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All events $10 and held at Glow unless otherwise specified.

Space is limited and will be reserved for pre-paid participants.

Please call to reserve your spot: 206-568 -7545.

Managing Chronic Illness — Tuesday, July 12th, 6-7 PM
Facilitated by Tina Michalski, MSW

Any chronic illness means that the individual will make some adjustments in their life, which may include adjustment to physical limitations, as well as changes in our thoughts, beliefs, emotions and behavior, in response to the illness.

Group and individual therapy can help restructure our thinking processes to more realistic and helpful thoughts, which can help to  effectively manage the stress of the illness, as well as the anxiety and depression that can manifest. Counseling also means that you are more likely to follow the treatment plans and recommendations of your medical providers, and have better physical health.

Postural Assessments: Your gait and spineWednesday, July 13th, 2-3 PM
Facilitated by Dr. Heather Bergdors, DC, DABCO

Curious where your body has overcompensation or imbalances? Learn how to personalize your activities based on your current musculoskeletal structure.
Supportive Care for Cancer Survivors — Wednesday, July 13th, 6-7 PM
Facilitated by Derek Kirkham, DAOM EAMP

Join East Asian medicine practitioner Derek Kirkham for a free discussion on how East Asian medicine can benefit cancer survivors. The innovations of conventional care, i.e. chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, have enabled more and more people to survive cancer. However, while these therapies are powerful tools in the fight against cancer, they can simultaneously damage the systems within the body during and after treatment. Healthy systems are crucial for recovery. This discussion will cover helpful tips on rebuilding the body’s vital energy (Qi) and creating an internal environment that promotes healthy living.

Discussion topics:
– Basic theories of East Asian medicine
– How acupuncture, herbs and foods can support the body during survivorship
– The benefits of Tai Qi and Qi Gong
– And much more…

Breaking Weight Loss Plateaus with hCG Programs — Thursday, July 14th, 6-7 PM
Facilitated by Dr. Eric Nissen ND

Find out if an hCG weight loss plan is right for you.Learn how hCG works, how to qualify for the program, potential side effects(which are minimal), and typical experiences and results you canexpect.
Get More from Your Acupuncture: Intro to Chinese Medicine — Monday, July 18th, 4-5 PM
Facilitated by Lindsey Lawson, MS EAMP, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

Learn how diet, exercise, Qi Gong and Chinese Medicine can enhance your acupuncture sessions. Find out how living seasonally can impact your health. Learn how to make the most of the Qi you’ve got for optimal health. This class is perfect for new patients, as well as veteran patients, who want to learn more.


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Treat mom to a day of relaxation at Glow on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 8th. She will enjoy an aromatherapy massage, tea and snacks, and leave with a tulip to celebrate the day.

$50 for a one hour massage

Reserve her appointment today!

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by Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

I love cupping. It is useful for both  diagnosis and treatment of various conditions. Western conditions that can benefit from cupping include respiratory issues (chest congestion, asthma, and cough), pain conditions (acute and chronic neck and back pain, headaches), menstrual irregularities (PMS, cramping),stress (including sleep issues and tension,) and some gastrointestinal issues.

As an acupuncturist at Glow, I’ve been trained in the Eastern art of diagnosis according to the patients symptoms. For instance, the Oriental medical condition cupping treats is stasis or stasis with heat. This means that it is effective is treating any conditions with fixed stabbing type pain (vs. diffuse, achy pain which is better with pressure.)

Cupping is a suction technique which creates pumping action inside the muscle by drawing blood to the surface and allowing new blood to flow into the muscle to allow repair and healing. It’s kind of like a reverse massage.This can either be done using a lit cotton ball to create a vacuum (called fire cupping) or with specialized cups  that allow air to be pumped out (called air cupping.)It leaves round “hickies “ on the back which can be purple, red or dark-colored. The color and duration of the marks  indicates the amount of stasis or heat in the body. The more stagnation (or stasis) that is present, the more purple the marks. The more heat that is present the redder the marks.

Cupping is usually done on the back but can be done anywhere that suction can be created. For contradictions as well as a history of cupping see this article in Acupuncture Today.

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Many of you may remember when I volunteered, giving acupuncture for post traumatic stress, after hurricane Katrina. That experience was incredibly powerful for me. I have never  felt so connected, so part of the human family. This kind of disaster knows no boundaries. It crosses lines of wealth, race and status. I saw homes flattened.  There were men whose eyes were dull and who owned nothing more than the clothes on their backs. They had lost everything. Those homes left standing had the pungent stench of toxic mold.

Acupuncture served as a reset button for the central nervous system.  People who hadn’t slept thru the night since the storm were sleeping. The nightmares were less and the flashbacks less frequent. They were profoundly grateful for the help they received.

 In the wake of the devastation that Haiti has experienced Acupuncturists Without Borders is again offering their services to those in need.  The following is an excerpt from their update sent out this past week. I encourage you to donate to this worthy grassroots cause. http://www.acuwithoutborders.org/index.html Seattle can help Haiti!

AWB Executive Director, Diana Fried, and AWB Haiti

Operations Manager, Julia Raneri arrived in Port-au-

Prince, Haiti Wednesday morning, February 3. We

wanted to send you a brief report as soon as possible

from the field.

Diana says:

“We were able to land here after all and didn’t need to do

the grueling drive from the Dominican Republic. There

are lines and crowds of people waiting for food

distribution and buildings flattened everywhere. Everyone

has heart breaking stories to tell. We have already given

several treatments. Roger Brierre, friend of Jean and

Eric, our generous and lovely Haitian hosts, is driving us

around in his truck. Now and then the ground under the

truck moves, and Roger says his heart jumps because

he fears it is another earthquake.

Here is an excerpt from the New York Times on January


“Meanwhile, government health officials on Thursday

reported that the psychological impact of the disaster is

becoming more apparent in the symptoms being seen at

general clinics run by Doctors Without Borders.

One, in the rural town of Leogane near the epicenter of

the Jan. 12 earthquake, reported that about half of the

people receiving treatment were suffering from mental


The International Medical Corps, which is overseeing

operations at the general hospital in Port-Au-Prince, also

brought in a mental health specialist to help begin dealing

with emerging concerns of post-traumatic stress

disorder and other problems.”

Roger Brierre, Diana and Julia’s current guide, sends a message:

“We want to say to all American people and the government of the United States that have been helping Haitians that we really appreciate their help. However the earthquake was so devastating to our people. Please do your best to keep helping the people of Haiti.”Trauma recovery will definitely be needed as the rubble clears, and survivors have water, emergency medical care, food, and shelter.

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