As one of my teachers David Chan, L.Ac., says “Acupuncture is the hyphen between body and spirit.”
Acupuncture does not hurt. Fine needles are placed along energy lines to smooth and soothe the flow of blood and qi through the body where blockages have occurred from long term stress or sudden trauma. Acupuncture and the philosophy in which it is based is about energy and microclimates within our bodies that are also in our environment. We can be humid in one part of our body and a desert in another. I use acupuncture, herbs, food and lifestyle to balance out these microclimates.
While needles move energy, moxibustion nourishes qi and blood. I apply small rice sized cones of fluffy aged mugwort to particular areas that are considered portals on the body to our source qi. These rice cones are lit with incense and they burn til the patient feels a heat sensation at which point they are quickly removed. I generally apply 10 cones but sometimes up to 50 at one to two sites.
Anna uses cupping in many of her treatments, and if you are afraid of needles, cupping is a great alternative to acupuncture. Cupping is beneficial for lymph cleansing, fertitlity, abdominal/digestive problems, any body pain, injuries and facelifts!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Healing does not have to be about pain, we have enough trauma and abuse in the world already. Your first appointment will be about one and a half hours long. We will review the intake form you filled out, and I will ask you in depth questions about your body, your daily habits, your psycho-emotional states, your cycle (if relevant). I will feel your pulse, and observe your tongue. These two tools allow me to witness how energy and fluids are moving through your body, and check for where the imbalance may be. You will then receive acupuncture, where you will rest and let your body find its pleasure point, endorphin release, and from then on have a reference for feeling good. Cecilia Garcia said we needed to recall a pleasant moment or smell the pleasant aromas of California Sagebrush to give ourselves a springboard for healing. You will rest for 20-30 minutes with the needles. After I have removed the needles, I may offer you some food suggestions and recipes that I feel will be supportive to your healing. I may make you an herbal formula as well. And we will continue treatment once a week, every other week, or monthly, depending on the situation until there is a shift to better health. I am available by email for questions that may come up in your healing process. Please dress in loose fitting clothes, and eat before your appointment.