Acupuncture is healing and balancing for the 'whole' body and is used to effectively treat a wide variety of conditions that is beneficial to virtually any type of ailment. Acupuncture is also highly effective as a form of preventative medicine supporting physical and mental well-being and boosting immune health.
Your initial visit typically takes 90 minutes. Return visits usually last 60 minutes, depending on what is being treated.
During the treatment patients report that they feel a sense of deep relaxation and even sleepiness.
The Acupuncture facial is an exquisite holistic approach to skincare. It stimulates youthful facial rejuvenation and provides an effective alternative to conventional methods such as botox and invasive facial surgeries. Each treatment rejuvenates your skin, eases fine lines and wrinkles, lifts and tones facial muscles, and enhances your natural collagen and circulation leaving your skin with a vibrant youthful glow that is truly healthy from the inside out.
Each treatment is 60 minutes and is a part of a ten treatment series over the duration of a 5 week period. Maintenance sessions are scheduled according to the individuals needs after the initial series. Changes may be seen as soon as the first treatment is completed, but each additional treatment builds on the last and become more noticeable and lasting around the seventh session. For best results, we recommend consistency so that collagen and elastin growth are repeatedly stimulated, causing a permanent matrix of these fibers to form in the dermis of the skin giving it a fresher, brighter smoother appearance.
Herbal Medicine is replenishing, nourishing and harmonizing and a safe alternative to pharmaceuticals. Integrating Chinese Herbal Medicine into your health regimen addresses illness, imbalance and dis-ease. Depending on the presenting symptoms, specific herbs or formulas are chosen to provide relief. Medicinal Herbs are essential in restoring and creating balance in ones overall body system. For centuries, medicinal herbs have been recognized for their restorative healing properties. Treating with herbs is effective in addressing the systemic causes of a disharmony through an organic and natural process.
“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” – François de la Rochefoucauld
A customized nutritional therapy plan is designed to ensure optimal health results. With your health goals in mind, I will review and refine your understanding of food and nutrition throughout each treatment session. I aim to support you to integrate optimal nutritional choices into your daily life.
Moxa is a processed herb that is traditionally burned close to the skin to create a pleasant sensation of warmth while tension drains away from muscles. It also invigorates and energizes the body and organs.
Cupping feels like a massage and is safe for both children and adults. Cupping has a sedative effect on the nervous system, and many people find it profoundly relaxing. After receiving a cupping treatment, patients report feelings of relief, muscular release, lightness, pleasant tingling, and freedom from pain and an increase in flexibility and muscular control.
Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese Medicine treatment that is used to alleviate both acute and chronic pain. During the procedure, oil is applied to the problem area and then scraped away with a smooth-edged instrument. The guiding principle behind this ancient practice is to break up stagnation and promote the smooth flow of blood in the area, thereby alleviating pain. It is wonderful at treating stiff upper necks and backs, dealing with everyday stress and improving health and well-being.
Aromatherapy is a gentle, completely safe and profoundly effective treatment that utilizes the energetic potential locked within pure essential oils. Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils to soothe the mind, body, and spirit. Inhaling essential plant oils has been shown to reduce stress and produce actual physical and mental changes within the body.
Acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago and remains one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world. Acupuncture activates the bodies natural ability to heal and regenerate returning it to a balanced state. Acupuncture is performed by the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points which activate their corresponding energetic pathways aka meridians. Once the needles are inserted energy is unblocked and a new equilibrium is created, endorphins are released and the nervous system encourages the body to heal.
Acupuncture is used to effectively treat a wide variety of conditions and can offer benefits to virtually any type of ailment. A few examples of what Acupuncture can treat:
Sports injuries, Acute/chronic pain, arthritis
Neuralgia, stroke residuals, Parkinson’s disease, Bells Palsy
Pre-and post-partum care, labor and delivery
Nicotine, alcohol, prescription and other drugs
Injuries, weakness, cramping, spasms, mobility
Male and female
Depression, lack of energy, anxiety, stress
Colds and Flus
Anxiety, anger, insomnia, PTSD, irritability
Ulcers, colitis, diarrhea, IBS, constipation
Allergies, asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD
PMS, painful or irregular menses, menopause
High blood pressure, hypertension, palpitations
Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, HIV/AIDS
Diabetes, thyroid disorders
Eye strain, inflammations, impaired vision
Experience the secret to healthy glowing youthful skin without surgery!
Traditional Chinese Medicine maintains the philosophy that emotional, physical, and spiritual health are deeply interconnected. It also holds the idea that the state of the interior of the body will be manifested on the exterior (i.e. the skin, eyes, nails, hair, etc.). Therefore, imbalances of the body, mind, and spirit, will in time become visible in the outward appearance. The ancient techniques of facial acupuncture are so powerful because by balancing both internal and external factors of the individual, the body responds by showing signs of both improved health and outward appearance. For ages the Chinese elite and royalty have used acupuncture of the face as an anti-aging and beautifying medicine to create and maintain a lustrous appearance along with vibrant health and well-being.
Facial rejuvenation is performed by the use ultra-fine Acupuncture needles along specific facial points, and add in Acupressure and lymphatic massage depending on your needs. This is more than just a treatment of the superficial levels of the face; it addresses the body as a whole and the way in which that vitality is reflected through the skin. This preventive alternative enhances longevity, beauty, the quality of life, and youthful vigor.
