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I didn’t know how much I needed acupuncture, until I decided to get over my fear of needles. The result was a tidal-wave of calm, and the pokes were minimal (even when they pinched a little).
When I started coming to the Heart & Hands community, I felt like my body was falling apart. I’d worked hard—not smart—and there wasn’t a part of me that wasn’t sore, damaged, or feeling like it was barely hanging on. I used to say my daily pain levels were consistently between 7 to 10; and accumulated trauma had left my nervous system fried. I’ve found doctors to be less helpful than I would have liked, and often felt dismissed. While talking about this to a friend—also a nurse—they suggested acupuncture.
Since I’ve learned to face the things I fear—needles sure didn’t give any warm fuzzies
—I decided to go with them during a bring-a-buddy month. I was late for my first appointment, noisy, and activated. I left feeling mentally knocked over, and 5 years of trauma therapy suddenly started making sense. I’ve found myself bringing back that feeling in times of crisis, and activation, to keep my brain online, and my feet grounded. But while working through my stuff, I’d discovered that trauma responses were not “appropriate workplace behaviours.” And 15 years of workplaces enmeshed in extremely high levels of threats, abuse, and stress—mostly food service and trades—had left me reluctant to work for anyone.
I was surprised to find myself asking about volunteer opportunities in my post-acupuncture haze. More shockingly, I followed through. H & H hasn’t just kept me grounded every week, calmed my angry storms, and kept my pain away. It’s also taught me how to interact with a positive work environment. And—because H & H is a community—it’s given me the resources to work on other areas of my life, while being affordable to my low-income needs.
To put it simply, I am indebted to Heart and Hands for being a key part of my healing journey.
Community Acupuncture is SO MUCH MORE than affordable acupuncture:
If you’ve perused the front shelves of the Heart and Hand’s lobby and been curious about some of the tinctures being sold, then you’ll know that it can be hard to choose! This month I want to give some words of description to one of the most useful tinctures for this particular time of year, the Nourish tincture!
Winter is a time to preserve and lay low; and there was a time when for most northern folks, one’s actual ability to survive depended on not using up too much physical energy, fuel, candles, food stores and preserves etc. In the plant world, this is the season where what is above ground dies away or goes dormant, so as to preserve and keep safe the most valuable resources and essences deep in the underworld root systems.
While most of us on this land have indoor heating now and access to jet-setter pineapples, the body hasn’t forgotten it’s need for a season of stillness, hibernation and rest. I wonder if we would grumble about winter as much as we do if we were able to really soak up it’s stillness? One of the leading theories regarding seasonal affective disorder links it to fighting again winters’ rhythms, within the great seasonal wheel.
In absence of being able to sleep 10 hours a night for the remainder of these cold months, the Nourish formula is a good one to include this time of year to help build physical resources, resiliency and calm. It’s also a great formula anytime of the year for signs of burnout, whether work related or emotional. Ashwagandha and Shatavari, two plants used for their thick and nourishing roots, form the base of this formula, and are complimented by warming Cinnamon and sweet Wild Oats harvested at the milky stage.
Nourish and other lovingly prepared tinctures in the lobby of Heart & Hands Health Collective for $20.
Are you looking to eat better, but not sure how? Are you wondering what diet might be best for you and which recipes will give you a healthy basis for you everyday life? Getting a customized meal plan can help!
Dr. Brewster Scott, ND will take a thorough health history and diet preference inventory, and she will put you on the right path. Not everyone benefits from the same meal plan, so each diet plan is specifically tailored to the individual.
Your diet plan will consist of a meal schedule – with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks – all the recipes for the week, a week’s shopping list and a preparation program to help you make meal prep super easy and fun! Start treating your body to only the most delicious and nutritious meals! Vegan and vegetarian options, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, egg free – free yourself and feed your body the best food that you can!
Make an appointment with Dr. Scott, ND SATURDAYS from 10am – 2pm at Heart & Hands Health Collective. Book online at www.heartandhandscommunity.ca/
In health and gratitude!