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Kondition Fitness Denver
Local
Published Tuesday Mar 19, 2019 by Karstee Davis

Kondition Fitness: Boulder’s Best Kept Secret

Fitness
Barre
Cycling
Yoga

On a chilly Colorado evening, I made my way to the corner of 30th & Walnut in Boulder and to my surprise, found a hidden treasure tucked into the corner of a strip mall from a bygone era. Kondition Fitness “takes today’s popular specialized fitness classes and incorporates them into one membership,” according to the owner Emma Straight. Kondition Boulder is a place for all things yoga, cycling, barre, and you can be part of special events like the one I attended.

 

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The event— “One Love: Your Body From the Inside Out”— kicked off with a movement sequence by NUFit founder Natalie Uhling and Jess Hall, the manager of Kondition. A fun hour or so of dance-inspired cardio, both instructors were very mindful that people would be coming at this from different fitness levels. Jess did alternate moves for those who wanted a more low impact workout (although I did this one and it was still a great workout), and then Natalie led the way for those ladies who were ready to sweat!

After the workout portion, we all met in the lobby where we were greeted by Erika Elizabeth, the woman behind By Erika Elizabeth; an adaptogen elixir brand out of Boulder. She made some lovely concoctions for us to try—homemade nut milk mixed with adaptogens from her Feminine Flow line. I had the opportunity to sit down with Erika the night before the event, and she shared what fuels the passion behind her work. With a background in studying holistic nutrition, she’s had to do some of her own healing. Erika really emphasizes how much stress is harming us, and how adaptogens can help restore balance. 

 

By Erika Elizabeth

 

The last part of the evening was a panel featuring Natalie, Elizabeth, and Cecily Yousaf from the Fertile Ground Wellness Center. The women chatted about everything from adrenal fatigue and birth control to eating real foods, movement, lowering our stress levels, getting enough sleep, and limiting screen time. 

Everyone was so engaged that the event even ran a little over time, and after it ended there were many conversations in the lobby. Every person I talked to there shared how much they genuinely love Kondition, and how the variety has sparked new vigor into their health routine. It feels like they have made a community in this little corner of Boulder. Emma had said, “Kondition really strives to be more holistic, thinking and caring about all facets of our members,” and it shows.

As I left that night, I noticed the bricked arches and the lighting… this little strip mall felt different than when I first arrived. Kondition has brought it back to life.
 

Karstee Davis
Written by
Karstee Davis
Writer + Yogi
About the author
Karstee Davis is a writer + yogi living in the Boulder, CO area. She has written for Folk Rebellion, The Endometriosis Foundation of America, and CO Yoga + Life Magazine. You can find her at www.purifiedoutlook.com or on Instagram @purifiedoutlook.
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:

 

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“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.