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September is here, and for most of us, that means back to school for our children, and back to work for us. We are no exception to that, and hope you had a wonderful summer.  Of course with that, we have some new things in the works!

In this issue:

PLEASE NOTE: Our online booking system will change starting September 17th to serve you better! The new system will have some features to enhance your experience, such as the ability to print off receipts from your account!

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: As an existing user of the our calendar system, your account has been transferred over. However, you must choose a new password. You cannot use the new system until you create a new password. Please follow these instructions:

  • On September 17th all clients will be required to create a new Click4Time online booking calendar account by clicking our “Book Online” button/link. This new link will be available starting on September 17th, however if you would like to set your account up sooner, please call us for details.

  • When you have clicked the “Book Online” button/link, once there, choose any service and any time (just for this procedure to set your account), and it will ask you to login, and take you to a login screen.

  • Please choose “NEW USER”, as you will be a new user of the “Click4Time” booking system. Current/returning patients, to register please use the same email address you currently use to login to our calendar (as we have transferred your account history under that email). Each online user must have a unique email address therefore if you share an email address with someone else you must create a personal email before you can register. The password can also be the same as long as it is at least 8 characters. If not, please create a new password.

  • After completing the registration, a validation email will be sent to the email address used to register the account. Clicking the validation link will return you to the calendar login page where you will be able to book appointments with your service provider.

  • We strive to make the calendar changeover as seamless as possible. If you require assistance to book appointments, please call us at 604-873-3827.

We look forward to serving you better with our new system!

This fall, look for us at the Douglas Park Community Centre Health Day on Sunday September 16, 2012 from Noon to 4pm! We will be doing free tongue and pulse diagnoses, and 10min Tuina massage by donation so pass the word around! Enjoy festival rides, carnival games, onstage entertainment, face-painting, demonstrations, youth fundraising concession, community tables and more!

Continuing with Red Tree Wellness’ philosophy of helping guide you on your pathway to health, we will begin a new series newsletters that will focus on educating you about other modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine that we use to enhance your treatment. Our topic this Fall and Metal time is Acutonics® or Sonoacupuncture – Sound vibrational healing on Acupuncture points. Music and sound is considered a Metal element activity, because of the use of metal to create sound in a wide variety of instruments.

Throughout time and across all cultures, music and sound have been an integral part of ceremony, ritual, and healing. In traditions such as Buddhism, sound (such as singing bowls and gongs), incantations, and drumming, are used to induce the theta brain-wave state of meditation. In the Old Testament there is a record of David playing the harp to treat King Saul’s depression. Today, we know that when we listen to music, or hear certain sounds, it evokes powerful emotions that can lift us up, make us sad, or help us to understand and express our feelings. It is this recognition of the power of music and sound in therapy, healing and life, that gives rise to the field of Harmonic Medicine.

Acutonics® and sound healing, also known as sonoacupuncture, involves the use of various tuning forks to create a harmonic, sound energy-based, non-invasive treatment that is similar to acupuncture, but without the needles. Tuning forks are applied to acupuncture points. The treatment application of the use of sound waves is also used (although in different ways) in Ultrasound therapy and Lithotripsy for the treatment of muscle injuries and Kidney stones respectively. Since sound travels 4 times faster in water, and the human body is composed of approximately 70 percent water, the human body is therefore a perfect resonator and receptor for sound waves. The tuning fork sound waves vibrate, access and travel deeply into the body’s meridians, and stimulate tissues, energy and Qi, in order to promote inner healing and harmony.

Sound healing also treats a wide variety of conditions, but is especially effective for musculo-skeletal and psycho-emotional related issues, and is a great form of relaxation. The sound is always applied as a harmonic, not one single frequency, and each harmonic, has a different effect on the body. Some are know to relax muscles and tissues, some are good for opening blockages, and others good and building energy. The practitioner will apply the frequency of choosing to various acupuncture points and meridians, in order to enhance the effect of the goal of treatment. For example, if one of the goals is to relax muscles and tension and to relax the mind and relive stress, the frequency of relaxing the body is use, on the acupuncture points and meridian that also relaxes the body, and move circulation.

A case example: A patient came in for acupuncture and had an additional complaint of a kink in the neck from sleeping funny. The neck muscle was tight, painful, and restricting the range of motion of the head. After the acupuncture was applied, the frequency used to relax muscles and tendons, the mind and body, was applied along the muscle of the neck that was in pain. Several strokes of the sound was applied along the muscle. At the end of the session, the patient re-tested the neck – there was no more pain, the muscle was relaxed and had almost full range of motion back! If you are interested in Sound Healing, currently Sonia F. Tan, DTCM, RAc, RTCMP, is offering Sound Healing sessions, within or without an acupuncture treatment. Please call the clinic or visit our online calendar for appointment times.

Enjoy the fall, and do look for us (bring your family and friends!) at the Douglas Park Community Centre Health Day on Sunday, September 16th, 2012. Please set up your new login information with our new booking calendar, and thank you for your patience as we transition to serve you better!

Good health to you,

Sonia F. Tan, Karyn Smith & Annie Hui Kung
The Red Tree Wellness team

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