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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lessons Learned from a Wheelchair
The official date for the start of summer is just around the corner, and something I would have never expected is that I would spend the end of spring working from a wheelchair! As many of you know, I badly injured my knee in a running accident on May 19. I so appreciate all the concern and kind words from my patients, and am grateful for your support as I moved a little more slowly in the treatment room. I am slowly improving with steady progress, and look forward to being fully mobile again soon. Good news is that I’m wheelchair free!
Two lessons I have learned from my accident are just how fragile health can be, and the importance of fitness. Using crutches and a wheelchair revealed my need to be in better shape. So that’s what I’m doing: every day I prioritize moving towards better health. I hope you’ll join me in this journey into fitness, and that you’ll let MCA help you get there.
MCA delivers summer allergy relief
In early summer, I see so many folks with wicked bad allergies. You don’t have to suffer through them any more! Coming in for regular acupuncture treatments can make a world of difference—and will allow you to be outside doing the things you love like gardening, playing with kids, and just enjoying that fresh Maine air! Make your appointment today for allergy relief. Here’s a bonus: our friend Cathleen Miller of Delicious Ginger Teas and Tonics is keeping MCA stocked with her Allergy Relief tea (which has been flying off our shelves!). The organic teas are available for just $5.
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MCA Reviews from YELP:
“We noticed results immediately. My headaches aren’t nearly as frequent, my stress levels are getting better and I’m learning how to really relax.” -Maria M.
“At the recommendation of a good friend I went to see Ryan at Maine Center for Acupuncture. Talk about a revolutionary moment in my life.” -Steff D.
Ryan Nitz, MA.c., LA.c.
On Saturday, December 14, 2015, bring your main squeeze or favorite friend in for an acupuncture treatment and they’ll get in for free! Schedule with the Valentine’s Day 2 for 1 special online, and you’ll pay just $20-$40 (how much is always up to you) for two treatments. Show someone you love the path to health, healing, and joy at Maine Center for Acupuncture.
This special is offered to current MCA patients only, but they may bring someone who is not yet a patient. This offer is valid for one day only during regular hours 9am – 12pm.
The holiday season is upon us. With it comes added stressors and the potential to get sick. Try these basic tips to balance your health and happiness during the holidays.
2-Observe nature. With the sun setting earlier our energy level tends to be lower. We need to allow ourselves to hibernate and rest during this time of year. Build in a buffer zone of time to accomplish tasks and listen to your body–take it slow. When we feel restless or unsure, we can mimic nature…Mother Nature will always lead the way.
3- Just say NO! Requests will be coming in for our time this holiday season. When we say “yes” to everything, our time becomes stretched thin and our enjoyment decreases. Saying “no” to just a few extra commitments protects us from holiday burnout, resentment, and fatigue.
Should you find yourself sick, stressed, or saying “yes” to everything, we’ve still got your back (and your headache, knee pain, and sleep trouble), so come in for a treatment and we’ll help you find your “reset” button. Schedule now!
I’d like to take a moment and share what I’m thankful for these days.
– My beautiful wife and family. Watching my boys grow and explore with each day.
– The healing space and community that exists at MCA. I feel blessed and honored to be part of the lives of my patients.
– The Kansas City Royals for making it to the playoffs and the World Series this year!
– My Dad, who is here from Kansas to join us for Thanksgiving. Our time together may be short but each moment is so precious.
– Pumpkin pie, how i love scrumptious pumpkin pie. FYI- it is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 🙂
I’d love to hear what you’re most thankful for, or how you’re spending your Thanksgiving holiday. Drop us a line on Facebook.
Thanksgiving Week Hours
Next week we will be open Tuesday, November 25 and Saturday, November 29. Schedule early as it our days are limited this week. Enjoy your holiday and safe travels!
Welcome, friends, to the brand new website for Maine Center for Acupuncture. This redesign is for you–we wanted to provide a more user-friendly design that delivers all the content you need to have your questions about us and the practice of acupuncture answered.
Take a tour through the site, and notice updated pages: About Us, Benefits of Acupuncture, Testimonials, about the Community Acupuncture model and movement, and how to Contact Us. We have brand new pages for Photos, Events, and Wellness Resources. As always, you can Schedule an Appointment from our website.
We enjoy connecting with patients and friends on Facebook, and hope new friends will engage with us through social media.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be polishing the website and adding our final touches. Come back again soon to check out the changes, and we encourage you to follow this blog, and share feedback.
Maine Center for Acupuncture is a place where healing and relaxation happen. We’re health care you can afford, with treatments between $20-$40 (how much is up to you). We’re here to support your health and wellness–book an appointment today!