Monday, December 30, 2013

Pam's Calendars

Happy New Year!
Please come visit Sarana and pick up a FREE 2014 calendar, hand-drawn by our own Pam Chang. She lovingly creates a different calendar every year. You can see this year's image above. Supplies are limited so stop by and get some acupuncture soon and grab one while we still have them.

What Pam says about her calendars:

I learned architectural illustration in the mid-1970s, back when architecture students were taught freehand drawing. I've drawn a calendar most years since 1985. At first, the subjects were buildings that I'd recently seen.
Now, the calendars feature anything significant of the year for me. I've drawn monuments, mountains, acupuncture points of the hand, Chinese herbs, mushrooms, the Sarana nautilus logo, honeybees, and lately, animals of the Chinese zodiac.

The drawings are done in pencil and/or ink, drawn from life or copied from photographs. I usually do 2-3 drafts before beginning a final tracing. After selecting a topic, each calendar takes 30-some hours of sporadic work squeezed into the weeks between Thanksgiving and the New Year.

Pictures of sheep or goats or other nominations for the 2015 calendar are welcome!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Tote Bags!

 We have some beautiful new tote bags for sale at the clinic! Perfect for errands, groceries, workout supplies, a trip to the library or the farmers' market.

They are $15 each, including tax.
Printed by Vacord Screen Printing - A POCA co-op member shop.

Supplies are limited so come by and grab one soon!

Monday, December 2, 2013

December 2013 / Christmas / New Year's Schedule Changes

  • Saturday 12/7 - Reduced Hours 10 am - 1 pm
  • Wednesday 12/11 - Catie works for Lynn -  9:30 am  2 pm
  • Tuesday 12/24 - Reduced Hours: 10 am - 1 pm with Tatyana, 1 - 4 pm with Pam
  • Wednesday 12/25 - CLOSED for Christmas Day
  • Saturday 12/28 - Reduced Hours 10 am - 1 pm, Amanda works for Sean
  • Tuesday 12/31 - Reduced Hours - 10 am - 2 pm with Lynn
  • Wednesday 1/1/14 - FREE acupuncture, 1 - 4 pm with both Tatyana and Pam

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving Weekend Schedule

~Wednesday 11/27 - Pam works 2- 6 pm for Tatyana, closing a bit early
~Thursday 11/28 - CLOSED for Thanksgiving Day
~Friday 11/29 - REDUCED HOURS - 11 am - 3 pm with Pam, no massage
~Saturday 11/30 and Sunday 12/1 - Regular hours and practitioners, last TWO for ONE weekend, so bring your visiting friends and family in for and acu-nap!

Our thanks to Manchester Acupuncture Studio for the image.
Have a wonderful holiday!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Meet Our New Acupuncturist!

We are excited to welcome Sean Carson, L.Ac. to Sarana practitioner team! Sean will be working:

Mondays 2 - 6:30 pm
Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm

starting 10.26.13

About Sean:
I was born and raised in Californian suburbia. After escaping to UC Davis in the early 90s, I found myself unexpectedly studying tai chi, qi gong, and Chinese herbal medicine with a local master who indelibly influenced my life.
This fortuitous meeting led to my becoming an herbal pharmacist and assistant to one of the few local acupuncturists. It wasn't long before I knew that I found my calling. I remember looking at my first acupuncture school course catalog back in 1993, but it took more than 10 years before I actually made it to acupuncture school. Sometimes the river of life has other things in store for us, and the challenges I faced have made me a more mature and grounded practitioner today.

When I first encountered the community acupuncture model, something inside me felt electrified. I had sensed for a long time that something was missing from my education and the practice model we were indoctrinated into. The variety of publications and blog posts that I came across on the POCA Web site gave voice to my dissatisfaction. Acupuncture is beautiful, and it should be available to everyone!

When I am not practicing, I am often contemplating all kinds of things related to acupuncture and medicine, ideally sitting under a tree (preferably a redwood). I've been known to frequent open mic nights and karaoke bars as an enthusiastic participant, go dancing on a whim, and I still try to keep up with my tai chi and qi gong practice that my late master taught me all those years ago.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Practitioner Schedule Changes for May and June

There is lots of travel coming up for Sarana staff.
See our schedule changes for May and for June (click on the month names).
Remember to stick with your treatment plan - acupuncture needs consistent application for good results.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March 2013 Schedule Changes and Substitutions

Amanda's Maternity Leave: Our acupuncturist Amanda Quvus will begin her maternity leave on March 9, 2013.
Her last pre-leave work shift will be on Friday, March 8, 2013.
Amanda's estimated return to Sarana will be sometime in June (we will keep you posted).
We wish her a smooth and easy birth and much joy and health!

The following practitioners will be helping out during Amanda's Leave:
  • Ardemis Tajirian, L.Ac. will be taking over Wednesday 9:30 am - 2 pm shift starting March 13, 2013.
  • Amy Chang will work Friday 3/15 11 am - 3 pm
  • Lynn Bertzyk, L.Ac. will be will be taking over Friday 11 am - 3 pm shift starting March 22, 2013
For more information about our new practitioners see our March newsletter.

