Acupuncture & Holistic Health Services

Acupuncture Treatment

The simple and subtle intervention of an acupuncture needle upon a point often has profound and far-reaching impact.  Not only are symptoms often alleviated, but your immune system is strengthened, and a solid investment in your long-term health and wellness is made.


Moxibustion has been used alongside acupuncture for thousands of years.  It is commonly called “moxa”, and is made from the crushed leaves of the sweetly aromatic plant, artemesia vulgaris. Moxa is placed along acupuncture points and heated to restore warmth and vitality to a channel that is deficient or where there is a cold obstruction (a diagnosis made by your Acupuncturist.)  It is also known for it’s ability to support the immune system.
While Acupuncture often restores yin energy, moxa is very warming stimulates the yang energy, making it highly restorative and nourishing.  Moxa can be thought of as “the chicken soup” of Chinese Medicine.


Cupping is another adjunct therapy to acupuncture. The suction action of cupping releases tension in the muscle and fascia, restoring the proper circulation of blood and relieving muscle tension and pain.  It is also often helpful in recovering from upper respiratory illnesses.Cups are typically placed along the back or in other areas with tendon or muscle tightness, such as along the iliotibial (IT) band.

Gua Sha

Gua sha therapy feels similar to deep-tissue massage. Gua Sha is an adjunct therapy and involves the use a smooth jade tool along areas of muscle tension to release pain and reduce inflammation.  Gua sha is often used with a healing herbal liniment along areas where there are “knots” in the muscle.  Swift strokes are applied to areas that are most congested or tense.   Its benefits are multi-fold: beyond releasing tension,  “gua sha can reduce a fever and alter the course of an acute infectious illness, as well as reduce inflammatory symptoms in chronic illness…The articles and studies from the Chinese language database cover an array of conditions responsive to gua sha including headache, migraine, neck, shoulder, back, and knee pain, as well as acute diseases such as fever, flu, earaches, asthma and bronchitis in children and adults” (Nielson, Arya).

Shiatsu Massage
Wellness & Mindset Coaching

Healing with Acupuncture

Our daily habits, thoughts and even our words can support our healing or undermine our efforts.  Everyday practices such as quality sleep, healthy diet, and appropriate exercise are key to achieving balance. Finding the right balance for you will support your Acupuncture treatments and ensure that effects are lasting.

The theories of Chinese Medicine reflect how an emotional imbalance can manifest physically. For example, stress and suppressed anger can cause a headache. Emotional Wellness and Mindset Coaching can help to uncover emotional stagnation or thought patterns that may be inhibiting your natural well being.

Dr. Vincent Pedre explains the contemporary western understanding of acupuncture as such: “needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system through peripheral afferent fibers (nerve fibers that carry signals to the central nervous system) to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals (such as endorphins and enkephalins) and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system.  The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities, thus promoting both physical and emotional well-being with minimal side-effects.”

There is also new evidence that acupuncture regulates pain by increasing the availability of certain opioid receptors in the brain. This inhibits pain signals, acting in the same way that opioid painkillers such as morphine and codeine work, but without the dangerous addictive element and side effects. (Source: University of Michigan Health System via Science Daily “Chinese Acupuncture Affects Brain’s Ability To Regulate Pain”, Aug. 11, 2009.) Acupuncture calms the nervous system, allowing the body to release stress. In the process, you will become more receptive and open to thoughts that support good health. Everyday practices such meditation, qi gong, and relaxation practices will support a sustained state of health and peacefulness.

Shiatsu Massage Therapy

Shiatsu is similar to a regular massage, but also designed for those seeking pain relief or to address a health concern.

  • You are fully clothed during a shiatsu session, so it is best to wear loose, comfortable clothes
  • Each session is designed to address mind, body and spirit
  • Shiatsu uses acupressure massage, stretching and holding techniques to open and clear blockages, relieve muscle pain and allow you to experience relaxation and healing
  • Shiatsu looks for the root cause of disharmony and always has a therapeutic goal
  • Shiatsu Massage is based on the same meridian therapy as acupuncture, and is considered a form of Japanese bodywork, therefore it can be a great complement to Acupuncture.

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