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Galentines
Wellness
Published Tuesday Feb 13, 2018 by Brittany Raine

5 DIY Ideas for Your No. 1 Galentines

Motivation
Beauty

Oh, hey Valentine’s Day—I mean Galentine’s Day. In the spirit of heart-shaped chocolates, sappy notecards, and red roses, I like to use February as an excuse to celebrate my favorite females—and express a little extra gratitude. With all the Insta-worthy inspiration out there, what better way to show my go-to gals how much I appreciate them than with a little homemade, thoughtful (and budget-friendly) gift?

Roll up your sleeves, take ten minutes, and get ready to have some fun with my top five DIY Galentine's Day gifts for the beautiful babes in your life!
 

Flower Power

Flower Power

No store-bought bouquet here! Grab an inexpensive vase, some friendly inspiration, fresh florals, and you’ll have a little special something in no-time. Not only will it make her day, the vase will be a personalized gift she can reuse in the future. 

What You Need:
Inexpensive vase (hello, dollar store!)
Paint pens
Fresh flowers
Stencils (optional)

Tip:
I like to use gold and silver Sharpie paint pens to write one complimentary word on the vase to describe each friend. The stylish colors give the vase an extra touch of class (be sure to practice on a piece of paper first, though!). Also, the simpler the better—buy a bouquet and split it amongst the hand-drawn vases, adding one to two statement flowers per vase. 



Drug Store Secrets

Drug Store Secrets

Facemasks. Nail polish. Lip gloss, oh my! Leverage your local drug store for some sweet finds that you can easily personalize to tap into your “punny” Galentine’s girly-side. 

What You Need: 
Favorite wellness | beauty products (Essie, anyone?)
Writable gift tags
Markers 

Tip:
Don’t be afraid to have fun with this one. A little wellness product can go a long way when you add some humor to the gift tag. “You’re nailing it”, “You’re the balm”, “I love our face time”—the personalization mixed with puns are endless!


 Dark Chocolate



“Guilt-Free” Dark Chocolate Goodies

When boxed chocolates just don’t make the cut for the health conscious honey on your list, whip up some Galentine’s Day kitchen magic with simply delicious Crazy Good Coconut Oil “Chocolate” Bark. Easy to make with high-quality ingredients, this gluten-free, vegan, no baking required bark will score you some major points.

What You Need:
    •    1/4 cup raw hazelnuts

    •    1/4 cup raw almonds

    •    1/3 cup large flake dried coconut

    •    1/2 cup virgin coconut oil

    •    1/2 cup cocoa or cacao powder, sifted if necessary

    •    1/4 cup pure maple syrup

    •    1 tablespoon smooth almond butter, optional

    •    pinch fine sea salt

Plastic bags for bark
Ribbon or twine to tie bags
Gift tags (optional)

Tip:
I like to add dried fruit to this bark for an extra pop of color. Try adding dried chopped cranberries and/or cherries for a festive, deep red color that will compliment the chocolatey and nutty flavoring.

 

Yoga class

Invite Only

If your gal pals don’t need any more “stuff”, time spent together can be the greatest gift (especially during a calming sweat session). Design mock invitations that invite them to an OM-azing experience. You pick the place. They pick the time! 

What You Need:
Type of class suggestions (Vinyasa, Power Flow, etc.)
Funny yoga sayings (“Yogatta get your yoga on with me!”)
Paper
Scissors 
Markers

Tip: 
Add a few class suggestions to the invite, utilizing the choices in your area via the MINDBODY app. As soon as your Galentine says “yes!”, easily book a class that works for your schedules and workouts! A little Zen goes a long way. 

 

Mason Jar

Mason Jar Memories



You celebrate your ladies for a reason. Maybe it’s the endless laughs. Their constant support. Or how about their sass? Either way, you’ve made some amazing memories together, so why not celebrate them? Create a mason jar of memories by selecting some of your favorite moments, writing them on strips of paper, then placing them in the jar. It’s that easy! Warning: there might be some happy crying involved.

What You Need:
Mason jar of your choice
Paper
Scissors 
Pen / Markers

Tip:
Include future memories you hope to make with your best babe. It will let her know that you plan to do some pretty special things in the coming days, months, years.
   

Who said Valentine’s Day is just for significant others? #girlpower


 

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
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. 

 

Acupuncture Benefits - MINDBODY

 

“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.