Tips for Better Mood & Energy in Perimenopause…

Perimenopause is lasting a while for many women.

…Sometimes Perimenopause lasts longer than 5 years.

 

Common Symptoms:

  • Easily stressed
  • Hot flashes
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Low Energy 
  • Poor Sleep
  • Mind fog

 

Stressed out more?

Hot flashes can start happening during the daytime, night time or both. 

 

Mood swings may look like depression or anxiety or both.

Weight gain usually occurs-especially around the middle (the cardiovascular “danger” zone).

 

Energy may decrease.

Sleep can get worse and feeling “tired and wired” can make it hard to fall asleep.

 

Brain fog can make it hard to concentrate at work or in keeping track of appointments, etc.

 

 

Prevention can go a long way…

So, you may as well take care of yourself early-on…

 

Tips for Self-Care:

  • Easy-going Movements
  • Avoid Alcohol
  • Acupuncture
  • Meditate
  • Herbs
  • Diet

Easy-going movements like Walking, Yoga, Tai chi/ Qi gong can help ease us out of Fight-or-Flight mode. Yoga, especially relaxing types such as Yin Yoga can prove helpful during Perimenopause. 

 

Avoiding alcohol, especially if it causes hot flashes or disturbs sleep is a good idea.

I am not saying you need to remove it forever. Just edit it out for a bit to see how you feel.

Maybe you add it back in once the storm has passed.

I routinely like to remove things from life when they are not working for me.

Try it out and see!

 

Meditation is proven, like acupuncture to move you from the Fight or Flight Sympathetic Nervous System,

to the Rest and Digest Parasympathetic “Relaxed” Nervous System.

In fact, both are proven through research to help lower high blood pressure!

Both Meditation practice and Acupuncture are able to help relax the Nervous System!

 

Many herbs can be helpful for balancing the body’s hormones and diet is of course, always key to health.

I try to eat a “Low Inflammation” diet as much as possible.

 

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Thanks for Reading!

 

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

 

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Aleesha treats pain, energy, and digestion successfully by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your appointment!

 

Feel Better, Move Forward

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson St.

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

 

Grief Relief

Relief from Grief…

Grief Relief

Ways to Find Relief During Grief

All of us deal with grief, eventually.

Grief is a difficult journey.

The only way through, is through.

Here are a few healthy tools to help us deal with it…

 

One tool is Acupuncture treatment…

 

Acupuncture treatments can be tailored to help You handle Grief.

Acupuncture can help lower the intensity of our raw emotions, can help with anxiety and with more sound sleep.

This is because Acupuncture helps our bodies move out of Fight or Flight within the Sympathetic Nervous System

-into Rest and Digest within the Para Sympathetic Nervous System.

 

Other ways to deal with Grief:

  • Books on Grief
  • Talking with a trusting friend with good listening skills
  • Joining an in-person or online support group 
  • Movement: Yoga, Qigong/ Tai Qi and Walking 
  • Music 
  • Talk therapist (some specialize in Grief)
  • Meditation

 

Books on dealing with Grief that I recommend:

On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss  -Kubler-Ross and Kessler

 

Love Pain: Stories of Loss and Survival-Lynn Jaffee

 

It’s OK That You’re NOT OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture that Doesn’t Understand -Megan Devine

 

Comfort for the Grieving Parent’s Heart -Gary Roe

 

-What I like about the book On Grief and Grieving by Kubler-Ross and Kessler is used by many psychotherapists and does not adhere to the outdated idea of having to go through the stages of grief in a particular order.

 

-The book Love Pain: Stories of Loss and Survival by Lynn Jaffee is written in a unique way and it quickly shines a light on what makes us human, what matters most to us all. Jaffee shows us that we can survive grief-though we feel that we will not!

-Devine’s book, It’s OK That You’re Not OK helps one to deal with others who don’t respond in helpful ways to our grief. They mean well, but may end up hurting us further with their well-meaning comments. It also gives us permission to take the time we need to go through the grieving process. Yes, it is a process.

 

Other Grief Resources to try:

If you belong to a church, university, or other community group,

reach out to them and ask about resources they may have available to you.

Many have free grief counseling. 

Meditation is a life-long tool that is free to us. More info on Meditation Resources Here.

 

–Remember, we are social creatures.

