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Archive for January, 2011

Join us for AN EVENING OF GLOWING HEALTH!

It’s  the new year and we’re here to support your resolutions and commitment to your health. Have you been thinking of cleaning up your diet? Are you looking to add healthful habits and elements to your life? Bring a friend and meet the team at Glow for a couple of hours of learning, eating drinking and fun.

Activities will include:

Intro to detoxification with Dr. Rachel Erickson

Admiration of new art on Glow’s walls done by William Washington

Virgin and not so virgin Kombucha cocktails with Q and A

Herbal tea blending

Raffle

Snacking

Suggested donation of $5 or bring a dish to share!

Hope to see you there!

Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP

RSVP to 206 568 7545

Glow and Coyote (space next door to Glow)

2719 E. Madison St. Suite 203

Seattle WA 98112

Directions

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This drink is served on the rocks but is also very nice lightly shaken and served in a stem glass. Try a sugared rim for something fun!

Ki is a Japanese term for your body’s “vital energy”. With Glucoronic acid, acetic acid, benefical probiotics and B vitamins it’s so much more than a yummy cocktail!

1 part vodka (more if you like a stronger drink)
1 part Magic or Communi Tea kombucha (or other fizzy Kombucha Original flavor)
1 part cranberry juice
Garnish with lime
Ice

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Curious about the mind body connection and Shamanic healing? This is the second installment in my series about modern Shamanic healing. The last entry focused on my first introduction to a Shamanic treatment. It was not my true “calling” to the medicine which happened years earlier in childhood. This entry focuses on what happens during a session.

I don’t want to undermine the magic, mystery, profound power and tangibility that this medicine contains. I do want to portray the information in a way that is accessible to our Western “ modern” minds. For better or worse until I’m closer to enlightenment those are terms I have to work with. Truly this medicine can only be experienced and can’t be understood through reading alone. Your monkey mind can’t go there. However I will try to write about it on such a way to give you a taste or flavor of the potential.

The Shaman performs a journey on behalf of the patient to determine if and how healing can occur. Sometimes this process begins before the patient has even come for a visit. During this journey various spiritual guides, animals, spirits of nature and protectors are consulted with on behalf of the patient. Shamanism and Chinese medicine believe that part of our soul is free to leave the body at any time. Shamans enter in to an altered state of consciousness, (in my case through the aid of rhythmic rattling) which allows the soul to travel to receive information, retrieve lost power and allow healing.  I like this description of what’s happening.

“It has been found that the monotonous rhythm of a rattle or drum at [a certain] beat induces the altered state of consciousness in which the ability of the human brain to image is remarkably facilitated. This is a process called brainwave entrainment, with the drumbeat or rattle stimulating the production of brain waves in the low alpha and theta range, a state which is associated with heightened creativity and vivid imagery.” Read full article here

“A person who has taken time off from a task and begins to daydream is often in a theta brainwave state. Individuals who run outdoors [or]do a lot of freeway driving often get good ideas during those periods. It is a state where tasks become so automatic that you can mentally disengage from them. The ideation that can take place during the theta state is often free flow and occurs without censorship or guilt. It is typically a very positive mental state.” Read full article here.

While incomplete, these descriptions give a partial portrayal of what it often feels like during and after shamanic session. Most people feel refreshed, awakened, reconnected and the imagery from the journey can be very powerful.

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By Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP, Acupuncturist

Auto accidents can be painful both physically and emotionally. Having been in several myself, I know! It can be overwhelming. At Glow, we have years of expertise treating car accident cases. Through a custom blend of Massage, Acupuncture, and Chiropractic, we can ease the effects of stress and trauma on your nervous system, as well as treat your whiplash, headaches, neck or back pain or other physical symptoms. We guide you through the process from the first exam and referral to the last assessment.

Common injuries –Car accidents frequently result in the following conditions:

  • Whiplash
  • Neck pain (cervical sprain strain)
  • Low back pain ( lumbar sprain strain)
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Wrist or ankle pain
  • Other complaints include anxiety, sleeplessness, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Phases of Recovery

Our treatments are always tailored for you and may vary at different phases of your recovery. Initially, you will be dealing with much of the shock and trauma of the motor vehicle accident (MVA). With 10 years of experience doing acupuncture, I’ve seen it a thousand times.You may not even feel any pain. I find acupuncture to work wonderfully RIGHT away after your accident. While other treatments might cause a flare up at this stage, acupuncture will stop pain and begin the healing process immediately.

At Glow we can ease the tension and get your body out of the “fight or flight” response of the sympathetic nervous system. During this first stage you may also experience swelling, headaches or sleeplessness. The treatments will begin to ease the inflammation causing these problems and prevent the formation of scar tissue which can be difficult to address later. We will also assess and take steps to improve your range of motion and alignment. As your treatment progresses we will work to further address your specific musculoskeletal injuries and adhesions like whiplash, neck or back pain.

We’ve found that the combination of services we offer provides immediate relief and longstanding results.  Every case is different and every treatment protocol is individualized. Through acupuncture, massage and chiropractic, your body will be realigned, scar tissue formation will be less and inflammation reduced.

Goals of treatment

  • Assess the nature and extent of the injuries
  • Reduce the effects of trauma on the nervous system
  • Reduce swelling and pain
  • Increase range of motion
  • Decrease scar tissue formation and resolve adhesions

Navigating the system

Besides the physical and emotional stress post auto accident, there’s the stress of dealing with the insurance companies, car repairs, etc. We take care of the medical side of things and have extensive experience with insurance and billing.  To book an appointment, please call our office at 206 568 7545. We offer treatments 7 days a week as well as mornings and evenings. Not sure what you need? We can help get the right treatment for you. Ask to speak with Lindsey for a free phone consult.

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5 things…

By Dr. Rachel Erikson

5 things you can do to beat the winter blues

1. Get out and walk every sunny day. Really they’re not that few and far between

2. Watch funny movies

3. Cardio wherever whenever

4. Sex it up

5. Have your vitamin D checked by your Primary care provider and supplement if needed.

5 things you can do to fight off the holiday pounds

1. Eat 5 smaller meals instead of one giant  feast

2. Skip or skimp on the dressings, gravies, butter and cream

3. Eat smaller portions of dessert, even if it means you take 3rds.

4. Don’t drink your calories.

5. Do drink plenty of water. Those sugar cravings are often relieved by hydrating!

5 things you can do when you start feeling like you’re getting the flu

1. Herbalize yourself- Echinacea, Gan mao ling, And many others can be your best friends!

2. Up the Vitamin A

3. Up the Vitamin D

4. Sweat it out

5. Skip the sugar

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