Radiant Point Acupuncture specializes in women's health, fusing the rich history of oriental medicine with innovative new techniques to better commune with and care for women's bodies, particularly pregnant mothers and those who face infertility challenges. During the one-hour pregnancy massage for labor preparation, a certified massage therapist trained to attend to the delicate needs of pregnant bodies kneads motherly muscles to sooth pain, ease swelling, and enhance the circulation of mother and her unborn bundle of joy while increasing the likelihood that prenatal Mozart CDs have their intended effect. For the 90-minute acupuncture treatment, licensed acupuncturist Kate Cadwgan escorts sterile, disposable, thin needles to specific guideposts on the body. Often accompanied by a slight tingling sensation comparable to a cat's sneeze, these lightly pricked points can steer the body toward restorative health and relaxation.
With more than 26 years of acquired knitting knowledge, the professional yarn darners at Northampton Wools teach novice knitters how to fasten fibers famously. Shorn-sheep sewers can begin by browsing Northampton's bounty of natural knitting necessities. Once digits are dressed with the proper tools, they can follow the lead of noted knitter Linda Daniels and her staff of six, who together introduce basic techniques in the three-hour workshop. During this one-day course, students learn to cast on, knit, purl, and taunt cats. More well-versed weavers might want to partake in a six-week knitting course (meeting once a week for two hours), in which students are organized according to their stitching skill set and sense of gravity.
Credo Skate & Snow Shoppe kits out extreme land- and snow-riders with name-brand boards, gear, clothing, and accessories. Wear your sport on your sleeve or craft a tiny sleeping bag for your favorite board with Vans or Altamont T-shirts ($20) or graft on a set of Spitfire wheels ($30) for smooth cruising. Sidewalk surfers searching for new skating surfaces can pick up a new deck ($55) by brands such as Anti Hero, Alien Workshop, and Raw and keep a steady grip while achieving perfect balance with Adidas Dennis Busenitz skate shoes ($75). Offering long-boards such as Loaded Boards' Dervish ($310) as well as trucks, wheels, and skate-friendly clothing, Credo Skate & Snow Shoppe encourages the speed-seeking demands of adrenaline addicts hanging out at skate parks, snow hills, and shopping-cart stalls everywhere.
Much of the jewelry at this eclectic boutique has traveled from distances as far as Russia, where talented artists carefully painted delicate pieces, and as wide as Mexico, where artisans crafted horse statues by hand. Adornments made of stainless steel, sterling silver, and bronze, and gemstones including amethyst, tiger eye, garnet, and amber distinguish the jewelry selection at Silver Spirit. Bracelets, pendants, necklaces, rings, and other accessories are individually displayed in the glass cases that line this Pleasant Street boutique, allowing shoppers to eye each item, carefully plotting their purchases and potential underwater, archaeologist-proof hiding spots. While the jewelry and gifts are impressive by nature, the range of prices (from $11.95) is equally remarkable, as storeowner Cecile Lackie aims to appeal to shoppers of all tastes, ages, and metal cravings.
For two decades, New Century Theatre has provoked thoughtful postshow discussions with a mix of new works and fresh renditions of familiar classics. "Distracted," a new play by acclaimed playwright and screenwriter, Lisa Loomer, follows the parents, teachers, and doctors of a rambunctious 9-year-old boy as they try to determine whether he has ADHD. By turns hilarious and poignant, the action unfolds within Smith College's Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, a performance hall built in 1964 and recently renovated to add modern comforts and chase Banquo's ghost from the wings.
As a movement educator, Emily Hodos offers courses for adults, on site professional development training and individual client services guiding people to use movement to improve social/behavioral, physical, psychological, and cognitive abilities. She is based in Western Mass with classes in other regions of the US.