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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Our Fee Structure

We have updated our fee structure for both acupuncture and coaching services to reflect the following values and beliefs:

  • Healthcare access should not be limited to those with financial privilege;
  • Oppression impacts who has access to wealth and resources;
  • My clients’ honesty and integrity will guide them to act in the interest of the community as a whole; and,
  • My financial security is important to my well-being and ability to be present when providing services.

We will now be offering four different levels of pricing for acupuncture and coaching services:

The Pay It Forward price is $10-25 above the actual cost of the service and that extra money goes toward supporting future free and low cost services. It’s an opportunity to support your fellow community members while accessing services. I thank you for your investment and consideration.

The Full price is the actual cost of the service. If you have access to financial security, own property or have personal savings, you would not traditionally qualify for sliding scale services. If you are able to pay for “wants” and spend little time worried about securing necessities in your life, you have economic privilege and power in our community. This price is for you.

The Tighten the Belt price is for those who are able to meet their basic needs (housing, food, childcare, healthcare, transportation to work) but have little to no expendable income. Paying for the services may qualify as a sacrifice (having to reduce eating out, Starbucks, or buying new clothes) but it would not create hardship. If you are struggling with debt and/or living paycheck to paycheck but have access to steady income, this is your price. If you can ask family members, partners or friends for financial support, please consider using those personal resources before you use the resources of the sliding scale and limit opportunities for others. Two acupuncture and coaching appointments will be available at this price per week. Please email or text me to let me know if you are scheduling an appointment at this price.

The Hardship price is for those who struggle to meet their basic needs (housing, food, childcare, healthcare, transportation to work) and paying for these services would be a significant hardship. Two acupuncture and coaching sessions will be available at this price per week. Please email or text me to let me know if you are scheduling an appointment at this price.

Please be mindful that if you purchase services at the lowest end of the scale when you can afford the higher prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility. Being honest with yourself about your financial situation when engaging with sliding scale practices grows strong and sustainable communities. It also respects the work of providers who have families to support and rent to pay.

In some instances, the hardship price will still not be accessible. In these cases, I will do my best to provide direction to free or low cost resources.

Note: I won’t ask to see any proof and rely on your honesty, integrity and compassion when placing yourself on the scale.

This financial structure is based on the work of Alexis J. Cunningfolk of Worts & Cunning Apothecary who also created the image above which illustrates financial privilege and access. Consider reading  The Sliding Scale: A Tool for Economic Justice.

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Reclaim Your Sleep (from anywhere)

Is your mind constantly racing at bedtime?  Do you toss and turn all night, and wake up feeling like you haven’t slept at all?  Do you feel like you are walking around in a fog all day?  

You are not alone. Approximately 30-50% of adults in the US have difficulty falling and/or staying asleep, and 10% suffer from chronic insomnia. Lack of sleep can cause you to gain weightkill your sex drive, make you look older, and make it difficult to concentrate at workYou may feel hopeless because you’ve exhausted OTC remedies, sleeping medications, and the standard lifestyle changesYour doctor may have prescribed sleeping pills, but they leave you feeling groggy.

Chinese medicine has answers to this common modern-day challenge, Let me tap into my expertise as a Chinese medicine sleep specialist and certified life coach and the knowledge I’ve gained from working with hundreds of clients with sleep issues to create a personalized plan to help you fall asleep quickly and wake feeling rested.

For the best results, I recommend a series of 5 weekly 30-45 minute Zoom sessions.

Your personalized plan will include simple techniques you can apply immediately to fall asleep more quickly and wake feeling more rested, 1-2 hours of homeplay each week and coaching on successful adoption of manageable lifestyle changes.

Call me at 815-814-1319 or email amy@northshoreacupuncturecenter.com to schedule a free evaluation.
Note: This program will not address sleep issues related to physical pain, medication or other health issues.

Amy Landolt’s Bio 

Amy is a licensed acupuncturist and certified life coach specializing in sleep. She helps people reclaim their sleep using Chinese medicine, essential oils, supplements, and lifestyle changes. Amy is passionate about finding natural ways to improve sleep because in 2011, insomnia was impacting her work and personal life. Sleeping pills helped her sleep, but left her feeling groggy. She was frustrated that her doctor’s only suggestion was different (and more) pills. It was only after a combination of acupuncture, massage and yoga that she was able to sleep through the night and wake rested and refreshed. 

She learned that she needed to take the lead in managing her health and fully leverage all of the natural ways to address any health challenges, and she loves helping others do the same. 

What other people have to say: 

For about two years now I have been suffering from terrible seasonal allergies. The inability to breathe through my nose left me restless. I would take a cocktail of allergy medications and sleeping aids, but still no luck. After visiting an allergist,I was able to get that issue under control, however the anxiety of sleep and lack of it still haunted me. I was breathing just fine at night, but my mind was constantly racing and anticipating. My body would eventually pass out from exhaustion around 6am and I’d wake around 8amRunning on two hours of restless sleep left me feeling drained, fatigue and moody during the day. I felt like I had tried everything a western doctor would suggest: sleeping tablets, melatonin, setting a bedtime routine, but nothing worked. I told my allergist about this issue and she suggested I try acupuncture by Amy Landolt. 

