Meet the Wellness Professional: Mark Mamuszka - Acupuncturist/Herbalist
Owner of Points East Accupuncture
Every week I will be highlighting someone in the Upper Valley who falls under the title of "Wellness Professional" - trainers, nutritionists, therapists of all kinds (physical, psychological, massage), and creators of healthy products, to name just a few. I'll give them a list of the same 20 questions and they can choose to answer as many of them however they'd like.
This week I'd like to introduce you to Mark Mamuszka - Licensed Acupuncturist/Herbalist at Points East Accupuncture
What is your fitness/wellness philosophy?
There is no one diet/training/wellness system that fits everybody. It’s incumbent upon each of us to explore the foods, exercises, stretches, and self-care that work for us as individuals. Anyone who espouses a universally applicable system is peddling easy answers, and is preying upon our desire to make others responsible for our own health.
How did you get to where you are now?
I was working for an ad agency in Boston as a copywriter, and I used to give shoulder rubs to the designers, because our boss worked them like galley slaves. At one point I realized that this was the only part of the job I actually liked, so I went to massage school. At Boston Shiatsu School I learned about eastern medicine, which opened my eyes to an entirely different way of looking at sickness and wellness. Since then I’ve never wanted to do anything else.
Did you ever have any setbacks and how did you get past them?
Starting a practice is always tough, and since my wife has had a few job-related relocations, I’ve had to do it multiple times. In my field, running ads and giving out coupons aren’t very helpful. You need to make personal connections and build a reputation through word of mouth, which necessarily takes time and it takes getting outstanding results. So I’d say that learning to be patient, and accepting that occasionally you don’t hit a home run has been vital to dealing with my setbacks.
What makes you unique in your field?
I’m unique because I don’t want my clients to see me regularly. My goal is to educate my clients about exercise, diet, meditation, etc, so that they don’t have to rely on me to be healthy. If I’m able to keep a client’s symptoms under control, but they have to see me regularly to do so, I consider that a failure on my part.
What's your favorite: Breakfast; snacks/sweets; Lunch; Dinner; Beverage
What's your favorite place to eat out in the Upper Valley? What do you usually get?
Pine. I can’t afford to eat there often enough to have a “usually”
You're trapped on 12A in West Lebanon starving and you only have $8. What do you buy to get your through your errands?
I’d rather just wait…
What's your guilty pleasure (food or otherwise)?
Every year on my birthday I have a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken and a bottle of cheap Cotes du Rhone for dinner.
What's something health and wellness related that you wish you'd known years ago?
To be honest, every week I learn something new that I wished I’d known years ago. The amount of amazing work being done by physical therapists and professional trainers has created a constant flood of insight and innovation into physiology and kinesiology. Thank god for Youtube.
What's your favorite quote or mantra?
An object at rest cannot be stopped.
Who or what gives you inspiration?
I try to find inspiration in everything, that way I can avoid being uninspired.
What's something you wish your clients/class participants knew? Or did? Or didn't do?
That the food pyramid is a flaming pile of garbage. Human diets should be composed of fats, proteins and veggies -- whole foods that are nutrient dense. Shop the border of the supermarket and think of starches like sugar (just like your body does) and limit it accordingly.
If you could only have one piece of fitness/wellness equipment what would it be?
What's your favorite non-gym physical activity?
What are your passions outside of your field?
Playing in the garden
What's your least favorite exercise?
Push-ups or step back lunges
Your favorite exercise?
What are one or two tips you can give to help people be successful in their wellness journey?
Stop eating things that aren’t food.
Where can people learn more about you?
- Website: Pointseastacupuncture.com
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