Our body work services include a variety of service including Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, and Chinese cupping. Massage and cupping have been used for centuries in cultures all around the world. They are highly effective modalities for increasing circulation of nutrient rich oxygenated blood to internal tissues and correcting the course of internal energy pathways. When applied by an experienced practitioner, these techniques can strongly reduce pain, decrease inflammation, and improve the function of muscles and related tissues. Common complaints that may benefit from these treatments are sciatic, arthritis, athletic injuries, headaches, and digestive discomfort.
Cupping is a technique that involves placing glass or plastic cups on the body’s surface. By creating a vacuum within the cup, the underlying muscle layer is manipulated to improve blood circulation within the tissues. Occasionally brief cupping treatments will be incorporated into an acupuncture treatment. If you or your acupuncturist feel that you would benefit from an extended cupping treatment, services are available starting at $30.00.
Massage is a wonderful modality to incorporate into a health plan. Manually smoothing out tension, massage can relieve pain, support transitions in health, or simply serve as a moment to fully relax. We offer three styles of massage:
- Swedish/Relaxation $40/30min or $75/60min
- Deep Tissue/Medical $45/30min or $85/60min
- Prenatal (2nd and 3rd trimester) $45/30min or $85/60min
Shiatsu is a form of massage that developed in Japan. Inspired by the same roots as acupuncture, it works with a similar set of energetic meridians. The combination session allows the practitioner to incorporate the diagnostic and therapeutic power of touch and acupuncture to move energetic blocks and physical tension at once. Using the whole-body lense of the meridian system, these sessions can work on all levels of mind and body. One hour sessions can be booked for $90.
Cranio Sacral Therapy
Cranial Sacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive holistic treatment enabling the body to return to its inherent health. Relieving the compression within the bones and tissues allows the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. This brings the Nervous System into balance and efficiency. CST addresses challenges with anxiety, depression, trauma, immunity, back and neck injuries, concussions, TMJ, headaches, digestive disorders, mental function and emotional balance. The client is fully clothed and lies on a massage table. A session is $75 for 75 minutes.
Nikole Sturgis is a New York State licensed massage therapist who earned her degree from the Swedish Institute: College of Health Sciences in 2012. Before pursuing a career in massage therapy, Nikole was an educator in Oakland and New York City for 10 years. It was during her time in this field that she began to understand the toll that stress could take on one’s physical, mental and emotional well being, and the importance of finding balance by establishing a wellness regimen that fits into our busy lives. Massage therapy can play an important role in your health regimen because it has been shown to be a means by which stress can be reduced significantly on physical and psychological levels. Nikole’s goal is to tailor each treatment to the client’s individual needs by combining the various short and long strokes of Western massage with the acupressure techniques of Shiatsu in order to create a relaxing, therapeutic, and healing massage. Nikole holds a certification in Medical Massage.
Sarah Chase Natan began her exploration of Chinese Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2002 and graduated with a masters degree in 2006 after spending over one year living and studying in southern China. She is a nationally certified herbalist and shiatsu practitioner as well as NY state licensed acupuncturist. She has been fortunate to learn medicine traditions with Heiner Freuhoff, Lonny Jarret, Thea Elijah, Hua Ching Ni, the Wu Sheng’an family in Xi’an, and the good elders of the Secoya community Northeastern Ecuador. A thorough pulse diagnosis guides her acupuncture, body work, and herbal treatments as Serra hopes to encourage the highest expression of health and wellbeing in all the people she works with. Serving through community acupuncture in Brooklyn for over seven years and treating in South and Central America for the past four years, Serra has assisted thousands of people with many different needs and confidently treats everything from body pain to babesiosis to broken heart, wholeheartedly and without hesitation. She started the Brooklyn Acupuncture Project in 2007 and is grateful to the community for making it the amazing place it is!
Cranio Sacral Therapy
Julie Worden is a certified Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapist, receiving her training from Franklin Sills. CST brings vitality back into the system, relying on the body’s underlying inherent health. Subtle rhythmic impulses or primary respiration carry the essential ordering principle for the mind, body and spirit. Facilitating or enabling these rhythms to return to their natural flow allows integration within the whole body. Bringing insight to this beautiful practice is Julie’s experience as a professional dancer of twenty years, PADI Scuba Divemaster, teacher of Kundalini Yoga and Dance For Parkinson’s classes. She has a profound trust in the work of Dr. William Garner Sutherland, Dr. Rollin Becker and Peter A. Levine, PhD in the development of this cranial field.
Bart Beckerman was trained in Prophetic Cupping (Hijamah) by Dr. Wadude Laird, M.D. under the guidance of Sidi Shaykh Muhammad as-Sa’id al-Jamal ar-Rifa’i ash-Shadhuli. He also holds a Masters of Acupuncture degree from Academy For Five Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, FL. He has been studying Medical Qigong at the International Institute of Medical Qigong since 2010 and has been practicing Medical Qigong in private practice since 2011. He currently has a private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY practicing Acupuncture and Medical Qigong Therapy.
Jennifer Sawyer is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of New York. She has a masters degree in acupuncture and a certificate in Chinese herbal medicine from the Academy for 5 Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, FL. Jennifer also holds a BA in contemplative psychology from Naropa University. Jennifer has held a profound interest in the exploration of healing on all levels (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual) since she began her studies at Naropa University in 2005. She continues to explore the places where these levels meet in her practice with her patients and in her own personal work.
Kidada Fields is an acupuncturist and reiki practitioner. Kidada’s Acupuncture background is rooted in Five Element theory that branches out to include different styles including TCM & 8 Principles. She earned her Master’s in Acupuncture (2006) from the acclaimed Tai Sophia Institute Maryland. Ms. Fields holds a BS in Biology (1998), a Health Coach Certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (2004) and a 2nd level Reiki attunement (2013). She has helped people with an array of health concerns including bodily & emotional pain, infertility, menstrual & menopausal issues and seasonal imbalances. She recently re-located back to Brooklyn, NY after having a four year Acupuncture practice in Baltimore, MD.
Brittany Griffin is a nationally certified herbalist and New York state licensed acupuncturist with a four-year master’s degree in traditional medicine. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University, where she formed a strong background in human biology and genetics. Brittany believes that our medical system should incorporate traditional modalities alongside modern approaches to provide the most comprehensive care for our patients. Brittany uses cupping as a standalone therapy to treat back and neck pain in patients who may not prefer acupuncture needles. She has also seen positive results while using cupping for colds and lingering coughs. Research continues to expand the known benefits and physiological processes involved.