Bridging, Connecting, & Inspiring Holistic Self-care for the Indy Community.

Celebrating Acupuncture!

I had the pleasure of receiving my first ever Acupuncture treatment this week.  Erica Siegel, Owner of Indy Acupuncture and Indy Downtown Community Acupuncture, took great care of me!  I went to the Downtown Clinic which is an amazingly comfortable space.  They also offer a sliding scale to meet you where your budget is at.  I reclined back alongside a few others, Erica gently placed 15 needles in various spots, and enjoyed an hour of peace and calm!  Who doesn’t want that?  Additionally, I had asked her to focus on a pain I’d been experiencing on the top of my foot.  It had been sore for several days and I didn’t know what had caused it.  The pain dissipated over the next 24 hours and within 48 I noticed it gone.  So, for the relaxation and pain-be-gone magic I say, “Thank you, Erica!”

In celebration of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day – which is today October 24th, I have interviewed Erica and another Acupuncturist, Sarah Fredrickson of Indiana Reproductive Acupuncture.   Learn from them about the treatment and how it can support your well-being through my interview questions below.

How exactly does Acupuncture work?  And, how long does it take for results?

Erica Siegel responded…

There’s an energetic network of channels running throughout the body. These channels communicate with the brain and effect the organ systems. Since the body is mostly water and the hair thin needles are metal, that electrical relationship is able to communicate faster, via the nervous system, than a pain signal; The Pain Gate Theory. Although acupuncture is known best for its pain reducing effects, it is used for a wide variety of imbalances from allergies to psychological stresses. During acupuncture the brain releases endorphins, immune system cells, balances hormones, or whatever is needed to keep the body regulated. Our bodies are a self regulating system. Specific points along these channels have specific influences on all systems of the body. That is why it is such a powerful holistic medicine.

For most problems results are seen within 4-6 treatments. We usually suggest 2 treatments a week for 2-3 weeks. Sometimes people respond immediately, sometimes it takes 24-48 hours after a treatment for a response to be noticeable, sometimes it takes 8-10 treatments. Everyone is different in their response time. Generally, kids change quickly and seniors change slowly. Usually, however many years a symptom has presented itself is how many months of treatment will be needed. The majority of patients recognize the benefits of acupuncture within a handful of treatments.

Who seeks out this kind of care?

Erica Siegel responded…

Everyone from kids with ADD or asthma to seniors with 40 years of back pain. 75-80% of acupuncture patients tend to be women in the US. Majority of patients are middle-aged women. All walks of life all over the world seek acupuncture. Sometimes it is the first resort or preventative and sometimes it is the last resort for people who have, “tried everything else” for their problems.

What do clients experience during a session?

Erica Siegel responded…

Sessions start with a consultation or update on the current state of symptoms. Once the practitioner has assessed and decided the treatment plan the patient lays down on a massage table or recliner. Often the acupuncturist will feel the pulses on the wrists and look at the tongue to get a sense of what is going on internally. The practitioner then places the needles in the acupuncture. The sensation of the needle is like a tiny tug on the arm hair for about a second. A slight reflex, quick dull ache sensation, slight tingles, heat, or cool sensation is normal. Some people barely feel anything. Once the needles are in the patient relaxes and often takes a nap for about 30-45 minutes. Sometimes people feel like they are in an in between state of mind between awake and sleeping. When the patient awakes the needles are taken out. The endorphin release makes for a very relaxed post treatment experience. The practitioner may then suggest herbal medicine, cupping, dietary advice, etc. to accompany the treatment goals.

Why is acupuncture a nice complement to other forms of health/medical care?

Sarah Fredrickson responded…

Acupuncture itself can be used as a complement to most types of therapy. Because the needles used are solid and stainless steel, the treatment itself does not introduce anything into the body that may interact unfavorably with other treatments or medications. When used correctly by a licensed therapist, acupuncture is safe and can be used alongside most treatments. There are some conditions in which acupuncture is not appropriate, and your acupuncturist will be able to determine the safety of treatment with your specific condition or therapy.

While the reason for choosing to use acupuncture may vary with the patient’s condition or treatment, one way acupuncture can be a nice compliment for almost any therapy is stress reduction. It is well known that acupuncture has long been used to treat stress, and anyone undergoing treatment of an illness will be under some stress. Acupuncture can be used to alleviate stress on the patient due to their diagnosis or stress from the treatment itself. This will make the healing process more comfortable for the patient.

In our practice, we work closely with all types of fertility treatments and plan the timing of our acupuncture therapy accordingly. Acupuncture can be used to improve uterine and ovarian blood flow and is used to improve outcomes of fertility treatments.

