Acupuncture Now Available

Acupuncture Services Begin This October

We are pleased to announce that Acupuncture services will begin at Back To Bliss’ Colby location this October. It has been a goal of Back To Bliss’ to bring acupuncture to our area for some time now so that we can have local access to this amazingly beneficial therapy. Our mission is to make real wellness locally accessible and affordable to maintain, and we feel that adding acupuncture to our service menu does both of these things for our rural area. We are delighted to have connected with a skilled acupuncturist who shares our philosophies on customer service and quality care. Our acupuncturist, Jocelyn, will be available from Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 7 pm.

Check our acupuncture service page for details on pricing. We offer package discounts when purchasing six acupuncture treatments and you can use sale gift certificates for her services as normal.

A Message From Jocelyn

Hello, I’m Jocelyn and it is my passion to support you in living the fullest life possible. It is my pleasure to offer services that help you care for your body and mind so you can be the best version of yourself!

I’ve been interested in holistic healthcare since I was about twelve years old and I had my first experience with chiropractic—which is what I was intent on studying until I found out about acupuncture.  My first experience with acupuncture helped me find relief from aches and pains related to a motor vehicle accident.  When I found out that there was a local school, Midwest College of Oriental Medicine (MCOM), I just had to learn more about acupuncture and all the modalities of Oriental Medicine.  After jm headshotcompleting my bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, I went on to complete a second bachelor’s degree in nutrition and a master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from MCOM.

My focus is on you, my patient.  It is my goal to educate, guide, and facilitate treatment to relieve your symptoms, help you to regain your vitality, and prevent sickness and disease before it begins. I can best be described as a general practitioner or family practitioner.  While many find joy in specialization, I love the challenge of diagnosing and treating a wide variety of health concerns.  I love it when I see families pursuing a healthy lifestyle together.  There is strength in unity and just like healthy individuals bring that influence to their families, healthy families have the power to change a whole community.

My treatment style is eclectic because my desire is to find the most effective treatment plan for each person; therefore I will draw from as many tools as I have in my toolbox to reach the goal defined in our treatment plan.  I offer nutritional recommendations, Chinese herbal supplements, vitamin and mineral supplements, acupuncture, and manual therapies.  I welcome you to the healing path and look forward to meeting you soon!

What Does An Acupuncture Therapy Plan Look Like?

Depending on your goals, the depth of the issues you want to resolve, and the intensity of your wellness plan you will find that no two therapy plans are identical.  However, when beginning your work with our acupuncturist, everyone will need to schedule a 120 minute initial visit and a 75 minute follow up visit. In these two first sessions the two of you will put together a detailed evaluation, history and plan with plenty of one-on-one time for questions, education, and treatment. Depending on your needs, there may lots of homework in terms of lifestyle practices and/or several vitamins and herbs to familiarize yourself with taking.

After your initial visits, clients can expect a treatment plan that is more frequent at the beginning. As your body ‘holds the effects’ of the treatments for longer and longer timeframes, the treatments will be spaced further and further apart. In this way your acupuncture plan works with your own healing force to first impact a therapeutic change and then gradually allow your body to maintain a healthy condition on its own. Jocelyn will commonly recommend coming for acupuncture treatments twice a week for 3-5 weeks to gain a healing momentum. That frequency is stepped-down as fast as you are able to remain symptom free without treatment. Once your goals are met, she then recommends staying on a seasonal maintenance plan to maintain a good welleness relationship and keep ahead of any issues before they become more deeply problematic. This maintenance plan is generally three or four visits a year.

How To Make An Appointment

Acupuncture with Jocelyn fits right into Back To Bliss’ regular service offerings. Simply call the front desk, book online, or stop in to set up your initial visit and get started today. All subsequent appointments will be set up based on the plan created on your initial visit.

Signature Scent Vata Trimester

With October quickly approaching,Vata Season is upon us.  At Back To Bliss, we are attempting to bring the natural Ayurvedic cycles of nature into our programming. With three main phases of the year, we are bringing you programming based on Trimesters, four months to each season.  This usually includes and down cycle for the last season and the uprush of new energy for the next season.

Vata Season is October through the end of January.  Being some of the coldest months of the year, this time of year often leaves us feeling drained and down. On a deeper level our body is transitioning for the wintery weather ahead.  Our skin may start to dry out due to the changes in the temperature, humidity or just the additions of the seasonal winds.  The dust, mold, and allergens are starting to build in the air and clog pores or respiratory systems.  In order to balance with these changes we should add some warm and comforting scents to our routines.  Emily has formulated a blend to do just that!

