January 25, 2011

We are so honoured to be able to offer 30% off your First Treatment of Ohashiatsu with Massimo De Angelis, or Margarete Eller! *This offer is extended throughout February and March 2011. Call to book your appointment today! 778.786.2517

December 30, 2010

Here's a look at some interesting New Year's Eve customs and traditions around the world. Let's celebrate – a new year is practically here.

In Austria, New Year's Eve is called Sylvesterabend, Eve of Saint Sylvester. It’s a tradition to make spiced punch made of cinnamon, sugar, and red wine in honour of the saint. Also, the suckling pig is a symbol of good luck. By firing of morters called böller, evil spirits are chased away. New Year’s is greeted with festive decorations (evergreen wreaths), champagne, and fireworks. People usually attend the midnight mass where trumpets can be heard blowing from the church towers during midnight kisses.

Jour Des Étrennes. The French New Year is celebrated with a special feast called le Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre. Presents and kisses are exchanged. January 6 is the end of holidays. A special cake la galette des rois is cut. The cake contains a fève, a small china character. Whoever finds it becomes king or queen and gets to wear a gold paper crown. And they get to choose a partner.

The New Year’s Eve in the Phillipines is usually celebrated with family and friends. Traditionally, most households have a dinner party called Media Noche with dishes such as pancit, Hamo, and Lechón (roasted pig), which is usually the centerpiece of the dinner table. Filipinos have a habit of wearing colorful clothing to show excitement for the coming year and often wear clothes with circular patterns like polka dots, for example. It is believed that circles attract money and fortune. Circular-shaped fruit is also served. Their other traditions include throwing coins on midnight or shaking them inside a metal casserole while walking around the house to increase wealth in the new year.

When the clock strikes twelve On Silvester, German New Year’s Eve and feast day of St. Sylvester, people toast to the new year with a glass of Sekt (German sparkling wine) or champagne.
One of German's old New Year`s Eve practices is Bleigießen (Lead Pouring). People would tell fortunes by the shapes made by dropping molten lead into cold water. A heart or ring shape meant a wedding, a ball meant luck will roll your way, a ship symbolized a journey. Dinner for One, 14-minute British stage sketch, is an annual German custom that is often watched on NYE. Outside, an explosion of lights can be seen in the sky.

Ecuador sees unique traditions on New Year’s Eve. To represent people and events of the past year, effigies called Años Viejos (Old Years) are created. They often represent leaders or political characters that its creators disagree with. The dummies are made of newspaper, old clothes, straw, and papier-mâché masks. Also, they are often filled with fire crackers. At midnight the effigies are lit on fire: it`s the burning away of the past year and welcoming of the New Year.
Another tradition is a ritual performed for health, prosperity, and protection. For example, each person eats twelve grapes before midnight. A wish per grape.

In Singapore, people can join in on the New Year’s Eve festivities from atop the world's tallest Ferris wheel: The Singapore Flyer. It is facing in the Marina Bay direction, main focal point of all Singapore NYE celebrations, and overlooking the waterfront.

On the last day of the year in Russia, Grandfather Frost, wearing blue instead of Santa's red, comes bearing gifts for the children.

England`s Clock Tower (Big Ben) at the Palace of Westminster chimes thirteen times when the clock's hands strike twelve on New Year`s Eve. It`s only then that the new year officially begins.The British believe the first visitor of each year should be male and should be the one to bring the gifts.
Traditional British gifts are a loaf for the table, a drink for the master, and coal for the fire. For good luck, the guest should enter through the front door and leave through the back. Unwanted or empty-handed guests are not allowed to enter first.

Traditionally, on Japanese new year Oshogatsu, people clean and decorate their homes and prepare Kadomatsu and/or Shimenawa to welcome lucky gods before New Year's Eve. It’s preparation day to welcome toshigami (年神), new year's god.

Pakistan celebrates New Year’s Eve on the every first of Muharram (First Islamic Month). It is a religious occasion and is celebrated with Muslims offering special prayers.

For New Year’s Eve in Mexico, people eat a grape with each of the twelve chimes of the bell during the New Year countdown, making a wish with each one. Homes and parties are decorated with colours red for love and lifestyle, yellow for better employment, green to improve financial situation, and white to improve health. Mexican sweet bread is often served, with a coin or a charm hidden inside. When served, whoever gets the slice with the object in it is believed to be blessed with good luck in the new year. Another tradition is to make a list of all unhappy events from the current year and throw it into fire before midnight. Negative energy is believed to die with it.. At the same time, the good things are acknowledged and thanks is expressed for all the good that has happened to make sure that it continues on in the new year.

New Zealand welcomes the new year with the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere called the Sky Tower. Auckland's sky lights up with fireworks from the top.

Do you have a New Year's Eve tradition? Tell us about it.

November 25, 2010

The Benefits of Playing Outside in the Snow...Sending children outside to play may not only be healthier for them physically, but it may be better for them psychologically too. And while we're at it, why don't we join them and play out in the snow as well!

A research project called Child of Our Time produced by the BBC is tracking the growth of twenty-five children from the time they're born until they become adults. After reaching the midpoint of this study, they've made an important observation - children who play outside laugh more.

They say that laughter is the best medicine and this holds true for adults and children alike! Not only is laughter a stress reliever, but the physical movements involved with laughing gives the heart and lungs a workout. Laughter also stimulates the immune system to fight off colds and viruses that children are so susceptible too. If playing outside causes children to laugh more - it's something we all need a little more of! Children playing outside experience other health benefits as well. They're more likely to be adventurous and open to new experiences than a child who lives life vicariously - parked in front of the television set. Outdoor play fuels our imagination and teaches us how to be resourceful by creating our own entertainment. It also brings us closer to nature.

Of course there are also the more obvious health benefits of playing outside such as positive benefits on the heart and a reduction in the risk of certain diseases such as diabetes and obesity. Running and jumping builds stronger bones and muscles. How many of us are getting enough vitamin D? The best source of vitamin D is the sun and when we spend all our time indoors, our risk of developing a vitamin D deficiency is high - which could lead to health problems later in life. So avoid grumbling and get outside and play in the snow!

November 22, 2010

Give your loved ones the Gift of Health this holiday season with any one of the following special offers currently available at Glow Acupuncture & Wellness Center!

Margarete Eller and Massimo De Angelis, Certified Ohashiatsu® Instructors and Practitioners are offering a 20% discount to all clients this month for any body work. This is a great opportunity to try Ohashiatsu® and experience the benefits of this type of bodywork.

Susan Polano, Oceana Massage, is offering a hugely discounted massage this month. A one hour massage is $50. Don’t miss out on this great deal!

Sabeeha Kurji and Andrea Lamont, R.TCM.P’s are offering 25% off to all patients on their next acupuncture treatment when they refer a friend. Please be sure to mention this web offer upon booking.

Gift Certificate are available at Glow and make the greatest holiday gift for the most discerning person on your list! This year, give your loved ones the gift of health and wellness! They can choose what services would best suit them, you just have to decide on the amount. Also, we can put together packages with our beautiful Glow Teas, custom packaged for us from Tea in the Sahara. Feel free to call and ask to speak with Riadh, our in-house tea specialist, who can advise you on what’s right for you. You don’t even have to leave the house! We will take care of everything and even mail your gift if you would like.

September 30, 2010

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