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Ready To Sleep Better?

Experts have differing opinions on exactly how much sleep we need a night but none doubt the importance of it. Study after study have shown that people suffering from sleep or wakefulness disorders. An estimated 15-20 percent of U.S. adults are more likely to suffer from chronic disorders including depression, substance abuse, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and stroke. Resilience to stress, emotional regulation, and interpersonal relationships are impaired by sleep deficiency. “A surefire way to increase happiness is to get better sleep,” says Sharene Garaman, Psy. D. “Nothing else works as well to increase someone’s well-being. No application, no treatment, no medicine, better than sleep. If someone isn’t getting good sleep, everything looks worse than it would with sleep.”

What Can Help?

  • Massage: Studies done on behalf of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) have shown that massage improves sleep in infants, children, adults, and the elderly, as well as in individuals with psychiatric disorders, fibromyalgia, cancer, heart disease, lower back pain, cerebral palsy, and breast disease. Some types of massage can be more helpful with sleep issues than others. While a deep tissue or sports massage is great for healing and relieving pain, its stimulating effects may not always be conducive for sleeping. For a gentle approach to massage, The AromaTouch Technique® integrates calming essential oils such as lavender with a hot stone massage, which uses heat (versus firm pressure) to reach deeply into tissues.

  • Meditation: Kickstart your meditation practice and learn to live mindfully with any of our Meditation, Mindful Movement, Intuitive, or Energy Healers at Medicine Wheel Wellness.

  • Snowball Effect: Stress can interfere with deep sleep, which can increase stress. While sleep medication provides temporary symptomatic relief, it does not always improve the quality of sleep.

  • A report by the National Institutes of Mental Health found depression rates were 40 times higher for patients with insomnia than those without sleep problems. Mental health experts increasingly view depression or anxiety as an effect, rather than a cause, of insomnia.

  • Guided Imagery: “I do guided imagery and meditation at night,” says Nick Krauss, a personal trainer, class instructor, and certified imagery guide at Medicine Wheel Wellness. “It’s then that I’m trying to pull the day together. I do some of my best thinking at night. I’ve found that if I don’t use imagery or meditate, all this thinking will keep me up.” Research backs Nick up. Studies show that Interactive Guided Imagery (IGI) does indeed help establish healthy sleep patterns.

  • Biomat: The BioMat’s unique medical and therapeutic properties are based on Nobel prize-winning research into ionic channels and the same infrared technology that NASA identified as the safest and most beneficial type of light wave. By producing deep-penetrating, far infrared rays along with negative ions that activate the body at the molecular level, the BioMat is capable of administering deep soothing stimulation.

    Instantly feel the warmth of the infrared rays deeply penetrating your body as the negative ions deliver healing signals to your body. Because the BioMat’s unique technology penetrates at the cellular level, it is capable of addressing a wide range of health issues.

Stop by or call Medicine Wheel Wellness today so we can help YOU sleep better!

More Than Can Be Explained

Words by Francine Bartlett

Nearly a decade ago, a friend gifted me a session with an astrologist for my birthday. She was going to “read my chart.” I wasn’t sure what that meant. When setting up the session, I was asked for the exact time and date of my birth. The idea that there was meaning in how the stars were aligned at the exact moment of my birth wasn’t something I was familiar with. But this session got my attention because my chart told the story that I was meant to be a healer. How did the stars know that?

Intrigued by knowing there’s more out there than science can explain, I continued to seek out similar experiences. My first “intuitive reading” was about my body’s “frequencies.” I had heard as much about body frequencies as I had about star charts. In college, I studied physics and astronomy, but never thought about frequency as it pertains to the human body. In that session, the numbers in the date of my birthday were added together to tell my story. And yes, as skeptical as I was that those numbers had meaning, this reading was spot on. The idea that we are a flowing energy source of frequencies that can be manipulated negatively and result in disease or that we can open energy blocks by changing our breath, was beyond anything I had been exposed to before.

Energy healing is not widely known or accepted in American culture. But it is out there in the world, and even the norm in places like India, Peru, and Bali. It is growing in the U.S. though and people are starting to hear about Deeksha and Reiki, which uses subtle hand positions to alter the vibrational energy field thought to surround and penetrate the body. Even our own hospital here now offers patients energy healing sessions.

What I have learned working with friend and holistic intuitive Jennifer Pepper for the last three years is to recognize patterns of behaviors. And how to shift them by changing perspective, or by shifting the energy being placed on them and by staying in the present moment. Jennifer has taught me that our thoughts and reactions to stressful situations affect our inner energy, alter health and emotions, and can certainly make or break how something is perceived and handled.

Need more convincing? The sounds and sensations of crystal sound bowls and the meditative vibrations of gongs bring you to the present moment, allowing you to forget your wonders and worries while filling you up. You literally vibrate with these instruments, which are set at specific frequencies to cause specific effects, such as relaxation or concentration. This isn’t woo-woo. It is physics. It is music that heals and makes you feel wonderful, like that amazing feeling we get when we sing a favorite song.

Enjoy monthly sound healing gong meditation workshops at Medicine Wheel Wellness. A weekly restorative YogaTouch class combines restful yoga poses with essential oils and singing sound bowls.

(For the record, a reading with an intuitive or astrologist does make a great birthday gift!)


De-Stressing at Medicine Wheel Wellness

Far-Infrared Therapy Biomat

The Far-Infrared Therapy BioMat in the Tranquility Room is a FDA-approved medical device. A study at a clinic in Toronto, Canada (reported in Prime Journal) showed subjects received an average of 78% improvement in stress reduction, as measured by cortisol levels, when using a BioMat. While relaxing on the BioMat you keep your clothes on as you rest between two layers of amethyst crystals emitting far-infrared therapy rays and negative ions; you feel nothing but comfortable warmth while you listen to music infused with binaural beats, which further aid in stress reduction.
Learn More HERE


DoTERRA’s signature AromaTouch Technique is a specialized light-touch massage using essential oils along energy meridians and visceral contact points in the back and feet to thoroughly relax your mind and muscles, improve circulation, and soothe sore or inflamed tissues in your body.
Learn More HERE

Electromagnetic Radiation Protection

If you watch TV or surf the web to alleviate stress, invest in Gia Wellness' Cell Guards and Universal Cell Guards created to mitigate the electromagnetic radiation these devices emit that can have harmful effects on our health.
Call 307-699-7480 or stop in to learn more!

Sound Healing

In sound healing sessions, either with crystal sound bowls or gongs, vibrational frequencies fill the room absorbing into your body, mind, and soul. Their rich sounds create a deeply calming effect and have been used for healing since being accidently discovered over 4,000 years ago. 

These are just a few examples! At Medicine Wheel Wellness we have a large variety of ways for you to de-stress. Visit www.mwwjh.com to learn more, stop by 120 W. Pearl Ave in Jackson, Wyoming. Or call 307-699-7480!


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