Deep Tissue/Deep Bodywork
We're so excited to share our space with bodyworkers and other healing practitioners again. The following practitioners share our healing space at BAP, but we do not manage their appointments. Please contact them directly. We love them all and think you will too!
How does acupuncture work?Modern science is still catching up with Traditional Chinese Medicine. That is to say, with all our modern tools, we have yet to figure out the exact mechanisms of acupuncture. We do know from over 2,000 years of practice and empirical evidence that it does, indeed, work. Like western medicine, it's not a magic cure-all and is most effective when combined with proper nutrition, exercise, and rest. The primary theory in Chinese medicine is that there are pathways of energy, called meridians or channels, that travel throughout the body bringing energy (qi). Along these pathways are the acupuncture points that are stimulated with the needles to promote proper flow of qi and blood. If you would like to learn more about the theory behind acupuncture we recommend the following resources: BOOK LINKS For the basics click on the title - "Why Did You Put That Needle There?" For a deep dive click on the title - "Between Heaven and Earth"
Does it hurt?At BAP, we practice gentle needling technique. When a needle is inserted, you may feel nothing or you may feel a slight pinch or mild pressure. After the needles are in, it's normal to feel some sensation such as a mild itchiness or warmth for a few minutes - though most people feel nothing at all. Any sensation you have should subside within a few minutes. If a needle is not settling down after this or if it is preventing you from relaxing, always let your practitioner know so we can help you get comfortable. If a needle is very painful right away, let us know so we can remove or adjust it.
Why did you put that needle there?This has a complex answer. Most acupuncturists have spent 4 or more years studying the theories and techniques of acupuncture, and it is difficult to sum up in a few sentences. Essentially we are using the pathways of energy in your body (also known as channels or meridians) to promote healthy circulation of energy (qi), blood, and body fluids in order to allow your systems to function normally and healthfully. If you would like to learn more about how we choose which points to use, we invite you to read the book: "Why Did You Put That Needle There?"
Do I have to remove my clothing?No. We use a method called "distal" or "distant" needling and generally only needle the lower legs and arms, head, neck, and ears. We can treat all the same conditions that the back, chest, and abdomen points do, including back pain and internal conditions such as digestive and resipiratory disorders without putting needles directly into areas where your pain or issue may be. Please wear loose clothing that can easily roll up above your knees and elbows.
Are the needles sterilized?Yes. We only use sterilzed, one-time use needles. Once needles are used, we dispose of them in "Sharps" containers that are processed by a licensed medical waste disposal service.
What are you feeling for when you feel my pulse/look at my tongue?Examining pulses and tongues can give us a sense of your constitutional strength, the general health of your organs, meridians, and body fluids as viewed within Traditional Chinese Medicine. It can give us a sense of how to construct the best treatment for you. At BAP, we use this diagnositic technique in a very general way, and if you are being treated for ortho-sketelal issues, we may not need to do it at all since where your pain is informs us of which meridians we need to balance.
Why don't you feel my pulse or look at my tongue every time?Traditional Chinese Medicine uses many different diagnosis methods including but not limited to asking questions, feeling the pulse, and looking at the tongue. Sometimes examining a pulse or tongue can give us a bit of extra information we may need to choose the best treatment for you. However, it is more often the case that your description of your condition and answers to our questions give us all the information we need.
Why don’t you use the same points every time?There are a few reasons for this. First, even if you've come in with the same health concern as your previous treatment, you are different every day. Your practitioner will treat you as your condition presents in the moment. Additionally, there are many ways to treat the same issue. 10 acupuncturists may use 10 different methods to treat the same condition. Having said that, if you experienced positive results after a particular treatment, please let us know!
Do more needles/time/deeper insertion mean a stronger treatment?No. The number of needles and depth of insertion that your acupuncturist uses is not random but part of the technique they have chosen to treat you with that day. Some people and/or conditions do better with fewer or greater needles. Different needle depths treat different conditions. As far as timing, for most people 30 minutes is plenty of time for the needles to take effect. Occasionally we may reccomend that you stay longer for your individual needs or specific conditions. Likewise - some people have found they do better with shorter treatment times (15 - 20 minutes.)
