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.
Therapeutic Body Work & Acupuncture Combo
Tui Na and shiatsu are forms of medical massage developed in China and Japan, respectively. Rooted in the principles of Chinese Medicine, they work with a similar set of energetic meridians. The combination session incorporates the diagnostic and therapeutic power of touch and acupuncture to move energetic blocks and physical tension all together. Using the whole-body lens of the meridian system, these sessions can work on all levels of mind and body. One hour sessions can be booked for $111.
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.
Reiki is a form of energy healing that supports balance. It helps optimize your body's healing potential. With this physical, emotional, mental and spiritual stresses reduce or disappear. Reiki is a gentle and safe healing practice that is geared towards encouraging the body to release energy blocks that may be causing emotional, mental and physical pain. Reiki has recently been used by nurses in hospitals to help calm patients and assist with healing before and after surgeries.
Practitioners who do reiki, receive a special training. Their hands are attuned to receive the healing reiki energy by master reiki practitioners. Kidada received her Reiki I attunement with Master Navasha Daya (2010) and Reiki II with Master Cheryl Hicks (2013).
During a session, Kidada will connect to the reiki light and use her hands to bring this energy to the receiver's body through light touch. When done in combination with acupuncture, Kidada may also hold her hands over areas where needles have been inserted to optimize the treatment.
Cranial 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.
Shiatsu & Tui Na
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 Sarah 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, Sarah 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!
Tim Fatato is a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where he earned a masters degree in Acupuncture. He apprenticed for over three years in a clinic that specializes in orthopedics and pain management, where he learned how to combine Acupuncture with Tui Na, a form of Chinese medical massage to address his patient’s needs. He believes in the power of utilizing both Acupuncture and hands-on body work to treat any condition. He is continuing his postgraduate study at NYU Langone Hospital working in the Neurology Department. He also has experience treating a variety of other conditions including anxiety, stress, PTSD, stroke and digestive issues.
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.
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.
Melissa Little is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in the state of New York with a Master's degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She is an advocate of alternative medicine and is of the belief that affordable healthcare should be the norm, not the exception. She welcomes individuals with a wide range of health issues, and has a particular interest in treating pain management, digestive disorders, anxiety and depression. Before discovering her passion for acupuncture, Melissa studied Mediterranean archaeology at SUNY Albany where she used her inquisitive mind to uncover and understand our ancestors. Melissa uses a similar approach with Chinese Medicine and in the understanding and treatment of the body.