Acupuncture is an ancient method of natural medicine that, through the specific and caring placement of very thin acupuncture-specific needles, is able to trigger the self- healing mechanisms of the body to enable us to recover from pain, disease, and build resilience for general stress of life. It is a wonderful complement to existing medical treatments that patients may be undergoing, as well as a stand-alone treatment for many conditions. By reducing pain and inflammation, strengthening the immune system, and alleviating stress and tension in the body and mind, acupuncture has made an enormous impact in how healthcare is delivered around the world. With thousands of years of medical practice and documentation, this is a wonderful tool to assist you in developing a healthy relationship with the world we live in.
Tui Na translates as pushing and grasping and is one of China’s oldest hands-on modalities. Tui Na is ideal for painful conditions but is also effective for internal disorders such as digestive complaints and anxiety. Known for its immediate results, it incorporates orthopedic tests to identify imbalances, and utilizes acupressure techniques to restore balance to the body. David Bonilla LAc completed a comprehensive two-year training program learning from a Tui Na master from Shanghai. He incorporates this modality into his acupuncture sessions.
Custom herbs are a wonderful way to treat internal disorders, acute illness and improve your overall wellness. Paula Kearney is our herbalist and has a deep connection and passion for herbal medicine. She develops custom formulas for you, which allows the formula to specifically treat the root cause of imbalance while addressing the symptoms that arise. A huge benefit to this type of medicine is as your health changes your formula changes with you. We blend the highest quality granular herbs, which pass 15 tests administered by the Good Manufacturing Practice so you can be assured of the purest Chinese Herbs. In addition we strive to maintain affordability with our herbal formulas so you can gain the most benefit out of the herbs while receiving the best quality. Our herbal products include topical Jow for pain relief, skin salves, bath salts and lip balms to benefit your life with Chinese herbal medicine.
Cupping is an ancient modality with a long tradition of usage in Chinese medicine. Through the application of cupping, muscles are loosened and blood flows more easily in the areas treated. In addition to treating pain, cupping is also used in respiratory issues to loosen stuck phlegm and soothe muscles of the upper back affected by persistent cough. As the vacuum of the cups do their work, blood is brought closer to the site of the cups and allowed to nourish stagnant areas. Through cupping, you will notice immediate reduction of pain, stiffness, and tension in affected areas, as well as a general sense of well being and overall relaxation.
Facial rejuvenation acupuncture increases collagen production to help fill-in lines and give the skin a natural face lift. It helps reduce swelling and puffiness around the eyes to give your face a radiant glow. It can also address deeper internal imbalances contributing to acne, hyper pigmentation, Bell’s palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, broken capillaries and many other skin conditions. This session also includes facial cupping and facial massage into your treatments to improve oxygen and stimulate the lymph system. We use high quality organic Eminence products to improve your skin. To achieve the best results with facial rejuvenation acupuncture we recommend a series of treatments, for full details and to book a complimentary consultation give us a call.
Massage therapy is a wonderful stand-alone or complementary therapy for those seeking relief from painful conditions or relaxation from chronic stresses of life. Our therapeutic massage incorporates traditional deep kneading strokes addressing overall tension in the body with a focus on visceral massage. Visceral massage is a gentle manual therapy that helps your body to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations held within the internal organs. This can range from emotional stress, fascia constriction, organ congestion and chronic pain. This unique style of bodywork adds a deeper form of relaxation giving you longer lasting results.
Holistic skin care supports beauty beyond the skin layer to improve your overall health and wellbeing. Customized sessions include facials, waxing, and other modalities that are geared towards your particular type of skin and any conditions you may have. We use the Eminence Organic skin care line to restore, replenish and renew your skin with all organic paraben free, sulfate free products making it truly a raw food diet for your skin.
• We are following COVID safety recommendations and ask if you are feeling sick to please reschedule your appointment.
• Once you have booked your appointment you will receive via email your paperwork to fill out before your session.
• Our office is operating by appointment only. The front door will be locked until your appointment time when we will let you in.
• For acupuncture sessions we recommend wearing loose comfortable clothing and having a light snack before your visit.
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Our hope is to support the health and wellbeing of our Charlotte community. We aim to treat not only the symptoms, but to treat the whole person by focusing on the root cause for imbalances in the body.
With thousands of years of documented practice, Chinese medicine is the second largest medical system in the world. It is a useful complementary therapy alongside many other medical treatments, as well as being able to provide effective stand-alone treatments for a variety of conditions. It is a gentle, safe system of medicine that has treated billions of people during the past 2500 years. With ancient wisdom blended together with modern clinical experience, Chinese medicine is a beautifully constructed antidote to many of the common ailments we face in the 21st Century.
Paula holds a Masters of Oriental Medicine with over 3400 hours of classroom and clinical training from Boulder’s Southwest Acupuncture College. During her formative education Paula sought out an internship with Boulder, Colorado’s only acupuncture practice dedicated specifically to women’s health, Well Woman Acupuncture.
Her gentle treatment style combined with a broad array of foundational training in multiple forms of East Asian and Maya medicine have prepared her to support many of the 21st Century ailments, including digestion imbalances, woman’s health, fertility support, and internal disorders. She has completed additional training in Arvigo® Maya Abdominal Massage, to support pelvic, reproductive and digestive health. She has sought additional training in this modality for supporting women throughout pregnancy and post-partum care. She has completed specialized training in Mai Zen® Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture therapy to offer a safe, natural, and effective treatment for natural facelifts, hyper-pigmentation, bells palsy, broken capillaries, acne and many other skin conditions. She completed yoga teacher training with the Yoga Shala school in Charlotte, NC. Paula is constantly expanding her knowledge and is forever a student when it comes to medicine and life. Her passions include creating medicinal products, cooking and her two beloved spaniels Oliver & Basil.
David holds a Masters of Acupuncture from Boulder’s Southwest Acupuncture College with over 2500 hours of classroom and clinical training in acupuncture and Tui Na therapy. As well, he holds a Certificate in Massage Therapy with over 800 hours of classroom and clinical training from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, which offers one of the most highly regarded and rigorous certifications of massage therapy in the western hemisphere. Having studied for over two years and with hundreds of hours of supervised clinical practice with one of China’s foremost experts in Tui Na therapy, Dr. Lu, Li of Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, David is recognized personally by Dr. Lu himself as holding a proficiency in Tui Na at the level of expertise expected of a doctor in any Chinese hospital. While his specialty is pain management, the system of Tui Na and acupuncture he practices are not limited to pain, but also includes many internal diseases, ranging from migraines to emotional concerns such as anxiety and sleep disturbances. He has additional training in Balance Method Acupuncture, a style that emphasizes treating away from the site of pain in order to treat more effectively. He is conversationally fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and in his free time he enjoys Ashtanga yoga, meditation and spending time outdoors.
Jessica Long has been an Aesthetician since 2007. She has practiced Aesthetics in places such as Forbes 5 star 5 diamond resort, The Broadmoor of Colorado, trained as a Chanel makeup artist, and has been an educator and director to other Aestheticians within the Charlotte area for 4 years. She lives within the Oakhurst community and is excited to provide aesthetic services to this vibrant neighborhood. With a passion for natural and long-term strategies for skin health, Jessica combines Ayurvedic techniques and can suggest lifestyle changes that directly impact how our skin looks and feels. Her holistic skin care services are offered with Eminence products, a natural beauty company based on clean and pure products with no harsh chemicals, colorants, fillers, or other unwanted and harmful additives that can damage skin. By combining the classic, tried and true skin care products with procedures such as microdermabrasion & hydrodermabrasion, microcurrent, red light therapy & natural peels, Jessica is able to provide a beauty treatment that can be customized to any individual's needs and preferences. Jessica loves watching her clients progress on their skin care journey as they find out what works for their particular skin, oftentimes after decades of searching for a routine and product line that can meet their goals safely and without harsh techniques such as chemical peels and botox. Particular emphasis in her training and experience lies within her hair removal techniques, which can be offered either with wax or threading techniques. Her biggest strength is the ability to create a well crafted brow, however her expertise ranges from head to toe, offering leg, arm, face, chest, back, and Brazilian hair removal treatments for smoothness in combination with soft and clear skin.
Meredith brings a wealth of experience to the treatment table. With an ASAD in Physical Therapist Assistant from CPCC and 20 years experience in acute and critical care rehabilitation including trauma and orthopaedics, she integrates a deep knowledge of structural bodywork with caring and compassionate touch to release deeply held tension and stress in the body. She has completed 500 hours of massage therapy training from the Atlanta School of Massage, as well as holding completion in all six core curriculum in Visceral Manipulation developed by Jean-Pierre Barral DO. With such extensive experience and training, she is able to help resolve her clients’ issues to a level that surpasses what is expected of therapeutic massage.
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