Approach

I provide a gentle and practical approach to healing.

  • Gentle techniques: Acupuncture doesn’t have to hurt. I’m always willing to use alternative point locations if there is any discomfort. I also use many needle-free approaches such as Tui Na massage, yoga asanas (poses), and acupressure, particularly with sensitive patients and children.
  • Focus on listening: You are the expert on your body. I ask lots of questions and listen closely to your answers. I also listen to your body to feel for points and problem areas intuitively.
  • Respect: Everyone is different, so I never assume that I’m the ultimate expert. However, I do pay attention to the latest research and evidence in my fields, and I apply my knowledge with humility.
  • Real life perspective: When it comes to personal choices such as how much caffeine to consume, I don’t preach. I offer practical advice that respects the realities of your life.
  • Encouragement: You are responsible for your own health. I provide information and suggestions, not mandates. You make the decisions.

A Typical Session

massageThere really isn’t a typical session, but you can expect to begin with a lot of talking, especially at the first session. I’ll ask you about your treatment goals and gather information about your health history. Then I’ll take your pulses, examine your tongue, and do some gentle palpation of your limbs. I may also ask your permission to palpate your belly.

Once I’ve made a diagnosis, we’ll talk about a course of treatment. I will then treat you with acupuncture and possibly also with Chinese massage, moxibustion, cupping, or other treatments. Before you leave, I’ll offer recommendations for diet, exercise, herbal remedies, or other changes as appropriate to your needs. We will discuss these options and make a plan that works for your lifestyle.

My first session with a new patient can take up to one and a half hours. After that, treatment times vary from 45 minutes to an hour and fifteen minutes, depending on the types of therapies used and the specific issues being addressed.

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