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There’s a moment in life when we lean a little closer into the mirror; to get a better look at time. And when I say time, I am talking about the fine lines—perhaps a blemish from stress here or there, or the dryness you feel from a morning hike at Three Sisters Trail.
I remember hearing about cosmetic acupuncture and wondering if it was a hoax. There is no way those tiny needles and this all-natural approach can make me look seventeen again.
I took a trip to Modern Acupuncture Westminster to give it a try! The first session is completely free and the acupuncturists there are professional and so knowledgeable. Walking into a clean, white space with accents of fresh yellows and a friendly face to greet me, I signed a few forms, watched a video, and then I was taken through these gorgeous wooden doors to the Zen Lounge. Imagine a low lit space with a relaxing atmosphere, spa-style music and large screens with nature scenes to set the mood. There are loungers set up divided by curtains and upon sitting down, you can press a button to lounge back with your feet up and press an additional button to add heaters. I mean, is this heaven?
Greeted by my acupuncturist that day, a soft-spoken and knowledgeable woman named Semi, we explored my intention for the session. If I had any injuries to work on and I pointed out a few fine lines in between my eyebrows and forehead to focus on. She then explained the practice, what to expect, and the benefits of acupuncture. About ten minutes later, I had needles all over my face, lower legs, and my right arm. She said I will be back in twenty minutes, enjoy.
Upon ending the session, she explained what my treatment could look like, should I choose to move further with a recommendation of 12 treatments to see the best results on my fine lines and skin rejuvenation. I went for it and I’m currently on 6 of 12 sessions and loving the progress. My skin is softer, I have been working on my cycle and seeing relief in cramping, and we even did a few sessions with a focus on allergies.
The treatment space is incredible and what I will add is that investing in myself for not only the health benefits, but also the self-care and space to relax and release stress has been a game-changer for me. The Zen Lounge does support the zen, the room does not lie.
I spoke with the manager of Modern Acupuncture, John Standerfer, and he gave me the nitty-gritty notes on this natural alternative to anti-aging:
Acupuncture remedies the surface effects of aging by triggering a self-repair response in the skin and addressing the internal stressors that contribute to the signs of aging. This ancient beauty secret is a non-invasive and natural approach to reduce the signs of aging and help skin regain its youthful glow. It is the only targeted beauty treatment with direct health and well-being benefits.
Needles as thin as a strand of hair are inserted carefully into key areas and creases in the face, causing tiny microtrauma to the skin that triggers an increase in blood flow and activates collagen production. The result is revitalized and nourished skin, a brighter complexion and a more youthful appearance.
The real beauty of getting cosmetic acupuncture is it also includes traditional acupuncture at the same time. It’s about time you can combine beauty and health!
Cosmetic acupuncture is a chemical-free, natural approach to anti-aging, without the side effects, risks, and downtime of more invasive cosmetic procedures.
I love the natural adventure into self-care that Modern Acupuncture provides. Take a moment to check in with yourself and see if you need twenty minutes of zen. The first session is free and you can double down on beauty and health. Happy tingling!
I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week. This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life.
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change.
Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes.
I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see.
The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence.
After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.
On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.
Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time.