What are the office guidelines?

Check-In

Please arrive at least five minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.  Check in at the desk, and have a seat in the waiting area.

Appointments

Please schedule your therapy appointments well in advance so you can get the appointment times that work best for your schedule. We can always remove unneeded appointments.

Late Arrivals

If you are running late for your appointment, please call and notify Michael.  We will do our best to accommodate you.  

Cancellations

Please call to cancel any appointment 24 hours prior to your scheduled time. This allows someone else to utilize your time slot. There is a full service charge for late cancellations, or no show fee for all patients.

Rescheduling

A late cancel or missed appointment may be rescheduled TO AVOID THE CANCELLATION FEE if the appointment is rescheduled within the same week.  Failure to keep a rescheduled appointment will result in a cancellation fee.

What packages are offered?

 5% off with a 5+ session pack.

10% off with a 10+ session pack.

15% off with a 15+ session pack

Please check our services page to find the best package for you.

Will my insurance cover this?

It depends…

Acupuncture therapy is commonly covered by insurance.

Contact Michael directly to see if your insurance benefits may cover your acupuncture therapy sessions.

If not billed directly, a receipt is provided for reimbursement.

For reimbursement through other means, such as company benefits and HSA, health savings accounts, a receipt called a superbill will be provided.

What is Structural Integration? ...Alignment

Structural integration is a scientifically validated method of restructuring the body through touch and guided movement.

Classically referred to by brand names such as the popularized “Rolfing method”, and more recently, and similarly with the likes of my alma mater, Kinesis Myofascial Integration, better know, as KMI.

Structural Integration was founded by Dr. Ida P. Rolf who developed a system of organizing the body, enabling it to let go of holding patterns and habitual stress. Structural Integration has been further developed by Tom Myers, the founder of KMI, with his revolutionary concept, the anatomy trains.

What are the benefits?

Very simply… Change & space.  Structural Integration is potent, enough so to dramatically shift relationships in your posture, and body consciousness.

Each session is designed to release areas under strain and re-educate the body to perform and function, with ease and freedom, finesse and resiliency.

Seniors, athletes, performance artists, business professionals, people from all walks of life have benefited from Structural Integration. Whether to resolve pain, or energy leaks, hundreds of thousands of people have improved their performance throughout life with SI.

What is the Twelve Series?

     The Basic Twelve Series is the hallmark recipe that has made Structural Integration into what it is today. A sophisticated approach to create systemic balance and optimize function.

     For more recent issues and injuries, Structural bodywork, Medical Massage and Acupuncture Therapy can address your current symptoms, in either one or several sessions, dependent on your specific needs and goals.

    The Basic Twelve Series is recommended for those who are interested in experiencing the full process of Structural Integration, working beyond just treating the present issues, working on the structure, but addressing the whole self, the body, mind, and spirit. The Basic Twelve Series is designed to address your specific needs according to your history of trauma and injury. The twelve sessions are spaced out across time to help titrate and fully integrate systematic changes to your body.

    Sessions are ideally spaced one to two weeks apart and last a little more than an hour. Depending on how you as an individual process the integration, the sessions can be spaced as far as four weeks.

The Progression through the Twelve

     The first four sessions balance the big extrinsic muscles and outer connective tissue compartments of your body. Subsequently, you will find it easier to breathe, move from side to side, back and forth, and in rotation.     

     The next four sessions focus on your intrinsic core and the related myofascia of the center of your body. From head to toe, you will feel an internal sense of space, length, and lightness. With what you learn, through this experiential exploration, you learn how to better initiate movement and respiration from your core space.

     The last four sessions work with the coalescence of intrinsic and extrinsic structures. These sessions complete the series by unifying and integrating your preceding changes, now with direction to coordinate both simple and complex system-wide movements effectively with ease. By these sessions, you may feel a new sense of three-dimensional balance.

What is Medical Massage? ...Recovery

Medical Message describes a comprehensive system, rather than a sole technique or modality. This system involves a therapeutic assessment, in preparation for the manipulation and movement of soft tissues to resolve pain and dysfunction. Medical massage focuses on the restoration of function and structural balance throughout the body for prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal, neurofascial, visceromeningeal, and lymphatic dysfunctions. Medical Massage takes a multidisciplinary approach that looks to resolve the origin of the pain and dysfunction from; trauma-induced injuries, postural imbalances that magnify disease, and swelling conditions. Common conditions treated include; sports injuries, postural imbalances due to poor work ergonomics, chronic pain and scar tissue from surgery or traumatic injury, as well as lymphedema.

