Acupuncture can benefit many types of ailments especially pain and stress!
Acupuncture stimulates the body’s built-in healing mechanisms
Acupuncture “focuses body’s attention” to the injured area and in turn it stimulates the body’s ability to spontaneously heal injuries. As the body focuses on the the micro traumas induced by acupuncture, it also heals any surrounding tissue damage left over from old injuries.
Acupuncture releases natural painkillers
Inserting a needle sends a signal through the nervous system to the brain, where chemicals such as endorphins, norepinephrine and enkephalin are released. Some of these substances are 10-200 times more potent than morphine!
Acupuncture reduces both the intensity and perception of chronic pain
It does this through a process called “descending control normalization”, which involves the serotonergic nervous system.
Acupuncture relaxes shortened muscles
This in turn releases pressure on joint structures and nerves, and promotes blood flow.
Acupuncture reduces stress
This is perhaps the most important systemic effect of acupuncture.
Recent research suggests that acupuncture stimulates the release of oxytocin, a hormone and signaling substance that regulates the parasympathetic nervous system. You’ve probably heard of the “fight-or-flight” response that is governed by the sympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system has been called the “rest-and-digest” or “calm-and-connect” system, and in many ways is the opposite of the sympathetic system. Recent research has implicated impaired parasympathetic function in a wide range of autoimmune diseases, including arthritis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
by Joy Earl, LAc
Joy Earl, LAc
Choose acupuncture for pain and stress and book your appointment with Joy today and learn about the benefits of acupuncture first hand!
We are now offering monthly wellness classes on the rooftop deck!
This months class is all about learning how acupuncture can ease your pain and it includes a free cupping demonstration
Why Acupuncture is so great for pain: The rivers of your body
Acupuncture is all over the news lately, everyone is talking about how great it is for pain. Shoulder, knee, back, hip…so long as you have pain, acupuncture is the natural alternative to harsh medications. But why? Have you ever wondered why acupuncture works? How the parasympathetic nervous system is your best friend and your body can, with a little help from acupuncture release the best pain killers around. This is your opportunity to learn how Chinese medicine and your health are mirrored in nature. When you see how the flow of energy or Qi in your body is just like a river, you will soon understand why acupuncture has so much to offer on your path to getting pain free!
Why not join us Thurs June 5th for a fun and interactive talk on Acupuncture and pain free living!!
Join us on Written on the Body’s rooftop deck on Thursday June 5th from 6:30-7:30pm
Far Infrared sauna: An infrared sauna uses infrared heaters to emit infrared light experienced as radiant heat which is absorbed by the surface of the skin. Traditional saunas heat the body primary by conduction and convection from the heated air and by radiation of the heated surfaces in the sauna room (Wikipedia). An infrared sauna detoxifies, improves circulation, promotes healing and so much more!
Here is a great article on infrared sauna benefits from the wellness hour: click here to read
learn what the Mayo clinic has to about infrared sauna sessions here
Infrared sauna: located on our beautiful rooftop deck!
refresh after your sauna session with a cool shower on our rooftop deck.
Appointments available beginning Mother’s day (Sunday May 11th)!
$25 per half hour for 1-2 people- $20 when added to a massage or acupuncture appointment
5 pack for $100 and 10 pack for $200
Mom’s-take 50% during the month of May *promo code “mom”!
Mom admirer’s take 20% off during the month of May *promo code !
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*times are limited but we can accommodate some requests, please email or call if you would like to book a sauna session outside of the online hours or in conjunction with a massage or acupuncture appointment.
Joy Earl License number: AC164926 schedule Tuesdays 9am-7pm and Thursdays 9am-3pm
Joy offers acupuncture, tuina massage, foot reflexology, cupping, gua sha, aromatherapy and more!
Joy Earl, LAc
All about Joy:
Before earning my Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, my career began as a Tour Manager in the Music Business. I eventually realized I could not sustain the mental, emotional and physical demand for the rest of my life without sacrificing my health in the process. I needed balance and soon discovered the vast benefits of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. I decided to follow my nurturing quality in taking care of others and learn a new skill that would allow me to help people, as well as myself. Always having an interest in Medicine, I decided to leave Manhattan and move to Portland and dive deep into learning about the benefits of Chinese Medicine and the many modalities it encompasses. Originally from Houston, I have lived in Austin, Los Angeles, Miami and New York City before calling Portland home. I have travelled extensively overseas on tour as well as throughout the US. I have a passion for traveling and it is my hope to share my knowledge of what I have learned in the healing arts with others. I recently volunteered in rural Nepal for two months treating those who had no access to healthcare. My invaluable experience there has allowed me to observe and treat a high volume of patients with a wide variation of conditions. When I am not treating patients, I enjoy running, yoga, painting, writing, piano, exploring the beauty of the Northwest by hiking, camping and backpacking, tango and learning German. I have always believed in pushing ones self to continually attain knowledge and understanding of the world around us, its inhabitants and the possibilities we each possess within. My desire is to help you reach your goals on your journey for balance and health, and to provide you with comfort physically, mentally and emotionally. I look forward to meeting you!
Joy will be offering two specialized services in addition to private acupuncture appointments:
1. mini bliss session: auricular acupuncture, foot reflexology and essential oils
2. active lifestyle session: Tuina with cupping and/or Gua sha
Have you heard about our monthly massage membership program?