Oncology is also a very interesting speciality where acupuncture can be used to greatly impact a patient undergoing treatment. The side effects of radiation and chemo-therapy are very well known. Acupuncture can be used to help reduce many of these including nausea, loss of appetite, pain, mood-changes, etc without any risk of interacting with the treatment itself.

Additionally acupuncture is commonly used alongside treatments for pain, digestive diseases, headaches, allergies, certain neurological conditions, post-operative recovery… and the list goes on.

How does acupuncture help with overall health and well-being?

Sarah Fredrickson responded…

Acupuncture helps with overall health and well being in a few different ways. Primarily, it can be a very useful tool to manage stress, which can lead to many health problems. Additionally, acupuncture works within your body itself to create balance. Over time we can easily become out of balance, and acupuncture, used regularly, can treat these imbalances before they become health problems.

The ancient Chinese spoke of the flow of life energy, or Qi (chee). In order to be at our healthiest, our Qi needs to be freely flowing through the meridians and balanced correctly throughout the body. It is thought that, by inserting needles into the body at specific points, this energy balance can be restored. I like to think of the concept of Qi and its movement throughout the body like a traffic map of a city. The cars (or Qi) move around via roads (or meridians) through intersections and to destinations. Traffic jams or slow moving traffic can bunch up cars in certain areas, leave no traffic in other areas and create problems. Stagnation of energy or an imbalance in any part of the body also produces problems. Acupuncture needles inserted at specific points can alter the flow of Qi much like a yield sign or traffic signal can alter the traffic and make it flow more smoothly.

Do some people have problems with the needles? How is that overcome?

Sarah Fredrickson responded…

Nobody likes needles… I have seen many patients with needle phobias throughout my years in practice. The fear varies from patients who cannot see the needles go in to patients who can barely come through the door out of fear.

There seems to be some rumors going around about acupuncture and I think this can make the fear worse. Acupuncture is not painful. It feels nothing like getting an injection. The needles are flexible and about as thin as a hair. Most patients feel a tiny pinch (which I equate to a mosquito bite) upon insertion and nothing while the needles are left in place. If there is any bleeding, and this itself is very, very rare, it is one or two drops.

My advice to patients is to be honest with your acupuncturist and tell them any fears you have. Make sure to get all of your questions answered. Their goal is to provide you with the best treatment they can, and the more relaxed and comfortable you are, the better the treatment will be.

I hope you enjoyed learning a bit about acupuncture.  Take care of you and if acupuncture is of interest, try it out.  Then you will know first hand what it is like.  I’m definitely going back for more!  Acupuncture is officially part of my holistic self-care routine.

In Synergy~

Jennifer Seffrin

Holistic Hub On The Rise!

It’s almost been a month since the inaugural Holistic Horizons summit and I still hear people talking bout it.  The day was tremendous and full of invigorating people!  The energy was palpable and stayed with me through the entire day and evening buzzing like a bumble bee.

The theme of the summit was Connecting To And Sharing Your Greatness.  Greatness was definitely in that room on September 14th – in every speaker, panelist, team member, attendee, and vendor.  An amazing group of people created the day and supported the effort.  A theme talked about by keynote, Richard Brendan, was collaboration.  He reinforced that we allow for more possibilities and fuller potential through allowing other people in to share their strengths and work together.  It is through this same synergy that Indy Holistic Hub is evolving.

Me and summit co-host, Kathy Jo Slusher, Marketing Tao LLC

Happy to have one another to lean on that day!

Kathy Jo and Jenn_2013

Our Holistic Hub Membership was launched following the summit and we are working on a website project that I call – The Hub of Holistic Self-Care.  Again, I am collaborating with other great professionals to take things to the next playground level.  It’s going to have jungle gyms, merry-go-rounds with lots of merriment, and beyond!  More to be announced in the near future.

I really would love to hear from anyone interested in holistic health and well-being.  What would you like to have available to you through the Indy Holistic Hub website?

In Collaboration~

Jenn Seffrin

Life’s Seasoning

The cycle of seasons is transitioning.  The last bit of wintry weather provided us an opportunity to relish in the last moments of hibernation, rest, and stillness.  Spring conjures up plant growth, sunshine, and outdoor activities!  When you take in the meaning and representation of the seasons, it really brings a lot of joy to the essence of life.  They each have such unique offerings.

What if we looked at life changes and transitions in the same way? —  A natural part of the process (even the unexpected).

When you look at what happens during the 4 seasons, they represent (and quite literally) clearing, growth, rejuvenation, cleansing, opportunity, relaxation, reproduction, and motivation to name a few.  Changes and transitions in life offer the same.  They are seasons within in our own experience and life cycle.  You may be in a winter cycle that is very stable and in a relaxation mode.  You can also be in one that is like spring, full of new growth and possibilities to go explore.  What season is your life in right now?

