Associated Therapies

Astrology

A Fascinating Way to Learn More About You
Astrology is based on the idea that there is a meaningful relationship between the cycles of the planets and our lives on earth. It can help us to understand our personal strengths, challenges, and the gifts with which we were born. Additionally, it can provide insight into specific areas of our lives, such as our health, job, family, relationships, or finances.

The following astrology services are available:

Birth chart analysis: Your birth chart is a map of who you are, as symbolized by the position and relationships of the planets at the moment of your first breath. An interpretation of your birth chart can help identify your strengths as well as give you insight regarding those aspects of your personality that are more challenging.  Birth chart consultations are 60 minutes.

Birth chart analysis plus current transits: As planets move in their orbits, they continually form new relationships with your birth chart, indicating important trends in your life. An interpretation of this movement can help you understand what planets are most influential at that point in time and how to best work with those energies to support your growth and evolution.  Consultation is 90 minutes.

Introduction to Astrology Course
In this multi-session course, you will learn the building blocks of astrology the planets, signs, houses, and aspects (relationships between planets) and how these planetary energies influence your life. You will participate in interactive discussion as well as hands-on activities with an emphasis on applying these principles to your own birth (natal) chart the blueprint of your life. In learning to interpret your chart, you will learn more about your strengths, needs, challenges, and potential choices. This course is for individuals with limited or no prior experience of astrology.  Next course TBA.

Available with Debra L. Avery

Cosmetic and Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

Cosmetic Acupuncture is the only healthy option for cosmetic improvements currently available. It is the "true anti‐aging medicine". Though the procedure is not well known or publicized in the United States, it has been used for centuries in China by Emperors and the wealthy. 

The obvious benefits include having softer, firmer skin, reduction of deeper wrinkles, possible elimination of finer wrinkles and improvement in jowl lines. Although not visually as dramatic as a surgical procedure, cosmetic acupuncture actually has a much more dramatic overall effect on your health as beneficial side effects occur. As well as the obvious visual changes, patients have reported improved digestion, better quality sleep, reduction of hot flashes, elimination of mild depression and anxiety, improved energy and an overall sense of well‐being. So patients leave not only looking younger but also feeling younger and healthier. 

From a Western medicine standpoint, Cosmetic Acupuncture works when needling, done at the level of the dermis, stimulates neurotransmitter production. These transmitters initiate the body's natural response system to increase blood flow while stimulating cell reproduction and growth, and producing collagen and elastin used in wound healing as a result of the micro-traumas from the needling process. 

From the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, Qi and Blood are being brought to the face. When the Qi is lifted, the body's energetic systems are being put into balance, muscle tone improves and skin becomes healthy. Your outward beauty and youthful appearance will be the result of inner health and balance. 

The Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture system is a safe, natural way to rejuvenate your skin and bring it back to life with a youthful glow. The Mei Zen technique will not only revitalize your outward appearance but will also provide the liveliness that your body has been yearning for. 

Cosmetic Results to expect
  • A reduction in fine lines...they may even disappear 
  • A "leveling" of deep lines. Deeper lines may never go completely away but they can "fill up" and look much softer, less harsh 
  • The beginnings of jowls can be minimized. The Mei Zen technique will not make a waddle under the neck go away, but it will definitely define the jaw line 
  • People see an improvement in acne and rosacea 
  • Skin gets softer, more vibrant 
  • Cheeks get smoother 
  • Overall skin tone becomes more consistent. This technique may reduce any redness 
  • Age spots have faded 
  • Those "little hard spots on my face went away" 
  • Wrinkles on the d'colletage (vertical lines that some women get as a result of sun damage) have disappeared 

Treatment Cycle 
Treatment consists of meeting with your acupuncturist twice weekly to achieve consistent and plentiful production of collagen and elastin. Acupuncture is followed by application of an organic moisturizing products, selected especially for your skin type. Depending on other factors, the use of Chinese herbal medicine and nutritional supplements may be advised. 

