Please note: This post is from the archives of Samantha Schamel’s newsletter from 2016 and was edited slightly for AgeLess SPA.
It almost feels as though it should be a holiday to do something good for yourself, right? So go for it! Maybe it’s that skinny latte or massage you’ve been meaning to get.
Onward to our organ system!
This article is all about the lungs or the metal element. In Chinese medicine it is said that the lung ‘open’ to the nose (hello, sinuses and bronchitis), the health of your lungs is reflected in your skin, grief/sadness is the emotion, and white is the color. If there is phlegm -due to poor diet or too much dairy- in the body the lungs are the receptical. Two diseases of the lungs that are most common are dryness and phlegm.
Lung Dryness due to yin (substance) deficiency: dry chronic cough to the point of coughing up blood, shortness of breath, sore throat, dry skin, hot palms and soles, frequent thirst, flushed cheeks, periodic fever and could be due to chronic infection or inflammation of the lungs.
Foods to nourish the lungs: PEARS 🍐! Particularly steamed Asian pears with a little honey. This works so well with anyone who has a dry cough! Also, oranges, peaches, tofu, tempeh, flaxseed, butter and other dairy, eggs, oysters, clams and pork.
Phlegm in the lungs (typically a repletion that is possibly due to a deficiency: I mean think phlegm, thick or thin, productive to unproductive coughs, wheezing, asthma, shortness of breath if you have thick greasy tongue coating – you got phlegm!
Food to help transform phlegm: fennel, fenugreek, cayenne, watercress, horseradish, garlic, fresh ginger, radish, and herb base the mullein leaf. Typically avoiding foods such as dairy, meats, tofu, tempeh, soy and all sweeteners.
Another fun fact is the lungs and the large intestine are closely connected. So the next time you are bound up, try giving your nose a blow and see what happens!
Peace, love and a bear hug,
Please note: This post is from the archives of Samantha Schamel’s newsletter from 2016 and was edited slightly for AgeLess SPA.
Hey y’all! I am officially done with school and fully excited about the next big journey before me. I can finally say I am an acupuncturist and a herbalist. I have been practicing part-time with AgeLess Integrative Medical Spa in Horseheads and have been overwhelmed by the response in the community and so excited to be growing into a full-time gig.
However, I am here to tell you the wonderful things about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) where acupuncture and herbal medicine are only two parts to this 5 part health system. Yes, acupuncture can treat a lot, from digestive issues to your everyday aches and pains, the acute situations to the chronic, common colds, flu, headaches, arthritis, dermatology (i.e. eczema, psoriasis, acne), labor preparation to anxiety and stress. Herbal medicine is great for all those things too and does a better job of nourishing and strengthening the body as well as battling some evils you have going on inside. Also, as a TCM practitioner, we also deal with diets, Qi Gong (I prefer my yoga), and bodywork.
TCM was originally developed to be a preventative medicine and in the classics, they say a person with no disease should have acupuncture four times a year when the seasons change so your body can remain healthy. Typically patients come to see me for pain or when a disease has set in the body and then my job is to create balance within the disharmony – and at times that is challenging depending on how long the patient has suffered with it.
If you have never tried acupuncture or afraid of looking like a porcupine, I promise it’s not bad at all! Many of my patients fall asleep on the warm bed and don’t even realize the needles are in. So if you have been curious or wanting to give it a shot, give the medical side of AgeLess SPA a call (607.846.3962).
As always, peace, love and a giant bear hug,
Take some time to relax!
Here’s our top tips to help you destress during your busy schedule
April is Stress Awareness Month, and we have the top tips to help you destress from your busy schedule. Sometimes the best thing you can do when you’re stressed is to try something new to take your mind off of the stressful events life brings us.
Start a journal
Studies show that writing down your thoughts helps decrease stress levels. It also helps you focus on your goals and keeps you accountable, so get writing!
Yoga is a great way to start and/or end your day. It can decrease stress by making you focus on your breathing and balance. The more focused you are during yoga practice, the less focused you are on the things that are stressing you out. You can practice it at home by following videos on Youtube, like this one, or check out a local studio near you.
Stretch at least twice a day
It’s time to loosen up! Start and end your day by stretching. Stretch your arms, legs, and bend forward to stretch your back out. It will help clear your mind and make you feel refreshed. You can find more benefits of stretching here.
