What is Tui Na?

Marci Kranz, a Master’s-level trained acupuncturist, will be joining Blue Heron’s Acupuncture group practice.  Marci will bring a depth of experience in the healing arts and she will also bring to Blue Heron once again, Tui Na, a form of Oriental Medical Massage.  Below is information from Acupuncture.com that describes this ancient massage therapy.  For more information, please call (301-754-3730) to schedule a 15-minute consult with Marci.

 

Tuina is an Oriental Bodywork Therapy that has been used in China for 2,000 years. Tuina uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi through the meridians as its basic therapeutic orientation. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques Tuina seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi through the system of channels and collaterals, allowing the body the naturally heal itself.

Tuina methods include the use of hand techniques to massage the soft tissue (muscles and tendons) of the body, acupressure techniques to directly affect the flow of Qi , and manipulation techniques to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships (bone-setting). External herbal poultices, compresses, liniments, and salves are also used to enhance the other therapeutic methods.

Tuina has a variety of different systems that emphasize particular aspects of these therapeutic principles. The main schools in China include the rolling method school which emphasizes soft tissue techniques and specializes in joint injuries and muscle sprains, the one finger pushing method school which emphasizes techniques for acupressure and the treatment of internal diseases, and Nei Gung method school which emphasizes the use of Nei Gong Qi energy generation exercises and specific massage methods for revitalizing depleted energy systems, and the bone setting method school which emphasizes manipulation methods to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships and specializes in joint injuries and nerve pain.

In a typical session, the client, wearing loose clothing and no shoes, lies on a table or floor mat. The practitioner examines the specific problems of the client and begins to apply a specific treatment protocol. The major focus of application is upon specific pain sites, acupressure points, energy meridians, and muscles and joints. Advanced Tuina practitioners may also use Chinese herbs to facilitate quicker healing. Sessions last from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Depending on the specific problems of the client, they may return for additional treatments. The client usually feels relaxed but energized by the treatment.

Tuina is now being popularized in this country as a powerful therapeutic extension of traditional western massage methods. Tuina’s simplicity and focus on specific problems, rather than a more generalized treatment, make it both an excellent alternative and/or extension of the Swedish-style massage. By utilizing treatments of shorter duration, it can be used in a variety of settings, including home, office, clinic or hospital. It is well suited for both the professional massage therapist or the active, health conscious individual.

A Great, Healthy, Refreshing Way to Use Jicama

Jicama Mango Slaw

INGREDIENTS:

2 mangos, peeled and cut into matchstick

1 carrot, cut into matchstick

1 red bell pepper, cut into matchstick

1/2 large jicama, peeled and cut into matchstick

1 tablespoon raspberry vinegar

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 tablespoon agave nectar

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon minced fresh mint

1 teaspoon lime zest

DIRECTIONS:

1.            Combine the mangos, carrot, red bell pepper, and jicama in a large bowl. Whisk the vinegar, lime juice, agave nectar, and olive oil together in a separate bowl; pour over the mango mixture. Sprinkle the mint and lime zest over the mixture; toss to mix. Chill at least 30 minutes before serving.

Acupuncture is a Great Support During Cancer Treatment

Acupuncture for Integrative Oncology Support

The American Cancer Society has reported that half of all men and a third of all women in the United States will develop cancer during their lifetimes. Although there are many forms of cancer, all forms of the disease begin with abnormal cells that grow out of control.
Unlike other illnesses that are eradicated by the body’s natural defense system, cancer needs to be treated with powerful medical interventions. Unfortunately, most of the current cancer treatments available have some debilitating side effects.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have received much attention as an adjunctive therapy in cancer treatments because they address many of the unpleasant symptoms and side effects that come up during and after chemotherapy, radiation, biological therapy and surgery.
If you are currently undergoing treatment for cancer, acupuncture and Oriental medicine can provide real help, by decreasing many of the side effects associated with conventional cancer treatments.
Some of the issues acupuncture can help with include:

Pain Management
Nausea
Stress
Fatigue
Depression and Anxiety
Dry Mouth
Night Sweats and Hot Flashes
Fluid Retention
Weight Maintenance

Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to health care and is particularly useful in providing pain relief, reducing the impact of side effects, accelerating recovery and improving overall quality of life.
According to the National Cancer Institute, acupuncture may cause physical responses in nerve cells, the pituitary gland, and parts of the brain. It is proposed that, by stimulating physical responses in these areas, acupuncture positively affects blood pressure and body temperature, boosts immune system activity, and causes the body’s natural painkillers, such as endorphins, to be released.
To learn more about how acupuncture can safely and effectively be incorporated into an oncology treatment plan call for a consultation today!

