“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”
Frank Zappa (1940-1993)
A native of Baltimore whose father worked for the military, Zappa recorded more than 60 albums as a soloist and as the founder and leader of The Mothers of Invention. Often miscast as a novelty musician, he wrote complex, difficult to perform classical, jazz, rock, fusion and other music that can not be contained in any genre. His iconoclastic approach to life often put him at odds with the established order and organized religion, but he was an ardent supporter of free speech and auto-didacticism. Cited as an influence by such diverse musicians as Pierre Boulez, Paul McCartney and George Clinton, Zappa was a multiple Grammy Award winner and was invited to the newly independent Czechoslovakia by Vaclav Havel to advise on cultural matters.
Drumroll please. Garett Olson of Rocky Neck is practicing to be the next great BMX bike stuntster. Watch out when he gets those training wheels off. Just look at that great look on his face – a mixture of fear and ecstacy. You never know what you’ll see on Rocky Neck.
How to Goose a Duck.
Or this could be a “Caption This!” What is in the thought bubble over Rubber Duck’s head?
Acupuncture is an alternative medicine and among the oldest healing practices in the world. In fact, the earliest written record of acupuncture dated approximately 200 BCE.
And, while a 2002 National Health Interview Survey estimated 8.2 million U.S. adults have tried acupuncture, it’s still a practice that is considered odd to some. Needles?!? Folks get freaked out!
Our staff at The Well thought we’d give the GMG readers a quick intro to acupuncture and dispel some common myths. While acupuncture is used to treat chronic pain and the side effects from cancer treatments it can also have great benefits to general health and well-being.
And if you read through this post, you’ll find a savings offer only available to Good Morning Gloucester readers!
What can Chinese Medicine Treat?
We believe acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be effective in treating any manifestation of illness in the body, physical, psychological or spiritual. Acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body, relieving pain, treating infertility, treating and preventing disease, and promoting general health.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture promotes blood flow, alleviates pain, reduces inflammation, reduces stress, and restores homeostasis, which is the body’s ability to maintain balance and heal itself. (http://thehealthyskeptic.org/chinese-medicine-demystified-part-iv-how-acupuncture-works)
What does acupuncture feel like?
The experience of receiving acupuncture is deeply relaxing. Many people will fall asleep during treatments. Some people describe a pleasant sensation of floating or sinking into the table. The insertion of the needles takes about 5 minutes, and most people will feel nothing, or a minor sensation during the insertions.
Does it hurt?
The needles may engage a feeling or sensation but they do not hurt and the recipient won’t feel pain from them.
Who are the practitioners?
Bill Crosby M. Ac., Lic. Ac., is a board certified and state licensed acupuncturist.
Rebecca Wallace, MAOM, Lic. Ac. is an NCCAOM board certified and state licensed acupuncturist. She is also trained as a Chinese herbalist and certified yoga instructor, and is also co-owner of Treetop Yoga Studio.
What happens during acupuncture treatment?
After you speak about your current conditions, the acupuncturist will examine you for reactive areas to determine which points to use – meaning, your pulse and eyes will be checked, and you will be asked to open your mouth and show your tongue. Acupuncture needles are sterile, pre-packaged, one-use, and hair-thin. The needles are placed at various depths, ranging from a fraction of an inch to two inches. Wear loose fitting clothing, as you will have to partially disrobe to expose the treatment areas (i.e., lower leg and back). After the needles are inserted and stimulated, they stay in place from a few minutes up to 20 minutes.
Needles may be used in many different areas of the body. For cases of pain in a specific location, in addition to a general body treatment, needles may be used in local pain areas, like the shoulder:
or the lower back:
Needles can be used in the face for specific issues like sinus problems, facial paralysis, or for cosmetic reasons:
How will I feel afterward?
You will most often feel relaxed and calm. Some people can feel emotional or a little spacey, and that’s OKAY!
Good Morning Gloucester Readers Save At The Well!
At The Well we offer acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture for Facial Rejuvenation, Massage, Yoga and Rosen Method Bodywork. Come and visit us!
To make it a little easier for Good Morning Gloucester readers to try us out, mention this post when you make your first acupuncture or massage appointment and you’ll get $15 off the cost of your treatment!
Also at The Well: Jenny Rangan is a massage therapist and a Rosen Method bodyworker with an MA in counseling.
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My name is Michael, I’ve just posted a picture of some fresh butterfish, intended for lobster bait, on my food website.
It would certainly be appropriate for GMG, if you cared to check it out here: House Husband’s Cooking Log—
Michael Gerber M Ed, Science Education Consultant and Cartoonist
Mr. Fisch, my cartoon alter ego, deals regularly with students and topical science on facebook or at mrfisch.com/blog
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) With thanks to Ruth Pino
click picture to view Oscar Wilde wikipedia page
Born in Dublin to intellectual parents, Wilde was a leading light of the Aesthetics Movement, which included Whistler, Pater, Swinburne and Waugh among others, and celebrated beauty for its own sake rather than the social uplift it might provide as championed by Ruskin et alia. Better know for his incomparable satiric plays such as The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde’s sole novel was the darkly Faustian The Picture of Dorian Gray. Although very successful as an essayist and lecturer, he died penniless in France after being jailed in and then hounded from England for his sexual preferences. His last words, perhaps apocryphal, as he lay on his death bed surrounded by creditors: “Well gentlemen, I seem to be dying beyond my means.”
Gregory R. Bover
Kim Smith writes-
Dear Gardening Friends,
At this time every year readers write in to inquire about the mysterious and startling "furry shrimp" flying in their gardens. Perhaps you have a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth I write back? Clearwings are often seen nectaring at our North American native wildflowers bee balm (Monarda didyma) and white flowering summer phlox ‘David’ (Phlox paniculata), as well as the butterfly bushes and Verbena bonariensis.
I find August and September are the very best months for butterflies in our region. Only three days into August and this year is not disappointing. And then there is the resplendent light that surrounds here on Cape Ann. Gorgeous, warm, luminous light–I find, too, that August and September are some of the best months for photographing the natural beauty found on Cape Ann.
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Margi Green ( Relax & Lengthen ), developed her Relax & Lengthen practice to help people relieve pain, reduce stress, and learn to live in their bodies with greater ease.
The practice consists of : gentle stretching * use of small flexible balls to massage & release tight muscles * relieving joint and muscle pain by achieving natural posture…..all done with guided relaxation …ahhhhhh !
She teaches at the 222 Arts & Wellness Center on Eastern Ave in Gloucester ; and in Essex at Transform Fitness Studio. She also offers private sessions. Margi is a licensed massage therapist, practicing in Gloucester , who was looking for a way to help her clients learn to help themselves between sessions. She has been teaching 5 years now.