How can Gentle Acupuncture & Bodywork help YOU?


Gentle acupuncture & bodywork appointments improve overall health and provide wonderful support for the whole system. Multiple patterns of mental, emotional and physical discomfort are treated, leaving you feeling deeply renewed, restored, relaxed and more resilient following each appointment.


The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as effective for the treatment of:

  • Digestive disorders such as gastritis, reflux, IBS, constipation and diarrhea
  • Respiratory disorders such as sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis and asthma
  • Musculoskeletal disorders including headaches, facial tics, neck pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, tendonitis, sciatica and osteoarthritis
  • Urinary, menstrual and reproductive health problems
  • Any physical condition related to stress or emotional disorders


Acupuncture is also used to treat the following:

  • Sport and Athletic Injuries
  • Chronic Headaches and Migraines
  • Chronic pain of all sorts
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Insomnia and Fatigue
  • Reproductive Health Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Addiction and Smoking Cessation
  • Cosmetic Enhancement
  • Weight Loss
  • Dermatological Issues


This is just a small list of conditions that can be successfully treated with acupuncture. If you have questions about whether or not a treatment would be right for you, please phone me at (503) 922-3233.



Depending on what is going on for you, it might be recommended that you commit to 4-6 treatments in the first month of care. Generally after this initial treatment phase, you will notice great improvement and can reduce your appointment intervals significantly. Many find that monthly maintenance appointments  become a wonderful way to support overall well-being and maintain a desired level of health.


what makes this gentle style OF Acupuncture & Bodywork so effective?

A gentle touch and acupuncture technique communicates safety to the nervous system. When the body is able to relax more deeply, the therapeutic result of any intervention will be better integrated. When people feel safe and supported their bodies can remember how to function in a way that best supports their health.

The East Asian bodywork methods I use such as Sotai (see below) and Qigong Tui Na, in addition to Craniosacral Therapy, really help to communicate safety to the body thus supporting the health and function of your central nervous system.


Do you feel sensitive to needles? Or maybe you just don’t like them?

No problem! Did you know that we can do an entire acupuncture and Chinese medicine treatment without needles? Many people do not realize that the practice of acupuncture encompasses much more than simple needle insertion into specific acupuncture points. I practice in a very gentle way and we can address many problems using our Chinese medicine thinking caps without ever needing to resort to needle insertion. For people who do not like needles, and for times when non-insertive techniques are indicated, we use delicate Japanese tools instead of needles. We may also use cupping, moxibustion and other techniques to help you.


There is so much we can do to achieve fantastic therapeutic results for you without even having to insert a needle!


What To expect at your first appointment…


Together we review your concerns carefully, I listen to your pulse and use other Chinese and Japanese diagnostic techniques to determine the right treatment for you. Following your acupuncture and bodywork treatment we will discuss the best treatment strategy moving forward. It is good to wear loose fitting clothes so that you can be comfortable and move easily during a treatment.


What is Sotai bodywork? Here is a BRIEF INTRODUCTION:


Sotai is a form of Japanese bodywork first developed by Doctor Keizo Hashimoto (1897–1993). Dr. Hashimoto was particularly interested in the nervous system and after much travel and study he developed the practice of Sotai. Sotai is a type of manual therapy in which breath and movement are often used to reeducate the body’s neuromuscular system.