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 Thank you for choosing L.A Wellness in El Segundo as your holistic healthcare provider. At L.A Wellness, we use a holistic approach to help you achieve both radiant health as well as balance and peace in your life. Our experienced and knowledgeable acupuncturists, massage therapists, energy healers and Chinese herbalists achieve this aim by employing a gentle yet effective treatment style that stimulates your body's innate healing capacity. We provide holistic lifestyle counseling in nutrition, exercise, and awareness practices, empowering you with the resources required to accelerate and sustain optimum health. Our friendly welcoming staff, serene environment, and highest quality Chinese herbs, supplements, and health care products further support you on your journey to radiant health.

Tuesday
Aug252015

Laugh, Cry, Lift

Back in my early twenties, shortly after beginning to do yoga regularly, I remember breaking into tears during savasana (that's the final relaxation pose.)  I don't mean just once... it was happening everyday for a while.  I asked my teacher what was the deal, and she just waived her hand and said, "Don't worry about it, just let it happen and it will stop eventually." She was right.  From time to time, I still experience strong emotions after a vigorous workout or somatic-centered therapy, but it now happens less frequently.  

I recently came across an article that does a good job of explaining the science behind "exercise-induced emotional release" and the healing benefits of this phenomenon. The author explains how "energy cysts," the byproduct of unresolved physical or emotional trauma, are dissipated during these experiences, thereby inducing an emotional release. The article also briefly touches upon how acupuncture and craniosacral unwinding can elicit a similar response, as some of you who have experienced these modalities can attest. Read the article here.

Tuesday
Aug112015

Meditate for Ashley

For a long time now, I've had people asking me to offer a meditation class. And it's been on my "to do" list for way too long.  Or would that be a "to be" list, because it's meditation? Anyway, it's finally happening, and for a very worthy cause.  All of the proceeds from the class will go toward getting a much needed service dog for Ashley Fisher.

Ashley is a young lady from El Segundo and a beautiful spirit who is facing multiple illnesses that make a service dog an imperative for her.  You can learn more about Ashley's journey here.  Ashley needs $14,000 to acquire her service dog, and she is only $1300 away from getting her helping friend. That's just 12 people signing up for the series. If you can't make the class, please consider contributing to the cause here.  

  Mindfulness Meditation
Five Thursdays
August 27th - September 24th
from 10 - 11 A.M.  
Instructor: Joe Curcio
Donation: $108
SIGN UP HERE
 
In the meditation series, I will share simple and accessible awareness practices and offer tools to help establish a consistent daily practice. Why sign up, you ask?  Well, meditation has been scientifically proven to: 
  • Relieve pain
  • Improve memory
  • Reduce susceptibility to illness
  • Improve focus
  • Decrease anxiety and depression and increase a sense of well-being...

... and the list goes on and on. Does any of that appeal to you? To read the full list of the benefits of meditation, check out this great article: SCIENTIFIC BENEFITS OF MEDITATION – 76 THINGS YOU MIGHT BE MISSING OUT ON.

I was first exposed to meditation in my Japanese tea ceremony class in college over 20 years ago and it has been an integral part of my life ever since. I look forward to sharing this beautiful practice with you. Please share this email with anyone who may be interested so Ashley can get her dog! Register now.
Thursday
Jul162015

Effectively Use Affirmations

I recently received an article about how to effectively create and use affirmations that makes alot of sense to me.  It was written by the folks at 5-Minute Journal, and they generously gave me permission to share it with you here:

Work with the rational and emotional minds together - As discussed in the gratitude section, we’ll work with our rational and emotional minds to get a real sense of how writing in the affirmation is impacting our progress.

Work at the edge of your reality -  Let’s understand this using an illustration.


Let’s take an example of an eager Five Minute Journaler. Let’s call him Bob.

Bob is an entrepreneur who’s started a couple of successful product-based businesses and who loves tennis and travel.

If he were to write the affirmation, “I am excited to create great products that help people”, that’s very much in his current reality (the pink dot).  

If he were to write the affirmation, “I am pumped to grow my businesses by 50% this year”, that might be at the edge of his current reality (the orange dot).

If he were to write the affirmation, “I am honoured to lead be the industry leader in sustainable growth products”, that would be significantly outside his current reality(the green dot).

The purpose of an affirmation is to push the edges of your reality, so you want your affirmation to be around the area of the orange dot. If you’re comfortable stretching the edges of your reality significantly (i.e., the green dot), feel free to use the hammer approach.

What’s the hammer approach, you ask?

There are two ways to write affirmations -

1. The hammer approach - This is where you pick an affirmation that you want to deeply integrate and you write the same affirmation in your Journal every day. The more you write in it, the deeper you integrate the strength of that belief within yourself. I’m partial to this technique because I’ve used it in the past to good effect.

