, and to focus their gifts and talents toward the greater good. Having a sense of purpose is key for our well-being and lasting fulfillment. How each person defines that is an intersection of many variables. Soul Purpose From a soulful perspective, fulfilling one’s highest potential in both personal evolution and contribution to the world happens when our soul’s wisdom and directives are in the driver’s seat of our live. Metaphorically speaking, the personality/ego/ mind chatter are in the passenger’s seat. (Note to self: We cannot get rid of the ego and we don’t have to be run by it.) The bottom line is knowing yourself, discovering what enlivens you in life, and applying your energy, natural talents and skills to what makes you […]
Food & You: The Body-Mind Connection
There’s no doubt about it what we eat, and how much we eat, has a direct impact on our physical health. But did you know that those same choices also influence mood, mental alertness, memory, and emotional wellbeing? Food can act as medicine, have a neutral effect, or it can be a poison to the body and mind. When food acts as poison, it creates inflammation, which alters the body’s balance of nutrients, hormones, and neurotransmitters. This directly affects your body’s ability to manage and heal from stress or illness. Related: Eclipse today, then finally we get a breather. While some body-mind effects are due to naturally occurring nutrient content in food, much is due to hidden additives. Below, are four common culprits. If you’re experiencing symptoms that interfere with your quality of living, talk with your natural health practitioner about the role these or other foods may play in your health. Foods that Impact Body-Mind Wellbeing Caffeine: The most socially accepted psychoactive substance in the world, caffeine is used to boost alertness, enhance performance, and even treat apnea in premature infants. Caffeine is frequently added to other foods, so be mindful of total consumption. Too much caffeine (500-600 mg […]
Eclipse today, then finally we get a breather.
by Lyn Dalebout Star Signposts: Week of Full Moon Eclipse September 16-22 Full Moon Eclipse in Virgo/Pisces “Yellowstone’s light on the land~Lewis Falls” photograph by Lyn Dalebout Even though we will be riding a reckoning wave of Lunar Eclipse this week, the upcoming astrological aspects are somewhat milder in influence than recent weeks, hopefully providing a breathing space to integrate our deep, transformational shifts of recent months. Because this Full Moon is exactly linked to healing, shamanic, magical Chiron, it will make this Lunar Eclipse exceptionally life-changing and potent. We will also complete the Mercury retrograde cycle, and thankfully, Mars completes it’s six month transit through deepwater Scorpio and enters reach-for-the Light Sagittarius. I will be offering my Fall Equinox discounts on all my sidereal astrological readings until the end of September. Send me an email if you are interested! Thank you. ~~~~~ Here is a brief synopsis of the Full Moon characteristics that hold true to every Full Moon from my from my friend and sidereal colleague Nick Anthony Fiorenza at Lunar Planner. “The Full Moon marks the point of coition in the lunar cycle, the climax, the point of excitement, a time of celebration. The day just after the Full Moon is […]