Those who have gone under the needle can attest to the healing powers of acupuncture for everything from chronic skin conditions to infertility. The practice originated in China and has been performed for thousands of years. In the U.S., it’s often used as an alternative for those who’ve exasperated their options within Western medicine.
As hair thin needles are quickly inserted, the familiar zing of electricity that pulses through the body is both frightening and exhiliarating. Don't be fearful, most of us could use a little balance in the flow of our qi.
Curious? Here are a few recommendations for the acupuncture virgin:
How are those New Year's resolutions coming along? What's that? Not good? Oh, you haven't made any yet? Ok, we'll cut you some slack since it's only been one week since the beginning of 2013.
There's no better way to stick to fitness goals than to sign up for a running race. Whether it's the annoyance of paying a steep entry fee or the fact that you broadcast your grand goals to everyone you know, committing to a race is motivation enough to follow through with the plan. Not to mention, it's a fantastic way to get to know San Francisco as you breeze through various levels of training. Here are a few city races we recommend in the coming year:
Christmas music, office holiday parties, Santa Con, and rain in the Bay may put us in a winter mood, but only one tradition truly signifies the start of the holiday season – Nutcracker!
Did you know that San Francisco Ballet was the first professional company in America to perform the world-famous tree-sprouting, Clara-frolicking, Sugar Plum Fairy-twirling production?
It’s your last chance to catch an astronomy program on Mt. Tam before spring of next year. This weekend, Planetologist Dr. Kevin Zahnie talks about the collision of Earth with another world gone wild that caused the extinction of dinosaurs and everything else. (And it could happen again!) The best part of this evening is the opportunity to view through telescopes provided by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers. Good timing as Jupiter just returned to the night sky and Mercury enters retrograde starting on Monday (watch out!). Rock Springs Parking Lot, Mount Tamalpais (Mill Valley), Sat, 11/3, 7 p.m.
Over easy! The Giants swept the Tigers in one of the most lopsided World Series events in history. We can’t wait for the parade of course, but… wow, that was fast. We would be lying if we thought World Series-mania wouldn’t continue throughout this whole week. Now that there are no more Giants games to obsess over, what do we do? Here are a few suggestions for easing back into San Francisco life (boozing optional):
Surf Film Festival
The first-ever Mill Valley Surf Film Festival takes place at the Sweetwater Music Hall this Saturday. Expect an awesome array of surf films that celebrate big wave-riding, the daredevils who do it, and the ocean's beauty. A gathering of local artists, musicians, and ocean-related charities will be present and San Francisco's the Merman will be taking the stage once the last film wraps. Sat 10/20, 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley.
Ghost Town Tour in Santa Rosa
Bicycle + Beers + Oktoberfest
Jump on two wheels or take the ferry up to Larkspur, no matter how you do it, head over to Biketoberfest. Dozens of breweries will be pouring and 70+ bike exhibitors will be showcasing their wares. The SF Bike Coalition will be leading a slow-paced ride up there (leaves from the Ferry Building at 9:45 a.m.). Saturday, Oct. 13, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. $25 advance, $30 day of event, FairAnselm Plaza 765 Center Blvd. Fairfax.
Mill Valley Film Festival
Marin's Oscar-feeding celebrity-packed 35th year just opened and runs through Oct 14. It boasts a massive slate of much-hyped spectacles like Holy Motors, The Sessions, and Argo and guests ranging from Stevie Nicks to Dustin Hoffman. Check out the schedule and buy tickets here.
Visit the Marine Mammal
Friday October 5
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