Infrared Sauna

What is Infrared?

 

Infrared light is part of the invisible light spectrum which has the ability to penetrate human tissue. Infrared saunas use this to heat the body rather than just the air and surface of the body. It is like that nice warmth of sitting in the sun but without the harmful ultraviolet light that damages this skin.

Using the infrared wavelengths the infrared sauna increases the body’s core temperature which creates a deep detoxifying sweat.

 

Why Use Infrared Sauna?

Detoxification

-Detox from our sauna is 7 to 10 times greater than a conventional steam sauna. In a conventional steam sauna the average person sweats out 3% toxins and 97% water. In our sauna, the average person sweats out 20% toxins and 80% water!

Pain Relief

Relieve back, neck, and arthritis pain with infrared sauna heat therapy. Researchers studying HRP (Heat Responsive Pain) have observed remarkable therapeutic benefits by using continuous low level heat therapy for treating lower back and upper body pain, all conditions that fall under the HRP classification. Heat therapy also reduces spasms in muscles.

Weight Loss

A 30 minute infrared sauna session can burn up to 200-600 calories! As the body works to

cool itself while using an infrared sauna, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate. Our sauna’s infrared heat therapy raises core body temperature causing passive cardiovascular conditioning. Your body’s natural response to infrared heat therapy is to increase circulation and sweat. Check out the results with a heart rate monitor and you will be amazed!

Lower Blood Pressure

– In a clinical study with the University of Missouri Kansas City in 2005 and were shown to lower blood pressure from a 30 minute sauna session three times a week. Repeated infrared treatment improves impaired blood vessel functions in patients with high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. This suggests a preventative role for sauna use for arteriosclerosis.

Improve Circulation

-Heating of muscles with infrared produces an increased blood flow level similar to that seen during exercise. Body temperature elevation also produces an increase in blood flow. Infrared heat assists in resolution of inflammatory infiltrates, edema and exudates. The increased peripheral circulation provides the transport needed to help evacuate the edema which can help end inflammation, decrease pain and help speed healing.

Skin Revitalization

-Improve your skin’s appearance with regular use of an infrared sauna. Open wounds heal quicker with reduced scarring. Infrared heat therapy helps acne, eczema, psoriasis, burns and any skin lesions or cuts. It alsoreduces wrinkles, makes skin look radiant, firms and improves skin tone and elasticity.Regular use may alsohelp reduce cellulite trapped beneath the skin, lessen the appearance of scars, and help burns heal significantly.

 

 

Light and Sound Therapy

-Our infrared sauna also incorporates light and sound therapy. Light therapy (aka chromatherapy) is added to the sauna experience with colored bulbs in the sauna. There are 12 different colors to choose from each with it’s own benefits. Sound therapy is delivered by the SoSound A.R.T. (Acoustic Resonance Therapy). This unique system offers benefits such as:

 

  • Significant Stress Reduction, including symptoms of PTSD and Autism
  • Significant reduction in chronic muscle tension and pain management
  • Balancing heart rate; blood pressure and increasing circulation
  • Energizing and uplifting one’s mood, frequency and emotional health and well being
  • Enhancing creativity, communication, performance and problem solving capabilities

 

To learn more about this wonderful technology visit – http://www.sosoundsolutions.com/so-soundheart/

 

Enjoying the infrared sauna

Enjoying the infrared sauna

 

Infrared Vs Traditional Steam Saunas

Traditional steam saunas use a heating element and water to create steam and heat the air in the sauna. This type of heat does not penetrate into the body in the same way as infrared and the steam makes it difficult to breath. Steam heat can also be unbearably hot and difficult to maintain an ideal temperature. Infrared saunas do not create steam and are much more comfortable and soothing to sit in.

 

Safety

Infrared heat is very safe and will not cause the skin to burn. It is the same type of heat used in hospitals to warm newborn infants.

 

 

 

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Spring is Here!

 

Spring Settles Upon Us


Spring brings with it warmer weather and renewed physical and mental energy. For many people, however, the transition from winter to spring isn‘t always easy. The cold winter months are a natural time for rest and introspection so it can be a challenge to get moving again.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) tells us that settling into spring can be even more difficult if there is an imbalance in the Liver, which is responsible for the flow of Qi (Life Energy) throughout the body. An imbalance or lack of Qi can cause a whole range of emotional and physical symptoms such as anger, depression, mood swings, abdominal pain, menstrual problems, and even allergies. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, then you are aware that they can be barriers to moving forward and living in harmony with the seasons.

