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Health at Every Size talk at Watershed with Dr. DeAun Nelson, ND, LMT

Health poster deaunThis Sunday, May 31, 2015 from 11am-noon, please join Watershed practitioner Dr. DeAun Nelson for a conversation about a weight neutral approach to health and wellness. The approach is called Health at Every Size, and is a passion for DeAun in her practice.

From the Health At Every Size website,

“Health at Every Size is the new peace movement.

Very simply, it acknowledges that good health can best be realized independent from considerations of size. It supports people of all sizes in addressing health directly by adopting healthy behaviors.”

You can come learn more about this approach, talk about issues related to weight and healthcare, and get to know DeAun and Watershed. The talk is free for everyone, and will be held at our clinic at 1990 SE Ladd Ave in Ladd’s Addition in Portland, OR. If you have any questions, feel free to ask on our Facebook page, or by email!

A new year, a new opportunity to practice kindness to yourself

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.massage therapy amanda portland
Maya Angelou

How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along?

We’re three weeks in to the new year, and want to acknowledge how difficult it is to keep that shiny feeling of a new year, and, perhaps, the new you that you’d like to cultivate.

We’ve been hearing from lots of people how difficult 2014 was. We certainly had our share of transitions and challenges here at Watershed Wellness. These challenges have us thinking about how we can make 2015 even better! We’re looking forward to a year of stability and growth; bringing on new people and refining the things we already have in process.

The new year is a time that inspires both reflection on the last year, and looking forward to how we can make this year into something that we’re excited about. Some personal new year’s resolutions that we have here at Watershed Wellness include embracing change, furthering study, staying positively engaged with life, and keeping to our goals.

We’ve been thinking about why it’s so hard to keep those resolutions that we make this time of year.

Here are some of the things we came up with…

1. Old habits die hard.
2. We expect change to happen easily or quickly.
3. We ask too much of ourselves.
4. Why make a resolution anyway? Nobody ever keeps them.
5. We strive for perfection.
6. We just want something done without having to work for it.
7. We forget.
8. We focus on how things are, instead of how we want things to be.
9. Life gets in the way.

Despite our best intentions, life can be difficult, and we have to work against the grain to make positive changes.

It’s easy to be hard on ourselves for not sticking to something, but understand that change takes both time and effort. For example, around winter solstice there’s a feeling of lightness and anticipation as the days get longer. We have a feeling of happiness thinking about more light in our days. The light doesn’t come back all at once, but rather slowly as we move toward spring. Often the changes we’d like to make come much more slowly than we’d like them to.

Above all, be kind to yourself and know that usually we get another chance to get it right.

We wish you all the best in this new year, and hope that if one of your resolutions is to take better care of your self this year, you’ll consider Watershed Wellness as your go-to for great healthcare options.

Here’s to a great 2015!

Local food + drink to share, a free raffle and experiential learning at our open house celebration

72296 Watershed postcard proof b_Page_1As we’ve been discussing on our Facebook page for the upcoming open house, we have received several really kind donations from local companies. Each one enhances the event, and we’ve been able to build a really great flow for the night based around them.

We’ll be offering:

  • Gluten free bread by New Cascadia Bakery paired with various cheeses

  • Brew Dr. kombucha and Portland juice, as well as a variety of Smith teas

  • Cocktails made with fine spirits by Vinn Distillery, as well as wine

  • A full mediterranean spread by local favorite Nicholas’, including their famous gluten free pitas

We’ll of course have music, opportunities to meet the whole Watershed Wellness team (including some BRAND NEW additions that we’ve not even talked about on the site yet). You’ll of course have a great time connecting with other Watershed Wellness enthusiasts, but we’re trying to take the fun a step further by developing experiential stations where you can learn a little more about Chinese medicine, massage therapy and other aspects of our medicine, and have fun doing it.

Look forward to diving into the five elements, tasting Chinese herbal teas, and getting hands on with the massage lotions and essential oils we feature here at Watershed.

Finally, we’re having an absolutely free raffle for Watershed services and more. Every person who comes to the open house gets a free ticket – and you do not have to stay for the whole event in order to be eligible. Just stop in, grab some literature and a bite to eat, check out the new space, and go on your merry way into the chilly autumn night! We’ll get in touch with the winners by email a couple of days after the event.

We really hope you will come and celebrate our new location and our new refreshed focus and spirit this Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 5-9pm.

Tell your friends, and if you have a minute and find yourself on Facebook, please check-in at the event page.

See you then!

It’s not just an open house – it’s a celebration!

