COMPLETE GUIDE TO ACUPRESSURE
Part of our Second Series on Alternative Wellness Treatments, which includes Reflexology, Acupuncture, and Cupping. Most of these treatments have been used for thousands of years and have stood the test of time. So if nothing else is working for you, maybe one of these is worth a try!
WHAT IS ACUPRESSURE?
Acupressure is an alternative treatment which is often used in conjunction with Acupuncture. Similar to Reflexology for the hands and feet, Acupressure is essentially the same procedure, but applied to points over your whole body.
The concept is based on the belief that your body’s life energy flows through meridians (Chi), and if these are blocked then issues will arise. The name for this life energy is usually called Chi.
This is not some magical or mystical thing in nature, like many will tend to believe, but simply the life force that all living things have in common when walking this planet. All of our bodies have electrical currents running through them, not just skin and bones. It is simply how your cells function.
WHAT TO EXPECT
First, you will either have a phone interview prior to your appointment, or an in person interview the day of your session. This is for the Professional, usually an Acupuncturist, to understand any health issues you are experiencing for a better, targeted treatment.
Second, similarly to massage therapy you will disrobe down to your underwear or shorts. Either sitting or lying down. They need to get at the skin son!
Third, during treatment physical pressure will be applied to trigger points all over the body. The hope is to clear blockages in your body’s Meridians and have your particular issue resolved.
The pressure is typically increase for about 30 seconds, then held for 30-60 seconds, then decrease for 30 seconds. This is often repeated 3-5 times per location.
Today, many Practitioners have been incorporating the use of CBD Oil for the added benefits that come with its use, applied topically to the skin. This will hydrate and lubricant the skin for better application of pressure to your trigger points.
Acupressure has helped people with many conditions.
Obviously, pain relief and recovery of injury.
However, it can help with Emotional issues, as well as Sexual and Women’s Issues.
TWO TYPES OF THERAPY:
The first, most known, method is a Japanese style of acupressure called Shiatsu. which means finger pressure. This method the therapist uses their fingers to apply firm pressure on acupoints in order to equalize the energy imbalances in the body. It also includes exercises for breathing, stretching, and meditation.
This technique was born in China and is based on Bioenergy circulation. This technique focuses on the energy circulation of the whole body over that of the circulation of the blood.
This therapy consists of 12 Meridians or Channels in the human body and most sensitive parts are around the toes, fingertips, knees, and elbows. Meridian acupressure technique focuses on these sensitive points in order to promote Bioenergy circulation.
CAN CBD HELP?
If you have read our other articles on the benefits of CBD Oil, then you will know that any treatment will only be enhanced with the use of an Organic CBD Product. As CBD works within your Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which is located all throughout your body including your skin. Whether it is internal or topical, CBD is nutrient-rich oil extracted from the Hemp plant, which will give your body what it needs to function as it once did.
Overall, we hope you have learned all about Acupressure as a new source of an alternative health treatment.
We explained how it works, the potential benefits, most famous therapies, how a typical session will work, and used in conjunction with a CBD for greater effects.
So, if conventional methods just aren’t working for your particular issue(s), then you have nothing to lose, so why not give it a try!
Part of our Second Series on Alternative Wellness Treatments, which includes Acupressure, Acupuncture, and Cupping.
In this Article we will discuss what you need to know about Reflexology. More importantly, the applications, benefits, and if CBD can help aid in this massage technique. Also, what to expect during a typical session, as well as more resources.
WHAT IS REFLEXOLOGY?
Reflexology dates back to approximately 4,000 years ago and involves the application of pressure to specific areas of the feet and hands (ears). This area of wellness is based on the theory that your hands and feet have specific points that are connected to your body’s organs and systems.
FYI, there are approximately 7,200 nerve endings in each hand and foot.
Reflexology is similar to acupressure and acupuncture, however those applications use areas all over the body, whereas Reflexology is primarily for your feet and hands.
It is designed to recondition and re-educate these nerve endings so your body will biologically correct itself and function properly as it once did.
Further, it can also be a complement to ongoing medical treatments, but not as a replacement. Most importantly, Reflexologists do not diagnose or treat illnesses.
HOW IS REFLEXOLOGY PERFORMED?