Amy prescribed a holistic regime of meditation, yoga and herbs. The night after my first appointment I slept the most I had in months. After a month of working with Amy, one-to-two-times a week, I am sleeping more restfully than ever. Along with acupuncture she advised to incorporate yoga and medication which has helped speed up the healing process as well as helped me grow as a person.” P.L. 

 

“After my first session, I slept from 12:15 until 6:45am. Wow! A full six and ½ hours. I woke up feeling more rested than I have in about six months. Lack of sleep was leaving me feeling fatigued most of the day, every day. It was hard to focus on any project, personal or professional, to see it through to conclusion. Or if I did, it required more time than ever. I know I was more irritable than usual, too. I had tried sleeping apps, lifestyle changes, and cognitive behavioral techniques. After four sessions, I am sleeping 6-7 hours most nights, which I hadn’t for over a year.  

THANK YOU!!! I am now excited to go to bed at night! Often I have a sort of low-level dread as the hour draws nigh! Now I am excited to use my oils, listen to the meditation you suggested, and reclaim my sleep!!!”  M.M. 

 

“I was having a lot of trouble sleeping, not being able to fall asleep or if I did, couldn’t stay asleep.  It was horrible. After just a few sessions, I’m getting a good night’s rest, which is so important for our brains! I have clarity of thought and I no longer feel like I’m walking around in a fog all day. I appreciated your laid- back, easy going style, and your concern for my comfort and my results.  My husband was surprised that it’s worked!  He’s not necessarily open to new ideas and treatments but was happy that I’ve gotten results.”  C.S. 

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5 Acupoints for Anxiety You Can Administer Yourself

acupoints for anxiety

“At a time when people are so conscious of maintaining their physical health by controlling their diets, exercising, and so forth, it makes sense to try to cultivate the corresponding mental attitudes too.”

– HH the Dalai Lama, 1963

It can be easy to forget how much our mental state can affect our physical well-being. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, that connection is evident in the treatment strategies, but it is also true that when we are feeling bad, we don’t always think to look at our minds. It works both ways.  continue reading »

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Acupuncture for Diabetes

Acupuncture for Diabetes

More than 34 million Americans have diabetes, and approximately 90 percent of them have type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Type 2 diabetes, while its exact cause is unknown, develops when the body becomes resistant to insulin or the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin. Because of this, treatment often involves taking “insulin sensitizers” or medication that helps the body increase its sensitivity and therefore ability to process insulin, keeping the blood sugar from getting too low. Unfortunately, this medication often causes side effects, including weight gain and anemia. continue reading »

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Acupuncture Wrapped: An overview of some of the most exciting discoveries in 2020

Acupuncture Wrapped: An overview of some of the most exciting discoveries in 2020

As we enter a new year, it is natural to want to look back on the last one. As humans, we have the gift and the hurdle of marking time, so it can feel helpful to recall memories we want to hold on to or look for lessons we can take with us.  

To that end, here are three categories in which research into the type, application and efficacy of acupuncture saw significant advancements in 2020, findings that will certainly help guide us as we move forward. In a year that saw so much focus on our health, these findings offer some good news in the fields of pain management without opioids, migraine headaches, and insight into why it is that acupuncture is effective as an anti-inflammatory.  continue reading »

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Intention setting in the new year

Intention setting in the new year

It’s that time of year again: the time when many of us engage in the practice of setting a new year’s resolution.

It seems, though, that hand-in-hand with new year’s resolutions is the prediction of inevitable failure. That as soon as you pick a resolution, you won’t actually make it through the whole year sticking with the new behavior, or that by the third week of January the resolution will be out of sight, out of mind. So, I wanted to offer some tips on how to join in the tradition in a way that might foster more success, by incorporating some wisdom from traditional Chinese medicine. continue reading »

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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

Sigue la traducción al español.

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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You’re Getting Sleepy…

Enjoying Naps in the Winter Season

Most mammals are polyphasic sleepers, meaning that they sleep for short periods throughout the day. For humans, days are divided into two distinct periods, one for sleep and one for wakefulness, which is a monophasic sleep pattern. However, this may be a product of living in an industrialized world and not the natural sleep pattern of humans. In many cultures, young children and elderly take naps midday. Our bodies are programmed for two periods of intense sleepiness a day: between 2 and 4 am and 1 and 3 pm. Unfortunately, despite our biological vestige, we are having to consolidate our sleep into one long period. continue reading »

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Winter and your Kidneys

Winter and your Kidneys

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, health is achieved by living in balance with nature and the seasons. Winter, the season of the Water Element, is the season for slowing down, reflecting, and conserving our resources. We all feel this tendency, but we don’t always listen to our bodies.  In Western culture, being active is rewarded and expected. We feel compelled to keep up the hectic pace that is typical in our daily lives.

This season is associated with the kidneys, bladder, and adrenal glands and the time of year when these organs are most active, accessible, and even vulnerable. They are more receptive to being restored, nurtured, and energized. At the same time, it is also when they can become easily depleted. continue reading »

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