Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an ancient philosophy that describes the universe, and the body, in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called "qi" (pronounced "chee") flows along specific pathways, called meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy gets blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness. Acupuncture therapy can release blocked qi in the body and stimulate function, evoking the body’s natural healing response through various physiological systems. Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, and improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture & Gua Sha
Starting with gentle gua sha, I massage and soothe the muscles and skin of the face to promote lymphatic drainage and stimulate collagen production. Next, I insert fine Japanese needles to strategically target lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, discolorations, puffiness, and other signs of aging. I then insert needles in other parts of the body to assist in boosting your body's internal glow.
Japanese Pediatric Acupuncture
Also known as shonishin, I use this ancient technique to treat babies and children without the use of needles. I implement specialized tools and light touch to gently activate points that alleviate stomachaches, restlessness, sleeplessness,
toothaches/teething, headaches, and many other symptoms. These techniques can be used on anyone who has a sensitivity to needles.
to support and further your results
For almost every patient, I employ a technique as old as acupuncture, if not older: moxa (for short) is a heat treatment using the herb mugwort, which is dried and ground to a powder, then placed on or near the body. It supports the work of the needles by warming and promoting the smooth flow of qi, and is also shown to stimulate immune function by increasing white blood cells. I use a direct technique known as rice-grain, in which small threads of mugwort are placed on top of a protective cream placed at specific acupuncture points.
I give each patient specific dietary and lifestyle recommendations which serve to support overall health and your body's optimal functionality.
applied as needed
Cupping has been around for thousands of years and traces its roots to ancient Chinese and Egyptian medicine, first documented in one of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, Ebers Papyrus, written in 1550 BC. During a cupping session, a practitioner places round cups directly onto your skin. The cup is either first heated with fire or manually pumped to create a suction. The cups are then left on your skin for several minutes, bringing increased blood flood to the area and promoting healing and reducing pain.
A technique using a smoothed quartz or jade tool to gently scrape broad surfaces of the body. Like cupping, it is usually performed on the back, neck, and shoulders, and is used for relieving pain and inflammation, as well as for alleviating upper respiratory symptoms.
Asian body work used to activate points manually and to release tight muscles.
"I am an aging athlete with flat feet and chronic tendonitis problems in one foot. Usually I just live with the chronic pain in that foot, which gets worse when I play my sports. Then every few years when I start limping, I go to physical therapy, where it takes about 8-10 sessions to get back to normal.
I started treatment with Willow expecting that the pain may be managed after a while, but after just two sessions it was gone! She did in two weeks what PT only could do in two months! So easy to do, and such amazing results! And in those same sessions, she eliminated various back strains immediately as well...
Willow is warm, professional, and obviously knows her stuff! When I have pain from anything in the future, there’s nowhere else I’ll need to go…"
Lorraine, Long Island
"I am a healthy, active 64-year-old woman. In August, a tumor was discovered in my heart and immediately removed. I started acupuncture treatments with Willow because I suffered severe post-operative pain and muscle spasms.
She is compassionate, and skillful at acupuncture: I have been cleared to return to my full-time job as an RN. With the help of her treatments, I can still say, 'I am a healthy, active 64-year-old woman.' "
Michelle, Long Island
If you're looking for a great acupuncturist look no further! I saw Willow for the first time to help with infertility and was amazed at how much it helped me. I was dealing with the stress of a passed miscarriage and carrying around physical pains I wasn't even aware of as well.
Within a few sessions I noticed a shift in my own mental state as well as a relief of the physical pains. Willow not only helped through acupuncture but shared all sorts of information on Eastern practices for helping with fertility and provided me with sources for things from diet, to helpful daily practices, to herbal supplements.
After seeing willow about 7 - 8 times I was able to conceive naturally! I'm so grateful for all her help and if you're struggling with fertility and thinking about giving acupuncture a try I HIGHLY suggest that you do; Willow can definitely help. I will also continue to see her to relive the pains and aches of pregnancy as well. I have already noticed a difference between how bad my first pregnancy first trimester symptoms were and how mild they have been this time around. I definitely think acupuncture and the supplements she gave me are the reason.