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Wellness
Published Monday Jan 21, 2019 by Erica Arvanitis

Self-Care Tips for the Men in Your Life

Meditation
Fitness

It’s 2019, and the current culture is all about self-care, self-care, self-care. When we think of this trend, our minds tend to go straight to a woman in a comfy bathrobe lighting a few candles, then stepping into a perfectly heated bath. While this may be the solution for some, most men have a different idea of what self-care looks like. 

Whether it’s your husband, partner, father, brother or friend, it’s time to get the guy in your life acquainted with this movement. Here are four ways the dude in your life can better de-stress: 


Get a massage.

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From neck and back pain to sports injuries and even relief from the usual 9-to-5 tension, there are many reasons why men need massages. Not only can they cure the nastiest hangovers, but a study also shows that just 45-60 minutes of massage can lower heart rates, blood pressure, and promote serotonin. Adding massage to your weekly routine can reduce anxiety, decrease stress, and keep your immune system in shape. Book him an hour of complete relaxation on MINDBODYhis muscles will thank you. 


Meditate.

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Mindfulness is a major movement for a reason. Whether he’s at his desk, in the car, or about to drift off to sleep, it’s now easier to practice the art of meditation. With apps like Headspace, Simple Habit, and Calm, he can throw on his headphones and listen to anything from a ten-minute guided meditation to a simple breathing exercise that helps handle the stresses of daily life. 


Stretch often.

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When in doubt, stretch it out. Often overlooked in anyone’s routine, stretching can lead to better posture, more confidence, a decrease in common aches and pains, and an overall positive attitude


Spoil his skin. 

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If his morning bathroom routine is still a disposable razor and washing his face with an old, bacteria-filled bar of soap, it’s time to upgrade his skincare. Stock up on Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Stress-Minimizing Daily Hydrator to give his skin a new lease on life, and if he’s rockin’ a beard maybe throw in their Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil


Sweat out the stress.

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Is he battling a tough day at work? A study from the University of Maryland School of Public Health found exercise can help to manage stressful situations in daily life. Set aside time for a quick sprint, or maybe even book a workout together to kick off the day on a positive note! 


Remember, self-care isn’t just what you do, it’s a mindset. Have these tools on hand for your favorite guy, and remind him that it’s okay to put himself first every once in a while! 
 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
Written by
Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
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.