Acupuncture - an ancient pillar of eastern medicine - stimulates the body’s self-healing mechanism by inserting ultrafine needles just under the skin’s surface at various points on the body, called acupuncture points.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, stagnant or blocked energy is the root of illness, pain, and disease. In a healthy, balanced individual, this energy (known as Qi) flows smoothly along pathways (known as meridians) that run throughout the body. It’s on these pathways that acupuncture points are located. There are hundreds of points on the body, each corresponding to a particular body system, organ, or anatomical area, which if blocked, prevent proper energy flow causing imbalance.
+ Acute or Chronic Pain
+ Migraine Headaches
+ Insomnia & Fatigue
+ Digestive Issues
+ Chronic Illness
+ Hormone Imbalance
+ Facial Scarring & Fine Lines
This activates the nervous, immune, and endocrine systems, restores blood flow and improves circulation, and breaks up stagnant energy, so that the body begins to heal and rebalance.
When I have one of Suka’s cosmetic acupuncture treatments I always float to a place that’s far away and restful. I leave without checking myself in the mirror because I feel so beautiful from the inside out.
To stimulate acupuncture points, hair-thin needles are inserted just under the skin’s surface. (Don’t worry - unlike your common flu shot, acupuncture needles are incredibly tiny and not painful. You might feel a slight sting or pinch on some points, but it’s a quickly passing discomfort.) Based on your personal health and wellness needs, your acupuncturist will select a variety of points to stimulate. As blocked energy begins to flow and your body relaxes during treatment, feel-good hormones like endorphins, norepinephrine, and oxytocin (responsible for pain relief, improved mood and feelings of wellbeing, increased alertness and memory, or deep rest and calm) are released.
At the beginning of your appointment, your acupuncturist will address your individual health concerns and constitution, taking the time to ensure you’re comfortable before proceeding with a tailored-to-you treatment.
Your practitioner will briefly leave the room so you can lie down and get settled. We’ll provide blankets to keep you covered, warm, and comfortable during your treatment, but if you prefer not to undress, please wear relaxed, loose clothing that can easily be rolled up at the legs or sleeves. Your comfort and relaxation during your session is important to us - if something doesn’t feel good, if you’re too cold or too hot, or if you need to change positions, don’t hesitate to let us know.
During a treatment, don’t be concerned if your practitioner stimulates a point near your collar bone after you’ve shared your digestive issues; acupuncture points for specific body parts aren’t necessarily located in the same area!
It’s common to feel deeply relaxed and peaceful - sometimes even euphoric - after a session. Take your time to stay present with these sensations as they carry forward into your day or evening.
It’s important to stay well-hydrated post treatment, and while it’s okay to carry on with your daily activities or exercise routine after a session, we recommend taking it easy. You may experience a little fatigue, and in some rare cases very mild flu-like symptoms (aching, headache) - all signs of your body’s natural healing and detoxification process.