The good news is that you can take charge of your health and kick-start your spring. First, talk to me about how to address any underlying imbalances that might be affecting your energy levels. I’ll have some suggestions for you, and may even talk about dietary changes, supplements, herbs or exercises that can help.
Next, decide how to tackle any stressors at work or home that might be keeping you from feeling your best. Consider acupuncture, acupressure, meditation, yoga, massage, or talk therapy to help you handle stress and keep from becoming overwhelmed.
Lastly, plan to get moving. Exercise is an important way to boost your energy and keep your Qi flowing. Keep these tips in mind:

Take it slow, especially if you haven’t exercised over the winter. Use common sense to avoid overdoing it and injuring yourself.
Set small goals for yourself such as walking for 15 minutes each day. Set new goals as your fitness level improves.
Warm up before exercising and always remember to stretch.
Do something you enjoy, so your workout doesn’t feel like work.
With a little planning and some assistance from TCM you can shake off those winter blahs and enjoy all the wonderful benefits of spring.

References:
Ready, Set, Grow, Connors, C., Body & Brain magazine. Spring 2005.
The Liver and Liver Qi Stagnation, Acufinder Magazine. http://www.acufinder.com

Spring is a happy time

Spring is a happy time.  Bunnies hop about.  Flowers emerge in long forgotten corners of your garden.  The birds return and sing so loudly they wake you in the morning.

This is not a time to be angry.

But according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, being angry is exactly what you can expect if you don’t balance your wood element.

In TCM, spring is represented by the element wood.  Wood represents birth and newness, the time for fresh ideas and new starts.  Unsurprisingly, its color is green like the fresh growth of spring.

Wood governs your spine, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons.  A wood imbalance can lead to spinal problems, poor flexibility or arthritis.  Wood also governs your eyes.

But most important for your mood, wood governs your liver.  Your liver is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi (energy) and smooth flowing Qi means health and vitality.  The emotion associated with your liver is anger.  If your liver is imbalanced your Qi will be disrupted and you’ll be angry.

Healthy (and happy) spring acupuncture practices mean balancing your wood element and caring for your liver.

Healthy Spring Acupuncture Practices

Try these spring acupuncture recommendations, to keep your wood balanced and your liver healthy.

  • Cleanse.  Cleaning your colon releases accumulated toxins, undigested food, parasites and fungi.  With a clean colon your digestion is more efficient and your body is healthier.
  • Detox your liver.  Reduce or eliminate alcohol or drugs that are toxic to your liver.  Consider a detox that specifically targets your liver.  Call me if you need suggestions.
  • Stretch.  Start or recommit to a healthy stretching routine.  Try yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or other exercises that move, loosen and flex your joints.
  • Exercise your eyes.  Massage your face, especially around your eyes.  Roll your eyes and move them in figure 8s.  Practice focusing on distant objects and then focusing on close objects in quick succession.  Put time limits on your computer sessions.  These exercises strengthen your eyes and can improve your eyesight.
  • Control your anger.  Create a healthy anger management plan.  Journal, meditate or get counseling.  Put limits on stressful situations.  Find activities that refocus your anger in healthy ways.

Healthy Spring Acupuncture Diet

Follow these tips for a healthy spring diet that supports your liver.

  • Eat light.  Overeating taxes your liver.
  • Eat greens.  Sprouts, wheatgrass, spinach, kale and dandelions are particularly good foods in the spring.
  • Eat sour?  Sour is the flavor associated with spring, however sour flavors are only recommended for certain constitutions.  Instead of dousing your greens with vinegar or lemon juice dressings, consult with me to find out what flavors are best for you.
  • Drink milk thistle tea.  Milk thistle detoxes your liver.
  • Season your food.  Pungent spices like basil, fennel, marjoram, rosemary, caraway, dill and bay leaf are excellent for spring cooking—and they taste good.

By keeping your wood balanced and your liver healthy you will be happy.  You’ll feel vital, flexible and clear.  If you have questions about healthy spring acupuncture practices feel free to call me for recommendations.

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

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How a Healthy Lifestyle Benefits Your Mind as Well as Body

apple-18721_640We all know that a healthy lifestyle, such as not smoking, keeping your weight down, eating right, regular exercise, and low moderate alcohol intake contributes to long-term health benefits. The recently completed Caerphilly Cohort Study expands the known benefits of a healthy lifestyle to include more evidence for improvements in cognitive function, and a reduced incidence of dementia.