Just like we expect the seasons to happen, so do cycles in life.  The seasons represent change.  So, in turn you can view change and transition in other areas of life as a season.  Let it provide clearing, growth, rejuvenation, cleansing, opportunity…

Four-Seasons-wallpaper

Synergistically Yours~

Jenn Seffrin

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School Is In Session

Synergy Coaching Principle:   We are all Teachers and Students. 

You may have a strong propensity for learning, gaining new information, and finding answers.   Maybe you love being a facilitator, sharing knowledge, and leading the way.  In either case, you are both a teacher and a student.  As people come into your life, you fill both of these roles and they do as well.  We learn more of who we are and our capabilities in relationships.

Let’s use this as an example:

You have a child who is demanding of time and requires a lot of attention.  In turn, the parent learns patience and new ways to balance and prioritize.  They’re surprisingly creative in their solutions!  In relationship, the child has taught them that.  The parent is a student of patience and balance.  And the child is learning from them independence, responsibility, and boundaries.  The parent is also the teacher.

Begin seeing yourself as the Teacher and Student in each of your relationships.  It will help you grow and realize that everyday and in all moments, school is in session.

~~~ Tell us your lessons!  ~~~

Chalk board

Synergistically Yours~

Jenn Seffrin

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By George!

Every week I await the moment of inspiration that then comes to life in my blog.  It is sometimes brought on by a book, personal experience, or conversation.  This week it is a conversation.  I had a friend say to me, I think we are here to be curious.  I really loved and appreciated that statement and it resonated through the week.  As I sat down to write about curiosity, I had the sense that I’ve written about this before.  Turns out I did 2 years ago.  So, its due time to revisit this. 🙂

We are naturally curious beings.  Our minds search for answers to questions.  That’s the power of coaching and the process of deep, far-reaching questions.  It stretches your curiosity to consider the possibilities.  In asking another individual this week, “How are you not fulfilling your purpose right now?”  They responded by saying, “I’ve never been asked that before.”  She became immediately curious about this question, looking for answers.

CuriousGeorge

And as I shared a tip in Curiosity Feeds Passion, my writing from 2 years ago, I do so again:

Being curious:  At the top of a piece of paper write out these few questions.  Then, allow the answers to emerge through the next week.  Make note of your ah-ha’s.

  • Why is life so intriguing to me?
  • Why am I so naturally curious about __?  (you fill in the blank!)
  • How are my gifts beneficial to the world around me?

Please share what you discover!  

Curiously yours~

Jenn Seffrin

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Building Supportive Community

I’m impressed to see as I’m mixing about Indianapolis there are many twenty somethings placing themselves in the midst of it all.  I see them in circles focused on spirituality, social change, entrepreneurism, networking, life coaching and more.  It’s encouraging to see Indy moving and growing.  There are people looking for like-mindedness and shared passion.  There’s more and more for people to tap into depending on their interests and no matter their age!  community peg board

Going back to those twenty somethings – a new online community has emerged geared towards this crowd.  It is twentysomethingIndy.com.   As described on the website,

twentysomething Indy is an online magazine for the savvy and professional twenty-something crowd located in or around Indianapolis. New content is added weekly and covers entertainment, style, food & dining, and professional and home life.

After talking with the founder of twentysomething Indy, Sarah Eutsler, about her goals and what her audience is experiencing, I wrote an article titled Quarter-Life Crisis Be Gone for her online magazine.  Please check it out and Sarah’s growing efforts!  Share with someone who would appreciate it.  Also, if you are looking for a like-minded group and don’t know where to look, let me know and I will help you find what you’re looking for:)

Here’s to a supportive Indy community!  And here’s to twentysomethingIndy.com!

Synergistically yours~

Jenn Seffrin

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Our Art Filled Life

This is going to be an artsy post today… thought-provoking and creative.  I’ve been inspired by one of my favorite coaching principles…

The world is a perceptual illusion.

Eyeball with colorful iris

Each one of us is a perceptual being.  We think, feel, and take action based on our perceptions.  Accordingly, our experience is created through the illusion.

How many artist are on this earth?  All these perceptions, illusion, and creative force… no wonder things can seem wonky sometimes.

Human Minds

Being reminded of this principle, I have seen people experiencing deep joy by owning their perceptions as they artfully brush the canvas of life.   The world is an experience.  It is a big piece of artwork.  You could liken it to an amusement park.  Sometimes you are laughing and in other moments feeling a little nausea from its ups and downs.

What world are you painting today?

Colorful girl with dandelion

Synergistically yours~

Jenn Seffrin

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Greener Pastures

We’ve all heard it – the grass is always greener on the other side.  So, when we’re green with envy, the common solution is to focus on what’s positive or good in your own life.  But what about the cause of this grass is always greener syndrome?  It helps to understand where this stems from.

