Homa Sajadian, L.Ac., Santa Monica

It’s that time of the year again where everywhere you look you see hearts. In the honor of St Valentine, heart from the Chinese medicine perspective makes a perfect subject for this month. About 2000 years before Pope Gelasius declared February 14th St. Valentine’s Day, the Chinese had come up with a sophisticated system of energetic points on the body that were skillfully manipulated using acupuncture to treat various physical and emotional conditions of the heart.

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A facial isn’t just great for your skin – this soothing and results-oriented spa therapy packs scientifically proven benefits. [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="https://www.exhalespa.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Facial-Promo_…"][/video] Slash Your Stress Levels During a facial, your parasympathetic nervous system gets a boost. And studies prove facials significantly reduce anxiety and negative moods. Treat Acne, Fine Lines, and More Our expert estheticians evaluate your skin and customize your facial to suit your needs – using antioxidant-packed products, light therapy, and practices that stimulate the production of collagen. Anti-Aging Facials boost collagen and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Boost Circulation When the blood vessels under the surface of your skin have poor circulation, it shows on your face. When you get a facial, it boosts circulation, allowing naturally-occuring nutrients to enrich your skin. Exfoliate Your esthetician knows how to gently reveal bright, new skin

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As a positive psychology coach, I help people build flourishing lives by teaching and training the skills of wellbeing. Happiness is not easy because the human brain is hardwired to look for signs of potential threat, a process called the “negativity bias.” Left to its own devices, the untrained mind succumbs to worry, looking for everything that is wrong with ourselves, with our circumstances, and with what could go wrong in the future. Be assured, these negative thoughts are absolutely normal, the result of an evolved neurological imbalance we all must learn to work with!

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By: Robert MacDonald, exhale’s National Director of Healing and the ultimate mindfulness expert

We are bombarded with a million tiny stressors from all directions throughout the day. Sometimes stress is minor, and sometimes it can be significant. But the reality is that we accumulate stress moment by moment, hour by hour, and day by day. This is something we can’t change — it’s part of being a human being. But we can learn to manage stress and even master it.

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By: Dr. Robert MacDonald, exhale’s National Director of Healing

Do the holidays stress you out? That’s ok, it happens to all of us. Parties, dinner planning, travel, out–of-town guests, and of course, decadent indulgence in your favorite foods and drinks all add up to holiday anxiety. As fun as the holidays may be, all of the activities, planning, and over-doings can take a toll on our mental and physical health.

The good news? We can identify the sources of our holiday stressors and do something about it.

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At exhale, our favorite thing to do in January is detox from holiday over-indulgence, and clean up in a gentle and relaxing way for the coming year. The key is to detox and clean up in a healthy way – that means no fad diets, cleanses, or fasting.

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Life is inevitable, but stress is not. The way that we react to difficult situations becomes the moment where we can choose whether or not to allow stress to surface. To help you strengthen your resistance to stressful thoughts and feelings, we’ve developed a defense plan that works like a charm.

Move it Whether you’re sweating it out or stretching it out, physical movement is a great way to channel whatever energy you’d normally put towards stress, into something productive and healthy. Release your tension and try some Power Yoga for a dynamic and positive sweat session or Chill Yoga to wind down and mentally disconnect. Stressed for time? HIIT 30 is a half hour of non-stop movement that will leave you feeling exhilarated.

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Author: Jessica Klein – Licensed Acupuncturist at Exhale Central Park South Have you been looking for an outlet to escape the chaos of the city? Acupuncture may be the answer for you! Most people find themselves intrigued when they hear the word acupuncture, but are often unsure whether it’s the right experience for them. At Exhale we combine the spa vibes with this 5,000 year old practice to provide a true wellbeing experience. What’s really going on with Acupuncture? Our goal is to be in balance — too much of anything (bad OR good) can lead to us feeling out of whack. Chinese Medicine will look at your body in terms of yin & yang; two opposing forces that are in a constant dance just hoping to be equals. Simply put: When these two are in balance, Nina Simone’s “I’m Feeling Good” is stuck in our heads on repeat.

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By Homa Sajadian, L.Ac., Santa Monica

The LA marathon is approaching, and those who are training for the marathon are familiar with the aches and pains associated with long runs. While endurance sports athletes, such as marathon runners, are quite commendable for their mental ability to overcome pain; pain is the body’s signal that it is in distress and in need of help.

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Springtime is here which means more activity and enjoyment of the great outdoors. This is a great time to detox and get your qi moving again. Fit in some acupuncture and acu-organ detox along with core fusion and yoga. Acupuncture will not only improve your mood, but also stimulate your digestion and improve your metabolism. Or try the acu organ detox for a little more umpf and immediately see a flatter tummy. The acu organ detox combines abdominal massage, warm compresses and acupuncture to tonify and detoxify the organs of elimination. The Vernal equinox is a time of renewal and rebirth. Let exhale support you with a healthy start to Spring and Summer.

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