Free 15 Minute Initial Consultation - phone/in person.
Mental Health Peer Support - pay what you can afford
Sliding Scale Treatment Rates of $70 -120
(90 minute initial session, 60 minute subsequent)
MSP Direct Billing Available - $23/session
Monthly Treatment Package - $250
(1 treatment per week, 4 total, for a month)
Call 250. 893. 3365
Acupuncture is an ancient healing system, involving the insertion of thin, sterile, disposable needles into various points on the body. These needles stimulate a biochemical response to facilitate the healing of many disorders, including pain; insomnia; digestive and reproductive problems; as well as stress, fatigue, anxiety and other mood dysfunctions… with virtually no negative side effects! Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical therapies in the world and is proven to be exceptionally safe.
In terms of theory, the intent of acupuncture is to move energy or "Qi" throughout the body; smoothing it where it may be stuck, strengthening it when it may be weak, and returning our bodies to a homeostatic balance. However, the most amazing thing about acupuncture is that your practitioner doesn’t actually do very much. The insertion of acupuncture needles is simply a way of reminding a body how to do what it already knows – to heal itself. This system of medicine dissolves the inherent power differential of healer/patient and allows people to take responsibility for their own health and healing.
I often begin acupuncture treatments with some gentle inquiry work, using compassionate questioning to draw forth your own inner wisdom about the true nature of your struggles. On the table, I may incorporate some gentle touch and acupressure as a way to assist in the movement of tension or holding. I might also offer drop-doses of herbal tinctures, dietary or supplementation suggestions, or breathwork/movement/inquiry practices for you to try at home.
Community Acupuncture involves patients receiving treatment together in a communal space. We allow time for a one-on-one consultation, and then have people to rest with the needles for as long as they need. There are many benefits to these types of treatments, including the magnification of therapeutic effect when people receive acupuncture together, and the reduction of isolation - which in itself, can strengthen a person’s resistance to disease.
Community Acupuncture also increases affordability and accessibility by allowing people to come as often as needed to get well and stay well. Acupuncture is a process, and most people require a course of treatments to see results, not just a single session. Community Acupuncture is set up to facilitate this process so that you may come in as often as needed to get better and stay better.
Dynamic Interactive Acupuncture (DIA)
This innovative and unique style of treatment was developed by Dr. Michael Greenwood, and has been taught to only a select number of local practitioners. Originally developed for clients suffering from extreme cases of chronic pain, this treatment is for anyone wishing to delve deep into the origins of their discomfort, trauma and wounds.
DIA combines a specific breathing technique and needling style, with the intention of allowing movement and sound to arise during the treatment. This style of treatment encourages clients to physically release through their bodies and is an ideal therapy for those with a history of trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD), unresolved anxiety, stubborn chronic ailments, comorbid disorders, addictions, and mental illness. These treatments are dynamic in nature as well as in name - people report significant shifts in as little as one treatment. For more information click here.
Cupping, Gua Sha and Tui Na Massage
Traditional Chinese Medicine also consists of many modalities that do not involve the use of needles - perfect for those who prefer hands-on bodywork treatments, or have severe musculoskeletal injuries. A practitioner may combine various Chinese Therapeutic Massage (Tui Na) techniques, with Scraping Therapy (Gua Sha) and/or Cupping, depending on the client's individual needs.
Cupping is a wonderful treatment for musculoskeletal injuries such as neck and shoulder tension, and back pain and stiffness. It can also treat the common cold, and chronic coughs and chest congestion. Using a flame, we create a vacuum under a glass cup, and place it on the skin. The cups are not heated at all, the flame is only used to remove air and create a suction. A few cups may be left in place on the back, but often, massage oil is applied to the skin and the cups are moved around.
For most people, cupping actually feels quite good. It's like getting a massage in reverse- instead of pressing on muscles and attempting to release them, cupping actually pulls soft tissue away from their bony attachments, loosening muscle and improving circulation. There is one caveat, however- cupping breaks small capillaries on the surface of the skin, leaving a bruised or purple-red appearance. Usually this fades within 3 days or so, but in some cases, it may last for a week or more.