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My Media Gig about Cupping for Neck Tension & Hollywood Stars

I must share my media gig about Cupping away neck tension and its usage by Hollywood stars…  “Cupping,” is the term for an ancient technique used in Chinese medicine to eliminate the stagnant blood circulation that typically occurs around the neck and shoulders. Seems the sighting of Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston with cupping marks on their backs has put this ancient practice in the news…  A small glass jar with a vacuum inside creates a suction that pulls this stuck blood to the surface capillaries. From there this old blood can easily return to the heart to be re-oxygenated so that a more active flow of blood circulation can be restored. (Here Jennifer’s marks have faded from red to white.) Other partakers are Victoria Beckham and Jessica Simpson.

I was recently interviewed by Agence France Press to do a demonstration of this procedure for their global media outreach. You can view it at this link: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/videonetwork/2571529145001/Remedy-of-the-Stars-Cupping-Leaves-Its-Mark-on-Hollywood.                                    I did two versions with different patients, one in French for some markets, and one in English that has already shown in countries all over the world. A French friend caught it on TV in Brazil.  When legendary actress Lee Grant was about to win an Oscar for “Shampoo,”  she declined this treatment right before the gala so as NOT to have marks.  We did it the day AFTER… It took 40 years for it to become fashionable!

What did not get included in the segment was my contrasting cupping with another similar technique called Gua Sah, a friction rub that achieves the same results with some added benefits. (The marks resulting from this style are visible on my patient in the clip.) In my estimation, it is more comfortable, more controllable, less labor intensive, and more thorough.  In my opinion, the second example of cupping performed by another acupuncturist shown in the video is an example of extreme over-the-top treatment that is potentially uncomfortable and excessive. Temporary raised red welts resulted from the strong degree of suction. This is not necessary to achieve results.

But both techniques perform a simple yet critical action of stimulating of blood, lymph and chi circulation around the neck and shoulders, and sometimes elsewhere on the body. These trapezoid muscles work overtime to hold up the 12 pound “bowling ball” that we carry around all day. And when it is hanging over a computer or a steering wheel, the head is more the equivalent of 20 lbs. Now with the trend among young people to slump forward, they will have even worse problems as they age.

This pandemic of poor posture across many groups and generations has become a pet peeve for me. I am on a crusade to help individuals learn to let their head ‘float’ evenly between the front and back by Leading with the Heart.  Pulling in the chin and pushing out the chest. Immediately one feels a relaxation of the neck muscles and a tingling in the nerves as they start to breathe. Meanwhile, one feels a new pressure in the chest and sternum muscles as they begin to work.  It is a good sign that they are engaging.  This constitutes a light work-out for these forgotten muscles, an isometric action that makes one appear taller, leaner, and more confident. I implore patients to let Vanity work for them! Work it—and your neck and shoulders will feel sooo grateful!

Furthermore, this area of the body is in the crossfire between brain and emotional center so there are tremendous psychological repercussions to creat tension there.  Even these actresses with great posture carry literally the weight of the world–and its attention—on their shoulders. Even for them– some form of emotional tension while working their sometimes stressful craft and maintaining careers. Here are two eye-opening links about them and cupping:

http://nky.cincinnati.com/VideoNetwork/2571546077001/Remedy-of-the-Stars-Cupping-Leaves-Its-Mark-on-Hollywood

and   http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3879447.stm  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3879447.stm

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Review of my book: Rene Daumal, The Life and Work of a Mystic Guide

Here is a review of my book on the French Surrealist author: Rene Daumal, The Life and Work of a Mystic Guide, published by SUNY Press in 1999 and in Paris in 1993, Rene Daumal: Au dela de l’Horizon.  I will present it in two successive blogs. Here is the first half. Please share your feedback in the “Comment” box below… That helps the viability of my blog!