Science Provides Proof of Acupuncture’s Helpful Role in Cancer Therapy

Clinical trials have examined the effects of acupuncture on cancer as a disease, as well as the symptoms caused by cancer treatments. Results have shown that, for many patients, treatment with acupuncture relieves symptoms or keeps them from getting worse.

Relief for Nausea and Vomiting:
The strongest evidence of the beneficial effect of acupuncture has come from clinical trials that investigated its use for relieving nausea and vomiting. Several types of clinical trials using different acupuncture methods showed acupuncture reduced nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy and surgery.

Boosts the Immune System:
Human studies on the effect of acupuncture on the immune system of cancer patients showed that it improved immune system response, including an increase in the number of white blood cells.

Improves Pain Management:
In clinical studies, acupuncture reduced pain levels for some cancer patients. In one study, most of the patients treated with acupuncture were able to stop taking drugs for pain relief or to reduce their doses.

Relieves Pain and Stiffness during Hormone Therapy:
In 2010, The Journal of Clinical Oncology published the results of a small study that concluded that acupuncture helped relieve pain and stiffness in breast cancer patients who were simultaneously being treated with hormone therapies.

Minimizes Dry Mouth:
In 2009, the medical journal Head and Neck reported the results of a pilot study done at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. The subjects were people suffering from head and neck cancer. The authors concluded that the pilot study demonstrated that acupuncture can improve the subjective symptoms of radiation-induced dry mouth as early as two weeks after starting treatment. They found that benefits can last for one month after treatment ends.

Reduces Pain and Shoulder Dysfunction:
In 2008, Dr. David Pfister, chief of the head and neck medical oncology service at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, reported that patients found significant reductions in both dry mouth and pain and shoulder dysfunction after neck dissection with the help of acupuncture. Dr. Pfister highlighted the potential role of acupuncture in oncology.

Reduces Hot Flashes:
In 2011 A Yale University/University of Pittsburgh study of women with hot flashes brought on by conventional breast cancer treatment found that women who received acupuncture had a 30 percent reduction in hot flashes.

Endorsement of Acupuncture for Cancer Treatment

Acupuncture continues to receive enthusiastic testimonials from patients and health care professionals alike. Prominent names in U.S. society and the medical community have attested to the efficacy of acupuncture as a supportive therapy for oncology treatment.
When singer Sheryl Crow was diagnosed with breast cancer, she underwent a lumpectomy followed by radiation. During these treatments she also received acupuncture.
Former First Lady of Chicago, Maggie Daley, gave generously to help open the Maggie Daley Center for Women’s Cancer Care at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The center includes acupuncture as an option for the patients.
Many people are finding out that, although the treatments necessary to defeat cancer can be traumatizing and debilitating, they can get some relief through acupuncture.

Free Intro Consult

Many of us wonder how Acupuncture treatment will help with their specific issue or concern. Understanding this, the Acupuncturists at Blue Heron offer a free Intro Consult. Meet with one of our Acupuncturists and discuss all your thoughts, questions and concerns and find out if acupuncture is the treatment for you. Simply call our office (301-754-3730) to set up the Free Intro Consult. You may request a consult by phone or in person ~ it’s absolutely up to you.

You should also know that we accept many forms of health insurance. This may well include yours if you have coverage for acupuncture services. Ask for more details!

Reprinted from QiMail:An Acupuncture Newsletter

Coconut Ice Pops … Delicious Way to Beat the Heat!

COCONUT POPS

MAKES ABOUT 8 ICE POPS
START TO FINISH: 4 HOURS (INCLUDES FREEZING TIME)

INGREDIENTS
1 cup coconut water
½ cup sugar
3 cups coconut milk
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ cup finely shredded coconut
1 cup jam or jelly (optional)

DIRECTIONS
1. In a medium pot over medium heat, bring the coconut water and sugar to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
2. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and cool slightly. Stir in the coconut milk, vanilla and shredded coconut.
3. Pour the mixture into ice-pop molds. Press sticks into the center of the pops and freeze until solid, 3 to 4 hours. (If using jam, freeze the pops for 1 hour before adding 2 tablespoons jam to the top of each mold.)

