A 90 minute session – What to expect
Each session involves 90 minutes of direct face-to-face therapeutic care. Much of my assessment and treatment is based on your chief complaints and involves palpation across many areas of the body, locating specific areas of tension, congestion, and tenderness. Emotional patterns can also be relevant; please express if you are interested in this mind-body connection.
Acupuncture is the primary therapy. I palpate and needle each point carefully, using diagnostic skills which blend musculoskeletal cues and traditional organ/channel theory. A session averages 30+ points around the body to address your full body, including a back and a front treatment if appropriate. I apply warming moxa to every point. Acupuncture changes areas of chronic muscle tension, improves natural circulation to undernourished tissues and glands, and allows the body to relax and access deeper healing resources. This portion lasts about 50-60 minutes.
After acupuncture, I apply hot towels and stones, massage, trigger point manipulation and cupping. Cupping (aka myofascial decompression) glides over the skin creating a low-pressure pull, decompressing the myofascia and invigorating lymphatic and blood flow 4 inches deep into the body. Integrative bodywork therapies further blend circulation and soften tissues. High-grade arnica & essential oils nourish skin. I also offer vibratory therapy, E-Stim, Guasha, Qigong exercises or dietary suggestions. Integrative therapies last about 20-30 minutes.
The net effect of Acupuncture and Integrative Therapies is transformative. Treatment opens and invigorates energy and blood flow in the muscles and meridians of the body, which nourishes all body systems. After treatment, typically a patient experiences some pain relief, a whole sense of relaxation and increased energy through the body. Some people may experience soreness and have a slower healing response. REST OR LIGHT ACTIVITY IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED AFTER TREATMENT, as most people are overworked or depleted. A good night’s sleep allows deeper healing to occur, and one may experience less body stiffness and improved energy the next day. Each treatment is individually based and results may vary. Acupuncture works with your body’s healing response. Optimal results usually occur with multiple visits, similar to a course of physical therapy. Frequency of treatment is a personal choice by each patient. It is often the case that treatment once a week builds a momentum of healing and helps to establish lasting physiological improvements. Ideally, once acute or chronic complaints feel sufficiently improved, treatment spaces out to every 4-6 weeks for wellness maintenance.
FRA – 12 sessions
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture & Massage involves world-class, specialized training and experience in FRA techniques and custom aromatherapy skin blends. The recommended protocol is twelve sessions, once or twice a week. FRA patients must expect significant needling and attention to the face, which lasts 50-60 minutes. Needle removal lasts 15-20 minutes. Massage lasts 10-15 minutes and focuses on improving circulation in the neck, face and scalp. I am very sensitive to each patient’s comfort levels and flexibility in the protocol is achievable. A patient can attempt to zen out during a session, meaning one can focus on each present moment and sustaining strength and serenity through breathing and mental relaxation. Post-session, one experiences a pleasant invigoration of the face and a definite glow. Each session creates slight improvements and they build. Rest is advised pre- and post-session.
Preventive and personalized medicine is key
Preventive medicine enhances energy, function, and quality of life. A diversified, personalized approach encourages our body to be well. I try to make each session as powerful as possible, so people can achieve significant results each session, and come in less frequently. I encourage people to benefit from acupuncture and integrative therapies and offer lengthy therapeutic sessions at a great value!