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Photo Album of Our New Space!

Maine Center for Acupuncture opened its doors at our new location at 975 Broadway in South Portland on November 1, 2017. Over the last two weeks we’ve been putting the finishing touches to our fresh, light-filled space, and are enjoying sharing it with our patients!

Here are some photos from our new location… all we’re missing in these photos are our lovely patients!  Come in and see it for yourself, find your favorite chair, and take an acu-nap!

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6 Week Meditation Course at MCA

A Note from Ryan

One of the best parts of being open in our new location at 975 Broadway in South Portland is that we can collaborate with others in our community to host special events, like this 6 week meditation course with our amazing friend Els Heij. Check out this message from Els and sign up for this opportunity to re-charge, relax, and learn something new! Note that the first session is this week – November 9!

As always, I look forward to seeing you for your acupuncture treatment. If you haven’t stopped by our new space, click here to book your next appointment.

Be well,
Ryan Nitz, owner of Maine Center for Acupuncture

MCA Community Event

6 Week Meditation Course with Els Heij
November 9 – December 21, 2017

Have you been wanting to learn how to meditate and have been waiting for an accessible environment to explore? Do you already enjoy meditation and would like to do so in a supportive group? Or are you just curious about ways to find and sustain more peace and freedom? This series is for everyone. No previous experience is necessary.

Meditation is an opportunity to develop the power of observation, the power of the stillness of the observer (you). Meditation demonstrates that the space between the thinking, outward mind and the higher, knowing mind is small. In this class you will learn your innate power of observing and Knowing. Meditation, clear thinking and healthy living based on yogic science are the essential keys that enable you to turn your attention from the concerns of the mind to the potential to live in freedom and joy.


The instructor, Els Heij (BSN, LCSW, RCYT) has been interested in and practicing meditation and healthy living based on yogic science for 40 years. In 1993 she became a certified Hatha Yoga teacher through the Himalayan Institute, and has taught a variety of classes to many different populations. In 2011 she met an enlightened being in the Himalayas of India, who lived the freedom that he spoke of. She has been a part of his ashram; learning and studying under his guidance and with his community ever since. Els is passionate about sharing how to live a yogic lifestyle of meditation and Self-inquiry while living fully engaged in a busy and complicated world. This course is meant to inspire, support, and share peace and freedom.

General Information:

Time/ Dates: 6 weeks. Thursday evenings from 6 – 7pm; November 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14, 21, 2017. (No session on Thanksgiving). 
Registration: E-mail Els at or call 570-228-1485.
Space is limited. Let Els know if you can’t begin on Week 1. 
Cost: $50 for the series of six classes. Pay with cash or check at the first session.
If payment is a barrier, please feel very free to speak with Els privately when you call or e-mail to register. 
Location: Maine Center for Acupuncture. 975 Broadway, South Portland, ME
Free parking in lot. 


Email Els at

Introducing Sangita Pedro, ND, to our building!

We are excited to be sharing our new building at 975 Broadway in South Portland with Maine Natural Family Medicine. Sangita Pedro is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in holistic primary care, therapeutic yoga, homeopathy, and aromatherapy for the whole family. Her space has a separate entrance from MCA and complete privacy from our practice–and she’s already up and running! We are pleased to have 975 Broadways as a destination for integrated health and wellness and hope that you check out all the services they offer! You can explore Sangita’s thriving practice on Facebook.

Opening Day is November 1

Dear Friends,

We are working on the final touches of our new space at 975 Broadway in South Portland and will be open there starting on November 1! We’ve added a new heating system that will keep us cozy in fall and winter and cool (with AC!) in summer. We are now priming and painting and will be moving in equipment later in the month. I wanted to take a moment and say thank you to our patients and community members who answered our call for help and have put in a ton of hours in our new space to help get ready for November’s opening day. I’d also like to express gratitude for the ongoing positive feedback about our new location, it’s great to hear you’re up for the change and are letting your friends and family know too.

Please note that MCA will be closed from October 21 – 28, so I recommend booking now for sessions, as spaces are starting to fill up. All October treatments will take place in Portland, and starting on November 1, all sessions will take place at 975 Broadway in South Portland.


This is a great time of year to get in for an appointment–especially if it’s been a while since we’ve seen you. The change in seasons can bring on a host of symptoms, from stuffy noses to a drop in energy. We’re here to help you move through it!


Click here to book your next appointment


Be well,


Updates & Photos of our New Space


Dear Friends,

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!

Sublease the MCA space!


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.


Be well,



Schedule your next appointment here. 

MCA is moving: Sublease our Portland space!

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 the MCA space!

Rental Details!

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


  • 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


  • 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:

Download PDF of Flyer

Big News: MCA is moving!

Dear friends,

I am excited to announce some very big news! On November 1, 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 November 1. 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.

Be well,


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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New to acupuncture or MCA? Watch Ryan’s video here.

MCA’s New Hours

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

Wednesday 9:30-1:10pm

Thursday: closed

Friday :9:30 -1:10pm

Saturday: 9:00 – Noon  (every other Saturday)

A Recipe For Yummy Goodness!


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

1.5 vanilla

Baking Directions:

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.

Musings On Healthy Spring Cleaning

MopAh 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!