We need help once in a while to get back up.

That is O.K.

In fact, it is healthy to ask for help in this case.

 

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Thanks for Reading!

 

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

 

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Aleesha treats pain, energy, and digestion successfully by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your appointment!

 

Feel Better, Move Forward

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson St.

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

This Acupuncture Point can be used as an AcuPressure Point at home to Relieve Stress...

Yin Tang is the acupuncture point between the eyebrows.

Yin Tang is great for relieving stress.

Aleesha D relaxes with acupuncture

Simply press lightly on this acupuncture point (or in your case, acupressure point).

You may also lightly rub this area if you prefer to massage.

Hold or massage lightly for about 30 seconds.

 

This is a point used often by me on my patients for stress relief.

I can remember having acupuncture treatments I have had where I was chatting away to the acupuncturist until she placed Yin Tang in my forehead…

 

Then I suddenly stopped talking and my stress level just slowly lowered. I could not even remember what I was talking about, but You Know What?

 

I did not Care.

 

The acupuncture needle had signaled to the point and then to my brain…

that it was time to relax.

Both Brain AND Body.

 

I think I even fell asleep during the treatment.

 

Try it out at home-acuPRESSURE that is!

 

Yin Tang.

Right between your eyebrows.

Hold or rub lightly for about 30 seconds.

 

Another Point for Anxiety (with Low Energy) is called Du-20 Baihui.

Located on top of the head, slightly behind the middle of the top of the head.

This point is the Sea of Marrow.

I often use it on patients with spine or joint issues for this reason.

 

Baihui Du-20.

Toward the back of the top of your head.

Hold or rub lightly for about 30 seconds.

 

 

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Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

 

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Aleesha treats pain, energy, and digestion successfully by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your appointment!

 

Feel Better, Move Forward

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson St.

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Four Ways Acupuncture Helps Hot flashes and Night Sweats

  1. Triggers more positive mood (by activating endorphin pathways)-May help you deal better with symptoms!
  2. Decreases secretion of calcitonin (neuropeptide that causes vasodilation) *vasodilation triggers warm body temperature
  3. Increases melatonin  
  4. Prompts Your Body to Return back to Homeostasis *Homeostasis= condition of optimal functioning for an organism

Most Patients suffering with hot flashes report less frequency and less intense symptoms after acupuncture.

 

How Acupuncture Helps Hot Flashes

Acupuncture triggers a more positive mood by activating endorphin pathways. Patients can move from anxiety, depression and irritability to feeling chill and relaxed.

Acupuncture prompts the body to decrease vasodilation in order to reduce heat and perspiration in the body, helping the individual both day and night.

Acupuncture increases Melatonin, the sleep hormone necessary for sound sleep. Melatonin is disturbed during hot flashes and night sweats occurring at night.

This is why many get acupuncture for Insomnia!

 

Acupuncture helps the body return to its natural, healthy state of homeostasis. Homeostasis is the condition of optimal functioning for an organism.

Another example of this is when acupuncture lowers blood pressure in someone with high blood pressure.

 

Read How Acupuncture Helps High blood Pressure Here

 

Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

 

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Aleesha treats energy, digestion and fertility issues successfully by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

 

Feel Better, Move Forward

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson St.

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

 

Why Your Anxiety Worsens in Spring… Liver Yang is Rising!

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, 

Your Qi (Energy) in the body (and other creatures & plants) is affected by Spring time.

Spring time is the start of increased “Yang” Energy.

Yang Energy (versus the opposite, Yin) brings upward, sometimes a quick, rushing movement.

 

The Liver is the organ in TCM of Spring time.

The Liver is easily “Angered.”

The Liver can easily “attack” other organs.

Example: Liver attacks Stomach (Acid Reflux or Vertigo)

 

What this Means?…

Increased:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive Upset

 

What You Can Do to Ground Yourself…

  • Stand barefooted on the ground outside (when conditions permit)
  • Breathing exercises
  • Qi Gong exercises
  • Acupuncture
  • Yoga Poses

Yoga poses: Tree Pose & Warrior II 

-Get in for Acupuncture to treat Spring time Insomnia, Anxiety, Acid Reflux and Headaches.

Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck.

Aleesha specializes in treating pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as stress, hot flashes, mood imbalance, low energy and for Cosmetic Acupuncture for wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines and improvement in overall skin tone . Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

 

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture say they feel listened to and taken care of.

