written by

Suzy Alcantra, owner

Acupuncture is a modality within Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is thousands of years old. It is mainly known as the insertion of ultra-fine, stainless-steel needles into specific points on the skin along 12 meridians and over 365 points.

Picture meridians as if they are highways in the body travelling from head to toe and energy as a car. If the car is travelling along a highway and experiences an accident, then traffic comes to a stop, and injuries can result.

This is the acupuncture in its basic form. Stress, injury, trauma, poor diet, and lack of exercise (among more) can lead to stagnancy in the body’s energy resulting in pain, chronic illness, emotional fluctuations, and much more. Acupuncture helps to unblock these stagnancies.

What does it treat? A better question is, “What doesn’t acupuncture treat?”

Acupuncture has been used for centuries to regulate physiological processes by stimulating the body’s natural processes to heal itself.

Some of the most common reasons for seeking acupuncture are pain, injury, depression, headaches, gynecological issues, gastric issues, low back pain, knee pain, neck pain, nausea, malposition of fetus, inducing labor, morning sickness, tennis elbow, sciatica, stroke…and so much more.

Does acupuncture hurt? Acupuncture needles are as thin as a human hair. Approximately 30 of them can fit in the tip of a hypodermic needle (used for drawing blood)!

The sensation of the insertion of a needle is typically like small mosquito bite followed by a heavy sensation or dull ache. Other sensations include tingling, warmth, spreading, and sometimes electric.

Many people often drift into a deep state of relaxation a few minutes after needles are inserted. Some even fall asleep!


60 Minute Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

During treatment, the face is first cleansed with a natural all-organic toner, small intradermal needles are inserted into fine lines, furrows and crow’s feet and other problem areas. When the needles are inserted into the epidermal layer of the skin the body senses “trauma” to the skin. The skin then starts its own healing process and beings to produce more collagen, fibrin and elastin molecules. This process helps create healthy skin cells that can fill in wrinkles and blemishes as well as restore, lift and support the skin. As a result, you see a more rejuvenated face!

Treatment finishes with gentle Gua Sha and jade rolling of the face. For optimal results one session per week is recommended consecutively for the first four weeks, followed by one session every 2-3 weeks for the next 3 months. (Around 10 sessions). Side effects can include some minor bruising.

*Those wanting to incorporate Facial Rejuvenation into their Chinese Medicine Acupuncture treatment should book a 90 minute Acupuncture follow up appointment.

60 Minute Initial Herbal Consultation

The practice of Chinese Herbal Medicine can be traced back several thousand years and is now used to treat everything from the common cold to symptoms associated with cancer. There are thousands of herbs in the Chinese materia medica of which about 300 are commonly used. After consultation an herbal formula consisting of 6-12 herbs is created to treat your specific condition and constitution.

*Other Traditional Chinese Medicinal modalities, such as ear seeds and cupping are included in the treatment, full body needling is excluded)

*Please note that the cost of the herbs is additional to the visit, a typical formula lasting 10 days is about 25-30 dollars

45 Minute Herbal Follow Up

For follow-up and adjustments to herbal formulas

Reveal Community Acupuncture

Community Acupuncture is an opportunity to experience Individual and Collective Healing simultaneously. Treatments are done in a group setting, fully clothed, with each person in a relaxed position either in their own chair or yoga mat (use of props in the studio will help to find a sustainable and relaxed position). With the knowledge of meridians under Traditional Chinese Medicine, most ailments can be treated through points on the hands and feet meaning most needles will be inserted into the limbs and ears. When we heal together it interrupts the isolation that is so common with illness. Community Acupuncture allows the collective energy of the group to amplify healing. Advance registration recommended., to register click here!

Note: can be submitted under Acupuncture health benefits, $30/session.Scheduled for Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm.


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