It’s called the hammer approach because you basically hammer in one affirmation till you truly experience the benefits of it and you know it’s become a part of your reality.

For example:

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2. The butterfly approach - This is where you make up your affirmation on a daily basis. This is where you affirm a part of your reality you want to see more of - maybe you’re giving a presentation later in the day and you want to write this...

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Basically you let the day be your rudder in what you want to affirm in your reality. This can work pretty well and I know quite a few people who use this to good effect. Whatever approach you choose can work well and I recommend picking one and sticking to it.

So now that we’ve understood some concepts, let’s return to how to write affirmations in the Five Minute Journal. Here’s how I write in mine.

When I get to the affirmations section, I check in with myself. How do I feel? Where are the edges of my reality?

Here’s an affirmation that I’ve used to good effect in the past, especially when I was healing from my near-fatal motorcycle crash - “I am excited to heal quickly and profoundly on every level.”

The litmus test of how good your affirmation is depends on how do you feel after you write it.

Do you believe it? Do you feel better? If so, you’re on the right track. (orange togreen dot).

Do you feel worse? Chances are you’re biting off more than you can chew (green dot).

Do you feel neutral? Chances are you’re not thinking big enough (pink dot).

Writing affirmations in this manner is the difference between writing effective affirmations that truly work for you vs woo woo Secret-style trust-the-universe thinking. Trust yourself and the universe will take care of itself.   

Wednesday
Jun102015

Why am I STILL not healed??!!

Do you have a pain, emotional or physical, that won't go away, or keeps coming back? Have you been seeking the magic bullet that will heal it once and for all? The one that works 100% of the time forever? Here's the part of the sales pitch where I tell you about some exotic fruit from the Amazon or nanotechnology that will come to the rescue.

But that's not what I am going to share with you today. Instead, I invite you to listen to a deeply insightful discourse with Jeff Foster about how our orientation toward our messages from our body is the origin point of suffering and how changing this mindset will create freedom from the pain... but not in the way that you might imagine: 

 

"Why haven't I healed/awakened yet?" - Reframing the Path of H...

Author/teacher Jeff Foster busts the core myth of healing - that you should be healed 'by now'. Healing is not a destination, but a present-moment welcoming of all the 'guests' in awareness, a call to LOVE. Sadness, anger, fear, doubt, do not want to be healed, but held. Filmed live at a meeting on 26th April 2015 in the Netherlands.

Posted by Jeff Foster (www.lifewithoutacentre.com) on Thursday, April 30, 2015

 

The talk reminds me of one of my favorite Rumi poems:

THE GUEST HOUSE
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
-- Jelaluddin Rumi,
    translation by Coleman Barks
Wednesday
Jun032015

Antimicrobial Smoke and Mirrors

When you walk into L.A. Wellness, you may enjoy breathing in the sublime scent of Palo Santo that we burn, or feel the good vibes coming off of the Himalayan salt lamps. But is this just new agey hippie stuff, or do these things actually have healing properties? I recently came across two fascinating articles that demonstrate the efficacy of smoke and light in purifying the air and in killing germs.

The first article, "Killer Germs" Obliterated by Medicinal Smoke (Smudging), Study Reveals reveals modern scientific research about how the ritualistic use of plant smoke, which is used the world over as a way of 'cleansing' the spirit, purifies the air of harmful bacteria.

The other article, Air-purifying church windows early nanotechnology cites Queensland University of Technology study findings that stained glass windows painted with gold purify the air when they are lit up by sunlight. In a similar way the interaction of light with Himalayan salt crystals creates negative ions in the air, which not only can kill germs but also exhibit a protective effect from harmful EMF radiation from electronics. 

Upon reflecting on these articles (see what I did there?), I find it strange how easy it is for our culture to accept the idea that pharmaceutical inhalers and radiotherapies impact our chemistry and physiology, while we look with skepticism at the idea that light and smoke therapy have any therapeutic application.  How different are they really? What do you think?


As a reminder, Colleen will be taking her summer vacation from June 10th-23rd, and I will be out from June 26th-July 8th.

Also, the El Segundo Art Walk is just around the corner!  The first evening will be June 18th, and will showcase the beautiful work of Rhonna del-Rio Ascolese. Below is a beautiful piece entitled "Community of the Breath" which we will feature. To learn more about Rhonna and see her work, visit yogaandartjourney.com. This is going to be a fun free event, so mark your calendars and come check it out.  

Finally, although I won't be able to join them in presenting the workshop, my colleagues Katie Bressack and Wendy Garafalo will be offering the Reset your Metabolism Workshop from 4-6pm on June 14th in Manhattan Beach.  The workshop is filled with valuable easy to implement information and we had a great response last time we presented this.  Click here to sign up


Yours in wellness,
Joe Curcio, L.Ac