Daumal: The Life and Work of a Mystic Guideby Kathleen Ferrick Rosenblatt (NY: State Universityof New York Press, 1999).Reviewed by Lee IrwinAssociate Professor, Religious Studies, College ofCharleston, Charleston, SC (IrwinL@CofC.Edu)This overview by Kathleen Rosenblatt is an excellent introduction to the writing and life of the French avant-guarde poet and esotericist Ren Daumal (1908-1944). While Daumal has received considerable recognition in France, in America this book, a revision of the original French publication, is a primary introduction to his work. Ms. Rosenblatt offers the reader a very well integrated presentation ofDaumal’s life, organized according to the stages of his spiritual development. Drawing heavily on his letters and correspondences, personal interviews with his associates, and his published works (particularly the poetic collection Le Contre Ciel, and his two prose works, La Grande Beuverie (A Night of Serious Drinking)and Mount Analogue), she draws an intimate portrait of his inner development.Daumal’s life passed through a number of stages: from his literary debates with early French surrealists, to his study of Sanskrit and Hindu sacred and aesthetic texts, to the impact of Rene Gunon and later, Alexandre de Salzmann and his wife Jeanne who were followers of the Armenian-Turkish master, George Gurdjieff. Daumal’s tragic death at 36 from tuberculosis during the deprivations of the second world war brought to a sudden end his lifelong quest for the Beyond. In the May 1968 student uprisings at the Sorbonne, the author notes the rediscovery of Daumal, whose iconoclastic quotes were written on the walls and seemed highly appropriate for the tenor of the sixties.The author strongly emphasizes Daumal’s rebellious asceticism, his youthful rejection of convention, and his search for the “experience of the sacredness of the inner self” (p. 32). At the age of seventeen, Daumal experimented briefly with alcohol, drugs (opium), and inhaling carbon tetrachloride whose effects gave him a brief glimpse of “higher levels of consciousness” but at the price of ruining his lungs. As a young experimentalist, he also studied his dreams, successfully learned to initiate out-of-body experiences, and cultivated various psychic abilities. He became increasingly dissatisfied with the
(photo taken three days before his death)
normative state of “common, foggy perceptions” (p. 35) and was convinced that it was possible to live, ascetically, in a more conscious state of being, one that sought to break the bonds of conventional thinking and perceptions. Having rejected drugs and alcohol, Daumal formed a 1927 literary journal, Le Grande Jeu (“The Great Game”), with several young companions whose articles engaged the writers with surrealist authors such as Jarry and Breton, earlier symbolic and hermetic poets and writers (like Baudelaire and Rimbaud with whom Daumal closely identified), and a general malcontent with the conventionality of the times.Daumal experimented with automatic writing, both satirical and absurdist, rejected dualistic thinking, and came increasingly under the influence of symbolic, imaginary thought, termed “pataphysics” (borrowed from Alfred Jarry), best represented in dreams.During this period, Daumal’s psychic sensitivities became increasingly more active, and he recorded techniques for successfully inducing astral or out-of-body experiences. He also became an acutely sensitive telekinetic, able to “read” objects with his fingertips (using what he called “paraoptic” perception). In attempting to close the gap between a psychicmetaphysics and realpolitiks, Daumal became an avowed Marxist but later questioned the efficacy of Marxism in the face of its caricature in French intellectual circles. In 1932 the journal ceased and Daumal turned to other projects…

 

To be continued in the next blog…!                                         Comments below!

Skin Health and Anti-Aging

In our last discussion about skin health, I mentioned how Acupuncture or Acupuressure can be performed on the face and body to detoxify, increase local circulation, and stimulate collagen and elastin. This in turn helps to fill out lines and give firmness to the skin for a healthy complexion. Our muscles become deflated with age, losing their moisture— like a dry sponge. Acupuncture restores the natural internal irrigation so the ‘sponge’ is plumped up again and wrinkles disappear. And the needles are so thin that they  are generally painless.

When we start to transform the face, we approach it locally and systemically.  We would treat the points for any off-balance organs (i.e. kidneys, liver) that leave traces on the face such as bags or lines. Then treatment might also include addressing facial muscles directly because the electro-stimulation of the skin’s underlying muscle tissue re-establishes the normal electric charge/discharge cycle. This enlivens the tissue. Some muscles are too charged up and in spasm; others are flaccid. We want to firm up and smooth them all. Finally, nerves and fluids are freed up and can circulate easily as they did in youth. A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Cosmetic Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects include more moisturized, softer skin, improved elasticity, skin tone, and overall rejuvenation. For true anti-aging, we don’t just LOOK better—we actually ARE better—as the skin functions better in its job to eliminate toxins. How wonderful that age can bring wisdom AND renewed beauty!

Skin–Our InterFace II

Ahh yes, we all know that “Beauty is more than skin deep.” Well, it is literally true. If we want to see beauty on our skin, we must delve a little deeper! For instance, we Are– what we eat. It shows on our face. Luckily, by treating the entire system, an acupuncturist can target the organ imbalances that are reflecting on our face– in the form of lines, fluid sacks, jowls, and discoloration.

An imbalance in the kidneys results in bags under the eyes, or liver toxicity shows as furrows on our brow. A hormone imbalance will leave fine vertical lines above the mouth, while lines along side the mouth reflect poor digestion. Herbal formulas, along with dietary changes and topical formulas can also help reverse these imbalances, improve both mind & body, and the appearance of the skin.

After dealing with the overall health to revitalize the face, then cosmetic acupuncture can serve as an effective non-surgical treatment to reduce further stubborn signs of aging. After all, we are also what we breathe. Since the skin constitutes an external organ and the largest organ in the body, every day each skin cell is assaulted by endless damaging pollutants.

Acupuncture can be performed on the face and body to detoxify, increase local circulation, and stimulate collagen and elastin. This in turn helps to fill out lines and give firmness to the skin for a healthy complexion. Our muscles become deflated with age, losing their moisture— like a dry sponge. Acupuncture restores the natural internal irrigation so the ‘sponge’ is plumped up again and wrinkles disappear. How it’s done in the next blog!

Brain Body Bliss Blog Launch

I am launching my Brain Body Bliss Blog today in order to share with others the knowledge and strategies that I have gathered over the many decades since we launched the first Acupuncture clinic in the country (at UCLA in 1973).  This blog is dedicated to helping others connect with their 70 trillion little brains–the cells that fill their body, each with an intelligence, a consciousness, and an emotional center.  We can alleviate both physical and emotional pain since they are so interconnected in every cell.

Acupuncture, massage, and PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) stimulation regenerate and rejuvenate cell tissue and stimulate the receptor sites in every cell to induce the production of the feel-good chemicals–endorphins and dopamine.  We can FEEL healthy and BE healthy—and HAPPY! Naturally!!

At my website CellularMeditation.com, you can listen to two excerpts of my stress release CDs to see how You can influence your physical and emotional state just by exploring these trillions of cells and interior communities on your own–letting your mind travel on the magic carpet of your breath.  Practical techniques make it easy! Check it out and my other website AcupunctureBelair.net.

Til next time!

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