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Bodywork

Bodywork is a powerful method to take your healing process to the next level. Touch and hands-on healing techniques have the potential to create profound positive change. Trained in several different styles, our practitioners offer bodywork modalities that help address a wide range of physical, emotional and mental health issues.

Practitioners
Scheduling

These services are available as stand-alone services (they can’t be combined with acupuncture). Please email or call us at 202.297.7404 for scheduling (these services can’t be booked online).

Please note: all bodywork appointments are 60 minutes in length (50 minutes of session time, including intake and bodywork, with the last 10 minutes of the hour used for resting after appointment and getting dressed.)

Cost

All bodywork sessions cost $150.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is a therapy developed from Osteopathic medicine and specifically works on the skeletal system, the deep layers of connective tissue, the fluid body, and the nervous system. Craniosacral helps with conditions such as headaches by allowing the release of tension within the deep layers of connective tissue in the head, as well as optimizing the position of the cranial bones. There are also more systemic benefits of Craniosacral which include relaxing and recalibrating the nervous system, which has therapeutic implications for anything from stress relief to optimizing digestion to emotional balancing and spiritual development. It creates a state of deep relaxation, and is a great way to deepen the effects of acupuncture treatment. 

What does Craniosacral Therapy treat? 

  • Headaches 
  • Sinus congestion 
  • Pain, especially neck, back, and shoulders 
  • TMD/Jaw pain 
  • Fatigue 
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 

Special attention is paid to the cranial bones, the spine and the sacrum, their articulations, and the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. The practitioner uses precise hand holds on these structures to make subtle adjustments in position, movement and flow of fluids and energy.

Medical Qigong

Similar to Reiki in some ways, Medical Qigong is the energy medicine branch of Chinese Medicine. The term comes from the concept of ‘qi’ or vital energy and ‘gong’ meaning dedicated practice and cultivation. It is rooted in ancient Daoist and Buddhist meditation and healing practices. The practitioner cultivates their ability to sense and direct healing energy through Medical Qigong practices and meditations. During treatments, the practitioner will first diagnose the patient’s chakras, meridians, and organ energies. The practitioner identifies the location of energetic imbalances, and uses energy healing techniques to rebalance and restore the proper flow of vital energy. 

What does Medical Qigong treat?

  • Pain 
  • Stress 
  • Fatigue 
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • GI discomfort 
  • Migraines 
  • Gynecological issues 
  • High blood pressure 

Medical Qigong is a great way to deepen the experience of acupuncture, boost vitality and immunity, enhance emotional intelligence, and increase creativity and intuition.

Zen Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a unique form of Japanese bodywork therapy integrating the knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the benefits of hands-on massage, and stretching. 

As a holistic practice, it is effective in addressing a wide range of physical and mental-emotional conditions. 

Shiatsu is traditionally performed on a floor mat with the receiver fully clothed in comfortable, loose fitting attire. Throughout the session meridians (acupuncture channels) are treated by gentle compression (palm/finger pressure) as well as passive stretching to balance qi flow within the body; tonifying areas that are deficient and relieving tension in areas that are stagnant. 

The goal of each treatment is to help the body and mind return to a more balanced state. 

A shiatsu treatment extends to the whole body – paying special attention to any areas of physical complaints, but integrating the whole person. The session usually starts with light abdominal palpation (knows as Hara diagnosis), which helps determine the most suitable channels to address during the treatment – similarly to how pulse diagnosis is used in acupuncture. 

The selected channels are then traced along the body with palm or finger pressure to open up qi flow. 

Big joints such as shoulders, hips, elbows, and knees are gently mobilized along the way and stretched via passive stretching. All the movements are facilitated by the practitioner; the only job of the recipient is to relax, let go of tension, and focus on their breathing. 

Shiatsu often drifts people into a meditative state which is so integral to healing and internal transformation; a state sometimes difficult to achieve on our own in today’s hectic lifestyles. 

What does Zen Shiatsu treat? 

Its benefits can include: 

  • Improving quality of sleep 
  • Relieving stress 
  • Calming the mind 
  • Easing fluctuations of emotions, anxiety, and depression 
  • Alleviating muscle tension 
  • Improving mobility 
  • Harmonizing digestion
Zheng Gu Tui Na

Zheng Gu Tui Na is a style of Chinese medical massage. By working on soft tissue, Zheng Gu Tui Na can improve alignment, mobility, and overall function of the bones, joints, sinews, muscles, and connective tissue. These techniques are simultaneously diagnostic and therapeutic. 

Patients remain fully dressed and no oils are used. Many patients find Zheng Gu Tui Na relaxing, but the focus is on addressing specific medical issues rather than achieving the relaxation of a “spa style” massage. 

Depending on the needs of the patient, treatment is done with the patient lying on a table or seated in a chair. The torso and lower body are generally treated on a table. The upper body is generally treated with the patient seated in a chair. Much like a visit to a physical therapist, simple exercises and lifestyle advice are often part of the treatment plan. 

What can Zheng Gu Tui Na treat? 

A wide range of conditions can be addressed with Zheng Gu Tui Na including: 

  • Carpal tunnel 
  • Back pain 
  • Frozen shoulder 
  • Rotator cuff problems 
  • Sports injuries 
  • Knee pain 
  • And other musculoskeletal pain and injury
How do I schedule an appointment?

Please email or call us at 202.297.7404 for scheduling (these services can’t be booked online).

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