They are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

 

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson Street just off Highway 10 with free parking.

Get in and Feel Better, Move Forward!

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Applying Essential oil to Acupuncture Points for Sleep:

Sometimes I like to apply peppermint or lavender essential oil to the bottoms of the feet on K-1 acupuncture point.

(see last post on Acupuncture Points to Massage at Home for Sleep)

 

Using a cotton ball or a cotton swab can avoid getting the oil into your eyes later!

Trust me-avoiding peppermint oil in the eyes will also ensure better sleep.

 

Massaging the essential oil into the soles of your feet at this point helps bring the “Qi” or energy down from the head

(over-thinking) and into the feet. This can help us to feel more grounded and relaxed and ready for sleep. 

 

Also, I believe the sheer ritual of rubbing oil into the feet can be soothing to the mind.

It is almost like the mind can relax in knowing we are taking care of the body and it is okay to stop thinking now.

This is why it is part of my bedtime routine.

 

Many of my patients ask which brand I use…I like to use Aura Cacia brand for essential oils since they are mostly organic and are a local MN company (support local). I also really like Posumon Chinese herbal peppermint oil.

This is what I use in treatments.

Po sum on Chinese herbal peppermint oil can be ordered for purchase, if you would like.

 

*Carrier Oils to use with essential oils:

  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Sweet Almond oil
  • Castor oil (hexane-free)

I like to use castor oil for feet and hair and sometimes add a bit to my facial oil.

Just be sure to use unrefined and organic oils.

*Carrier oils are used to “carry” the essential oil.

This is what the bulk amount of oil is made of in essential oil remedies.

 

Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

 

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

 

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Aleesha treats energy, digestion and fertility issues successfully by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

 

Feel Better, Move Forward

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson St.

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Loving Kindness Meditation helps you feel better.

You start out by showing love and kindness to yourself…

Then to others whom you care about.

From there you move to neutral others, like mail carriers or people you have seen in the community, though you do not really know them that well.

Eventually you can even feel kindness, even love for your enemies!

 

Pretty powerful, eh?… Let’s get started…

First, be sure you are in a safe space to do this (no driving now)!

Sit in a chair with straight and relaxed posture. 

Shoulders are relaxed. Hands rest comfortably in your lap.

Close your eyes.

 

Recall a pet you love(d) or a special person that you felt unconditional love for.

Maybe a special person in your life showed you unconditional love. If not, perhaps Nature has been there for you unconditionally.

You may feel sensations in your body as you bask in the gratitude for this love and acceptance.

You may feel warmth on your face. 

You may feel a smile widening, naturally.

 

Breathe in and out, feelings of peace and acceptance. 

No need to control the breath.

Just be aware of it.

 

Recite a Mantra.

You can say a short little mantra of words to yourself to help guide you (there are many examples).

This is one that I like to use often:

 

“May I be Safe.

May I be Healthy.

May I Easily Take Care of Myself.

May I Feel at Ease Wherever I Go.”

 

I repeat this Mantra over and over, as needed.

Maybe when you are waiting for the doctor to give you a prognosis for yourself or a loved one.

Maybe when you are going through a divorce or a death of someone close to you.

Maybe when you are laying awake at night, unable to stop thinking.

 

After a while (maybe a couple of weeks) of saying this mantra over and over (or another similar mantra of your choosing),

you can replace the “I” with “She” or “He” when you do Loving Kindness on a Loved one.

Eventually you can widen your scope to communities, nations, the entire world,

or if you have an enemy or anyone who you may despise or hate.

 

Science and Loving Kindness Meditation

Looking at fMRI on those who had logged 10,000 hours of Loving Kindness Meditation…

Evidence Based Practice has shown Loving Kindness Meditation lights up the areas of the brain responsible for Empathy.

The more one practices, the more these brain areas light up.

 

Oh, yeah and this type of Meditation actually helps increase EMPATHY. 

Now that is something we all NEED right about NOW!

 

Pema Chödrön has a book called Start Where You Are. It uses a type of meditation that helps you familiarize yourself with Loving Kindness meditation, as well. She is a Buddhist nun. She grew up in the western world and is very humble in her dialogue.

