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11th Annual Holiday Gift Certificate Sale On Now!

A Better Way Massage & Acupuncture Holiday Gift Certificate Sale11th Annual Holiday Gift Certificate Bazaar Starts Now (Sale ends November 29)

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Holiday Gift Certificates
Purchase Online Now!
30 Minute Holiday Massage $42
60 Minute Holiday Massage $63
This year we have decided to support the community by sharing and giving. Bring in an unwrapped children’s gift, and bring your one hour massage gift certificate price down to $59. Price reduction only applied to one hour treatments. Gifts will be given to Toys for Tots. No limit.
Tammy, our office manager, is in the office Monday-Thursday, 7:30am-12noon. Please organize with Tammy to ensure you get the price reduced gift certificates.
90 Minute Holiday Massage $80
Please read the disclaimers. So Important!
No cash refund or not redeemable for cash. Gift certificates are non-transferable and are not for re-sale. 90 and 60 minute gift certificates can not be divided into multiple 30 minute treatments. There are 30 and 90 minute treatments available if you desire to purchase and schedule. Certificate redemption value may be applied to full price of another service. No replacement for lost or stolen gift certificates. Certificates never expire; listed date is for filing system only. 360-366-4216 12 Bellwether Way, Suite 201, Bellingham, WA 98225

Tips To Embrace Eating With The Seasons

 Eating seasonally is great for the environment and the community and your taste buds will be glad you did.

When it comes to food production, Washington is one of the most bountiful states in the nation. Just north of Seattle, Whatcom County is in the top 3 percent of all counties nationally when it comes to farm production. To the east, our orchards produce 70 percent of the apples in the U.S.

Seasonal produce is easy to obtain when living in the state of Washington, but because supermarkets consistently have so many of the same offerings, it is easy to be disconnected from seasonal harvests. Here are three reasons why it makes sense to reconnect with the seasons.

  • Taste: Food grown in season is simply more delicious. Compare the taste of a tomato from a summer farmers market to one from the supermarket in the winter. Similarly, consider spinach, a cool weather crop. Because sugar doesn’t freeze, the spinach plant produces extra sugar to protect itself against the cold. The result is a sweeter, more delicious green in winter.
  • Nutrition: Produce picked and eaten at its peak generally has more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than foods harvested before they’re ripe. Eating seasonally helps you get the full complement of nutrients that nature offers.
  • Environment: Eating seasonally often means eating locally. This is good for the environment as it cuts down on pollution from shipping and reduces your carbon footprint.

So how do you find what’s in season? Here are a few tips.

  • Go to for a nationwide directory of local food sources.
  • Browse for information about stores and restaurants in the region that have a focus on seasonal produce.
  • Use your smart phone to track down where to buy what’s in season using apps such as Farmstand on iPhones, Fresh Food Finder on Androids, and Locavore on both.
  • Visit a farm or local farmers market. A list and map of those in the Puget Sound area can be found at

Eating seasonally is great for the environment and the community and your taste buds will be glad you did.

— By Terese Wallace, Bastyr dietetic intern, and Amy Frasieur, MS, RD, core faculty in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University.

Homeopuncture Now Available



Homeopuncture is a form of point injection therapy, administered by a licensed acupuncturist such as Shannon Freeman, L.Ac, EAMP.

Homeopuncture includes homeopathic injections, Sterile Saline, and Vitamins such as B12.

Subcutaneous (just below the surface) injection technique.  Used in small muscle areas, over joints, around discs an directly over and around painful areas.  Not typically recovered by insurance (CPT code 96372 – Therapeutic SC/IM injection). 1-2/10 ml used during treatment.  Billable to MVA and PIP claims with 15% increase in price.

Subdermal injection technique in Acupuncture points or Ashi points.  2-3/10 ml volume.  Not typically recovered by insurance (CPT code 96372 – Therapeutic SC/IM injection).  Billable to MVA and PIP claims with 15% increase in charge.

Shannon Freeman, L.Ac., EAMP, treats Musculoskelatal Pain and Conditions

  • plantar fasciitis
  • Gout
  • Knee sprains and strains
  • Disc Herniation
  • Bursitis and Frozen Shoulder
  • Elbow, wrist and hand pain
  • Joint arthritis
  • Tendon and ligament inflammation

Lymphatic Issues

  • slow moving lymph system
  • local lymphangitis

Pelvis and Abdominal Pain and Conditions

  • Intestinal cramping, colitis
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Pain from ovarian ruptures
  • Renal and bladder issues

Thoracic Pain and Conditions

  • Coughing
  • Asthma
  • Hypochondria pain

Head and Neck Pain Conditions

  • Migraines
  • Sinus congestion and headaches
  • Laryngitis
  • Lymphangitis

A stand alone appointment lasts from 15-20 minutes.  It is a quick in and out treatment if you are live a busy life and just needs a little something to support your health and well-being.

This treatment can also be added to your acupuncture treatment.  Since insurance typically does not cover herbal remedies, this add-on is paid by patient at time of service.

