We practice fire cupping, which means we use a flame to burn the air out of the inside of the cup and then quickly place the glass cup onto the skin. The suction will hold the cups firmly in place and feels great. Sometimes the cups are left in place, sometimes they are slid up and down the back, sometimes they are popped on and off, depending on what your practitioner thinks is the best approach for you.
Cupping is like an inverted massage. Instead of pressure being applied into the surface of the muscles, the cups create a suction, and pull the blood to the surface of the skin. Think of your muscles like a sponge. When you have some pain or injury, nothing is moving and your muscles are stiff and stuck, like stale water in the sponge. The cups move the blood up to the surface so that new, fresh blood can come in with oxygen and immune cells to do the necessary repair work. The marks that are left behind aren’t exactly “bruises”, because the process isn’t damaging any of your cells, it is just moving blood and fluids around. What is interesting is that as an area starts to heal, and the stagnant blood gets cleared out, the marks that are left behind become less and less purple, and last for a shorter time.
So if you have an old shoulder injury, or a muscle in your back that is always twinging, you can come in and gets some acupuncture and some cupping. Or if you feel some apprehension about those tiny acupuncture needles, we can just cup you. For some people, if they have a lot of stagnation their cupping marks will be rather dark and will sometimes take 2 weeks to go away. These same people will also feel an enormous amount of relief after that first treatment. Every treatment after that, the marks will be less pronounced as there will be less and less stagnation to clear.
While cupping is safe and feels good, we do not recommend cupping for people who have bleeding disorders, are on blood thinning medications, or have anemia, any type of skin infection, or thin/fragile skin.
Dr. Jennifer Bezjek, M.S., DAOM
Transform your skin from the inside out naturally and effectively with out surgery or chemical injections. Cosmetic acupuncture, also known as facial acupuncture, is an ancient beauty secret and is used by both men and women as a non-toxic way to minimize fine lines and wrinkles from the face. It reduces the signs of aging by renewing the glow of the skin and providing a youthful look to the face. Cosmetic acupuncture needles create stimulation to areas of facial tissue by increasing the circulation of blood flow to the wrinkles and thus producing more collagen production, resulting in less wrinkle formation.
Facial Acupuncture + Massage + Mask
We use a combination of facial rejuvenation acupuncture, facial cupping, gua sha, and micro-needling to help our clients attain healthy and vibrant skin.
Anti-aging Acupuncture treatments help to:
Slow signs of aging
Softens lines and wrinkles
Reduce muscle tension that may be causing unsightly lines
Reduce puffiness and under eye bags
Increase moisture and elasticity
Improve skin texture
Balance systemic issues
What will it feel like?
If you are familiar with typical acupuncture, you know you may have a slight, initial sensation when the needle is inserted, but then it is fine. The face is very sensitive, so you will naturally have more sensation with facial needling. Therefore, needles are inserted firmly. However, the discomfort is not long-lasting. Once all the needles are inserted, usually within ten or fifteen minutes, the discomfort recedes, and you relax comfortably with the needles for 15 - 25 minutes. After the needles are removed, you may feel energized, deeply relaxed, or both. You may feel your skin has tightened, or your face is lifted. You may feel a sense of well-being.
What are the side effects?
The side effect that usually concerns patients the most is bruising. If you opt to do the treatment we do our best to avoid bruising but it is not always possible. It is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when. You will bruise, and likely much more than once. The bruises can be small or large, flat or swollen, on any part of the face. Bruises typically take 5 - 10 days to fade. The separate consent form for acupuncture of the face and eye includes more information about facial bruising.
How should I handle bruises?
Bruises can be rubbed very, very gently with the fingertips and some arnica gel, eye cream, or other light skin lubricant, to stimulate circulation to carry away the stuck blood. This will also be done during your session. You can cover them up if you wish with concealer or other make-up. They generally fade on their own without care in about 5 - 10 days, but may take longer than that.
What commitment is required from me?
As with all medical care, you are free to say yes or no to whatever care you like. You can try a treatment and decide it isn’t for you and not continue. You can ask that certain areas not be needled. I may counsel you that for best effect, certain areas need to be included, but ultimately, you are in control. It is recommended to repeat a session every two weeks for four to six weeks, then monthly thereafter for 3 months.
Dawna Ara, LAc & Elanita Korian, LAc
Use acupuncture facial rejuvenation, Wakefield, Gellis, and Mei Zen techniques, facial massage, herbal medicine, nutritional counseling, and natural skin care products to help you feel and look better.
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There are two varieties - flat leaf Italian Parsley and the curly parsley we all know as 'garnish'. The flat leaf variety is less bitter and more fragrant. If you cannot find flat leaf, curly parsley will also work here.
I discovered this tasty salad on Vibrant Nutrition. This salad goes well with grilled meats (neutralize that grill smoke!), chicken, pork, clams, and fish as well as Moroccan and Middle Eastern cuisine, when it is often served as a accompaniment to meals for it's cooling effect on hot days.
(serves 4 as a main salad, or 6 as a small accompaniment)
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Dogs are the eleventh sign in the zodiac and are seen as independent, sincere, loyal and decisive, who aren't afraid of difficulties in life. Due to these characteristics they also enjoy harmonious relationships with those around them will sniff out corruption to expose truth.
The element of Earth adds a year of healing, stability, and a focus on nutrition. Pay special attention to what you "feed" yourself this year, i.e. food, news, ideas, thought. Fairness will be a key theme this Dog year and the Earth element is here to remind us that.
February 16th marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year 4716, the year of the dog. This is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese culture. The festivities start on the first day of the month of February and continue until the fifteenth day– the day of the Lantern Festival. On this evening, when the moon is shining the brightest, you can find beautiful displays of lanterns and children carrying them while marching in parades.
It’s important in the Chinese culture to have a clean home before the beginning of the New Year, some people refer to the pre-celebration tradition as a way to “sweep away bad luck.” It’s believed that cleaning not only rids the home of bad luck that was accumulated over the past year but also creates a new environment for good luck to occur again.
There are many different ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Each tradition offers a small glimpse into the deep history of the Chinese people and their customs. So this month: celebrate, experience, and most importantly, “Gong Xi Fa Cai!”
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Eat the roasted veggies as a side dish to protein or top it on salads. If you make a big batch, you can even dump a bunch of roasted veggies into bone broth and puree it into a delicious roasted vegetable soup. The possibilities are endless! Go forth and roast.
1-2 pounds of vegetables (carrots, turnips, rutabaga, etc)
1 TBS ghee or coconut oil
1 TBS cumin 2 TSP turmeric 1 TSP chili powder (optional)
1 TSP salt 1/4 TSP pepper Finely chopped fresh cilantro & mint (optional)
1. Heat oven to 420 degrees.
2. Prepare all root vegetables by peeling and dicing into same size cubes no bigger than 1 inch by 1/2 inch.
3. Using your hands, coat the vegetables with oil and all spices except for the cilantro & mint.
4. Spread vegetables on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper for easier clean up, and place in oven for 20-25 minutes. Keep an eye on the "doneness" in the last 5 minutes. Some folks like a little char, some don't.
5. When done, keep in oven for an extra 5 minutes - this seems to steam the veggies a bit more for added tenderness. Top with fresh cilantro and mint and enjoy!
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