Open House to Benefit Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-violence

Saturday October 2 from 11:00-3:00 we will be hosting an open house to raise money for Safehouse. Please come by and for a $25 donation to Safehouse you will receive a stress-relieving acupuncture treatment, massage, and Chiropractic evaluation. In addition there will be a bunch of food donated by local restaurants to fill yourself up on and drawings for a plethora of prizes also donated by local businesses so (so far valued at over $1,000), and entertainment.

By coming you will also have a chance to win 3 months of free acupuncture and Chiropractic care, as well as some massage. In addition, for our current patients, for every guest that you bring who makes a donation and participates you get another entry in the prize drawing. Seriously!

For all guests who are new to our clinic, they will receive a voucher for a free visit to see the acupuncturists and the Chiropractor valued at $180, along with a gift from Lynn our Massage Therapist.

So Where: Our Office When: Saturday October 2 starting at 11:00 What: Fundraiser for Safehouse - How: Make a $25 donation and get food, acupuncture, massage, Chiropractic, see entertainment, and win prizes!

Sponsors include: Carrabas, Noodles and Company, Rebecca's Appothacary, Costco, Pharmaca, Sunflower Farmers Market, Walgreens and many more!

This Open house Fundraiser will also be a welcoming party for our newest team member - Acupuncturist Matt Wagner. Matt is a great practitioner and a wonderful new part of our clinic.

Matthew Wagner, L.Ac. M.S.O.M. received a Masters Degree in traditional Chinese Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder Colorado. Matthew is licensed in the state of Colorado by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Matthew has completed a two year private internship with Jack Schaefer, L.Ac, specializing in herbology, Chinese bodywork, Qi Gong, and Chinese Medical Classical texts.

Matthew is also a fully ordained Zen Buddhist priest, and has completed the traditional three-year monastic residency. This monastic training included study in classical Buddhist thought and psychology, classical insight and meditation practices, including Koan study, and finally, aspects of modern psychology. Matthew is an adept facilitator, and has co-led meditation retreats internationally. These two backgrounds, taken together, give Matthew an unparalleled ability to see the connection of mind and body, and how the health of one influences the health of another. This insight informs the individual treatment of the patient, and facilitates the healing of mind, body, and spirit.

An offering from Our Massage Therapist Lynn Swearingen

In gearing up for autumn weather, I am most mindful of the energy of relaxing, of slowing down after the hustle and high energy of summer months.  We rejoin the routine of back to school, and in a way, back to seriousness.   We had our fun over the summer and now it’s time to get back to work, get focused on the projects we were working on, and get back to a pattern that is more consistent.  Autumn energy is about resolve, resolution, crystallization, and focus in Chinese Medical Theory.  

To focus on our life path and our path of healing, we reconnect with balance; refocus our energy on what we need to get us into the winter months.  The season is about the harvest, reaping the fruit of the summer, and beginning to store energy as if we were canning our energy to get us through the winter.   

My approach to massage and shiatsu runs as deep as this philosophy.  In every session I focus my energy on the season, and on what my client is experiencing in his or her life.  This summer has had its share of turmoil for most of my clients, and moving into autumn is no exception.  One prevalent theme that has come up is that people have a difficult time giving themselves permission to take care of themselves in the ways they feel most comfortable.  This is a kind way of saying that if you feel like getting a massage, acupuncture, or chiropractic care, you should listen to your inner voice and get it, regardless of the prevailing climate of stress and overwhelming messages presented by the world at large.  

Events in the last couple weeks have deepened my resolve to provide a caring, safe environment for whatever is going on in your life.  True to autumnal energy, the image of reaping and cutting away, a life was lost at an early age, and in losing a dear friend, I have new resolve to continue and expand the healing space within my practice.  The saying ‘Don’t postpone joy’ is particularly apt in this case, for it is in procrastination that doubles our pain, creating stagnation that then one of your favorite practitioners must deal with when you come in to see us.  Seriously, don’t wait any longer to do the things you have had on your list, get a massage, call your best friend, wear that bright orange shirt, use the good dishes on an ordinary day.

Autumn is feasting time, food is reaped and shared, and community is restored. In that light, our upcoming Wellness Open House and Benefit for Safehouse is a fantastic way to show your support for an amazing non-profit, and experience the work of our wonderful crew of practitioners.    

As a web-newsletter-only offer, I am offering a half-price massage to any of Mountain West Wellness Health tips subscribers who have not previously seen me, as well as a care plan and (easy) exercise recommendations for future sessions.  Also, for those displaced by the Gold Hill fire, you can receive a free session from me through September. Call me today!  303-902-7002

The Irelan Philosophy

A lot of people have been asking about my style of Chiropractic and what makes me different than other Chiropractors. It started long ago, when I began observing a trend with many healthcare providers where patients became a business transaction.  Practitioners whose care became cold and uncaring, focusing on profit from their insurance carriers, forcing every patient to adhere to a schedule of care three times per week no matter what their condition, believing their care is the only care people need and that they can cure anything.  It is no wonder that people become frustrated and begin treating their healthcare practitioners as adversaries.  

For over a decade I have built my practice philosophy and integrity around avoiding these pitfalls.  Every person has different needs and has a different lifestyle.  Therefore, I base my frequency of care on the individual.  The better you do, the less often I need to see you.  My goal with every patient is to see them twice a year and to get them to that point as quickly as possible.  If you are not getting better like you should, it tells me I should do something different.  You should typically see noticeable results in three to five visits and, if I am not doing any good, I will not keep seeing you.  

Another integral part of this philosophy is when a practitioner recognizes his or her limitations because no one can cure everything.  I can take the pressure off the nerves which should help considerably, but the soft tissue still needs addressing.  This may mean incorporating exercises, massage therapy, acupuncture or whatever is needed to get you better faster or help your body hold the joints in the right place longer.  

I would love to see what I can do to help you be as healthy as possible, so please call to schedule a time to talk about your health care needs.

Become Our Clinic Fan on Facebook

If you are a Facebook user please become one of our fans. Just click the box below and you can join. Sometimes we post special deals just for our fans!

You can also follow our blog on our office website at From there you can just click the Blog button
. In addition, thanks for opting in to receive this newsletter digitally rather than by mail. It will help us to save paper and resources, thereby protecting the environment.

Please feel free to forward this newsletter on to anyone that you know who might be interested in the information.

Stay Healthy!

Jack, Matt, Kim, Lynn, & Jim and all of our interns!