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Meditation Workshop February 2009
Meditation Workshop
  • Trauma Release Exercises
  • Consumers Beware
  • Watch Sam and Kevin Performing at Vagabond Blues
  • New Website for ACA and Thank you for your Referrals!
  • Community Announcements
  • Greetings!

    On Wednesday, February 18th, at 7pm, Alaska Center Acupuncture will present a FREE 1-hour class on Meditation.

    Meditation as a foundation for a sane life:

    Most meditation practices put emphasis on finding peace and relaxation. You are taught that the goal is to quiet your mind in order to achieve inner tranquility. But what happens when you open your eyes and get off of the meditation pillow? Any meditation practice that doesn't address the other 23-hours of your day is ultimately nothing more than an escape, or a temporary mental vacation.

    In our workshop, we will introduce a meditation method that actually helps you to navigate through all aspects of your life. We will teach you meditation, not as a relaxation technique, but as a position you take in reference to your thoughts and feelings. In essence, you will learn how to no longer be intimidated or limited by what is going on in your busy mind.

    Please pre-register for this free class by calling Alaska Center for Acupuncture at 745-8688. We can accommodate only 15 people for this workshop, and these spots will fill up fast. Call early to reserve your space.

    About the presenters:
    Samantha Berg, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac and Kevin Meddleton M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. are licensed and Nationally Board Certified Acupuncturists and co- owners of Alaska Center for Acupuncture in downtown Palmer. Your potential in health is our passion!

    For a printable flyer to hang in your office or forward to friends, please click the link below:

    Meditation Workshop


    Trauma Release Exercises
    David Berceli Book

    If you've been in our office in the past couple of weeks, you've probably heard us talking about David Berceli's book, "The Revolutionary Trauma Release Process: Transcend Your Toughest Times". This is an incredible resource with exercises designed to help you to let go of shock, trauma and anxiety. The exercises only take about 15-20 minutes and the results are amazing.

    Berceli's premise is that when when something traumatic or shocking happens, the body always reacts in a habitual way. First, the psoas muscles (pronounced "so-az") which connect the front of the legs to the back of the spine contract. This pulls the body forward in order to protect the vital organs. Immediately, compensatory muscles in the back contract as well to pull the body upright. This compresses the lumbar and sacrum which results in tight low back muscles and less blood flow to the pelvic region. Eventually, a person will end up with low back pain AND tight neck and shoulders because of the lack of mobility in the low back.

    Of course acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, physical therapy and yoga are all excellent modalities to address these physiologic changes, but it's great to have something that you can do on a DAILY basis to help relax these muscles and release trauma from your body.

    Before I purchased this book, I went to Amazon.com to read reviews, and every single reviewer gave it a 5- star rating. I've never seen this before! And people were talking about its effectiveness in everything from PTSD, recovery from natural dissasters, to generally, daily anxiety and stress.

    Click here to read the reviews on Amazon

    To watch a 20-minute interview with David Berceli, who is an international expert in the areas of trauma intervention and conflict click the link below:

    David Berceli Talks About Trauma Release Exercises

    David Berceli's website is also a great resource, click below to visit:


    Both of Berceli's books have the exercises in them. Here's a links to purchase his newer book from Fireside Books in Palmer:

    The Revolutionary Trauma Release Process

    The older book is available at Amazon:

    Trauma Release Exercises

    Consumers Beware
    No evil

    Perhaps you've seen the latest from the High Fructose Corn Syrup industry. For months they have been putting out propaganda that High Fructose Corn Syrup isn't any more dangerous than sugar. Well, sugar is bad enough, but at least it isn't contaminated by Mercury. Click the link below to read the Washington Post Article:

    Corn Syrup and Mercury

    Youtube also has some great videos on the subject of how mercury affects the brain - here's one example:

    Mercury and the Brain

    Another shocker in the news recently was this information on Gardisil, the HPV vaccine for young women. Please share this with anyone you know who is a parent. The video is 17 minutes long but it's definitely worth watching the whole thing:

    Gardisil News - Safety Issues

    Watch Sam and Kevin Performing at Vagabond Blues
    Sam and Kevin Vagabond Gig

    We recently did two musical performances - one at UAA for the Anchorage Folk Festival, and one at Vagabond Blues for Folk Week. We had a blast!

    Click the link below to visit our YouTube Channel to see video from both shows:

    Alpha Helix Live!

    All the videos are arranged in playlists at the top of the channel. Enjoy!

    New Website for ACA and Thank you for your Referrals!
    Baby Roo

    We are a few months away from launching our new and improved ACA Website. The new site will be interactive and user friendly and will also feature more dynamically updated content, including audio and video.

    One of the features of our new site will be a Community Calendar. Besides our FREE workshop schedule, this calendar will also feature activities of interest around Mat-Su and Anchorage. If you have a class or event that you would like to promote, or if you know of an event you think would be of interest to the community, please send an email to us so that we can post it on our site.