Medical Massage can be used to identify and correct conditions such as:

Pre and Post surgical pain

Burns and Scars

Chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia

Detoxification

Insomnia and stress

Rheumatoid arthritis

Headaches and other chronic pains

Geriatric degenerative conditions

Pediatric infections

Lipedema

Lymphedema & Edema

whiplash injuries

compressed disks 

bursitis

tendonitis/tendinosis 

scar tissue issues

Inflammation

Sinusitis, allergies

rotator cuff injuries

frozen shoulder

thoracic outlet syndrome

carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow 

plantar fascitis and foot pain

anterior compartment syndrome 

shin splints

iliotibial band (ITB) issues 

chondromalacia patella and knee pain

sciatica

scoliosis 

coccyx and sacral dysfunction

forward head postures

rib fixations 

Dowager’s Humps 

back spasms/pain   

SI joint and iliac dysfunction 

cervical pain

Is this the massage for me?

Just about everyone can benefit from an intelligent and intuitive massage. Do you ever find yourself kneading and stretching away at some bothersome spot that just won’t go away? Do you have a “bad” knee, back, or neck that “goes out once and a while”? Most of us live with unnecessary discomfort or pain related to repetitive motions and poor work habits resulting in forward head computer posture, trauma from physically demanding jobs, or those calling for long periods of being stationary. Medical Massage is designed to resolve old chronic injuries diagnosed or otherwise.

What is involved in a typical massage session?

Each session uses sophisticated techniques that will allow you to achieve immediate and long-lasting results in even the most challenging and complicated conditions. Sessions begin with functional assessment and may include myofascial release, manual lymphatic drainage, neuromuscular, active release, myoskeletal alignment techniques, Neurokinetic Therapy, scar tissue and neural mobilization techniques, amongst others as well as stretching and specific client home care strengthening protocols. Clients will be in shorts and +/- bra, or are draped with only the area of the body that is being treated exposed during massages.

How many sessions do I need?

Each session is 80 minutes long unless otherwise preferred. How many sessions necessary can only be estimated after the first session. Everyone is different and is treated as appropriately suitable for them. The massage Michael practices is very comprehensive. Your history, functional movement, the sequence of muscles-firing, strength, posture, gait, and most importantly your symptoms are all considered to provide you with exactly what your body needs. Unless your injury is due to a recent trauma, it has likely taken many years to develop. Most clients with a history of chronic pain don’t need to see Michael more than four times to gain lasting relief. One session is usually not enough to release deeply rooted patterns, whether they are muscular, bone held, neurological, fascial or even emotional (pain occurs in the brain and therefore contains a biopsychosocial component whether it manifests or not). That being said, Michael’s offerings are designed take an integrative approach to having your body feel it’s best.

What is Acupuncture Therapy? ...Restoration

Acupuncture therapy is a form of medicine which involves the fine tuning of the energetic channels of the body by working directly with the biological structure. Acupuncture therapy is best known for it’s use of using needles, but most of the time instrument assisted modalities are also utilized, this includes cupping, gua sha, and moxibustion. You can read more on these modalities below.

The goal of acupuncture is to facilitate healing by rebalancing and harmonizing the body, relieving it of stress, pains, and dysfunction.

A variety of acupuncture styles have emerged as the art and science of east Asian medicine has evolved over the past 2,500 years. Each style differs by their evaluation and assessment, treatment strategy and style of needling techniques. Consistently, the goal of each treatment is to facilitate healing by rebalancing and harmonizing the body, relieving it of stress, pains, and dysfunction. Each session with Michael is fully customized and is usually a combination of the styles listed below.

Acupuncture Styles

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)

Traditional Chinese Medicine is the most commonly practiced style of acupuncture throughout the world.  In TCM, a diagnosis is developed based on the “Eight Principles of Chinese Medicine” which guides the practitioner to a wholistic and effective approach to treatment.  A TCM diagnosis involves pulse diagnosis, observation of a persons appearance, and examination of the tongue.  Once a diagnosis is complete, the practitioner determines a treatment plan and a selection of points to begin the treatment.

