September 11, 2001

I was having a conversation with a couple of  friends recently about time and how quickly it seems to be passing by us all when the topic turned to September 11th, 2001.  It is unbelievable that it will be ten years this coming Sunday since I awoke to my roommate slack-jawed and  gawking at a plane crashing into the tower on TV.  I was sleepy eyed and confused, thinking he was watching some end of the world movie, it must have taken me 30 minutes to be convinced that it was real.  Ten years later it still feels pretty unreal that something like that could have happened and I am certain that the families of the victims of 9/11/2001 will never stop feeling the aftershocks of that awful day.   Ten years later I hlive on the other side of the country, I have completed two degrees, I changed careers and started my own business and I have grown and changed in countless ways.  Let us all remember as we hold the space for the victims of 9/11 to be thankful for this life that we have, for the opportunities and freedom to work towards our aspirations and to enjoy all of these moments.  We can never know what the next 10 years will bring.  

Looking for a way to honor the Victims of 9/11?  
Here are a few links of events being held in our area:

Do Massages Do Anything Besides Relax You?


Answer: Massage therapy — or simply massage — was first employed thousands of years ago. Ancient writings include references to massage in Greece, Japan, China, Egypt, and the Indian subcontinent.

Massage first became popular in the United States during the 19th century. In the middle of the 20th century, advances in medicine overshadowed massage treatment. Then, massage started a revival in the 1970s.

There are more than 80 kinds of massage that manipulate soft tissue. The purpose of massage is to relax the tissue, increase the flow of blood and oxygen, and decrease pain.

The following are some common types of massage therapy:

  • Shiatsu massage: The therapist applies varying, rhythmic pressure from the fingers on parts of the bodythat are believed to be important for the flow of a vital energy called qi.
  • Deep tissue massage: This form of therapy employs patterns of strokes and deep finger pressure on parts of the body where muscles are tight.
  • Swedish massage: The therapist uses long strokes, kneading, and friction on the muscles. Joints are moved to increase flexibility.
  • Trigger point massage: This is also known as pressure point massage. The therapist applies deep focused pressure on knots that can form in the muscles and cause symptoms in other parts of the body.

Massage has been found to be effective for patients with these conditions: low back pain, cancer, heart bypass surgery, anxiety, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome and high blood pressure.

Researchers at Ohio State University tested the benefits of massage. Here are some findings:

  • Within days, muscles massaged after exercise recovered about 60 percent of their strength. This result compared to recovery of about 14 percent of strength in muscles that were simply rested.
  • Muscles massaged after exercise had fewer damaged fibers and almost no sign of white blood cells, compared to rested muscles. The absence of white blood cells indicates that the body did not have to work to repair muscle damage after exercise.
  • The massaged muscles weighed about 8 percent less than the rested muscles, indicating a reduction in swelling.

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) has a national service to locate qualified therapists near you. You can access this service by calling toll-free 1-888-THE-AMTA. Or, you can use the online locator at

The following are some tips from AMTA to get the most out of a massage:

  • Don’t eat just before a massage.
  • Be on time. If you arrive in a rushed state, it may take longer to relax.
  • Take off only as much clothing as you are comfortable removing. Make sure the clothing that you leave on will allow the therapist to massage you.
  • If you are allergic to any oils, lotions or powders, tell your massage therapist, who can use a substitute.
  • During the massage, report any discomfort.
  • Relax your muscles and your mind during the massage.
  • Breathe normally to help you relax.
  • If you’re dizzy or light-headed after the massage, do not get off the table too fast.
  • Drink extra water after your massage.

By Fred Cicetti, MyHealthNewsDaily Contributor
If you would like to read more columns, you can order a copy of “How to be a Healthy Geezer”
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July Last Thursday on Alberta Street!


This was a really fun event.  The artist,  Betsy Levine is full of beautifully fun energy and her work is absolutely stunning.  The show will remain on our walls until just before the next event so feel free to set up a time with us to come check it out!  Join us for our next event on August 25th with free massage, food, infusions by Jay and music by DJ TrickAssedMarxist!  
Want to show art at our space?  Email Rose at!

