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Welcome Megan Bruckman & Holistic Skin Care

Welcome Megan Bruckman & Holistic Skincare to Blue Heron!

Megan Bruckman has been practicing as a skin care professional in the Charleston area for more than 10 years. She began this journey several years after moving from her hometown of Richmond, VA.

She has always been very passionate about skin care and making people feel comfortable and better about themselves. After experiencing skin problems in her adolescent years, she she has gained the ability to relate with her clients and their concerns and needs. Megan has been treating women, men, and teens in the low country since graduating and earning her degree in Esthetics at MMTC in 2009.

Megan is experienced in professional quality facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, hydra facials, full body waxing, and lash and brow tinting.

She believes the key to maintaining healthy, beautiful skin is consistency in routine appointments and being diligent with your at home regimen. “I strive to gain and build trust with my clients which has bonded into some of the best relationships. My priority in every service is to make sure you leave feeling good on the inside and out.”

In addition to creating a warm, welcoming, and healing space for her clients, Megan has implemented the highest safety standards.

Megan enjoys going to the beach, riding bikes, puzzles, home improvements, gardening, and being outdoors

Contact Megan at 804-928-4805 or email meganbruckman@gmail.com to schedule your facial, waxing or tinting treatment.

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September is PCOS Awareness Month

Did you know September is PCOS awareness month? Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a hormonal disorder affecting 1 in 10 women in the U.S. 

Symptoms can include pelvic pain, irregular periods, weight gain, unwanted hair growth, frequent ovarian cysts, and insulin resistance which may lead to diabetes. PCOS can also make it very difficult for a woman to become pregnant. 

If you have been diagnosed with PCOS, please know that you are not alone. We have helped many women with PCOS regulate their hormones, stabilize their blood sugar, and go on to have healthy babies. 

We are so passionate about the work we do regarding fertility! We will be discussing fertility a lot throughout the rest of the month so keep your eyes peeled and feel free to ask us any questions!

For more information, please visit us at blueheroncharleston.com.

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Our Doors Are Open For You

We are committed to your health and safety! To help us provide care for you during this unprecedented time, please comply with the following protocols:

🚗When you arrive, please wait in your car for your practitioner to text you.
😷You must wear a face mask while in our building. Please bring your own to help us maintain our supplies. If you do not have one, we will supply one.
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦We cannot accommodate family members in the lobby or treatment rooms during this time (unless you are a parent staying with your child during treatment).
🤒Unfortunately, we cannot see you in the clinic if you exhibit cold or flu symptoms.
🌱If you have a cold, flu, or coronavirus, schedule a virtual herbal consult – herbs are incredibly effective for such conditions.

Thank you for helping us continue to provide a safe environment to care for you and one another. To schedule an in-person or virtual appointment, please call (843) 937-6890 or email info@blueheroncharleston.com.

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Prepare Your Immune System for Fall

In Chinese medicine, the preceding season is when we can best prepare for upcoming health concerns. In general, and during this year more than ever, this is the ideal time to prepare your immune system for coronavirus, colds and flus we anticipate for fall.

So what can you do now? Start our simple and effective regimens today!

  1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
    Enjoy Summer’s natural remedies: watermelon, grapes, berries
    Pick up concentrate trace minerals from Blue Heron to add to your water
    Eat cooked foods (bonus hydration points for soups, stews and casseroles)
  2. Go ahead and start eating foods that strengthen your lungs:
    Pears
    Apples
    Walnuts
    Leafy greens
  3. Enjoy our favorite adaptogens, all of which strengthen your immune system and lift your energy:
    Reishi // Ling Zhi
    Ginseng // Ren Shen
    Astragalus // Huang Qi
  4. Make immune strengthening supplements part of your daily routine now:
    Elderberry – you can pick up some of Goddess Ghee’s delightful elixir at Blue Heron
    Vitamin C
    Vitamin D
    Yu Ping Feng San – enjoy pills, tincture or herbal tea from Blue Heron
  5. Diffuse essential oils that support your respiratory and immune systems, apply diluted oils to your chest, or combine with a cup of epsom salts for your bath:
    Tea Tree
    Lavender
    Eucalyptus
    Pine
    Basil
    Blue Heron’s Metal Element Blend
  6. Experience the health benefits of holistic care :
    Acupuncture – strengthen your immune system, boost energy, relieve stress, resolve dampness and phlegm
    Massage – calm stress, relax tightness, encourage your circulatory and lymphatic systems
    Lymphatic Enhancement – Boost your lymphatic, immune and circulatory systems, open your sinuses and chest

Call us at (843) 937-6890 to schedule an office or virtual appointment to prepare yourself for the upcoming season!

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Pericardium 7

Pericardium 7

The Pericardium is one of the four organs and channels associated with the fire element of Summer. Its points are commonly used to calm anxiety, ease digestive upset (including nausea during pregnancy), and alleviate carpal tunnel pain.

Being the season of fire and a time when many of us naturally desire connection with others and an outlet for our yang energy, our Pericardiums are activated and may be feeling more discombobulated this year than most. We’re feeling the heat and frenzied energy of the world, yet we aren’t having as many opportunities to engage with others, splash in the water at the beach or disperse all this heat in a healthy way (laughter, joy, intimacy).

As we approach the transition into the more damp-laden days of late Summer, we may also begin to experience a heaviness with this heat. The worry and anxiety of the past several months compound on one another until we feel weighted down. We may feel physically or mentally swollen, foggy, waterlogged.

