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Using Yoga to Get the Most Out of Acupuncture

Acupuncture can have major health benefits when dealing with pain, conditions, or stress. Adding even a short yoga routine can help to bolster those benefits.

Acupuncture is a fantastic healing modality that can address many physical and emotional issues, as well as mental stress. Your acupuncturist works to balance your energy by clearing the meridians, or specific channels, through which your energy runs. You can help your acupuncturist out by doing yoga before your session.

An intelligently designed yoga practice can help to clear out some of those blocked channels allowing your acupuncturist’s work to go deeper without having to pay attention to superficial issues that you could be taking care of yourself.

If you don’t have time to do a full hour or even 30 minutes of yoga try this short yoga routine:

  • Get centered by breathing with a rhythm that helps you to feel a little more relaxed and helps you connect to a deeper (physically, mentally, whatever) sense of yourself. Once you’ve connected to that place use your breath to help you take an internal inventory of where you are able to relax and where you are tense.
  • See if you can release the detected tension by feeling the movement of your breath ripple throughout the body and particularly into that place. Be patient and don’t push. Try moving through that area by stretching or making circles with surrounding joints. If you can’t feel release stop, give yourself a break and try again a little later.
  • After your quickie practice feel if you can detect any differences in your body. Have you been able to make a difference in your own sense of balance? Were you able to get a better idea of what your body might need to relax? Don’t underestimate the benefits of this short practice!

Connecting to your breath in this way can help you to align joints and release tension in muscles that will allow your acupuncturist to focus on addressing the root cause of your issue as opposed to having to spend time on any symptoms that may be a result of an underlying cause. Help her to do her best work! Doing this before you get needled could be the most cost effective technique to help you get the most from your session.

By: Melissa Gutierrez

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