Acupuncture dates back thousands of years and involves inserting and manipulating extremely thin needles at specific points on your body. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is at these points that the energy that keeps us healthy flows close to the skin. A customized acupuncture session stimulates and restores your body's natural energetic flow using tiny, single-use needles to reduce pain and illness and promote vitality.
Prices start at $80 per session
All acu-therapies require an initial 90-minute session consisting of health history, consultation, and treatment. Follow-up treatments vary from 40-55 minutes, according to need and therapy protocols. Schedule a treatment now
Healing Foundations offers fully-customized, individual acupuncture sessions following a comprehensive consultation. To best accommodate your needs at every visit, each session may include acupuncture alone, or combine additional therapies, and/or lifestyle and nutritional guidance. Your first visit includes intake protocols in addition to your initial treatment and may take up to 90-minutes. Follow-up treatments are 55-minutes each.
Please arrive a few minutes early for your session, and wear loose, comfortable clothing that can be pushed or rolled up to expose the elbows and knees.
Gentle electric current is applied to acupuncture needles to further stimulate the acupuncture points. The use of electro acupuncture provides controlled stimulation to the acupuncture points without causing tissue damage. Particularly useful in treating pain exacerbated by muscle imbalances.
Needle-Free Acupressure Treatments for Children and Needle-Averse Adults
The practice of accessing the body's healthful energy channels through acupressure predates acupuncture and the use of needles. Practitioners use their fingers or special tools to press acupuncture points on the surface of your skin to stimulate your body's natural healing capabilities. Pediatric Tui Na (Chinese Pediatric Massage) is a safe and extremely effective therapy for the treatment of a wide range of common childhood ailments without the use of acupuncture needles.
$30 15 minute session
No initial session required
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This non-invasive technique can help manage stress, pain and a variety of other symptoms. Using special adhesive dots, the practitioner attaches small and inconspicuous seeds or metal beads to stimulate specific points on your outer ear. By pressing these ear seeds yourself, you can stimulate your own acupuncture point for up to two weeks.
The National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization recommend acupuncture for many disorders, which include:
- Headaches and Migraines
- Back pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Pain and nausea after surgery
- Tendonitis, including tennis elbow and frozen shoulder
- Stroke and brain injury recovery
- Digestive issues
- Anxiety and stress related disorders
Some people find relief from their symptoms right away after an acupuncture treatment, while others may see a difference in hours or even days after. Just as with pharmaceuticals, a single treatment is often not enough to alleviate chronic conditions. Your therapist will work with you to devise a treatment plan to suit your needs and schedule, while most greatly benefiting you.
Cupping & Gua sha
These two Oriental medicine modalities increase micro profusion or micro circulation on the surface of muscles that are tight or in areas where there is congestion or stiffness. Increased blood flow to muscles and surrounding tissue brings in oxygenated blood and fluids to carry out metabolic waste and deliver the components that are needed for tissue repair and break up any superficial adhesions in the tissue that might be contributing to muscle tension and pain. These modalities are offered as stand-alone services, though in some instances they may be incorporated into your acupuncture/acu-therapy treatment at the discretion of your practitioner.
$30 per 15 minute session
No initial session required
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Somewhat like a reverse massage— instead of pushing the muscles into the body to get them to relax, specially-designed cups create suction to gently pull the muscle tissue upward to encourage release. Once the cups are in place, the suction draws new blood to the site, increasing circulation to help release tight muscles, reduce inflammation and stimulate healing. During the cupping process painless bruise-like markings know as "sha" often appear on the skin that dissipate in a few days. Cupping does wonders for a tight IT band. It can help unlock a frozen shoulder and relieve the cough, wheezing and tightness in the chest that is associated with upper respiratory infections and asthma. Cosmetically, we treat many patients with cupping to reduce the appearance of cellulite; achieved through a number of weekly treatments which affect subcutaneous tissues and improve blood flow.
Gua sha is a technique in which scraping is used to release muscle tension, stiffness and congestion. Oil or liniment is applied to the skin and then it is scraped with repeated strokes with a smooth edged implement until a small red or purple spots appear. As in cupping, these spots are referred to as sha and resolve after a few days.
Cupping and Gua sha are often used in conjunction with acupuncture and bodywork therapies, but at Healing Foundations they can also be scheduled as a stand-alone treatment.
