One of the most important components of being well is getting the support you need. A healing session is a commitment to your wellness, and a small act that can initiate a tidal change. We are honored to be a part of your process, and we want to meet you where you need to be met. We can offer the level of support that’s just right for you — whether it’s twice a week or twice a year.
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, solid, disposable needles into certain points on the body. It has been practiced throughout Asia (and later, the rest of the world) for well over 2,000 years as an integral part of the Asian healing traditions. In Asian medical theory, disease is attributed to a disturbance in the flow of qi, or life force, in the body; acupuncture is a technique used for building and balancing the flow of qi, using points that are located along the meridians, the main pathways through which qi travels. The tools of the trade have varied in the past based on the available technology; nowadays, the needles used are very fine, sterile, and single-use. Because acupuncture treatment is so personalized, safe and gentle, it is beneficial for people of all ages and almost all health situations.
Clinical research has shown that acupuncture is anti-inflammatory, lowers blood sugar, lowers blood pressure, increases circulation of blood and lymph, increases endorphins and opioids (natural pain killers), and prevents the chemicals that signal pain from even being formed. Your body was designed to constantly repair and heal itself: acupuncture treatment simply helps you relax enough to switch into “rest and repair mode” and allow your self-healing mechanisms to get to work.
While many acupuncture patients have specific disease processes that have been formally diagnosed, many also are seeking safe, non-invasive support to improve their overall health and quality of life; these patients struggle with insomnia, fatigue, headaches, weight management, athletic injuries, seasonal allergies, and, this being New York, the physical and emotional effects of stress.
A long written history of clinical experience, followed by a growing body of modern clinical research, has proven that acupuncture and other modalities of Chinese medicine are as or more effective than conventional Western-style treatment for a long, diverse list of health conditions. In fact, the list is so long and comprehensive that we encourage you to explore this report (PDF) by the World Health Organization.
Aromatherapy is the sacred art and science of utilizing naturally extracted essential oils from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. Through the inhalation of essential oils or absorption through the skin using a carrier, aromatherapy seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.
Aromatherapy connects us with the vital essence of a plant – its core chemical constituents and its healing spirit – and can be used to support and balance many systems of the body, including the mind and emotions, the nervous system, respiration, digestion, the endocrine system, circulation, muscles and joints, and the reproductive system. Aromatic plants are a powerful container and vehicle for supporting spiritual work, meditation and yoga, interconnection, protection, daily self care and overall wellbeing. Aromatherapy can also be used to cleanse and harmonize the environments we spend time in, like the home and office.
Essential oils are a very potent and concentrated form of the plant, and it takes a tremendous amount of plant material to create just one dram of oil. With this in mind, the authenticity and purity of essential oils, as well as a healthy respect for their sacredness and preciousness, must be at the very core of the practice of aromatherapy. We work exclusively with genuine, authentic and unadulterated essential oils that are always organic, unsprayed or wild harvested, and are never extracted with solvents or carbon dioxide (absolutes and CO2 extracts). This article is a terrific primer for those seeking more clarification on the quality of essential oils.
The International Federation of Aromatherapists advises against the internal use of essential oils unless under the direct supervision of a licensed and trained medical professional, which we endorse. Unfortunately, with the proliferation of multi-level marketing (MLM) essential oil companies, there is a lot of misinformation out there about internal ingestion. We suggest this article for a good overview of the safety concerns.
Every culture on the planet has a tradition of using locals herbs and foods as medicine. Chinese herbal tradition is built upon classical formulas that were written down and have been in continuous clinical use for 2,000 years. In contrast to traditional Western herbalism, Chinese herbs are used almost exclusively in groups, not individually. In an herbal formula, each herb has a specific role to play in concert with the others to create a more balanced and beneficial whole than the sum of its parts. Many of the most common and widely used Chinese herbs are things you might find in the grocery store or pantry, including spices, flowers, fungi, and nuts and berries.
Herbal treatment can be used alone or in conjunction with acupuncture. An herbal formula can extend the benefits of an acupuncture treatment, meaning that the patient can come in less frequently for acupuncture, or an herbal formula can address an entirely different issue than the focus of the acupuncture treatment.
Chinese herbal formulas are commonly made in the following forms: raw herbs, cooked down into a tea-like concentrate; pre-concentrated powdered herbs; tablets and pills; tinctures; and liquids and stick-on patches for external application. The best form for your herbs will depend on your health condition and lifestyle.
Craniosacral Therapy uses gentle, hands-on palpation and manipulation of the muskoskeletal system to harmonize the cranium, the central nervous system and the sacrum. Craniosacral practitioners connect with their hands to the rhythmic flow of craniosacral fluid, blood and membranes in these areas, as well as the cranial bones, and work to release restrictions and guide them to their natural state of harmony and movement. This rhythmic movement is called “primary respiration” in osteopathic medicine and is considered to be the innate, physiological motion of vitality and health in the body’s tissues. Injuries, stress, trauma and toxins can disrupt, trap or constrict this rhythm, and cause patterns of imbalance and disease.