Is stronger better?We get this question a lot and people mean different things when they say "stronger." A treatment that utilizes more needles, greater needle depth, or a needling technique that causes more sensation doesn't necessarily equate to a "stronger" or better treatment. If you know that you prefer a more gentle experience or a more intense qi sensation, be sure to let your practitioner know. Ultimately, a treatment that makes you feel better is what counts.
How often should I come and for how long?It depends. Typically, acute or severe conditions will improve more quickly when you come frequently, while chronic conditions require fewer regular treatments but a longer duration. Some people come weekly or bi-weekly for ongoing health concerns or general wellness. Ask your practitioner for an individual treatment plan to guide you in your health goals, or check out this treatment plan guide for a general idea of the best plan for you.
Why didn’t the needles go where my pain is?Depending on your condition and how long you've experienced it, we may or may not put needles near the location of your pain. We frequently use a technique called "distal" or "distant" needling. Because acupuncture uses pathways of energy (also called channels or meridians) we can treat pain "distally." For instance, we may needle your shoulder or elbow to treat knee pain or your hand or foot to treat back pain. We often use the example of light switches - the light is on the ceiling but the switch is on the wall - to turn on the light, you don't screw in the lightbulb directly, you flick the lightswitch. In this case your symptom is the light and the switch is the acupuncture point.
Can children and babies get treated at BAP?Since it is inadvisable to place masks on children under the age of two, children must be older than two to come to BAP. Additionally, they must able to remain masked for their entire visit. For children, the age that they can start receiving acupuncture depends on their comfort level with the needles AND their ability to sit comfortably and quietly for at least 10-15 minutes (children require a shorter treatment times than adults). Typically, children can start receiving acupuncture with needles around 8-10 years old as long as they are comfortable with the idea of needles.
Can pregnant people get acupuncture?Yes. Acupuncture can be extremely helpful in alleviating discomfort from conditions occuring in pregnancy, such as morning sickness and back and hip pain. Acupuncture is also known to support general health during pregnancy. Please tell your acupuncturist if you are or suspect you might be pregnant.
Is it safe to take herbal medicine while breastfeeding, on medications, etc?"Yes. However, some herbs are contraindicated in certain conditions, so you MUST tell your practitioner if you are or become pregnant, are breastfeeding, and any medications you are taking so we can find the right formula for you.
Should I take herbs?It depends. Your practitioner will let you know if they think you will benefit from the use of an herbal formula. A few herbs are contraindicated in pregnancy or with the use of blood thinners and other drugs. Please let your practitioner know if this applies to you.
What does this Prop 65 label mean on the herb bottle?We know that reading the Prop 65 label on an herbal product can be alarming. It is a complex issue that is difficult to sum up in a short answer. It is important to note that the companies we purchase our herbal products from follow very strict GMP guidlines, and we have great trust in their quality control. All of our practitioners and our familes personally use the products we carry. Please see resources below regarding Prop 65 and the quality control of the companies we carry at BAP. On Prop 65 Herbal Times/Jade Dragon Quality & Safety Mayway/Plum Flower Quality Assurance / Control
I never sleep when I’m at BAP. Is my treatment still effective?Yes. Many people fall asleep during their treatments but not everyone. You don't need to fall asleep for acupuncture to work. If you find that you are always awake during your treatment, we invite you to use earbuds or head phones to listen to your favorite podcast or music (remember to keep the volume low so your neighbors don't hear it too!). Some people like to read during their treatments, and we can keep one arm free of needles in this case.
I followed my treatment plan but I’m still not seeing the changes I’m looking for…Just like Western medicine, acupuncture is not a cure all or magic bullet, and practitioners of either medicine can't predict exactly how an individual will respond to a treatment. If you are following the recomendations of your practitioners at BAP and still not feeling better, after a series of treatments, let us know and we will adjust your treatment plan.
Can acupuncture help me lose weight?Weight loss is a complex issue, and there is no single method that will ensure that you will successfully lose weight. Acupuncture has been shown to improve sleep and energy, optimize digestion and metabolism, as well as alleviate food cravings - all of which will support you in a holistic approach to weight loss. It's still important to eat well, drink enough water, and get plenty of rest and exercise.
