The 2018 Hill Country Ride for AIDS is going to be one of the highlights of your year, I just know it. The camaraderie…the sense of purpose…the joy of helping others…the fun of riding…Austin has such a vibrant health, fitness, and giving spirit. This community event is a jewel in Austin’s crown, don’t you agree?
While you train and/or after the race, you deserve a healthy treat in return for your generosity and efforts. On this we can all agree, and to that end I wish to extend an offer to the Hill Country Ride community.
Have you experienced the magic of traditional Chinese bodywork therapy? If you missed my blog post (refer to “The Iron Thumb of Doom” linked below), I volunteered at the 2016 Ride and was so impressed by the event (and had such a great time) that I vowed to participate again. In 2017, I helped make the right connections so that acupuncture students could give free treatments to riders. This year, I’ll be volunteering bodywork at the event once again. Until then, I am super pleased to share a special offer for participants in the 2018 Hill Country Ride for AIDS.
The deal? [Updated 4/29] Good through May 15th: Anyone who has proof of association with the Ride, either as a volunteer or as a rider–can get 10% off an in-office treatment with me between now and May 15th of 2018. At that time, I can consult with you and discuss any of your concerns or goals. If you opt to purchase a package of two treatments, you get 10% off the package; if you choose a package of four treatments, I’ll give you 15% off your package. Finally, if you choose to tip me for the service, your tip money will be given to Prentiss Douthit as a contribution to the cause. Can’t come in right away? Purchase a package of two or four online (send me an email, I’ll send you an invoice, due upon receipt–it’s that easy!) and you have eight weeks to redeem your treatments. (**Purchase must be made by 5/15/18 & are must be booked by 6/30/18)
Take good care of yourself as you prepare to ride or recover from the ride, save some money, and contribute an extra gift for the worthy recipients of this event? Sounds good, don’t you think?
If you’ve never tried traditional Chinese medicine before, here’s the rundown:
Tui na: Pronounced “twee nah,” this form of Chinese therapeutic massage is a separate medical specialty in China, and a practitioner is akin to an orthopedic doctor. A treatment uses some techniques that you will recognize as similar to massage. There are some techniques that are like acupuncture but without the needles. Other tactics are specific to Chinese medicine. All are wonderful. Tui na can help you with anything from muscle ache or fatigue to injury recovery and more.
Cupping: You saw those circles on the shoulders of the Olympic athletes for a reason. Cupping is great for tight muscles and invaluable for anyone who participates in sports events. Via suction, tight muscles get unwound and blocked energy starts to flow again. You’ll love cupping!
Gua sha: It may sound weird but gua sha (“scraping sha-bruises”) can be just the perfect thing for extremely tight muscles or adhesions. (It’s also typically employed for colds or to reduce a fever, among other things, including aesthetic work).
Moxibustion: This is a warming herbal treatment that is superb for muscles that ache due to cold or chronic injury.
Ear Seeds: Just what it sounds like, these are tiny seeds placed on the external ear cartilage and the proper term for this treatment strategy is auriculotherapy. There is no end to what can be done with said ear treatments and for riders, seeds may be useful for hunger control (if you are trying to lose weight while concurrently training); as a distal treatment for a chronic pain elsewhere (long story, but you can ask me about it); or stress, anxiety, and/or insomnia.
If you’d like to read a blog post about any of the above, click on the links:
~~~~~ Tui Na ~~~~~ ~~~~~ Cupping ~~~~~ ~~~~~ Gua Sha ~~~~~ ~~~~~ Moxibustion ~~~~~ ~~~~~ Ear Seeds ~~~~~ Aesthetic Treatment ~~~~~ ~~~~~ The Iron Thumb of Doom ~~~~~
A great article about traditional Chinese medicine and distance cyclists can be found here (not mine, but quite informative). Any further questions? Here’s my contact info, so don’t hesitate to reach out and ask! You can book via my web site or you can contact me; either way, bring proof of your sign-up to your appointment and your discount will be applied at that time.
I can’t wait to see you and to help you be your best and healthiest for the ride and after!
Paula Bruno, Ph.D., L.Ac., is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, an AOBTA-CP traditional Chinese bodywork therapist, and a wellness educator. She maintains an active and growing practice at her Austin, TX office. Dr. Bruno is also available for distance appointments for wellness consultation or coaching.
In her first career, she was a Spanish professor.
Dr. Bruno’s specialties as a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner include: • Musculoskeletal health (acute or chronic pain relief; Ehlers Danlos syndrome & hypermobility support) • Digestive support, gut health, and weight loss • Aesthetic treatment, including scar revision • Men’s health • General preventative care and immune support for all persons.
When you are ready to discover what traditional medicine plus a vibrant and engaged approach to holistic health can do for you, either contact Dr. Bruno or book an appointment online.
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