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Between managing your evil boss, bratty sister, and decidedly untrained house pet, you barely have time to think the word relax, never mind add it to the list of things to actually do.

But acupuncturist Gurneet Singh and aesthetician Laura Kuhl can help you find the calm (among the bitching and the puppy pee) with their Shen Facial.

The pair works like a Zen tag team. During your consultation, you’ll describe your skin type and your body’s rhythms to Kuhl and Singh, who will then check your pulse and tongue to determine how your body is functioning.

After placing acupuncture needles on the body, they’ll administer a gentle facial, Reiki treatment, and a craniosacral massage.

The two-hour process should leave you more relaxed than you’ve ever been in your life.

At least until work tomorrow.

Available at Triune, 325 Cherry Street (215-627-6279 or

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By: Jaime Bramble

Acupuncture is hardly "new" news. The ancient Chinese practice has been around for more than 2,000 years. And yet so many of us still know so little about it.

Gurneet Singh, a registered acupuncturist and owner of Lotus Healing in Old City's Triune, discussed the finer, well, "points" of this often misunderstood practice. The second I entered her bright, plant-filled, Eastern-inspired treatment room at Triune I had a sense of ease.

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine based upon the concept of balance; when the body is out of balance, it's susceptible to illness, fatigue and general distress. Balance is affected by qi (pronounced "chee"), the energy that's continuously running through our bodies along a series of specific points that line up and form meridians. When the meridians are blocked, the qi cannot flow smoothly, balance is disrupted, and the body does not function optimally.

Acupuncture is the stimulation of these points via very thin, sterile needles, thus unblocking the meridians. If images of human voodoo dolls come to mind, relax. These are thinner than even your tiniest sewing needle, and extremely flexible. Singh only inserts them 1/8", and clients seldom feel pain. In fact, some even fall asleep. Then, the mind can check out while the body begins healing.

This happens in all sorts of wonderful ways. Free-flowing qi means you may not need that extra cup of coffee in the morning. Your inexplicable breakouts may clear up. And the cramps, mood swings, and Ghirardelli cravings you've been having every month may finally subside. In fact, acupuncture is used to help ills ranging from infertility to menopause, allergies, addiction, musculoskeletal pain, gastrointestinal problems, anxiety, depression and so on.

But say you're not exactly sure what is bugging you, just that something's not quite right? Singh addresses this with the very first visit, a slightly longer session wherein she takes a detailed inventory of each new client to map their unique body and lifestyle in order to create a customized holistic treatment plan. The pulse is taken, the tongue examined, and questions are asked regarding their mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual states. From this initial meeting, she gathers enough data to determine which points are most pivotal to their healing process.

She also offers additional therapies, both traditional and modern, that may increase the effectiveness of the acupuncture. All promote the restoration of balance, the movement of qi, and the elimination of toxins that can build up without our even realizing it. The result is pure health, the kind that makes you glow from the inside. After all, a 2,000-year-old history can't be wrong.

Lotus Healing, Triune, 325 Cherry St., Philadelphia, 215.627.6279
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Foods to Keep You Cool

WPVI By Anita Brikman

- What you eat and drink can help you keep cool during the summer heat.

First off, we all know to drink plenty of water and other fluids in a heat wave. But how much? Chiropractor Jeffrey Sklar of the Triune Wellness Center, uses a simple rule of thumb.

Jeffrey Sklar, D.C./Triune Wellness Center: "Take your weight, divide it in half and drink that many ounces of water."

So a 130 pound woman should drink about 65 ounces, which equals about 8 cups. Gurneet Singh, an acupuncturist with the practice, says according to traditional Chinese medicine, the most cooling summer foods also have a higher water content.

Gurneet Singh, RAC/ (her office is located in the Triune Wellness Center): "Think about fruits that when you bite into them they are very juicy, very tasty."

Items like that are apples, peaches, nectarines and oranges and other citrus fruits. As for vegetables, eat more leafy greens, tomatoes and celery. Those are all easy for the body to break down.

"You're also getting a lot of great vitamins, mineral, micronutrients and antioxidants, which are going to help protect your skin a little bit."

Singh advises cutting back on meats, which are harder to digest, and getting more protein from beans. And surprisingly, spices, like ginger, or hot peppers boost the body's own cooling mechanism.

"Add a pinch, sweat a little bit, but then cool off afterward."

Another surprise, limit super-cold foods, like ice cream or ice cold drinks. Those things actually make you feel more sluggish.

"Your digestive system actually likes things to be a little bit warm, so if you can choose it's probably a little better that your liquids are at room temperature."

Two other cooling pieces of advice: don't stop exercising on hot days, but maybe switch to a more gentle type, like walking or yoga. And try some herbal teas like chrysanthemum, mint or chamomile. Add ice and a little honey, for a healthy ice tea without caffeine.