Acupuncture & Massage

Acupuncture & Massage are very powerful and effective modalities by themselves, both with numerous benefits and indications, too many to list here.

Combining

Acupuncture & Massage in a single session can be an even more effective way to address acute and chronic issues. Either one can be done first but it really depends on what we’re addressing and how your body responds. Everyone is different and even then, our bodies vary from time to time. Treatment times also vary. Simple treatments can easily be 1 hour sessions (30 minutes acupuncture, 30 minutes massage), while complex and/or multiple concerns usually require 1 ½ to 2 hours.  Since there are so few practitioners that offer both, there are no rules, and so many possibilities!

A combined treatment for specific concerns are best addressed by focusing ONLY on those areas before doing general balancing treatments. I might even need to alternate back and forth for greater effectiveness.

 Acupuncture before massage is definitely more effective for musculoskeletal concerns. It reduces painful tight areas, knots, and trigger points and allows the massage to be more comfortable and relaxing.  However, using massage techniques first for palpation purposes definitely helps to locate “special-needs” areas in which to insert acupuncture needles more precisely and effectively, and to access and release deeper areas. Massage after acupuncture is exceptional for general circulation and relaxation, and of course soothing and “connecting all the dots”. If you have massage regularly for “problem areas”, you really need to try a combination.

 Massage before acupuncture when using acupuncture as a subtle energy treatment or for systemic and meridian balancing, it is BEST to do massage first to address the denser physical body layer, and then end with acupuncture. This will best allow the cellular tissues & structures, subtle energies, and the body’s innate healing mechanisms to readjust to the healthier and more balanced new changes and messages that the treatment is trying to communicate to the body.

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ACUPUNCTURE: is the stimulation of specific points on the body with needles or pressure. Stimulation of these points redistributes and restores the flow of energy, allowing the body to balance and heal itself more effectively.

MASSAGE: I use the appropriate customized techniques from my varied background and training [Lomilomi, Trigger point, Swedish, Myofascial, Deep tissue, Lymphatic Drainage, Neuromuscular, Acupressure, Prenatal/Postpartum, & Geriatric].

Lomilomi uses many techniques (effleurage, petrissage, compression, tapotement, exfoliating, moist heat, and stretching). It is both relaxing and therapeutic and benefits all body systems (skeletal, tendino-muscular, circulatory, lymphatic, digestive, and nervous systems). We use the palms, forearms, and fingers, with light to deep pressure, customizing the various techniquesIt is relaxing and therapeutic, gentle yet powerful.

 

 A  N O T E   F R O M   J E N N I F E R . . .
 “I personally love the philosophy of Lomilomi because so many people want deep tissue body work, which often is very aggressive, painful, and invasive. Lomilomi embraces the wisdom of listening to and allowing the body and tissues to determine the appropriate rate and depth of pressure, without being hastily forceful, invasive, and painful.”

 

 

T E S T I M O N I A L
“Jennifer has been my massage therapist for over seven years. I had a frozen shoulder and had tried several approaches to heal and work through the injury. With limited range of motion and pain when I moved my arm I tried various treatments to heal including topical remedies, herbs, chiropractic treatments, accupuncture and shiatsu. Most of these helped temporarily yet it was Jennifer’s massage that gave me lasting results. After 4 or 5 weekly sessions my 6 month experience with a frozen shoulder was over. I have continued seeing Jennifer for overall maintenance because I find her work extremely healing and intuitive. When I have an ache or pain she addresses that issue yet, more importantly, she seems to follow an inner guidance that moves her to other areas, seemingly unrelated, yet the results tell me there was more going on than I realized. I always leave a massage feeling renewed, balanced, energized and grateful.”

–Marci, HI