Wednesday, March 30, 2016

New Website and New Blog Location

We have a beautiful new WordPress website designed by POCA organization member GlossRocket (AKA Joe McNeilly!) Check it out, bookmark it and visit it often!

Our blog will be moving to the new website, so all new posts from now on can be found here.

This site will continue to host all of the old posts and some of them will occasionally will get cross-linked or re-posted.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Meet Our New Acupuncturist: Jen Cowing, LAc

Jen's passion for community acupuncture is fueled by her belief that everyone should have access to health care and be treated with compassion. She has been practicing as a sub at our sister POCA clinic Oakland Acupuncture Project, and we are now excited to welcome her to Sarana!

Jen will be working on Sundays 10 am - 2 pm, starting on 3/27/16 and on Wednesdays 2-6:30 pm, starting on 3/30/16.

Please see her bio below to learn more about this wonderful new acupunk.

Born in the Bay Area and raised in Plymouth, Massachusetts, I guess I’ve always appreciated dualities in life: East and West, tradition and innovation, and—later, studying Daoism and Anthropology at Boston University—yin and yang. I was struck by the notion that the laws of nature govern our bodies as well as the world, and moved by the simplicity with which this idea could assist such profound healing. At American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, I learned to find inner balance through natural medicine, and aspire to use these tools as a conduit for others in their own healing journeys. When I’m not doing that, I’m probably seeking out new music and delicious food, biking around Oakland, drinking wine and taking pictures of my cat, or running away from the geese at Lake Merritt. 

NEW! Tuesday Morning Massage with Sally Wang

with Sally Wang
9:30 -11:30 am, starting 3.15.16

Make your appointments online or call 510.526.5056

I grew up in Hong Kong and came to the United States in my late teens. I have been teaching yoga for about fifteen years. I am certified at the Diamond Light School of Massage and Healing Arts.  My bodywork style integrates tui na, shiatsu, stroking, stretching, and rhythmic compression to release tension and pain as well as generating relaxation, opening, and invigorating the body and mind.

My other interests include cooking, dancing, hiking, poetry, the outdoors, broadening my studies in integrative wellness, and spending time with my two grown children. I also enjoy volunteering at Sarana’s front desk

Massage at Sarana happens Mon, Thu, Fri 3-6 pm and Tues 9:30 -11:30 am, each day with a different practitioner, and costs $1 per minute.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Celebrate SARANA'S 8th BIRTHDAY with $10 Treatments!

Our clinic will turn EIGHT years old on

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016

To celebrate we will have:
  • $10 acupuncture for everyone on 3.18.16 ($10 paperwork fee still applies for new clients, appointments highly recommended)
  • Festive snacks in the waiting room!
Come join us for an acu-nap on Sarana’s special day!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Meet Our New Acupuncturist: Lumiel Kim-Hammerich, LAc

You may have already noticed Lumiel's name popping up on the schedule, so please let us introduce her!

Lumiel is a seasoned practitioner with many years of community acupuncture work under her belt.

Now she brings her compassionate heart and caring skillful hands to Sarana, and we are thrilled to add her to our team!

Lumiel will be working Mondays 9:30 am - 2 pm starting 3/21/16 and Fridays 11 am - 3 pm, starting 3/18/16.

Please see her bio below to learn more about this wonderful new acupunk.

I was led to acupuncture as a career from sheer fascination.  I began studying Chinese Medicine for fun during my days in San Diego, CA. at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 1988 as a student of massage, intending to use Foot Reflexology as my main modality.  Five years later I graduated as a licensed acupuncturist, having been won completely by this amazing medicine.  I moved to and practiced in Hawaii (my home state) for 7 seven years before moving to Northern California. In 2006 Community Acupuncture became my inspiration, so I converted my practice in San Rafael, CA to community acupuncture. I was privileged to serve with the founders of this daring business model, on the board of directors of Community Acupuncture Network from 2006 to 2007.  At the same time I was earning a clinical doctorate in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine through Portland, Oregon’s Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.

After closing my community clinic in 2013, I continued to practice at Tao Community Acupuncture in San Rafael for two years.  In 2015 a medical hiatus gave me a chance to slow down and reconstruct my inner life and focus primarily on my own health and healing.  One of the highlights during that year was a 10-day trip to work with the curanderos in the mountains and jungle of Oaxaca, Mexico.

I like the simple things in life: the wilderness and trees, vegetable gardens, cooking, sewing, listening to stories, meditating, reading inspiring books, travel, and connecting with my four children and three grandchildren.  I live in San Rafael with my computer whisperer husband.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Acu-Buddies: 2 for 1 Acupuncture!

Bring a friend with you and you both get acupuncture for the price of one treatment on

Tuesday 3/22/16
($10 paperwork fee for new clients, no other discounts apply)

Share the cost and relax together!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Happy Lunar New Year! 5 for $90 Package Sale Is Back!

Happy Lunar New Year - 5 for $90 Acupuncture Packages are Back!

Available to buy Monday 2/8 through Saturday 2/13 ONLY

Lunar New Year of the Fire Monkey begins on February 8, 2016. Monkey year is said to be full of action and enthusiasm, a good time to take quantum leaps and make powerful changes. Let acupuncture support you through your Monkey Year adventures! Stock up on some regular sessions and get a discount.

  • Valid for either initial or follow-up visits, with no additional paperwork fee
  • One 5-treatment package can be purchased per person
  • No expiration date once purchased
  • Available to buy for yourself or as gifts for others; we have gift certificates and Valentine's Day is coming up!
  • No other discounts and/or specials apply 
Purchase in person or by calling 510.526.5056 during our business hours

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Pam's 2016 Calendars Are Here!

Beautiful, hand-drawn by Pam Sarana 2016 calendars are available now!
Stop by and pick one up, supplies are very limited. And grab an acu-nap while you're here :)