Emily Heart Acupuncture

The Medicine

Service Fees:

Initial Consultation - $75
Private one hour follow up session - $60
Private 40 minute follow up session - $45
Community Acupuncture Session - $20-40 on a sliding scale


  • HISTORY OF ACUPUNCTURE and HOW DOES IT WORK?                                           Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine that may look painful, yet thousands of people swear by its healing effects.  Acupuncture treatment involves the precise placement of needles into parts of a person's body to relieve sickness or suffering. At first glance, it would seem to increase suffering, but the people treated swear it isn't! So where did  this idea to  stick needles in a person come from? 
The history of acupuncture originates in China thousands of years ago, though it is now possible to receive acupuncture in most areas of the US.  Acupuncture treatment was developed long before there was a strict scientific method or knowledge of cells in the human body, so it used the knowledge of the time to explain why the needles worked.

At the time, and this belief is still maintained by some today, disease occurred from an imbalance of Yin and Yang within the body.  In order to rid yourself of the the disease, you had to restore balance.  One way to restore balance is to release qi, an energy that flows throughout the body.  Chi flows through certain paths in our bodies called meridians.  By placing needles into these meridians, you are balancing the chi within your body.

While the science that acupuncture was based on now has other scientific explanations, it remains one of the most popular and trusted forms of natural medicine.  

Tui Na Massage is a body therapy specific to Traditional Chinese Medicine.  The massage techniques used are to open channels and encourage qi flow.  Tui Na uses rhythmic compression along energy channels of the body, as well as a variety of techniques that manipulate and lubricate the joints. Like acupressure, Tui Na massage directly affects the flow of energy by holding and pressing the body at acupressure points.
The intention of Tui Na massage is very specific and varies from the simple relaxation of a Swedish-style massage in that way.  With Tui Na massage is able to focus on specific problems, especially chronic pain associated with the muscles, joints, and skeletal system.  IT is especially effective for joint pain (such as arthritis), sciatica, muscle spasms, and pain the back, neck, and shoulders.  It also helps chronic conditions such as insomnia, constipation, headaches (inclduing migraines), and tension due to stress.
Tui Na massage does not simply work on the muscles, bones, and joints. It works with the energy of the body at a deeper level. As I am able to sense a client's body with my hands, I am able to assess the distribution of energy and it's flow.
Tui Na massage is designed to prevent problems, not just correct them. By keeping the body's energy in balance, health is maintained.  This is true not just for physical health, but for mental and emotional being as well.


Cupping Therapy is a wonderfully effective treatment for back pain of various sorts, and respiratory conditions.  The small glass jars are applied with fire which creates a vacuum inside the cups which are then "sucked" onto the back.  The treatment has been a traditional practice in many cultures.  It works by bringing old, stagnant, blood or phlegm to the surface of the body allowing the free flow of Qi in the channels underlying.  
This treatment in combination with acupuncture and Tui Na can really move out acute injury or chronic pains that don't seem to budge.  I may to stationary cups, leaving 6-12 cups on the back for about ten minutes.  I also do fire cupping massage where warm oil is massaged into the skin and one cup is massaged along the back.


Moxabustion is an additional therapy that I use alongside acupuncture treatments.  It is a form of fire heat treatment that stimulates specific acupuncture points of the body.  The term is derived from the Japanese "mogusa" meaning herb (mugwort) and the latin "bustion" meaning burning.  
The moxa can be burned in a variety of ways.  I incorporate many of the differing techniques within my practice depending upon what type of therapeutic benefit we are seeking.

Direct moxabustion is applied directly to the skin.  I use a topical salve on the body and burn the moxabustion directly on the point.  This has been known to produce very good immunological benefits to the body.

Indirect Moxa is typically applied by burning a rolled stick of mugwort over a point.  The intensity of the heat is adjusted according to your condition and comfort.  Aside from bringing greater blood flow to the area, skillful moxa can be extremely comforting and create a deep healing response.

Moxabustion therapy in conjunction with acupuncture can be very effective for many diseases and conditions including back pain, muscle stiffness, headaches, migraines, tendonitis, arthritis, digestive disorders, anxiety, and female health problems such as menstrual cramps, irregular periods, and infertility. 


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