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.

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)

Welcome Zach Smalley, LMP – US Navy Veteran Tech CM2 gone Massage Therapist

Zach Smalley, LMP

Zach Smalley, LMP

Schedule with Zach at Ferndale

Schedule with Zach at Bellwether

  • U.S. Navy Veteran, 2008-2015: Construction Mechanic 2nd class
  • Awarded: Army Achievement Medal (Wounded Warrior Project in Afghanistan)
  • 750 hour COMTA – Accelerated Massage Therapy Program
  • 80 hours of student clinic to perfect treatment skills
  • Injury treatment and postural assessment

Massage Modalities:

Myofascial, Swedish Sports Massage, Neuromuscular therapy, Chair Massage Special populations, Deep Tissue, Clinical Assessment & treatment, Hydrotherapy

About Zachariah:

Zach has a history of supporting client relief of symptoms, healing of their bodies, and shortening recovery time which resulted in improved client performance in daily life, athletic competitions and activities.  Zach analyses posture to assess client’s potential needs and ensure the best success with their health goals.  His goal is to continue his education in learning how effective massage therapy can be and educate the client in ways they can continue the process at home.

Zach’s desire is to provide lasting results through techniques that will build on his short term goals in continuing his education to become a Physical Therapist.

Zach’s massage is effective and on the firm side of comfortable. His preferred modalities are Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular techniques and Swedish to ease the mind.

Currently Accepting: BCBS ILL, Group Health Options, First Choice Health Network (FCHN), MVA (personal injury auto claims), WA Labor and Industry, Federal Labor and Industry, Workman’s Compensation, Gift Certificate Relaxation Treatments, Military and Medicare discounted Massage treatments, Private Pay treatments.

Accepting soon as In-Network:  Aetna, Cigna, Premera, Regence, Group Health PPO, and more.


excitotoxinExcitotoxins are additives found in processed and packaged foods & drinks that affect the neurological function.  These additives over stimulate the receptors in the brain to fire or excite abnormally, causing cell damage or death.  Exitotoxins have many names, one of them being MSG.

Partial list of foods containing Excitotoxins:

  • “hydrolyzed” ingredients
  • “natural flavors” ingredients
  • Accent seasoning
  • Aspartame
  • baby food
  • boxed dinner meals
  • diet drinks
  • diet foods
  • diet soda
  • dressings
  • energy drinks
  • fast food
  • live virus vaccines
  • low-fat foods
  • packaged mixes, sauces and gravies
  • some brands of protein powder
  • soy sauce

Much the research strongly suggests that regularly consuming excitotoxins over an extended period of time can destroy significant numbers of brain cells and lead to serious health problems, including seizures and strokes. According to Russell L. Blaylock, a neurosurgeon and author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, excitotoxins have also been linked to human neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

George R. Schwartz, MD, author of In Bad Taste: The MSG Syndrome, believes there are three general categories of symptoms that result from MSG/Excitotoxin consumption:

Allergic Symptoms 
Asthma, shortness of breath
Running nose

Peripheral Symptoms 
Jaw tightness
Rapid heartbeat
Chest tightening
Diarrhea, stomach cramps

Central (Brain) Symptoms

Choosing healthy changes in diet may cause increased muscle and joint pain due to the withdrawal from these chemicals.  We can help with Acupuncture and Massage.

Call us today to schedule your appointment: 360-366-4216

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