Emotional Well Being and Acupuncture

Emotions are a large part of our human equation.  Sadness, anger, joy, worry and fear - all healthy when they are expressed and not repressed, and as long as they aren't  prolonged or excessive.


In TCM energy or qi  flows through our body through a network of rivers called meridians.  Stress, anger, or any intense emotion can cause a blockage and create a dam in the 'river' so energy can't flow freely in the body.  When this happens energy becomes stagnant and body functions such as digestion, the ability to sleep, body pain, mood  and blood pressure can all be affected. 


Acupuncture points can actually break these dams to open the passageways and help energy flow smoothly and alleviate not only the symptoms of emotional build up, but the root of what is causing the build up in the first place.  


I often suggest that patients check in with themselves 3 times a day to become aware of their emotional state.  Ask yourself:

  • What am I thinking?
  • What am I feeling?
  • Where am I feeling it?

Self awareness will bring the emotion and the thought pattern associated with the emotion to the surface.  Then you can begin to resolve anything perceived as negative and prevent it from escalating.  And book an acupuncture treatment to open up any energetic blockages associated with that emotion.



Chris Jeffrey R.Ac.

Published October  29, 2018


Published in Choices Food Market October 2018 Newsletter


Question: What foods are best to eat in the fall from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective?


Answer: In Traditional Chinese medicine, the lungs are the organ associated with the fall season. One of their jobs is to protect the body from colds and therefore they play an important role in supporting the immune system. The lung is moist in nature so foods that support the lung should also have moistening properties such as mushrooms, asparagus, broccoli, radishes, squash, pears, tofu, barley, honey and apples.

It’s also important to adjust our preparation of meals in autumn, from the cooling salads and raw foods associated with the summer, to dishes that are more warming in nature such as stews, broths and soups. Root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, leeks and sweet potatoes provide a grounding energy and are more yang (warm) in nature, balancing the yin (cooler) quality of fall. Cinnamon, ginger, garlic and onion, also have a warming essence and can add lots of flavor to your meals.

Fall is all about moving inward, toward introspection, so listening to what your body needs to nourish itself and resting and digesting after each meal is key to good health.

Chris Jeffrey R.Ac.

Published October 3, 2018

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Pilates Instructor - Marylou Coyle

I work with love and my purpose is service. The vehicle of my work is Pilates, which allows me to speak the body-mind language with my students, clients and coworkers.

For almost 20 years I have been doing a dance or having a conversation with extraordinarily lovely people who have decided to make a change in their lives. These people of all ages from newborns to elders have graced my Studio to take the time to breath, align and refine.

Pilates is a powerful yet elegant way to make neurological-motor changes in our brain and bodies. The focus and intention; directing focus at our movement patterns is what we do for a joyful hour. It starts out as a set of instructions that help you to learn how to breathe deeply. In doing so you start to engage inner sequences of core muscle patterns, tracking, alignment, posture, elongation, flexibility and strength.

Once the brain and body communicate together life becomes more relaxed and the creative concepts of living with intention becomes very apparent. Most people get a great relief from just spending 1 hour at Pilates a week. Many love to come at least twice of week or 3 times when feeling like setting a new goal or having more freedom. Magnificent change happens with Pilates!

At the Refinery Pilates studio I create a sacred space of sharing for everyone who wishes to join this community. Relationship, care, wellness and metaphysical conditioning are key concepts of my work. We share not only the beautiful body results of the Pilates work but also join a loving community of friends and family together.

I am very thankful for the opportunity to continue my teaching, instruction and role as a mentor in my community. It is a blessing.


For more information contact Marylou at [email protected]

Pilates and Stretch Therapy Instructor

Linda Winterton

If you haven't already met her at my new clinic, I'd like to introduce you to the Pilates Inc. studio owner Linda Winterton, who has been teaching Pilates since 1999 and Stretch Therapy since 2003.

Pilates: Linda offers private, semi private and trio classes that offer the flexibility to personalize your Pilates session. This enables you to experience focused teaching, developing a routine that is specifically designed to meet your needs and help you reach your goals.

These pilates classes offers an alternative to learning at a fitness facility, or community centre – ideal for those who prefer to set up classes with their friends, families, and co-workers under conditions that optimally suit their lifestyles.

Stretch Therapy (TM): . Linda is the only senior teacher in Stretch Therapy in Canada. A perfect adjunct to Pilates, Stretch Therapy will release asymmetries, restrictive muscular patterns and free the body to truly experience the full benefits of Pilates. Pilates Inc offer both private and small group Stretch Therapy classes.


For more information contact Linda at [email protected]

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Stress and the Adrenals​

Stress is caused by emotions (fear/anxiety, grief/loss, anger/frustration), by physical pain/ inflammation and by diet.

And, stress is cumulative; from your work, your family, the traffic, and environmental pollutants. Even feeling uncertain or insecure creates an undercurrent of stress, which starts weighing you down until you become more and more sensitive to each additional stressor.

When this happens, your body is bombarded by an assault of stress hormones and increased hypertension, putting your body in a less-than-optimal state. This physiological stress response impacts your health, heart, digestion, energy levels and more, depleting your reserves.

