The application of acupuncture needles beneath the surface of the skin restores the flow of energy, alleviates pain, reduces inflammation and activates our innate capacity to heal. Needle-free techniques (acupressure, massage, cupping, warm stones and heat application) may be used independently or in conjunction with acupuncture to relax our sympathetic nervous system and promote healing.

When we perceive a perilous situation this aspect of our nervous system takes center stage and functions of wellness recede. We optimize physiological functions relating to digestion, metabolism, immunity, hormone balance, filtration and reproduction by releasing and managing stress on a daily basis. A perception of safety and personal space are essential elements in creating inner peace and reducing the impact of stress on our body.

An important component to restoring balance in the body is by reducing excess inflammation. Inflammation may, for some individuals, be regarded as a root cause of pain and stress. When movement is compromised a blockage develops. Blood, Qi, food, thoughts, emotions move in, out and around our body. Stagnation of any of these elements can lead to inflammation similar to the way heat is generated in a compost. I use this analogy to illustrate my approach to wellness using acupuncture and related forms of bodywork to gain relief from pain and stress.

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

Whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life,

Keep peace in your soul.