Reflexologists use a foot or hand map/chart like the ones above to guide them when applying gentle pressure to specific areas of the feet or hands. The hope is that by applying pressure to the specific location on the foot, it will help relax and heal the corresponding body part.
Much more research needs to be done in this area of wellness, but initial studies have shown the following. These are just a sample of the numerous benefits of Reflexology that many users have reported.
- MIND AND BODY CONNECTION – According to Webmd, Researchers have reviewed 17 studies of the psychological benefits of this therapy and found that it reduced stress levels and boosted feelings of well-being, which in turn helped the people better manage their conditions.
- DEPRESSION – Pressure applied to the tops of the toes where the brain reflexes are enhances serotonin production, which is released by the neurons in the brain.
- RELAXATION – The Power of Touch alone is well documented and beneficial. When combined with reflexology, which stimulates your thousands of nerve endings, one will experience immediate relaxation and stress reduction.
- IMPROVED CIRCULATION – Like massage, reflexology increases the flow of blood. Specific nerves in the feet are used to stimulate and increase the functioning of the heart. Resulting in better oxygen supply to your vital organs and consequently improves your central nervous system.
- BETTER IMMUNE SYSTEM – Improves your body’s Cytotoxic capacity, which in turn promotes a better immune system.
- PAIN RELIEF – Recommended for post-operative rehabilitation and can be effectively used for pain relief. Whether from injury, arthritis, back/neck pain, or migraines, many users will notice a benefit by stimulating the nerve endings connected to these parts of the body.
REFLEXOLOGY AND CBD
If you have been researching CBD then you know that it works within your Endocannabinoid System or ECS. People and Pets are using CBD for a variety of wellness reasons, including pain management, as well as mood and sleep issues. Further, CBD gives your body the nutrients that most western diets lack to help your body function as it should.
The hope of Reflexology is to have your systems throughout your body function properly and to clear any blockages in your various systems and organs. Similarly, CBD has relatively the same goal. So using both in conjunction with one another only will increase the chances of you achieving your desired results.
In addition, many Reflexologists are now offering and applying CBD Oil or CBD Lotion to the hands and feet during the session to be absorbed through the skin, to further encourage positive results.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A SESSION
When you visit a Reflexologist or have an at home session, typically you will have a short interview with your practitioner regarding your health issues and any problems you are currently experiencing so they can be addressed during the session.
The Reflexologist may ask you to soak your feet in warm water or they might apply rubbing alcohol, essential oils, or CBD to your feet before starting. This further will relax you and allow more blood flow to the feet or hands.
Further, you will likely lie down fully clothed with bare feet. The Reflexologist may perform a light overall massage to the feet to check for range of motion and any tension issues.
Then he/she will perform the reflexology typically using a chart or map of the hand or foot, then repeat with the other hand/foot. Sessions will typically be anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and cost roughly the same as a massage, about $50-$100 in most places.
Depending on the issue and the customer, you may need about six sessions to get the full benefits.
Overall, we hope you have learned how Reflexology works, the benefits, if CBD can help, and what to expect during a typical session. As an alternative treatment, Reflexology can do wonders for some people, and maybe it can help you as part of your overall wellness regimen.
COMPLETE GUIDE TO BITCOIN
In this article, we will be discussing the Amazing New Cryptocurrency called BITCOIN, that is shaking up the financial industry. We will explain how this new form of currency was created, how it works, important definitions, and how you can use it and/or benefit from investing in it.
Further, we will try to explain this in as simple of terms as possible so you can at least understand the basics, and to be honest, even the most savvy investors don’t fully understand it, but they understand profits!
Think of Bitcoin like your credit card. Most don’t know the in and outs of how when you swipe your card at a store how it electronically connects to your bank and withdraws the correct amount and the software that is involved to achieve this.
But, in general, we accept this as a secure way of buying and selling goods and services. It is the same with Bitcoin. This new currency is just an updated, more secure way of doing what your credit card does.
WHAT IS CRYPTOCURRENCY?
Cryptocurrency is a relatively new form of a digital asset designed to be used as a form of exchange for goods and services.
Like in the olden times when one would trade goods for services. I.E. Trading a loaf of bread for fixing a roof. This currency is just an updated electronic form of this that is decentralized, with better safeguards in place for full transparency.
