I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the overwhelmingly positive feedback from last week’s announcement that MCA is moving to South Portland next month. Thank you for being open to change—we’re on this new journey together!
The new space is really coming along and I’m happy to share some “before & during” photos… I can’t wait to share the “after” photos once we’re closer to opening. The building used to house small offices, and we’ve taken down walls, removed a chimney that was in the middle of our new treatment room, and are re-constructing the layout to meet the needs of MCA. It’s going to be spectacular! We are so grateful to Mike Reardon of Bath who is doing an awesome job with carpentry and renovation.
With the renovation underway, there is one more thing that will help us get to total independence and that’s subleasing our current space in Portland. Do you know of anyone who might like to make 222 St. John Street the new home for their business? Check out our blog post about the sublease, see our ad on Craigslist, or download a PDF of our flyer to share. We’re hoping the MCA community will have some leads for us!
Thanks to all of you who answered the call for help with painting and gardening and other projects, we’ve got a team assembled and I’ll be in touch soon! We are currently looking for some help with drywall before we complete the renovation (are you good at mudding and taping?) as well as someone to hire for winter snow removal. Give me a shout if you’re able to help with either.
Again, thank you for the positive response to our move announcement. We can’t wait to share this new space with you, and look forward to treatments together in Portland this month. Stay tuned by e-mail and on Facebook for updates.
Hey folks, as you’ve probably heard, Maine Center for Acupuncture is moving to South Portland in October! We are so thrilled to be more independent in our very own building, but need some help filling our current space. We’re hoping our wonderful MCA community can help us find someone to sublease from us–we’ll even throw in free heat and electricity!
Please share this post or our Craigslist post with your friends, neighbors, business partners, and your social networks. Thanks in advance for your help! Scroll for rental details and flyer
Sublease Opportunity in Historic, Professionally Managed Building in Portland!
- 222 St. John Street, Portland, ME Suite #216
- Historic Maine Central Railroad building, built 1916
- West End/ St. John neighborhood; Next to Union Station Plaza
- Convenient access from downtown, Veterans Bridge, and I-295
- Portland METRO bus stop at this building
PERKS & FEATURES:
- Heat, Electricity & Business Mailbox included!
- Rental includes 20’ x 20’ large room
- Option to also include reception desk and lobby area
- High ceilings, fresh paint, clean carpeting, large windows & great sunset views, efficient heating and cooling system, adjustable track lighting
- Located on 2nd floor, with elevator access, fully ADA accessible building, common area rest rooms on each floor (located two doors down from suite)
- Ample free parking at on-site lot at rear entrance of building
- Includes centrally located suite mailboxes, outgoing mail area
- Directory board in lobby and on each floor
- Shares space with a well-established massage therapist (option to lease this space as well)
- Currently used as community acupuncture studio, with office space, waiting area with reception desk, large treatment room with window to reception desk
- Great for health & wellness providers, yoga or fitness studio, therapists/ group practice, body workers, healing arts
- Or, configure as cubicles, group/ co-working space, conference area, wholesale/ makers space, start-up business, event planner space
AVAILABILITY, Pricing & CONTACT:
- Available October 2017
- $1,000/month for treatment room + reception desk + lobby
- $850/ month for treatment room only
- Option to lease entire 1,170 sq. foot space including extra office and storage/expanded lobby area
- Contact Ryan Nitz to arrange a tour and discuss sublease options (207) 613-6220
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am excited to announce some very big news! This October, Maine Center for Acupuncture will be moving to a new space just over the bridge in South Portland. We look forward to serving you in a space we can call our own.
Seven years ago, we launched MCA in our current Portland location on St. John Street––many of you were with us in our early days downstairs in Suite 116! And while change can be hard, we are embracing a wonderful opportunity to have our very own building! We spent this past year searching for the perfect new home for Maine Center for Acupuncture and its wonderful community, and had you all in mind when we closed on this great property at 975 Broadway in South Portland a few weeks ago. We’re only 3.2 miles from our current space on St. John Street, we’re still on a bus line, and we’ve still got plenty of parking. We think you’ll come to love this space as much as we do. The new neighborhood reflects our passion for wellness, too––there are nearby yoga studios, other complementary medicine practitioners, and it’s blocks from the Green Belt!
We are currently renovating the space with you in mind, working hard to transform former offices into a tranquil treatment room. Our goal is to be up and running in early October. Stay tuned as we will continue to send updates by email and on Facebook. In the meantime, the online schedule reflects appointments at the current location at 222 St. John Street. I look forward to seeing you for your next acu nap.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
I am so grateful for our amazing patient community and everything you’ve brought to this space over the years. We can’t wait to welcome you to the new location this fall, as well as your family and friends.
P.S. If you’d like to join the fun and lend a hand in getting the new MCA space ready, we would welcome help with painting, gardening, and other projects. Send me an email, and we’ll let you know about MCA community work days (which can be traded for treatments). It truly takes a village!