Do the “Wonder Woman” pose
Have a big meeting or presentation coming up? Studies like this one from social psychologist, Amy Cuddy, show that standing in this pose gives you confidence. Simply plant your feet, put your hands on your hips, and open your shoulders. By doing this, it will help you regain the confidence you need. The more confident you are, the less stressed you are. Also, regardless of the name, men can practice this, too. (But for their sake, we’ll call it the “Superman” pose.)
Meditate (or at least close your eyes and take a couple of deep breaths)
Sometimes all you need to do is remind yourself to close your eyes and breathe. Meditating in the morning can help you gather your thoughts, think about your intentions, and keep you centered for the day.
If you’re not ready to try meditating yet, try closing your eyes and taking three long, deep breaths. Make sure you are breathing with your belly for effective results.
Think positive thoughts
For every negative thought or comment, turn it around with two positive thoughts or remarks. If you keep doing it, then it will become a habit, and you’ll be in a more positive state in no time. The more positive you are, the less stressed you are.
Schedule “me time”
Sometimes all you need is to take time for yourself if you’re surrounded by people all day. “Me time” can range from a visit to AgeLess SPA for a much needed and pampering Massage or Facial, or even taking 15 – 20 minutes to read a magazine or book that you’ve been meaning to start. Let’s be honest, to take the “me time” we need, we have to literally schedule the time to do it. It’s like making a date with ourselves! #MeTime
Use essential oils
At AgeLess SPA, we love essential oils and the benefits that come with them! From aromatherapy to applying it topically, essential oils can help you destress and calm you down. Some of our favorite oils to help destress are lavender, peppermint, bergamot, and eucalyptus.
One way to use them is diffusing these oils in an essential oil diffuser. A really great diffuser recipe we like to use is a drop (or two) of lavender, peppermint, and lemon. It will leave you feeling refreshed and energized. You can also ask your massage therapist to use peppermint or lavender or even both during your massage for all day calm results.
Eat dark chocolate
Studies show dark chocolate has positive effects on your mood and can lift your spirits. Keep bite sized pieces on your desk and grab one (just one, remember you don’t want to overindulge), to lower stress levels. Ummm, yes, please!
Acupuncture isn’t just for physical pain. It’s been proven to help reduce stress. According to our acupuncturist, Samantha, you don’t have to worry about looking like a porcupine, and many of her clients fall asleep on the heated bed (definitely a favorite at the spa).
See our Acupuncture page.
Go for a walk or run
The days are getting longer, and the weather will be getting warmer (hopefully). Take advantage of Mother Nature’s beautiful days by getting out and going for a walk or run. It allows you to stretch your legs and burn some calories (bonus!)
Call a friend
Time flies by, and we can get really caught up in our work. The next time you feel stressed, call the friend that always makes you laugh. Sometimes all you need is to vent and have a good laugh.
Working out releases endorphins, which are proven to make you happy. By rising with the sun and carving out time to workout before you head off to work, you’ll have a post workout glow to you all day. Don’t have a lot of time to workout? Check out this HIIT workout you can do in less than 15 minutes which is equivalent to a long workout at the gym!
Take a little time to treat yourself to something you like. Whether it’s that new lipstick you’ve had your eyes on, enjoying a glass of red wine, a new book, a new top or shoes, or even a cupcake, the possibilities are endless. (have you checked out bareMinerals Pop of Passion tinted lip balm yet? It’s the perfect spring accessory, and you can find it at our Horseheads, NY location). #YouDeserveIt
Get dressed up
Put on your favorite shoes, pick out an outfit that makes you feel good, and do your hair and makeup the way you like it. You may notice halfway through getting ready, your mood will start to lift. When you look good, you feel good!
Whether you need some time to gather your thoughts, carve out some “me time”, or get all glammed up, AgeLess SPA is here for you to help you feel your best.
– Rebecca Howe, AgeLess SPA, Marketing Specialist
3 Reasons You NEED A Hot Stone Massage
AgeLess SPA offers Hot Stone Massage in our Horseheads, NY and Corning, NY locations
The first time you heard the phrase “hot stone massage” did you visualize some medieval dungeon where you would be subjected to red-hot rocks covering your body? If uncertainty has kept you from indulging in this style of Massage, you’ve been missing out on one of most relaxing, invigorating spa experiences available.
As with any of our massages, our Licensed Massage Therapist will consult with you first to determine any concerns you have. Because Hot Stone Massage focuses on specific areas of the body — acupressure points — your therapist will want to know if you’ve been experiencing pain or discomfort in any particular areas prior to your visit. This will ensure your Hot Stone Massage experience is customized to meet your unique needs.
