Mini Acupuncture class in Mont-Tremblant Village Jan. 30!

Hello and Happy Year of the Water Snake!  I sincerely hope that 2013 finds you all doing well and blessed with good health.

I’d like to invite you to an afternoon presentation, a kind of mini course about acupuncture and Chinese medicine, its history, how it works and why the World Health Organization recommends it for a vast number of health conditions.

It takes place Wednesday, January 30 at 1:30-4:00pm and is hosted by the English chapter of the Université de Troisième Âge. Location is Salle des Loisirs, 144 rue du Couvent, in Mt-Tremblant Village.  Admission is $15.  Please register online here or contact coordinator Elaine St-Pierre at (819) 425-9735.

Together we’ll  clear up some misconceptions about this effective health practice that has become my chosen profession. There will be time to ask questions and hopefully all will come away with a heightened awareness about Chinese medicine.

I love this kind of local event because it gives me the chance to meet you, so please register, mark your calendar and bring a friend!
Be well!
Rosemary McDonough, LAc.


I visited the mountain today. Parked in my secret (free) parking spot and sauntered over to the athletes registration centre to take in the Kiosks there.  So happy I did!

Those who know me well, know I do not own a pair of running shoes.  Well that has changed. Call it getting all caught up in Mont-Tremblant’s Ironman event, but I picked up my first pair of running shoes in over 15 years today!   While I don’t run, I have become an avid walker, as many of you already know.  I told the rep at the Merrell tent exactly what my needs were and she suggested these!  I took them for a test ‘run’ this afternoon.. AMAZING!


On the eve of the biggest event to hit Mont-Tremblant in all my years here, it’s hard not to get caught up in all the excitement.

This mega Triathlon will be held Sunday August 19th and pushes athletes to their limits with 3 grueling fitness challenges in swimming, biking and running; I quote from their facebook page:

Athletes will start the 2.4-mile (3.8 km) swim on the golden sands of the Beach & Tennis club, bike a two-loop, 112-mile course and end with a two-loop, 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run in the heart of the pedestrian village of Tremblant Resort.

So, everywhere I look in my little village of Mont-Tremblant, EVERYONE seems to be running, and biking and swimming!  Yes, many of the firm, spandex-clad bodies belong to ironman hopefuls preparing for the big day, but most are mere mortals such as myself,  getting in on the act.  Tremblant has always been THE destination for skiing and outdoor sports of all kinds but this, combined with 2 solid weeks of summer Olympic coverage and this town is overflowing with folks in an absolute fitness frenzy!

As for me I just keep on walking!  My favorite trail is the P’tit train du Nord  which wraps itself halfway around Lac Mercier.   I leave the village of Mont-Tremblant and walk as quickly as I can though, and then double back after I have reached the tip of the lake 30 minutes later. As it happens, this part of the trail will be used by the IRONMEN (and WOMEN) as they execute the running portion of the challenge.

This summer the pond at the entrance of the trail has been “waterscaped” in a very clever way.  Someone has planted uniquely shaped flower beds that float on the surface of the water, perhaps to oxygenate a stagnant corner of the lake. I love to see how the vegetation changes from week to week.

Lac Mercier, Mont-Tremblant

Lac Mercier, Mont-Tremblant

Somehow though,  I think its beauty may be lost on the thri-athletes of the IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant event. To them it will all be just a bluuur!

Welcome to our corner of the world and best of luck to the athletes.

