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Reopening May 22nd

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Please read this entire post to familiarize yourself with the protocols I have set up for your safety and comfort.

Re-opening date: I will begin seeing patients again this Friday, May 22.

Pre-screenings: I will perform an initial pre-screening over the phone the day before your appointment. When you arrive for your treatment, I will take your temperature and ask the pre-screening questions again. If your temperature is elevated or your answers indicate potential infection, I may ask you to reschedule your appointment.

Waiver: You’ll need to read and initial a release form required by my liability insurance.

Acu Only: Initially, I will be offering acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine sessions only. I am unsure when I will be re-opening for bodywork. At this time, I recommend coming in for a treatment if you’re experiencing any of the following:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Pain of any kind
  • Digestive issues

Fees: The price for acupuncture treatments are $85 per session for existing clients.

Masks: You will be required to wear a mask throughout the appointment. I will also be wearing a mask and gloves the entire time.

Hours: For now, I will be seeing patients Wednesdays from 9 AM to 2 PM and Fridays from 9 AM to 5 PM. I will schedule 30-minute breaks between all appointments to clean the room and common areas.

Waiting Room: Please note that the waiting room will NOT be open. I ask that you wait in your car before the appointment and text me at your scheduled appointment time to let me know you’ve arrived. I will then meet you at the front door and run through the pre-screening procedure with you.

I will keep you informed as I learn more about the state’s re-opening plan and its implications for acupuncturists.

Thank you for your patience. I can’t wait to see you and assist you in feeling better.

Acceptance, Surrender, Resignation

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These three words are different in very important and significant ways.

All three (four) definitions are the first ones listed in The American College Dictionary, Random House 1962.

Acceptance – act of taking or receiving something offered.

Surrender – to yield (something) to the possession or power of another.

Resignation – act of resigning
Resign – to give up an office or position (often fol. by from).

Those three words, by definition, are not the same.

The Absolute Best Thing You Will Read Today

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This link will take you to Jim Collins’ website, author of Good to Great. This is a 2-3 minute read. It has the power to change your current reality.

Temporarily Closing Practice Thru April 3

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Quick update and info in this rapidly changing environment.

1. I am temporarily closing my practice through April 3, 2020.
I have delayed this decision as long as I can in good conscious, but after counseling with others, I believe it’s best to keep social distancing at this point. I will be in touch closer to that date, to keep you all informed.

2. Limit news input
I have been practicing this for years, but I limit the news I consume in today’s environment as much as possible – even limiting my pretty frequent ESPN perusing.

I offer it only as a suggestion. But, I believe it can make a difference for all of us.

At this point, I am focused mostly on getting facts from the CDC.

I don’t do this to hide. I do this to keep my body, mind, and spirit as strong and vital as possible, so I can be of greatest service to myself, my family, and all of us.

3. I am available for Free Consultations via Zoom or phone.
If anyone you know could benefit from talking to an Elite Body Mechanic, I’m still available for that. If you have any friends or family that could benefit from my work, direct them to book a Free Consultation on my website or through my Facebook page.

I am sure I can help them.

Thank you for your continued support, and look out for more communications from me in the coming days and weeks.

We are all in this together.

Acupuncture for smoking cessation

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Ten years ago this month, I quit smoking.

It was February 11, 2008 to be exact. I had been a pack-a-day smoker for close to 15 years. Of course, I smoked the “good for you” cigarettes — American Spirit Lights or “Yellows” as I used to call them at the 7-Eleven counter. But regardless of what I told myself about how relatively healthy they were, a pack’s worth of smoke was still going into my lungs every day.

Unexpectedly, acupuncture was what helped me quit.

Earlier that winter, on a freezing cold day with about a foot of snow on the ground, I was standing outside smoking. It was so cold that my fingers began to hurt, and I had to keep switching which hand held the cigarette and which got the benefit of a glove.

Fed up with the cold, I remember saying aloud, “This is stupid!” and tossing the half-smoked cigarette in the gutter. When I looked up, I saw a sign in a the window of a clinic across the street: “Acupuncture for Smoking Cessation.”

I took that as divine providence and immediately walked across the street. Standing at the receptionist’s desk inside the clinic, I pointed at the sign in the window and blurted out, “I want that.”

Seven acupuncture treatments later, I had stopped smoking for good. I felt better almost immediately, and soon after it dawned on me how cost effective my experience had also been. After 44 days of not buying cigarettes, I had broken even. The savings from not smoking had reached the cost of the acupuncture sessions. On that 45th day, I remember thinking, “I’m now saving anywhere from $6 to $9 a day.” And that was at 2008 prices.

Equally important, this experience put the power of acupuncture on my radar. The treatments that got me to quit smoking were the first acupuncture I had ever received, my first exposure to the art of Chinese medicine, and from there I came to discover many other benefits it could provide. Ten years later, here I am — grateful every day for my decision and for the opportunity to help others improve their health with acupuncture.

If you’d like to discuss the benefit of using acupuncture to quit smoking and you are, like I was, unable to quit on your own, please reach out. From both the patient’s point of view and the practitioner’s, I know exactly what it takes for people to quit smoking with acupuncture and Traditional Asian Medicine.

I have been where you are, and I’m here to help.

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