Facial Rejuvenation

Okay, let’s face it, the fact is every day each of us gets slightly older.  As experience teaches us this is both a good and a bad thing.  While we gain wisdom, we lose some of our youth and with that some of our youthful beauty.

For centuries acupuncture has been used to treat a multitude of conditions including growing old gracefully.  In order to keep women (and some men) looking as great as they feel acupuncturists can treat the face.  The treatments include points to balance and enhance the entire health of the body as well as local points on the face to work on “problem” areas.  Fine lines disappear while deeper wrinkles soften.  The skin becomes more elastic to fend off dreaded sagging.

Are the results like plastic surgery? No.  Will people ask you what you are doing? Yes!  Acupuncture is a safe, natural, gentle way of rejuvenating the face and allowing you to look as good as you feel without surgery or drastic changes in your appearance.  It also has the positive side effect of making you feel more relaxed, balanced and rested.

For best results in the community acupuncture setting I would recommend doing a series of ten treatments spaced out at one per week.  It is also best if you focus on one area of the face for those ten treatments and then do subsequent treatments for any other areas you would like to address.  You will notice results after about four treatments and those results will increase as you continue your series.  Maintainance of one treatment per month or every other month is suggested.  For more information about the type of facial treatments given at MCA go to www.chiakra.com/treatments.htm.

Susan Johnston specializes in facial rejuvenation treatments. To set up an appointment for facial rejuvenation please schedule an appointment with Susan on Monday evenings 4-8pm, Wednesdays 9am-4pm, or Thursday and Friday mornings from 9am-12pm.

To All the Pregnant (and soon to be pregnant) Ladies

We have a lot of pregnant patients at the clinic, and a lot of women who are trying to conceive. One thing I noticed is that there are a lot of resources out there detailing everything we need to do to take care of ourselves while trying to conceive and throughout the duration of our pregnancies, but there is a serious lack of resources for the post-pregnancy period of our lives.

From personal experience, I can tell you I was not prepared for the physical and emotional changes that took place after giving birth to my daughter Esther nearly two years ago. This pregnancy, I decided I would devote more of my time to figuring out ways to take care of myself immediately after the delivery, and one of the resources I have found very helpful is this book, The Post-Pregnancy Handbook by Sylvia Brown.

In this book, you’ll find different ways of speeding up and aiding in the recovery process whether you had a vaginal delivery or C-section. Brown outlines different natural remedies including teas, essential oils, homeopathy, exercises and alternative therapies that can help  as well as listing the conventional treatment modalities, offering a wide variety of treatment options. This is not a book you need to read cover to cover, but I highly recommend reading through a few sections of this book to prepare yourself for the days and weeks that follow.

All the best to you and your family!


How did Acupuncture Develop?

Acupuncture is a small tool that is a part of a huge medical practice.  It is one piece of traditional Chinese medicine.  Chinese medicine is extraordinarily philosophical.  To understand how it was developed, you have to know a little bit about the philosophy that was a way of life for the people who developed it.

It was developed by people who quietly observed patterns in nature.  It was never shaped by ego.  This philosophy is characterized by allowing natural spontaneity to occur without tampering.  The medicine was constructed by emulating and mirroring nature.  It’s goal is to bring mind body and spirit to effortless non-action.  Erasing the mischief, clearing a path to let nature happen as it was meant to happen.
It was developed by people that didn’t speak or “know” of hormones, receptors, nerves, or electrical synapses.  They spoke of mountains and rivers and valleys.  Quietly observing the way things exist without interruption.  Quietly observing spontaneity and the autonomy of the natural world.  Everything in relation to everything else.  You do not know light unless there is dark.  Things behave differently in the light than they do in the dark.  Quiet observation, observation without excuses or meaning or answers.  That is the truth from which this medicine was developed.

A field that has a vibrant and healthy source of water and sunlight will have a bounty of produce.  If the flow of water is cut off, it will dry out and wither.  If too many growths create too much shadow, no light will reach the soil and either nothing will grow or a new type of crop will have to grow there.

In the classic texts of Chinese medicine, the anatomical regions and meridians of the body were referred to as descriptions of mountains, valleys, fields, and water ways.  What we refer to as ‘qi’ now, is the movement of ‘water’ through a ‘valley,’ a ‘field,’ or ‘plain,’ or through ‘mountains.’  It is pure physics.  It is not magic, it is nature.  We have a set of points that are categorized by what body of water they emulate on each meridian.  There are sea points, river points, streams, springs, and wells.  Comparisons of how energy or water or qi behaves in the body as they do in nature.  How erratic it moves when in small amounts like in a spring, and then as it gathers together, collectively larger and larger into streams, rivers, and then into seas, the water changes its behavior.  As its ‘body’ grows larger and grows more still.  This was observed in the nature of energy flow in the body.

The well points are all at the tips of the fingers and toes, moving up the legs and arms, collecting and growing and calming to end at the sea points which are all located at the elbows and knees.  The sea points are even larger than the well points.  Well points can be smaller than the tips of our acupuncture needles, while the sea points can be as large as a dime or nickel.