Have Your Fruit & Eat it Too!

This is my first blog, in a series of blogs for the summer focusing on fruits and how it will benefit your skin’s health. This week, I’ll be sharing about rules for eating fruits. Next week, blog will be on Eating fruits for healthy skin.

Rules for eating fruits.

I was born and raised in the Caribbean, where there are abundance of tropical fruits. I grew up eating fruits everyday and I love them. There isn’t a fruit that I dislike. I truly enjoy eating fruits for breakfast, as a snack or whenever I feel hungry. I just cannot resist them. I sometime make a big bowl of fruit salad and eat that all day. But for years I have been eating it in a way that does not allow me to receive the greatest benefit from them. In this blog, I’m going to share with you how to get all those benefits depending on when and how to eat it. At the end of this blog you’ll be a fruit lover if you were not one before!

Its a well know fact that eating fruits is a very important to our well being and health. There are, however, some guidelines on how, when and why to eat fruits, so that it will benefit our health. It is more than just washing, peeling and putting it in our mouth. There is a proper way to eat fruits, so that your entire body will get all the benefits and nutrients and you will have less digestive problems and endless energy.

Fruits have lots of nutrition. They are great source of fiber, potassium, vitamin C, folate, antioxidant, natural sugars etc. These nutrients help guard against disease, lower high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and give us glowing healthy skin. However, eating fruit whenever you feel like may cause more health problems than it will benefit the body.

Rules for eating fruits:
(1) Fruits should be eaten alone or with other fruits on an empty. Why? When
eaten alone, the stomach can easily process all the nutrients, fiber and
simple sugars contained in the fruit. Eating fruits too close to a meal or
right after a large meal, will cause the fruit and meal to combine in the
stomach with other food and will cause the fruit to rut and ferment in the
stomach, causing problems like indigestion, burping, heartburn and many
digestive problems.
(2) Fruit should be eaten 1hr or 2hrs before a meal. Heavy meals like pasta
wait 3hrs or 4hrs before eating fruit. Burgers wait until the fruit is digested.
Salads require a shorter time.
(3) A big fruit salad (my favorite) should be eaten first thing in the morning on
an empty stomach or as a meal or a mid day snack. Always wait 1 to 2
hours after eating fruit before eating another meal. Give the fruit time to
process and go into your body.
(4) Never eat fruit close to bedtime. I’ve done this many times and spend
all night up watching the ceiling. The sugars in fruit will spike up your
energy and keep you up all night.
(5) Fruit can be eaten as a mid morning snack. Eating lots of fruits at a time
is always good. So have a big fruit salad. We need about 3 to 4 servings
of fruits per day.

These same rules apply to dry fruits. The only exception, is that dry fruits can be sweet and have high calories, so use caution and limit your portion.

Benefits of eating fruits:
(1) Fruit is the best source of natural sugars needed for energy.
(2) It has tons of vitamins
(3) It has tons of antioxidants
(4) It is easier to digest than grains.
(5) It is alkaline. Although it taste acidic, after digestion the end result is
alkaline.
(6) It has loads of pure water to hydrate your cells
(7) It is excellent for good skin health.

I end this blog with this quote I made up, “Let fruits be your medicine, and your medicine be fruits.” Go ahead and stop by the produce section and full your basket with delicious fruits and eat to your hearts desire. Just remember the rules.

This was written by Freida Francis. Esthetician at Blue Heron Wellness

Shining a Light On Sunscreen

If you’re wondering if Summer is here then you didn’t go outside today. It was hot and the sun was out in all its glory. And I was driving around for hours in the sun but I was protected, I had on both a physical and chemical sun screen.

This is the time of year everyone loves. The days are longer, its warmer, you get to shed those heavy winter clothing and bring out the summer gear. the un is out and there are lots of outdoor activity to participate in from picnic, hours at the pool, lazing on beach chairs etc. But this is the time of year that you have to remember to protect your skin with sun protection, clothing, umbrella, or anything that will shield you from direct sun rays.

