Doctor of Chinese medicine offers tips on do-it-yourself massage WEST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

April 28, 1993|By LARRY STURGILL

There was a rather curious brochure in my mail at the Howard County bureau of The Sun last week. It touted the benefits of something called "self-care massage," including quick relief from headaches, back pain, muscle aches and numerous other mental and physical problems.

After a little research -- actually just a couple of telephone calls -- I discovered the essence of self-care massage.

According to a pamphlet offered by course instructor Dr. Xun Wang, self-care massage is a technique using your own hands and fingers to press, knead, rub, and otherwise manipulate key acupuncture points to stimulate the ability of the body to relieve or cure its common ailments.

Dr. Wang is a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine and taught at Beijing Medical University in China. For the past three years, he has taught this course at Catonsville Community College.

Those interested in learning this technique can join the four-week course being offered by Dr. Wang at Linden Hall in Dorsey's Search Village Center. The sessions start Tuesday, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost for all four sessions is $40.

Register by Friday at Linden Hall, or by calling 730-4005.

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While on the subject of massage . . . an interesting, but more traditional massage program, called "The Power of Massage," is again being offered by the Howard County General Hospital.

What makes this popular program different is that it is designed for couples. Although it sounds mildly sensuous, the program focuses on experiencing relaxation, relieving physical discomfort and emotional stress using basic massage techniques.

The two-part program will be held at the HCGH Health Education Center on Fridays, May 7 and 14, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $45 per couple.

Because of space restrictions, enrollment is limited. Past classes have filled quickly, so don't procrastinate!

To register, or for more information, please call 740-7600.

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The fifth-grade class at Running Brook Elementary School has been chosen to participate in the 10th Annual Living Flag Ceremony sponsored by the National Flag Day Foundation to be held at Fort McHenry National Monument at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Principal Debbie Drown says the Running Brook students will join together with more than 3,200 other fifth-graders from all over the state, and hold up red, white and blue placards to form a "living flag."

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If you are thinking about throwing out that box of old books taking up space in your closet, why not donate them instead?

The Howard County Library is collecting books for its annual book sale. According to library associate, Marge Goethe, children's books are especially needed. They also need adult hardback and paperback books on any subject, and recent gourmet-type magazines. The books should be in good condition. No textbooks will be accepted. Your contributions will help ensure that this year's book sale will be a success.

Please bring your book donations to the Central Library no later than Thursday, May 29.

If you have questions, please call Ms. Goethe at 313-7825.

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Dance the night away with John Taylor. This ballroom dancing class was a rousing success the last time it was held, so the folks at Slayton House, in Wilde Lake village, decided to do it again.

Singles and couples are welcome to spend an hour learning the foxtrot, waltz, tango, jitterbug and other dances that made ballroom dancing popular. You will also discover why John Taylor is recognized as Columbia's top dance instructor. This is a fun class for young and old.

Classes will be at Slayton House from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, beginning this Monday. Classes will be on May 24, June 7 and June 14.

The cost of the four-week course is $24.

Additional information is available by calling 730-3987.

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