MASSAGE PUNCH CARD PROGRAM

The massage punch card program is designed for patients that would like to utilize regular massage therapy, whether it is once a month or once every few months. Listed below are the available levels of massage punch cards.

BRONZE LEVEL- 4 Massages for $245.00 Savings of $35.00

SILVER LEVEL- 7 Massages for $420.00 Savings of $70.00

GOLD LEVEL- 12 Massages for $700.00 Savings of $140.00

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Healthy Skin

Between sunburns, bug bites and the warmth & humidity Summer-time can be particularly hard on your skin. Here are some simple herbal items to keep
around the house to help keep your skin healthy.

Aloe Vera Plant – ok, I know that many of you do this already, so this won’t
come as a surprise to you, but in my opinion keeping an aloe vera plant at
home is a necessity. The gel inside the fleshy leaves is good to speed up the
healing of the skin, and can be put on small nicks & cuts. It’s extremely good,
however, to treat minor burns. Put the gel on sunburns, or any other 1st degree
burn and I promise you’ll be amazed how fast they heal.

Tea Tree Oil – Is an extremely potent topical anti-biotic and anti-fungal. It’s
easily purchased in any co-op or health food store. Unless the manufacturer
has already done so, you should dilute the oil with 5 parts of a carrier oil (like
baby oil, almond massage oil, or olive oil) to every one part tea tree oil. This
preparation makes an ideal 1st line of defense against conditions like athlete’s
foot or jock itch.

Witchhazel – is another item you can find in co-ops or health food stores. It’s
a powerful astringent, and can help dry up skin that’s becoming too oily. Put a
little on a cotton ball and wipe down the affected area.

And finally, Plantain (pictured below). Not the little fried cousin of the banana that you find in Latin American cooking, but Plantago major, a common garden “weed”.
Plantain is a wonderful remedy for bug bites, and commonly grows in areas
where mosquitoes are plentiful. To use plantain, pick a full, healthy looking
leaf and crush it, either with your fingers or by chewing it slightly. Then put it
over the site of the bug bite, and the pain/itching should begin to subside. As
always with herbs you pick yourself, be sure that any plant you use has not
been sprayed with herbicides or pesticides.

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Inner Work

“If you want to be healthy and live to 100, do Qigong.”
– Dr. Mehmet Oz

April 27th marked a largely unknown celebration: World Tai Chi and Qigong Day.   While most Americans have at least heard of Tai Chi, Qigong (pronounced “Chee Gung”) is less well known.  Qigong is a broad term, which literally translates as “Energy Work”.  There are as many variations of Qigong inChina as there are hot-dish recipes inMinnesota.  As a general rule, however, Qigong combines choreographed movement, breath work, and mental focus to control your body’s energy (Qi) and teaches you to move, grow and store your Qi.  Not only is it a good form of meditation, but it also offers many of the benefits of getting an acupuncture session.

Before it was called Qigong, the same discipline was referred to as Nei Gong, or “Inner Work”, and it is considered one of the eight traditional healing methods which make up Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Simple Qigong exercises are often prescribed by Acupuncturists as self-care for their patients.  Practicing Qigong lets you increase your feeling of vitality.  The more vital you feel the healthier you are, the happier you are, the more you can accomplish, and the longer you’ll live.

Our Qigong class starts on Wednesday, May 15th, at 7:00p here at our clinic.  We only have three openings left in the class, so if you’re interested, call us now to save your spot.

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Health is Harmony

Balance.  Harmony.  Homeostasis.  Innate Intelligence.  Righteous Energy.

No matter what specific word is used, every form of medicine is based on this simple concept: our bodies are infinitely complex, self-regulating machines.  Whether we are healthy or ill largely depends on how well our bodies maintain this complex balance.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) looks at the idea of balance and harmony in several different, practical ways.  Interventions like Acupuncture and Herbal Medicines directly affect the functioning of the body and have an indirect effect on the body’s structure.  Therapeutic Massage and exercises like Taijiquan directly affect the structure of the body, and have an indirect effect on the body’s functions.    These two complementary approaches to health and healing combine very effectively, and give us two options to help fine tune your body’s ability to keep itself healthy.

TCM takes this concept of harmony a few steps further.  We expand it to include harmony with one’s environment as well as harmony with your life’s direction.  One of my Daoist teachers once told me that the ultimate goal of TCM was to reunite the patient with “their Heavenly Destiny”, that the strongest, truest harmony was only achieved when they were living the life they were meant to.

So if you find yourself in need of more balance in your life, come in and talk with our acupuncturist.

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Dampness

There is moss growing on the tree outside my office window, and a group of crows is playing in the large, standing puddle on the roof of the building across the street.  It is humid enough that the towel I use to dry off from my morning shower is still slightly damp to the touch in the evening.  The typical dampness of a Minnesota summer is becoming more and more pervasive.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dampness is one of the environmental factors that lead to disease.  When Dampness is in the lungs, it causes a loose, productive cough.  When Dampness is in the digestive system, it causes loose, slimy stools.  Dampness in the skin causes acne, fungal infection, and various other lesions.  Dampness in the channels can cause lots of different problems, from generalized aches and limbs that feel overly heavy to mental “fogginess”.

Dealing with Dampness takes persistence, just like dealing with humidity.  After bathing, make sure to dry off thoroughly before getting dressed.  Avoid greasy or oily foods, which can cause dampness in the body.  Increase your intake of vegetables, especially slightly steamed or stir-fried in a scant amount of healthy oil.  Teas, especially Oolongs and Pu-Erh’s, are good to help your body get rid of dampness.  These are all steps that I try to take this time of year to keep my body balanced with the environment around me.  And if these steps don’t seem they’re enough, come in and see me.  Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can take care of Dampness quickly and effectively.

-Paul Magee, L.Ac.

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Infant Massage Now Available!

Infant Massage teaches you, the infant’s caregiver, simple techniques to safely massage and sooth your baby. Infant massage can:

  • Help baby’s digestion
  • Help relieve colic
  • Help relieve your stress
  • Strengthen your bond with your baby

Marguerite Ahlstrom holds a Certificate in Infant Massage Therapy and Infant Massage Instruction from the Institute of Somatic Therapy, as well as Pre/Post Natal Massage.

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Glowing Reviews

We  have received some excellent reviews on Yelp.com.  Read what our satisfied clients have to say here:  http://www.yelp.com/biz/village-acupuncture-and-massage-st-paul

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