During your first visit, Katie starts by taking your full medical history. This includes reviewing your overall health constitution, diet/nutrition, lifestyle, exercise habits, family medical history, and psychological history.
Diagnosis and treatment plans are only created after every area of your health history has been considered. Utilizing highly safe, effective and natural methods, Katie will begin to craft a treatment plan based on your individual needs and unique circumstances.
Treatment sessions can include an exam, acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, Chinese therapeutic massage (tui na), moxa, herbal medicine, dietary/nutritional advice and lifestyle recommendations. You'll find that Katie's holistic approach will not only restore mind, body and spirit, but also help you heal at the core and make genuine, long-lasting changes.
Education is an essential dimension of healing, and we pride ourselves on being a knowledgeable resource for your questions and concerns. Another key aspect of our holistic care and treatments is education, grounded in the belief that the more you know, the more you'll be empowered to chart your own course to holistic self-healing and care.
Explore the services we offer below and be sure to reach out with any questions.
In its most basic form, acupuncture restores balance to the body and increases blood flow to promote healing. It encourages the body's natural ability to heal itself. Acupuncture needles are extremely fine and flexible. They are solid (unlike hypodermic needles) and cause little to no discomfort upon insertion. Some people do not feel the needles at all. When the Qi of the body is accessed, the patient usually experiences a tingling sensation or mild ache. This is a good thing! Many love this feeling because it's a concrete way to know the body is responding and healing. No pharmaceuticals needed, just you and your body!
Chinese Herbal Consultation
Chinese herbal medicine is the most comprehensive and well-organized system of herbal knowledge compiled in human history. Chinese herbs are prescription grade, clinically tested and the oldest form of Chinese medicine. Each formula is custom made for the individual's needs, no one size fits all here! Herbal formulas treat the root cause of illness, working in conjunction with acupuncture treatments. Herbs are given in either pill form or granule form (concentrated powder to be mixed with water). They are easy, safe and natural…what more can you ask for?!
Diet, Nutrition and Lifestyle Consultation
Diet, nutrition and lifestyle are a cornerstone of holistic healing and growth. Katie believes in making small intentional changes to create permanent behavior change. During a consultation Katie works with you to develop a custom plan that best suits your health goals.
Cupping is used to ease muscle spasms and tension, reduce pain, speed healing of injuries, releases toxins and stimulates the immune system. It literally breaks up muscle adhesions (knots), it's like 5 massages at once! By removing oxygen from a glass cup, cupping creates a suction seal to the skin. The suction draws the skin up into the cup, flushing the tissue with circulation (of Qi, blood, lymph drainage). The cups can be kept stationary or moved to cover large areas. Cupping can leave temporary marks, but these will fade more quickly than a true bruise. Each treatment will see further reduction in bruising, showing the body healing. Bye bye, pain!
Gua Sha has similar uses to cupping but is slightly more mild. Gua Sha involves applying ointment to the skin and sliding a smooth-edged tool over the skin while providing pressure. It may sound painful, but it feels like a very focused deep tissue massage and patients feel wonderful afterwards. Gua Sha leaves a temporary marking but is not at all painful and resolves very quickly.
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy that can be applied with different techniques either directly to the skin or indirectly. Moxa (the substance that gets burned) is formed from the fluffy herb called mugwort. Mugwort is very hot in nature and penetrates the body to warm on a deep level. Moxibustion is used to heal injuries, reduce swelling, improves digestion, ease abdominal cramps and more. Moxibustion is also used in the Breeched Baby Protocol to balance the meridians that run through the uterus.
What we treat
Acupuncture can be used for a variety of conditions. It is commonly used for relaxation, internal illness, stress reduction and pain symptoms by allowing your body to achieve balance and return to vital health. Acupuncture is only one aspect of Chinese Medicine. Sessions include a consultation, exam, and acupuncture treatment. The session may also incorporate cupping, moxa, herbal medicine, dietary/nutritional advice and lifestyle recommendations.
- Auto and Work Injuries
- Shoulder Pain
- Tennis and Golfer's Elbow
- Peripheral Neuropathies
- Low Back Pain
- Knee Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- High Cholesterol
- High/Low Blood Pressure
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Benign Positional Vertigo
- Bell's Palsy
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Acid Reflux
- Gastritis/Stomach Pain
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Crohn's Disease
- Food Allergies
- Candida Overgrowth
- Sore Throat
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Bladder Control/Prolapse
- Cardiovascular Disorders
- Allergic Reactions