Herbal Tonics to Reduce Stress

Stress is something that affects everybody. Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional tension or strain resulting from demanding or adverse circumstances. This can result in a multitude of symptoms, including headaches, muscle tension, pain, insomnia, worry, anxiety, depression and even disease. And according to a recent survey, nearly 77 percent of all Americans regularly experience physical or psychological symptoms caused by stress (American Institute of Stress, May 2017). continue reading »

Five Reasons Acupuncture Helps Reduce Stress

Stress is a word many people are familiar with. The dictionary defines stress in multiple ways, but there is only one that matters when we discuss how stress affects our physical bodies. The definition is this, “stress is a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension.” And while most people think of stress as being detrimental, it truly does have a function in our bodies. Stress is the body’s way of signaling for help or a break in the routine. If we don’t listen to these signals, we can develop imbalances in our bodies, which can then lead to illnesses. continue reading »

Ways to Keep Your Memory Sharp

Don’t forget about physical exercise

Believe it or not, when you’re exercising your body, you’re exercising your mind as well. Aerobic exercise gets your blood pumping, which increases the oxygen going to your brain and lowers your risk of disorders such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease that can lead to memory loss. If you can, start with some exercise in the morning. This can clear your head right off the bat to stay focused and alert during the day. Exercises that require coordination are especially helpful for keeping the mind active such as simply throwing a ball back and forth. continue reading »

Come to a fun workshop on Sunday March 13th 2pm to 4pm

Jumping for Joy

Spring into Life
Jumpstart your Body, Mind, and Energy

* Still feeling a bit sluggish after the holidays?
* Want to revitalize your energy?
* Want to feel less anger, worry, impatience, & frustration?

Come and learn how Chinese medicine and Reiki can help alleviate many of these symptoms and come away Springing into your Life!

Workshop includes a guided meditation, mini-acupuncture treatments, Reiki healings, and practical suggestions for balancing your energy and living fully this Spring. Come get your Qi fluffed! 🙂

Date: Sunday, March 13th
Time: 2 pm – 4 pm
Location: In the “Studio” at the Pacific Cultural Center
1307 Seabright Av, Santa Cruz
Cost: Sliding Scale $15-$30

For more information or to register, contact Marianne at or call 831-212-3090.

This educational, experiential and fun workshop will be facilitated by Marianne Benforado, Licensed Acupuncturist, and Joyce Leonard, Reiki Master Teacher/Practitioner, both with passions for helping people feel better in their bodies, minds, and spirits. Come and join us!

Beat Work Stress: 6 Tips To Feel Better and Work Better

relaxed-worker-082614The workplace is one of the top sources of stress in the average person’s life. According to a 2009 study conducted by the American Psychological Association (APA), a staggering 69% of employees in the U.S. say work is a “significant source of stress,” and 41% say they are tense throughout the workday. If you constantly feel stressed at work, try some of the following tips to create a more tranquil and relaxing work environment. continue reading »