Local clinic offers stress relief for teachers

Free acupuncture is being offered to Vernon teachers at Vero Health Naturopathic Care

With the stress that teachers have been under since the province-wide strike began in June, a local clinic wants to provide some relief.

Vero Health Naturopathic Care in Vernon is offering free group acupuncture for stress reduction on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon.

The treatment involves five needles in the ears — patients are seated, fully clothed and in a quiet circle. Treatment is 20 to 45 minutes and then the needles are removed.

“This same simple protocol was originally developed to treat addictions and mental illnesses and has become widely used for trauma recovery and stress relief,” said registered acupuncturist Ashley Piderman, with Vero Health. “Because it can easily be adapted for field use, this is the model used by Acupuncturists Without Borders for disaster relief field clinics, veterans’ clinics and many community  acupuncture clinics. The treatment is safe, effective and elegantly simple. Treat yourself — it’s free.”

According to its Web site, “AWB uses community-style acupuncture to provide caring, compassionate treatment in a group setting. This model of treatment allows everyone treated to experience relief from stress and trauma together. When the entire group feels calm and quiet, hope, determination and resiliency rises powerfully within it.”

The free clinic runs Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and tie or pin long hair back so the ears are exposed. Bring your own comfort, such as a blanket or lawn chair.

Vero Health is at 2915-28th Ave. in Vernon.