On Wednesday, February 18th, at 7pm, Alaska
Center Acupuncture will present a FREE 1-hour class
Meditation as a foundation for a sane
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:
||Trauma Release Exercises
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
let go of shock, trauma and anxiety. The exercises
only take about 15-20 minutes and the results are
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
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
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:
Revolutionary Trauma Release Process
The older book is available at Amazon:
Trauma Release Exercises
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 -
||Watch Sam and Kevin Performing at Vagabond Blues
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
||New Website for ACA and Thank you for your Referrals!
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
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
your continued referrals! By referring your friends
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
If you have a story to share to inspire others to give
acupuncture a try, click the link below to submit your
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.
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 -
550 S Alaska ST, 100, Palmer AK 99645
2. February Newsletter and Special Events at the
Anjali Yoga Studio in
Click here for Anjali Yoga Room
Yoga room is located on Main St. in Wasilla below
Cederholm Insurance. Contact info:
Anjali Yoga Room Website
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
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
from their restaurant. And, they offer a selection of
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
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
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
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:
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
9. Request for Event and Announcement
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: