Transformative Acupuncture

Could a hair-thin needle change your life?

Quite possibly.

Transformative acupuncture is a powerful treatment that unblocks physical and emotional restrictions.

Once your Qi (a.k.a. Life Force Energy) is allowed to flow, you’ll start feeling better in your body, mind, and spirit.

And because you’re the central player in your life, when that transformation starts to happen inside of you, you’ll notice that the world around you starts to change, too.

Acupuncture FAQ

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting tiny needles into specific points throughout the body in order to reduce pain and facilitate the body’s innate healing abilities.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

That depends on the kind of acupuncture you get.

Different practitioners use different needle thicknesses that can affect how much or little sensation is felt as the needle is inserted. It also depends on where needles are inserted, and how deep they go in.

The most common reaction that is reported is the feeling of a small pinch as the needle is inserted (though very often nothing is felt at all), and sometimes a feeling of pressure or throbbing is felt as the needle takes effect, but this is usually not painful.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

From a Chinese medicine standpoint, Acupuncture stimulates points throughout the body in order to aide the flow of qi.

From a biomedical standpoint much of how acupuncture works still remains a mystery. However, recent studies have suggested that acupuncture works with connective tissue and neurohormonal systems to help reduce pain and support the immune system.

Is Acupuncture the Same Thing as Chinese Medicine?

Acupuncture is the most famous Chinese medicine technique, but there are many other techniques that Chinese medicine practitioners use in order to elicit an optimal healing response in patients.

Chinese medicine is an all-encompassing study of how life and health work, and thus many techniques and strategies have been born from it.

These include moxabustion (burning small amounts of mugwort herb on or directly over specific points in the body to warm and increase the flow of Qi), cupping, bodywork, medicinal herbs, qigong, and seasonally appropriate dietary and lifestyle strategies.

What Is Qi?

Qi is roughly translated as life force or energy. It is the same idea as Prana in Yoga and Ayurvedic Indian medicine.

Qi is the force that holds your cells together and enables all of the parts in your body to function to keep you healthy. It affects every part of your personal system -body, mind, and spirit- and also the macrocosm of the world around you and how you interact with it.

In your body there are specific areas (such as acupuncture points) and channels (also called meridians) in which qi flow is stronger.

When qi is strong and able to flow without hindrance, you feel energetic, full of vitality and without pain.

If you’ve ever seen someone who seems to glow it’s because their qi is strong.

When qi is weak or obstructed, on the other hand, it makes you feel bad, causing pain and discomfort on physical, emotional, and/or spiritual levels.

How Are Katerina’s Treatments Different?

Most acupuncturists conduct a short interview, stick a few needles in you and leave the room.

When you see Katerina you can expect a much more extensive treatment, including multiple strategies beyond acupuncture such as bodywork, moxabustion, herbal prescription, dietary and lifestyle coaching, cupping, and more.

She makes it a point to empower you to take action outside of the treatment room so you can continue to heal and grow between treatments.

Moreover, Katerina uses Japanese-style needles that are even thinner than regular acupuncture needles (about the thickness of a hair,) so most treatments are completely pain-free.

Something else that differentiates Katerina is that she rarely leaves the room, so you feel fully in control of your treatment and supported throughout the process.

The goal is, ultimately, to get you to the point where you feel so good so much of the time that you don’t really need treatments anymore, but still come in for monthly wellness visits to keep the positive momentum going.

Can Children Get Acupuncture?

Yes! But we generally don’t use needle insertion on children.

Instead, blunt metal tools are used to tap and stroke channels and acupuncture points in a technique that’s called shonishin. This is also great for sensitive patients, or used within a larger treatment for anyone.

Are There Any Risks or Side-Effects to acupuncture?

The risks associated with acupuncture are very low when done by a trained and licensed acupuncturist, like Katerina, who uses sterile needles.

On very rare occasions bruising or continued sensations may occur after an acupuncture treatment.

Cupping therapy leaves painless bruises on the body that may be noticeable for a few days after treatment. Occasionally moxibustion can cause a small burn on the skin, but this is extremely rare and, although it’s not the most comfortable event, it heals quickly.

There is also the possibility that symptoms temporarily get worse following a treatment before they get better, in what is commonly known as a healing reaction. This generally only lasts a day or two, and there is usually a sense of well-being that accompanies the experience despite the symptom flare-up.

The gentle acupuncture techniques that Katerina uses are especially safe, so if new symptoms show up, make sure to check in with Katerina and/or your primary care provider to see what else might be going on beyond treatment side-effects.

What If I Don’t Like Needles?

The Japanese-style needles that Katerina uses are as thin as a hair and most patients report that they don’t even feel them going in.

And if you’d prefer a treatment without using needles that’s possible too! Email Katerina to learn about your options.

Do I Have to Take Off My Clothes?

Most of the time, no.

Most of Katerina’s treatments are done with clothes on.

If a point needs to be accessed under clothes, Katerina uses sheets to drape the area and ensure modesty and comfort. Because Chinese medicine recognizes the body as a dynamic whole rather than separate parts, it is also possible to use points further away from the affected area that can still benefit even if they aren’t directly on it.

Please wear loose clothes for greatest comfort and accessibility.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Because Chinese medicine is a truly holistic system, acupuncture has successfully been used to treat a wide variety of body, mind, and even spiritual dis-eases.

Some of the things Katerina has the most experience treating include (but are definitely not limited to):

• Headache

• Back Pain

• Menstrual Irregularity

• Insomnia

• Stress

• Digestive Trouble

• Weight Loss

• Pregnancy and Birth Preparation

• Pediatric Issues

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