Can I see different acupuncturists?Yes. We work as a team. When you become a BAP patient, we create a confidential health record for you. Your acupuncturists will create detailed notes at every treatment so that we can keep track of your condition and progress, which points we used for each treatment, which herbal formula you might have been prescribed, etc. so that whoever you see the following time will be completely prepared.
What kind of training do acupuncturists get?To obtain licensure in California, all acupuncturists must complete an accredited 3 - 4 year Masters in Oriental Medicine and pass rigorous state board exams. California acupuncturists are licensed by the California Acupuncture Board.
Are the practitioners at BAP students or professionals?All BAP acupuncturists have completed their education, passed California acupuncture licensure exams, and are licensed to practice acupuncture by the California Acupuncture Board.
Do any of the acupuncturists specialize in certain types of medicine?All BAP acupuncturists receive the same training and are able to treat the same conditions.
Where are you located? What is your NEW address?The new address is: 1229 Solano Avenue, Albany, CA. There is free 90 minute parking on our block on Solano Ave and free all day parking on Evelyn Ave (except for street sweeping once a month on Wednesdays - look out for signs!)
I feel like I’m catching a cold/am getting sick. Can I still come?EFFECTIVE MARCH 2, 2020 IN LIGHT OF THE CORONAVIRUS/COVID 19, IF YOU HAVE ANY SIGNS OF A COLD OR FLU, WE CAN NOT TREAT YOU. PLEASE STAY HOME AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS OF YOUR DOCTOR OR LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH DEPT AT THIS TIME.
Trouble logging in?"Profile not found" message: Try resetting your password by clicking "Forgot your username or password?" to request a password reset. Did you set up an account for a friend or family member? This may the the problem! Jane is our new scheduling system, but also our payment and medical charting system. Therefore, privacy and security are of utmost importance. If you set up a profile for someone else and used the same email address as your own profile, Jane will not allow you to login. You MUST use a distinct email address for all profiles. Email us for help in this case (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How do I schedule?Visit our "Services" page and click on the "In-Person Acupuncture" or "Telehealth" buttons, depending on what you want to book. These buttons will take you to the respective pages where we have info on our new COVID safety policies, telehealth offerings, etc. Please read through all our new policies before booking. Still having trouble scheduling? Click here for help.
How do I cancel or reschedule my appointment?We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. If you know 24 hours in advance that you can't make your appointment, you can cancel through your online accountor email us at email@example.com. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice can NOT be made online (please email us) and will be charged a $30 Late Cancel fee to the credit card on file. Cancellations due to illness will not be charged a fee. Please cancel if you are feeling sick. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you'll be missing your appointment due to illness.
Do you take drop-ins?Until further notice we do NOT take drop-ins. Please read our "In-Person Acupuncture" page carefully and book an appointment through our online system. Thank you for your understanding.
Are you wheelchair accessible?BAP is on ground level. We do not have an automated door. If you will need help with the front door let us know in the "Notes" section when booking online so we can be prepared to assist you. After selecting your day and time, click "Continue". The next screen will provide a "Notes" section where you can let us know you may need help opening the front door. Click "Save Reason" to save your note to us. BAP staff are not able to transfer or assist in transferring people from wheelchair to reclining chair but we are happy to treat you in your wheelchair.
Can bring my service or emotional support animal?Service animals are welcome in the clinic. We are not able to accommodate emotional support animals. If you are coming to the clinic for the first time please leave a note in the comments box when booking online that you will be coming with your service animal.
Are you (still) a fragrance-free space?BAP strives to be a fragrance-free space. Many of our patients and some of our staff have sensitivities to fragrance that cause physical reactions, sometimes causing them to have to leave the clinic if they are exposed. Therefore we request all our patients, staff, and visitors to refrain from using any scented products, including essential oils and other "natural" scents, prior to coming to BAP. However, we cannot guaruntee a completely fragrance free environment. If you smell fragrance in the clinic or on any linens please let us know. We use a hydrogen peroxide cleaner, approved by the EPA to kill SARS-CoV2 which has a mild smell (not added fragrance, just the hydrogen peroxide) to disinfect the chairs and treatment areas. We use Clean Well sanitizing wipes, as well as alcohol, on the computer, doorknobs, and practitioner work areas.
