As a community health collective offering harm reductionist and trauma-informed services, we are committed to hearing you and checking in with you at every step along your healing journey. Honoring your self-determination and consent is a part of everything we do at Sage, from the moment you walk in the door to the time you make your next appointment. We always encourage questions and feedback.
Individual acupuncture sessions typically take one hour and include a discussion with your practitioner about your health goals, an intake, and your treatment. It may also include herbal, nutritional and lifestyle recommendations. Your acupuncturist may incorporate other Chinese Medicine modalities such as gua sha, cupping, or moxibustion. You may choose to keep the same practitioner for each appointment and you are in a private room.
Bodywork is a way of referring to Asian Body Therapy, a healing practice based in Traditional Chinese Medicine. At Sage, our bodywork includes various massage techniques, such as shiatsu, tui na, deep tissue massage, Thai massage, cupping, gua sha, and acupressure. You will relax on a comfortable massage table and you may experience a physical and emotional release. Bodywork may include gua sha or cupping.
Herbs and Eastern Nutrition have been used in Chinese Medicine for over 2000 years and can be used to treat all patterns in Chinese Medicine. According to Chinese Medicine and Eastern Nutrition, everything you ingest has a flavor and temperature, which causes your body to react.
During your appointment, we will review your current eating practices and make detailed suggestions that you can incorporate to keep your body in balance.
NADA stands for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. We use this acronym to refer to the 5-point ear acupuncture protocol used for treating various addictions, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic stress. Sage uses NADA as a community building and community care tool by taking NADA to organizations and workplaces for group sessions. We also offer pay-what-you-can NADA ear acupuncture drop in hours on Fridays from 5-7 p.m.
In community acupuncture we are able to provide a quality acupuncture experience in a group setting. You will be seated in a comfortable reclining chair in our community acupuncture space. You will be paired with one of the available acupuncturists. The community acupuncture sessions typically last an hour, which includes a short intake, a discussion about your health goals with the acupuncturist, and your treatment.
Cupping is a healing technique within the scope of acupuncturists and Asian bodyworkers to reduce muscle aching and tightness, muscular adhesions, systemic body inflammation and toxicity, colds and flu, and emotional stagnation.
Moxibustion is a healing technique within the scope of acupuncturists and Asian bodyworkers that utilizes the herb, Artemesia mugort. Mugwort has many uses in Chinese Medicine and is thought to be an herb with a frequency very similar to the human body, therefore, it is thought to be very healing.
Gua sha is the centuries-old practice of applying pressure and friction to the surface of the skin usually with a smooth-edged spoon (or other therapeutic tool) to release toxins held in muscular tissue, invigorate blood and lymph circulation in specific areas of the body, relieve chronic muscle tension, and more. Gua sha is often used for treating chronic migraines and headaches, neck/shoulder/back tension and pain, colds/flu, and more.