chinese Medicine: A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO HEALING
Many of us feel overwhelmed when we don’t feel quite right because we don’t know what to do to help ourselves feel better.
Or, we wait until we feel terrible before seeing a healthcare provider who we hope will give us some kind of prescription—a medicine, a procedure, a diet, a strict lifestyle change—to make the discomfort go away forever.
We may also realize that this approach only works in the short term, and we continue to cope with issues such as:
- Acute pain
- Chronic fatigue
- Anxiety, stress, depression
- Pain at the site of old injuries
- Poor sleep, low energy
- Digestive and bowel issues
- Allergies and sensitivities to food, animals, environmental factors
- Low immunity: you catch everything that goes around and have difficulty shaking it
- Reliance on caffeine or sugar
- Too little or too much appetite
- Feeling stuck
- Low or no libido and other issues of sexual and reproductive health
- No desire to exercise
- Being affected (consciously or not) by traumatic events from the past (PTSD)
WHAT KEEPS US HURTING
We may have good insights into how our individual bodies and minds work, but we may not trust our intuition.
We think, “It’s too hard”: we may feel pressured and daunted by what seems like a huge commitment to wellness, requiring a lot of hard work and no fun: changes in diet, exercise, sleep, TV/computer and work habits, for starters.
We might feel guilt, shame or regret. “How could I have let myself go? What if it’s to the point of no return, and it’s all my fault?” “I was ‘bad’ yesterday, so I’ve blown the whole thing.” “I’m just no good at this.”
There are too many modalities to choose from: so many kinds of bodywork, herbs, diets, exercises, therapies, and they all seem to contradict each other. Also, “I’ve tried everything and nothing works.”
We tend only to address symptoms. And because you are a whole person, a changing person, with a body that is not exactly like everyone else’s, this approach barely scratches the surface of what is required for your individual healing and ongoing wellness.
We think we are alone in this. No one—family, friends, even our health practitioners—totally gets what we go through.
THE WAY TO WELLNESS
Your path to wellness starts with a partnership between you and your practitioner.
As your practitioner, Nicole will provide you with time-tested, individual treatments to help you feel your best and take charge of your health.
She will find what works for you, using acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, and movement.
You will not be alone on your healing journey.
How We Work Together
"I don’t treat pain; I treat people."
As a practitioner of Classical Chinese Medicine, Nicole doesn’t simply prescribe herbs or insert needles; she works to inspire and educate you to embody Chinese medicine as a part of your healthcare.
Her practice includes acupuncture, which is helpful for pain syndromes and for internal conditions; and Chinese herbal medicine, which effectively treats both chronic and internal conditions.
Your treatment with Nicole includes getting to know you and being your health advocate.
What are treatment sessions like?
A thorough intake: During your first session, which will take approximately an hour and a half, you will fill out intake forms related to your health history and your patient agreement.
Once the paperwork is completed, your initial session includes a detailed discussion of your health history and concerns, plus 30 minutes of treatment. At this time Nicole may also prescribe herbs and supplements, physical exercises and pressure point procedures, dietary suggestions, and educational resources for you to consider.
Ongoing treatment: After intake, your treatment sessions will last 45 minutes to one hour each.
specialties and interests:
Nicole treats men, women and children. She is also sensitive to and inclusive of people across the spectrum of sexual preference and gender identity.
While a generalist with many years of experience in treating a variety of conditions, Nicole has had outstanding success with patients needing support for the following:
- Women’s health and fertility
- Men’s health and fertility
- Survivors of sexual abuse and childhood trauma
- Allergies, food, and nutrition