Working as the sports acupuncturist for the Minnesota Vikings demands that I am always on. For the next “hopefully” seven months (ahem Super Bowl 54), I will spend countless hours with the players, working my hardest to keep them healthy and performing their best. I will pull out all the JADA tricks I know; including sports acupuncture, cupping, electro-acupuncture, scraping, massage and stretching.
The benefits of receiving an acupuncture or massage session alone are greatly amplified when combined, especially for for athletes and movement enthusiasts. Whether you are experiencing acute injury, chronic pain, stress, anxiety, depression or even a sluggish immune system, acupuncture and massage are a perfect combo to help restore health and optimal function.
Injuries also provide an opportunity to turn inward, realign, and listen deeply to our bodies. Chinese Medicine has incredible insight into what kind of injuries and lifestyle factors can contribute to our deeper imbalances. At JADA, we are here to help you understand the bigger story that surrounds your injury and provide tangible steps for you in your recovery process to overcome it.
Have you ever experienced low back pain or spasms? What about sciatica or pain that travels down your leg? Sometimes, when people have pain in their back, it is a slam dunk diagnosis because there was a clear cause and effect. Other times, it is difficult to know what is causing the pain. Often, it is a sneak attack of the hip flexors.
Our recovery is an important part of our training that is often overlooked. It is where we integrate our experience, and where we replenish our system so we can rise to the next occasion with new vigor and depth. In our preparation, we build. In our execution, we push. In our recovery, we replenish. Recovery is our time to replenish, heal and rejuvenate. It is our time to integrate and strengthen our abilities with a new depth.
After laying in a serene room on a warm bed with soothing music and a foot warmer, you lazily roll over and get dressed. A delicious feeling of peace, fogginess, and calm washes over you. Your eyes are glazed and at half-mast. You stumble out of the room while your acupuncturists smiles and giggles mentioning you are “acupuncture drunk.”
Studying sports massage has been incredibly fulfilling. I have had the opportunity to work with talented mentors who have shared their knowledge and experiences, which in turn enhances mine! Completing my Associate of Applied Science degree in Clinical Sports Massage has offered me the rich foundation of anatomy and physiology that is vital to understanding how the body moves and functions.
One of the most heartbreaking events to happen in an athlete’s world is injury! Athletes and active people prefer to continue through many, if not most, injuries because working out is so much more than a way to burn calories and lose weight! It is a physical, emotional and spiritual release. It is a way to find peace, ease and balance. It is a way to feel in control in an out of control world. Telling an active person that they need to take time off to recover is like cutting off their lifeline.
Athletes of all levels ponder the question: how do I improve my performance? Answer: Acupuncture. Thousands of years old, this effective and proven Chinese treatment has been praised for its medicinal properties of healing and recovery.
NFL and NBA athletes, professional tennis players and dancers, and elite triathletes swear by the results of this time-tested therapy
Anyone can read about massage, but the work itself takes more than simply reading a book. It takes an understanding of anatomy, excellent communication skills, sensitivity to emotional responses and body language, intuitive touch, and ability to adjust pressure, depth and choose which technique is appropriate for each situation
Being strong and tenacious on the outside is one thing, but being strong, compassionate, loving, understanding and light on the inside is where strength truly comes from. It comes from the mind. It comes from the core. But mostly it comes from the heart. True strength is built and carried in the heart!
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I have never felt more aware of how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)/acupuncture can help optimize body function than when I was going through my own recovery and seeing the profound yet subtle changes that my body would make after each acupuncture session. This stirred in me a passion and a fire to bring the medicine I love to the lives of others, to help them connect with their body more deeply and have their body work for them in powerful ways.
While challenging, I love the opportunity to share with my 8 year old daughter the beauty and power we have in our lineage of women. I am careful to choose my words when discussing this topic. I want her to know that being a woman means having strength at your core. To be a woman means to brave the unknown. To be a woman means to be a resourceful creator. I want her to know that our strength as women comes not from us individually, but from what we are together.