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Arizona Escapade

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Bonjour mes beaux ❤

As you may know, a few weeks ago I took a trip out west to Tucson, Arizona to visit a former co-worker turned friend, and since I still owe info on my NYC trip, I figured this would be a good bone to throw.

Even their trash cans are artsy!

Even their trash cans are artsy!

Let me start off by saying that downtown Tucson is a place I would not mind spending some extended time. I loved the local, up-cycle and unique vibe it was giving off, and there seemed to be plenty to keep all sorts occupied, including decent music. Also, there are rocks *swoons*.

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The nature is pretty wild out here. I never knew 1) cacti could get so big and 2) a cactus forest was something that existed. Super cool! Peep the pictures for some amateur shots I took on our hike up Mount Lemmon. It was pretty wild to start out the trek at the bottom of the mountain with a cactus forest, then end it at the top with an evergreen forest and lots of snow on the ground.

Bottom of Mt. Lemmon

Bottom of Mt. Lemmon

Top of Mt. Lemmon

Top of Mt. Lemmon

The food here is pretty tasty, too. I had my first In-N-Out experience, so I can say I’ve experienced what everyone talks so much about. I mean, I wasn’t a fan of all the fast food chains, but there were enough local and healthier cuisine to satisfy me. It’s funny; the food is a mix of southern and west coast and considering it’s location… that makes sense.

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Being a rock addict, I had to get my hands on some outdoor rocks. It was too snowy to climb at Mt. Lemmon the day we went, so I had to settle for indoor climbing, which was still okay with me. I went to Rocks & Ropes right here in Tucson, which was incredibly convenient. I also had some time to kill before the gym opened, so I decided to try acupuncture for the first time… because why not? In the same day as the two above mentioned events, I also stumbled upon a random Jazz Festival and a Twilight Farmers Market. It was a really successful last full day in Tucson, I can say that much.  If you ever get the chance to visit Arizona, I can certainly claim that Tucson is not a disappointment!

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Acupuncture: Healing Through…Needles?!

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Acupuncture… what the heck is it?

Well, it involves needles, which for a lot of people, the sight of those stabbing suckers is enough to make you cringe (especially with this recent Philip Hoffman tragedy…big middle finger to those heroine dealers).

In truth though, acupuncture takes a holistic (whole body) approach to health and restores harmonious balance to your body. The objective of acupuncture is to correct your body’s flow of energy, which is done by inserting sterile, incredibly thin needles (as thin as a hair!) into specific points throughout the body. Of course, the needles are only used once then are disposed of – sharing is NOT caring in this situation.

Acupuncture can be used for a few different reasons. First, as preventative medicine; the energy within your body changes before you do physically, so correcting energy flow can really help stop an illness before it gets out of hand. Secondly, if a physical change has already happened, acupuncture can slow any further deterioration by altering your body’s energy flow.  A cool positive attribute to acupuncture is that it compliments western medicine and can be used safely with prescription drugs. Acupuncture Points

The Eastern and the Western worlds have different explanations for how acupuncture works. The Eastern explanation is based off traditional Chinese medicine and the balance of energy flow, called “Qi”. When healthy, your Qi is on point, but when the Qi flow is blocked in your body, that is when illness occurs.

The Western explanation is more scientific; research has shown that neurovascular nodes – or acupuncture points – are areas of electrical sensitivity and contain a high concentration of sensory fibers, fine blood vessels, fine lymphatic vessels and mast cells (oh my!). By inserting needles at these longitudinal pathways (where the collateral blood vessels supply the capillaries and fine vessels), your sensory receptors are stimulated, which in turn stimulates the nerves that transmit impulses to the brain. Once receiving these impulses, your brain releases neurotrasmitters and killing chemicals, including endorphins, making acupuncture fantastic for back pain, arthritis, P.M.S. and fertility. The substances released via acupuncture relax your entire body, regulate serotonin in the brain and decrease cortisol so your body and mind can be in a position to heal.

When we are under great levels of stress or anxiety, the body is not in a position to heal, which is why acupuncture is used to treat depression and anxiety. Some physiological benefits also include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, pain relief and relief from muscle spasms and an increased immune system due to increased T-cell counts. Acupuncture isn’t just used for adults, mind you.. it’s been known to really help children who are having a hard time in school or just growing up!

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Personally, I haven’t given it a shot before, but I think after doing this research and reading up on it, I may schedule myself for an appointment! I’ll keep you posted 😉

Stay warm dahlings.