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It’s mid-week and your energy might be feeling a little low. We thought this might help you put some hop in your step to carry you through the rest of the week! 
And of course, you could always come in for an acupuncture treatment or massage at one of our clinics. 
We hope to see you soon!
-PCOM

It’s mid-week and your energy might be feeling a little low. We thought this might help you put some hop in your step to carry you through the rest of the week!

And of course, you could always come in for an acupuncture treatment or massage at one of our clinics.

We hope to see you soon!

-PCOM

(via biteszwellness)

Elite Cyclists in The Tour De France Use Acupuncture to Maintain Their Health

Athletes sacrifice their bodies for the love of the game. Pain, injuries, and stress are all part of the deal for those who choose to commit themselves to a sport.

The 2014 Tour De France is well underway and hundreds of cyclists are putting their endurance to the test  as they race through the beautiful mountains of France. 

It takes dedication and effort to keep your body in shape. That’s why elite cyclist, Alberto Contador is using East Asian medicine to combat his knee pain.

In discussing his choice to turn to acupuncture to aid his ailment, Contador stated “The inflammation is bad. To help take care of it I am using acupuncture.”

READ MORE HERE!

It’s the Friday Wrap Up!

Another Celebrity Jumps on the Acupuncture Bandwagon!

It’s no surprise that celebrities are fans of East Asian medicine. Photos of numerous celebrities (Jennifer Aniston, Kim Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, to name a few) receiving acupuncture and sporting cupping marks on their backs have been splashed across the media.

The latest celebrity to jump on the ancient medicine bandwagon is Katy Perry!

Katy Perry receiving acupuncture:

Check out this article about her new found obsession with acupuncture!

Are you ready to schedule an acupuncture treatment for yourself? Make sure to give one of our clinics a call and ensure a relaxing experience in the near future! Happy healing!

-PCOM

5 Chinese Herbs to Use at Home

Chinese herbs have impressive healing abilities. Our minds, bodies, and spirits can greatly benefit from natural herbal remedies.

Here are 5 Chinese Herbs that you can incorporate into your everyday life:

Cinnamon/Gui Zhi- This herb in great for treating menstrual issues such as cramps and stopped or missed periods.


Ginger/Sheng Giang- As a natural inflammatory, ginger works well for morning sickness, nausea, pain relief, heartburn, and colds, just to name a few.

Goji Berry/ Gou Qi Zi- Goji berries increase longevity, strengthen your immune system, improve your vision, and protect your liver.

Astragalus/ Huang Qi- This is a wonderful herb to prevent colds, allergies, and flu. It also combats bacteria, viruses, and inflammation.

Ginseng- Ginseng stimulates your immune system and fights fatigue. It helps the body adapt to stress and can also improve blood cholesterol, lower blood sugar levels, and enhance stamina.

It’s the Friday Wrap Up!

Bright Ideas for Ambient Lighting: Lighting Ideas for Massage Practice Rooms

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When patients come in to receive a massage they expect a tranquil and relaxing experience. The lighting in a massage therapy room should reflect a peaceful and inviting environment. Proper lighting has the power to put anyone at ease. Lighting can also complement other elements of the room such as colors, patterns, and throw pillows.

Check out these lighting ideas to ensure enjoyable treatments for your patients:

Wall Lighting

Ceiling lights can often be invasive and direct. Mount lights high on the walls of your treatment room for a calmer effect. A number of different styles of wall sconces are available, but colored or frosted glass will promote an ideal atmosphere. Hanging lanterns are also a great alternative.

Candles

Candles are  a simple and effective way to produce ambient lighting in a room. Place candles on a tray or in a candleholder filled with glass beads or colored sand for an extra touch. Scented candles can provide soothing aspects to massage treatments as well.

Windows

If there are windows in your massage treatment room, make sure that they are fully covered to prevent sunlight from shining through. A darker, subtler room is ideal for a massage session. Maintain the atmosphere with heavy wooden slat blinds covered with curtains that complement the room’s décor.

*Fun Lighting Idea*:

An out of the ordinary source of soothing light is a fish tank. The tank can provide subdued light and cast indistinct shadows against the walls of the massage room. The fish tank also has the added benefit of giving the client a relaxing, ever-changing scene to observe.

Don’t forget that these tips can also be applied to homes as well!

If you are ready for a massage in a peaceful setting, then make sure to schedule an appointment with one of our clinics—guaranteed relaxation!

-PCOM