How do I get a copy of my medical records?If you need a copy of your medical records, please read this document for a full explanation of what documents you may need and how to go about requesting them.
Can I be added to a waitlist for an appointment time?Yes! Simply click on the phrase, “Add yourself to the waitlist” at the bottom of page that shows available appointment times.
Adding and managaing family and friends to your accountYou can now add family manages to your account. You can customize your settings so that you can do any of the following: see their appointments, schedule for them, receive notifications and receipts, and pay for them. Follow the instructions for adding a family member or friend HERE. For instructions on how to scheudle for them see the question below. If youhave any questions, please email us at email@example.com.
How to schedule for family or friendsFirst add your family memner or friend to your account following the instructions linked above. Then log in to your account and start scheduling as normal. After you select your appointment type, date and time, you will see a screen that ask who you are booking for. Click on their name and then click "Continue". Please do not book appointments for others in your name. This creates confusion in our system and we will have to chance the appointment to their name ultimately since we will be charting confidential health information for them. Thank you!
Someone was coughing at my last treatment. Will I get sick too?EFFECTIVE MARCH 2, 2020 Since the start of the pandemic, we are not allowing anyone with cold or flu signs to be treated. Until further notice, people who have signs of COVID-19, cold, or flu are asked to schedule telehealth sessions or reschedule for acupuncture after their symptoms have resolved.
Someone was snoring at my last treatment. Can you wake them up?No. In a community setting you will likely hear the whispers of acupuncturists and other patients, people arriving and settling into their chairs, and sometimes snoring. We invite you to use ear plugs or your headphones during your treatment if sounds disturb you.
Do you have massage or bodywork practitioners at your new space?Yes. We are pleased to now be sharing our healing space with body workers again. Click HERE to learn more. If you are interested in renting from us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a complaint. How should I handle it?We take your feedback seriously. Please email our Clinic Manager at email@example.com with the subject heading "ATTN: Clinic Manager".
Do you accept insurance?We do not bill insurance. Check with your provider to see if they will reimburse you. Receipts are emailed to your email address on file. We can also provide you with a superbill if your insurance provider requires a diagnostic code.
How do I pay for my appointment?When you log in to Jane, you will be asked to put a credit card on file in your account. After your treatment, we will charge your credit card on file. You can also bring a check made out to "Berkeley Acupuncture Project of CA", with you to your appointment and give it to your practitioner. We are not accepting cash at this time. If you have prepays, tell us you are using a prepay by writing “Pre-Pay” in the “Notes“ section when booking your appointment. For instructions, please the see the question below, "Can I still use my prepays?"
Why am I being asked for a credit card?We now require a credit card on file to book appointments. You will not be charged until after you arrive and receive your treatment. If you 'No Show' or cancel with less than 24 hours notice, your card on file will be charged a $30 fee. NOTE: Cancellations due to illness will not be charged. For the safety of the community, please do cancel if you are feeling unwell. If you have a prepay account please write PREPAY in the "Notes" section when booking. You may also bring a prewritten check and give it to your practitioner when you arrive. For instructions, please the see the question, "Can I still use my prepays?"
Do you accept credit cards? Checks? Cash?At this time, for safety reasons, we prefer you pay for your treatments and herbs with our new online payment system. Checks are acceptable if PRE-FILLED when you arrive at the clinic (make it out to "Berkeley Acupuncture Project of CA"). We do NOT accept cash payments at this time.
Trouble adding my credit card to my Jane accountStart with the basics: Make sure you've entered all the correct numbers (account #, expiration date, CVV code) and check that the card has not expired Try another card If none of the above work try contacting your financial institution. When new credit cards are added, Jane attempts to authorize the card by charging a small amount ($1.00 or less) which is then refunded to you. Your bank may flag this charge as suspicious and decline it, in which case you will have to authorize it directly with your bank. The charge will come from B.C. Canada and be labeled "Jane Clinic Software" (phone #844-310-5263). You can read more about it on the Jane Help Guide here.
