Wipe Your Stress Slate Clean – The Acupuncture Lounge

When I was referred to acupuncture by my physician, I initially thought he was an idiot.

A form of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture was the last thing on my mind to help me reduce stress. Weren’t there other options? No – little tiny needles stuck in me like a pushpin would be the way to go, he said!

I’m sure most of us have assumptions regarding acupuncture, but I think these assumptions come from a lack of knowledge. Allow me drop some learning:

  • Acupuncture doesn’t hurt. The needles are barely thicker than a human hair.
  • Many people associate needles with drawing blood or getting a shot – these are hollow needles, and sometimes painful. Accupuncture needles are virtually painless.
  • While Eastern practitioners describe acupuncture as the free-flowing of energy or life force within the body, many Western practitioners explain acupuncture as places to stimulate nerves, muscle, and connective tissue.
  • Acupuncture is used to reduce pain, relieve stress and allergies, and much more.

On Groupon, I found an offer for a $17 acupuncture treatment, thought “what the hell”, and purchased. Before purchasing, I made sure to look up the local center providing the Groupon to confirm reputation – The Acupuncture Lounge has nothing but raving clients and good reviews, so I was quite confident that I would be in the best hands there.

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The session I had purchased was for one-hour in a group setting. It might sound strange to be laying down and receiving treatment in the presence of a group of people, right? Wrong. No one’s concerned with you – they’re too busy relaxing and enjoying their own sessions. The Acupuncture Lounge makes it easy to enjoy the session and relax, wiping your stress slate clean. The soft music enhances the experience, and all three times that I’ve visited, I’ve been able to take a nice little siesta.

The staff at Acupuncture Lounge are friendly and helpful, answering any questions that you may have. They’re also relatable, and able to provide plenty of helpful tips to continue your stress-free journey after your sessions.

Frequency of visits really depends on what you’re going to treatment for – The Acupuncture Lounge will be happy to help you carve out a plan.

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Check out the Acupuncture Lounge on Facebook by clicking on this picture. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, June 2014

 

I’m happy that my physician recommended acupuncture; like I said, I would never have thought about this sort of treatment for stress, but it really is helping. I enjoy, and look forward to, my once per week visits – it helps me wipe the stress slate clean, and recollect myself. It helps me to remember my own goals and to focus on them, rather than sweating what we call “the small stuff”.

 

Acupuncture can be used for ailments other than stress – helping with quitting smoking, pain, allergies, migraines – you name it. Check out the Acupuncture Lounge and give them a call with any questions you may have – try something different! You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

 

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Be Inspired: Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs

Yesterday, Steve and I (Kirsten) journeyed to Colorado Springs for the first time since moving to Colorado a year ago. Equipped with snacks, water, cameras, and a little dog, we hiked for a few hours throughout Garden of the Gods.

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Steve & Moguls, checking out the view. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

Garden of the Gods is a registered National Natural Landmark located about an hour south of Denver on i25. There are about 15 miles’ worth of trails throughout the park, all of which outlined on a FREE map provided by the Visitor & Nature Center Information Desk. For our first trip, we stuck to the paved walkways and took note of interesting looking trails for next time. We couldn’t have asked for better weather!

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

Climbers are allowed in designated areas of the park with proper permits and equipment. Honestly, one of the coolest experiences at the park was watching climbers clench to the side of these massive, jagged rocks.

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

 

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

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A Boy and his Nikon. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

 

Garden of the Gods is a great place for all ages! The views are spectacular, and the hiking is amazing. There are all levels of trails throughout the park with maps posted throughout. Also, it’s a great workout for you and your furry friend, just remember to keep them on a leash at all times.

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

 

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Steve and Kirsten exploring Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

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Steve looking for the best shot in Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

 

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

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Garden of the Gods. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

If you’re ever in the mood for being inspired by more of Colorado’s natural beauty, check out Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Visit their Visitor and Nature Center, climb the massively jagged rocks, or hike one of the several trails.  They have tons of events relating to geology, tours, and more. Also, check out the other sights in the park, like Balanced Rock.

Jonesy’s Eat Bar – A Favorite Denver Gastropub

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Right outside Jonesy’s on the corner of 20th & Logan in downtown Denver, Colorado. Click on the picture to visit their Facebook Page.  Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Mar 2014

Your first question may be, “What is a gastropub?” This type of establishment reflects the warm comforts of your neighborhood bar while still dishing up some delicious, high-end food. At Jonesy’s, the food boasts fun creativity, collecting comfort foods from around the globe and recreating them at an affordable price.

 

Opened in 2008, Jonesy’s focuses on the simple pleasures of relaxing at a local eatery. An insta-comfort zone, Jonesy’s is built with a welcoming atmosphere, supporting the wino and Colorado Craft Beer junky alike; bonus – they ALSO cater to foodies near and far. The menu is anything but foreign- it’s simple to pick out old favorites with a new, funky twist.

A speciality of Jonesy’s are their ridiculously addictive fries in several flavors.The header of the fry menu states “Best fries in the US + Best in Denver”; DenverSpeax is here to assure you that they were not fibbing a bit. And, why is that? Oh, because we tried all of them.

That’s right – 3 mouths, one sitting, 5 plates of fries: 

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Thai Ginger fries at Jonesy’s – click on the link to check out their Facebook Page! Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Mar 2014

To get a feel of what we were in for, we began with the Thai Ginger, a plate bursting at the seams with a powerful kick of spice teamed up with a sweet thai chili glaze.

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Getting our snack on at Jonesy’s Eat Bar – pictured is a fantastic vegetarian option, The Tuscan Veggie sub chocked full of sautéed harvest mushrooms, stewed garlic tomatoes, gorgonzola, arugula. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Mar 2014

After eating one plate of fries, we had to check out what was going on with the rest of the menu. Luckily, we were able to try the other fry flavors via sides with our meals! The Buffalo Fries were to die for; crumbly, blue cheese with mouth-watering buffalo wing sauce smothered over a heap of hot, crispy fries.

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Bacon Mac’ n Cheese fries? Don’t mind if we do! Check out the menu by clicking on the picture. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Mar 2014

 

We loved how the fries were crispy at first, but eventually soaked up the sauce of whichever flavor we tried. There may, or may not have been, an argument regarding whether the first or last bites were the best.

 

By the end of this magical Jonesy’s journey, we were stuffed. Plates of fries, Colorado craft beer, entree’s…. BUT WE COULDN’T STOP. So we did what any sensible person does when they’re over-stuffed and unbuttoning the top button on their jeans, and ordered dessert.

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A dish created so well, no drop could be left behind – check out other dessert options at Jonesy’s by clicking on this picture! Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Mar 2014

Vietnamese ice cream atop a chocolate brownie – a fantastic collaboration of sweet, rich, and indulgent. The Vietnamese ice cream was most definitely the best we had ever tasted, agreeing that this should be a weekly splurge. Oddly enough, the dessert kind of resembled what we loved about the fries – the smothered goodness of flavor, enhancing each fry as they sat and soaked.

Stop by and check out Jonesy’s at 400 E 20th Ave in Denver. The environment provides a great outlet to wind down the week. Also, the patio should be opening soon due to this amazing weather we’re having – sit outside, take a load off, and enjoy a brew and some fries!

 

 

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