- Decrease stiffness
- Increase blood flow
- Release muscle and connective tissue pain
- Increase range of motion and reduce pain resulting from connective tissue adhesions
$90 55 minute session
$120 90 minute session
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Shiatsu is a type of Traditional Japanese Massage (Amna). The therapist uses their fingers and thumbs and palms to apply pressure to specific points along pathways that relate to the central and autonomic nervous systems. Rocking, stretching and joint rotation techniques may also be used. Shiatsu is used for stress relief, structural and postural problems, fatigue, and as part of a healthy balanced wellness program.
Traditional Thai massage is a deep, full-body treatment, which includes both stretching of the joints and muscles and applied pressure to the sen lines. Treatments can be done either on a treatment table or a Thai futon mat on the ground. Similar to Chinese Medicine, one of the fundamental principles of traditional Thai medicine is that energy flows through the body along ten major channels, or "sen lines." Obstructions are believed to exist due to an imbalance within the individual, or an imbalance between an individual and his environment. Ancient Thais treated ailments by using massage to restore the flow of energy throughout the body. For their treatment, patients should wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing that can they can move easily in.
Tui Na: Chinese Medical Massage
Tui Na, also called Chinese medical massage, is an alternative approach to addressing acupuncture points. It involves using pressure, rubbing, percussion and stretches to treat a variety of physical conditions and internal disorders. The patient remains fully clothed with the exception of removing footwear, and lies comfortable on a table for the session. It is best to wear comfortable loose fitting clothing that can be moved as needed. Tui Na is also available in 30-minute treatments for $50 each.
All forms of bodywork at Healing Foundations are rooted in Asian techniques that utilize energetic points on the body in the same manner as acupuncture. Unlike some methods of massage, you will remain partially or fully clothed for your bodywork session at Healing Foundations.
You will remain fully clothed for the duration of your energy work session. Please wear comfortable and non-restrictive clothing to ensure your greatest enjoyment and relaxation.
$75 Reiki; 55 minute session
$75 CranioSacral Therapy; 55 minute session
$80 Chelation; 55 minutes session / $45, 30 minute session
$80 Sound Therapy; 55 minute session / $45, 30 minute session
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Reiki is a complementary health approach in which practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above a person's body, with the goal of facilitating that person’s own healing response through relaxation. Reiki is administered for a variety of conditions, including pain, anxiety, fatigue, and depression. Rooted in atomic physics and the Eastern tradition of wellness, Reiki uses energy—specifically moving energy— to support the body’s innate, natural healing abilities. The U.S. National Institutes of Health, Veterans Administration, and hospitals around the world are all researching Reiki and integrating the practice into Western medical treatment protocols.
CranioSacral therapy involves applying very gentle touch to the external structures of the CranioSacral system, which includes the bones, membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. By restoring integrity to the entire nervous system, this method supports healing in all areas, and is especially effective for migraines, chronic neck and back pain, TMJ, fibromyalgia and other connective tissue disorders and issues related to oral surgery. In addition to nurturing the body's innate healing ability, CranioSacral work is increasingly used as a preventative measure to bolster resistance to imbalance, illness and disease.
Chelation is a hands-on healing modality that works with an individual's energy consciousness to promote physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Special attention is placed on the flow of "earth energy" through the feet upward through the body— to clear, balance and charge the human energy field.
Healing Sound Therapy
Healing Sound Therapy is a non-invasive approach to deep relaxation or meditation. Therapeutic-grade singing bowls are placed directly on the body and struck, producing powerful sound vibrations. As the body is made up of 80 percent water, vibrations created from these specially-designed instruments are transmitted deep into muscles and tissues on a cellular level. The relaxation reflex is engaged, slowing respiratory and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and gently reducing chronic pain. This type of healing is widely offered as an alternative treatment for those with anxiety, chronic pain, sleep disorders, PTSD, and has been used in medical settings with cancer patients.
Energy healing is based on theories of moving energy through gentle touch. Energy work modalities do not involve any tissue manipulation found in massage and bodywork modalities. Subtleties within the body are sensed, directed and released. Recipients of energy healing typically report :
- Deep relaxation
- Increased sense of well-being
- Calm mental clarity