JAPANESE ACUPUNCTURE

Japanese acupuncture is derived from the same principles of TCM, but is unique in its methodology.  Japanese Acupuncture has a strong emphasis on palpation, and awareness of the arrival of Qi at each point.  Japanese Acupuncture uses a root (meridian) and branch (symptoms) approach to each treatment.  The practitioner will use thinner and fewer needles in each treatment, making this style ideal for those with sensitive systems, such as those with fibromyalgia and MS.  Japanese Acupuncture entails a pulse diagnosis, but also utilizes abdominal palpation to determine patterns of underlying imbalances, that need to be addressed.

SPORTS & ORTHOPEDIC ACUPUNCTURE

Sports & Orthopedic Acupuncture is a combination of both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and the use of the motor point acupuncture system. This entails detailed utilization of orthopedic diagnostic techniques, allowing for the practitioner to view the patient’s injury through multiple perspectives.  This style is best suited for active people, from elite athletes to pregnant yogis. With an active lifestyle, there will occasionally be times you suffer from pain and movement restrictions, the practitioners goal is to accurately assess the mechanism, and severity of injury and treat it in an integrative fashion.  This is accomplished by using a combination of assessing range of motion, orthopedic and manual muscle tests, and palpation to correctly identify the injury, following a detailed conversation of client history.  The objective of this combination is to address the athlete or client’s healing potential, strengthen the patient, and decrease injury and rehabilitation time, helping the client to get back to their desired activity faster. All while enhancing performance, and preventing re-injury through treatment and education.

AURICULAR ACUPUNCTURE

Auricular Acupuncture utilizes the ear’s reflex points for a quick and easy treatment for almost anything in the body. An acupuncturist can address various physical and emotional conditions using specific points on the ears.  This style of treatment is also commonly utilized in a full body treatment, whether Chinese,Japanese, Sports or Orthopedic results are amplified.  Often this style of acupuncture uses shorter needles, press balls or intradermal needles on points in and around the ear.  Press balls or intradermals, are stickers with either a small herbal ball or a needle on the side of contact, they may be left on the ears after the treatment for to 3-5 days to prolong the stimulation of the selected points, extending the effects of the treatment.

Auricular acupuncture is widely used in drug and alcohol detoxification programs.  The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) has specific protocols for this type of treatment, which have research based development and extensive clinical testing.   

BALANCE METHOD ACUPUNCTURE

The balance method draws upon the ancient wisdom of the I ching, and the concepts of the ba gua, denoting the relationship of yin and yang, working directly with the sick channels. This method provides us with a fast, convenient and effective way to manage the imbalances within your body. With the balance method, needles are never placed directly around the problem area,  but instead, into other points around the body correlating to the dysfunction.

ADJUNCTIVE TECHNIQUES

As well as inserting needles, your treatment may also include one or more of the following;

Cupping: Cupping is a therapy designed to stimulate the flow of blood and Qi within the superficial muscle and layers of the connective tissues.  It helps release muscle tension, and can be useful if you feel you are coming down with a cold.  Glass cups, which may either be fire cups, or suction cups are placed directly on the skin.  Depending on what you are being treated for they may be kept stationary, or moved along a muscle or connective tissue pathway.  If there is a lot of stagnation in a particular area, a red circle, or line may appear.  It is best to notify your acupuncturist if you are planning on attending any sort of event where that particular area of skin may be exposed.  The redness is also known as petechiae, and tends to disappear about 3 days after the treatment is given.

Gua Sha: A therapy that also stimulates the flow of Qi and blood, It has been recently popularized under the name IASTM – instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization. Like cupping it helps release muscle tension. Gua sha is special because of its immune protective and anti-inflammatory effects.  Redness and petechiae may appear if there is an excessive amount of stagnation in the local tissues, which usually dissipates within a few days.

Moxibustion: Moxibustion is a traditional east Asian medicine modality that uses moxa, a herb also known as mugwort to warm and tonify the body. This is done by moxa being burned directly or indirectly on the acupuncture points and channels.

What is Movement Therapy? ...Refinement

Movement Therapy consists of two overlapping elements, intelligent remedial exercise, and neuromyofascial conditioning. Education for you to learn how to move well, and be pain free.