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The shift from summer to fall is on and so is a change in MCA’s hours!
Now that our boys are older, I am finding it harder and harder to work on Saturdays. With our oldest now in school, family time is getting squeezed. Sadly, something has to give. So moving forward we will be open every other Saturday. I understand that news comes as a bit of a surprise, actually it did for me too. Cliniko will be up to date so you will be able to see what is available. To help the Saturday squeeze, we will be opening up on Mondays and extending our hours as well.
Here’s our new schedule:
Monday: 9:30 -1:10pm
Tuesday: 2:00 – 7:00pm
Friday :9:30 -1:10pm
Saturday: 9:00 – Noon (every other Saturday)
Recently, we’ve had several requests for our recipes. One of my sons has a number of allergies, which brings the opportunity to be creative with cooking and try new things. A favorite thing to make is vegan, yellow cake. Hands down, this recipe makes the best yellow cake I’ve ever had. If you like this recipe, let me know and I’ll send one for chocolate frosting 🙂
C’s Yellow Cake
A) 1.5 cups of Soy milk
1.5 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
B) 2 1/4 cups of flour
1.5 teaspoons of baking soda
1.5 teaspoons of baking powder
1.5 cups of sugar
3/4 teaspoon of salt
C) 1/2 cup of olive oil
3 oz of water
1.5 tablespoons of lemon juice
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix together A and set aside.
3. Mix together B and set aside.
4. Mix together C and set aside.
5. Mix together A and B with an electric mixer then slowly add in C gently.
6. Grease a 13×9 cake pan and poor the mix in.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Check with a cake tester and add time as needed.
Ah yes, all the wonders of spring cleaning! My wife sent me a photo of the bag of expired items she removed from the bathrooms. First off – gross! Secondly, who knew those things could expire? Well, they do. I’m glad she chucked them. Her photo was a nice reminder of a couple other areas in the house that could use a once over, like the kitchen spice rack, the refrigerator and our collection of cleaning products.
Speaking of cleaning products, it’s a good idea to look the ingredients on the back of bottles and containers. As a rule of thumb, if you can’t pronounce and have never heard of the ingredients, they’re probably not good for you.
Non toxic cleaning products are a much safer choice. I tend to refer the Environmental Working Group database for guidance on green and healthy products. It has in-depth info on everything from sunscreen to all-purpose cleaners to cosmetics. My wife and I use it to buy most things for our home.
What I like most, is that it provides safer alternatives to popular, widely used products. And narrowing your choices of cleaning products from twenty to two makes shopping that much easier. It’s an excellent resource for safe and healthy cleaning during the spring and throughout the rest of the year. Check it out!
Not too long ago a patient of mine starting tell me about all the amazing work she was doing at home. It seemed every time she came in for a treatment, she had just finished donating a box of this or that to a local charity. She also had a smile on her face from ear to ear. From her gate to her shoulders, she even appeared lighter.
I asked her about the transformation, and she said it was from the work she had been doing with the book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tyding Up” by Marie Kondo. I was so impressed that I bought a copy.
Kondo lives her life teaching others how to clean up their messes. Being the father of a 3-year-old and 5-year-old I can relate. It’s crazy the amount of toys and books they have added to our already full house and how often I’m telling them to pick up their stuff! She had a very clear directive, “only keep what sparks joy in my body, let go of the rest.”
It seemed simple enough. I started with my closet. Following Kondo’s instructions, I moved every piece of clothing from my closet and put it on my bed. Then I began the process of holding each item in my hand to see if it “sparked joy” in me. To spark joy…hmmm…that’s different for everyone I assume. For me, there’s a sensation that happens in my belly, I know it clear as day. I used it as my joy “measuring stick.” If I felt void of the sensation when I picked up the article of clothing, then it went in my donation pile – no questions asked. Two hours later, I had 5 FULL bags of clothes to donate. Best of all, I had a closet that looked and felt good again.
I never realized how heavy those clothes weighed on me before I removed them from my life. Months have passed since I purged my closet of clothes and I am pleased to say it still feels good. It feels even better to learn how to let go. I have no doubt I will continue to use this method in other areas of my life.
“The Life-Changing Magic of Tyding Up” is a short, easy and truly transformative read. I highly recommend it!
What’s showing up these days…
It must be February, as I’m seeing a lot of patients with back issues – shoveling and people slipping and falling! If you’re experiencing back pain, please come in. We can usually shift the pain rather quickly, and help you get back to your regular activities.
What are you planting?
A question I often get from new patients is how often do I need to come in? It’s a fair question and not always an easy one to answer. Honestly, it depends on what we’re working on. An easy rule of thumb is twice a week until the desired shift occurs. For people with pain our goal is to get ahead of it – then we can back off the treatments. All the while, the pain should be decreasing and/or changing.