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Come get a massage in our new outdoor treatment space!  It’s fairly private, though for the very modest you may want to where gym shorts or a two piece suit:)  Email us to try out the new space!!!

Last Thursday!!


Alberta Street on the June Last Thursday event!  You really can’t miss the next one which is on Thursday July 28th!  Written on the Body will host our monthly event from 7:30 to 10pm with new art, live beats by DJ TrickAssedMarxist, homebrew by Abby, Infusions by Jay, massage, acupuncture and prizes!!!  You will also get to check out our new outdoor treatment space:)  YES YES YES!!

Why get Acupuncture?

Acupuncture BenefitsAcupuncture treats both acute and chronic problems. It also helps to prevent disease by increasing overall energy and strengthening immunity. The World Health Organization officially recognizes acupuncture as effective for over 100 illnesses, including:


  • Common cold & flu
  • Sinus infection
  • Hay fever
  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma


  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Nerve pain


  • PMS
  • Irregular or painful menstruation
  • Pregnancy-related problems
  • Menopause
  • Impotency


  • Neck & back pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Trauma
  • Athletic injuries


  • Ulcers
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome


  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Drug and alcohol addiction

Read the full article about Acupuncture at

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Mother’s day is this weekend and I want to know what you are planning for that super lady in your life? 
When I think about a world without mother’s I just get sad, let’s celebrate the huge and incredible contributions that all mother’s make to this universe! 

Want to know a little more about Acupuncture?

Two New Studies Show Acupuncture Relieves Hot Flashes By Good News Network Thursday, April 07, 2011 Women suffering from hot flashes associated with menopause may have another alternative to hormone replacement therapy, according to two new studies showing that treatment with acupuncture significantly reduces the severity and frequency of hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause.Leslie, a busy business woman in Vancouver, found her hot flashes and sleep deprivation debilitating until she finally tried acupuncture. “I knew I didn’t want to take hormone therapy, but hot flashes and night sweats were waking me up almost every night, and I was finding it really hard to function during the day.””After my treatment with acupuncture I started feeling better, and after a few weeks of acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbal therapy, I noticed major relief. The number of hot flashes decreased dramatically, and I was actually sleeping through the night.”

One study, conducted by the Ankara Training and Research Hospital in Ankara, Turkey, documented similar outcomes with acupuncture. It included 53 postmenopausal women. Twenty-seven of the women received traditional Chinese acupuncture for 20 minutes, twice a week for 10 weeks. The rest believed they were given acupuncture treatment, but the needles didn’t actually penetrate their skin. The women who received real acupuncture showed significant drops in the severity of their hot flashes.

The result of another study, presented by the National Research Center in Alternative and Complementary Medicine, University of Tromsø, Norway, showed “significant reduction in the severity and frequency of hot flushes in postmenopausal women undergoing a 12 week course of acupuncture.”

Researchers are still trying to understand how this 2000-year-old treatment affects menopausal symptoms. According to Lorne Brown, clinical director of Acubalance Wellness Centre in Vancouver, “Studies have shown that acupuncture appears to bring hormones into balance and reduce anxiety through a process called homeostatic regulation: buffering hormonal disturbance and stimulating feel-good endorphins.”

Dr. Jerilynn Prior, UBC professor of endocrinology, author and world expert on women’s hormones, states: “This research supports a large body of anecdotal evidence that acupuncture can safely relieve hot flushes and night sweats–it may ‘work’ by decreasing the stress responses that we know make hot flushes worse.”

For Leslie, acupuncture has allowed her to resume her life. “Not only am I getting relief from hot flashes and the overwhelming fatigue and exhaustion, but I’m so glad to have the option of a safe, effective treatment for my menopause symptoms that actually improves my overall health.”

Terje Alraek of the University of Tromsø says in a press statement: “After menopause, 10% – 20% of all women have nearly intolerable hot flushes. The promising results of the Acuflash study suggest that acupuncture can help.”

The 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition has already become popular in the West for the reduction of symptoms related to arthritis, back, neck, knee and shoulder pain, and even infertility.