So why should you choose a Hot Stone Massage over other types of Massage? Well, this modality may not be right for everyone, although as this article explains, they are gaining widespread popularity among spa-goers. Here are three benefits of this therapeutic experience for you to consider when making your choice:
1. Hot Stone Massage Is About Targeted Pressure
Our Licensed Massage Therapists are and trained in the art of giving a hot stone massage and make no mistake about it, it’s an art. They understand the human body and will place the stones in the ideal areas to reach your acupressure points and offer you maximum relief.
2. Hot Stone Massage Is About The Power Of Heat
If you’ve ever used a hot water bottle or a heating pad on a sore muscle, you know the relief it can bring. Now imagine having one of our Therapists use hot stones to massage your aching body, the smooth stones offering deep, penetrating heat as they unlock your tight muscles. While the stones are initially placed on your pressure points, the therapist will also use select stones to massage your body, transferring the heat from the stones to you, with results that will melt away your stress and pain.
3. Hot Stone Massage Is About Improved Circulation
Strategically placed hot stones open the blood vessels in your body, increasing the flow of blood through your system. This improved circulation can relieve pain, but also increase your energy, promote healthier skin, and better equip your body to fight illness. Proper blood flow in your body is critical to your overall health and a hot stone massage can greatly improve your circulation.
Still Have Questions About Hot Stone Massage?
Still have questions? As with all of our spa treatments, our staff is available to answer your questions and assist you in making the best choice for your next visit.
Also, for an overview of the other massage modalities we offer here in our Horseheads, NY location, visit our massage page HERE
If you live closer to our Corning, NY location – we offer the same massage modalities but here is a link to that page on our AgeLess SPA at Radisson Hotel massage page – this link will open in a new tab for your convenience.
AgeLess LLC, Integrative Medical Spa
offers Hot Stone Massage Therapy at our Horseheads, NY location:
3300 Chambers Rd #5238
Call Us At: (607) 846-3962
AgeLess SPA at Radisson Hotel Corning
offers Hot Stone Massage Therapy at our Corning, NY location:
130 E Tioga Ave
Call Us At: (607) 684-6121
The Many Benefits of Massage Therapy
The positive benefits of massage are countless. Getting a regular, or even an occasional massage, can provide many benefits both physical AND mental. From the more obvious benefits of massage such as the relaxation you feel almost immediately after hopping onto the table, to the more subtle, yet equally important, long term benefits your body receives and absorbs over time. The list of the benefits of massage is long and continues to grow.
Picture the following scenario: You stumble out of the office. Ok, not literally ‘stumble’…but close to it. You knew that today was going to be a tough one, but nothing could have have prepared you for the day you’ve just faced. You’re old enough and wise enough to have many tools in your arsenal that can help you to relax and unwind after a day such as this, so you begin your mental checklist. Perhaps a workout at the gym is in order to “work out” your frustrations; maybe meeting some friends for drinks at Happy Hour would be the thing to do; you could also simply take a nap. All these ideas are well and good, but today you’re truly in the mood to do something a little bit nicer for yourself.
That’s when you remember the gift certificate you received for Christmas from your best friend good for a 90 minute massage! That thing has been sitting in the “junk” drawer for 3 months now. It’s not that you didn’t appreciate the gift, you just haven’t set aside the time yet to make the call and book the appointment. Today looks like the day to break the pattern.
Two hours later you find yourself face down on the table in a dimly lit room. Relaxing music soothes you while your therapist slowly works the knots out of your muscles and makes your entire body relax from the soles of your feet from the crown of your head. Your mind is completely focused on the bliss your body is feeling and you can barely even remember the stress that caused you to book the appointment in the first place! Why on earth did you wait so long?
The Benefits of Massage Therapy are Scientifically Proven
As health care communities are becoming increasingly open minded, the many benefits of massage are continuously being scientifically proven along with many other holistic healing therapies. Even the Mayo Clinic acknowledges the benefits of massage therapy and has compiled their own list of symptoms for which massage therapy is of benefit. These include:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia (related to stress)
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
The ‘AgeLess’ list of benefits
Here at AgeLess we’ve kept a bulleted list of benefits on our Massage Therapy pages for quite some time. Our list includes:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Golfer’s or Tennis Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Shin Splints
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Herniated or Bulging Disks
- Whip Lash
- Back Pain
Human Touch: An understated benefit of massage therapy
While basic human touch encompasses far more than massage, massage obviously falls into the category of human touch.
