Acupuncture anti-aging

Elite: Wellness awaits you!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Mellody Reyes

Elite Wellness is a facility located in Highland Park that focuses on "health, wellness and revitalization." They offer an extensive list of services and treatments as well as holistic therapies. "With an in-house Health Coach, Holistic Practitioner, Board Certified Chiropractor, Soft Tissue & Rehab Specialist, and Strength Trainer, Elite Wellness provides unparalleled care that is individualized to every client that walks through its doors."
 (You can read more about them here!)

From cryotherapy to cupping to corrective exercise treatments and even health coach counseling, at Elite they really do have something for everyone. I had the pleasure of paying Elite a visit and from the moment I walked in I was taken care of. I was blown away by how much I learned, not only about Elite and their practices and services, but more so about the wellness of my own physical body. I left feeling completely relaxed, rejuvenated and at ease.

My Visit:
Upon my arrival, I was kindly greeted and asked to fill out paper work regarding the Cryotherapy Treatment I'd be receiving. I then met with ____ who gave me a brief tour of the facility and informed me on everything they have to offer as well as the owners and how they came about. She then led me to the "other side" of the facility where I'd be meeting with Coach Mike Bystol of BPC to get an Advanced Athletic Assessment done. There are a lot of components to this facility so I decided to break them up. I'll begin with my AAA with Mr.Bystol himself.

BPC Sports Performance & Personal Training with Coach Mike Bystol: 

You guys don't understand how nervous and freaked out I was! I literally wanted to run out of there! I seen the words "advanced" and "athletic" together in the same sentence and started questioning my entire life. But there I was about to get assessed by a man who's trained with more professional athletes then I can even name. Could you say intimidated? I put myself in a completely vulnerable position! He commended my vulnerability and willingness to do this and that was nice!

My assessment with Mike was more then him telling me how out of shape I was. (I made that clear from the moment I met him! NO SHAME!) He asked me questions about stress, anxiety and sleep. It was more then just a physical assessment but a more in depth look into my inner weaknesses. AT BPC Sports Performance and Personal Training they believe the first step in developing speed, power, strength and agility is fixing the weak links in the human chain. This thought process is what differentiates them from any other type of training/personal training that we may be more familiar with. "Power, speed, agility, strength, flexibility and body composition" are the areas tested on during the assessment to give them a baseline understanding of where your currently at. He measured different areas of body fat that helped determining hormonal imbalances. He taught me about BioPrint Modulation "which takes away the redundancy of the mundane “one-size-fits-all” approach and provides a biochemistry blueprint to fat loss and body composition modifications". He measured how flexible I was, and how physically fit I was. He answered a lot of "whys" before I got a chance to ask and gave me solutions. As out of place as I felt at first, he made me feel extremely comfortable and I left our meeting wanting to completely indulge in his program as well as wanting to get my physical fitness together to better myself. On top of personal training, they offer a completely individualized nutritional and supplemental plan to work hand in hand to maximize weight loss and get you in the best possible shape inside and out!

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Read more on Mike Bystol and BPC.  

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Next was my first ever acupuncture experience. I was nervous and excited at the same time! I've heard great things about acupuncture so I was ecstatic to finally try it but I was nervous at the thought of getting pricked on my face with little tiny needles! (The mental visual also freaked me out, I'm not going to lie.) Cosmetic Acupuncture is a more natural alternative to Botox. Thin needles are strategically placed on the face to increase blood flow and collagen production to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It also gives you a rejuvenated fuller face (courtesy of the blood flow).

My acupuncturist was Ally. I absolutely loved Ally! Aside from being an amazing person, she was also an amazing acupuncturist. She talked me through each needle prick explaining the placement and the effect of it. She was very informative and knowledgeable and was happy to answer any questions I had. The treatment in itself was completely therapeutic. The scent of lavender essential oil filled the air in the spa room and the dim lighting had me ready for a midday nap. After removing the needles, Ally massaged my face to smooth out any blood vessels that can potentially lead to bruising. Overall, I felt an immediate difference IN my skin. It wasn't swollen, but because of the blood flow it did feel and look a lot fuller then when I walked in. It is suggested to schedule a Cryofacial Toning appointment following the cosmetic acupuncture treatment because they work hand in hand to deliver ultimate anti-aging results. Cryofacial Toning is said to "reduce or even eliminate" all inflammation and puffiness in the face which can be caused by the acupuncture. So that's where I was headed!

Cryofacial Toning: 

Cyrofacial Toning is the result of localized Cryotherapy that enhances the surface of the skin by shrinking pores and reducing (or eliminating) puffiness. The process is done by extremly cold air (-35 degrees I believe it was!) being blown onto the skin in specific directions for a certain amount of time. It is recommended to schedule ten sessions within the first month of treatment for "maximum rejuventaion" and follow up 1-2 maintenace sessions a month. Midway through my cryofacial toning appointment, it was suggested I take a selfie so that I can see the difference. At this point the entire right side of my face was completed. I literally felt my skin tighten (or freeze?) so to be able to actually see results within minutes of treatment was pretty neat! Who doesn't love immediate results? So we stopped and I took a selfie.

1) Don't judge. I know I look crazy but at this point I'd been physically assessed and my face had just gone through acupuncture. Give me a break!
2) I drew lines on my face so that you can see the difference between the two sides.

Isn't that crazy?!!! If you see the lines on my forehead, the left side slightly goes up. Proof is in the pudding. My skin has obviously tightened, my eyebrow is higher then Snoop Dog and my skin looks noticeably smoother. It's never too early to begin treating your skin to ANYTHING that will prevent aging. Cosmetic Acupuncture and Cryofacial Toning are both great additions to add in your anti-aging skin care regimen! Speaking of Cryo...

Wouldn't you want to stand in a chamber for 2-3minutes at -240degrees? Don't worry I didn't want to either. Nothing about that sounds intriguing right? In fact, it almost sounds torturous. However, what if I told you there was like a cazillion benefits to it? Increased energy levels, decreased pain and inflammation, improved muscle strength and joint function, decreased injury recovery time, improved immune system, decreased fatigue, and fewer skin blemishes to name a few? Freezing your arse off for 3 minutes is definitely worth all of the health and beauty benefits.

After my assessment with Coach Mike Bystol, I knew I was going to be sore! I felt it as soon as I walked out of the gym. Fortunately for me, I had a Whole Body Cryotherapy Treatment waiting for me at the end of the tunnel. The next day, I wasn't sore even though I knew that I should've been and I owe it all to this. I also did have more energy then usual and overall did feel less fatigued.You can read more about what Cryotherapy is and the many health benefits it has by clicking on here.

Whether you need help with your physical fitness, are dealing with stress, need to recovery from an injury, or want to see a change in your skin, Elite Wellness is definitely a place to keep in mind. Here you'll get answers and see results. They even have a Wellness Shop which carries essential oils, vitamins, supplements, and sleep products! Seriously, check them out. They have SO much to offer.

You can request a consultation or appointment for any of the services listed above by clicking here! Don't forget to mention HALFSTACK sent you! :)

Until next time folks!
Peace and love. 

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