Green with Envy Bananas

Being green with envy will drive you bananas!

Our assumptions and comparisons about life create this green craze.  Very early on we pick out shiny objects that we dream about.  Shiny objects are things, people, situations, and circumstances.  It’s the ideal image of our life.  Here’s the thing… we forget to update that image as we grow up.   A teenager who swoons over hot cowboys, could be disappointed later when her husband is not the wood-chopping type.  The jet setter whose going to make a million their first year out of school finds themselves having settled for a middle-class suburban lifestyle.  Now, they are both looking at what was supposed to be and comparing their current situation with the past shiny objects.  They are blocked from creating room for newer shiny objects.  What might they be missing?

Next time you’re looking at the grass on the other side, ask yourself what old assumptions and shiny objects may be distracting you.  Then, remember to do an update and expand your shiny objects list with some of the greatness in your life NOW!  (And there is always something.)

Oh, by the way… when the teenager did this, one of her new shiny objects was a husband who’s great at homework with the kids and in an interesting turn this fostered greater romance in their lives.  And the jet setter discovered a shiny small business venture that built into a billion dollar corporation over 5 years.  Just to name a couple…

Synergistically Yours!

Jenn Seffrin

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Mercy Me

Mercy… what does this word mean to you?  It popped into my mind this week.  I don’t even remember why, I just remember looking up its meaning.  For me, this word has always had a religious connotation to it.  The idea of God or Jesus having mercy on our sinful souls.  And I realized that’s where it can get murky for some.

Mercy = I’m a bad person.   I’m a bad person = judgement.  Judgement = No bueno.  Mercy = a religious word shaming me.

My point is that our perspective paints everything around us and what we believe is “true”.  One simple meaning of the word, mercy, is an act of kindness, compassion, or favor.  Awww, I love this word!  Another definition, something that gives evidence of divine favor; blessing.  Our perspective is going to influence how we interpret the world and people around us.  When someone uses the word mercy, are we going to assume they are religious and shame others because that’s how we know of the word?  Or, are we going to take a more expanded view, knowing that mercy means different things to different people?  You can apply this to other situations as well, I’m just using this reflection I had to exemplify my point.

Change of Perspective_by kuschelirmel

Change of Perspective_by kuschelirmel

Everyone has assumptions about the world around them.  Those assumptions influence your response to life.  Are you enjoying your response?  Assumptions are one of the main blocks that hold us back because you look at things from a narrow lens of what you believe is true based on your past experience.  Then, based on what you believe is true, you decide how much you favor or don’t favor that situation.  In reality, you’re either favoring or not favoring that assumption which is based on your past.  That’s a sort of mind teaser, isn’t it?

If you find yourself feeling in that unfavorable place, consider expanding your viewpoint.  Stretch it in any way you can think of and see what happens.  You can ask yourself questions, such as:

Why do I think/feel as I do?

How does that person’s experience shape this situation for them?

How is this circumstance helping?

What other way may I look at this?

After asking these, you may then be able to have mercy, compassion, and more kindness toward yourself and others involved.  Try it and let me know how it goes.

Open your mind.  Energize your life!

Synergistically yours~

Jenn Seffrin

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Hi-Ho…Hi-Ho…

It’s off to work we go!    Music Notes

Seven dwarfs

As the 7 dwarfs show us, work is what we came here to earth to do.  We came here to have  a set of experiences and those experiences are the outer and inner work going on through us.  The work includes our jobs, roles, relationships, activities, and becoming aware of our greatness.  I love how the dwarfs here exemplify so well the many reactions we can have towards our life’s work.  How do you relate to Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey, Bashful, and Doc?

Our work is shaped by our perspective and the energy we surround it with.  Often times the word “work” is associated with our job and career path.  And we let the j-o-b drain us so much.  Thus sayings such as TGIF and Hump Day.  We’re counting down the days for the work week to be over and celebrate it’s passing.   Our perspective towards our job can be anabolic or catabolic.  You get to choose!  If you’re spending time approaching things with catabolic energy, you’ll be able to relate to Sleepy, Grouchy, and some of that Dopey.  With an anabolic perspective, you’ll be fast friends with Happy and that all-knowing Doc.

I like to think of my many experiences as my Life’s Work.  Part of my Life’s Work is a career path.   This looks different for everyone but we all have jobs to do.  The experience of a job is purposeful in its design.  It pulls us into the dynamics of the world around us so we can become more aware of our greatness!  How would things be different for you if this was your perspective?

Hey honey, I’m gonna go become more aware of my greatness.  See you at 5:00.

Your Life’s Work includes the career, roles & responsibilities, relationships, activities and so on.  Your Life’s Work ultimately is to realize the divine greatness that is you.

Synergistically Yours~

Jenn Seffrin

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