Saturday, December 16, 2017

Bi-Weekly Blog from Local Experts

Tapping into extra energy WATSUBO style

body energyChinese Medicine specialist Sharon explains the twelve energy meridians in Traditional Chinese Medicine and how the treatment of one meridian in particular, either through acupuncture or water massage treatment, can help tap into energy levels that may have been blocked along the way of life.



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Wind and the body

Kite Wind SurfCabarete is a windy place. Windsurfers and kiters love this picturesque bay because of the wind. Those that don’t practice wind propelled water sports enjoy the breeze just as much as they chill on the beach. But can prolonged wind exposure have a negative influence on the body? What happens to our body if we sleep with the fan or airco on? Traditional Chinese Medicine expert Sharon Speicher answers these questions and others.



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Electric-Stimulation Acupuncture

Electric Stimulation AcupunctureAcupuncture has been used for thousands of years as an effective therapy for regulating pain and managing many other functions of the body. Electric Stimulation Acupuncture was developed around the mid-1900s and is said to significantly enhance traditional acupuncture treatments. Read more about E-Stim Acupuncture and what it can do for you.


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WATSU (WATer ShiatSU) treatment

Watsu Treatment with Sharon

WATSU stands for WATer shiatSU, a massage treatment in water. Sharon Speicher is one of few educated Shiatsu therapists offering this treatment in the Cabarete area, but as she says; "You don't find many heated pols around here, and believe it or not; the winter is a bit chilly for it". From May until end of September, though, Shiatsu should be on people's radars. "It's such a great alternative treatment with low impact", Sharon says. 

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Yoga in Cabarete

Yoga in the Namaste yoga store in Cabarete, Dominican RepublicWhen I first started exploring this topic, I was drawn to the spectacular settings in which to experience the exertion and ending shavasana... listening to rhythmic waves and the rustling of palm fronds interspersed with the trill of birds or humming insects at twilight… what a great way to end or start the day! However there's a lot to be said about a less exposed setting, where the inward journey is free from environmental distractions. And if one-on-one personal guidance is more down your alley, then the majority of local instructors offer the special attention you may need in a private or small group gathering.

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Waking up with neck pain!

Waking up with neck pain"Yes, I'm on holiday having a great time but...woke up with this neck pain that just won't go away!!" Wish I had peso for every time I heard this complaint. "Can you help me?" The answer 9 out of 10 times is a yes!!!

Although I can never predict the outcome of an acupuncture treatment, the World Health Organization (WHO), lists neck pain as one of the symptoms or conditions that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively with acupuncture.

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Acupuncture and the fear of needles

No need to be afraid of Acupuncture needlesAcupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles in certain points of your body, in order to manipulate the flow or energy in your body or Qi. One might hesitate or be afraid of an Acupuncture treatment, because of the needle part involved. 

But the fear of needles should not hold you back to get an Acupuncture treatment. The needles are almost as thin as hair and fear is unnecessary.
In this edition of our Chinese Medicine Q & A series, Sharon will answer common questions that people might have about the needles used in her treatments.

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What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture needlesAcupuncture has been around for the past 5000 years and a lot of people swear by it for pain relief but what is it precisely and what are the benefits? Cabarete resident Sharon Speicher has been practicing acupuncture and other forms of traditional Chinese medicine since the late 90s and gives straight up no-nonsense answers in this bi-weekly series clearing up any doubts you may have had about acupuncture or Chinese Traditional Medicine.


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