Acupuncture and Manual Therapies
Acupuncture is a gentle, safe and relaxing treatment that brings relief to pain, reduces inflammation, helps regulate neurotransmitters, hormones and the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. For these reasons, it treats a broad range of problems by helping your body heal and re-balance itself. I use the tiniest of needles to maintain patient comfort and relaxation. Sessions range from more in depth work that includes bodywork, cupping, herbs and nutrition to simple return appointments and packages that will get you the results you desire quickly. Generally, longer held chronic conditions take more time to resolve, and acute conditions or new injuries take less time.
Patients often ask me how acupuncture works. While I'm happy to explain things within the terms of Chinese Medicine in our sessions, it can also be useful to look at how western medical science thinks about it. Here is a link to a series of of blogs explaining how acupuncture works and this one specifically about how acupuncture treats pain. If you want to explore evidence based science on Acupuncture, check out this website.
Generally I recommend about 6 visits to start our work together. In our initial consultation and after your first treatment we will go over your treatment plan and discuss how soon you can expect relief. For some issues, we find relief very quickly, for others, like fertility, migraine headaches and menstrual cycle shifts, changes can take longer. Some conditions are also best treated with acupuncture as well as herbs and we can discuss what to expect from treatment if you want to only do Acupuncture. I like to make acupuncture more accessible and affordable and treat frequently and so I offer special pricing when patients book multiple times per week as well as labor and lactation stimulation packages. Feel free to contact me for a free 15 minute consult to see if acupuncture or the other forms of traditional medicine I use, will be right for you. To learn more about my special pricing click here
"Tong zhi bu tong, bu tong zhi tong"
Where there is free flow there is no pain, where there is pain, there is no free flow
I've been practicing bodywork and massage therapy since 1995 and I've trained extensively in Japanese therapeutic bodywork called Amma Shiatsu, having practiced and apprenticed in San Francisco's Japantown from 1997 to 2018. I've trained in Qi Gong for self cultivation and Tuina, Chinese Therapeutic bodywork with master teachers in the North American Tang Shou Tao lineage. On the Western side my training includes Orthopedic massage with Tom Hendrickson DC, originator of the Hendrickson Method.
With over 700 hours of therapeutic bodywork training, and tens of thousands of hours of experience, I address your injuries, aches and pains with skill and expertise. Since beginning my training in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine in 2011, I was able to add cupping, moxibustion, and gua sha to my pain relieving toolkit and you can book a bodywork and cupping session (without acupuncture) if you are a regular patient. I often encorporate these modalities into return sessions but be sure to book a longer Extended Acupuncture and bodywork treatment if you know you want some undivided time to experience the benefit of this skill set