Pericardium 7 (PC-7), the earth point on this fire channel, offers us a soothing outlet for these energetics. It calms anxiety while opening tightness that may be constricting this channel, and therefore our hearts. By connecting to the earth element, it brings grounding to our fire, our desire for connections with others and our passions.

It is also a source point and a ghost point. As a source point, it accesses the essence of the Pericardium and, as Lonny Jarrett states, “can help nourish and revive a heart buried under life’s sorrows”. As a ghost point, PC-7 helps release us from compulsive attempts to fill the holes in our hearts (addictions, unhealthy relationships, our stories about ourselves, unfulfilled passions).

To explore these dynamics for yourself, gently massage diluted lavender onto the middle of your wrist crease, inhale, relax, and consider what your heart wants to invite it and what it is ready to release. Give us a call to schedule and begin your healing journey with Chinese medicine.

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Are you affected by other people’s energies?

We all are to a certain extent, it’s called empathy, but if other people’s energies seem to impact your psychological wellbeing it may be time for a ghost treatment — yes, we said ghost. Over time people have associated this presence of heavy feelings with spirits, it is a baggage of any sort that one has difficulty shedding. Parasites and fungal infections can be sources.

In a time like now, with what we are experiencing with coronavirus, heightened stress and anxiety are occurring on a widespread level. Sensitive individuals may be picking up on and experiencing stress even if it isn’t from their own personal “stuff”.

If this is you, we are here to help! Our treatments focus on points that fall under the category of “ghost points” — ones specific for these conditions, to help release these energies and open your senses so you can experience the world clearly.

To book an appointment call (843) 937-6890 or visit www.blueheroncharleston.com

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Our Issues Are In Our Tissues

So many of us have been experiencing higher levels of anxiety as we move into August and finish out the Summer. In Chinese Medicine, the season of Summer can bring passion and joy and a strong desire to be more social. In our current environment with the coronavirus, we are most likely not getting to express this element fully, which could be contributing to increased anxiety — as well as the worry and unfamiliarity of what our futures hold.

If you are searching for a way to calm some of these feelings, consider pursuing some active daylight movement. Try to get out and experience nature. Meditation is also very beneficial. Seek out activities that will open your lungs and calm your heart.

If you feel like you are stuck in a place of heightened anxiety and stress that you cannot escape through deep breathing, exercise or talking, you may be suffering from trauma. Unfortunately, trauma can create a holding pattern in our bodies which can be hard to break. If this happens, it can force you to live in a state of elevated sympathetic nervous system — fight or flight.

Fight-or-flight is the physiological and psychological response that occurs in our bodies from the presence of something terrifying. Do we stay and fight or do we run to safety? During this response, our sympathetic nervous system stimulates the adrenal glands and triggers the release of adrenaline. Fight-or-flight plays a crucial role in how we deal with stress and danger, and can be lifesaving in certain circumstances — but when is it too much? Everyday stress should not be triggering this response and living in a prolonged state of elevated sympathetic nervous system can be detrimental to your physical and mental health.

If this sounds like you, we are here to help. Our treatments work to help you shift from a sympathetic or heightened state, into a parasympathetic or restful state. Acupuncture related to trauma and emotional issues is so effective because it allows us to move from a physical place first. These physical shifts can then guide emotional shifts. It is likely that we will be treating your liver and heart channels. In Chinese Medicine, the liver relates to stress and the heart relates to emotions in general and anxiety in particular. Anxiety related to the heart can tighten the chest. We want to open the chest, open the lungs, open the senses, and release all of this tension.

We will also evaluate your blood and circulation to determine if it is deficient and/or stagnant. The blood, in Chinese Medicine, is what holds our emotions. If it is deficient, it will be hard to experience emotions in the traditional way, and if it is stagnant you can experience pain and have a hard time letting things go. These issues often arise from emotional traumas, but they can also come from external sources, such as a viral condition that enters the blood and is not properly expelled by the body.

If you feel that you are experiencing anxiety or trauma or finding yourself stuck in a pattern of fight-or-flight, acupuncture and bodywork can provide major support for healing. To schedule an appointment, call (843) 937-6890 or click here.

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What are your intentions for this week?

Happy Monday!

You are a strong, beautiful creature who can handle anything this week throws at you!

(p.s. Though if it’s feeling challenging to keep up with life right now, keep your eyes open for our upcoming posts on just that topic. We feel you and we’re here for you!)

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Musical Suggestions to Embrace Your Zen

Want to help your weekend feel like this? Enjoy these music suggestions from Laura Marion, L.Ac., to help you find your zen. (Pick up some incense and tea from Blue Heron for extra bliss ✨)

-R Carlos Nakai (Native American flute music)
-Peter Kater (gentle instrumental piano)
-William Ackerman (gentle Guitar)
-Ozzie Kotani (Hawaiian slack key guitar)
-Dean Evenson (gentle flute music mixed with various instruments)
-Deuter (soft instrumental)
-Beach top sounders (nature sounds gently mixed with instruments)

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Sparkling Elderberry Tonic

Thanks to Laura Marion for this delectable mocktail recipe.

Sparkling Elderberry Tonic

To a glass of sparkling mineral water, add:

1-2 tsp of elderberry syrup

a squeeze of lemon

a small handful of blueberries

Elderberries are a great tonic for your immune system. The sour taste of elderberries and lemon activate your liver, facilitating its cleansing properties. And your heart’s blood is nourished by the blueberries.

To your health! 💕