What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive system of health care with a continuous clinical history of over 3000 years. TCM includes acupuncture, herbology, massage, dietary therapy and exercise. These therapies work with the natural vital energy inherent within all living things to promote the body’s ability to heal itself. This system of health care is used extensively by one-quarter of the world’s population residing in Asia and is rapidly growing in popularity in the West.
How Does It Work?
TCM is based on an energetic model rather than the biochemical model of Western medicine. The ancient Chinese recognized a vital energy behind all life forms and life processes. They called this energy Qi (pronounced chee). In developing an understanding of the prevention and cure of disease, these healing practitioners discovered that this energy flows along specific pathways called ‘meridians’. Each pathway is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ. Disease is considered to arise due to a deficiency or imbalance of energy in the meridians and their associated physiological systems. Acupuncture points are specific locations along the meridians. Each point has a predictable effect upon the vital energy passing through it. Modern science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these points, thus corroborating the locations of the meridians mapped by the ancients. TCM uses an intricate system of pulse and tongue diagnosis, palpation of points and meridians, medical history and other signs and symptoms to create a composite medical diagnosis. A treatment plan is then formulated to induce the body to a balanced state of health.
What Can I Expect?
Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by acupuncture and TCM. However, some conditions that have arisen over a course of years will be relieved only with slow, steady progress. As in any form of healing, the patient’s attitude, diet, determination and lifestyle will affect the outcome of a course of treatment. Patients are encouraged to actively participate in their healing process. Although TCM can treat most conditions, there are circumstances that can be dealt with more effectively by Western medicine. In such cases, your acupuncturist will recommend you contact a Western medical doctor. Acupuncture and TCM should be seen as complementary to Western medicine.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
In the hands of a comprehensively trained acupuncturist, your safety is assured. Acupuncture needles are sterile, single-use and disposable.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of receiving an injection, since the main source of pain from injections is the larger diameter, hollow needle and the medication being forced into the tissue by pressure. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases, insertion by a skilled practitioner is performed without discomfort. You may experience a sense of heaviness or electricity in the area of insertion. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and many fall asleep during treatment. In some cases, your practitioner may also recommend herbs or dietary, exercise or lifestyle changes.
What Does Acupuncture Treat?
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture and traditional Oriental medicine’s ability to treat over 43 common disorders including:
* Gastrointestinal Disorders, such as food allergies, peptic ulcer, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis
* Urogenital Disorders, including stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, and sexual dysfunction
* Gynecological Disorders, such as irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation, infertility in women and men, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
* Respiratory Disorders, such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies and bronchitis
* Disorders of the Bones, Muscles, Joints and Nervous System, such as arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness and low back, neck and shoulder pain
* Circulatory Disorders, such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia
* Emotional and Psychological Disorders, including depression and anxiety
* Addictions, such as alcohol, nicotine and drugs
* Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders
* Supportive therapy for other chronic and painful debilitating disorders
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Jessica Ross, L.AC., DIPL. CH. and Sara Sorce, L.AC., DIPL. CH.
Office location: 217 Wall Street Suite 203. Huntington, NY 11743.
Jessica Ross and Sara Sorce are nationally board certified in acupuncture and herbal medicine by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed by the state of New York. Prior to their education in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Jessica obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Vanderbilt University and Sara obtained a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Russell Sage College and practiced as a PT for 7 years. Jessica and Sara have extensive additional educational experience in Master Tung’s acupuncture points and methods and advanced cupping techniques.
Inspired by the healing community of yogis and yoginis, Ainsley decided to depart from a previous career in advertising copywriting and nonfiction to pursue a more therapeutic and compassionate path. With awareness, understanding, and an individualized approach, she combines various modalities to suit her client’s specific needs from session to session, working with them to achieve their goals, may they be to assist in recovering from an injury, subduing anxiety, enhancing athletic performance, or simply providing a safe and loving space to take a nap. (No judgement, sleep happens!)
Ainsley graduated from New York College of Health Professions and holds License No. #028038 in New York State. In her career as a writer she has been published in The New York Press, McSweeney’s, The Morning News, AIGA, kottke.org, The Rumpus, and Curve Magazine and holds a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She thoroughly enjoyed her 200 yoga teacher training at Om Sweet Om in Port Washington, NY.