Orange, Cypress, Ginger and Ylang Ylang all blend together for a warm and inviting scent that provides energetic balance for the season ahead.   Orange is great for fighting depression, a diuretic, and helps to calm nerves.  Cypress helps boosts the immune system, helps us to fight respiratory issues, it speeds up wound healing, and soothes skin conditions.  Ginger aids in calming digestive issues, it is a great anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and stimulating agent that gets the blood pumping.  Ylang ylang will help balance and soothe the warmth of this oil, it’s an aphrodisiac and helps to calm the skin and our soul.

Using our Signature Scent in a massage oil and regularly getting massages during the whole season can help you better transition from the heat of summer to the cold of fall. It will help you to dispell the gloom on your spirit that often comes with a decrease in daylight and a restriction to the activities of summer.

Our Signature Scent for this Vata Season has been added to several products. These products have been created to help complete your wellness routine and focus it for this seasons stresses.

Emily’s suggested use:

After a massage: with the Signature Scent oil, take Signature Scent epsom salts and place 2 cups in a warm to hot bath.  Relax for 20-30 minutes.  After use 2 tbsp of Signature Scent oil to moisturize before towel dry.  Sleep well

To start your day:  Dry brush in the direction of the lymph nodes (toward the heart or watch the video), Shower and use 2 Tbsp of Signature Scent oil after showering and rinse off or blot dry.  Allow oil to soak in before dressing.

My Take On Acupuncture

Recently I was asked if I would like to blog, and I was very hesitant about it, but I agreed not knowing what I got myself into. After agreeing, I was asked to write a blog about acupuncture, a million thoughts came into my head regretting what I had just agreed to do.

“Oh no, what did I get myself into?!” “I’m a cosmetologist, I know nothing about acupuncture.”

But after thinking about it, the only thing I knew about acupuncture was the sticking of needles in your body. I had no idea why or where this idea came from. I had no idea what acupuncture is helpful for. So, I immediately got on the computer and started researching, and I was quite surprised as to what I found out. I hope you find my research as interesting as I did.

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Acupuncture

Noun |ac·u·punc·ture|:  an originally Chinese practice of inserting fine needles through the skin at specific points especially to cure disease or relieve pain

According to an ABC article, a growing number of Americans would prefer to stop popping pills and avoid going under the knife to treat a bum knee, achy lower back, or sore hip. Instead, they’re turning to the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture to help ease chronic joint pain. It’s based on the premise that a subtle life energy—or “qi |ch·ee|”—circulates through the 14 major energy channels of the body, known as meridians. The channels are like “roadways” that transport qi to every part of the body, including its internal organs and tissues.

Acupuncture is said to stimulate these meridian points by easing the pressure of the channels and correcting the body’s imbalances by allowing the qi to flow more freely.  Others believe that acupuncture merely stimulates the nerves causing them to release endorphins already found in the body. Elle Woods stated it best in the movie Legally Blonde, “Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands. They just don’t!” Endorphins act as a natural sedative and by stimulating the nerves and releasing these endorphins, patients begin to see a release in pain.

Originally acupuncture needles were not made of stainless steel but of stone, bamboo and bone. Today’s needles are extremely fine in diameter (about the thickness of two human hairs) and are sterile and disposable. So how does it work? Acupuncturists feel your pulse and look at your tongue to gain information about your state of health and plan a course of treatment. It is also highly individualized – for example, if 50 people with the common cold received acupuncture all 50 people could have different acupuncture points chosen as part of their treatment.

Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for the treatment of nausea and vomiting in adults following surgery or taking chemotherapy and postoperative dental pain. It is also effective for

  • osteoarthritis
  • chronic headaches
  • back, neck, and shoulder pain

Practitioners (and patients) have also seen results with a wide range of conditions, including:

  • infertility
  • respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses
  • insomnia
  • nausea
  • side effects of chemotherapy
  • ADHD
  • mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety.

Personally I am afraid of needles, but if it could help my lower back pain, I will definitely give it a try.

Thanks for reading! I know I found my assignment to be quite eye opening and am glad I took the time to learn about this ancient healing art.

 

xoxo Kylie – Apprentice Stylist

Blogging for Back To Bliss’ Team Journal