Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2024 Time: 7-8:30pm Cost: FREE Location: Focused Solutions – Columbia
5550 Sterrett Pl, Suite 200
Columbia, MD 21044
Experience three effective tools for stress reduction and well-being at our FREE WELLNESS WENDESDAY workshop! Learn from our providers as they guide you through gentle movement, acupuncture and mindfulness meditation.
Mindful Movement/Gentle Yoga The practice of yoga is a great way to enhance being mindful and staying calm and centered. In fact, the mind-body connection for achieving these results is both easy and powerful, and the good news is you don’t have to put your body into complicated poses to get results. We will do a simple, gentle, seated yoga sequence that will give you a taste of this connection. You will then leave with this effective practice that you can take with you to do at home or office.
Acupuncture/Acu-Detox The AcuDetox NADA protocol (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) uses the gentle application of small sterilized, disposable needles on the ear in a group setting sitting quietly. It is empirically validated to relieve stress and emotional trauma, increase connection during counseling, reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms from drugs and alcohol and create an inner calmness discovering one’s innate power within.
Mindfulness Meditation Mindfulness, or paying attention to the present moment purposefully and non-judgementally, is the basis of the empirically studied Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Regular mindfulness practice – whether it be through mindfulness meditation or even “mindful moments” – can be extremely effective at reducing stress and anxiety as well as shifting perspective. Learn brief mindfulness techniques, and experience a guided mindfulness mediation practice you can recreate at home.
Our licensed acupuncturist provides treatment options for clients right onsite. This centuries-old technique restores normal function to your body by easing back pain and tension in your neck, reducing stress, anxiety, trauma reactions, irritability, and more. Acupuncture treats numerous conditions such as insomnia, digestive health, pain, arthritis, sports injuries, and other physical health conditions impacting a healthier life perspective. Many major insurances reimburse for Acupuncture treatment.
Chinese Medicine is an ancient holistic tradition that considers our external environment and the laws of nature to influence functional balance in the body. The body is not only defined by the organs, systems, and channels of energy it carries, it also houses the mind and spirit. This is the meaning of whole-person centered wellness.
1. The Body is Wise and Capable of Healing
Your body is directly affected by nature, the environment around you, and even the weather. You work hard to maintain homeostasis, or an internal environment similar to the external environment. Homeostasis means survival in nature and in us. Each acupuncture needle is a reminder to your body, to correct any patterns of disharmony, blocks, or deficiencies, and to restore you to balance.
2. Everything is Connected
The brain, organs, and body systems are linked. Imagine, a signal sent traveling from the brain, down the spinal cord, to the nerves, and ending at its designated organ. Any imbalances in this line of communication should be corrected at once! If these blocks or imbalances are left untreated, illness or disease will follow. In this medicine, disease means dis-ease/the body not at ease.
3. Yin & Yang
Yin and Yang is the basis of Chinese Medicine. Interconnected, transformative, complementary, yet mutually consuming elements make up our world. Dark/Light, Hot/Cold, Motion/Stillness etc. An understanding of these forces drives Chinese Medical diagnosis. I will assess the state of your qi (energy), fluids, organs, yin, yang, and blood and plan treatment accordingly.
The NADA Protocol
The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol is a unique form of acupuncture. It specifically targets behavioral health, including addictions and co-occurring disorders. For example, anxiety, depression, mania, PTSD, ect. The protocol beautifully encompases the treatment of a person on all levels of body, mind, and spirit. Most importantly, NADA is a non-verbal approach to healing.
NADA involves the gentle placement of up to five small, sterilized disposable pins into specific sites on each ear. The recipients sit quietly in a group setting for 30-45 minutes allowing the treatment to take effect.
According to the Journal of Addictions Medicine, Needle 1 (Sympathetic) is named as such because of its relation to disruption in both sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. It has an analgesic and relaxing effect on the organs and dilates blood vessels. Needle number two (Shen men or Heart), regulates excitation and inhibition of the cerebral-cortex and can create a sedation effect (relaxation). Needle number three (Kidney) is a nourishing point and can help reduce mental weariness, fatigue, and pain. Needle number four (Liver) addresses symptoms that are associated with poor liver function and inflammation, while also helping to reduce stress and agitation. The final needle (Lung) is associated with analgesia, sweating, and other various respiratory conditions, and also has an emotional component that assists a person in moving through the stages of grief by opening the chest and encouraging deep breathing (Carter K. et al., 2014).
Date: January 2024 Time: TBD Cost: TBD Location: Virtual & In Person
Join mindfulness instructor Sharon Light, LCSW-C for this workshop series designed to help new and experienced meditators incorporate mindfulness into their day-to-day lives. Each week will cover a different topic, including how to use mindfulness to address pain, stress, and “digital overload.” The course is a mix of learning and practice meant to provide an overview of what mindfulness is (and isn’t!). You will learn various evidence-based mindfulness techniques that can be utilized “on the go” as well as in more formal practice.
Dates: Wednesdays, Ongoing
Cost: $99 for 4-weeks (half session); $189 for 8-weeks (full session)
Whether you’re looking to keep the momentum going after completing the Introduction to Mindfulness workshop, or you have an established mindfulness practice and are looking for a weekly anchor for mindfulness meditation, look no further! Sign up for a 4- or 8-week session of the next Mindfulness Meditation cohort. Each week will focus on a mindfulness theme as we build off the fundamentals through more extended meditation practices led by Sharon Light, LCSW-C. *pre-requisite: The Introduction to Mindfulness workshop or mindfulness meditation experience.
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