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What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?


“I’m afraid of needles.”


Fear of needles is the number one reason people don’t try acupuncture. While some really do have a phobia of needles, the vast majority of people associate needles with pain. It’s a valid association; as kids, we quickly learned that getting a shot caused pain. And we don’t like pain.


But, this association should not be carried to acupuncture. Why? Acupuncture needles are completely different than the scary needles at the doctor. They are solid needles, not hollow like hypodermic needles, and they are much thinner – about the diameter of thick human hair. They’re so thin; they even bend at the touch!


Which type of massage is right for you?

Sarah wanted to treat herself after a couple of long, hard weeks at work. She booked a massage at a spa and enjoyed everything from cucumber slices to incense to fluffy, warm towels. It was 

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What is Seasonal Affective Disorder and Should You Be Concerned?


Do you get sad during the winter? No, we don’t mean “sad” as in teary eyed or unhappy, we mean SAD as in seasonal affective disorder. You may have heard this term thrown around, but do you know what it actually is? And, should you be worried?


Seasonal affective disorder is related to changes in the seasons and affects your mood. It usually begins and ends at the same time every year, starting in fall and continuing into the winter months. You may feel less energetic, have trouble concentrating, need more sleep, and just feel a little less motivated to do your normal activities.


Do you clench your jaw or have TMJ?


We already know that massage can reduce stress, boost your mood, and strengthen your immune system, but what if it could also help relieve that pesky (and painful!) jaw clicking? Or, soothe achy neck and jaw muscles after whiplash?


The answer is intra-oral massage, a lesser known but extremely effective massage technique. This method works on muscles inside and outside the mouth, as well as on the neck and throat.


It can be intense, but it is not necessarily painful. Since it focuses on muscles that are rarely massaged, they respond to less pressure. Gloves are worn while working inside the mouth to relax and release the muscles associated with chewing and jaw clenching.


So, how do you know if you need intra-oral massage? Here are four common reasons you would consider it:


How to Stay Active in the Cold Months


Oh the weather outside is frightful, and the fire is so delightful.How to Stay Active in the Cold Months dreamclinic massage As the temperatures drop, we tend to have more and more movie nights, all warm and cuddled up at home. It can feel almost impossible to bundle up, scrape the snow off our car, and drive to the gym to get a workout in. The house is just so cozy!


While it is extremely tempting to stay snuggled up on the couch, winter shouldn’t be a time when you let your fitness plans slip away. We won’t deny it – it is harder to motivate yourself to exercise when it’s dark and cold. In the summer, it was so easy to go on an impromptu run or bike outside. But, with the right attitude and mix of exercises, winter can actually be the perfect opportunity to mix up your workouts, get innovative, and try new things.


Why Massage Should Be a Year-Round Gift


Sure, earrings are pretty and clothes are nice, but what do you Why Massage Should Be a Year-Round Gift dreamclinic massagethink about giving a gift that can boost your friend’s mood, improve immunity, and make a positive impact on his or her overall health? Giving the gift of massage is treating a loved one to an experience, one that will soothe a stressed, achy body and will allow your friends and family to feel their best. And, it’s an experience you need to give yourself as well.


Massage is the gift that keeps on giving. The more you get massages, the more health benefits you will experience. It can increase your range of motion, strengthen your immune system, and provide an improved sense of well-being.


Giving Thanks Has Real Health Benefits


What if there were a solution to stress so simple that it onlyGiving Thanks Has Real Health Benefits involved saying two words? There is, and you’re in luck because the turkey and pumpkin pie are right around the corner to remind us of it. Yes, that’s right – saying “thank you” can lead to feeling healthier and happier, all year long.


Giving thanks feels good, and not just in that fluffy, heartwarming way. One study found those who wrote down what they were grateful for each week exercised more, had fewer health complaints, and generally felt better about their lives. Grateful people also experience less stress, are more optimistic, and have a stronger immune system.


Dreamclinic voted Finalist Best of Western Washington 2014


Thanks to all of our loyal and loving clients 

Dreamclinic took the finalist spots in each of our categories for the King 5 Best of Western Washington voter poll. We took 4th in Massage and 5th place for Acupuncture, giving us a top 5 finalist place for the fourth year in a row. 

We have so much gratitude for the support of our lovely clients, staff and family members who took the time to vote for us. Each time we receive recognition like this, through the support of our clients, we are reminded why we are here to do what we do - Healing the world one massage at a time. 

Thank you!


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Best of king 5 finalist dreamclinic


3 Subtle Signs You’re Stressed and What to Do About It

As working professionals, we’ve mastered the balancing act. We3 subtle signs you're stressed and what to do about it work full-time, have a lively social life, and make time to be active. We move fast and that’s how we like it. 
However, in between the happy hours and work meetings, stress can creep in without your knowing. Stress doesn’t always trigger a loud, red siren. Many times, there are quiet signs telling you that you may be stressed.
You don’t need to sacrifice your busy lifestyle to reduce stress, but you should be aware of three important, subtle clues and listen to your body when it’s time to slow down: 

Massage as Anti-Aging Therapy

By Larisa Goldin, MBA, LMP


Massage can help reverse the aches and pains that set on with age, serving as an enjoyable and highly effective form of anti-aging therapy.


For most individuals, muscle aches and areas of chronic tension tend to set in around age 30, and for some at an even earlier age.  We have our own ways of dealing with this – a hot bath with Epsom salt, a glass of wine, an Advil or a muscle relaxant - but in the long-term the muscle aches persist.  Anti-aging Deep Tissue Massage for Bellevue, Redmond and Seattle to treat muscle achesOn good days, with plenty of sleep and exercise, we feel ok, but on bad days, we really notice that the muscle tension is interfering with our quality of life.   Yet, many of us don’t have any sort of long-term regimen to address our muscle aches and knots. We regard them as the unfortunate inevitable side-effect of aging. 