The treatment begins with an initial health assessment and acupuncture treatment. The first session usually lasts for 90 minutes to 2 hours (We recommend to first start with a body balancing treatment and then proceed with the Mei Zen protocol for the next consecutive 16 treatments). Over the next 5 weeks, you will receive 2 treatments a week, lasting from 60 to 90 minutes each treatment. To receive optimal results, it is very important that the protocol of 2 treatments a week is followed!

Benefits 
Benefits can be seen as early as five weeks. If you have not chosen a package program, you may choose to stop treatment when you feel you have achieved the benefits you desire. During the course of treatment, we recommend 2 - 3 facials with a like-minded professional esthetician. After treatment, monthly "tune-ups" can maximize long-term benefits that can last 3 - 5 years! 

Pricing
Packages available, please call the office for details. 

Available with Elizabeth D. Neil, LAc, MAOM

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, hands on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of the craniosacral stystem. The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth, which make up the cranium, down to the sacrum, or tailbone area.

Craniosacral therapy works to reverse the debilitating effects of stress by providing the conditions in which the nervous system can rest and rejuvenate. By complementing the body's natural healing processes, craniosacral therapy is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease. It is also effective for a wide range of problems associated with pain and dysfunction. Individuals suffering chronic symptoms that have not been aided by other approaches often seek craniosacral therapy. In particular, craniosacral therapy is beneficial to those with head, neck, or back injuries. Another area of principal effectiveness is with stress-related dysfunctions, e.g., insomnia, fatigue, headaches, poor digestion, anxiety, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. Other conditions for which craniosacral therapy has shown to be effective are various sensory disorders. Among these are eye-motor coordination problems, autism, dyslexia, loss of taste or smell, tinnitus, and neuralgias.

Craniosacral therapy is performed on a person fully clothed. Sessions last approximately an hour. Using a light touch -generally no more than the weight of a nickel - Debra Avery monitors the rhythm of the craniosacral system to detect potential restrictions and imbalances, then uses delicate manual techniques to release those problem areas and relieve undue pressure on the brain and spinal cord. This simple action is often all it takes to remove a restriction. Other times, craniosacral therapy may be combined with other complementary therapies to help restore the body to its optimum functioning level. [information compiled from the Upledger Institute, Inc. website and brochure, Discover Craniosacral Therapy for a healthier you]

Available with Debra L. Avery

Thermography (Medical Thermal Imaging)

Thermography is a completely safe, non-invasive screening method, which has proven to be effective in the monitoring of breast health, and other full body applications. 

Thermography is based on the scientific premise that before the growth of abnormal cells can occur, an increased blood supply must be circulated to the growth area. Infrared cameras measure the heat coming from the surface of your body. Specialized software translates temperature data into thermal images for medical evaluation. The infrared imaging process allows you to see the range and amount of heat, or thermal energy emitted from the body.  

Breast Thermography does not require mechanical compression or ionizing radiation, and can detect signs of physiological changes due to inflammation and/or increased tumor related blood flow approximately 8-10 years before a mammography or a physical exam can detect a mass. Breast Thermography has been approved by the FDA as an adjunct to mammography since 1982.  

Thermography is a safe, non-invasive screening tool helpful in the identification and monitoring of the following: 

  • Breast Health 
  • Inflammatory Conditions (Arthritis)
  • Dental Pathologies
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Sinus Infections
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Carotid Occlusive Disease
  • Sports Injuries
  • TMJ Diagnostics
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Thyroid Health
  • And more!

Breast and Cranial/Dental Thermography scans take about ½ hour and Full Body scans one hour.  Karen Kelleher is a Certified Clinical Thermographic Technician (CCTT) who is certified through the International Academy of Clinical Thermology.  Dr. Robert Kane is the Thermologist that will be doing the interpretation and reporting. Dr. Kane is known as “The Voice of Thermography.” He holds Diplomate Certification with the American Board of Clinical Thermographers and the International Academy of Clinical Thermology, and also holds Fellowship with the International Academy of Clinical Thermology. For more information about Dr. Kane please visit www.thermographyexpert.com

Available with Karen L. Kelleher, President, CCTT