We are a fee-for-service clinic and payment is expected at the time of service. We accept cash, check and most major credit cards.
Cancellation Policy We require 24 hours notice for cancellations. There is a $30 fee for late cancellations, and we charge the full appointment fee for missed appointments and very last minute cancellations.
Initial Consultation and Acupuncture treatment (1.5 hrs) - $105
30 minute Cupping or Guasha w/ therapeutic bodywork - $55
Herbal &/or Nutritional Consultation - $55 (does not include cost of herbs)
Herbs & whole food supplements as appropriate - price varies
30 minute therapeutic massage - $45
60 minute therapeutic massage - $75
75 minute therapeutic massage - $90
90 minute therapeutic massage - $105
Cupping and/or Guasha are often combined with massage. There is no additional fee.
Gift Certificates and packages are available. They expire one year from date of purchase.
Massage Therapy Services Jessica tailor's her work to your individual needs. She has extensive training and experience with many different modalities including Swedish, deep tissue, Neuromuscular Therapy, myofascial / connective tissue, Tui Na (Chinese medical massage), pregnancy massage, Reflexology and Reiki.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Initial Consultation & Acupuncture Treatment
Your initial visit will last around 90 minutes. During the first half of the appointment there will be an interview process where we will discuss the main reasons for your visit. We will talk in depth about your health (both past and present), and discuss your lifestyle, diet, exercise habits, sleep habits, stress level, and energy level, among other things, which will allow me to understand your individual needs and help us formulate a treatment plan tailored to those needs. I will conduct a physical exam, which includes taking your pulses and looking at your tongue, two unique and important diagnostic tools used in Chinese medicine. Once we finish the interview, we will end the session with the acupuncture treatment, which will generally last around 30 to 40 minutes.
When we schedule your first appointment, I will email you a health history form to fill out and bring with you. If you are unable to print the form, please let me know and plan to arrive at least 30 minutes early to complete it before our session begins (this prevents cutting in to our time together).
Return patient visits
A typical follow-up appointment will begin with a 15-20 minute interview where we will discuss your reason for treatment and check in with your progress by going through a series of standard questions. You will have time to ask questions and tell me any information you feel I should know in order to provide you with the best possible care. I will take your pulses and look at your tongue before beginning the acupuncture treatment. The entire visit will last an hour and might include additional appropriate modalities, such as moxibustion, cupping, guasha, heat therapy, E-stim, or therapeutic body-work, depending on your individual needs.
DESCRIPTION OF CHINESE MEDICINE SERVICES
Acupuncture Acupuncture is one of the most commonly used components of Chinese Medicine. It involves inserting thin, sterile needles into acupuncture points on the body, thereby eliciting a positive homeostatic response. Acupuncture is believed to move qi (energy, for lack of a more suitable translation; pronounced chee) and blood throughout the body, thereby relieving pain and restrictions and restoring the body's natural balance and healing capacity. Acupuncture points are located along 12 primary meridians (also known as channels) and 8 extraordinary meridians. There are 360 standardized acupuncture points along these meridians, many extra points that are located outside of the meridians, as well as numerous points on the ears. The ears are viewed as a microsystem, or tiny representation of the entire body. Ear acupuncture is referred to as Auricular Acupuncture and is commonly used alone or in addition to body acupuncture. Your acupuncturist will carefully select points based upon your symptoms and diagnosis. The number of points selected will vary depending on your diagnosis, constitution and symptoms, but in general you can expect to have between 4 and 16 needles inserted.
Chinese Herbs Chinese herbs are an integral part of Chinese medicine. Like acupuncture, they work to restore balance and promote healing of the underlying cause of dysfunction. Herbs possess different properties (i.e. temperatures & tastes) and have an affinity for different areas of the body (Head, Lungs, Liver, Intestines, Kidneys, etc). Chinese herbs are not typically taken alone (as is common with western herbs) , but are combined into synergistic formulas, which ensures that the formula is balanced, each herbs best qualities are brought forth and their possible side effects (such as toxicity) are eliminated. A skilled practitioner will know which herbal formula to use for a particular condition, and will commonly combine more than one formula, modify a classic formula, or build a custom formula when appropriate.
Cupping Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the skin. Suction is created by placing an inverted cup over a flame, thereby sucking the air out of the cup, which is then quickly placed on the skin. Flames are never used near the skin and are not lit throughout the process of cupping, but rather are a means to create the heat that causes the suction within the cups. The cups can be gently moved across the skin (often referred to as "gliding or moving cupping") or left in an area of tightness or stagnation for a period of 5-10 minutes. The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Cupping promotes circulation and is excellent for musculoskeletal pain and myofascial restrictions. Additionally, it is commonly used for respiratory issues such as asthma, excess phlegm, colds and flu. *Cupping can leave marks on the skin for several days, so be sure to tell your acupuncturist if you prefer not to be cupped.
Moxibustion Also called Moxa, this is the Chinese Herb known as mugwort, or Ai Ye in pin yin. Moxa is lit and burned above specific points or areas to warm and tonify the body, expel cold, reduce pain and promote the movement of qi and blood. Moxa is commonly used in the treatment of arthritis, gynecological conditions, chronic diarrhea and other digestive concerns, and weakened immune system. (unfortunately I can't use moxa in my present location, but I might send you home with a stick and some instructions)
Electro-stimulation / E-stim E-stim involves connecting an electro-stim machine to the needles (with small clips and wires), which generates a gentle micro-current, allowing for continuous stimulation of the needles. It is used in the treatment of certain pain conditions, Bell's palsy, stroke, numbness and paralysis.
Gua sha Gua sha is an ancient technique which can be used for both acute and chronic conditions. Gua means to scrape, and Sha means rash (aka petechiae). The skin is scraped using a round-edged instrument (such as a porcelain spoon) until redness is brought to the surface, which is believed to be stagnated blood beneath the skin. It is particularly useful in treating and preventing colds and flu, bronchitis, asthma, and musculoskeletal tension and pain.