Face Cupping

Face cupping is a safe, non-invasive alternative to botox.

It works by relaxing the facial muscles, which then helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines. This also helps with tension headaches and mild TMJ issues. Additionally, face cupping can assist with sinus drainage which is great during allergy flares.

Other benefits:
– drains excess lymph helping to decrease puffiness
– increase blood flow & circulation
– promotes collagen production
– FEELS GREAT!

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What the Cup?

What is Cupping?

Cupping is an ancient therapy used for pain reduction, boosting the body’s immune system, and releasing rigid soft tissue. Cupping therapy has been used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for centuries, and the results that this simple treatment produces are impressive.

I offer both Air Cupping (done with a hand-held pneumatic pump) and traditional Fire Cupping (done with 🔥FIRE). Both techniques are painless, yet highly effective.

What Are the Benefits of Cupping?

  • flushes lactic acid & stagnant blood from acute & chronically contracted muscles
  • breaks up adhesions in soft tissue
  • relieves pain from sciatica, back pain, shin splints, whiplash & other conditions
  • alleviates discomfort from respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis & the common cold
  • boost the immune system
  • encourages a sufficient supply of nutrition and blood circulation to muscle & skin tissues
  • moves old blood & lymph fluid out of soft tissue
  • increases secretion of digestive fluids &relives chronic gastroenteritis & colon blockages
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Kindness starts with you.

Did you know that this week, Valentine’s Day week, is also International Kindness week? It is and right now the world needs more kindness, so let’s spread the love!

Random Acts of Kindness
This week make the conscious decision to do at least 1 Random Act of Kindness. Who knows, you may feel so good afterwards that you’ll do another one. And then another!

Here are some ideas to get you started:

❤️ Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now.
❤️ Let the person behind you at the checkout with one or two items go ahead of you.
❤️ If you spill creamer or sugar on the counter at the coffee shop, wipe it up.
❤️ Hold the elevator.
❤️ Give someone a hug.

Be Kind to Yourself
The most important person to be kind to is YOU. We’re all so hard on ourselves and often time engage in negative self-talk or self-sabotage.

While you’re doing your Random Acts of Kindness be sure to include yourself!
Love yourself!

Depression, Ear Seeds & Essential Oils

Get you some!It’s February. My least favorite month, and maybe yours as well; depression sets in, the holidays are over, it’s cold, it’s gray and Spring seems so far off…

A simple and effective way to help combat the “Winter Blues” is with the powerful combination of auricular acupressure (ear seeds) and aromatherapy (essential oils).

Ear seeds are a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and have been used
for millennia to treat many health issues.  Ear seeds are small seeds from the Vaccaria plant and are held in place on the ear by a small adhesive backing and may be left in for a few days or up to two weeks (if you keep your picking fingers away).

Aromatherapy for depression consist of either applying a specific oil or blend topically or inhaling the aromas. (for topical application the EO is diluted to 4% in an organic safflower oil base)

The blend I use contains tangerine, geranium bourbon & pink grapefruit essential oils and may help to increase your emotional well-being.

This powerful combination, using various essential oils and acupoints, may also be used to assist you with easing anxiety, appetite reduction, smoking cessation and immune boosting.

Email me today (beth@bwlmt.com) to find out if this ancient and natural remedy is for you!

MASSAGE FOR ANXIETY & DEPRESSION

We all know how good bodywork can make us feel physically, however the mental & emotional benefits are even bigger. 

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, more than 40 million American adults are suffering from anxiety disorders.

Because these disorders affect the quality of life and overall health, relieving anxiety is essential.

A 2011 study published in the National Institutes of Health,  says that massage can help reduce the symptoms of anxiety by:

  • Increasing neurotransmitters associated with reduced anxiety.
  • Decreasing hormones associated with intensified anxiety.

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reports that at least 10% of all American adults are suffering from depression.

A 2012 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that massage is effective for managing depression, thanks to its ability to reduce levels of cortisol (a stress hormone). The study also showed that massage increases serotonin and dopamine (neurotransmitters that are linked to depression).

A 2010 study published by the National Institutes of Health concluded that the anti-depression benefits of massage are similar to those of psychotherapy.

Love Your Life™

Love Your Life Again!
holistic wellness for women
When did self care become a luxury and indulgence
instead of being the necessity it TRULY is?
How can you fill someone else’s cup when your own cup is empty?

These are the questions countless women just like you are asking themselves on a daily basis, and you’re living proof that neglecting yourself has it’s price.

  • Chronic stress, anxiety, and brain fog
  • Disconnection from your body, feelings of chronic pain and dysfunction
  • Disharmony in intimate and family relationships
  • Lack of motivation, inspiration, and progress in career

And that’s just the start…As the mom, the high powered career woman, or maybe the dedicated wife, you’ve become The Queen of meeting the needs of others… and somewhere along the way, you forgot about yourself. You don’t even remember the last time you did something just for you.

And I’m not talking about that extra shot of espresso you got at Starbucks last week…I mean really connected with yourself, your desires, and your joy.

Maybe you feel good in career, but not in your personal life? Maybe you feel great about your relationships, but feel like a black cloud sits over your health?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a clear vision of what was holding you back from having your whole life be a 10 on the “Love Your Life” scale instead of a 2 or 4? Then you’ll love this assessment I’ve created just for women like you!

Women who:

  • Have lost touch with that vibrant and youthful enthusiasm that at one time infused each moment!
  • Have forgotten what it was like to not always be putting your needs on the back burner.
  • Are struggling to balance all the titles, chores, and responsibilities that seem to only keep growing.
  • Know that there has to be more to life than this…But, just don’t quite know how to get back to it! Or even know what “it” is!

Take a deep breath, relax, I’ve got you. The first step to getting order, freedom, and pleasure back into each moment is to get clarity on what is holding you back most!

So grab that espresso, find a cozy spot, and let’s share a few minutes getting you refocused, realigned, and reinspired!

Just click the spark “button” below, take your free online assessment and begin to Love Your Life again!

Best of Chicago 2016

Image credit: Design by Paul John Higgins, Danielle A. Scruggs, Sue Kwong
Image credit: Design by Paul John Higgins, Danielle A. Scruggs, Sue Kwong

The results of the annual Chicago Reader’s Poll are in.

My office was voted 2nd BEST MASSAGE in Chicago!

This is great big news and I’m thrilled an honored to be associated with such an amazing establishment. Be sure to check out all the wonderful practitioners at Millennium Park Massage and hope to see you soon.