Many of you know how well acupuncture works for stress, anxiety, and insomnia. If that wasn’t the main reason that led you to try acupuncture, you soon found out how great a few needles and an acu-nap can be for seriously chilling out and hitting the reset button.
If we weren’t already stressed or anxious at times before COVID-19 took over our lives, here we are now. The hardest part for the MAS staff is coming to terms with the frustration of knowing that we have a useful tool to share, but have to set it aside for the time being. This is probably frustrating for many of you as well!
We can however, continue to produce acupressure videos and share other resources, in the time being. And we will continue to do just that.
Our colleague, and Manchester Acupuncture Studio alumn, Justine Meyers, made this wonderful video for relieving stress, anxiety, and insomnia.
Cathy Keenan, at Toronto Community Acupuncture, produced this super simple one-point video to calm an agitated mind.
Laura Berglund, at Wasatch Community Acupuncture, in Salt Lake City Utah, created this lovely stress reduction video using acupressure, massage, and gentle stretching that you can do while seated in a chair.
Music and sound therapy is another useful tool to reduce stress. A group of musicians called Marconi Union worked with sound therapists to create music that is geared towards stress and anxiety reduction. You can read more about that here and you can find ten hours (!!) of their music in this YouTube video.
The last thing I want to mention is acupuncture’s role in helping people cope with stress and trauma in times of man-made and natural disasters. The effects of COVID-19 are compared with the devastation of the September 11 attacks. After 9-11, licensed acupuncturists, and people trained in ear acupuncture (Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists), provided treatments at stress reduction clinics around lower Manhattan at St. Vincent’s Hospital, and nearby fire stations, for six or seven years following that historically catastrophic event.
Learn more about it in this short video from our friend Laura Cooley.
I mention this, because even when things return to “normal”, we will still need tools for stress management, including acupuncture. We very much look forward to seeing you, in person, on the other side of this, once it is deemed safe enough to carry on with business in clinic.
- MAS acupuncturist Elizabeth Ropp
Thank you very much for your support and solidarity.
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