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August 2011

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Happy Summer everyone! 

While you've been out having fun in the sun, we've been preparing for the launch of our new Bamboo Massage.  This massage caught my attention from the first time I heard about it.  Basically, the massage treatment is performed using hand crafted bamboo rods that are heated and oiled to glide smoothly over the body.  From years of receiving massage as an ongoing part of my wellness routine, I often felt that if I could only have someone roll a rolling pin over my muscles to work out all the kinks and tension.  The Bamboo Massage is just what I was wishing for and with the addition of the soothing feel of heat you leave feeling like dough from head to toe! :)  


So far, the massage has been a hit!  The Massage staff loves it because the bamboo tools make it easy to work deeper into the muscles and the heat is soothing to both client and therapist.  Flora, Krista and all the practitioners in the office tried the Bamboo Massage and they all gave it an excited thumbs up plus booked a second.  And last month we tested the Massage on a specific group of patients with rave reviews (see below).  So, with all of the overwhelming positive feedback, we are sure your going to love it too!  InnerMovement is the only Wellness center in the greater LA area offering the Bamboo Massage, so be the first to try it and bring your friends along too!  Until our next adjustment.... 


Yours in health,    

Dr. Heidi & The InnerMovement Wellness Team 

in this issue
:: Dr. Broosan's Research Corner: Trigger Points
:: Thoughts to ponder...
:: An Eastern Perspective
:: Stay connected with us
:: Share YOUR story to inspire others!
:: Patient Success Story: Chele L.
:: Bamboo Fusion Therapy from a clinical perspective
:: What people are saying about our Bamboo Massage
:: Nutrition News: Hydrate for Health
:: One week FREE Fitness Bootcamp

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Introducing Bamboo Fusion Massage

Bamboo-Fusion™ Therapy is a new full-body massage treatment that is performed using heated bamboo shoots and rattan tools of different sizes to provide therapeutic benefits along with deep relaxation.  In the hands of our skilled therapists, the bamboo tools are utilized in combination with soothing swedish-style strokes and deep pressure applications to release muscle tension and reduce pain.

bamboo fusion

We invite you to experience the unique benefits  

of this exceptional treatment.   

Treatment durations / prices: 

90-minutes / $125 

 60-minutes /  $90   

 30-minutes /  $55   


*offer expires 08/31/11. 

cannot be combined with any other spedial offers or discounts. 

Health Research Corner 

with Dr. Arin Broosan, D.C., C.S.C.S., C.K.T.P.

 Dr. Broosan research corner

Trigger Points:  answers about pain 


People often ask if their pain is from a muscle or joint issue.  The truth is that muscles and joints are so intimately related that you cannot separate them from a physiological point of view.  Our joints are comprised of  many  structural, muscular and neurological components that are interdependent on one another.


Most people have areas of constricted or tight muscles that can be seen with bad posture, chronic & repetitive over-use, and emotional stress.  These constricted muscles affect our  our posture, ability to move and our body's ability to function optimally.  Our muscular health directly affects the nervous system, blood flow,lymphatic drainage and our overall health. 


One key factor in muscular health that can lead to pain and dysfunction is known as a trigger point.  Trigger points are hyper-irritable spots that are associated with knots in tight muscles.  When these points are pressed upon, they can be tender in addition to referring pain to areas distant to the points being pressed upon.   


Here are some common trigger points: 

trigger points 

The complex relationship of interdependence between our bodies systems is why the combination of massage with chiropractic adjustments work so well together.  Addressing multiple, complementary systems aids in not only pain relief but optimal health. 


Thoughts to ponder:  Plato

"The part can never be well unless the whole is well." ~Plato


"Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it."   



"Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others"



An Eastern Perspective

with Veronica Sanchez, LAc, RN  


Healing & Curative Properties of Bamboo

bambooWhen most of us look at bamboo, we don't think of it as medicine but it's medicinal properties have been used in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) for thousands  

of years. The leaves of certain bamboo plants are used as a stimulant, aromatic and tonic. They are useful in counteracting spasmodic disorders, and arrest secretion or bleeding. They are also an effective aphrodisiac. The leaves do not have any prominent taste.


Stomach Disorders:  The leaves are beneficial in the treatment of stomach troubles. They are useful in strengthening the stomach and promoting its action. The young shoots of the tree are also useful in stomach disorders. Pickled or cooked, they serve as an appetizer. In many parts of India , the leaves of the tree are used in the form of decoction to treat diarrhea.  So, add them to a salad or enjoy them in a stir-fired dish!


Respiratory Disorders:  Decoction of the shoots should be taken with a tablespoon of honey once or twice daily for those with a sore throat.


Menstrual Disorders:  A decoction of the nodes of the bamboo stem and leaves promotes and regulates menstrual periods; especially for painful periods prior to menstruation.   


Wounds and Ulcers:  A poultice of the tender shoots is used for cleaning wounds.  A decoction or juice of the fresh bamboo leaves is applied as a medicine in such ulcers.


Dosage of Bamboo:  

The juice of 35 grams of fresh leaves may be taken twice daily either alone or mixed with any other juice. The decoction extracted from 70 grams of leaves may be used by itself. About 120 ml of the juice extracted from very tender shoots may be taken twice daily.  *As always, we recommend you seek professional advice before taking any type of supplement or remedy. 


