WE’RE OPEN

We are re-open!

As you know, we closed the practice one week prior to the Illinois Stay At Home Order to prevent the spread of the virus. We do not make these decisions lightly.  Acupuncture care is deemed essential under the Illinois Stay At Home Order.

We will be taking all the precautions that have been recommended by both the CDC and OSHA, and in some instances going beyond those recommendations.

 

In-Person Appointment Protocol

WHAT TO EXPECT

1. When you schedule an appointment (and the day-of the appointment), you will be screened for health status, needs, etc. Common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, and body aches. However, some have reported chills, repeated shaking with chills, vomiting, diarrhea, recent loss of taste or smell, headaches, toe discoloration or mild rash with onset of the virus. You will be asked to confirm, before scheduling, that neither you nor your close contacts have had any of the above symptoms or a positive Covid-19 diagnosis within the preceding 14 days. If you have, you will be asked to reschedule an appointment at least 14 days after the start of your symptoms or exposure. Late cancellation fees will be waived. If you come to the practice, having recently experienced any of these symptoms, you will be turned away.

2. Once you arrive, you should text to say you have arrived and wait in your car until you receive confirmation to come in. Only the client receiving acupuncture will be allowed into the practice. If assistance is needed for translation, the assistance will need to be provided via speaker phone.

3. Upon entering, hands will be washed, and each client will wear a mask (you will be given one if you do not have one). I will do a temperature reading.

4. You will be asked to minimize the touching of surfaces in the practice.

5. We will sit at least 6 ft apart during the intake.

6. I will wear a KN95 mask during the intake and treatment.

7. I would prefer payments via Venmo or Zelle if possible. Otherwise I can read your credit card numbers and we will enter your credit card info manually.

8. If you feel symptoms of sickness, please convert to a Virtual Session or Cancel.  Cancellation fees will be waived if this applies to you.

9. If any of my family members or I am experiencing symptoms, I will cancel in person appointments and re-schedule according to the current CDC standards for isolation.

10. After your appointment, if you develop any possible Covid-19 symptoms within 14 days following treatment or test positive for Covid-19, please call to let me know. If that occurs, the practice will be closed and I will isolate myself according to the current CDC standards for isolation.

In Office Policies 

1. All surfaces, treatment area and door knobs will be cleaned between each client including the restroom when used.

2. High-grade sanitizing products will be used for cleaning.  Additionally, hand sanitizer will be available for use as well.

3. An air purifier will be run in the office. OnGuard protective essential oil blend will be diffused.

4. As always, all clean needle technique procedures will be adhered to.

5. Sheets are washed in hot water with detergent and tea tree essential oil.

6. Virtual sessions are still being offered and are incredibly powerful especially if you are feeling ill, have been around someone who is ill, need emotional support or feel safer being treated from the comfort of your home.

7. I will be maintaining social distancing practices and personal hygiene/cleaning practices in my personal life. HOWEVER, I have attended protests. My last test was on 10/6/2020.

 

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Open for business (virtually)

Don’t let your health challenges or aches and pains get worse while we are on shut down. I am available to help you!!

Someday I’ll design a bodysuit that I can communicate with remotely and have it needle specific points based on my direction. But as of now, I haven’t done that. I could create tiny voodoo dolls of each of you, and perform acupuncture that way.

But I think I’ll be able to help you the most with personalized treatment plans.

Your personalized treatment plan will be specific for your condition including some combination of:

1) “traditional” acupressure including what points, how to locate them, how to apply pressure, whether to use magnets (magnets can be ordered online for delivery);

2) auricular treatment using ear seeds or magnets;

3) recommendations for foods, teas and herbs/spices based on their Chinese medicine properties;

4) suggestions for essential oils to diffuse or apply to acupressure points;

5) coaching on how to perform cupping and/or guasha (tools can be ordered tor delivery);

6) extensive lifestyle recommendations that you won’t find from a preliminary Google search – things like humming exercises for seasonal allergies/immune system boost, details on the 5 pillars of my Get Some Shut Eye method, hara abdominal massage for digestive issues, breathing exercises for stress management, guidance on living as an empath, and connections to numerous resources. You know I’m always learning something new or connecting with a new expert.

Are you unsure whether I can help you? Give me a call at 815.814.1319, and we can discuss what types of assistance I can provide virtually.

My online schedule has been updated so you can schedule virtual sessions now.

You are also welcome to call or text me at 815.814.1319 to schedule.

Stay healthy!

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Black Friday/Small Business Saturday Promotions 2020

Black Friday/Small Business Saturday Promotions

SS_Logo_Clean_BlueNorthshore Acupuncture Center is offering two Black Friday/Small Business Saturday promotions in addition to the holiday special offers.

