I provide a number of methods that work with the body's natural tendency towards health and balance. Patients may schedule a 50-minute Acupuncture treatment, a 50-minute Bodywork treatment, or a free 15-minute in-office consultation for first-time visitors. First time acupuncture visits are 75 minutes.
Acupuncture treatments may include bodywork, guasha, moxibustion, cupping, electric stimulation, Qigong or dietary recommendations. Specific modalities will be determined based upon need of the patient.
Bodywork may be scheduled separately and may include cupping or guasha. Bodywork modalities used are Shiatsu, Tuina, or a combination of these two.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a system of medicine originating from China used to alleviate pain and to treat many physical, mental and emotional conditions. Acupuncture includes a variety of techniques, most commonly using thin, solid, sterile, single use needles to penetrate the skin. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture’s effectiveness for over 40 disorders. A link to the PDF document published by the WHO detailing the effective use of acupuncture for these disorders can be found at http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/pdf/s4926e/s4926e.pdf. Back to Top
Shiatsu: Shiatsu is a form of bodywork effectively used to treat stress related difficulties and musculoskeletal conditions. This form of bodywork incorporates the use of pressure application and passive, gentle stretching to address imbalances within the body. Patients remain clothed while receiving Shiatsu. The form of Shiatsu I offer is Zen Shiatsu as taught by Stephen Brown. For more information about Zen Shiatsu and Stephen Brown, please visit
Tui Na: Tui Na is a form of bodywork that addresses acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain and stress related disorders. Tui Na provides a vigorous waking of the body with the combined use of massage, acupressure and other forms of bodywork techniques. Patients remain clothed while receiving Tui Na. The form of Tui Na I offer is Zheng Gu Tui Na as taught by Tom Bisio. For more information on Zheng Gu Tui Na, please visit http://www.zhenggutuina.com. Back to Top
Gua sha: Gua sha is a type of "press-stroking" using a sterile, smooth-edged instrument on lubricated skin. The use of Gua sha can be very effective in the treatment of long-standing, stubborn, chronic pain as well as for acute musculoskeletal and organ-related conditions. Gua sha typically leaves a mark similar to that of a "hickey" which goes away in a few days. For more information on Gua sha, please visit
Moxibustion: Moxibustion is a technique in which the burning of the herb mugwort (moxa) is applied to specific acupoints on the body. Moxibustion is commonly used to strengthen the body, increase circulation, and promote health. Two forms of moxibustion are used, direct and indirect. Both have a warming and strengthening effect on the body, which tends to leave the patient feeling warm, calm, and tonified. To learn more about moxibustion, please visit http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/abc/moxibustion.php. Back to Top
Cupping: Cupping is the use of sterile, heated glass cups on skin to loosen tight muscle tissue, encourage blood flow, and relax the body. Cupping is very effective in treating back and neck pain, muscle stiffness, reducing stress, and improving respiratory conditions. Cups may be applied and kept in a single location for 5 to 15 minutes, or may be applied to lubricated skin and moved along specific muscle tissue. Cupping typically leaves a mark similar to that of a "hickey" which goes away in a few days. Back to Top
Qigong: Qigong may be thought of as “Chinese Yoga.” It is a form of energy cultivation used to assist the body to come back to its natural state of balance and can be likened to Tai Chi (Taiji). Qigong incorporates physical exercises and breathing techniques to relax and strengthen the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of the participant. The Qigong I practice and teach to patients include Chan Si Gong and 5 Element styles. To learn more about Qi Gong and other practices of the Taoist tradition, please visit the Taoist Institute’s website at http://www.taoiststudiesinstitute.org. Back to Top