The question is still being asked, “To wear or not to wear sunscreen” And this blog I’m going to give an Esthetics answer on sunscreen, when to apply it, how much and what type is best for your many outdoor activity.

Why use Sun protection?
(1) The ozone layer is depleting and your body needs protection from harmful
rays.
(2) Skin cancer rate is still rising and sunscreen can help to decrease the
development of skin cancer.
(3) Shielding your skin from sun rays will prevent brown spots aka age spots
and discoloration from appearing all over our body.
(4) It also help to reduce the appearance of facial red veins and blotchiness.
(5) It will slow down wrinkles and premature aging skin.

But is sun screen our only option? No, if you have allergic reactions to ingredients or want added protection from sun’s harmful rays, try doing the following:
(1) Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants. They should be tightly woven
and dark colors like blue, red, yellow etc. Look for bright colored cover
ups. Avoid fabric like eyelet or where light can pass through, cause UV
rays can pass through to your skin.
(2) Wear broad brimmed hat. It will cover up your neck, ears, scalp and face.
Look for a large brimmed hat with 3 to 4 inches that extend around to
protect your face. Baseball caps, sun visors only shade some parts of the
face but not the neck, lower face or ears.
(3) Wear UV blocking sun glasses or look for wrap around or even large
shades that will protect the delicate eye area. Sun glasses can also help
reduce the risk of cataracts.
(4) Look for shaded spots. But be aware that the sunlight can still bounce off
reflective surfaces and get to you underneath a tree, umbrella or tent.
Now lets talk about sun screen. The goal of sun screen is to block ultraviolet light, those harmful rays from the sun. UV light causes skin cancer and premature aging skin. But we don’t want to block all the sunshine. No, I’m not contradicting myself. Direct sun is good for us to boost vitamin D and to improve our mood. But we only need 20 minutes each day of direct sun then apply sunscreen or stay indoors. More than 20 minutes of direct sunlight and our immune system suffers.
There are two types of sunscreen: Physical sunscreen and Chemical sunscreen. I use both when I know I’m going to be out most of the day. Especially during the day when the sun is hottest and strongest between 10am and 3pm.
What is physical sunscreen?
I like this one the most. It lasts much longer because they sit on top of the surface of the skin and physically block the UV rays. They are also called sunblock, mineral sunscreen or physical blocker. The main active ingredients are Zinc Oxide or Titanium Oxide. But be aware of Titanium Oxide, some people have problems with it clogging there pores. Physical sunscreen work by physically blocking and scattering ultraviolet radiation. They offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Its good for skin that is sensitvie. It doesn’t cause allergies or irritation because they don’t get into the absorbed into the skin. the formulation is quite thick and tends to leave a white cast on the skin. This is my only complaint with physical sunscreen. It is very hard to blend into darker skin and most times leaves our skin looking ashy. And I dislike ashy. I find it best to rub it vigorously between my palms until it is warm and smooth then I pat it on my face. Never rub it like you will apply your moisturizer. It just wouldn’t work. You need to apply about a teaspoon per area and you can be ready for a day in the sun.

What is Chemical Sunscreen?
As its name suggest, it contains synthetic chemical substances that absorbs the UV rays. They are colorless, odorless and feel lighter on your skin. There main active ingredients are: Aminobenzoic acid aka PABA, Oxybenzone, Avobenzone. The chemical sunscreen protects the skin at a cellular level and must interact with skin cells to be effective. Chemical sunscreen acts as a sponge; it absorbs into the skin while it converts the sun rays into less damaging forms of radiation. In order for it to be effective, you need to rub or apply it on the body and wait 20 minutes before sun exposure. They are resistant to sweat and water; therefore they are best for swimming, sweaty sports or a day at the beach or pool. Like physical sunscreen, its an effective broad band protection from both UVA and UVB. I like the chemical sunscreen for its ease in application on darker skin, it goes on clear and does not take a lot of elbow grease to apply. But when I use it, I either apply a physical sunscreen first or mix both chemical and physical sunscreen together.

Things to know:
(1) There is no such thing as a healthy tan. A tan is the skin’s response to the
sun’s damaging rays.
(2) Avoid or stay away from tanning parlors. There UV rays are much more
damaging and more intense than the natural sunlight. These tanning
devices can burn the epidermis and cause premature aging, thickening
of the epidermis, brown spots, dilated capillaries and increase the risk of skin cancer.

