- Cloud 9 Acupuncture22 West Padonia Rd. Suite A-203
Timonium, MD 21093
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Lately we’ve had a huge surge in New Patients. Most of these patients are completely new to acupuncture, some are not. Some saw another acupuncturist years ago for a few visits perhaps. One of my takeaways as one of the 6 acupuncturists here at Cloud 9 from the past few weeks is a reminder of just how powerful it can be to have a practitioner provide deep listening.
What do I mean by “Deep Listening?”
Many of our patients recently have said their peace and then looked at me with a soft smile and said, “wow, I feel like I’m talking to my therapist, but I’m more relaxed. I feel so much better.” Usually followed by, “Does anyone else ever tell you that?”
The answer is Yes. Many times. The reason patients have this healing experience so often is because we set a supportive environment where patients can bring any of their concerns or life difficulties to the table to be tended to. As an acupuncturist, I was also given years of training as a Wellness Coach, giving mindset shifting tools to carefully craft and curate for each individual patient at hand.
That’s not to take away from a psychologist or therapist. We refer out to therapists all the time and we respect the amazing work they do. At the same time, we acknowledge that acupuncture brings healing to what the Ancient Chinese described as “Body/Mind/Spirit” and we tend our patients knowing that what ails the mind will show up in the body, and what ails the body will weigh heavily on the mind. We are here to tend you by looking at you holistically (and as a whole).
I look forward to seeing you on the table soon, so we can continue to help you Find Peace, and Bring Your (maybe not so broken?) Pieces back together.
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Fire Constitutional Factor
By Kelly Ferguson, L.Ac.
You may hear your practitioner speaking about your CF or Constitutional Factor, and you are probably asking yourself what that means? In Five Element Acupuncture Theory there are five elements or seasons that we use to help diagnosis and understand our patients. We have each of these elements within us, but we prefer one to two of them over the others. Those elements that we unknowingly prefer or align with are what we would call a person’s Constitutional Factor or CF. Within each CF there are the meridians, colors, odors, sounds, emotions, personality traits, seasons, etc. that go along with it.
One of these elements is a Fire Constitutional Factor. The season for Fire is Summer which is coming to an end as we head into Late Summer. This element is very loving and playful. It likes to build connections with others and find partnership. Fire CF’s will have some red or lack of red on their skin around their eyes, and will have a scorched smell odor to them. They connect to the heart, pericardium, small intestine and triple burner meridians.
Kelly sees patients on Tuesdays & Thursdays 12p -8pm, Saturdays 10am-3pm in Timonium, and Wednesdays 12:30pm-7:30pm in White Marsh. Read more about Kelly at https://cloud9acuclinic.com/kelly-ferguson-acupuncturist/
There is a large variety of meditation to choose from. It isn’t all just sitting cross-legged with your eyes shut. Let’s explore types of meditation.
Types of meditation include Buddhist practices, transcendental, zen, mantra, chakra, sound, guided and active. How can someone choose where to start? Think about the type of person you are overall, the amount of time and dedication you have, and where your interests lie. What do you intend to get out of meditation? continue reading
Sometimes you don’t even need to leave town in order to travel. New adventures await in many forms, some of which you may not have considered yet.
In Chinese Medicine, we discuss the Liver as not just the anatomic organ known to filter your blood from toxins, but also the area of the body that is connected to your dream state. It is said that when you dream, the part of you leaves your body is called the Hun and it resides in your liver. The Hun, part of your essence, leaves your body and enters the dream state having lots of grand adventures for the purpose of returning to your body with the memory of your dream travels and the gift that you can glean from these exotic experiences: Vision, Planning, and Insight.
Our dreams often give us a short view and a long view of where we are on our life path. Dreams can validate that uneasy feeling we have about a new co-worker or our friend’s new boyfriend. Dreams can gently nudge us towards saying the big “YES” to going to grad school or finally planning that life long dream trip to Europe. We get to process our unconscious desires, wants, needs, and insecurities in our safe place while we are dreaming. Often we will see our ex-lover, our spouse, our pets, family and friends in our dreams, sometimes even our deceased loved ones make an long awaited appearance.
The travels we experience in our dreams are meant to give us insight and encouragement to nourish our destiny. Falling asleep at night allows us the opportunity to dive deep and explore, but so does daily meditation.
Meditation uses the same essence of the liver, the Hun, to travel to ethereal plane and gather insight. Most of the time, meditation is about letting go of the rational mind, letting go of the mind chatter, the busy brain that talks incessantly about “what are eating for dinner tonight, do you think our co-worker got offended by how we said XYZ, let’s worry about that one family member we have no control over, can you believe she said that?” and so on and so on…
Gracefully allowing oneself to slip into meditation is much more than letting go of the chatty mind, it’s also about what you gain- a sense of ethereal travel, sometimes you actually feel as though you have left your body altogether and come close to kissing the edge of the divine. Sometimes, I have seen the most beautiful and exotic, the most artistic and mesmerizing scenes of my life while in meditation. Of course, these visual travels are but a distraction, but they also give some of the best epiphanies and insight possible.
In my meditation travels, I have touched the tip of a mountain top, placing my hands on the Earth causes the planet to rumble and all of the Earth’s beautiful animals come peacefully and quickly to surround my healing hands, still touching the Earth. This experience came to me during a period in my life when I felt very ungrounded. I had just moved half-way around the country and I was feeling very unsupported in my arrival to a new place, a new business, even though I had lived in that area before. The unsettled feeling I had been feeling was allowing self-doubt to creep in about my healing gifts and make me reconsider my life path – should I give up the healing arts and go do something more stable? More reliable, more dependable and just work for someone else? NO!!!! I would hate leaving the healing arts, and probably strongly dislike working for someone else. My vision in my meditation quickly helped bring my mind at ease and quite my Ego that was freaking out big time.
When I have days that drive me crazy I remember moments like the one in meditation, the peace I felt from experiencing being supported by Mother Earth and all of her creatures. It was from this meditation I also realized (again) that offering healing to people (through acupuncture which is an energetic medicine) ripples out into the world. Healing spreads through families, communities, through every piece of nature that a person encounters, the peaceful energy continues.
If you’d like to help spread peaceful energy and cultivate your meditation practice, ask Laura about the next meditation group or workshop.
Acupuncture is another avenue for such serene travel, to quite the lower mind and tune in to the softer energy within. Often when I enter the room, my acupuncture patients will say something like, “wow, I was really out there, somewhere.” I know the feeling! Here’s to more travel this summer, whatever your preference for adventure is.