Acupuncture is an incredibly useful tool to treat conditions involving pain; from sports injury to arthritis to headaches and everywhere in between, but beyond pain, can acupuncture actually help to improve sports performance? Whether you’re a novice to a new sport, an avid gym goer, an amateur or professional athlete, acupuncture can be a great addition to your workout routine to help improve peak performance and elevate you to the next level of your fitness. Sports Acupuncture has been used all over the World, from treating injury to helping athletes increase performance levels. Acupuncturists are commonly employed by major sports teams all across the globe, in the bay area from the San Francisco Giants, 49ers to the San Francisco Ballet. Athletes are turning to acupuncture to not only help with pain and injury, but to help improve performance and compete at optimal levels.
So how does acupuncture help improve athletic performance? Aside from helping to treat injuries, there are many other mechanisms of action that acupuncture helps address which result in an enhanced and improved performance for athletes. Here are five key ways acupuncture helps improve athletic performance.
For the first 2 weeks of June I will be going on a spiritual retreat to visit the medium healer John of God in Brazil. As part of my personal spiritual journey this trip has come up as a next step on my path. Last year I embarked on my first pilgrimage to Brazil and found the experience provocative, eye opening, mind bending and life changing, my decision to relocate Lion's Heart to Marin was a direct result of that trip. Part of my journey to Brazil is the opportunity to bring your healing requests as well, read on for more details on how to 'come along' on my trip!
John of God is a great spiritual healer of our time, although he does not call himself a healer. John of God works with God (however you see or view this concept), many saints, benevolent light beings and angels, often referred to as the 'entities of the Casa' to help people heal from various ailments.
You can watch Oprah's experience with John of God if you're curious. (And no, I will not be volunteering for any physical procedures).
I would like to offer you the awesome opportunity to participate in my journey to Brazil and to have this healing energy sent to you personally over the next year. At the Casa at John of God, they receive photographs of people who cannot come to Brazil and they will send healing energy to you remotely for one year.
No matter what your religious background is, the light beings and angels that work with John of God will accept your request. There is no turning away those in need of healing. There are images of Buddha, Yogananda, Krisna, Jesus, and Catholic Saints and Angels on the walls of the Case of John of God, the idea is that the healing energy is universal and the love from Creator is non-conditional--not based on piety, worthiness, the past, religion, ethnicity, food preference, sexual orientation, or beliefs or non-beliefs.
Your picture will be in a healing room with thousands of other pictures, at the Casa of John of God for one year. The healing energy will be sent during this year's time. Some people experience emotional healing, some ask to find their life purpose, others are healed from cancer, AIDs and various other illnesses or physical problems.
If you would like your photo presented directly to the entity and receive herbs from the casa there is a $50 fee. Photos shown to the entity will be prescribed herbs (usually a 45 day regimen), while taking herbs you are not allowed to drink alcohol or eat spicy food / pepper. This is a deeper way to experience the healing of the casa, occasionally the entity may also mark your photo - indicating you have been requested to make the trip to Brazil.
Not all people who provide healing requests are healed in physical and obvious ways, but somehow each person who chooses to write down a healing request, receives exactly what he or she needs.
If you would like me to take your picture there, here is what you need to do:
Have a recent photo of yourself, taken within the last 3 months. Printed on regular paper no photo paper. (1 person only in each photo)
You are welcome to send pictures of your family and friends who want to have healing energy sent to them too. With their permission.
Only one person in each photo.
Write on the back of each picture the name, address (including country), date of birth (DD/MM/YYY) and up to 3 things you or the person in the photo would like help healing.
Healing requests can be emotional, physical, mental and spiritual.
Holding a strong intention for what you would like to receive can help the healing be stronger.
I must receive all photos before May 25th.
Mail your pictures to (or bring them to your next appointment):
503 D St. Suite 1
San Rafael, CA 94901
Original publication in Acupuncture Today May 2018 issue.
Life expectancy continues to increase among the World population and in the U.S., as such our desire for a good quality of life in those golden years is of utmost importance.1 A good quality of life isn’t measured by just being alive, it includes the ability to do normal day-to-day tasks, be free of pain, have nourishing, healthy relationships, and most importantly having a nourishing and healthy relationship with ourselves. The beauty industry is booming more than ever before, and with it the demand for anti-aging and youth enhancing products and treatments.2 Research continues to favor the effects of cosmetic acupuncture, showing noticeable, results after a short series of treatments.3-4 However, in most studies regarding cosmetic acupuncture the function of the full body acupuncture treatment and the importance of the Shen, and its effect on the face and appearance is often overlooked. A person who lacks their Shen showing through their eyes and face is often seen as looking dull, tired, or even unattractive. This property of beauty has no correlation with the physical structure of the face and is based solely in the person’s true self, or spirit, being expressed through the eyes and facial appearance.
Kim had the pleasure of being a guest on the CW show Bay Area Focus with Michelle Griego earlier in 2018. You can watch her segment below where she give us some great insight on natural anti-aging and a little information on permanent makeup!
I'm looking forward to this coming Tuesday, April 10th as I'll be the keynote speaker at the monthly NEW of Marin group meeting! If you're a female identified business person in the Bay Area - especially Marin - feel free to join us for our dinner meeting and catch my presentation entitled 'Beauty in Being' where I will speak about what really contributes to TRUE beauty! I'll give you a hint - it has almost NOTHING to do with the state of your skin! We live in a world of constant pressure to be amazing and look amazing doing it, but with endless options for anti-aging skin care it can be truly overwhelming and for sometimes little effect. Cultivating TRUE beauty is where we harness our truth and divine self and let it show to the World! My presentation will also include a brief meditation where you will receive your next step on your inner healing journey to get to know your true self.