The study began in 1979, and spanned a full 35 years. The health habits of 2,235 men between the ages of 45 and 59 were correlated to their incidences of diabetes, vascular disease, cancer, cognitive impairment, dementia and death (from all causes). The study tracked five healthy behaviors: continue reading »

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How to Get the Most Out Of Acupuncture

I’m admittedly a little bit biased, but I think acupuncture/Chinese medicine offers the best “bang for the buck” in the medical world. With acupuncture you can have multiple issues treated in the same visit, and leave the office feeling better than when you walked in. How often does that happen when you see other doctors/specialists? It is also one of the least expensive forms of medicine, though this is not always obvious because of insurance coverage. Whether you pay out of pocket or only pay a co-pay here are some things to keep in mind to help you get the most out of your acupuncture sessions.

  1. Take it easy – acupuncture helps to tune down the sympathetic nervous system (the “flight-or-fight” response) and turn up the parasympathetic nervous system (“rest-and-digest”). Being in “rest- and-digest” mode helps our bodies heal optimally, so when possible enjoy that nice relaxed feeling after an acupuncture session and take it easy for the rest of the day.

  2. Consistency – think of acupuncture like a medication or exercise. Would you expect a drug to help you if you only take it when you think about it, maybe 2-3 times a week instead of daily as instructed? Do you think you’ll build muscle and lose weight if you only go to the gym a couple of times each month versus four or five times a month? Acupuncture is the same way, the effects of one treatment builds on the effects of previous visits. Luckily as your body gets healthier you need less treatment so you won’t need to have weekly visits forever.

  3. Treat it like an investment – this goes along with point #2 above. Your health should be a top priority. Just like other investments a little extra up front will pay you back for years to come with good health. This is especially important if your health condition might prevent you from working. Trying to “budget” your treatments by putting too much time in between can sometimes be counter-productive. Not finishing a course of treatment can also become a waste of the time and money spent if you do not stick with the treatment long enough to reach your goals.

  4. Team Approach – acupuncture can often get great results when combined with other treatments such as physical therapy, massage, and/or chiropractic. Likewise combining acupuncture with herbal treatment can be a great way to get a better value. Herbal medicine can help improve results and reduce the total number of acupuncture treatments needed.

  5. Speak up and ask questions – you might have a health problem that we have not discussed. Never assume that it is something acupuncture cannot help. Let me know whatever is bothering you and I will let you know how/if acupuncture or herbal medicine can help. Likewise the more you know about your body the better you can make healthy decisions. You get to spend more time with me than you will generally spend with any of your doctors. Feel free to use that time to discuss your health concerns with me. It is also important to discuss any challenges you think you might have with following the recommended course of treatment. Whether its schedule or financial let me know and we’ll work together to see how we can best meet your goals.

  6. Get a tune up – Even if you are not experiencing any specific symptoms your body can always use a little help. Our bodies are always under stress, and not just the mental kind (though many of us have plenty of that) but also environmental stresses, exposure to pathogens, even gravity. Your car needs periodic maintenance to keep it running at its best and think how much more complex your body is. Many patients find a once a month tune up keeps them feeling great, but even at the transitions of the seasons it can be a great way to protect your investment.

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Can You Use Acupuncture for Weight Loss?

weight-loss-03102014Everyone is looking for the secret to weight loss, without falling victim to the latest gimmicks. With so many different opinions about how to lose weight, it can be difficult to tell what will really work.

Fortunately there is a technique for weight loss that has been tested for centuries:  acupuncture.

This technique is safe, sound and reliable. And, even more exciting, using acupuncture for weight loss helps you lose weight in several different ways. continue reading »

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How To Choose An Acupuncturist

Choosing an acupuncturist can be a difficult decision. Many people do not know enough about it to understand what they should look for. In the Syracuse area there are several acupuncturists, but who should you choose and why?  The best way to make your choice is to find out as much as you can about your acupuncturist and his/her treatment philosophy.  If someone you know and trust recommended that acupuncturist it is always a good start. If you did not get a word of mouth referral the next best thing is to call a few acupuncturists. You will spend a fair amount of time with your acupuncturist, if they do not communicate well over the phone then they probably won’t communicate well in person either.

