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Five Eastern Practices to Boost Your Western Workout

Don't worry—warming up to Eastern medicine won’t make you a monk. These treatments can give you a boost whether you’re running a marathon or rehabbing a muscle you messed up in the gym.
Five Eastern Practices to Boost Your Western Workout

You know Oriental medicine—it’s all hippies, healing crystals, and a medicine man your girlfriend told you about when she was reading Eat, Pray, Love. Hate to break it to you, but you’re a little off base. We were in the dark, too, until we learned about what practices like acupuncture, moxibustion, and cupping can do to make our everyday workouts better.

Turns out, there’s a new age-y remedy for everything from preventing injuries to speeding up recovery to boosting endurance, and runners, golfers, and run-of-the-mill gym rats are among the holistic health center clientele lining up to receive these treatments. Even the New York Mets and other MLB teams are jumping on the bandwagon.

But don’t worry if your relationship with acupuncture ends at a mental picture of somebody getting pricked like a human voodoo doll. We asked Lisa Alvarez, a licensed and board certified acupuncturist and master level Reiki practitioner at Healing Foundations in Chicago, to walk us through five holistic therapies that can make you a better athlete.

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