Regardless of your particular situation regular massage treatments will make a major difference in reducing your overall stress and pain levels. We are learning that stress and chronic pain can lead to all sorts of long term health issues. While at the same time preventative medicine such as regular check ups, wellness treatments and general improvement of diet and exercise can keep you healthy. Not sure how to get started on monthly massage appointments? We can help!
We have many options in our VIP monthly membership program and this month we are waiving the sign-up fee!
Purchase a VIP membership to give yourself a discount on some of our favored treatments! First payment is $65 and gets you a 60 minute Hot Stone Massage
Monthly payment is $55 and it includes one 60 minute relaxation massage (billed monthly via credit card with a 6 or 12 month contract).
Unused massages roll over but must be used by expiration of 6 month contract. You will be added to the “happy hour list” to receive the benefit of our weekly discount offers. To add additional massages per month it will only be $60 per 60 minute relaxation massage.
*Early termination fee is $100
Or Upgrade with your favorite massage modality:
Deep Tissue: + $20 /mo
Hot Stones or Bamboo Fusion: + $10 /mo
Aromatherapy: + $10 /mo
Don’t have a lot of extra time? Sign up for our monthly 30 minute Focus! massage membership for only $25 a month!
I was walking down the street today drinking water, thinking about my to-do list and returning an email on my phone when I happened to almost run into someone who was, I assume from the phone in their hand, doing the same thing. At this moment I looked around and realized that more than half of the people around me were multitasking in their brains, on their phones and with their bodies. It occurred to me that this is our world right now; busy, rushed, bursting with activity, layered with tasks and not enough time. Not enough time especially for ourselves, being a massage therapist has placed the concept of self-care directly in the forefront of my world. I notice every time I work on someone just how important caring for yourself is and just how low on our priority list it has become.
How many people do you know that are affected by chronic stress, pain or just a general feeling of discomfort? Perhaps you can relate to some of these feelings? Lack of self-care in one’s life can lead to stress and pain, stress and pain can lead to disease, depression and an inability to fully function in one’s day to day life. You may be asking yourself how the heck you are suppose to work self-care into your already overly demanding schedule? My question is: How are you suppose to keep up with such a high intensity schedule without taking care of yourself?
Ask yourself these questions:
What in your life is more important than you, your health and your well-being?
What are you putting before your own health and well-being, where are you on your “to-do” list?
Is the way that you are living your life right now sustainable from the age you are now until retirement? Do you already have aches and pains, imagine how those might become worse in 5/10/20 years.
What will your body/mind/spirit look and feel like long term if you don’t make yourself a priority?
Do you want to function at an optimal level in your life? Have more energy now and in the future? Live happy and healthy for many years to come?
Common excuses that might arise at this point are: lack of funds, no time, family/work comes first-or by giving to work and family I am giving to myself, I can rest when I retire
I challenge you to re-think these excuses and make yourself a priority now by realizing that you are as or more important than anyone or anything else in your life. The only way for you to be happily successful, functioning at an optimal level and to be healthy and full of energy for many years to come is to treat your body, mind and spirit with care and consideration beginning right now-no matter how young you may be.
Here are a few suggestions on how to treat yourself with the care that you deserve so that you can stay in the best condition possible for as long as possible:
Do what you love and love what you doThis can be a difficult task because it is not always completely easy to accomplish or 100% within our control. My advise is if you do have the option to make a change into a profession or situation that is fulfilling DO IT even if you will be taking a risk. If you don’t have this option keep your eyes open for opportunities and make the best of your situation. Positivity attracts positivity and changing your perspective could change everything!
Take time for yourself every single dayEven if you can only set aside ten minutes a day, make those ten minutes only about you. This means putting away the internet and distractions, getting quiet or loud, giving yourself space to breathe, grow and hear what your own internal self is saying.
Take mini vacationsIf you find yourself with a busy schedule that doesn’t allow time or resources for regular vacations, take mini breaks instead. You need space from the demands of life to renew your commitment to your responsibilities and to regain energy for your life. Don’t underestimate the power of a weekend getaway or day trip-just remember to leave work and the to-do list at home.
Laugh, dance, play Finding joy in the small things can make a big difference in your day. Notice the sound of the rain, the way someone smiled when you gave them a compliment or the sweetness of your pet when you first arrive home. Life is made of moments, don’t allow them to be wasted.
Take care of your healthExercise regularly by finding something you enjoy such as dance classes, martial arts, gardening, boot camp, acrobatics, basketball, weight lifting etc… Get a friend to go, get in a routine, just do whatever it takes to get yourself in shape. Stretching is one of the most overlooked things that we should be doing for ourselves. Our muscles should be balanced and working together, this means strong AND flexible. Get massage and/or other forms of bodywork at least once per month and more if possible (I may be biased). I can assure you that adding massage into your health care routine will improve your quality of life, the quality of your skin and muscles and I am certain it will not be a decision that you soon regret. Eat Healthy, you will never hear me say that you should never eat anything sugary again, I love junk food and food in general, so my philosophy is everything in moderation. With that said, the majority of your meals should be healthy and well balanced. View the American Diabetes Association food guide here for more information.
*For an affordable way to get regular monthly massage sessions check out Written on the Body’s $50 VIP Monthly Membership here!