    We'd like to take a moment to sincerely thank you for your continued referrals! By referring your friends and family, you are helping us to fulfill our mission of creating a healthier, self-empowered, prevention-minded community. At Alaska Center for Acupuncture, helping you to achieve your potential is truly our passion!

    Please take a moment to read through some letters from our patients to see the impact your referrals have made.

    ACA Testimonials

    If you have a story to share to inspire others to give acupuncture a try, click the link below to submit your own testimonial:

    Write Your Own Testimonial

    We are never too busy to help you and your friends and family. Please don't hesitate to give us a call or email if you have questions about specific health conditions and acupuncture treatment.

    Community Announcements

    1.Spanish Wine Tasting at Turkey Red.

    Specialty Imports will be presenting a selection of Spanish wines.

    Saturday February 7, 2009, 7pm - 9pm

    Sample both the fine wines& exotic tapas in a relaxed informal setting.

    Seats are limited, so buy your ticket Today - $30

    550 S Alaska ST, 100, Palmer AK 99645

    Turkey Red


    2. February Newsletter and Special Events at the Anjali Yoga Studio in Wasilla

    Click here for Anjali Yoga Room Newsletter

    The Anjali Yoga room is located on Main St. in Wasilla below Cederholm Insurance. Contact info:

    Anjali Yoga Room Website

    373-YOGI (9644)

    3. Life Family Chiropractic continues to offer FREE Workshops in their "Birth for Life" series.

    The next two classes will be presented by a Bradley Birth Educator and a Prenatal Yoga Instructor. Dates to be announced.

    For more information about upcoming events in the Birth for Life series, visit their Meet Up Group at:


    You can also call Life Family Chiropractic at 907.373.HEAL or visit their website:

    Life Family Chiropractic

    4. Gluten Free Breads at the Red Beet Bakery!

    The Red Beet recently opened a bakery upstairs from their restaurant. And, they offer a selection of gluten-free breads. Great news for all those people who are going wheat free and gluten free in their diets. We have tried their breads and they are fabulous! Call before you head over to find out what's available. The Red Beet also offers a daily fixed price menu for lunch. Selections change every day - you can join their email mailing list for news on the menu of the day. The Red Beet now offers delivery service.

    The Red Beet is located at 320 E Dahlia Ave in Palmer 745-4050

    5. Massage Therapist, Elizabeth Lawton, has moved to a new location.

    Elizabeth Lawton, LMT is a Certified Member of NCBTMB and of ABMP and has owned and operated her small business in the heart of downtown Palmer for over four years. Recently she moved her business into her Palmer home in able to offer increased flexibility in scheduling with the same individualized attention to your specific needs, whether that be pain relief or stress reduction and relaxation. Just a brief time to take a deep breath in this stress packed time that we are living in can make the difference between a state of optimal health and well-being or inbalance and illness.

    Elizabeth offers a full range of massage services including Swedish and Deep Tissue massage, Reflexology, Pregancy massage and Hot Stone therapy. She also offers all natural organic body wraps for detoxification , restoration and moisturization. She is available by appointment by calling (907)746-3270. Be looking forward to her web page within the next month.

    6. Fresh USA Grown Organic Produce and other Organic Natural food and non-food items available in the Mat-Su Valley.

    Please call Ludie at: 715-8254 for more information.

    Ludie is the moderator for the local yahoo group Wolf Lake Wellness - formally the Green Parenting Alliance. This group is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to to learn more about locally available food, organic food, local alternative and complementary medicine, local schools, local cooking classes and much more. Ludie has also compiled lots of useful links on the site.

    Check out the group at:

    Wolf Lake Wellness

    7.Prenatal Classes in Palmer.

    Rinn Mandevillle, CDM, CPM and Rebecca McKimmey, CDM will be offering a series of 6 prenatal classes on Thursdays - Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, and March 5, &12 - from 6:30-8:30pm at Blue Mountains Wellness Center. The cost is $120 per person (partner or support person included.) This class promotes a positive birth experience by preparing you for the birth process. Call 746-2212 to learn more.

    Rinn and Rebecca are midwives licensed by the state of Alaska to attend out of hospital birth. Together they own MotherRoot Midwifery & A Natural Beginning Midwifery. Visit there website at:

    A Natural Beginning Midwifery

    8. Good Earth Garden School - Upcoming Organic Gardening Classes and More!

    Click below for the full list of February and March Classes at Good Earth Garden School. The next Palmer class will be "Co-Creative Organic Gardening" on Saturday, February 28th and Sunday, March 1st.

    Good Earth Garden School Schedule

    9. Request for Event and Announcement Submissions:

    Please contact us if you have an event or an anouncement to include in our upcoming newsletters. Newsletters come out monthly and space is limited, so send your submissions as early as possible to:


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