For more information on how Bamboo could help you or to schedule an appointment for Acupuncture, please contact us at 818/549-1300. 



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Patient Success Story!

by Chele L.  

(5-star review as posted on 


"I've been seeing Dr. Heidi for years. Oddly enough, I went in for stomach issues. Doctor's visits & prescribed meds didn't help my stomach so I decided to try chiropractic care at the suggestion of a good friend of mine. I could honestly say, it changed my life forever as I have gained a new understanding of health & the body. Chiropractic care isn't just for the back or neck. My stomach issues went away (caused by my T6 being messed up) but I've continued to see Dr. Heidi for regular adjustments. She and her staff are very friendly & have always been helpful. I'd give them more than 5 stars if I could!! :)"


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Bamboo Fusion Therapy
from a clinical perspective 

by Christy Manchester, L.M.T & Bamboo Fusion Team Trainer


Bamboo massage has many benefits including reduction in tension, relief of tightness in muscles and tendons and stimulation the flow of blood and lymph. It also brings on an extreme sensation of relaxation and well-being, makes skin more supple and relaxes the body and mind.. 


As a receiver of the massage, I love the heated bamboo tools. It is extremely relaxing, helps my muscles relax and allows for a deeper massage.  The bamboo is able to get into places in such a way that hands cannot. It relaxes me in a way that no other massage has, yet leaves me feeling revitalized, which is a wonderful combination. 


bamboo fusion two hand tools

As a therapist, I love working with the bamboo as it allows me to apply more pressure with less strain on my own body. Massage therapists often end up with repetitive injuries, such as carpal tunnel and this modality is a perfect way to avoid that.  I am also not as tired after giving the massage, even a 90-minute treatment, which enables me to give deep pressure and focused therapeutic healing even at the end of a full day.


As the team trainer, I hope you are as excited as I am that we are now offering this unique massage treatment.  I encourage those of you that are not sure if this massage is for you to at least give it a try. You may have had hot stone before and were possibly not impressed, I have had more than a few people comment that this not only differs from hot stone, but that it is much better!  As with any massage, the pressure can be tailored to your preference. Though it has the ability to provide a very deep tissue massage it can also be a very soothing and relaxing massage without deep tissue. 


Try it...You'll like it!!


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What people are saying about Bamboo Massage 


In addition to extensive training, we asked 14 existing patients with a variety of health concerns to experience our Bamboo Massage and here's what they had to say:


"Very relaxing and soothing. Excellent technique."


"I really liked the pressure & temperature. Bamboo gets into the deep spots."


"Great for my legs, otherwise normal massage would have hurt. I'll probably do this every other week."


"Heat of bamboo is very relaxing."


We asked for overall rating of the massage on a scale of 1-10:  

�         Four people rated 10 out of 10

�         Four people rated 9 out of 10

�         Two people rated 8 out of 10

�         Four people rated 7 out of 10


Total # of clients who would get the massage again:  13 out of 14 patients!

Nutrition News

Hydrate for Health 

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Our body weight is comprised of 60-70 percent water so we need to stay hydrated to keep our bodies running at their best as hydration affects our energy levels, digestion, regularity and blood pressure.


Dehydration slows the activity of enzymes which leads to feelings of fatigue.  In fact, the slightess reduction can lower our metabolism.  When we don't drink enough liquids, the digestive process is impaired which leads to slower elimination, systemic toxicity and inflammation.  Chronic dehydration results in a thickening of our blood which causes our blood vessels to contract.  Our bodies must work that much harder to push blood through our veins, resulting in elevated blood pressure.


So what's the best way to stay properly hydrated?  While those successfully marketed sports drinks can be tempting, water is truly the best way to hydrate your body.  Eight 8-ounce glasses a day is recommended by the Mayo Clinic . 


We've all heard this before, but do we do it?  Here are some easy ways to make your water more tasty and boost your nutrition!


Lemon water:  Add a lemon slice and some lemon juice to your water.  The beauty of lemon water is that it is tasty, refreshing and best of all, alkalising.  The value of eating lemons is reported by Jethro Kloss, a pioneer in natural herbal remedies, in his book Back to Eden: "The medicinal value of the lemon is as follows: It is an antiseptic, or is an agent that prevents sepsis [the presence of pathogenic bacteria] or putrefaction [decomposition of tissue]. It is also anti-scorbutic, a term meaning a remedy which willprevent disease and assist in cleansing the system of impurities."  


Cucumber water:  You often see this at the spa and it is delicious but did you know that cucumber water has some great health benefits?  The flesh of cucumbers is primarily composed of water but also contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeic acid, both of which help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling. Cucumber juice is often recommended as a source of silica to improve the complexion and health of the skin, plus cucumber's high water content makes it naturally hydrating a must for glowing skin.


Are you looking for a water alternative? 

Coconut water is fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie, super-hydrating, naturally rich in electrolytes.  Over long periods of exercise, the body needs to replace electrolyte salts that are naturally sweated out, especially potassium; its absence can cause muscle cramping and delayed recovery time after exercise.   


Orange juice (ideally not from concentrate) is a very good natural source of potassium too.


Another way to keep hydrated is to incorporate more water-rich foods into your diet such as: tomatoes, peaches, pineapple, melon, strawberries, oranges, cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, squash and bell peppers.  And believe it or not,  a potato is roughly 80 percent water.


So ... Cheers and drink to your health!

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