1) Just $25 for a Rock St⭐️r Cupping session purchased on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday (11/27-28 2020). If you don’t want stars, hearts ♥️ or the more traditional circles are available. Cupping enhances circulation, relieves pain and pulls out toxins from the body’s tissues. Cupping session must be completed by 12/31/2020. To purchase, call 815.814.1319 or email amy@northshoreacupuncturecenter.com.
2) Purchase gift certificates for your friends to try acupuncture and/or cupping. On Black Friday or Small Business Saturday only (11/27-28 2020), you can purchase a gift certificate for a stress relief acupuncture treatment for $50 ($100 value) or purchase a gift certificate for cupping for $50 ($75 value) and we will include a complimentary auricular balancing treatment ($25 value).
You can also purchase gift certificates for any $$ amount, for an initial consultation and treatment, or for a follow up treatment. Call 815.814.1319 or email amy@northshoreacupuncturecenter.com to purchase.
Offers cannot be combined for an individual treatment. Shop small!!
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Evanston families – ways to show up for our community/Familias Evanston – Apoyando a nuestra comunidad

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Please read for simple ways (cash and no cost) to support members of our Evanston community who are struggling and the owners of Gyros Planet & Taqueria.

Background
Pablo Sanchez and Erika Castro are the owners of Gyros Planet & Taqueria in Evanston.  Over the last seven months, they have been providing 110 free meals to individuals in need daily. The restaurant just opened in March 2019 and the pandemic has really impacted them. Their business income has been reduced by 75% due to the high school, Y.O.U and districts 65 closing. They could really use the support of the community to help them survive this challenge and allow them to continue helping others. Here is a Tribune article from earlier this year about how they are serving.

Ways to Support

The following are some ideas of ways you can support Gyros Planet & Taqueria. Many of us are not in a position to provide financial support right now; if that is the case, please consider supporting via #2, 4 and/or 5. All types of support are needed and appreciated.

  1. If you have money to spend on gifts this year, do some of your holiday shopping at the online auction from Friday, 11/27 – Sunday, 12/6. Auction items include donations from some young Evanston activists as well as local businesses. Proceeds will help Erika and Pablo continue to feed the community.
  2. Share this post and the Facebook and Instagram posts about the auction with your Evanston neighbors, friends and family.
  3. Order lunch from Gyros Planet & Taqueria!  We recommend the jerk tacos. Call 847-868-8112 to order, and have it delivered or pick it up at 1903 Church St  Hours: Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm and Saturday 12-4pm. Post a picture of your lunch on social media and tag them. Write a review on Facebook, Google, and/or Yelp.
  4. Sign up for one of the Taco Tuesday Text Banks in December and January.
  5. Follow Gyros Planet & Taqueria on  Facebook and Instagram. Comment on, like/heart and share their posts.
  6. If you are fortunate enough to be financially secure, please consider contributing to their GoFundMe.

Thanks for supporting one of our favorite local businesses and those they serve!

Friends of Gyros Planet & Taqueria

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Los propietarios de Gyros Planet & Taqueria han ayudado mucho a nuestra comunidad en este tiempo de COVID-19.  Pero ahora necesitan nuestro apoyo.  Por favor, lea lo siguiente….

Fondo

Pablo Sánchez y Erika Castro son los propietarios de Gyros Planet & Taqueria en Evanston.  Durante los últimos siete meses, han estado proporcionando 110 comidas gratuitas a las personas necesitadas diariamente. El restaurante abrió sus puertas en marzo de 2019, pero la pandemia realmente les ha afectado mucho. Sus ingresos comerciales se han reducido en un 75% debido al cierre de las escuelas y Y.O.U. Podrían usar el apoyo de la comunidad para ayudarles a sobrevivir a este desafío y permitirles seguir ayudando a otros. Aquí hay un artículo de ChicagoTribune sobre cómo están sirviendo a la comunidad.

Formas de Apoyar

Las siguientes son algunas ideas de formas en las que puedes apoyar Gyros Planet & Taqueria. Muchos de nosotros no estamos en condiciones de proporcionar apoyo financiero en este momento; si ese es el caso, considere el apoyo a través de #2, 4 y/o 5. Se necesitan y aprecian todo tipo de apoyo.

  1. Si usted tiene dinero para gastar en regalos este año, por favor considerge comprar regalos en la subasta del viernes, 11/27 – domingo, 12/6. Los artículos de subasta incluyen donaciones de algunos jóvenes activistas de Evanston, así como de empresas locales. Los ingresos ayudarán a Erika y Pablo a seguir alimentando a la comunidad.
  2. Comparte este a traves de Facebook e Instagram con tus vecinos, amigos y familiares de Evanston.
  3. ¡Pide el almuerzo de Gyros Planet & Taqueria!  Recomendamos sus tacos de Jerk porque son una receta unica de Pablo. Llame al 847-868-8112 para pedir, y haga que lo entreguen o recójalos en 1903 Church St Hours: de lunes a viernes, de 11 a. m. a 4 p. m. y sábados de 12 a 4 p. m. Publica una foto de tu almuerzo en las redes sociales. Escribe una reseña en  Facebook, Google y/o Yelp.
  4. Regístrese en uno de los Bancos de Texto de Taco Martes en diciembre y enero.
  5. Sigue Gyros Planet & Taqueria en Facebook e Instagram. Comenta que te gusta.
  6. Si tiene la suerte de estar financieramente seguro, considere contribuir a su GoFundMe.

Gracias por apoyar a uno de nuestros negocios locales favoritos y aquellos a los que sirven!

