How I Work

Some brief explanations of the different types of techniques you may experience in a treatment with me:

Traditional Chinese Medicine

— comprising acupuncture and herbs, movement practices and manual therapies including cupping and tuina.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture needles are placed in specific anatomical locations along planes of fascia in the body, areas of concentrated nerves and blood vessels. The interaction between the needles and the body’s internal environment influences the flow of blood, nerve signals and energy to strategically redirect the whole system’s attention toward greater balance, and therefore, better health.

The NIH has recognized the efficacy of acupuncture to treat pain for over twenty years. Modern research agrees that in addition to pain relief, acupuncture can enhance immunity, decrease anxiety and stress, balance hormone levels, improve healing from traumatic injuries, and provide support for anything health related, including chronic and more complex conditions.

Herbal Formulas

I use pre-prepared herbal formulas in my practice to help treat many different types of short- and long-term conditions, including low immunity, chronic fatigue, hormonal imbalance, and pain. Herbal formulas have a several thousand-year track record of effectiveness: when paired with proper nutrition, they can help gently nudge a patient’s system into better balance. Certain formulas have known anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory effects, and can be used both to treat infection and prophylactically during cold and flu season to maintain respiratory health as the temperature fluctuates.

Manual Therapy

Cupping and guasha (scraping) release the superficial muscle layer to decrease tension and promote circulation. While they are most commonly used to relieve discomfort and smooth muscle fibers, both techniques can also enhance immunity and produce anti-inflammatory effects.

Osteopathic manual manipulations gently reset musculoskeletal joint function with soft manipulation of muscle and tissue, allowing nearby bony structures to fall back into place without any direct adjustment. Manipulations are simple and patients often feel immediate relief.

Body Talk

The Body Talk System uses applied kinesiology to identify weakened areas of communication in the body-mind complex and address the underlying causes of illness, including emotional, physical and environmental factors. Using gentle, non-invasive techniques, Body Talk strengthens communication in sequence to ease discomfort and boost overall health.

Body Talk is based partially on principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and incorporates aspects of many different health modalities. Learn more about it here.

Pilates

Pilates is a movement practice that strengthens and lengthens muscles via low-impact endurance exercises. Its focus is largely on flexibility and core strength, and emphasizes proper postural alignment to support the weight of the spine. I use Pilates principles and exercises to advise my patients in correcting their structural misalignments, and advocate for a regular cardio and stretching program.

I have been training in Pilates for many years, and was certified under a master teacher in 2011. I teach a mat class here, and am available for private instruction on mat and reformer here or in your home studio.

My Rates

I charge $150 per session.

The first session lasts up to one hour and 15 minutes — all following sessions are 45 minutes.

Cupping is $60 for 30 minutes.

Teaching

I teach a two-hour cupping workshop for health care professionals. If you are interested in learning from me, please get in touch.

Book an Appointment

Existing patients can book online. Are you a new patient? Please get in touch with me first.

Please note that I have a 24-hour cancellation policy.

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How I Work