Services and Rates
Before each session, I meet with the client to discuss their specific needs and goals for our time together. This doesn’t cut into your massage time, don’t worry! An hour long session will be an hour long, our time communicating both before and after your treatment is simply to make sure that what you are seeking is what I will provide. Each session is timed to accommodate this dialog, so you will not feel rushed or have to worry about being late as you emerge to meet “real life” away from the treatment room.
30 minutes: $50
60 minutes: $85
90 minutes: $115
Available for an additional $10 per treatment.
I have a selection of dōTERRA brand certified therapeutic-grade essential oils that can be added to the base oil for your treatment, or added to a diffuser. (Complete list of oils?**)
Available to be scheduled either before or after you attend a yoga class at Balance, a great way to get into a calm headspace before your practice or to continue to savor your savasana after…
10 minutes: $10
30 minutes: $25
Massage Packages and Specials
Welcome and Namaste Special
New to Balance? Receive a 60 minute treatment for $50 within a week of your first class!
Savasana Squared Special
Balance students, if you sign up for a package of yoga classes at the studio, you receive a 20% discount on a treatment of your choice within two weeks!
Just in time for the holidays…gift certificates are available! Give the gift of bodywork (and reap the benefits of serene friends and family!)
Package rates available. Purchase two or more treatments and receive 10% off each additional treatment.
*House-calls upon request.
*I accept cash or check for payment.
*House-calls upon request at a compensatory rate dependent upon location and time.
Lateness and Cancellation Policy (*sad trombone sound*)
If a client arrives late, their session will end at the originally scheduled time so that the client following you is not penalized.
Cancellations made over 24 hours in advance will be rescheduled at no charge. A cancellation made less than 24 hours in advance will incur a 50% charge of the service. Failure to show for an appointment will result in 100% charge for the amount of service. This applies to appointments made the same day as well.
Feel free to bring your own lotion or oil if there is one that you prefer, I use a hypoallergenic grapeseed oil or hypoallergenic, paraben-free Biotone creme, depending on the modality.
You are also welcome to choose your own soundtrack! Speakers with iPod docs are available for your auditory enjoyment. If you do not have an iPod or compatible device, I am happy to provide my own where you can select music of your choice through Rdio or TuneIn Radio’s streaming services.
New to Bodywork?
Massage can be scary and weird your first time on a table! I remember wondering if I should take off all of my clothes…do I keep my underwear on? They’re kind of unsightly. What about my thighs, has my massage therapist seen thighs like mine? I have tattoos…what if they don’t like tattoos? What if it’s cold? Or it hurts? Or…?
Don’t worry! Your massage is exactly that: yours! From the temperature to the soundtrack, the pressure to the amount of oil used, you’re in charge. May it be your first massage or your four-hundredth (lucky!) you get to decide all of the variables to make it the most relaxing and fulfilling session possible.
To Schedule an Appointment with Ainsley:
Ainsleydrew@gmail.com or call 516-209-7546
Experience a profound sound healing session with Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls, Indian flute, channeled Toning and Reiki; a unique use of modalities only taught only to a select group of healers trained in Spain by her teacher Nubia, a Sufi healer, who lives her whole life in complete meditation. The healing session will include opening meditation, chakra clearing, energy work and a grounding closing meditation to lead you into wholeness and balance within. Join us on a shamanic healing journey that may help release physical, spiritual, and emotional blocks. Some of the music played developed out of the musical traditions between India, the middle east, and the east which took inspiration from the rules of ancient vedic chanting, persian folk, sufi, and middle eastern music. During the journey you will be laying down, so please wear comfortable clothing and bring a blanket, mat, and pillows.
An accomplished musician and healer Karin Marcello, MA was born into a lineage of artists and spiritual practitioners. She is a requested musician and spiritual guest for performances at the UN and at the Royal Palace for one of the Kings of Indonesia.
