Beyond good and bad, there is a field. I'll meet you there. —Rumi
You Talk, I Listen, We Learn
Every patient remarks how uplifting and encouraging our first session is. If you were able to say what is on your mind, share your experience, ask questions and get an empowering perspective and tools to address your health concern, imagine how you'll feel! During and after a treatment, most patients feel relaxed and at ease. Pain is alleviated, proper functioning is set in motion.
Your Initial Visit: Awareness is the Key to Change
A 90-minute initial consultation ensures that I am able to properly assess the factors affecting your health/causing illness and offer effective treatments and lifestyle practices for you to achieve your short- and long-term health goals. If an acupuncture or movement treatment is desired, we can do that if time allows once I've made a diagnosis.
Treatment Options to Suit Your Needs
Once we have created a treatment plan from your initial consultation, you may add a return visit and select the amount of time you need:
A 30-minute visit (treatment only), biweekly, yields quick results for acute injury or musculoskeletal issues. Most new and acute pain can begin noticeably resolving within 1-3 treatments plus self-care.
For consultation and treatment choose a 45-60-minute visit This appointment is suitable if you have not had an appointment in the past week. Excellent if you are working to resolve a chronic condition, build and maintain health at a more organic pace, or for prevention.
Within your scheduled visit, you can choose from:
Food and Lifestyle Coaching— In the West we say, "You are what you eat." I am a firm believer in the old Chinese Proverb, "You plant that kind of seed, you nourish that kind of root, you'll harvest that kind of fruit." Foods and flavors can support your short-term goals and enhance your overall good health. In addition to diet, we'll discuss lifestyle strategies (read on) that you can embrace over time to reach your current and long-term objectives.
Acupuncture and Related Techniques— People want to know: How does acupuncture work? What does it do? Western medicine is based on structure— focusing on the relationship of cells, tissues and biochemicals. Eastern medicine focuses on the energy that animates our bodies throughout our lives. Energy—its qualities, amount and flow—is what determines how easily and efficiently an organ functions or a joint moves. It affects our temperature and metabolism, spirit and mental state. Acupuncture works with that energy to regulate and restore proper function to all bodily systems. It also works to promotes circulation, support mental/emotional health, and relieve pain
Herbal Medicine and Essential Oils—Throughout history, humans have used plants, minerals and animal products to treat all kinds of illnesses. Eastern medicine uses a sophisticated and time-tested model of herbal medicine for healthcare. The medicinal action of herbs is rooted in their chemical constituents and energetic nature.
Today, about 40 percent of our pharmaceutical prescription medicines come from plant extracts or synthesized plant compounds. Unlike pharmaceuticals, herbal medicines address both the symptoms and root causes of health issues. Since they improve and restore proper organ functioning and circulation, most patients take them for a limited time only.
Moxibustion— Applying heat above or on the skin by burning mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris, creates warmth that improves organ function and supports circulation of blood, fluids, and energy.
Movement and Breathing— Helping you rediscover physical and emotional freedom through movement is integral to our work together. To help you live with greater ease, I teach and encourage you to incorporate movement, breathing, and imagery practices into your daily life. The main forms of movement you'll do at home include Dao Yin Therapeutic Exercise and yoga. If another form of movement therapy seems useful, I may refer you to a movement specialist outside of Chinese medicine.
Mindfulness Practices— Modern science tells us that when we look deeply, beyond the physical, everything is made of energy. This is true for illness too. When you are aware of what your energy is doing and are clear on how you'd like to change it, healing yourself becomes possible. Daily meditation and visualization are powerful tools to cultivate awareness of your energy and heal yourself.