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Upgrade your baths to B.E.P. baths

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For years now, I have recommended Epson salt baths as a fantastic way to help wind down the nervous system, relax the mind, and decrease muscle pain and soreness.

Recently I learned about B.E.P. baths. This stands for Baking soda, Epsom salt, and hydrogen Peroxide. 
Use a ratio is 1 cup baking soda to 4 cup of Epsom salts to 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide.

I’ve taken a few of these baths now, and I like them it better. I’ve changed my recommendation to B.E.P. baths for patients.

I like them better because of the added benefit of its skin detoxifying and clarifying properties.

Now, like a lot of things in life, the research is a little vague on the “scientific” benefits of these. 
Here’s an article to help with your own due diligence and suitability…

…however, from the direct experience of my patients, my colleagues, my friends, and myself, I can say without hesitation that these make people feel better.

Sometimes, I don’t need proof to tell me if something feels good and is a benefit to me or not.

This is one of those cases.

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The best hack for sleep in a decade

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I was turned on to mouth taping about three months ago by my brother, and separately by a mentor, both of whom had been taping their mouth shut for years while sleeping.

My brother told me about James Nestor’s book “Breath.”

I am a pretty avid reader, but I still haven’t read the actual book.

However, I have listened to podcasts where Nestor has been interviewed.

The index card summary is: we are supposed to breath through our nose, not our mouth. And, many modern day health problems can be attributed to mouth breathing.

Turns out Eleven in “Stranger Things” was right.

We should breath as much as possible through our noses – like all animals on earth do.

This includes while we sleep.

Hence, mouth taping.

I use blue painter’s tape, and put a postage-sized piece on the front of my mouth right before going to bed.

It’s a game-changer.

Here’s what I’ve noticed the past few months:
1. I sleep more deeply through the night.

2. I dream more and recall dreams better.

3. I, paradoxically, experience less congestion in the morning, even though I am breathing through my nose.

4. I wake up way more rested.

Consistently the best sleep I’ve had in three years.

Do you have something that makes a huge difference for you regarding sleep?

If so, share it with me. Would love to hear what it is.

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Reopening May 22nd

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Please read this entire post to familiarize yourself with the protocols I have set up for your safety and comfort.

Re-opening date: I will begin seeing patients again this Friday, May 22.

Pre-screenings: I will perform an initial pre-screening over the phone the day before your appointment. When you arrive for your treatment, I will take your temperature and ask the pre-screening questions again. If your temperature is elevated or your answers indicate potential infection, I may ask you to reschedule your appointment.

Waiver: You’ll need to read and initial a release form required by my liability insurance.

Acu Only: Initially, I will be offering acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine sessions only. I am unsure when I will be re-opening for bodywork. At this time, I recommend coming in for a treatment if you’re experiencing any of the following:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Pain of any kind
  • Digestive issues

Fees: The price for acupuncture treatments are $85 per session for existing clients.

Masks: You will be required to wear a mask throughout the appointment. I will also be wearing a mask and gloves the entire time.

Hours: For now, I will be seeing patients Wednesdays from 9 AM to 2 PM and Fridays from 9 AM to 5 PM. I will schedule 30-minute breaks between all appointments to clean the room and common areas.

Waiting Room: Please note that the waiting room will NOT be open. I ask that you wait in your car before the appointment and text me at your scheduled appointment time to let me know you’ve arrived. I will then meet you at the front door and run through the pre-screening procedure with you.

I will keep you informed as I learn more about the state’s re-opening plan and its implications for acupuncturists.

Thank you for your patience. I can’t wait to see you and assist you in feeling better.

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Acceptance, Surrender, Resignation

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These three words are different in very important and significant ways.

All three (four) definitions are the first ones listed in The American College Dictionary, Random House 1962.

Acceptance – act of taking or receiving something offered.

Surrender – to yield (something) to the possession or power of another.

Resignation – act of resigning
Resign – to give up an office or position (often fol. by from).

Those three words, by definition, are not the same.

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Clarification and an Offer for You

Woman doing yoga on sunny cliffTwo important items that I need to update you on.

Closed through April 7th
Based upon the State mandate for business shut down and shelter-at-home, my office is going to remain closed through Tuesday, April 7th.

At this point, Wednesday, April 8th will be my first day physically back in the office.

I seems like we’re all going to have to stay flexible and fluid about this, so of course even this timing is subject to change.

Clarification and OFFER for you
A friend asked me if I was seeing existing patients on-line, in addition to initial free consultations…

…and the answer is YES.

Sorry I didn’t make that clear.

In the spirit of keeping the wheels turning, I am offering a special rate of only $49 per session for the first 8 existing clients who request one.

We will come up with a custom immune support plan, or address the health issues that you are struggling with at home – no matter what those are, I know I can be of service you.

If there are any herbal formulas or supplements that can support you, I can either arrange for curbside pickup at my office, or a few of the companies I work with have drop shipping available straight to your door.

I have created an appointment on my scheduling software for on-line consultations. Feel free to book on-line for these.

You can also email or text me for to set up an appointment.

Please note that this is for existing clients…new clients will need to request a Free Initial Consultation.

Stay well.

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