My Wellness Journey Part 1
In case you didn’t know, May is the official Mental Health Awareness Month. So to honor that, I decided to share a bit of my new journey with you guys and launch a section of the blog dedicated to wellness.
Mental health is no joke and if you suffer from anxiety, you know how paralyzing it can be sometimes. And what really sucks is that there’s still not enough talks around the issue, or accessible treatments. I’ve mentioned multiple times that in the recent years I’ve been dealing with anxiety, mood swings and insomnia. And while I’ve not yet been able to find the root of the problem, I’ve been working on treating it the best way I know of. By investing in a new wellness routine.
If you’ve been following me for a while you may have noticed that last month I took a step back from the blog and also took a shorter break from Instagram. You’ve may also noticed that I shared on my Stories some classes and treatments I’ve been doing at Saffron & Sage. I partnered with them on one of my favorite collaborations so far: exploring the power of homeopathy and holistic treatments to help me cope with anxiety and insomnia.
At Saffron & Sage, I had my initial consultation appointment with Cristin, who is the boss babe behind the space and the sweetest person in the world. There we discussed some of my mental and physical health issues, and what kind of treatments could help both my insomnia and anxiety. We decided to start with some yoga and meditation classes followed by acupuncture and an herbology session.
As Cristin and I were talking about mental and general health as well as homeopathic treatments, she told me that the reason she opened Saffron & Sage was because she herself went through a really rough health path in the past and decided to seek help from Homeopathy and holistic healthcare. She also told me that in order for to visit all of the practitioners who were treating her at the time she had to travel everywhere, sometimes even to LA and Tijuana. That was when she decided to organize her entire team of practitioners into one space, where other people going through similar problems could find help. And that’s how Saffron & Sage was born.
I just love how the space offers so many amazing services that go from Yoga and massages to Psychotherapy and Nutrition Therapy, and how everyone there is both very knowledgeable and sweet. They also offer gatherings and events, because they believe in the power of community and how that can people be/feel better.
But now let’s talk about my experience with their services.
I took a Restorative Yoga class with Rob, which set mood for my journey straight off the bat. Rob’s class was candlelit and uses blocks and blankets to help you achieve positions. I loved the fact that the class was really focused on intentions and relaxation. According to their page “Restorative yoga supports you in moving through spinal twists and hip openers. This form of yin-yoga incorporates mindfulness and meditation, deep breathing and visualization for a soothing practice.” I felt so great and calm after his class that I came back home and passed out super early.
Next thing was my acupuncture/cupping session, with Ana. She’s Brazilian, so needless to say that we clicked right away! If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what acupuncture is, let me give you a bit of a summary: acupuncture is a holistic treatment that uses needles to stimulate specific points of the body. Acupuncture can be beneficial to a range of conditions from headaches, pain and fertility issues to emotional disorders, insomnia and fatigue. According to Saffron & Sage’s page “ the goal of acupuncture is to promote and restore the balance of energy, which flows throughout the body.”
Truth be told, I’ve always been super interested in trying acupuncture, but also too scared to actually have a session, but to my relief it didn’t hurt AT ALL. In fact, the whole thing felt extremely relaxing to the point where I thought I was going to start floating around. I know this may sound a bit crazy, but it was like I could feel energy running through my body. The funny thing is that when I arrived and was being checked in, the girl who helped me said something like “I hope you took the whole day off, because you’ll feel so relaxed you’ll want to nap all day.” She wasn’t joking!
Before my session, I was sent a really long questionnaire that addressed every possible physical and emotional condition I have, as well as mine and my family’s medical history. Your first treatment starts with a really long talk with the practitioner, so she can address those conditions, and decide how the treatment should go. The points of one’s body where the needles are placed change depending on the person’s needs.
After talking to Ana, we decided to do a mixed session of acupuncture and cupping, because that would help with draining toxins and removing stagnation of my body. You’d be surprised by how much of difference that makes. Cupping has become increasingly popular and a lot of people have at least heard of it. “The use of cups allows for a stretching and opening of the tissues in the body. This lifting creates space for fluid to move and helps drain toxins and waste from the cells; than moves that waste out of the body.”
Since cupping also helps with organs that are not functioning properly, it can have a great deal of impact on your emotions. For instance, did you know that if there’s stagnation in some of digestive organs that can cause for them to overheat and cause feeling of anger, frustration and depression?
So the marks you see on people’s bodies after cupping are directly related to how much toxins and stagnation they have in their systems. Thankfully, Ana said my marks were pretty light colored, which means that my case isn’t so bad.
After my session I felt truly rejuvenated. Not only did they help me relax, but they also proved to be a great moment for me to disconnect and think about life, purpose and things that I need to cut out in order for me to stay emotionally healthy. I tend to have a really hard time disconnecting, that has become even worse after I started working from home, because my days start and end pretty much the same way: with me solving work problems from either my phone or my computer. So learning to disconnect and talking to a practitioner about those things reminded me that I should always try and put both my physical and emotional health first.
I was so happy to learn about Saffron & Sage and to be able to explore a series for treatments with them that so far have helped me feel and sleep a lot better. I’m still trying on some of their other treatments and intend to continue with the ones I’ve already started, so I’ll keep you guys posted in this section of the blog. The guys at Saffron and Sage wanted to extend their offerings to you guys so for a limited time you can use the following discount codes:
“CAMILA10” - $10 off a service at Saffron & Sage.
“CAMILA5” - $5 off a gathering.
“CAMILAGUEST” - first studio class for free.