There is a major philosophy within Chinese medicine, that when energy (water) flows, there is no pain.  When it is blocked, there is pain.  Our meridians (water ways) need a clear path.  Metaphorically, if a tree root grows and blocks a stream, water will pool and create a soggy stagnant marsh.  The physics of the acupuncture needles is removing the branch, unblocking the stream, allowing the natural flow to regain itself, leading to loss of pain.

They didn’t use words like inflammation or pain receptors to describe this process, though they are the same thing.  Modern western medicine makes traditional Chinese medicine terrifying to explain.

So to understand how acupuncture “works” or was “developed,” you really have to look at it the way the people did who developed it, through metaphor and comparison to nature.  To understand how they “knew” a point in the hand would stop pain in the neck would take years of speculation.  How did spoken language develop?  Isn’t language miraculous when you think about it?  It is unanswerable, “how did acupuncture develop?”…other than this:  by quiet observation.

Caring For Expectant Mothers

The businesses in our building offer many services for expectant mothers.  MCA works with women using acupuncture to prepare the body both physically and mentally for the demands of childbirth.  Cream City Chiropractic does adjustments to help the pelvis stay in optimal position for birth.  Our massage therapists can open the muscles and tendons in the abdomen and hips and Saffron Yoga teaches prenatal yoga classes to balance the mind body and spirit in this demanding time.  The follow article showcases another service we offer here in our building for our soon to be moms.

Preparing For Childbirth With Hypnosis

Noor’s Light offers hypnosis for a broad range of client needs at MCA. Science has long supported Hypnosis as a powerful tool to facilitate health and wellbeing. It is useful in many healthcare environments for pre and post medical treatment; to aid body/mind/emotions and spirit in the healing process; to eliminate stress, anxiety and “old” unhealthy habits; and establish a strong focus on positive lifestyle change.

Although you can treat yourself to a relaxing session anytime there is a growing interest in the benefits of hypnosis support for natural childbirth labor and delivery. Hypnosis is a powerful tool that can help prepare expectant mothers for a pleasant successful birthing experience. It is a well known fact that tension and fears can increase feelings of pain. Fears, anxiety, and pain can be reduced through skills learned during hypnosis. 

Hypnosis for Childbirth preparation is a gentle, calming way to train the brain to relax while the body and baby work together. Hypnosis for childbirth consist of three 70 minute sessions meeting once per week for 3 consecutive weeks during the final 8-10 weeks of pregnancy, allowing a couple of weeks before due date for home practice.  Clients learn a simple self-hypnosis techniques to assure ongoing positive reinforcement while practicing at home.

Mothers report feeling more relaxed and self-confident and having less fearful thoughts about the coming birth. They enjoy better sleep and more energy during the last weeks of pregnancy and feel more prepared for bringing their baby into the world.

For more information or to begin your Hypnosis for childbirth please call Noor at 414-732-6041.

What is POCA Tech?

What is POCA TechPOCA Tech is a school that is dedicated to training community acupuncturists. It is the educational arm of the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture. It seeks to offer affordable education to acupuncture students who can in turn work in community clinics.

How can you help? If you have been positively impacted by community acupuncture and would like to see community acupuncture available in more locations consider a donation of just $5 or more!  You can assist in “building” the school by helping them fund the programs offered.

At your next visit ask the receptionist for an information sheet on the school and the need for more community acupuncturists.  Visit the POCA Tech website as well for more information on the fundraising progress.

Your Role in Community Acupuncture

Two questions we are often asked are: “What does community acupuncture mean?” and “How are you able to offer treatments on a sliding scale?”  We thought we’d spend time on these two questions since their answers tend to go hand in hand.

POCA describes community acupuncture as providing acupuncture “within a context of accessibility created by consistent hours, frequent treatments, affordable services, and lowering all the barriers to treatment that we possibly can, for as many people as possible, while continuing to be financially self-sustaining.”  This means we want to treat as many people as possible for as little cost to you as possible while still being able to pay the bills!

Those of you that have been to our clinic know this access to affordable acupuncture means we have multiple treatment chairs in two rooms.  We often have two acupuncturists working at the same time. We also allow you to CHOOSE what you will pay since we want acupuncture to be affordable for as many people as possible. What you may not know is that our acupuncturists see patients EVERY TEN MINUTES! You may wonder, “Am I still getting the best treatment I can?” The answer is, “Yes! We truly believe you are!”

Before you even arrive for your appointment your acupuncturist has reviewed your chart.  This includes going over notes from your previous treatments and the types of treatments that were administered.  By the time you are snuggled into your favorite recliner your acupuncturist has a good idea of your progress and treatment plan.  After you fill your acupuncturist in on how things have been progressing they administer the treatment as efficiently as possible.  By the time you are settling in for some quiet, your acupuncturist is probably already talking to their next patient.

So how can you ensure you get the most out of each appointment? Turning off your cell phone when you arrive and speaking softly are great ways to prepare yourself to relax. It is also crucial to arrive at or before your appointment time.  Being late means you might not get the attention you want from your acupuncturist, someone else will have to wait to be seen, or we may not be able to treat you at all!

To clarify we have updated our lateness policy to ensure everyone gets the most out of each appointment.

Lateness Policy

If you miss your appointment time (10 or more minutes late) you can be seen by the same practitioner with whom you had your original appointment, if they can fit you in.  If they are fully booked you may be able to see another practitioner if there are openings.  If no appointments are available you will need to reschedule your appointment.