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  • Stephanie 8:00 am on March 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Adventure #3 – Acupuncture (specifically Moxa Treatment) 

    January 12, 2010

    My weekend of yoga and too much Downward Facing Dog led to painful spasms in my trapezius muscles.  It’s a reoccurring injury, and I’ve been to physical therapy numerous times in the past 3 years.  I wanted to try a different method to treat it.  I read that people have experienced amazing results through Acupuncture, so I figured I would give it a try.

    The first part of my treatment consisted of needles stuck in various points such as my feet, hands, neck, back, and shoulders.  After about 10 minutes with the needles, the acupuncturist asked me if I’ve ever had Moxa before.  She explained that it was dried plant matter rolled into balls and placed on top of the needles.  It was a technique used specifically to treat whiplash.  It sounded a bit strange, but I wasn’t alarmed until the balls were placed on top of the needles and she proceeded to tell me that the next part of the treatment was to light the balls on fire!  I was nervous about having flaming balls of plant matter on my back.  I asked her how she knew the flaming plant matter would actually stay on the needles and not roll onto my back?  She assured me that the treatment had been used and refined in the Japanese culture for hundreds of years.

    As bizarre as it sounds to place plant matter on top of needles and light it on fire, I have to say it worked!  I only had one treatment so far, but already I have much less pain and soreness in my shoulders.

    • Kamron 2:29 pm on May 4, 2011 Permalink

      You’re the one with the brains here. I’m wacithng for your posts.

  • Stephanie 7:56 am on March 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Adventure #2 – Restorative Yoga Retreat 

    January 8-10

    I’ve always been a fan of yoga, so I thought what better why to spend a cold weekend in January than to go on a yoga retreat?  I did some googling and was happy to find a yoga center only 2 hours from Boston – Kripalu Yoga and Meditation Center in Lenox, MA.  The program I selected was “Relaxing into the Heart of Winter” with Jillian Pransky (pictured above). The program focused on restorative yoga, which is a type of yoga I had never tried before.  The poses are supported by blankets, cushions, and foam blocks.  They are held for longer periods of time than traditional yoga poses (15-20 minutes).  The point of this process and meditation is to teach your body how to synchronize with the natural slowing down that happens in nature during the winter season.

    Kripalu is an old monastery, so the conditions are simple, but comfortable.  The retreat was incredibly relaxing and allowed me to spend a lot of time being introspective.  I treated myself to a spa package with a neck and shoulder massage, energy balancing, Vitamin C Facial, and an aromatherapy massage.  I left the weekend feeling pampered, calm, and balanced.

    At the end of the retreat, we all drew “angel cards” out of a bag.  Each card had a word on it.  We were instructed to silently ask if there was anything the universe wanted us to know.  I asked and the card that I drew was POWER.  Hmm, I wonder what that means….

  • Stephanie 8:10 pm on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

    Adventure #1 

    I’ve been a bit delinquent posting my adventures.  Let’s go back in time, shall we?.  It was the first week of January and I decided I needed to get myself back to the gym after all of my slacking around the holiday season.  Why not start off my year of adventures with a new class?

    I was originally going for Spin class, but apparently there is a sign-up process that I wasn’t aware of, so I wasn’t able to get into the class.  Who knew there was so much bureaucracy at the gym?!

    Luckily for me there was another class going on at the same time – Group Kick.  I thought it was fate, and figured I would give it a shot.  It was an hour of high energy cardio kicking, punching, jumping, and yelling (yup – yelling!).  It was the best way to let out all of my post-holiday frustrations (A POST-IT?!  I’ll give YOU a Post-It!).

    By the way, in case you’re wondering that girl in the picture isn’t me; it’s Buffy the Gym Girl (seriously!).  She’s my inspiration!

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