So to answer my earlier question, “To wear or not to wear sunscreen?” The answer is Yes. Regardless of your age, gender or race, never leave home without sun protection on a sunny day. And this is not only in the winter but all year round. If you’re still in doubt whether to wear sunscreen or you don’t know which one to use, then remember this quote from Dr. Oz, “Think white (zinc oxide), you’ll get it right.”

Written by Freida Francis
Esthetican at Blue Heron Wellness.

New SkinCare Treatment Product Uses the Best the Grape has to Offer

Grapes are popularly called the Queen of Fruits. They can be consumed in many ways, they can be eaten raw or they can be used in making juices, wine, jelly or grape seed oil. although grape are small, they have numerous nutrients, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.

Grapes are considered to be one of the best foods overall in skincare. They are loaded with phytonutrients which have antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties. Grapes are rich in vitamin C, vital for good skin health….

Anti aging
Free radical are the main cause of premature aging. Pre mature aging is
characterized by the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin.
The antioxidant present in grapes, along with the vit c both help in
protecting the skin from harmful effect of free radicals and can also reverse
the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots.

Skin softener
Grape seed extract is rich in vit E which retains the moisture in skin.
The seed extract also acts as an exfoliant.

Rejuvenates
Vitamin C is necessary for production of collagen. Collagen is vital
for the growth of cells, blood vessels, providing strength and firmness to
the skin.

Evens out skin tone.

Lightens scars
Green grapes help in lightening acne scars. Vitamin C in grapes help in the
formation of scar tissues and help to repair the skin.

This Spring we at Blue Heron welcomes the Ilike Grape Stem Cell Solutions to our line. We have just added Grape Stem Cell Polishing Scrub and Grape stem Cell Solutions Gel Mask.

This line is geared to treat conditions like: Anti aging, Fine lines, Wrinkles, Mature skin.

Skin Type:
Sensitive
Mature
Dry skin
All Skin type

Features/Benefits:
Provides moisture
Brightens and smooth complexion
Exfoliates dead cells
Protect skin against free radicals
Revitalizes the skin
Prevents visible signs of aging.

Ingredients:
Grape seed pulp, skin, seed, stem cells, grape seed oil, Vit A,B,C,E&H

Freida Francis LE

Licensed Esthetician
Blue Heron Wellness

Angela White Opens at the Himmelfarb Gallery

Paintings by Angela White
Opens March 28 at Himmelfarb Gallery, Maryland University of Integrative Health

”At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise
from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer.”
–Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

LAUREL, Md. – “Layers: Water/Paint/Experience,” features Angela White, a Rockville, Maryland artist, and opens Friday, March 28 in the Himmelfarb Gallery at Maryland University of Integrative Health. An artist reception, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for Thursday, April 24 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
White presents a range of styles in this exhibit, with a primary focus on seascapes and other paintings of water. The seascapes and landscapes are created using encaustic and water-based oil paints, and are occasionally embedded with gold and silver leaf and covered with iridescent oil paints. She expresses a deep sense of awe and reverence for the beauty and power of nature in all her water and land paintings.
Layers connect the varied themes and processes used in Angela White’s paintings. Layers as seen in translucent water, layers of visual depth from applied paint and encaustic, and layers of meaning she brings from her life experience. White says, “It is through this process of using layers that I record my journeys and turning points, and I return to a new beginning.”
Ms. White is very pleased to be exhibiting in places where there is an understanding of how art contributes to the healing process. She says, “I understand the positive effects visual arts have on an individual, both personally and professionally. As a certified massage therapist and Reiki practitioner, I’ve personally combined the visual arts with the healing arts.” Her meditation practice which is focused on Oneness also influences her paintings.
White says, “While the main principle in my art may be movement, the goal is to show a deeper meaning and universal connections. My intention is to communicate the language of spirit and these universal ideas.”
Artwork from the exhibit will be on sale through the Meeting Point bookstore, which is adjacent to the gallery. Visit the Himmelfarb Gallery online.
What: “Layers: Water/Paint/Experience” Paintings by Angela White
When: March 28 – June 14, 2014
Where: Himmelfarb Gallery, Maryland University of Integrative Health
7750 Montpelier Rd., Laurel, Md 20723
Artist Reception: Thursday, April 24, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday:
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