 

John Kabat-Zinn goes into Loving Kindness Meditation a great deal on YouTube.

He also has many great books, including a great parenting book!

This can be a great journey toward moving from reactionary living to living more mindfully. It truly is life changing stuff.

Find More resources from Jon Kabat-Zinn and other meditation experts Here

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck.

Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as stress, hot flashes, mood imbalance, low energy and for Cosmetic Acupuncture for wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines and improvement in overall skin tone . Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

 

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture say they feel listened to and taken care of.

They are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

 

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson Street just off Highway 10 with free parking.

Get in and Feel Better, Move Forward!

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

 

How Does Acupuncture Work?

What is the Science that Explains Acupuncture?…

Well, As far as Pain and Depressive Disorders go, Here is What We Know…

Acupuncture decreases pain by inciting the body to release specific endorphins which relieve pain, acupuncture increases Qi and blood (circulation) to the affected area and decreases inflammation in the body (inflammation causes pain and chronic inflammation causes disease).

Acupuncture helps with depression by:

  • Acupuncture releases endorphins (feel-good hormones)
  • Acupuncture increases circulation
  • Acupuncture lowers inflammation

 

Research on Acupuncture for Depression:

In 2010 The Journal of Affective Disorders published on 207 clinical studies on the effectiveness of acupuncture treating depressive disorders. The efficacy of acupuncture was found to be comparable to antidepressants alone in the improvement of clinical response and with alleviating symptom severity of Major Depressive Disorder. 

Adverse reactions to acupuncture treatment was also significantly lower than that of antidepressants!

 

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck.

Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as stress, hot flashes, mood imbalance, low energy and for Cosmetic Acupuncture for wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines and improvement in overall skin tone . Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

 

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture say they feel listened to and taken care of.

They are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

 

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson Street just off Highway 10 with free parking.

Get in and Feel Better, Move Forward!

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

What is Qi Gong?

Qi Gong is an energy practice. It is very old. It is useful to relax the body and mind. Qi gong uses breathing and movement.

We were required to take Qi Gong classes in grad school as soon-to-be licensed acupuncturists.

It is used by many in Asia to promote longevity, and a clear mind. You can use it, too!

 

I like to start each day and end each day doing the breathing exercise followed by the movement for 5 minutes total.

I know you are “supposed” to practice these exercises longer. Like 5 minutes each for the breathing and movement. If you can do 10 minutes every morning and night, that is even better.

 

but… I know myself. Pigeonholing myself into that rigid way of “all or nothing” thinking just doesn’t do it for me. 

There are too many rabbit holes for me to go down each one completely.

Many of us are like this. 

 

It’s not that I don’t want to follow rules, it’s just that if I have to follow rules that don’t fit my lifestyle, I just won’t do it.

It has to be easy enough to add one more thing to my day. Or, out it goes!

 

So, I settle on doing it for 5 minutes every morning and again 5 minutes every night. Do what you can.

Compliance is better than no compliance.

Make peace with wherever you are at. 

 

What is Qi?

Qi is our Life force Energy.

Qi travels through our body’s Meridians.

 

What are Meridians?

Think of Meridians as highways where energy (or Qi) travels.

Meridians are Energy Pathways.

 

Why Move the Qi?

When Qi gets stagnated (stuck), we can become ill in body and/or mind.

We want to keep the Qi free-flowing to maintain health.

A physical example is when scar tissue forms (stagnation) after surgery.

Once the skin has created that matrix of protection in scar tissue, acupuncture can help break up the stagnation or scar tissue. Things like numbness, lack of sensation there and pronounced scarring can all be helped with acupuncture. Many are amazed by scars healing better after acupuncture. About 6 weeks after a caesarean section (C-section) acupuncture can help to start to diminish the abdominal scar. (Sorry, shameless plug).

A mental example of Qi getting stuck is called “Qi Stagnation” and this shows up as irritability or depression, and possibly bitter taste in the mouth or rib-side pain. Acupuncturists call it “Liver Qi Stagnation” and it is common in the Western world here. Acupuncture helps this in people every day. Qi gong can help your mood and focus over time, too.

 

Here is a short Qi Gong breathing exercise Intro…

Qi Gong breathing:

 

Inhale, extend your abdomen, allowing it to fill with air.

