Health

Making resolutions that work!

If you’ve been reading headlines like “New Year, New You!” then you need to read this! 
It is the time of year when we get inspired to make big changes, alter our habits, commit to a healthy routine and finally get a handle on everything we need to get a handle on! But why, oh why, after so many years on this planet have we not quite got it all figured out yet? Believe it or not, there is a right way to enact lasting change and it is SO easy!

Start with something small and actionable (this means that you can make it happen). At this point, baby steps are the right choice:  if you surpass your goal, you can make a new one in March or June. Here’s an example (see more with the photos below)- “I will move my body every day” is a great and easy to accomplish goal that is simple to build on throughout the year. For example, if your goal seems too easy a few weeks in, you can alter it to “I will move my body 20 minutes every day”. Every affirmation or resolution that you make should be posted physically in a location you see every day, like on your bathroom mirror (chalk markers or post it notes!) and you should say it out loud to increase its effectiveness.

If you feel like you need more help getting the year off to a great start, Dr. Katja Magus specializes in lifestyle transformation- helping you make the changes you need to feel healthy and happy in the New Year.

Check out our affirmation and resolution examples (with photos!) below 🙂

“I will eat more vegetables” is a much more effective affirmation or resolution than “I will give up sugar”- which conjures up all sorts of deprivation and sadness….who wants to “give up” stuff anyway?

” I will move my body every day” is a great resolution that is easy to accomplish…much more effective than saying “I will lose this flab”….body positive messages always WIN!

 

“I am going to start the year pain free” is an example of an awesome affirmation that we wholly approve of. See you soon!

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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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Solutions for Leg Cramps

 

Leg cramps are a problem that almost everyone faces at some point in their life. These cramps can be incredibly painful and very disruptive to sleep and activities. Luckily there are many great natural options for treating leg cramps. If you or someone you know has problems with leg cramps while in bed or after activity or after sitting for long periods, follow these steps to feel better soon!

  1. Drink lots of water and if you’re exercising, make sure some of your fluids have electrolytes in them (coconut water, sports drinks, etc)
  2. Get moving! If  you don’t move around much during the day, start with a gentle walk to get muscles warmed up
  3. Stretch. If you do get exercise, stretch those legs after every session by doing toe touches and heel drops (while standing with just your toes on a stair, let your heels drop down to stretch your calf muscles)
  4. Magnesium! Try magnesium lotion (available at Alpine Acupuncture), a calcium magnesium vitamin supplement or an Epsom salts soak for your legs. Magnesium is a very gentle and natural muscle relaxant.
  5. If you don’t get relief from these steps or if you have other pain, try acupuncture or massage to increase blood flow and relax tight muscles.
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Summer Solstice

During the summer solstice your yang energy reaches its peak. It is important to harness the peak of this yang energy, because as summer shifts into fall yang energy will decline. This great abundance of yang energy will translate throughout your body because during this season you are active and growing.

According to five element theory, during the summer the organ that receives extra energy is the heart. When the seasons change so do the organs we should focus on in the body. You should focus on the heart during summer. Feed the heart heart-nourishing foods and make sure to remain active so the heart receives positive energy. continue reading »

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