Rise Up

If you aren’t familiar with the beautiful Andra Day and her song Rise Up, I suggest you give it a listen.  It played today on my way to an acupuncture/reiki session and the timing couldn’t have been more profound.  That said, a bit on rising up today in spite of the ache…

I found an amazing blend of acupuncture and reiki through a healer locally in Venice.  She has helped me with some of my ongoing inflammatory challenges in my gut.  I find the treatments to be a compliment to a healthy lifestyle as well as incorporating into your healing process if you have an injury you are rehabbing, have inflammatory challenges or even chronic migraines to name a few.


I get needles inserted into specific points- meridian points or pathways in my body.  We all have these points and traditional chinese medicine believes that chi or our flow of energy, flows through these pathways or meridians.  These pathways are re-opened and you are left feeling more energetic and less “congested” after your session.

Acupuncture needle placement points can also help with muscle and nerve injuries- again, because it helps increase blood flow.  Since I was feeling knee pain as well, I had needles applied to various parts of my body, including my stomach, knee, forehead, feet and hands.


The needles do not hurt upon insertion or removal (you will see the red tops to the needles in the pic above), but I will say that the more toxic or inflamed I have felt, the more I do feel a slight pinching sensation as the needle makes its way in.  For my particular session, and something you may want to explore in your area, my practitioner also does a reiki treatment on me to further reduce stress and promote relaxation.  It creates a greater sense of energy moving throughout my body and a feeling that lasts long afterwards.  One of my favorite parts of the service is the tuning forks at the end.  I will write more on this in another detailed blog, but let’s just say, the sound waves of these tuning forks resonate and send a vibrational wave from your head, ears, all the way down to your feet.  You can feel them stimulating your body and is a great closing to the healing session.

In closing, some beautiful lyrics below from the song Rise Up by Andra Day that we can all benefit from:

And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up

xx, a-m

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