Moreover, ownership records of shares of coins or whole coins themselves are stored in a ledger. This is just a computerized database version of a ledger instead of written down in a book.
WHAT IS THE BLOCKCHAIN?
- New type of Database for Record Keeping
- Stores Data in Blocks that are Chained Together
- When new Data comes in it is stored in a new block, Once this block is filled it is attached to the Chain
- This public record of all Bitcoin transactions prevents theft and fraud
- Decentralizes control from One person or group to all users collectively
- No user can manipulate or tamper with a recorded transaction
- Will eventually be used in a number of industries, not just Cryptocurrency
For example, imagine “Blockchain” technology in the clothing industry. You buy a cotton shirt and scan the code on the label and a chronological timeline shows when/where the cotton was picked, who picked it, where the shirt was assembled, how long it was stored, when/where it was shipped, up until the time you bought it.
This technology will eventually dominate all industries in the years to come, be it tangible (house, car) or intangible products (patents, copyrights).
Blockchain can be confusing, as well as Bitcoin itself. However, the more you read and learn you will start to understand how this currency works. You do not need to be an expert in the field, but just understand the basics of it, if you are starting to use this for purchasing or investing.
Just think of a small business that uses a ledger or spreadsheet for buying and selling products. The Blockchain is just an electronic version of this, but on a much larger scale using thousands of computers in an open public format. So what this does is allow a public record of each transaction chronologically of each Bitcoin.
In other words, it is a decentralized and irreversible timeline for each transaction and coin. This limits theft, fraud, and the creation of new coins.
More importantly, it means a “transaction” or “product” can be traced from creation to conclusion. End to End!
WHAT IS BITCOIN?
Now, that we have a little understanding of what Cryptocurrency and the Blockchain is. Let us explain what actually a Bitcoin is.
In 2008, a person or group of people named Satoshi Nakamoto, created 21 million Bitcoins electronically in an open-source software format.
They capped this amount so the Supply and Demand would always be competitive.
As oppose to a Government simply printing more money when they want, which devalues a currency, increases National debt, and increases inflation.
Meaning, the value is less of a coin or dollar than what it was. Consequently, your buying power becomes less.
Bitcoin was created to remedy this, and this is why the creator capped the amount of coins at 21 million. To date about 4 million coins have been lost or not in circulation, and about 4 million have yet to be “mined” or discovered.
Moreover, this form of currency was created to provide a decentralized peer to peer network. By doing this, it is taking control back from the powerful centralized banking industry and it becomes universal all over the world.
In addition, this limits extraneous fees and charges that a bank typically enacts to make money off of you.
Bitcoin has been around since 2008, but it is really just coming to light to the mainstream in the past few years. Similarly, this parallels the emerging CBD industry.
Typically, when a new product hits the market, it takes time for it to receive any attention of the mainstream. This is true for both Bitcoin and CBD Oil.
People in the know invested in Bitcoin in 2010 when the Coins were approximately $300 per coin. Fast forward a decade later and now one Coin is worth around $38,000. Not bad!
Now, momentum in Bitcoin has hit the mainstream. Investors like Elon Musk, and Square (which runs our payment processing) have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in it. Which gives the currency validity and makes the average person more trusting of this cryptocurrency.
Similarly, CBD has been around since its discovery in 1940, but has taken a long journey to get to the mainstream. It has only been in the past few years that CBD has, for the most part, discarded it’s prejudicial label of being connected to Marijuana and it is some sort of drug that gets you high.
More importantly, as more and more people educate themselves, word of mouth, and new studies showing efficacy, they come to the conclusion that CBD is safe, is not some taboo mind-altering drug, and has no connection to Marijuana, besides being from the same plant family.
Financially, CBD was once a few million dollar a year industry and now has exploded, and is expected to hit 20 billion dollars in sales by 2024.
We hope this has been an informative article of the basics of Bitcoin and the technology behind it. Again, like how a credit card works, you don’t need to know every aspect of Bitcoin, and most people will never know technology completely.
However, if you have a general knowledge of the fundamentals of this new currency, then when it arrives at your favorite ecommerce site or financial institution then you will have some understanding of it.
Overall, the Psychology of Humans typically is that if something is new or not what we are familiar with, it tends to make us afraid. Fear of the unknown.