A persons' daily exposure to toxins and other elements also contributes to the ultimate duration of the course. However, the lifestyles of the individual comes into play as well. Insufficient sleep, or high exposure to sun or smoke, for example, can impede progress. Ask your practitioner for tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and maximizing your Facial Rejuvenation goals.
Facial Rejuvenation promotes:
Chinese herbs work synergistically with Acupuncture and when paired together it enhances results. Herbs, which include plants, flowers and minerals are highly specific in their actions and possess diverse qualities and properties to target different aspects of disharmony in the body. Herbal formulas are individually customized to meet the needs of the patient and their formulation will be modified as their situation changes and improves.
Traditional Chinese medicine offers an advanced system of time-tested herbal medicine with thousands of years of clinical experience and unsurpassed success. Most often, herbs that nourish and strengthen the body are combined with herbs to address the specific disharmony. This is based on ancient wisdom, that a strong, healthy body is resilient; able to resist most disease or pathogens. Thus, it is said that Chinese herbal medicine not only treats the root of disease but also it's manifestations. This is imperative for effective, lasting results.
Herbs have a direct influence on:
One of the principle philosophies of traditional Chinese medicine is living a balanced lifestyle. Diet, nutrition and lifestyle habits are essential components that reinforce the Chinese medical treatment plan. This holistic medical module requires active participation on the part of the patient to partake in meeting their individual health concerns. Food is the energy that we take in daily to sustain life. It is an essential part of the healing process, and it energizes the body so it can flourish. Nutrition should also be a source of joy and delight for the whole family! Each visit with the Acupuncturist, patients will learn to establish healthy eating habits, stress reduction techniques, exercise programs, meditation and relaxation to encourage optimal health and wellness.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy that consists of burning dried leaf known as mugwort on or above specific points of the body. It helps to warm areas of the body with the intention of stimulating circulation and lymphatic flow. Moxibustion can be applied directly to the skin, at the end of a needle, or above the skin. While acupuncture needles direct energy and physical resources, moxa adds energy of its own into the body. Heat engenders life and our body heat encourages circulation, cell nourishment and renewal as well as healthy metabolic processing. This link between heat therapy and health has been understood and applied by Chinese medicine practitioners for thousands of years. Burning moxa works by stimulating movement in the blood, lymphatic system, and boosts the immune system by strengthening the bodies ability to expel pathogens. The quality and level of resilience in our system builds with the support of moxa, therefore we can more easily fight off any cold and flu invasions. The scent of moxa is very distinct and many people find it to have a therapeutic and relaxing aroma.
Moxa supports many areas of our overall health. The benefits of moxa:
Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapeutic treatment that uses glass or plastic cups to create suction on the skin which aids in treating inflammation as well as pain management conditions. The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Once the suction has occurred, the cups can either be gently moved across the skin , a technique known as “gliding cupping" or cups could also be left in place, a technique known as "stationary" cupping. Cupping is much like the inverse method of massage, rather than pressure being applied to the body to relieve muscle tension, it uses gentle pressure to pull upward to achieve the same result. Cupping improves blood flow, disperses lactic acid and helps release muscle tension. It is safe for both children and adults to prevent injury and speed recovery in injured or tense muscle tissue. In recent years, cupping has been gaining popularity with the help of celebrity influence spreading awareness to its profound therapeutic benefits. Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, David Arquette, and athlete Michael Phelps have publicly drawn attention in the media with their personal use of this Traditional Chinese treatment.
Similar to cupping, gua sha involves the promotion of circulation through stimulation of the surface layer of the skin with a rounded edge instrument. “Gua” means to rub or friction. “Sha” is the term used to describe congestion of blood at the surface of the body. The benefits of gua sha are numerous. It moves stagnant blood while simultaneously promoting normal oxygenated circulation to the muscles, tissues and organs directly beneath the surface that is being treated. The patient often experiences immediate changes in stiffness, pain and mobility. Normal metabolic processes are restored by the movement of fluids as nutrients are carried to the tissues and metabolic wastes are carried away. Gua sha is used to treat chronic neck, shoulder and back pain, sprains, strains, and stress, as well as sleep, skin and blood disorders. The marks on the skin may be slightly tender, but are not painful and, in fact, the patient experiences immediate relief from symptoms such as pain, stiffness, cough, and fever.
Essential oils are very powerful substances: they carry the essence of the plant from which they are derived. The use of essential oils dates back thousands of years, in the medicinal practice of nearly every world culture. Since the last century, they have been seriously studied in Europe and the U.S., and used in modern Western medicine. In Chinese medicine, essential oils are applied to acupuncture points and meridians in accordance with Classical Chinese Medicine principles. They may be used as a complement to acupuncture, herbal therapy, and Chinese dietary therapy, or as a separate modality. Essential oils can impact memory, balance hormone levels and support healthy limbic system functions. Scientific evidence shows that inhaling essential oils maybe one of the fastest ways to create physiological and psychological benefits. Most commonly used through diffusion and inhalation but it can also include topical applications.
Benefits of Aromatherapy: