I want to challenge your current perception of "wellness". In our society, wellness is most likely defined by physical appearance. Why? I'm certain this comes as a result of many factors, though an idolization of youth and leanness, as well as the perpetuation of more is better (exercise more, push harder, work more, make more money, be more outgoing, resist temptation more) are the likely foundational elements. Really, this idea of wellness doesn't fly for me. Wellness is a combination of many things - balanced hormones, proper functioning digestion, glowing skin, a healthy range of emotions that are expressed regularly, a balanced diet, exercise and movement, engaging in activities that make us feel alive - ok, this list could go on and on, but I think the point is clear. Physical appearance is just one small facet of true wellness.
As a practitioner of Chinese medicine, I see my role as a helper and a guide. I want to support your desire to attain your goals - whether they be physical, mental, emotional or psychological. If you want to lose weight, change eating habits and feel better, I am on board with that. On the other hand, I have the utmost respect for TRUE wellness and healing - and often that does not look like a model in a magazine, or your favorite celebrity, shredded abs or maximum gains. It all starts by getting real and honest with yourself and with me (though self-honesty is really number one!). It's also about accepting where your body is presently - mostly because self-acceptance will propel you into a healthy place more quickly - with long-term results. Who feels good when they are tearing themselves down? Or when someone else tears us down? There is a certain amount of peace and calm that begins with present-moment, self-acceptance. To take it a step further - let's say you diet yourself (starve) to your ideal weight. What happens then? If you have not learned how to accept yourself and be content, regardless of your external appearance, will you go back to your old eating habits? Will you fall off the will-power bandwagon? If you're surviving on a diet of supplements and protein shakes to "maintain weight", what does that say about your quality of life? Wellness is a sustainable life-style that allows you to feel good (the majority of the time) and provides high-QUALITY of life. Are you there yet? Do you have questions? Are you not sure where to go for help next?
Change is always possible, we just need momentum and support. Of course, there may always be some things (especially physical) that we may never be able to change - most of us are not going to get taller or shorter by "trying harder" and it may be that working out more aggressively or depriving ourselves will do absolutely nothing for our over-all wellness and actually, might make disease worse! That being said, not all types of exercise, protocols and "diets" are healthy for everyBODY. You are unique. Do certain types of exercise leave you invigorated or exhausted? Do certain foods leave you sluggish and bloated or give you heartburn? Are you eating, what you perceive to be a "healthy" diet, but still struggling with health? This is where I can offer you something different. In addition to acupuncture treatment, I will discuss with you your lifestyle challenges - food, addictions, emotions, exercise, stress - whatever it may be for you. Let me know if I can help you find health, contentment and wellness! Here's to your health - Holly Christiansen, Licensed Acupuncturist at Bluegrass Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine in Lexington, Kentucky.
About the Author:
Holly Christiansen, Licensed Acupuncturist, currently practicing in the gorgeous, horse capital of the world: Lexington, Kentucky.