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"Chi is the continuous flow of energy linking the various tissues, organs, and brain functions into a unified whole – a person." - Mantak Chia
Finding balance is one of the keys to life. That same philosophy extends to your body. The Traditional Chinese Medicine practice of acupuncture is a natural, drug-free, way of reviving physical and emotional balance. Practiced in China and throughout eastern cultures for more than two thousand years, acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles at strategic points of the body to stimulate healing, encourage relaxation, and balance your body’s natural energy (qi or chi).
While the roots of acupuncture are in the east, the practice has gained wide-spread acceptance throughout western society in recent decades. Used alone or in conjunction with a medical treatment plan, it has been shown to help treat a wide variety of ailments. While the best known uses of acupuncture are treating discomfort, particularly neck and back pain, and alleviating stress, the benefits are far reaching. A study by the World Health Organization (WHO) showed that acupuncture effectively treated not just pain, but conditions ranging from hay fever to gastritis. There are additional studies that show the positive effect of acupuncture on mental health-related issues, including depression and anxiety.
The licensed acupuncturists at East Village Acupuncture and Massage are skilled in a variety of techniques and will assist you in finding a treatment plan that is tailored to align with your personal goals.
On your first visit, upon arrival, you will have an initial consultation with an acupuncturist to go over your goals for treatment. If you’ve never had acupuncture before, make sure that we’re aware of that as part of the discussion. During this process you will be asked targeted questions to help us determine the proper way to treat your specific condition(s).
If it is your first time having acupuncture, we will spend some time walking you through the process so that you are comfortable with what is going to happen. When you’re ready, we will get you situated comfortably on the massage table and begin the treatment. The needles will be inserted into the appropriate acupoints and then you will be left to rest for approximately 45 minutes. Be aware that many patients fall asleep or fall into a deep meditative state during this rest period, and that is perfectly natural. At the end of the session, the acupuncturist will return to remove the needles, and discuss the next steps in your treatment.