Category: Natural Healing
|October 2, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Natural Healing, Naturally Modern|
Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing traditions in the world. It has been practices for thousands of years.
Acupuncture may go more mainstream now that new research shows that it provides modest but statistically significant benefits over both standard care and placebo for patients with chronic pain.A team led by researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York looked at 29 randomized controlled trials involving a total of 17,922 people from the U.S., Germany, Spain, and Sweden who suffered with back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, or chronic headaches. For greater precision, the investigators analyzed data on the individual patients, rather than outcome summaries, as prior reviews have done. The study was published online Sept. 10 by Archives of Internal Medicine.In 18 of the studies, patients either got acupuncture, in which needles were inserted at points of the body traditionally used to provide pain relief, or standard treatments such as analgesics, physical therapy and exercise. In 11 others, acupuncture was compared with a control group that included “sham” acupuncture, in which needles didnt break the skin or were inserted superficially. via Acupuncture is more than a placebo for chronic pain.
For more information, check out the resources below:
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine – Acupuncture: An Introduction
|August 24, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under Natural Healing, Travel|
Outside Magazine has named Sebastopol one of California’s best towns. The article did a great job of describing this natural, but modern, town, highlighting that it is home to “….half a dozen yoga studios, two massage schools, several home-based meditation groups, an Ayurvedic healing center, a Buddhist zendo, a spa offering Japanese enzyme baths, two ‘equine experiential learning institutes,’ and a clinic that treats cancer patients with not only conventional Western protocols but also Chinese medicine, acupuncture, osteopathy, and jin shin jyutsu.”
“Sebastopol is a hotbed of green/eco/health-conscious lifestyles and businesses,” says David Klein—and as editor of Living Nutrition magazine, which espouses a raw-food diet, he would know. Not too surprisingly, greens dominate town hall, and organics prevail at Andys Produce Market and the Sunday-morning farmers market. Even an alliance of vegan jocks, OrganicAthlete, is headquartered in town. Local businesses doing well by doing good include Traditional Medicinals herbal teas and Gourmet Mushrooms Inc. suppliers to chefs and nutraceutical labs. If a career in the healing arts isnt your bag, you can always become a cellar rat: More than 100 Sonoma County wineries are a short commute away.REALITY CHECK: Recent transplants from Marin County have helped inflate the median home price past $650,000. But with lots of under-the-radar options—granny units, barns, the occasional yurt—locals arent packing their bags. (via Best Outside Towns: Sebastopol, California | Adventure Travel Guide | OutsideOnline.com.)
Sebastopol has some very cool, natural, modern homes as well. Check out this amazing modern house in Sebastopol by San Francisco based architect Turnbull Griffin Haesloop.
|June 9, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Hotels & Resorts, Natural Healing, Travel|
Fodor’s just published their list of the “10 Best Luxury Hotel Spas” with some great resorts from around the world included. The list includes spas with indoor-outdoor therapeutic treatments, herbal and natural healing treatments, Ayurvedic and holistic treatments, oceanfront treatments, and of course all of the best massage and pressure-point treatments one can enjoy on regular basis. Best of all, the list is populated with modern, luxurious, design-oriented resorts. So there is no need to sacrifice your aesthetic sensibility to get a good spa-treatment.
Sandra Ramani authored the article at Fodor’s and sums it up when she writes:
Historically, wellness retreats and destination spas weren’t concerned with things like posh furnishings, gourmet eats, or locker room freebies, focusing instead on their (sometimes strict) health and lifestyle programs. Now that luxury hotels and resorts are in the spa game, though, things have changed: These days, spa aficionados are likely to find extras like homemade organic snacks, private treatment villas, and high-tech facilities (think indoor “snow rooms”) to complement the therapeutic services. Below are some favorite five-star spots that take pampering to a whole other level.
Phulay Bay, Ritz-Carlson / Krabi, Thailand (Photo via Fodors.com)