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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.


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. 


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.

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. 


Athletes Choose Acupuncture to Treat Injuries and Boost Performance

by Diana Khoury

Athletes of many stripes are turning to acupuncture for an effective method of injury treatment and prevention. Professional football players from the ranks of the New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers and more have embraced acupuncture to manage pain, speed injury recovery, and achieve peak physical performance in their sport. A review of research studies on the use of acupuncture in sports confirms its efficacy at increasing muscle strength and power in athletes.1

Effectively Manage Diabetes with Massage and Acupuncture

by Diana Khoury

In the U.S., approximately 25.8 million people are diabetic, and this number continues to rise.1 Most of us know someone with diabetes who copes with managing the disease’s symptoms and side effects on a daily basis.

Good Posture is a Positive Indicator of Health

by Diana Khoury

A common phrase heard throughout childhood is, “Sit up straight!” This postural reminder makes regular appearances in the classroom, at the dinner table and is a ubiquitous presence through middle and high school. The continual postural encouragement is dispensed to encourage healthy growth and function of the body, as well as a projection of self-confidence from the individual.

Massage Supports Mothers through Pregnancy and Beyond

by Diana Khoury

During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through changes in physical form, structure, and internal function. While preparing for this important life change, pregnant women need physical and emotional support and are seeking it more often in the form of bodywork.

Massage Therapy for Low Back Pain Relief

by Diana Khoury


A large percentage of the population will experience some form of lower back (lumbar) pain during their adult life. In fact, lumbar pain is one of the top 5 reasons people seek medical care in the United States today. “Total incremental direct health care costs attributable to lower back pain in the U.S. were estimated at $26.3 billion in 1998. In addition, indirect costs related to days lost from work are substantial, with approximately 2% of the U.S. work force compensated for back injuries each year.”1

Financial costs aside, dealing with acute or chronic lumbar pain can be physically and mentally challenging, and disruptive to an active lifestyle. 


Fascia May Be the Missing Piece for Your Lingering Injury

by Julia Lucas
Originally published June 10, 2011 in Running Times

Meditation Improves Health and Helps Prevent Disease

by Diana Khoury

Meditation has been gradually moving into the mainstream, as a result of its association with yoga and its growing acceptance by celebrities and corporate leaders. The practice of meditation involves quieting the mind and focusing on the breath for the purposes of contemplation and reflection. The resulting state of deep relaxation has been shown to temper the body’s pain and stress responses, and scientific studies confirm its potential to improve health and prevent and manage disease.1

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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.
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- 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.

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