Les 5 Questions les Plus Demandées Concernant l’Acupuncture

Acupuncture Mont-Tremblant,

Au fait l’acupuncture est en plein essor, car de plus en plus de gens y ont recourt-surtout ici à St Jovite, Mont-Tremblant! À mon avis il existe tout de même un manque d’information concernant cette pratique. Voici donc les 5 questions les plus demandées :

1. Est-ce que ce sera douloureux?

Les gens les plus sensibles et particulièrement ceux qui craignent des aiguilles sont étonnamment surpris, ils se rendent compte à quel point les traitements d’acupuncture sont sans douleur. Les aiguilles que nous utilisons sont aussi fines qu’un seul cheveu. Donc ces aiguilles permettent une insertion facile et sans douleur. Il serait possible et normal que vous ayez l’impression de ressentir une légère piqûre. Toutefois la majorité des gens disent ne rien sentir du tout. Plusieurs patients trouvent les traitements tellement relaxant qu’ils s’endorment lors d’une séance.

2. Vos aiguilles sont-elles stérilisées?

Toutes les aiguilles sont pré-stérilisées et nous ne les utilisons qu’une seule fois. Ces aiguilles sont jetables, donc nous en disposons dès qu’elles ont servies.

3. Est-ce que les traitements seront efficaces même si je n’y crois pas?

Y croire n’a rien à voir avec l’efficacité des traitements. Plusieurs études ont démontrées que les enfants obtiennent souvent d’excellents résultats. Certains animaux qui reçoivent des traitements d’acupuncture par des vétérinaires n’ont aucune opinion concernant ce genre de traitement et les résultats sont considérables.

4. Combien de traitements aurais-je besoin?

Tout dépend depuis combien de temps le problème persiste et aussi de l’état de santé du patient. Ce ne sont que deux des facteurs qui pourraient déterminer le nombre de traitements. Habituellement une personne en santé nécessitera moins de traitements qu’une personne qui a de lourds antécédents ou une condition chronique.

5. Que peut-on traiter avec l’acupuncture?

En acupuncture nous pouvons offrir une grande variété de traitements, en voici quelques uns; les allergies, l’arthrose, les bouffées de chaleur et autres symptômes relatifs à la ménopause, les maux de dos, les maux de tête, les problèmes de digestion, l’élimination, la fatigue et le rajeunissement facial sont aussi des traitements pour lesquels les gens me consultent. N’oublions pas que le système immunitaire a souvent besoin d’un coup de pouce lors des changements de saisons.

The 5 Top Questions People ask me about Acupuncture

Acupuncture is quickly gaining in popularity as a health treatment. Still, there are certain misconceptions about this amazing health option! This is a short list of what people ask me most often. Do you know the answers to the following questions?

1. Will it hurt?

Even the most needle shy of my patients are surprised at how painless acupuncture treatments can be. The needles we use are as fine as a strand of hair. This makes for easy, pain-free insertion. It is normal to feel a faint pricking sensation but many first timers report not feeling the needle at all. Many patients find acupuncture so relaxing they fall asleep during the treatment!

2. Do you use sterilized needles?

Yes we do. We only use pre-sterilized, single use, disposable needles.

3. Will it work even if I don’t believe it will?

Belief has nothing to do with the efficacy of acupuncture. Beneficial results have been demonstrated on both children and animals.

4. What Does Acupuncture Treat?

While most people are aware that acupuncture is very effective for treating muscular and joint pain, many are surprised to learn that acupuncture treats many other conditions. In fact the World Health Organization recommends acupuncture as an effective means for treating over 40 common health problems. Some of the most popular treatments in my clinic are for allergies, sinusitis, fatigue, hot flashes, digestive problems, infertility, anxiety, headaches, stress and facial rejuvenation. Of course, I also successfully treat more familiar pain related problems such as low back pain, sciatica, tendonitis, and arthritis. Because acupuncture was initially developed to ensure the longevity of the Emperor, it is a very powerful preventive therapy. This kind of treatment supports the immune system and is recommended 2-4 times a year just prior to the season’s change.

5. How many treatments will I need?

How long the problem has been in existence and the general health of the patient are just two of the several factors that determine the number of treatments. Usually a very healthy person with an acute muscular problem will need less treatment than someone with a longstanding chronic condition.

Well, that’s it for now. If you have any questions regarding acupuncture, just drop me a line !