Can I pay with my HSA card?Yes. Check with your provider first to make sure your plan covers acupuncture. You will be emailed a receipt.
Can I still use my prepays?Yes. Prepaid credit from 2020 or earlier may be used only for in-person acupuncture only. All our appointments are now booked through the Jane system (reached through our website on the Services page, by clicking the booking buttons at the bottom of the pages after you have read through all our new policies). Tell us you are using a pre-pay when you book online. After booking, click "Done". The next screen will provide a "Notes" section where you can let us know you will be using your prepaid balance. Click "Save Reason" to save your note to us. Let us know if you have any more questions!
How many prepaid visits do I have?Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This takes us time to look up and respond. Please be patient as we have limited staff resources for answering inquiries. We will do our best to get back to you as soon as we can. Please be aware that we no longer have dedicated reception help.
Can I use my prepaid balance to buy herbs?The prepaid accounts are for acupuncture only.
How do I get a receipt?We use a system called "Jane" for booking, electronic health records (EHR), and payments. When you make a payment, whether it's by credit card, check or cash, a receipt will automatically be sent to your email address on file. Make sure to keep your email address up-to-date on your BAP Jane account! If you're missing a receipt, just email us at email@example.com. Let us the know the date/dates you need and we will resend it.
Why are there different prices for the same appointment types?Because all booking and billing is now happening online, and because of constraints with our new system "JANE", we had to find a new way to use a sliding scale system. So we created multiple options for the same service, but at different price points. For instance, you will see three options for 'Community Acupuncture' priced at $30, $40, or $50. We hope in the future JANE will have another option but for now, we are doing the best we can with what it has to offer currently.
Someone gave me a ‘Lucky You’ card. How do I redeem it?We have temporarily suspended our 'Lucky You' program. Sign up for our newsletters to keep up to date on changes.
Can I get a refund?Pre-paid treatments (not yet received): Yes. If you purchased treatments in advance and do not plan on using the remaining treatments email us for a full refund. Treatment already received: No. Herbal Products: No.
Do you offer disounts for veterans and active military?Yes. Veterans and active military pay only $20 for first time and return visits. Please write "Veteran" or "Active Military" in the 'Notes" section when booking online.
Can I make a donation to BAP? What is your FEIN?We gratefully accept donations from invidividuals through our online "Donorbox" platform. Our FEIN is 82-4821034.
POCA Membership and Discounts at BAPBAP is a proud member of the People's Organization of Community Acupuncture, AKA 'POCA' (learn more here). Anyone can be a POCA member. To show our support, we offer free birthday treatments to POCA members (may be redeemed during the week of your birthday). We also offer periodic lowered rates as promotions a few times a year. Learn more about joining POCA here.
Bodyworker Bios and Info
ESALEN INTEGRATIVE MASSAGE
Niksen "Nik" Kurtz
They | Them Pronouns
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Esalen® Massage, Deep Bodywork®,
Sports Injury Massage, Cranial Sacral, Soul Motion™ and DanceAbility®
Massage can significantly reduce pain, calm stress, improve range of motion and help you move through emotions that have been stored in your body. Who you are and what you bring, is where each session will start. Nik brings a nurturing and meditative touch to bodywork that allows them to sink deep into the layers of the muscles and connective tissues. Whether you are coming in for relaxation or injury rehabilitation massage, Nik uses their heart, hands and ears to listen and meet the needs of their clients.
They combine deep tissue techniques with slow integrative strokes to relax your nervous system and create space for the body to do its own healing. Nik’s bodywork practice is also greatly informed by their love of dance and use of somatic tools to support you in unwinding your body from personal, interpersonal and systemic trauma. Their intention is to leave you feeling connected and more embodied.
Nik's specialties include: Supporting nervous system regulation, alleviating lower back and hip pain, opening pectoral tightness to relax the upper back, TMJ release, diaphragm/belly/breath work, creating more flow and ease in the neck, and helping energy move smoothly throughout the entire body system. Working with Gender Expansive / Non-binary / Trans folks, folks who Bind, those who are pre/post chest/breast surgery (Top Surgery / Mastectomy). Nik offers exercises to put into action between sessions, encourages a routine in receiving massage and creating a regular movement practice as well as offers support in re-patterning thoughts that no longer serve you.
