Winter 2015 Newsletter

Dear friends of White Pine,

Hello, brrrrrr, and welcome to 2015!

Let’s hop straight to it! In this newsletter, you’ll find:
1. New Year(s) Special
2. Moxa for sale, get ’em while they’re hot!
3. Brian’s free class series
4. Massage promotion
5. DIY food therapy
6. Sally’s (in lieu of) haiku

1. Happy new year(s) special
In honor of 2015 and the impending Chinese new year, we’re offering a special at White Pine:
Buy a gift certificate for a friend and save money on your next treatment!

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Here’s how it works:

  • Buy a gift certificate for a new patient ($140) and receive $30 off your next treatment.
  • Buy a gift certificate for an existing patient ($80) and receive $15 off your next treatment.

Treatments must be used in 2015. Discount offer expires on the Chinese New Year (the Year of the Sheep!), February 22, 2015.

2. Moxa sale!

Bring home some moxa for warm, DIY nourishment. Loose moxa and sticker moxa products are 40% off, and pole moxa is two for $1. Offer ends March 1, 2015.

3. Brian’s leading “Touchstones”

We’re excited for Brian’s upcoming collaborative discussion group, Touchstones.

Read and discuss excerpts from the Great Books and other great authors and:

  • Join a community rooted in collaborative discussion
  • Speak authentically in a supportive environment
  • Learn effective group dynamics through specific exercises designed to avoid group pitfalls

The group will meet (most) Sundays here in Asheville from March – August. Click here for more information and to sign up.

4. Massage promotion!

If you’ve never gotten a massage from Tara at White Pine, now’s a great time to start.

Tara is offering a 20% discount off her 60-minute and 90-minute massages to new massage clients.

This offer ends March 15, 2015. Click here to schedule your massage!

5. DIY recipe – love your kidneys

As we’ve probably told you in previous newsletters, each season corresponds to an “element” within Chinese philosophy and medicine. Each element also corresponds to our bodies. Winter, as we know, is the darkest time of year – when the world burrows down deep to rest and prepare for the great effort of spring. Winter embodies the water element: darkness, deepness, powerful creative potential, wisdom, and fear. This is a huge topic – deep and fertile soil – but suffice to say here that within the body, the water element coalesces as the kidneys.

There are lots of reasons to want to nourish your kidneys (fertility, longevity, avoiding low back pain, caring for the knees, the teeth, the bones, the hair on the head…) and lots of ways to nourish your kidneys according to Chinese medicine (soaking the feet, eating seeds, staying warm with moxa, getting more rest than you might think is reasonable.) An ideal time to nourish the kidneys is, well, all the time. But an especially ideal time is during winter, when we are at our slowest.

Sesame seeds are considered to be a direct kidney tonic in Chinese medicine food therapy. Click here for Sally’s favorite (dairy-free) “snowy sesame milk” and give your kidneys a little wintertime love!

6. In lieu of haiku

While gazing up at the winter night sky, pondering the fathomless depths of the dark night, feeling the mystery, it became clear this mirroring of as above, so below.

The black watery depths riddled with starlight miraculously reside also in me. 

A flicker of golden light, a tiny little flame emanates through the darkness, birthing infinite possibilities, sourcing the cerulean dawn.

Blue arising from the black! Light warming the darkness…….  

Wishing you well, 

Sally Robinson, Brian Huwe, Mary Beth Huwe, and Heather Spangler