About Angela White
Angela White is a studio artist and art teacher, as well as a massage therapist and Reiki practitioner. She holds two B.A. degrees and a M.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also a graduate of Potomac Massage Training School. Her thesis show included 30 painting on the subject of water. In 2007 she studied encaustic painting in New York. Her formative years were spent in Europe and the East Coast of the United States. This is where her interest in the natural world began, and watery landscapes continue to inspired and influence her work today. Travel further feeds this interest. Her website: www.angelawhiteart.com
About Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute)
Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) educates and trains practitioners and leaders in health and wellness through transformative and relationship-centered programs that integrate ancient wisdom and contemporary science. MUIH offers graduate degrees and certificates in a wide range of wellness fields, as well as programs for professional and personal development. The on-campus Natural Care Center offers compassionate and affordable healthcare from student interns and professional practitioners, delivering more than 35,000 clinical treatments a year.

About the Himmelfarb Gallery
The lobby of MUIH’s main campus building serves as the gallery space and features four exhibits each year that focus on some aspect of healing, wellness or nature. Since opening in April 2003, the gallery has displayed paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, fabrics and artist-made paper.
For more information, please visit www.muih.edu.

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Caring for Itchy, Dry Winter Skin by Freida

After a long day, I usually get home and unwind by taking a long shower with hot water beating on my body especially my shoulders. The water massages my aching shoulders. After a few weeks of doing this “therapeutic massage,” I found my shoulders burning and my skin all over my body itching. The areas that were affected had an extra layer of dry cells. I was concerned because I always moisturize my skin. What was causing the itching and burning? Why was my skin barrier damaged? I always take long showers so that wasn’t strange. I tried coconut oils which are good and hydrating, but they didn’t work. My skin itched even more. I decided to mix my own body oils to lubricate my drying skin cells. I mixed together almond oil, castor oil, apricot oil and vegetable glycerin – all known oils for moisturizing the skin – and that mixture irritated my already-damaged skin barrier. One morning in my frustration, I grabbed my hydrating moisturizing mask (Skin Fitness Hydrating Mask) and applied it to my damaged areas. And I felt some relief immediately. I used it again for a few days until the skin barrier was repaired and hydrated again.

The cold low temperatures really do affect your skin and cause severe dryness and itching. On a cold night you may be tempted to take a long hot shower or soak in a hot soapy water for long periods. But this pleasure can cause serious dryness to the outermost layer, the epidermis, which is the key to the barrier. Taking long showers and baths can strip the outermost layers of its natural oils and rob the body of very important moisture. The outermost layer is made up of overlapping layers of dry cells. The epidermis plays an important role in keeping vital nutrients in and damaging substances and elements out.

Protecting the epidermis is important all year round, and especially in the winter. Here are several tips for protecting the skin barrier during this winter period:

(1) Shorten the bath time. Make it short and not too hot. Pat off the excess
water and apply moisturizers after.
(2) Hydrate the skin immediately after coming out of the shower. Leave some
water on the skin to block the moisture lost. Badger Balm’s Rose Body Oil (available at Blue Heron)
is great to apply at the end of your shower before you pat dry. It helps to seal in moisture.
(3) Drink lots of water. Although water doesn’t moisturize the skin, it keeps
the insides of our body hydrated.
(4) Use a humidifier.
(5) Use a body scrub one day a week to exfoliate the upper layer and remove the dead cells.
(6) Wear warm clothing when going outside. Avoid irritating wool fabrics.

Freida Frances is an Esthetician at Blue Heron Wellness. Click here to book an appointment with Freida.

Clear Your Mind by Walking

One of the many ways that walking can promote health and wellness is by putting gentle pressure on Yongquan (Bubbling Spring). An acupuncture point on the sole of the foot, this is the starting point of the Kidney meridian. Stimulation of this energizing point can promote clarity of the mind and stabilize emotions, helping you to focus on your goals.

How To Stimulate Yongquan

While Walking:
Let your heel tap the ground gently and feel your weight transfer fully to the ball and toes of your foot. Focus on breathing into your lower abdomen. Keep your shoulders relaxed and allow your arms to swing freely.

By Tapping:
Use your fists to strike your Yongquan about 100 times on each foot.

By Rolling:
Gently roll a tennis ball under your foot while relaxing on the couch.