This fear is typically from different religions, races, and cultures than our own. In addition, this concept bleeds over to new industries as well, such as Cryptocurrency and CBD.
It is better to embrace the change and learn now, then eventually learning about these areas when everyone else in already in the know.
Remember, Life is about change, so to is the alternative health and financial industries. The hundreds of years of practically nonexistent change in these areas are coming to a end, so get on board!
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COMPLETE GUIDE TO CHIROPRACTIC
This is the Final installment of our Series of Articles on Alternative Wellness Options. Be sure to read our other articles on General Wellness Options, Cryotherapy, and Massage.
Chiropractic is defined as a system of complementary medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints, especially those of the spinal column, which are held to cause other disorders by affecting the nerves, muscles, and organs.
Besides physical manipulation of the body, chiropractic may also include exercises, nutrition, and lifestyle counseling for an improved quality of life going forward.
Chiropractic’s main goal is to allow the recipient’s body the ability to heal itself by aligning the body’s various systems. In addition, the initial goal for most, in the short term, is to relieve pain.
According to Webmd, recent statistics show that roughly 22 million Americans visit Chiropractors annually. With about 35% of this seeking treatment for back pain.
THE “CRACKING” MYTH
The biggest myth and confusion surrounding Chiropractic is “cracking” sound one hears while undergoing treatment. Many believe these are bone on bone cracking sounds when getting a particular part of the body adjusted. This makes many first timers leary about trying this form of alternative wellness.
However, nothing could be further from the truth. What the cracking noise actual is, is the fluid around the joints builds up in pressure. The “cracking” sound is just this air being release.
The fluid changes from a liquid to a gas and the cracking sound is called cavitation.
WHAT CHIROPRACTORS DO
Chiropractors are a licensed Health Care professional that will conduct patient care similar to a conventional Doctor. For example, most will interview the patient, conduct a patient history, discuss an ongoing program, and conduct testing prior to starting the treatment.
The actual physical treatments can involve massage, stretching, exercises, and the actual manipulation of the joints using quick and gentle thrusts.
- To practice in the U.S. Chiropractors must earn a D.C. degree (Doctor of Chiropractic).
- Pass the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners exam and have a state license.
- A D.C. program typically takes four years to complete.
- Many Chiropractors complete postgraduate education in specific fields as well, such as Pediatrics and Orthopedics.
- Scope of Procedures the Chiropractor is allowed to perform, and Insurance Coverage will vary State to State
A few years ago I suffered what turned out to be a knot in the back of my neck from falling asleep on the couch too many times and from working out. However, at the time I was a tobacco dipper so any discomfort around the neck made me anxious to say the least.
This turned out to be referred pain from the back of my neck transferring the pain to the front around my lower side of the neck. This was a constant pain, like someone pressing on your neck 24 hours a day.
After a few months of refusing to go to the Doctor as I am a man after all (lol), and falling into depression for a few months from reading all the horror stories you will find if you google some pain in your body. I gave up and went to an Ear/Nose/Throat Doctor.
After the exam the doctor looked at me like I was a hypochondriac, he didn’t see anything and said it was probably acid reflux and gave me a prescription for some pills. I left there feeling dumb, but also upset. I knew something was still not right.
So I went to a chiropractor, and the first thing she said was wow you have about five knots in your back and this big one on the back of your neck. So I thought that makes sense back of your neck is the back of your throat and those ligaments and muscles wrap around to the front.
After only one procedure the pain was gone 90% and after the second procedure it was completely gone.
Now, what upset me the most is this is a Doctor who specializes in this region of the body, but never mentioned “Referred Pain“, never asked if I worked out or any other habits that would cause a knot or a muscle spasm. He never even felt the back of my neck.
This is just one example of the shortcomings of western medicine, the lack of common sense that the back of your neck is directly connected to the sides/front of your neck.
The waiting was my fault I admit that, but any trained Doctor should know this information, and this lack of common sense is what most of western medicine suffers from.
Can’t see the forest for the trees, so to speak. While on the other hand, this is the basis of alternative wellness treatments.
To see the body as a fluid, all connecting mechanism. More Importantly, trying to find the root cause of an impairment, over the routine take a pill mentality that puts a bandage on the problem.