Education, in my opinion, is an important part of the acupuncture treatment.  A good acupuncturist does more than just stick needles in you and then sends you home. They will talk to you about your health issues and educate you about it so that you can make good choices everyday to help promote your overall wellness. Many people assume that the only good acupuncturists are Chinese. Their training is not necessarily superior and if you can not communicate with them well how successful will they be at helping your achieve your goals?

Value is also an important part of the decision making process.  Notice I did not say cost, since value and cost are two different issues. This can sometimes be hard to compare unless you go to see more than one acupuncturist. If you have been to an acupuncturist and did not feel like you got value from it then I recommend calling a few others and comparing how they differ. If you have insurance coverage it is also a good idea to verify that an acupuncturist will take your insurance before scheduling your first appointment.

Personality can be a big factor in choosing your acupuncturist. As I mentioned above you will spend a fair amount of time with your acupuncturist so it is important that it is someone you can trust and get along with.

Unfortunately people sometimes have bad experiences with acupuncturists. I’ve heard several disappointing stories from patients who had been to other acupuncturists in the area. It is important that acupuncture is judged on its own merits and not judged because of a bad practitioner. If you had a bad experience at a dentist would you give up on dentistry and oral hygiene completely or find a different dentist? If you are one of the unlucky few people who had a bad experience elsewhere and want to still give acupuncture a try please call me and we can discuss your concerns.

I hope you have found the information on this page and the rest of my site informative. If you think you are ready to take the next step please give me a call at (315) 569-6579 so we can discuss your health goals and answer any other questions you may have.

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The Definitive Guide to Chronic Fatigue and Alternative Treatments

sleepy-owlChronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a mysterious condition. There is no known cause. While the symptoms can be debilitating, there is no test to diagnosis it. Women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with CFS. And most sufferers are between 25 and 45 years old, although there are cases in childhood and middle age.

Some people with CFS live active lives while 25% of the cases are disabled. Sometimes the disease is persistent and other times there is a pattern of relapse and remission. No one knows how many cases there are of CFS because The CFIDS Association of America estimates that fewer than 20 percent of CFS patients in the United States have been properly diagnosed.

CFS has several names. It is called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), chronic fatigue and chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS).  No matter what it is called, the most effective way to manage chronic fatigue is with alternative treatments. continue reading »

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What Five Star Restaurants Teach You about Healthy Snacks for Kids

ants-on-a-log4A fine meal at a good restaurant has many details. It uses fresh ingredients and interesting recipes. There is a variety of foods and the presentation is pleasing.

When food is prepared thoughtfully and beautifully, even the most basic meal becomes an experience. You can’t wait to try it. Once you start eating, you want to savor it.

But getting your kids to eat healthy snacks can feel like the opposite. Your child may balk at anything he thinks is healthy. She may be picky or prefer sweet or fatty foods.

You probably wouldn’t say that your child loves the snacks so much they can’t wait to eat them. And savoring them? Not likely.

But sometimes, the solution is easier than it seems.

Think about your snacks like a fine chef. Find ways to prepare your food beautifully. Make common foods seem unusual. Add interesting flavors or combinations.

Sometimes just changing the food a little bit can make your child dig in.

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How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy with Acupuncture

smilingWhen you think of taking care of your teeth, do you think of acupuncture?

You probably don’t and that’s not unusual. Most people believe that brushing, flossing and a trip to the dentist for a cleaning twice a year is a good dental routine. And for most, it is.

But for some people, that routine doesn’t keep their teeth in good shape. Despite good dental hygiene, they continue to have dental issues.

And for others, just going to the dentist is stressful and difficult. It’s hard to get good dental care when you dread your trip to the dentist.

Fortunately, acupuncture can support dental health and make your trip to the dentist easier. continue reading »

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Sticking to your New Year’s Resolution: The Trick is Not What You Think

new-years-resolution-1_lIt’s New Year’s again.  It’s time to make a resolution.

And you know the drill. You set goals.  You work on them for a couple of weeks.  You begin to flag.

Many times you give up by February.

Your New Year’s resolution becomes a distant memory until the next New Year’s when you feel slightly guilty and begin the whole process again.

If each year you make a resolution and each year you break it, something has to change.  The only way this year can be different is if you do something different.

The trick is not changing your resolution.  The trick to achieving your resolution is to use an entirely new plan to reach it. continue reading »

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