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Local
Published Monday Jun 10, 2019 by Kimia Kalbasi

3 Mindful Meals in the Marina

Food
Fitness

Post-workout goodies are one of the best parts about working out—besides the feel-good mood that comes from those endorphins! Workout. Work up a sweat. Work up an appetite. Repeat.
 
Whether you’re in FiDi after work, getting that early morning class in the Marina, checking out a local yoga studio in the Mission or running by the Bay Bridge, San Fran has something for everyone with tons of boutique workout classes and a prime foodie scene. Some of my favorite neighborhoods to workout and dine out in include the Marina, Hayes Valley, and FiDi.
 
The Marina is basically the mecca of workout studios. From yoga to Pilates and cardio, it’s the Miracle Mile of break-in’ a sweat.  With everything from Pilates ProWorks to CorePower, there’s no shortage when it comes to picking your next communal sweat spot. There’s also no shortage of cafes and restaurants, either. 
 
If you’re looking to dine al fresco and people watch the Brads, Thads, and Chads and Marina moms with their dearly beloved pups, there’s no dull moment in the Marina—especially when it comes to your next meal.


Causwells

2346 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
If you love classic American fare with a Californian twist, this is my go-to spot. Whether you’re craving a bomb burger, a salad with toppings galore, or a gourmet chicken and couscous dish, Causwells is tucked away towards the end of the Marina. Outdoor seating is my personal preference when it’s a nice day out!
 

Project Juice

2234 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
When it comes to bowls—particularly nut butter-laden açaí fruit bowls—I’m a total fiend. I typically make smoothie bowls at home every day, but when I’m in the area, I can’t help but drop by and have one of their adaptogen lattes.
 

Souvla

2272 Chestnut Street 
San Francisco, CA 94123
If you’re a fanatic for Greek food, Souvla is hands down the best spot. The atmosphere and ambiance are intimate yet cozy and inviting. Better yet, the menu is so simple yet so delicious. My go-to is the sweet potato bowl, and I like to add pea shoots and chicken for added protein so I can stay full longer. It’s the perfect pick-me-up after work! If you’re not a fan of the Marina, there’s also a location in Hayes Valley and the Mission. Fun fact: Michelle Obama got Souvla for her flight back to DC once upon a time. 


 
SF is FILLED with an overwhelming number of tasty hidden gems—mom-and-pop cafes, salad spots like Mixt or Sweetgreen, and more! With as many food options as there are workout classes, it’s so easy to check out yummy food spots after your next sweat sesh! Want to explore more healthy eats in the Bay Area? Check out Kimia's Kravings for all things food in SF.

Kimia Kalbasi
Written by
Kimia Kalbasi
Food + Travel Blogger
About the author
Your go-to girl when you don’t know where to go, Kimia Kalbasi is the creator of “Kimia’s Kravings.” Working with brands like CorePower, Buzzfeed, and Forbes, she specializes in food, travel, lifestyle, and everything in between. In her free time, she enjoys staying active through hot yoga, hiking, and boxing.
Acupuncture Benefits - MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 11, 2019 by Amber Scriven

How Acupuncture Can Benefit Your Body

Acupuncture
Recovery
Expert Advice

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:

 

Acupuncture Benefits - MINDBODY

 

“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. 

 

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“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.

 

Immediate aftercare.
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. 

 

Between sessions. 
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.

 

Share everything. 
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. 


Want to try acupuncture, or another wellness service? Download the MINDBODY app to book something new! 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.