Overall, if you are in chronic pain and suffer with anxiety or stress, like most of us do to some degree nowadays, maybe trying a chiropractic treatment could help you.
If you are one to seek natural treatments for wellness then we recommend trying it for one or more sessions, you might be surprised at the results.
ULTIMATE GUIDE TO MASSAGE
This is Part of Our Larger Series on Alternative Wellness Therapies, where we will be discussing Cryotherapy, Massage, and Chiropractic.
Massage – is a Wellness therapy involving the manipulation (rubbing, kneading) of the body’s soft tissue. The general purpose for massage is to relieve pain, tension, and stress.
The professionally trained person giving the massage is known as a massage therapist, masseuse (female), or masseur (male). Some form of massage has been with us since the beginning of time and is a very important part of the Wellness Spectrum.
POWER OF TOUCH
The power of touch spans the gamut of the very essence of life itself. It is the first sense/language we learn and develop as a baby.
Further, many people forget that our skin is our largest organ. Yes, on the surface, it is to hold our innards from spilling out of us lol, and to stop infections from entering our bodies, but it is much more profound than that.
On an emotional level, touch is of great importance. A 2009 study from Depauw University found that our ability to decode emotions through non verbal touch. Volunteers attempted to communicate a list of emotions, such as anger, sympathy, fear, and sadness, to a blindfolded stranger. The results were remarkable!
The accuracy rates were as high as 78%, much more than the predicted 25%. More importantly, this has been duplicated in numerous studies throughout the world.
Consequently, we can see how the power of touch in regards to a massage can be a game-changer for some people who are struggling with pain, anxiety, or stress.
TOP TEN BENEFITS
- REDUCE PAIN/STIFFNESS – Increases blood flow and flexibility to the particular area; Disrupts pain pathways to the brain.
- STRESS RELIEF – A little time out for yourself and the pleasure of relaxing touch can do wonders for the mind.
- DECREASE ANXIETY/DEPRESSION – These can go hand in hand with Stress issues and many can get the same benefits.
- IMMUNE BOOST – Numerous Studies have shown that regular massage can create a stronger immune system.
- BETTER LYMPHATIC SYSTEM – Promotes better Lymph circulation which increases fluid to the muscles and rinses out toxins and fights disease.
- IMPROVED BLOOD CIRCULATION – In tandem with the Lymph System, Massage promotes Better blood circulation throughout the body providing essential oxygen throughout your body.
- DIABETES MANAGEMENT – Helps control sugar levels in the blood, especially for children.
- BETTER SLEEP – Obviously, most massages are a very relaxing procedure, which calms your body for a more restorative night’s sleep.
TYPES OF MASSAGE
- SWEDISH – The most popular in the U.S. Uses circular and long strokes with kneading and uses lotion or oil for better results.
- SHIATSU – Japanese massage that targets acupressure points on the body with the tips of the fingers. The pressure to each location is typically held for a few seconds.
- AROMATHERAPY – Is similar to the popular Swedish massage, but with the addition of Essential Oils. Scents are based on the individual needs. Great for De-Stressing.
- HOT STONE – Uses heated stones on specific areas of the body to loosen tight muscles and damaged soft tissue. The masseuse can also hold them while giving the massage.
- THAI – Helps bring the body’s energy back into harmony by using gentle/firm pressure on targeted locations. The masseuse will stretch and use different positions so you are not just laying down.
- SPORTS – Typically for people who are active in fitness and regular exercise, which focuses on injury prevention or recovery.
- DEEP TISSUE – Targets deep tissue and muscle layers using longer, slow strokes. Typically one will be sore for a day or two afterwards.
- PRENATAL – Has to be done by a certified masseuse in pregnancy massage, great for reducing stress and to decrease swelling.
- REFLEXOLOGY – Uses pressure points in the foot which are connected to different organs and systems throughout the body.
There are many more, however these are the most common massages that are used by millions of people each day.
In the past, many people have thought a massage was just a special treat, similar to a facial or a manicure. However, as research has expanded into this area of wellness, we now know the physical and mental health benefits of regular massage can have on the mind and body.
Remember, your skin is your largest organ and it is often the most neglected. So if you think you can benefit from a massage why not try it!
Also, we suggest to get a good organic CBD Lotion to bring much needed nutrients and hydration to the skin.