Athletes are under constant pressure and stress, from performing at peak levels to staying well in the off season; maintaining health, balance and preventing injury are all priorities in the life of an athlete, whether a novice fitness enthusiast or an elite olympian, staying healthy and recovering quickly are of utmost importance. As I’ve started to venture into the world of open water rowing at the South End Rowing Club, I’m quickly learning many of the possible points of injury for rowers, myself included. While rowing is a low impact sport, posture and positioning are extremely important, as is training frequency and duration when it comes to preventing injury. Overtraining can quickly lead to injury, just as poor posture and stroke technique can set up a rower for injury down the line. As an Acupuncturist, I commonly treats patients for pain related to athletic endeavors and sports injuries, and I can say that taking care of an injury when it first appears is by far, one of the most crucial points to helping an athlete heal faster and without further injury. When issues are in the acute phase, they are generally easier and faster to respond to treatment, whether with acupuncture, physical therapy, chiropractic, massage or other modalities, treating a condition sooner than later can help an athlete get out on the water more safely, and sooner than attempting to ignore a minor injury which sets up re-injury later on.
How on Earth can these tiny needles actually make my wrinkles go away?
The beauty industry continues to boom and grow, there are topical creams, lotions and potions all the way to cutting edge cosmetic surgeries. Some treatments simply fail at being effective, while others may be effective but very costly and invasive, finding a more natural treatment that is actually effective can be a difficult task. Cosmetic acupuncture is a centuries old practice, used originally in ancient China as a treatment for royalty, it is continuing to be a sought after, safe and effective alternative treatment to more invasive anti-aging procedures.
Cosmetic acupuncture is a multi-leveled treatment, aimed at treating the entire person in a holistic approach. Aging should be considered a chronic, whole body process, so when we are looking at how to slow down that process it is critical to look at the whole picture. Utilizing only a cream or serum will have limited effect if the person continues to smoke cigarettes, be perpetually dehydrated, or in a constant state of elevated stress for instance. What we do in our lives, our lifestyle in and of itself, has a dramatic effect on how we look, so it should be no surprise that much of the benefit of cosmetic acupuncture lies in its’ holistic approach. When we approach skin care and anti-aging skin care in particular, there are a few goals we need to keep in mind, a treatment that adheres to these goals helps us administer effective skin care that produces desired results, while also avoiding injury to the skin structure so that the effects can last without repercussions later on.
Waking up one morning to a half paralyzed face likely ranks at the top of any of our ‘worst day ever’ lists, but for 40,000 Americans each year, this is reality. Bell’s Palsy is an idiopathic paralysis of the face, usually causing drooping of the mouth and eyelid due to infringement on the Facial Nerve, symptoms mimic a stroke, but with no neurological impairment. (1) Due to the unknown causes of this condition, treatment options are limited, consisting usually of a course of steroids like Prednisone and in some cases an antiviral like Valacyclovir. Patients are sent home with these medications and told to ‘wait it out.’ I don’t know about you, but if half of my face was paralyzed, waiting it out would not be a prescription I would be on board with.
The root of the paralysis in Bell’s Palsy is the 7th Cranial Nerve - The Facial Nerve. This nerve travels through a narrow bony canal in the skull, beneath the ear to the muscles in the face and is responsible for facial movements such as blinking the eye, smiling and frowning, it also carries nerve impulses to the tear and salivary glands, and transmits taste sensations from the tongue. In Bell’s Palsy cases it is thought that the nerve has been subject to some sort of inflammation or impingement which disrupts the function of the nerve resulting in this paralysis and other facial deficiencies.(1) Because of the unknown etiology, or cause, of this impingement, the modern medical treatments for the disorder are rather limited in their scope and approach.
Growth, Transformation, Overwhelm and Confusion
The teenage years can be a whirlwind of growth, transformation, overwhelm and confusion. We’ve all been there and I’m sure you have some memories from your teen years that you wish could have gone differently, or were offered more support to help you with this time. I feel like alternative therapies are often seen as only used or appropriate for adults and small children, and the teenage years, where extra support is crucial, are often left out.
Teenagers are in a time in their life of learning who they are and how they want to be as adults in the world. There is an immense amount of learning, growth and experiences that take place during these very important years, and having support to help smooth the process is paramount. The top 10 things teens deal with as problems are: depression, bullying, sexual activity, drug use, alcohol use, obesity, academic problems, peer pressure and social media.(1) I find that almost all of these problems are rooted in the person going through the process of discovering who they are and how they interact with others in a social environment, in other words - developing a strong sense of self. When we have a strong sense of self and the self esteem and confidence to stick to that sense of self, it makes navigating these potential issues a bit easier.
Microblading isn't always the best choice for every client, for some, Ombré brows are a better option, and sometimes the only option. Click the button above to take my quiz to help you determine if microblading or ombré brows are right for you!
Lifestyle, skin type, skin condition, medications and expectations are all factors in what determines which procedure is right for you!
Dr. Kim Peirano, DACM, LAc is the Owner and Acupuncturist at Lion's Heart Wellness, the San Francisco Bay Area and Marin's #1 Cosmetic Acupuncturist and #1 Holistic Healer.