Beyond good and bad, there is a field. I'll meet you there. —Rumi
You Talk, I Listen, We Learn
Every new patient remarks how uplifting and encouraging our first session is. Imagine how you'll feel as you say what is on your mind, share your experience, ask questions and get an empowering perspective and tools to address your health concern! During and after a treatment, most patients feel relaxed and at ease. Often pain is alleviated and 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 we've settled on a suitable treatment plan.
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 and 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. It's convenient if you are working to resolve a chronic condition, build and maintain health at a more organic pace, or for prevention.
For Children, ages 0-12
I have loads of blessed experience working with children, both from having raised four kids and from my clinical practice. Kids love coming to my office: Older children feel empowered by reframing their health concern and discovering how they can help themselves. Babies and toddlers respond to treatment by deeply relaxing. For acute issues like respiratory or digestive problems, children's symptoms tend to improve quickly—within hours. For chronic issues, outcomes depend on lifestyle practices, like diet, and also on the parent's wellbeing. For behavioral or emotional issues, children 6-12 years of age receive tools, such as mindfulness practices, that help them understand themselves better, improve focus, build self compassion and lead to new choices. Sometimes children want acupuncture, sometimes acupressure, moxibustion, cupping, gua sha or tuning fork treatment. I respect their wishes; we work as a team. Our visits last an hour.
Within your scheduled visit, you can choose from:
Medical Counseling: How Informed Is Your Informed Consent?
If you are weighing healthcare options for your health concern, medical counseling is a valuable aid when making healthcare choices. From the start, you'll get an overview of healthcare options, recommendations, and referrals for what might serve you best. If you decide to proceed with surgery or pharmaceuticals, I offer coaching so you won't get caught with unexpected complications or side effects. We'll also explore lifestyle strategies and natural medicines to facilitate post-surgery rehabilitation and help you minimize dosage or shorten the time on medications.
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." Our lifestyle choices impact our health. 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 circulation—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, cupping, gua sha, acupressure and other Asian medicine techniques work with that energy to regulate and restore proper function to all bodily systems. They also work to promotes circulation, support mental/emotional health, and relieve pain and tension.
Herbal Medicine and Essential Oils—Throughout history, humans have used plants, minerals and animal products to treat illnesses. Today, about 40 percent of our pharmaceutical prescription medicines come from plant extracts or synthesized plant compounds. Unlike pharmaceuticals, Eastern medicine uses a sophisticated and time-tested model of herbal medicine for healthcare. Herbal medicines address both the symptoms and root causes of health issues, this means that most patients need to take them for a short or limited time only.
Moxibustion— Applying heat above or on the skin by burning mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris, creates warmth 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 type of movement therapy seems useful, I may refer you to a movement specialist outside of Eastern medicine.
Mindfulness Practices— Ancient wisdom and contemporary science tell us when we look deeply, beyond the physical, everything is made of energy. This is true for illness too. One impactful way to influence your energy is through your mind. Cultivating an awareness of your present experience by noticing your breathing, thoughts, emotions and environment is a powerful tool to access the mind. Through the mind you can be aware of your energy. When you are aware of what your energy is doing and are clear on how you'd like to direct or change it, healing yourself becomes possible. Mindfulness is the hub of my practice.