*Please note, Nik is allergic to scents & fragrance and asks that you please arrive as scent and fragrance free as possible.
ESALEN MASSAGE THERAPIST
Esalen® Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, Neuro-Affective Touch, Opening Yoga® Therapist
Esalen® Massage is known for its informed, nurturing touch. We as practitioners do not aim force fix but instead meet the client’s tensions and patterns where they are. Supporting the client this way shows their body a way to deeply connect with itself. This creates a deeply relaxing massage that balances energy and reattunes the body as a unified whole.
That connection is what we call presence.
This form of bodywork directly touches into the central nervous system.
Both the receiver and practitioner sense the deeply nourishing effects. That is the power of this bodywork.
What Makes Esalen® Massage Unique?
The practitioner is working with, instead of on, the client. The massage is a moving meditation; the practitioner is committed to being as fully present as possible for the entire massage session. The practitioner is aware that a client may be affected on physical, mental, emotional or even spiritual levels. Long, flowing strokes, integrated throughout the massage give a sense of relaxation, connection and wholeness.
Benefits of Esalen® Massage
Relieves Anxiety, Depression
Increased range of motion
Deeply relaxed state
Thank you and I look forward to working with you!
NATURAL HEALING MASSAGE
Tui Na, Deep Tissue, Swedish/Circulatory massage, myofascial release, trigger point, hot stone massage, shiatsu/Thai massage, cupping, gua sha, percussive therapy
I’m Nakea Andrews, CMT, TDACM, MMP, IASTM, the owner of Natural Healing Massage since 2015. I have earned an associate degree in massage therapy and masters/doctorate degree in acupuncture. I do not practice acupuncture at this time but fully dedicated to doing massage therapy. I have a certification in instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization and medical massage. I have experience in many bodywork modalities such as: Tui Na, Deep Tissue, Swedish/Circulatory massage, myofascial release, trigger point, hot stone massage, I use techniques from shiatsu/Thai massage and other therapies such as cupping, gua sha, and percussive therapy. A session with me you will find that I incorporate different techniques from different modalities to help achieve the client’s ideal outcome of the massage.
I have worked on treating the full body for specific conditions along with neck, shoulder, and low back pain, improving range of motion that has been limited due to post surgery or injuries, and overall relaxing the body with results of better sleep, and/or to reduce stress levels.
You can go to my website for all services, rates, and to schedule appointments. I will be available on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10am-7pm. Payments accepted: Cash, Credit Card, Check, Venmo, Cash App.
ELIZABETH SEWELL REIKI
Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki
Hi, I'm Elizabeth. I use a simple, non-invasive relaxation and healing technique called Reiki to help relieve clients’ physical and emotional ailments and move towards balance and wholeness. I love watching as people experience diminished anxiety, depression and insomnia and see ailments, illness and chronic pain vanish - sometimes after only one treatment!
'Rei' stands for 'universal' and 'ki' stands for 'life force energy', and Reiki occurs naturally in our bodies. When depleted of the energy our bodies are at higher risk of becoming sick or stressed. During your session, the Reiki will clear ‘stuck’ energy and restore your body to health. Areas that were previously depleted will begin to heal. The healing tool does not target one problem area, rather it targets everything at once. It is such a powerful tool because it addresses the root of a health rather than the symptoms.
Curious about Reiki but hesitant to try it out? Click here and use code ReikiHeals for 30% off any session or package. I am excited to work from Berkeley Acupuncture Studio every Sunday beginning April 16. I am also available for distance Reiki sessions every other day of the week if you are unable to make it in-person.
If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope to meet you soon!
ALCHEMIA'S WELL OF HEALING ARTS
Bodywork, Herbal Medicine, and Full Spectrum Doula Work
Sophia Martina Lopez
Thai Massage, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Abdominal Massage, Prenatal and Postpartum Massage, Reiki, and Intuitive Energy Healing
Hi, I'm Sophia!
I am delighted to meet you and be your companion in this float down the river of healing and transformation, guiding you back to shore restored.