Craniosacral Therapy evolved from osteopathic medicine, specifically the osteopathic manipulative therapies developed by Andrew Taylor Still in the 1890s. These techniques were further specialized by William G. Sutherland in the 1930s through his development of Cranial Osteopathy. In the mid-1970s, John Upledger, an osteopathic doctor, began to study Sutherland’s work and contribute his own research and techniques to the field. He eventually developed Craniosacral Therapy as an offshoot of Cranial Osteopathy geared toward non-medical health professionals, founding The Upledger Institute in 1985.
Craniosacral Therapy is indicated for a wide range of ailments in both children and adults, including ear and sinus disorders, TMJ syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines, attention deficit disorder, menstrual pain, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, scoliosis, neck pain, low back pain, head trauma and birth trauma.
Holistic Fertility Coaching integrates both traditional and modern knowledge of healing and fertility to support the unique fertility needs and goals of the individual – for pre-conception health preparation; while undergoing medical fertility practices such as IVF or IUI; and/or for better understanding and deeper connection to life force and general well-being.
Holistic Fertility Coaching sessions utilize a method of mindful inquiry to guide an action plan for fertility goals as well as address factors known to optimize fertility and general wellbeing such as health history, nutrition, sleep, stress, environment, mindset, and spiritual and creative fulfillment.
Mind-body tools for self-directed productivity, stress management and emotional balance will also be introduced. Sessions may include activities such as guided imagery, meditation, breathwork, energy work, or yoga based on the preference and desires of the client.
Research studies over the past twenty years have shown that mind-body and stress management practices not only decrease psychological distress associated with fertility struggles but also increase chances for pregnancy. Additionally, pre-conception health preparation connects to healthier pregnancy and neonatal outcomes.
Coaching is a client-directed and results-oriented process based on research in the fields of social, behavioral and positive psychology, health promotion and neuroscience. In order to create sustainable transformation, twelve weekly sessions are suggested based on studies that show a minimum of twelve weekly coaching sessions lead to improved perception of quality of life and lasting habit change.
Yoga, from the Sanskrit word for union, is a system of mind-body practices that promote physical, mental, and spiritual health and expansion of consciousness. The practice of yoga originated in India, and is first mentioned in the philosophical texts known as the Vedas around 2500 BC.
Classical yoga practice consists of postures, breath exercises, relaxation and meditation. Research has confirmed that yoga yields improvements in a variety of health-related outcomes such as heart-rate variability, blood glucose levels, blood lipids, salivary cortisol and oxidative stress. Yoga also appears to improve self-reported measures of fatigue, pain and sleep.
Prenatal Yoga is a nourishing practice of movement, breath, relaxation and meditation designed to honor the changing needs of pregnancy, prepare the body for birth, and deepen the connection to self and baby. The practice helps to tone the nervous system and enhance relaxation, improve flexibility and circulation, and balance the uterus and pelvic floor. Studies show that prenatal yoga may positively influence birth outcomes such as infant birth weight, lower incidence of pregnancy complications, shorten duration of labor, decrease pain, improve quality of sleep, and increase maternal confidence.
In addition to yoga, each session will address any pregnancy discomfort or fears that come up. Sessions may include nutrition and lifestyle recommendations, breathing and visualization techniques for relaxation and coping, guided imagery and visualization, and tools for physical and emotional balance during the transition to parenthood.
Prenatal Yoga and Wellness sessions are appropriate for any stage of pregnancy and no previous yoga experience is necessary.
Postnatal Yoga and Wellness sessions offer mind-body-spirit rejuvenation and balance after childbirth as well as birth story integration and support for the transition into parenthood. Sessions include yoga postures, breathwork, relaxation and meditation and are tailored to individual postpartum needs. Special focus is given to rebuilding strength in the abdomen, pelvic floor and back while alleviating tension in the neck, shoulders and chest. In addition to the physical benefits, studies have shown that postnatal yoga and meditation may prevent postpartum depression.
Sessions include individualized post-partum wellness coaching and may include guided imagery and visualization, energy work, nutrition and lifestyle guidance, and tools for stress management and emotional balance.
Postnatal Yoga & Wellness sessions are suitable two to four weeks after birth, once bleeding has stopped. For cesarean births, please wait six weeks. Please consult your care provider before beginning postnatal yoga. Pre-crawling babies are welcome.
Plant Spirit Healing cultivates a living relationship with the spirit of plants. Through sensory connection and meditation with plant energy, the practitioner establishes a way of listening and communicating through the body, creating direct connection with the “spirit,” or vital essence of different plant species, each transmitting its own dynamic imprint of healing and wisdom.
