Acupuncture is a system of medicine with origins in China, dating back almost three thousand years. Acupuncture affects specific points along energy meridians traveling the body. Acupuncturists insert thin needles to re-direct the vital flow of qi to areas where it is most needed. Chinese medicine centers on the belief that illness is the result of shifting in the cycles of energy in the body. When one force is too great or too weak, the other force attempts to compensate, resulting in imbalance or disease. Qi is the link between these two forces and the bridge that is used to realign the body.
Acupuncture has withstood the rigors of time, the scrutiny of Western Medicine, and the efficacy of treatment cannot be ignored. Acupuncture has been rolled out in major hospitals and oncology centers, including the Mayo Clinic, Duke University Medical Center, and Massachusetts General Hospital. And states like California, Oregon, and New Mexico have passed legislation to cover the practice through major insurance carriers.
Among the strengths of the medicine are its non-invasive nature and low side-effect profile. Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with Western modalities like surgery and physical therapy, and will not interfere with existing pharmaceutical treatments. Additionally, acupuncture is adaptable across the life cycle, from pediatric interventions to geriatric care. Lastly, treatments are specifically tailored to individual needs and limitations, making each
patient’s care-plan unique.
By providing a safe and viable option for many ailments, acupuncture will continue to integrate with Western medicine and fill a valuable gap in continuity-of-care. Many common conditions that occur with daily living like musculoskeletal complaints, headaches, digestive troubles, sleep disorders, fatigue, cold and flu, depression, and difficult menstrual cycles can be greatly relieved by acupuncture. And the holistic approach – tuning into the body’s innate self-healing capabilities – can introduce patients to the larger, more self-empowering path of preventative care.
We believe that acupuncture is a valuable step on the path to total wellness. It is a transformative tool that combines the best of modern science with ancient wisdom, mind with body, and patient with Self. We invite you to learn more about the benefits of acupuncture at the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine website. There you will find a wealth of information on the science of acupuncture, its benefits, and its current use within the healthcare system.
Mindfulness and Yoga
Mindfulness meditation, an observation of the rise and fall of emotion, the ebb and flow of breath, as well as the waxing and waning of physical sensation, has provided relief from mental, physical, and emotional trauma for several millenia. At Sunvita Wellness, we believe that many of our clients understand the value of meditation, but may struggle to integrate it into their busy modern lives. In an effort to narrow the divide between a busy lifestyle and the benefits of mindfulness, we pay special attention to attuning the awareness of breath and sensation during your treatments, which will assist in developing the ability to remain present and “in the moment”.
Although bringing mindful practice into the treatment room doesn’t replace an actual meditation practice, yoga as a form of moving meditation can go even further towards bridging the gap. And coming soon in February 2013, Sunvita Wellness will be offering private yoga instruction.
Integrated bodywork is an umbrella term for the amalgam of massage techniques utilized to support proper alignment and function of the body. These techniques are tailored to your specific complaint and may include Therapeutic Neuromuscular Technique (TNMT), deep tissue, active-isolated stretching, positional therapy, fascial release, postural and range-of-motion testing, energy work, cupping, gua sha, moxa, or percussive and relaxing touch.
Integrated bodywork can be used to reinforce an acupuncture treatment during a session or scheduled separately as part of your overall treatment plan.
Here at Sunvita Wellness, what happens between your sessions is just as important to us as what happens during the treatment. Did you know the effects of an acupuncture treatment continue for a full 24-hours afterwards? So you’re not just off the table and “done” when you finish. The body must adjust to signal changes and redirection of energies – this is the period where the treatment “takes hold” and jumpstarts the body’s innate healing mechanism to address the imbalance. The ultimate goal of acupuncture is to send a healing message well enough and long enough so that the body “remembers” and takes over the process. From there, we can work to pare down sessions and to find ways to support your bodymind between treatments as you move forward towards complete wellness.
What you can do to aid this process outside of sessions is important and we make it a goal to help you adapt new skills to your current lifestyle. We call these measures wellness strategies and we employ various methods across all dimensions of wellness. These can involve diet changes and supplement recommendations, stretching and exercise, and mindfulness techniques, each tailored to your individual needs and meet you “where you’re at” in your life. Wellness strategies are they way we combine our creative forces and work together to bring about lasting change in your mind,body and in your life.
- New Patient Acupuncture 90 minutes: $120
- Follow-up visits – 75 minutes: $85
- Massage and Bodywork: 60 mins $95, 90 mins $130
- Combined Acupuncture and Bodywork – 90 Minutes: $120
- Home Visits: 60mins $125, 75mins $150, 90mins $180