In a world that increasingly makes it easier and easier to rely on technology to “communicate” with one another, many experts in human psychology fear that we’re slowly losing the human connection factor of touch. And why wouldn’t they? We send more emails than we extend handshakes, more smiley emojis than hugs, more facebook “likes” than pats on the back.
Human touch as it relates to physical & emotional benefits
The actual benefits of non-sexual human intimate contact are extensive and go far beyond the scope of this short blog post, but in the spirit of giving you a brief overview, here are just a few things to consider.
Non-sexual human touch has been proven to make us better learners. Human touch can help us be better members of dynamic teams (ie; sports). It is shown to boost the immune system, foster cooperation and trust and decrease violence. Human touch has even been shown to lower blood pressure and cortisol levels.
Let the list of benefits grow! Or, create your own ‘benefits of massage’ list
There is little doubt that the (officially acknowledged) lists of the benefits of massage continue to grow. It isn’t necessary, however, to limit ourselves to only getting a massage to help treat or alleviate a symptom on a list. If you think a massage could be helpful with some other issue you have why not give it a try? Of course, if you question a particular condition, consult your doctor first.
Yes the benefits of massage therapy are huge. Some are well documented and “proven”, some may just be speculation at this point. Either way there is no need to keep our minds “in the box” when considering how massage therapy can be beneficial to us. Heck…get a massage for the simple reason that you WANT to. You deserve it.
What we can offer…
At AgeLess, we offer lots of choices when it comes time to make a decision regarding what type of massage you’d like to try out next. *For a complete list, follow this link (link will open a new browser tab).
*Our massage offerings are the same at both locations. If you’d like to visit the website for our Radisson Hotel location in Corning, follow this link – to the Massage Page for that location.
Seasonal Affective Disorder
At AgeLess Medical, we hear a lot about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) this time of year and sadly, many people struggle with this type of depression that is related to a change in the seasons. For many, symptoms start during the Fall and continue through the Winter months.
The Mayo Clinic identifies the following symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder:
- Experiencing changes in your appetite or weight, especially craving for foods high in
- Feeling sluggish or agitated
- Difficulty concentrating
- Heavy, “leaden” feeling in the arms or legs
- Thoughts of suicide
- Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day for two weeks or more
- Feeling hopeless or worthless
- Having low energy / Sleep struggles
- Loss of interest in activities that you typically enjoy
There are treatment options and lifestyle changes that can greatly reduce the severity of symptoms associated with SAD. Read on to learn more.
Light Therapy: With this type of therapy, you sit next to a light therapy box that emits artificial light believed to affect certain chemicals in the brain that can ease the symptoms of SAD. You can purchase your own light therapy box here.
Dawn simulators: These are devices that serve as alarm clocks and emit light that gradually increases in intensity, it’s like having your own sunshine in the comfort of your bedroom. No loud beeping or loud music, but bright light to start your day may also reduce symptoms of SAD. More info can be found here.
Get Outside: – While frigid temperatures can sometimes make this difficult, take advantage of unseasonably warmer days and go outside for a walk or just sit and soak up the sun or even the clouds, this can greatly reduce symptoms of SAD. The Mayo Clinic recommends to receive the most benefit spend some time outside within two hours of waking up. Creating a brighter environment by opening blinds and sitting close to windows can also help.
Exercise and Eat Healthfully
Exercise and eat healthfully: This may go without saying, but ensuring you are eating healthy and getting adequate exercise are critical in managing stress and overall mood and well-being.
Supplements: Talk with your doctor about trying a supplement such as St. John’s Wort. AgeLess Medical offers a variety of herbal supplements that may help to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress which can exacerbate SAD. **Before using any supplement, talk with your primary care physician to determine what would be the best option for you.**
Sleep better: Not getting enough rest can also enhance symptoms of SAD. If you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or waking frequently at night, schedule an appointment with our mental health counselor and get started with our program to beat insomnia. Give AgeLess Medical a call at 607.846.3690 to schedule.
Counseling: Stress and a previous diagnosis of depression or anxiety can worsen symptoms associated with SAD, seeing a mental health counselor who can provide additional strategies for managing stress, anxiety and depression can also help. Take control of your health and get back on track with your body.
With all of the information above, you have nothing to lose by trying some of these steps to feel better during our long winters. AgeLess Medical is here to help with any questions you may have!