For someone who has allergies, the treatment plan will look a little different. This is the perfect time to start working with folks who experience spring allergies – the work now will pay dividends in the spring! Often times I work in a reactionary mode, treating the symptom versus the condition that leads to the symptom. It’s much easier if we can treat the condition and build up your body so it can react differently to the allergen. People who get treated regularly tend to have a much easier time come spring and summer. Tomatoes don’t grow overnight; they take time and tending. The same can be said for us.
Calling all trusted healthcare practitioners!
Doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, body workers and talk therapists! Our goal is to partner with these good folks to help speed up the recovery of their patients and alleviate their health concerns. Most healthcare practitioners are happy to learn there is affordable acupuncture in their community. If you trust and recommend someone in any of those fields, please email me their contact information and we’ll be happy to reach out to them on your behalf.
Help us raise funds to fight hunger in Maine via our Good Shepherd Food Bank Virtual Food Drive! We’re asking for donations between $5 and $10 – every $1 provides 4 meals for a Maine family in need. Our goal of raising $400 this month can feed an entire family for a whole year!
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If you’ve visited Maine Center for Acupuncture recently, you’ve surely noticed the striking new artwork gracing the walls of our treatment room! This wonderful new addition comes to us from artist Dominique Krasow. Read on for a Q&A with Dominique to learn more about the piece, and how it all came together.
What’s your history and experience with MCA?
A friend knew I was trying to quit smoking and recommended acupuncture, which I had never heard of as a remedy for that. I found MCA, listened to an interview with Ryan, and made an appointment that day. I’ve been going once a week for the past few months or so, and I love it.
What do you find special about MCA? What does the Center mean to you?
There’s something very calming, a feeling like meditating that I get when I arrive at MCA. Ryan is super friendly and aware – almost intuitively – of what people need. I am kind of a “Type A” personality so anything that centers me is wonderful. I look forward to my appointment every week and don’t think I will ever go without having acupuncture in my life.
How did this project come about?
I talk about my artwork anytime I get to know someone – it’s a huge piece of my life – and as Ryan got to know me we talked about the art I was creating. I showed him some pictures of the different work I do, and at the beginning of September he asked me if I would be interested in creating a piece for the acupuncture room. I was totally excited because I knew what the room felt like, so creating this piece was also internal.
When did the project start and end?
I started to work on the piece at the beginning of September. I actually had another idea originally of using reclaimed wood, but after looking at the wall I decided to use 3×2 wooden panels, which is often what I use in creating my pieces. I finished the piece toward the middle of October.
What tools and materials did you use?
I am a total child when it comes to creating a piece, because everything excites me. I’m a Mixed Media artist – which, let’s just say, is both exciting and challenging – and on this piece I immediately could see glass, material, rocks, so many different layers of texture that I wanted to use. Overall, I used paint, glass, rocks, beads, material, alpaca glue as texture and the three wooden panels. I love texture – it is what I am all about.
What was the process of conceptualizing and executing the work? Were there any challenges you encountered?
When Ryan asked me about creating this piece he gave me total freedom, which is such a gift as an artist. I immediately had a feeling of flow and freedom and empowerment. I wanted this piece to embody a sense of calm and being centered, since this is my experience when receiving acupuncture. I loved that I could see – almost immediately – the colors and feeling I wanted to portray. I often use Google to look at pictures of what I’m seeing or feeling and so I found a picture of the wave, the flow, and brought it to Ryan, and we also talked about colors. Both the size of the piece and the colors were very important – too much yellow and it would jump out at people; if the blues were too bright it would feel overwhelming. I painted and re-painted the piece three times before I was happy with the background. In my head I could see exactly what I wanted, but until it came out exact I couldn’t begin to add texture. I eat, sleep and live in a piece when I create it, so sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with how I want something to be. I am a piece of my art work, and that is very important to me.
What does the finished work symbolize and embody to you?
It was very exciting to create this piece, but the real excitement was looking at it once it was hung. I had this vision the entire time, but once it was hung I saw the vision totally come to life. The flow in the wave and the textures and colors were what I was hoping to embody. The lighting and the shadows in the room hit it just right. It was even more exciting to have Ryan’s positive response and to hear about the reaction of others. I love hearing the stories of how people describe the piece. It feels like a success, and that’s the point.
Is there anything else you want to add about the project?
I am very much a child at heart. Getting dirty while working is my favorite thing ever. I love to get deeply involved in a piece and I’ve learned that often times I have to sit – sometimes for days, sometimes for weeks – watching and thinking about the next step before I can continue. My vision is usually clear in my head, and sometimes I just have to stop and know that I will create exactly what I vision. It is humbling.
Where else can people see your work?
I have some small pieces of “veggie” artwork for sale at Fiachre on Pleasant Street, and two large pieces for sale at Knaughty Hair Salon on Commercial Street. At The Bar of Chocolate on Wharf Street I have a seven-foot panel hung, called “A Day In Paris”. Hair Innovations on Fore Street commissioned me for a piece that is hung behind their front desk. I am also in the process of creating a website of the work I’ve done and the work I hope to create. I can be reached via email at email@example.com.