Dreamclinic Lowering Microsoft Stress with FREE Chair Massage

Dear extended Microsoft family,
We know that for many of you now are difficult times and you are facing stress.  We understand and we feel for you.   We are your new Redmond neighbor and we would like to help ease your stress a little bit.  
Starting July 28th – August 31st, we are offering free seated massage to help you de-stress. Stop by our Overlake clinic 7 days a week between the hours of 12 to 6 pm to receive a fifteen minute chair massage on us.  No strings attached! 
We are located at 15436 Bel-Red Road across the street form Trader Joe’s, with ample parking in our lot.

Best Value Offered Through New Membership Program


In May of 2014 Dreamclinic launched an innovative new Membership program to reward its best clients.  


After ten years in business we recognized that our best customers, those that come in quarterly, monthly or even weekly wanted more than just a stamp card for savings, they wanted convenience and a relationship with Dreamclinic that says 'we know who you are.'  


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Many of our clients are busy and have a demanding schedule. We learned from our clients that they wanted the membership program to be affordable and to provide great value but also offer flexibility to get massage on their own schedule.  After surveying our best clients on their preferences, we finally launched our Healthy Lifestlyle Membership program that offers instant savings and rewards points but does not lock you in to any kind of long-term contract or prescribed schedule.


Dreamclinic Bellevue/Redmond Location covered by News Near Bellevue

News Near Bellevue is a new community run blog that was founded to provide 24/7 news coverage of all things Bellevue. The blog aims to serve the diverse and growing Bellevue population as an independently operared news source that is dedicated to journalistic excellence.  
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Founder and chief writer, Sebastian Garrett-Singh, has his sights on presenting 24/7 breaking news coverage as well as in-depth articles from feature styled reports to city hall politics.

Sunset Magazine Recommends Dreamclinic in their June Issue


Sunset Magazine recommends Dreamclinic in their June 2014 issue, on newsstands now.



Look for the mention of our Queen Anne clinic in the "Inside Seattle" section on page 38D.

Dreamclinic's Queen Anne location is located in the MarQueen Hotel, on Queen Anne Avenue N. in Seattle. Come visit us!


More construction photos from Dreamclinic Massage Overlake

The Grand Opening event is just 3 weeks away, on June 15th and things are looking good.  Below are some glimpses of our signature colors going up on the walls in Overlake


The main gues lobby is a lovely sunlit space with splashes of blues and greens to soothe visitors


Here is the reception area, still in progress.  Plants will go atop the reception.


Here is the spring-fresh hallway showing a play of lovely soothing lavender color inside one of the massage rooms

5 Things You Need to Know about Acupuncture

by Diana Khoury, Timothy Miller, L.Ac. and Larisa Goldin

Acupuncture has moved into the mainstream, so much so that most insurance companies now cover acupuncture services. Its benefits are extolled regularly in the media, and ongoing research is being performed to validate its effectiveness. But what is acupuncture and how does it work?

Here are 5 important things you need to know about acupuncture.

1. Acupuncturists are highly-trained and licensed healthcare professionals.

Acupuncture school is lengthy and demanding. Over three to four years, students must complete 1200 hours of classroom instruction and 500 hours of supervised clinic practice, then pass a national exam and a background check before applying for a state license to practice. This rigorous process protects the public health and ensures that only highly trained and experienced acupuncturists are practicing legally.

Edmonds Tennis Champion Credits Massage with Boosting Her Performance


In early April, the USTA Women’s 55 & Over tennis team from Edmonds won the National Championships held in Arizona. Melanie Korch, a member of the team and a regular client of Dreamclinic, credits massage with boosting her performance on the court.


“Since 2008, massage at Dreamclinic has been an important part of my fitness routine,” shared Melanie. “Before or after my matches, I schedule massage therapy to relieve sore and tense muscles. Massage also helps me stay flexible and improves my range of motion.”


Congratulations to Melanie and the entire USTA Edmonds women's team on their championship win!

Pictured L to R: Ellen Johnson, J R Thompson (Captain), Melanie Korch, Liz Smalley (Captain), Marylen Fitzgerald, Judy Ann Jennings, Nancy Burdyshaw.


View Dreamclinic in Redmond Start of Construction


We look forward to creating a lovely and uplifting space for the benefit of team and patrons and will share the photos once the space is ready.  In the meanwhile, please enjoy some looks of the clinic pre-remodel and during construction.


This photo shows the view of our Overlake building from Bel-Red road with our new windows signage in place.  Wave when you drive by!


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The Real Meaning of Arch Support

by Dr. Ray McClanahan, D.P.M.

Originally published on


In order to understand the treatment of rendering an arch support, one must understand the architectural principle of an arch, and liken that principle to the multitude of arches that naturally occur in the human foot. When you study the structure of the foot and the shapes of the bones of the foot, you quickly realize that most of the weightbearing bones of the foot, are indeed arches themselves by being shaped to have support ends at either end of the bone and an open space or boney arch in between the support ends of the bones. 


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When it comes to massage, Seattle leads the way among U.S. cities in terms of the popularity of therapeutic massage and the level of knowledge among Seattle residents about the health benefits of massage. Seattle massage schools are also regarded as among the best in the country, graduating massage therapists that are able to skillfully combine both the relaxation and the treatment aspects of massage.

Dreamclinic is proud to be a Seattle-based massage practice:
- Practicing massage in Seattle allows us to attract to our team some of the top graduates from local massage schools.
- Practicing massage in Seattle allows us to offer a valuable emerging wellness service in a city where it is understood and appreciated.
- Lastly, practicing massage in Seattle allows us to promote the highest standards for the massage profession and to continue to contribute to the general education of the population about massage.