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You Know You’re A New Yorker When…

I could just finish that sentence by saying, “…when a stranger starts screaming in your subway car for no apparent reason, and makes you wonder if you should’ve carried a large bat in your backpack instead of that very thin gadget you have in there called a wallet.”  But that would oversimplify things, no? Once […]

“Creating Heart-Centered Wellness”: Talk in Brooklyn 1/23/11

In Chinese Medicine, the Heart stores the Spirit, and connects us to ourselves and those around us.  When the Heart is healthy, that connection is strong, we interrelate with the world in positive, healthy, and appropriate ways, and we’re able to express warmth, communicate effectively, blood flow is regulated, and sleep is rejuvenating. When it […]

Tools For Overcoming the Common Cold

If you’re anywhere in the New York City area, you’ve probably been noticing that many folks have succumbed to the most recent wave of the common cold.  And as much as the hardened New Yorker mystique may intrigue, we are actually a very sociable and friendly people (wink)!   Hence, how quickly colds spread. I, […]

Setting Your Intentions for the New Year

What will you be doing tonight for New Year’s Eve? Whether your night entails a quiet evening at home, a night out with dear friends or a significant other, dancing with a lampshade on your head, or ringing in the New Year with a meaningful ritual (or any variation of the above), this is a […]

Alcantara Acupuncture Featured In Zinester’s Guide to NYC

Zinester’s Guide to NYC, hot off the presses, and published by Ayun Halliday (of East Village Inky zine fame) features Alcantara Acupuncture!  I used to publish the zine, Bamboo Girl, for 10 years.  (FYI, a zine is a self-published magazine usually focusing on a theme, music scene, social issues, or can be purely personal.  Mine […]

Covering Colleague’s Practice for the Holidays at SACHR

Hi folks!  I’m looking forward to helping out my colleague at the Sanctuary of St. Anne’s Corner for Harm Reduction (SACHR) in the Bronx.  For 5 days this month, starting tomorrow, I’ll be covering his practice, while he’s in Puerto Rico.  I’ll be doing a lot of auricular (ear) acupuncture, and some full body treatments.  And […]

Checking Out Bust’s Craftacular

I just came back from attending Bust Magazine’s Craftacular, which had taken place at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea earlier today.  Back in my other life, I was editor of Bamboo Girl Zine (a zine is an independently published magazine, this one I’d done for 10 years, exploring the intersections of sex, race, and gender, […]

Post-Trunk Show

I had a great time at Janet Jewelry’s trunk show last week!  Amidst the sushi, wine, and very popular Japanese chicken wings, I got to check out some gorgeous handmade earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, and chat with new folks about what I do.  I’d met some pretty interesting people who talked about what they would […]

Alcantara Acupuncture Cross-Promotion With Janet Jewelry!

Welcome to my first ever post for Alcantara Acupuncture!  My name is Margarita Alcantara, and, as you can see in my “About Me” section, I’m an acupuncturist based in New York City.  I wanted to create this blog to keep everyone informed of upcoming events my practice or myself will be involved in, as well […]