Amigos de Gyros Planet & Taqueria

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Holiday 2020 Specials

This holiday season give an EXPERIENCE instead of more things and SUPPORT A LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS. Research shows that people who spent money on experiences instead of things were happier and felt their money was better spent. Give someone you love who has been putting up with stress, pain, anxiety and/or sleep issues the gift of their health SUPPORTING their ability to live full out. 

 

STRESS RELIEF TREATMENT – SPECIAL OFFER $50

My clients call these mini-getaways. Experience 30-40 minutes of bliss cocooned in warmth, relaxing sounds and soothing scents – with no one demanding your attention. This treatment is a standard acupuncture treatment focused on relaxation and stress relief.  As many are working from home and moving less overall, this treatment will reset and relax. If you (or your loved one) would like other issues addressed besides stress relief, the value of the gift card can be used towards the price of a personalized treatment.

Bonus side effects of acupuncture may include:

  1. Improved sleep;
  2. More energy;
  3. Mental clarity;
  4. Reduction in pain;
  5. Sense of calm and well-being;
  6. Confidence in your body’s ability to function “normally”; and,
  7. Acceptance of your body and the “real you”…imperfections and all.

LOVE CUPPING SESSION – SPECIAL OFFER $50

We all could use more love in our life in 2020. Come in for a love cupping session! (If you don’t want heart shaped cupping marks, traditional circles are available.) Cupping involves placing glass or plastic “cups” on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. Cupping enhances circulation, relieves pain and pulls out toxins from the body’s tissues – plus it looks cool!

 

SLEEP COACH PACKAGE – SPECIAL OFFER $250 ($50 OFF)

The Yin/Yawn Sleep Coach package is a series of 4 weekly 30-45 minute phone calls.  I leverage my expertise as a Chinese medicine sleep specialist and a certified life coach along with the knowledge I’ve gained through working with hundreds of clients with sleep issues to create a personalized plan to help you fall asleep quickly and wake feeling rested. Note: This will not address sleep issues related to medication, physical pain, or other health conditions.
 
Note: COVID precautions are taken very seriously – I wear a mask in the practice even when alone and I enforce proper wearing of masks. See this link for full details.  You can rest assured you are giving a gift of wellness and calm during this most unusual holiday season.
 
To purchase any of these special offers or gift cards, send an email to amy@northshoreacupuncturecenter.com with a phone number for us to call to get your credit card information or call 815.814.1319. Limited to 5 special offer gift certificates per client. You may also buy gift certificates to count towards a personalized acupuncture treatment.

 

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What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a condition believed to be linked to a lack of sunlight where the individual experiences mood changes and emotions similar to depression. SAD occurs mostly in the Fall and Winter months when there is less sunlight exposure.

It’s found that around 5 percent of people may experience SAD lasting 40% of the year (especially in areas with less sunlight such as the Pacific Northwest and other Northern regions), and it is more common in women than in men. continue reading »

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Acupuncture and Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases are a collective group of disorders that plague nearly 50 million people in the United States today. When a person suffers from an autoimmune disease it means their own immune system is attacking the body and altering or destroying the tissues. Autoimmune diseases include things like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, pernicious anemia, multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel disease and Parkinson’s disease. continue reading »

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Northshore Acupuncture Center Land Acknowledgement

Northshore Acupuncture Center acknowledges Indigenous Peoples as the original stewards of the land, and acknowledges the enduring relationship that exists between them and their traditional territories. The land on which we reside is within the territories of the Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), Peoria, Myaamia (Miami), Bodéwadmiakiwen (Potawatomi) and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Sioux) Nations. continue reading »

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Balance Your Body – Stave off COVID-19

If you feel like you’re battling frequent colds, a cough that won’t quit, or just seem to be tired all the time, it may benefit you to find time for a daily walk or simple exercise routine. Doing this a few times per week can have many health benefits and help build your immune system.

Viruses such as COVID-19 take hold in our bodies when our immune systems are at their weakest points. Below are a few ways to help increase your immune function so your body can function as it’s meant to and stay balanced! continue reading »

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What is Moxibustion and How Can it Help

Traditional Chinese medicine is a medical system that incorporates numerous methods for treating disease and illness. One of the tools found in the toolbox of the Traditional Chinese medicine practitioner is known as moxibustion.

This technique involves the burning of mugwort, known as “moxa”, which is an herb that facilitates healing. The purpose of moxibustion is to stimulate the flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”), strengthen the blood and maintain general health. Qi is translated as life energy. continue reading »

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4 Ways To Support Your Kids: Back-To-School & COVID

2020 has proven to be a year of trials and growth for all of us. With a new school year just around the corner, it’s important to have an open dialogue with our children about what to expect, how to stay safe and how they can express themselves even with certain restrictions. continue reading »

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Herbs & Acupressure Points for Coronavirus

herbs and acupuncture for coronavirus

As we learn to navigate this new world where an ever looming virus is present, it’s important to learn which ways we can help ourselves and loved ones,get through a time of illness.. Below are herbal remedies and acupressure points for self-care to help aid with symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing, shortness of breath and fevers. continue reading »

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