She is a soloist, primarily a western and Indian classical flutist. She is also well versed in voice, piano, composition, and music history. In 2012, Karin was asked to join the New York Arabic Orchestra on flute and alto flute. Karin is from a musical family that also has four generations of psychic mediums, channelers, and healers. Her lineage includes many musicians born with the rare musical ability of perfect pitch. Her family members include past performers at Carnegie hall, authors of published guitar method books, and authors of channeled spiritual literature. One of the more prolific healers, her great grandmother, used be called in to homes in her village in Italy to offer energy work as the priests performed the transitional last rites ritual.
Karin continues her education of music and healing in the US and Europe, and makes annual trips to study in India. Karin feels her fortunate upbringing in a classically trained musical family with innate ability has encouraged her to combine
her music and spirituality in a significant way that helps others. Karin feels her sound healings are not a performance, they are a method of helping others enter a state of gratitude and inner peace. *Please know if you have any metal in your body you may feel sensitivity during the healing in these areas of the body.
Danielle Tarantola, Yoga Therapist
What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy involves a process of adapting yoga very specifically to the various needs of an individual over time. This uniquely ancient and therapeutic approach is for people, including those who assume they can’t ‘do yoga,’ in all stages of wellness. Yoga Therapy can address a broad range of physical, mental, and emotional concerns. Your personal goals can be approached through this process, so please consider what you are seeking prior to your first consultation. Following the consultation, your teacher will design an appropriate practice, which you will be asked to do at home on a regular basis. After a series of weekly visits, the duration of time between appointments will reduce, until you may be seen once monthly, or even every other month for practice refinement.
What is Ayurveda? Ayurveda (pronounced ‘Ah-yur- vay-dah’) is a 5,000- year-old, time-tested system of medicine that originated in India, integrating science with the art of natural healing. The word Ayurveda translates as “knowledge of
life”. The goal of Ayurveda is to preserve the health of a healthy person. Health is more than “an absence of disease”. Rather than merely pacifying symptoms, Ayurveda seeks to address the ‘root cause’ of imbalances and aims to reverse them. Unless the cause is removed, the symptoms will never be cured. True health comes from a balance of physiological systems, emotional state and thoughts. Ayurveda offers practical and natural solutions to prevent most diseases. Ayurveda has become increasingly popular in the United States and around the world due to its relevant principles. The most important concept Ayurveda offers, is Prakriti – Body Constitution – It is a blueprint of your genetic makeup, your personality and physical characteristics. This distinguishes Ayurveda from many other healing sciences. Everybody is different and there is a meaning behind that difference. Once we know the meaning, we can literally change our life. Ayurveda respects each individual Prakriti and offers individually suited diet and lifestyle plans to restore balance. Ayurveda health plans are based on unique individual care, thereby not adhering to the “One size fits all” motto.
Ayurveda as a system of healing.
Life presents us with opportunity as well as challenge. Given that we don’t live in a bubble, we are faced with numerous influences that affect our health on a daily basis. Many of these influences stem from our choices that we make, including diet, lifestyle, exercise, unprocessed emotions an physical and emotional stress. Additionally, there are factors that are beyond our control, such as water and air pollution, environmental influences and harmful chemicals in the food supply, etc. As we interact within the world, both our internal and external worlds will undoubtedly get jostled out of balance. In order to maintain harmony and health, it is important to pay attention to the individual constitution to strengthen the body, mind and consciousness.
Ayurveda has traditionally been used to address the root cause of imbalances in the following areas:
KAREN DUBI, ERYT-500, AWC, RD
Karen is a Registered Dietitian, accredited with the American Dietetic Association. Karen is a well accomplished Yoga Teacher accredited with Yoga Alliance, and currently serves as the Director of Curriculum Development for the 500 Hour Advanced Teacher Training Program at YTTI, Yoga Teacher Training Institute. Ayurveda is considered to be the â€˜sister science â€˜ to yoga. Given Karen’s dedication to Yoga and nutrition, she was inspired to learn ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. Karen’s professional career had culminated with studies in Ayurveda at Kerala Ayurveda Academy, wherein, she is a Certified Ayurveda Health & Wellness Counselor. For over two decades, Karen has been studying, teaching, practicing and utilizing all that she has learned to better serve and educate people in achieving and maintaining health & harmony. Karen is the founder and managing director of Priya Veda, Inc., providing Ayurveda and Wellness services and product lines. www.priyaveda.com