Schedule your Homeopuncture treatment today with Shannon Freeman, L.Ac., EAMP

  • Subcutaneous Homeopathic Therapy $25 – 15-20 minutes
    Add on or Stand alone treatment – notify staff at time of scheduling if adding on to acupuncture treatment.
  • Subdermal Homeopathic Therapy $45 – 20-25 minutes
    Add on or Stand alone treatment – notify staff at time of scheduling if adding on to acupuncture treatment.

New Signage for our Bellingham Massage Acupuncture Office

At the stop sign on Bellwether Way, look up and to your right.  It is on the end of building 12 you will see our light box sign.  We are on the second floor of 12 Bellwether Way, Bayview Center.  This building also holds the Bellwether Banquet hall.


Free handicap parking and elevator under building 11 Bellwether.  Once you drive into the parking garage under building 11, yield left and park near the hunter orange elevator.  The hunter orange elevator will take you to the second floor of building 12.  If you get into the blue elevator, you will be in building 11.

Take the orange one, not the blue one. (thinking of the Matrix movie)

Reduce Inflammation – Reduce Pain – Ferndale YMCA

Anti-Inflammatory-Food-PyramidThank you to all who attended the YMCA – Ferndale Campus – Reduce Inflammation -Reduce Pain Meeting.  

Shannon Freeman, L.Ac., EAMP and Jamie Mulligan, LMP enjoyed sharing information from our experience and training.

Per the request of those who attended, below is contact information and websites where you can get more details in the information shared at the meeting.

Websites that were mentioned:

Schedule Massage at A Better Way

Schedule Acupuncture at A Better Way

Have us check your insurance benefits

Medicare/Medicaid treatments reduced rates – give us a call for more information – 360-366-4216

Anti-Inflammation Food Pyramid – Dr. Weil

Golden Milk – Dr. Weil

Fish oil and Omega 3

A Better Way Massage & Acupuncture Golden Milk Recipe:

anti-inflammation-foodsGolden Milk
1 1/2 cups milk , or almond milk or any milk you prefer
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp tumeric or more as desired
1tbsp liquid honey (may subsitute with stevia)
1/16 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 tsp coconut oil
Heat all ingredients in a small pot.
Bring to a boil.
Remove and pour into tall coffee thermos.
Close top on thermos and shake well.
It will be very hot so let sit with lid off.
Pour a cup into mug and drink as it cools.
This is good both morning and night.
It takes away any sign of pain from arthritis to gout to fuzzy thinking.
You may not like the taste right away but you can adjust spicing and sweetness to your own palate.
It helps with sleep as well because of the boiled milk. Cheers.


12 Benefits of Qi Gong

Evidence demonstrates that qigong may be an effect adjunct in the treatment of many illnesses including cancer and heart disease. Learn about the remarkable 12 benefits of qigong, here:

1. Well-being and improved health. Qigong emphasizes the whole body, whole system health. While it is true that qigong will often cure specific ills, this is not the primary reason for practice. It is not only a matter of adding years to your life, but life to your years.

2. Clear and tranquil mind. When the mind is at peace, the whole universe seems at peace. World peace begins with you; it is your responsibility to find a peaceful heart and mind. Then you can heal and transform others just through your presence. If you have a tranquil mind, you will make better decisions and have the skill to know when act and when to be still.

Foods that fight inflammation3. Deeper, more restorative sleep. Qigong will help you find the deep relaxation and mental quiet necessary for sleep.

4. Increased energy, including sexual vitality and fertility. Qigong people have more energy; it can reverse energy and restore youthfulness.

5. Comfortable warmth. Qigong is great for cold hands and feet. Circulation improves, and the body generates more internal warmth when it is cold.

6. Clear skin. The skin, like the intestines, is an organ of elimination. According to Chinese medicine, as your qigong improves, your body eliminates toxins, and the skin becomes clear.

7. Happy attitude. There is an old Tibetan saying, “You can tell a Yogi by his or her laugh.” Correct and moderate qigong practice usually creates an optimistic and joyous disposition.

8. More efficient metabolism. Digestion improves, and hair and nails grow more quickly.

9. Greater physiological control. This means that aspects of the body that were imbalanced or out of control begin to normalize, for example, breathing rate, heart rate, blood pressure, hormone levels, and states of chronic inflammation or depletion.

10. Bright eyes. The qigong master’s eyes are said to glow in the dark, like a cat’s. The eyes also appear bright because the spirit and soul are luminous and the heart is open.

11. Intuition and creativity. Intuition and creativity generate each other and come from the same source, an awakened brain and being, an ability to think with the gut, to feel with the mind.

12. Spiritual effects. Advancement in qigong is often accompanied by a variety of spiritual experiences. For example, synchronicity, meaningful coincidences, become more common. When the qi is abundant, clear, and flowing, the senses perceive and are permeated by a sweetness.

Adapted from The Essential Qigong Training Course, by Ken Cohen (Sounds True, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Ken Cohen. Reprinted by permission of Sounds True.
Adapted from The Essential Qigong Training Course, by Ken Cohen (Sounds True, 2005).