Thanks, Mom! |

Thanks, Mom!

April Schulte-Barclay
Free Press Health Columnist

This is a natural time of year to honor motherhood as we celebrate the rebirthing of life cycles. At Healing Horizons, we make a special effort to celebrate and honor what our moms mean to us. As a health care center that recognizes the value of addressing health from a mind, body and spirit approach, we may see the role of mothers and our health uniquely.

In the womb and through infancy, nourishment in the form of love, touch and nutrients is very dependent upon the mother. However, as we grow into adults, the responsibility of nourishment physically, emotionally and spiritually shifts to the self. We have plentiful opportunities to explore developing self-nourishment skills to help us live our lives to our fullest potential.

One specific opportunity is to understand the role of the mother-son/daughter relationship in regards to our own personal health. In essence, we know that the health of our moms is important on many levels. Naturally, we love and care for our mothers and want them to be healthy. But, what many people may not realize is that their health is an integral part of our own health, too. In fact, in Chinese medicine, the mother-son/daughter relationship may be an important component in fully grasping different illnesses that may involve the organ systems of the lungs and or stomach.

Quite often, mothers display inadequate self-nurturing. They often put themselves on the back burner while caretaking their families without acknowledging that by neglecting themselves they are not only putting their own health at risk but also that of their families. This is one reason why at Healing Horizons we developed our “Pamper Package,” which combines massage and facial treatments. Massage offers an opportunity for moms to receive physical and emotional nourishment after caring for their children. Facials act to rejuvenate their skin allowing them to feel refreshed and enlivened.

One definition of pamper is “to treat with extreme care and attention.” Who deserves pampering more than our mothers? Whether you are a son, a daughter who would like to give your mom a gift certificate for a Pamper Package, or a mother willing to self-nurture, call Healing Horizons today for more information at 970-256-8449.

April L. Schulte-Barclay is a doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist. She is licensed by the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners and is certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is founder and clinic director of Healing Horizons Integrated Health Solutions, located at 2139 N. 12th St. #7. For more information, call 970-256-8449.

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