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What does it all mean?

Acupuncture

Among the oldest healing practices in the world, acupuncture restores and maintains health by diagnosing where and how the body is blocked. Acupuncture uses specific points on the body to restore health, optimal functioning and free flow. Very fine needles, the width of a single strand of hair, are used to stimulate these points. 

Moxabustion

Mugwort, an herb with many medicinal properties, is burned on or near the skin to stimulate specific points or areas to restore the body's free flow.  The burning of the mugwort herb creates medicinal smoke and heat when burned near the skin and absorbed by the body.  When used directly on the skin, a burn cream is first applied as a barrier to protect the skin.  Whether applied directly or absorbed by the skin through smoke and heat, all aspects of moxabustion is medicinal.

Gua Sha

Used throughout Asia, gua sha is a method of applying friction to the skin in repeated, even strokes in order to purge congested blood and fluids and restore normal circulation.

Cupping

A method of healing dating back thousands of years, cupping therapy involves placing glass or plastic cups containing reduced air pressure onto the skin that produces a suction effect.  This suction process creates localized increase of blood and fluids, purging toxins which promotes healing, stimulates the meridians and increases circulation.

Tui Na

A form of Chinese medical massage usually done while clothed, tui na uses Chinese Taoist and martial arts principles to bring the body back into balance. Specific hand techniques are used with range of motion, traction and the stimulation of acupressure points to treat acute and chronic conditions.

Trigger Point Release

When other therapeutic modalities are unable to relieve chronic pain and tightness, acupuncture with trigger point release is often the key to finding lasting relief and health restoration. Trigger points are tight, contracted points in a muscle that can cause pain in other areas of that muscle or in other parts of the body. Sustained, direct pressure or manipulation with an acupuncture needle on these trigger points can loosen the points and resolve pain.

Deep Tissue

Deep tissue massage releases chronic patterns of tension in the body using deep, targeted pressure on contracted and surrounding areas. This process is particularly effective on parts of the body that experience recurring muscle pain and tightness.

Myofascial Release

A form of massage, myofascial release uses long, stretching strokes to release restrictions and adhesions in the connective tissue (fascia) that surrounds each muscle and group of muscles.  These fascial restrictions can limit range of motion, cause pain and effect posture negatively.

Structural Integration

A form of massage, structural integration aligns and balances the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia–the connective tissue surrounding muscles.  Specific fascial lengthening strokes are used to systematically restore the body's proper posture. 

Sports Massage

Sports Massage is designed to help prepare an athlete for an event and to help recover afterwards.  This technique can include stretching, friction to the muscle tendons, compression and release of muscle trigger points and moving joints through their natural range of motion.

Medical Massage

Massage that utilizes specific protocols to address specific diagnosed medical issues.  Medical massage is particularly effective with carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, rotator cuff injuries and thoracic outlet syndrome, among many others.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

 "Stacey's skillful acupuncture and massage treatment helped resolve a frozen shoulder, and I also received treatment when my back locked up. I now go once a month for overall maintenance and feel fit and healthy. Stacey is professional, charming and compassionate. I highly recommend her for the treatment of specific injuries and for general maintenance." -Mike F

 "Acupuncture is very new to me at a promising age of 57. Stacey's approach to the care and attention in combining Eastern and Western medicine is eye opening. Even for someone who has never had acupuncture. She makes you feel comfortable, explains every step to you so you know what to expect. After a few weeks I can see how her care into healing has helped improve my various medical conditions. She is very unique in her approach to healing others. I would recommend her w/o reservation." -Maria P.

"Stacey Kaplan understands the body both with her intelligence and her hands. She understands function, knows theory, and listens to both what I say and how my body responds. I think she's remarkable." - Judith B.

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