Waiting room : Before
Waiting room : Before

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Waiting room : After

For the last month, we at Watershed Wellness have been working extremely hard to move to our new clinic space at 1990 SE Ladd Ave – right next door to the old location. While the move wasn’t much in terms of distance, what it has done for our capacity to provide a first class healing space to all of you cannot be overstated. The place is beautiful – even if we do say so ourselves.

So far, the most common feedback from clients has been, “Wow!”

One of the things we’ve learned over the years that a big output of energy is worthy of great celebration. When we take the time to see what has been created in its fullness, and really embrace it, good things tend to happen.

Instead of doing all this celebrating on our own – we’d like to invite you!

Thursday, November 13, from 5-9pm we will be having an Open House!

We’ll be talking more details about the event here on the blog and, especially, on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, but let me lay out the basics for you here and now so you can get to planning.

  • Seasonally appropriate and delicious food (what would a celebration be without food?)
  • Beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic

    (including lots and lots of tea)

  • Chinese Herb Investigation Station for those of you curious about Chinese herbs
  • Five Element Learning fun and games
  • Plenty of experiential information related to massage therapy and other forms of bodywork
  • A raffle with free tickets for everyone who shows up to the open house
  • Special discounts and take-away prizes for participants
  • A golden opportunity to see the beautiful new space, ask questions, and interact with the vibrant Watershed community

We can’t wait to welcome you all!

5 Ways the New Watershed Wellness Clinic Space is Going to Make You Smile

1990 se ladd new watershed clinicAs I write this, I can hear walls coming down in the building adjacent to ours. That destruction is going to be followed by some construction, some beautification, and eventually, a full scale moving event. It will all culminate in the move of Watershed Wellness to the space right next door – 1990 SE Ladd Ave!

We’re really excited to introduce you to the new space, and will be sharing all kinds of information, photos and deals with you through our newsletter (click here to sign up) and our Facebook page (have you “liked” us yet?). But for now, I wanted to share with you five things you should be excited about with this move.

1. More space means more practitioners (and more options)

We’ve been in our current space for almost five years. It’s been very good to us. However, with the two of us as busy as we can be, it’s time to hire more practitioners and our current place just isn’t big enough for that! So, we’re doubling our space and beginning the process of finding new practitioners that are perfect for our team. This means more options for you both in terms of the people providing your care and the days and hours available for appointments. All good things!

2. More space also means that group classes and other offerings are finally possible

We’ve been wanting to teach classes that support your wellness for years – but our current space just hasn’t been able to support even small groups. While we don’t have a huge open space, the front room (half of which is shown in the photo on this post) will readily convert into a space where 8-10 people can come together for learning and mutual support. We’ll probably start classes in early 2015 – we’re really looking forward to it! Some classes will be free, others will have a small fee which may be lessened or waived for current patients. Maybe good encouragement to make an appointment today?

3. More openness and access for everyone

We love Ladd’s Addition and our central location within it. Up until now, we’ve been tucked around the corner – on the big traffic circle in the center of the neighborhood – yet not quite visible from it. Now we’ll be the dominant presence on the circle along with Palio. This means that we have to step up our game in terms of being available for questions and such – since more people will be dropping by. We’re hoping to hire a full time front desk superstar relatively soon, and until then will be doing our best to keep the front door open. This means you can drop by and say hi, grab some literature or have a cup of tea, and otherwise take advantage of the space.

We also now have a ramp area that will make it easier for folks with mobility challenges to come into the space. While it’s unfortunately not quite 100% officially ADA accessible from the outside (the inside is, of course) it is a big improvement from our current space.

4. Gorgeous treatment rooms to relax in

Our current space has been a cozy incubator for our clinic. However, sometimes those treatment rooms have been a little TOO cozy, and sometimes stuffy (particularly in the summer). Now we have air conditioning, ventilation in the rooms, and the rooms themselves are about twice as big as the current ones. More space for you to enjoy your treatments and more space for our practitioners to do the work they need to do. We’ll also be updating our equipment and all the little things we put into making your experience a comfortable and enjoyable one.

5. New products to help you live your best life

Over the last few years, we’ve offered topical products for treatment of muscle aches and pains and a few supplements. But, many of you have asked for us to have a wider selection of products to help you support your healing and transformation. We’ve got space for that now, and have been busy investigating what we want to offer. We’ll have more topicals, more supplements, custom tea and soup blends, essential oils and literature all for sale. We’re also hoping to develop a lending library of books about Chinese medicine, massage therapy and related fields.

We think you’ll agree that this is a great opportunity for the whole Watershed Wellness community. We have quite a bit of work to finish before we get there, but hope to open on October 27 in the new space. We’ll have plenty more to share in the coming weeks – so please stay tuned here on the blog, on Facebook, and also join the client newsletter if you haven’t already.