Self care to strengthen your lungs

With the equinox a month away on Sept 22, 2017, you’ve probably felt the crisp morning air telling us we are moving from summer into autumn.

Autumn is one of the best times for a seasonal acupuncture tune up! Angie Kociolek acupuncture woman tree

Now is the time of year when energy flows in and down. You may feel melancholy or contemplative. It’s nature’s way of reminding us it’s okay to let go. Yes, like the iconic image of trees dropping their leaves.

It’s also a time of the year when our Lungs are most susceptible to external pathogens. And for us in Bozeman, this year is a moderately bad year for smoke from many burning fires across Montana. While wildfires, in and of themselves, play a beneficial role in our ecology, the smoke they produce does bring what Chinese medicine terms an External Cause of Disease, namely Dryness. If you were born with a weak constitution or get sick frequently, you’ll want to be particularly mindful at this time of year. Taking Chinese herbal supplements is a proactive way

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Acupuncture for Caregivers

A small group gathers in the parlor on the first floor of The Health Collective in downtown Bozeman, where I practice acupuncture. Sometimes we sit in silence, sometimes there is quiet music playing and sometimes we talk.

Time to receive

What matters most is that these individuals who are caregivers, for 30 minutes on a given day, have chosen to receive - to take the time to care for themselves in the form of acupuncture therapy.Acupuncture for Caregivers in Bozeman flyer

Acupuncture for Caregivers is in its second year offering free acupuncture therapy for stress relief 1,2 twice a month. Its free because I volunteer my time and we are fortunate to have the help of a generous donor who pays for supplies.

Serving the underserved

Since becoming a Licensed Acupuncturist I wanted to share my skills with what I believe is an underserved population.

There were two inspirations for this community program. The first was seeing the effects of stress on my mother, the caregiver of my father for a decade. The second was during my internship at the Academy

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Acupuncture and the mind-body connection

As a holistic system of medicine, acupuncture is well-rooted in the belief that the mind and the body are inseparably linked. The mind not only includes functions like memory and cognition but also the ability to sleep and feel emotions. When one considers that Chinese medicine sees long-lasting or intense emotions as a cause of disease, it’s worth finding ways to move through emotions in a healthy way.

 Beyond the needles

As a former student and naturally curious person, I know it’s easy to ponder questions like “Why is my acupuncturist placing a needle in that spot?” or “I wonder what that point is for?” In my role as acupuncturist and educator, I am happy to explain my rationale in treatment AND I encourage my clients to approach each acupuncture session as an opportunity for mindfulness and relaxation.

calm water Ways to get more out of your acupuncture treatment session

Often, clients put their intentions on what they hope to manifest in their lives. Some employ visualization techniques to concentrate qi in specific energy centers

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