Intelligent Remedial Exercise:

Pain is an issue all of us will deal with throughout our lives. Knowing where the problem originates from and how to resolve the issue can be a complicated process. Opportunely, with corrective exercises, pre-hab, post rehab training, and neuromyofascial conditioning, you can take yourself out of your daily pains. Within a custom designed program, you are taught everything you need to intelligently oust the pain, and restore the body’s natural movement and posture.

There are 4 steps to a Intelligent Remedial Exercise program

1) Modulate the tight facilitated muscles and neuromyofascial meridians

2) Lengthen the neuromyofascial meridians

3) Strengthen the weak inhibited muscles’ movement patterns

4) Integrate the system with compounded movements

Neuromyofascial (NMF) conditioning:

What is Fascia? Fascia is a fabric of the body, surrounding every structure within it, bones, muscles, nerves, organs and then brain. As you may know, our bodies are on average 70% water, and about 70% of it is within the extracellular matrix of the fascial system, this is precisely why it is so important to stay active and move!

Due to most physical injuries occurring within the connective tissue system, Neuromyofascial conditioning is an exercise modality designed for injury prevention,

The 4 dimensions of neuromyofascial conditioning

1) Stretching the neuromyofascial meridians, stimulates the whole system

2) Neuromyofascial rebounding improves tissue elasticity, flexibility and power. it is an effective way to obtain a more proportioned body faster than traditional muscle training

3) Neuromyofascial release will dissolve adhesions, soften tissue and free up the meridians. The nmf release can be therapist assisted or done by oneself to reduce pain, escalate flexibility and increase body awareness.

4) Fluid refinement is where the core of body awareness exercise takes place, this happens because our fascial system does more than give us the shape of our bodies but it also serves as our largest sensory organ. The fluid refinement exercises are custom chosen for each individual to better themselves for what they do most, whether they’re musicians, dancers, yogis, athletes or anyone else who enjoys using their body to its full potential.

What is Integration Therapy? ...Growth & healing

◦ Experience life with less pains, swelling, & restrictions.

◦ Envision moving freely, with a sense of poise, power, and ease. 

 

Hear the compliments, and praise of higher function and, performance. All while looking and feeling your best.

 

Integration Therapy offers a transformational experience. Taking on this project, we call forth

what’s at your core, facilitating the reorganization and shifts you need most. Modalities utilized

are; Source point® – energy medicine in combination with acupuncture, touch, and movement.

 

This process allows for an upgrade of the mind, body, and spirit, through a concise and

sophisticated program.

My promise to you is a better relationship with your body in gravity,

and new relationship with yourself,

as a powerful, free, graceful, resilient vessel of life.

*Individual’s experiences will vary.

 

I have been asked before, what makes Integration therapy different

than Structural Integration (SI) KMI & Rolfing®?      

Integration therapy originated from a fusion of many schools of thought; Taoism & traditional

east Asian medicine, Sacred geometry, osteopathy, Ayurvedic medicine. The work is similar

because my approach uses the Rolf “lens”, but is expanded upon by utilizing the “lenses” of

my other skill sets. Both are transformative, but the upgrades acquired through integration

therapy are more extensive.

What is the best modality for anti-aging?

All of them! The top 3 are:

-Structural Integration for its potency in creating a balanced body and posture.

-Lymphatic drainage for its ability to detox the body, reduction of puffiness, and the glow it leaves in your face.

-Acupuncture, not only for general wellness, but facial rejuvenation acupuncture works.

What is the best modality for pain resolution?

For pain resolution, your best resource is your education, and body consciousness.

To acknowledge that pain is sensation, associated with a threat, is very generally the basis, all growth out of chronic pain states should be based off of. Basically, you need to move and feel in ways you haven’t and felt comfortable doing so in the past.

The Integration therapy program offers the most resources for getting out of pain in the most concise time frame possible, fully customized to address your needs, whether its the pain of embodying emotions, or the pains of overworking your physical body.

What is the best modality for increasing performance?

As you would expect, many modalities can help in assisting in enhancing your performance. What works best is a conscious lifestyle which includes nutritious movement and exercise.

Whether you are looking to move better in the bedroom or in your sport there are ways to upgrade for them all. 

What we can do to assist that process:

– Integration therapy, utilizing manual, acupuncture and movement therapy techniques.

This program is available to athletes in their off season. The reason for this is because of the potential of change to occur. To participate in this program you (the athlete) need to be in a state able to accept the changes and learn what to with them (with my assistance of course).

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