So, what can you do about it? Well the first thing to do is to test the adrenals to see what stage of stress your body is in - adrenal fatigue, adrenal exhaustion or complete burnout. Once this has been identified, we can plan a protocol of supplements and lifestyle changes that is right for you. Turning this around won't happen over night - typically it will take about 6 months to see real changes happen. But it took a while to develop, probably long before you were actually aware of it. The key, of course, is to catch it before it manifests as something more serious.

Consider booking a Functional Medicine Consultation and start looking at ways that you can learn to relax by gradually changing some habits that may not be serving you anymore.  


Posted September 26, 2018

Neck and Shoulder Pain

I frequently see people in my clinic coming in with neck and shoulder pain.  Its pretty common in people  who work at a desk all day, who don't have the right pillow to sleep on or who work out at the gym on a regular basis, and its actually a very easy thing to treat with Trigger Point Therapy.


The first step is to rule out any structural damage to the spine ( see your Chiropractor or have an x-ray first if you suspect that the pain is coming from the vertebrae).  The second step is to determine which muscle is causing the pain.  Often neck pain is referred from the trapezius muscle, but it  may also include the rhomboids, the levator scapulae or other muscles not directly associated with the neck.


Once the muscle(s) has been identified, an acupuncture needle is inserted into the trigger point on the muscle (click here for more info on trigger points) and a pecking method is administered to release the knot.  You'll know that it has been released because the muscle will spasm.  Its a little more invasive than traditional acupuncture, but the benefits far outweigh the initial discomfort.  Its almost impossible for chiropractic work or even deep tissue massage to release many of these deep seated knots that can only be done with trigger point therapy.  Once the needling is complete (the amount of time spent on each person will vary), the muscle is massaged, cupped and then heat is applied to keep the muscle supple and prevent it from contracting back into a knot.  For chronic problems several treatments may be necessary.


There is no need to suffer from muscular neck and shoulder pain.  I've been able to help many people who thought they would never be pain free or thought they needed a cortisone injection to alleviate their symptoms. You have nothing to lose by trying and so much to gain when you can move your neck and shoulders freely again without medication!

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Posted January 18, 2018 by Chris Jeffrey R.Ac.

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Chris Jeffrey R.Ac.: Posted on September-07-15 9:14 AM

THE WHEEL OF HEALTH

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Today we are moving on to the second piece of the Wheel of Health; Supplementation.


Supplementation is defined as "adding to complete something, supplying a deficiency, or reinforcing or extending a whole". So when applied to supplementing your health, you are reinforcing not only your physical well being but also your mental, emotional and spiritual well being.


PHYSICAL WELL BEING

Vitamins and Minerals

To supplement or not to supplement - because there are so many variables that are intrinsic to each individual, vitamin and mineral supplementation will depend on:

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Chris Jeffrey R.Ac.: Posted on July-26-15 1:22 PM

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Romantic Relationships - Soul Based vs Ego Based


In this week's blog we're tying up the Relationship segment of the Wheel of Health with the topic of Romantic Relationships.


Traditionally, when two people came together and married, it was for protection, financial security and for the continuity of the clan/tribe. Today, however, women work, men can adopt children of their own and there's no real 'need' for people to integrate for conventional purposes.

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Chris Jeffrey R.Ac.: Posted on July-19-15 7:54 AM

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Part 1 - RELATIONSHIPS

Your Connection to Others

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This week we're continuing with the second part of the Relationship segment of the Wheel of Health by taking a close look at your connection to the people in your life.

Recently I met a woman in a local bookstore who said to me 'Isn't it great that of all the souls out there we were the ones chosen to be on the train that was headed to earth at this point in time!" It was a bold statement but I loved the metaphor of being hand picked (by God?


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Chris Jeffrey R.Ac.: Posted on July-12-15 11:19 AM

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The Relationship with Yourself

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This week's blog is the first in a series discussing the different segments of the Wheel of Health. There will be a few parts to the Relationship section beginning with The Relationship that you have with Yourself.


While the level of social connection and support in your life influences the development, progression, and recovery from illness, the first relationship that you need to work on is the one with yourself, as it's the foundation for everything else in life.


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Chris Jeffrey R.Ac.: Posted on July-03-15 11:17 AM


Through my practise as an Acupuncturist I am often impressed by how much effort people invest into researching and understanding their illness and the means in which to treat it. And, despite the fact that many of us fall a bit short on understanding the complexities of human anatomy and physiology, the most important thing we need to recognize is how and why this condition manifested in the first place.


Chinese Medicine provides a holistic view of the body, taking into account diet and lifestyle, as well as the emotional and spiritual contributors of dis-ease.


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Acupuncture is like going to the gym. You can’t go once and say ‘I’m in shape’,” says Lisa Alvarez, a licensed and board certified acupuncturist and master level Reiki practitioner in Chicago. “It requires a commitment and builds over time. The longer you do it, the longer the results will last and the less you’ll need to come in.” If you’re rehabbing an injury, you’ll go frequently (one to two times a week) at first and then taper off as your healing progresses. If you’re using alternative medicine to boost your race-day performance, “the best thing to do is to have a couple of weekly treatments before the event and then come in right after the event,” says Alvarez.


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ACUPUNCTURE: WHAT IS IT?

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.


HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?

The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues.


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