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Although we don’t actually need an excuse to celebrate the wonderful women and moms (or mom-type figures) in our lives, Mother’s Day is a great reminder to do just that.
This year, skip the go-to “flowers and a card” and give her the gift of wellness. Whether she wants to meditate on the mat, step up her weekly workouts, or feel trendier at the gym, these Mother’s Day presents will show her you’re all about supporting her goals for a healthy, positive life. Check out our list of inspired picks for wellness-loving moms of all ages!
At class or at home, this mat from Manduka will definitely elevate her practice, no matter her yoga flow. Lightweight and sweat-resistant (perfect for hot yoga!), this is a great gift for eco-friendly moms looking for a stylish, long-lasting, sustainable option.
For the mom trying to add more zen to her space, this diffuser from Saje creates a soothing atmosphere using the natural power of essential oils. Whether she loves lemon or needs calming vibes with a little lavender, help her cultivate positive energy naturally—wherever she may be.
Help mom curb that coffee intake and tap into the power of superfoods with a Mushroom Matcha mix from Four Sigmatic! From brewing a cup to start her day, sipping it in the afternoon to battle that mid-day slump, or even adding it into her delicious recipe of chocolate chip cookies, this tasty plant-based mix will leave her feeling balanced, calm, and ready to take on anything.
Give the gift of self-care and support her beauty routine with naturally soothing products from LATHER. Energize the senses and help you (and your mom) achieve the ultimate spa vibes with a Cucumber & Ginseng Facial Mist or a Revive & Thrive Awakening Balm. We guarantee she will feel ahh-mazing.
Whether she’s headed to Pilates or packing for yoga class, this classic tote from lululemon is an easy way to keep mom trendy and functional while storing anything she might need for her next workout. Plus, it’s the perfect great overnight bag for her quick weekend getaway!
Made for moms who are always on the move, these sleek and comfortable headphones from Jaybird are sure to support her active lifestyle. Built to endure all the elements, they deliver an unparalleled custom sound experience and are *super* easy to connect and recharge—especially for the moms who aren’t exactly tech-savvy.
As a fun reminder to hydrate, give your favorite gal the gift of H2O with a water bottle as bright as her personality! Perfect for at work or on-the-go, this bold pick from S’well is not only stylish but eco-friendly as well. Fun fact: the 25oz can hold an entire bottle of wine. Rosé all day, anyone?
Improve her yoga practice and wellness routine with these ridiculously comfy and super cute leggings! Complete with unique details and moisture-wicking properties to handle all the sweat (and errands), your mom will be unstoppable on the mat—and in life.
When she’s steppin’ out at the park or is planning a day at the beach, make sure her skin is protected from the sun with this weightless, mineral-based sunscreen from Kopari. Helping to shield against UVA, UVB, and blue (HEV) light rays, their sunscreen makes it easy for her to put her best face forward and always keep her skin protected.
Whether you want to treat your mom to a relaxing day at your favorite spa, book blowouts together, or spend quality time sweatin’ it out in cycling class, MINDBODY is a great gift for your mom— and you! You can easily book the workouts, wellness services, and beauty appointments she wants through the MINDBODY app or MINDBODY.io. Plus, you can purchase a gift card to her go-to studio or business so she can tap into self-care whenever her schedule allows.
Acupuncture is extremely beneficial for various ailments ranging from digestion to carpal tunnel, but the level of effectiveness varies from person-to-person. I’ve had Sciatica patients spend months combating their back and leg pain, and others hop off the table in two hours, never needing a follow-up appointment. Some rotator cuffs take six weeks; others take two years.
Why is this?
While your body's response to acupuncture depends on the complaint or injury, it also depends on your overall health, and how well you take care of the injured site between sessions. If we eat junk food all the time, are inactive, don’t sleep well, or overwork ourselves, then injury is imminent, and recovery is going to be hard. Equally, if we ignore an injury or don't care for it, then we will likely stay injured for longer.
So, let’s break down what’s best for you when it comes to acupuncture:
“How often should you get acupuncture with specific ailments?”
This is different for everyone, but here are some general guidelines.
More is better.
Acupuncture has cumulative effects, so while most feel relief after one session, it likely will not have resolved the issue. Multiple follow up sessions are needed, and for your own comfort, it’s recommended that you use sessions before the effects have completely worn off each time.
Every time you receive a session, your relief should be more significant, and the effects should last longer—bringing the injury closer to resolution. With this in mind; the worse the injury, the more frequent you’ll want to receive acupuncture. Several times a week is standard, that way you will get out of discomfort faster, and you’ll need fewer sessions overall.
Understanding acute versus chronic ailments.
Some acute symptoms like nausea, dizziness, bleeding, swelling, or anxiety will clear up on the spot. However, for recent injuries pertaining to tissues, like a strained muscle, you can use three acupuncture sessions in one week with great effect. For example, with strained lower back muscles, you will feel less pain in one session, a significant reduction in inflammation and symptoms within three sessions. An ankle sprain is a little more serious and may take two or three weeks, but the general idea is the same.
With stubborn pain, or chronic issues like sciatica, skin rashes, nerve pain, hormone irregularities, it can take a bunch of sessions to see lingering results. Often there will be relief right after each session, but the symptoms return quickly (albeit with a little less vengeance). This just means the results are happening in smaller increments. For this reason, your practitioner will tell you to come in over three times a week for two or three weeks so you’ll get more relief faster, but you can space the sessions out as you begin to feel better.
“What can I do to make my acupuncture benefits bigger?”
As mentioned, how you care for yourself between sessions makes a big difference. Here’s a few pro tips.
Your practitioner will give you specific directions they want you to follow for your ailment, but generally, after an acupuncture visit, it is wise to drink a lot of water and rest.
Here’s the obvious thing we don’t often consider. If you get instant relief for your pulled hamstring, but then you go running the next day, it’s going to take forever to heal! That injured body part needs to be pampered and catered to. Your acupuncturist will give you food, supplement, lifestyle, and movement suggestions to use between sessions– use them all.
I’ve seen countless patients walk in with frozen shoulder, spend 90 minutes in the chair with various points and stimulation techniques, and then leave swinging their arm painlessly with 50% more range of motion. If they eat well, do their physical therapy, and are kind to their shoulders, the effects will last. Then, next time, we can add another 50% on to their range of motionBut, if they paint a house or swing a baseball, then I see them go right back to square one overnight. How we take care of ourselves between sessions really matters.
You will want to note any changes; no matter how small or irrelevant they seem. Your practitioner is armed with many protocols and techniques. They will always start with the combo that they’ve seen work best for your complaint, from there they will work backward or tweak it slightly based on the information you give them. Make sure to tell them every detail, even if it seems unrelated.
One lady, with unrelenting pain, finally revealed a game-changing nugget to me while nonchalantly laughing about her need to wear neck scarves everywhere. I found out she had been experiencing chills and had a significant aversion to wind during the summer. This “irrelevant” snippet made me radically change the protocol, and she was pain-free and healing rapidly within four sessions.
So, there you have it. How acupuncture benefits various body parts depends on the area concerned, but also on how we treat our bodies before, during, and after injury.