Free self-care workshop

On June 3 and June 18 in downtown Toronto, I’m offering a free self-care workshop for LGBTQ immigrants and refugees, in coordination with the Griffin Centre’s reachOUT Newcomer Network, and the Centre for Women and Trans People at U of T. Free dinner, ASL interpretation, and TTC tokens are provided, and the location is wheelchair accessible. Click here for details and to register.

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Huge Grand Opening Sale! (20% off for everyone)

I’m pleased to announce the Grand Opening of a second location! In addition to downtown Toronto (St. George & Dupont), I will be offering treatments every Wednesday (9:30 am to 4:30 pm) at 1110 Sheppard Ave East, Suite 402 in North York (Leslie and Sheppard). Come on in for support in managing stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, fatigue, digestion, and reproductive/menstrual health!

The office is shared with two neurologists and EEG lab, and I am excited to integrate Western biomedical approaches with practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine. Having studied Cognitive Neuroscience in university, it will be fascinating for me to reunite with the world of biomedical neuroscience. Biomedical science is currently limited in being able to understand “Qi” and acupuncture on its own terms (this may change with more integration of quantum physics into biological sciences), but interesting research shows some of acupuncture’s measurable effects on the nervous system.

To celebrate the opening of this location, I’m offering an unprecedented sale! All individual and package treatments are 20% off if bought before November 15, so treatments start at $47 + tax! The sale applies to both North York and Downtown Toronto locations, and to new and existing clients. I’d really appreciate it if you could share this news with family or friends you think might benefit.

Acu for Anxiety Discount Clinic (sliding scale event $30-$70)

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Needles are nice!

Acupuncture needle-phobes and novices welcome! There is no better time to try out acupuncture in a gentle, friendly environment.  Come to the Acu for Anxiety Discount Clinic on Tuesday Oct 29, 2:30-8:30 pm in Downtown Toronto (St. George and Dupont, in the Annex). I’ve open up a couple more time slots for people!

Self-Care for Anxiety: Free workshop + dinner + acupuncture!

remedies-anxiety-400x400Check out a workshop I’m offering September 17th, in conjunction with the Centre for Women and Trans People at University of Toronto!  It’s on “Self-Care for Anxiety: A Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach.” It will include a free dinner of calming foods, a sharing of tools such as exercises, meditations, and self-acupressure points, and will end with an (optional) de-stress ear acupuncture treatment.

The workshop is open to women, genderqueer/gender non-conforming people and trans people. Click here for more info and to register!

Film ticket giveaway!

In partnership with the Breast Fest Film Fest, I’m giving away 6 FREE TICKETS to two important cancer activism documentaries + panel discussions, happening this weekend at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. The first 6 people who email hello@rethinkbreastcancer.com (and CC info@paulinehwang.ca) with the subject line: “ACUPUNCTURE” will get the tickets. Please specify which film+panel you prefer to attend (3 free tickets for each film available).

A summary of each documentary is below, but for further details on the films and panelists, plus film trailers, click here.

1) Pink Ribbons Inc.

Saturday, November 3 @ 1:30 pm

Breast cancer has become the poster child of cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless people walk, run and shop for the cure. Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer, but where does this money go and what does it actually achieve? Directed by Léa Pool, produced by Ravida Din, and based on the book by Samantha King, Pink Ribbons, Inc. is a powerful and thoughtful feature documentary that shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a “dream cause,” has become obscured by a shiny, pink story of success.

Producer in Attendance. To be followed by panel discussion entitled “50 Shades of Pink: A Conversation About the Controversies of Breast Cancer Fundraising.”

2) Semper Fi: Always Faithful

Sunday November 4 @ 10:30 am

When Marine Corps Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger’s young daughter dies from a rare type of leukemia, he wants to know why. Hints about polluted wells at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune leads him to others diagnosed with rare cancers, including a high number of men diagnosed with breast cancer. Further investigation uncovers a shocking discovery: a Marine Corps cover-up of one of the largest water contamination incidents in US history. This intelligent and dramatic documentary is both a searing look at the military’s betrayal of its own and an emotional story of one man’s transformation into the activist he never imagined he’d become.

To be followed by a panel discussion entitled What’s in My Backyard?: Potential links to breast cancer in our local environments.