I am a Bay Area native raised by my herbalist mother and plant-wise Abuela in the ways of community healing and herbal medicine making. I am grateful to have been steeped in many healing ways that form my unique cauldron of offerings as an herbalist, bodyworker, and full spectrum doula working with all ages and backgrounds. At BAP, I offer bodywork sessions, herbal consultations & custom formulations, and something I call Botanical Bodywork which interweaves the two. In traditional medicine ways, bodywork and herbs are usually in tandem so I strive to keep this alive by uniting the two in my practice. I primarily work on a floor mat practicing Thai massage, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Abdominal Massage, Prenatal and Postpartum Massage, Reiki, and Intuitive Energy Healing. My passion for bodywork grows out of my lifelong dance background. My work becomes a healing dance between you and I as I channel the distinct energies of the natural world your body and spirit crave. I work from an intuitive approach that flows out of me as easily as a spring from the earth and people say it feels like a nourishing nap on the forest floor that brings you into a deeply restorative dreamlike space. I meet you with the energy you bring in (be it mellow, buzzing, humming, sporadic or otherwise) and work to bring back your natural equilibrium. Why do I work on a floor mat, you may wonder? It's simply so grounding to be literally on the ground and it allows me to have much more freedom of movement than a table does. In addition, it's the ancient way of doing bodywork, after all massage tables are a rather recent invention. If you request table work for any particular reason I am ready to work with you there but I invite you to explore some grounding floor medicine. I also offer sessions in the comfort of your own home if that better suits your needs. I look forward to meeting you!
If you have any questions or would like to book a session email me at: email@example.com
YuFang Chien, MA, C-IAYT, RYT
Reiki, yoga therapy
YuFang is passionate about supporting holistic approaches to healing. She supportsindividuals’ healing journey and finds their inner voice to be in alignment and harmony. She applies scientific and philosophical studies of yoga, reiki, cognitive somaticemotional healing, EFT tapping support your physical, mental, or emotional needs.
Each session is personalized to address your needs to uncover factors that areimpeding your health and explore therapeutic yoga practices that can advance yourwell-being. She hopes to cultivate a space where you can nourish and replenishyourself, and you can feel at home with yourself and your body.
Reiki, translated as universal life force energy that surrounds and embodies all living
things, is an ancient energy healing. Usui Shiki Ryoho, or the Usui system of Reiki, is
the traditional form of Reiki that is taught and practiced honoring the direct spiritual
lineage under Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi, Hawayo Takata, and my teacher
Christopher Tellez. This natural healing modality originates in Tibet. The name “Reiki”
(rey-key) comes from the technique as re-discovered by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese
Buddhist in the early 20th century.
Reiki channels energy through the palms of the hands. This vital spiritual energy
activates the natural healing processes, detoxifies the body of both physical and
emotional blockages, and nurtures a state of deep relaxation and calmness. Reiki has
the ability to help restore balance to the flow of energy and promote the body's natural
healing ability in the mind, body and soul. It meets us where we are and give us the
healing that we need in this moment.
Is Reiki right for me?
Only you can know if Reiki is right for you. I believe that Reiki is for anyone that is open
to receiving it. The peaceful, calming effect that comes with an energy healing session
can be beneficial to anyone no matter what season of life they are in.
What does Reik feel like?
Everyone experiences Reiki differently. Some people feel gentle tingling sensations,
warmth or coolness, while others report seeing colors or visions. Some folks report that
they don't feel anything but a deep sense of calm and relaxation. As every session is unique to what the client needs at that time, there is no right or wrong way to experience
a Reiki session.
Yoga Therapy: Customized Individual Practice
Yoga therapy provides personal practice and practical tools designed for you according
to your current health status, life circumstances, age, season, family situation, and
more. It’s customized individual practices. Yoga therapy utilizes the tools of yoga to
support your mind, body and spirit. Yoga therapy is a complementary health practice,
part of a healing process that works well with other health practices.
Examples of tools used in yoga therapy include:
· Conscious and mindful breathing
· Physical and somatic movement
· Meditation practices
· Use of sound and mantra
· Guided relaxation
· Diet and lifestyle modification under the principles of Ayurveda
I look forward to partnering with you.