Exhale, contracting abdomen while you release the air. Feel it first coming from the bottom of your lungs. Push the air up and out until you feel your abdomen and chest are like a deflated balloon.

 

As you breathe in, imagine your Qi flowing through all the channels in your body.

Guide the flow of your Qi through breathing easy and gentle. Do not try to force it through.

Do the same as you breathe out. If visualizing helps, do that. 

 

Here is a short Qi Gong Movement Exercise:

Start movement from the waist, keeping it soft and gentle. Start swaying slowly from the waist.

Move your arms in a swaying motion. Sway your arms side to side across your torso, gently. 

Your arms may land on your torso in the front and back of your body.

Knees are slightly bent.

Hips may sway with the movement.

 

I like to end by giving myself a generous, yet gentle bear hug.

Especially now during COVID-19.

I have not hugged my kid in six months…Maybe give yourself two bear hugs.

 

Qi gong can help us to relax. We can learn to re-program our bodies and minds to be more mindful, less reactive. Less anxious.

Remember, be gentle. This gentle movement can be a useful tool to help wake up your body first thing and also to wind down the body and mind, letting it know that you are respectfully preparing it for sleep in a gentle, caring, and mindful way.

 

A Short Intro to Loving Kindness Meditation to Feel at Ease

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as stress, hot flashes, mood imbalance, low energy and for Cosmetic Acupuncture for wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines and improvement in overall skin tone . Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

 

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture say they feel listened to and taken care of.

They are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson Street just off Highway 10 with free parking.

Get in and Feel Better, Move Forward!

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

 

 

5 Things to Do NOW to De-Stress!…

So, here we all find ourselves in the middle of a Pandemic. Who doesn’t have increased stress? Even if you are not normally easily stressed or anxious, you have to admit life has gotten more stressful. Simple life tasks such as making an appointment are now more tedious. Social meet-ups now have to be choreographed ahead of time. No more dropping in on friends and relatives unexpectedly!

What Can We Do to Feel Better?…

 

Here are 5 Things to De-Stress Now:

  1. Start each day with 5 minutes or more of light stretching movement like Yoga poses or Tai Qi/ Qi Gong
  2. Walk 30 minutes daily. Break it up into 2 or 3 chunks if needed. I like to walk mid-day and again at night.
  3. Set-up a Zoom meeting to talk with friends or loved ones who are far away or self-quarantined
  4. Listen to a Podcast, Follow a Blog (like this one), Sign up for a Weekly Feel Good Email 
  5. Do Deep breathing exercises daily.
  6. Commit to a daily meditation schedule.
  7. Play! Do something You Enjoy Every Day.
  8. Acupuncture Treatments help lower stress by helping the body move from Fight or Flight, back into Rest and Digest

 

I am reminded daily of a great TedTalk I watched years ago. I have the acronym saved in my phone so I see it every day. The acronym is P.O.D. The word is for “Pod” such as a pod of dolphins. The speaker of the TedTalk did research on what makes people happy. She is a doctor who saw many patients with anxiety and depression. She was looking for ways to help her patients to feel less anxious, less depressed.

 

What she found was that those who PLAYED every day, spent time with important OTHERS in their life and set aside DOWN TIME every day were less anxious and depressed. They were happier. Just like dolphins in a pod. Humans are social creatures, too. We need other people. Many of us realize this now more than ever as we socialize under the 6 foot distance rule.

 

Don’t get stuck feeling disconnected. Reach out and embrace your Pod!

 

P.O.D. = PLAY. OTHERS. DOWN-TIME.

I have made it a point since this to do something playful every day that makes me happy-even if it is a nature walk by myself or taking out my hacky sac for a few minutes.

Socializing with those I care about now happens daily-even if it is through Zoom or a funny back-and-forth text or phone call.

Giving yourself down time is great for your mind. I am sure to give myself time to read every night to fulfill this need.

 

So, be sure to spend time every day for these three to feel happy in life.

Happy like dolphins in a Pod.

 

Try EFT Tapping Here for Taking Anxiety Relief into Your Own Hands

 

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as stress, hot flashes, mood imbalance, low energy and for Cosmetic Acupuncture for wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines and improvement in overall skin tone . Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

 

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture say they feel listened to and taken care of.

They are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson Street just off Highway 10 with free parking.

Get in and Feel Better, Move Forward!

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960