New Saturday Hours:  Starting on March 9, 2013, our Saturday hours will change to 12 - 4 pm, with Amy Chang as the practitioner. There will be no morning hours on Saturdays until further notice.

Massage substitutions:
Sally Nelson (who usually offers massage on Mondays) will be working for Sarah Lovett on Friday 3/15 and Friday 3/22, 3 - 6 pm

Monday, February 18, 2013

2013 Yin Water Snake Year‏

Happy Lunar New Year!

February 10th, 2013 marks the beginning of the Year of the Yin Water Snake. The Chinese horoscope is based on a cycle of 12 animals (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig) and 5 elements, (wood, fire, earth, metal and water). Thus, a particular animal-element combination recurs only once every 60 years. In previous water snake years: (1833) the British Parliament passed the Slavery Abolition Act giving all slaves in the British Empire their freedom and the the Factory Acts limiting child labor; (1893) a crash on the New York stock exchange set off the first US depression; Gandhi committed his first act of civil disobedience in India; (1953) James D. Watson and Francis Crick announced their discovery of the structure of the DNA molecule; Queen Elizabeth II was crowned; Dwight Eisenhower was president; and Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
The snake is a magical animal in Chinese Astrology. Like the dragon (which the snake can transform into), the snake relates well to large scale events: earthquakes, tides, and underground and hidden, current-like change. The snake is deep, wise, calm, still and solitary, but is capable of lightning quick precise strikes. Following are prognostications offered by Daoist scholar Liu Ming.
  • General Recommendations: Look at the big scale and pay close attention to the under-currents in all things. This year's energy is inappropriate for small and delicate matters. The spring time may be volatile. Do not rush forward this spring or get anxious this summer. Wait until fall and autumn unfold. A key expression to embrace for the water snake year is "I do not know". Withdrawal and patient observation may lead to sudden un-asked for clarity.
  • Political Arena: 2013 is the first Snake year since 9/11. Similar incidents are possible but this Snake year also holds the possibility of spiritual realization to simple kindnesses that may defuse cataclysm. There is much possibility for awakening in the snake year, and there is a great chance for the peacemakers' messages being heard and followed.
  • In business and finance, best strategies are to focus on investments for long-term benefit. The snake knows that the resources of the world belong to all of us. The business model of the water snake is to work beyond boundaries on all scales – local and international. Altruism and giving away what you don't need is the heartbeat of the water snake. 
  • In regard to health, chronic conditions will be difficult to treat. Sudden acute symptoms will be common but self-resolving. Thinking less will enhance immunity. 
  • In the Inner Realm, religious doctrines will continue to divide us from each other. However, the water snake year provides a splendid open spiritual door seen only once every 60 years that allows us to go inside our own hearts and find an 'ordinary' life of generosity, fairness, and thoroughness.
Famous snake year people include: Abraham Lincoln, Alfred Nobel (founder of the Nobel prize), Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Feodor Dostoyevsky, Edgar Allen Poe, Mae West, Mao Tse Tung, Martin Luther King, Ferdinand Marcos, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Pablo Picasso, John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, Oprah Winfrey, and Prime Minister Tony Blair

The water snake year is particularly auspicious for those born in dragon years, most monkey years, and rooster years.

The water snake year will be succeeded by the yang wood horse year beginning on January 31, 2014.

Friday, February 1, 2013

New / Longer Saturday and Sunday Hours!

We are excited to announce expanded weekend hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm!*

Amanda continues to work 10 am - 2 pm, Amy works 12 - 4 pm on 2/9/13, 2/16/13 and 3/2/13*

Sundays: Our new acupuncturist, Lynn Bertzyk (see introduction below) starts working 10 am - 2 pm and Amy moves to working 12 - 4 pm  starting 2/10/13

*Amanda will be taking her maternity leave starting in early to mid-March and at that time our Saturday schedule will be 12 - 4 pm only with Amy. Sundays will continue 10 am - 4 pm. Please look for the announcement of all other related schedule changes in our next newsletter.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

January / February 2013 Substitutions and Schedule Changes

  • Saturday 1/19 -- Amy works for Amanda 10 am - 2 pm
  • Monday 1/21 - Regular hours for MLK Day
  • Sunday 1/27 -- Pam works for Amy 10 am - 2 pm
  • Wednesday 1/30 -- Lynn works for Amy 2 - 6:30 pm
  • Sunday 2/3 -- Lynn works for Amy 10 am - 2 pm
  • Monday 2/4 - - Tatyana works for Amy 2 - 6:30 pm (instead of 11 am - 2 pm)  
Please remember: Frequent and consistent acupuncture produces the best results. Following through on your acupuncture treatments plan is more important for progress than seeing a particular practitioner. We take continuity of care very seriously and make sure that all our substitute practitioners are well-trained to support the healing atmosphere in the clinic and strive to give you the best possible care.