Scared of Acupuncture? I totally get it.

As someone who grew up very squeamish around needles, I understand the fear around needles.  While acupuncture is an incredible healing modality, I know that it may not be for everyone.

So, check out these non-needle modalities instead:


1. Breath Work

Although we breathe thousands of times a day, many of us have suboptimal breathing patterns.  This leads to weakness and dysfunction in the core, which can cause problems in the extremities.  Through functional assessments, we determine which areas need to be corrected. Then, we use various breathing practices and postures to build and energize the core.  This breath work is helpful in pain reduction and injury prevention.

2. Movement Training

Once the core has been optimized, we help you retrain the body’s movements.   This will improve muscular strength, functional movement, and range of motion.  These will contribute to the reduction of pain and improvements in athletic performance

3. Cupping

Cupping is an ancient practice where glass or plastic cups are applied to the skin using negative pressure.  This increases vasodilation and enhanced fluid exchange in the underlying tissues.  Cups can also lift and manipulate fascia, alleviate adhesions, promote lengthening of tight muscles, and improve range of motion.  Plus, they feel great!

patient receiving relaxing cupping therapy

4. Facial Cupping

Facial cupping involves the use of smaller cups for the delicate areas of the face.  These cups are always moving in a particular direction to prevent any marking.  Like body cups, facial cupping also increases vasodilation and fluid exchange.  It can promote the drainage of lymph fluid and alleviate nasal congestion.  When applied correctly, the face generally becomes brighter, smoother and can even get a slight lift.  Due to these cosmetic benefits, facial cupping has recently caught the attention of various celebrities and influencers.

5. Gua Sha

Gua Sha involves the scraping or rubbing of smooth surfaced tools that are made of stones, plastic and/or animal bone. 

6. Tuina Massage

Tuina is a type of Asian body work that utilizes TCM diagnostic principles and techniques to treat various conditions.   Tuina means “push-grasp” in Chinese and is frequently used to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.

7. Ear Seeds

Ear seeds are a form of auriculotherapy where vaccaria seeds are applied to the ear using surgical tape.  These seeds are palpated to provide acupressure on various points on the ear.  When located correctly, they can help alleviate pain and stress.

8. Moxibustion

Moxibustion is an ancient practice where dried/processed mugwort is burned to provide heat to various point on the body.  This heat can help warm the body, alleviate pain and help babies in a breech presentation.  Due to the smoke, many clinics do not offer this modality.  However, we can train you to use this therapy at home.

9. TCM Herbal Medicine

Traditional Chinese herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years.  Various roots, barks, leaves, flowers, and/or stones are combined and decoted to produce a customized herbal formula.    These formulas can treat a variety of internal conditions depending on the TCM diagnosis.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) herbal formula dry herbs