Gratitude

We are grateful to you!

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours! 
Photo credit to our amazing local photographer at Neyssa Lee Photography
We wanted to take a moment and let you know how much we appreciate having each of you as a patient. We are grateful to know you and feel blessed to be part of your health care team. We are humbled that you trust us with the referrals of your friends and family and when we raise a glass this Thanksgiving, we will be thinking of you. If you are in the neighborhood of the clinic next week, stop by, even if it is just to say hi! All our gratitude- The Magus Family
Take a walk with your family and reconnect!
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Self Care Fall is Here!

Hi there! Dr. Katja Magus here from Alpine Acupuncture… You may have seen some ideas for self care online or in a magazine this year, but we recently heard about the concept for self care fall. The idea is that we each take a moment to assess how we are REALLY feeling right now during this autumn season. Do you have aches and pains you’ve been ignoring? Is the stress at work and home piling up? Are you already feeling like you’re fighting off colds and sniffles? Still feeling run down from all the smoke exposure this summer? Are you dreading the upcoming holiday season?

Well- if so, not to worry- Self Care Fall has arrived!

Now is a great time to put some energy into taking care of you. There are countless ideas out there for self care, and it really is a personal thing, which things help you feel great! For me, it means taking an extra breath and really checking in with myself before I commit to participating in an activity or event. Also- making sure there is time for the things that I know “feed” me- my exercise routine, eating salads, getting to bed on time, connecting with friends and family. Beyond that, it may mean scheduling time for a massage, getting in for those physical therapy appointments you’ve been meaning to do, visiting the chiropractor, or our personal favorite- ACUPUNCTURE! (You knew I was going to say that)

If you need some help getting your self care routine (exercise, diet, sleep) planned out, Dr. Katja Magus has time slots available to help you figure out what you need to feel amazing all the way through the holiday season and the rainy season!

Come on in and start today! It is a great time to use those acupuncture insurance visits before the end of the year (if you have 12 visits, that’s 2 per week up until Christmas!) What a great way to take care of YOU!

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Trip of a Lifetime!

 

Trip of a Lifetime!

If you’ve called the clinic or sent me an email, you might know this already, but I am on the trip of a lifetime, rafting the Grand Canyon with my dad (pictured above). We’ve both had this trip on our bucket list for many years and this year my dad finally talked me into going with him (he thinks he may soon be too old! Ha!). Our trip was arranged by Arizona Raft Adventures in case you want to look into it. I’m looking forward to getting some great hikes in, rafting some awesome rapids, learning about the amazing geology there and bonding with my dad.

The clinic is closed from September 11-September 19th and we will be open W-F that week I get back for appointments and then back to a normal schedule for a good long time! Thanks so much for making it possible for me to go on this amazing adventure. If you need to make an appointment for when I get back (please do, the schedule is filling up fast!)- the easiest way is to go to www.alpineacupuncture.com and book an appointment online. If you need to call or email, I’ll have someone checking messages every few days.

See you soon-

Carleton Magus LAc

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The Best (and Worst) Thanksgiving Foods

thanksgiving-spreadThanksgiving is a great meal.  Friends and family come together to give thanks and celebrate the harvest season–

…and to overeat.

All of us know the feeling of eating too much, too heavy, too rich.  When we should be enjoying our time with loved ones, we are uncomfortable.  We exasperate our health conditions and catch a cold.  We put on weight and feel lethargic.

I’m not going to tell you to make dramatic changes to your Thanksgiving meal.  Usually that doesn’t work—and besides, it’s no fun.

Instead I suggest you just make small choices.  Pick one food instead of the other.  Make little positive choices and they’ll add up to a healthier, more enjoyable meal. continue reading »

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The Pessimist’s Guide to Gratitude

thank-youYour mother was right–say thank you.

Scientists have now proven what your mother always knew–it’s good to be grateful.  Being grateful is more than just politeness; it’s actually good for your health and well-being.

In a study by Robert A. Emmons, of the University of California, and Davis and Michael E. McCullough, of the University of Miami, people who kept gratitude journals showed higher levels of health and well-being than people who journaled neutral events or counted hardships.  After 2 months, the people who journaled their gratitude felt more optimistic and happier than their control counterparts. They reported fewer physical problems and spent more time working out.  People with neuromuscular problems who did the same thing fell asleep more quickly, slept longer and woke up feeling more refreshed.  Even their spouses noticed the difference!

How can you cultivate gratefulness even if you’re a glass-half-empty person?

Read the rest here…

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