These plants become allies, working with and through the practitioner to restore the subtle flow and balance of the energy body – the living universal energy that moves through us and around us – where it is believed imbalance on all levels originates. The innate sentience, or living essence, of the plant supports us in releasing blockages and clearing out stagnation, restoring the free flow of this life-giving energy, and inviting us to a deep remembering of our wholeness – a vast space of peace and harmony from which our true essential spirit can be fully embodied and expressed.
A Plant Spirit Healing session may work with chakra balancing, ancestry and family tree healing, integrity and alignment, soul contracts and other tools that initiate a direct connection with the healing spirit of plants and support us toward a new pattern of being – one that allows us to step into a deeper wisdom of self and to foster an inner environment of love and compassion so we can fully express who we truly are.
Plant Spirit Healing is a healing practice realized by Pam Montgomery, founder of the Partner Earth Education Center at Sweetwater Sanctuary in Danby, Vermont.
Reiki is a system of healing originating in Japan in the 1920s. It was created by Mikao Usui as a way to bring oneself toward embodied enlightenment through direct connection to “reiki” or universal life force energy, also known as chi (qi) – the life-giving flow of energy that runs through everyone and everything.
Usui experienced this force of vital energy spontaneously awaken and flow through his body atop Mt. Kurama near Kyoto during a fast. He went on to share this energy with others for healing by passing the energy through his hands.
He also began teaching this practice by “attuning” or initiating practitioners to the vibration of Reiki energy. This energy is innate within all of us, but it often becomes blocked or stagnant over the course of life. With a Reiki attunement, the body’s connection to universal life force energy is re-opened and cleared so that it may flow freely through practitioners and be utilized to heal themselves and others.
The other main focus of Usui Reiki is to live by certain integral principles everyday that help create balance, and support one in taking responsibility for their health and wellbeing.
Usui was a Tendai Buddhist and was deeply immersed in the study of the sutras of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism, or Tantric Buddhism. For this reason, many have maintained that Reiki is Tibetan in origin. It seems more likely that Usui’s intimate study of the Tantric sutra texts, as well as his studies of ancient Eastern healing traditions inspired the philosophy and methodology of the Reiki healing system.
Reiki today remains true to Usui’s use of “attunements” for training practitioners, passed down by Reiki Masters who can trace their lineage back to Usui, although there are many new forms of Reiki that expand on the traditions.
A Reiki practitioner relies on traditional hand placements to guide the Reiki energy through them for the client, who remains fully clothed for the session. It’s important to distinguish that this energy is not the practitioner’s energy, but rather the free flow of universal life force energy transmitted to the client to activate the body’s own innate healing process. It is often experienced as a gentle heat.
Reiki is a loving, radiant energy that never harms, so it really can meet you wherever you are on your healing journey. It can nourish all the vital functions of the body, transform harmful thought patterns, cleanse environmental toxins and other stagnant energy, and transport you to a deep inner place of peace and healing.
Indigenous shamanism, the world’s most ancient spiritual practice, teaches us that when we open to the invisible, living energy of the universe and to the language of the Earth, we can restore and realign ourselves on all levels, allowing our vitality to flow freely within us, and to move in openness and harmony with the unfolding of life all around us.
Shamanic practices utilize the elemental forces of nature, helping spirits and sacred objects to heal and balance, often incorporating drums, rattles, songs, movement and ceremonial attire to open into an expanded state of consciousness and connection.
In Shamanic Reiki, a healing art that has evolved from the teachings of Llyn Roberts, shamanic practices like transforming intrusive energy, removing energetic cords, recovering soul loss and journeying to the unseen realms for wisdom and healing, are joined with the restorative touch of Reiki.
Shiatsu is an energetic bodywork technique originating in Japan in the 1920s and based in the framework and philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Shiatsu, which means “finger pressure” in Japanese, utilizes gentle pressure application of the fingers, thumbs and palms, assisted stretching and joint manipulation to restore the flow of Ki or Chi – the vital, life force energy that travels along channels, or meridian lines, throughout the body. By freeing up blocks or stagnation along these energy lines, the body receives deep replenishment, and is guided toward its optimal state of balance and health.
Shiatsu evolved out of Amna, a Japanese massage technique first developed in Japan in the 14th century, which itself had evolved from Tui Na, an ancient form of Chinese massage. Shiatsu was codified and formalized when Tokujiro Namikoshi founded the first Shiatsu college in 1940. It was officially recognized as its own unique therapy by the Japanese Ministry of Health in 1964.
Shiatsu can treat a wide range of conditions – from specific injuries to more general symptoms of stress or anxiety. It is helpful for muscle stiffness, digestive disorders, headaches, PMS, fatigue, insomnia, fibromyalgia, muskoskeletal pain and other chronic conditions. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and can help to prevent the build up of stress in our daily lives.