We offer a gentle but potent style of Japanese acupuncture (Kiiko Matsumoto Style), effective with a wide range of health problems—sometimes even those that haven’t responded well to other styles of acupuncture. Japanese acupuncture is known primarily for subtler, gentler needle technique, the unique application of moxa (read below), and reliance upon palpation for diagnosis, customization, and feedback during sessions.
We also incorporate classical Chinese acupuncture, modern Chinese neurological rehabilitation techniques (including Xing Nao Kai Qiao - Nanopuncture and Neuroacupuncture scalp acupuncture), and orthopedic myofascial needling techniques. To learn more about acupuncture, the treatment process and conditions we often treat, see our FAQ page.
Many of the below approaches are integrated into our acupuncture sessions, or are offered as stand-alone appointments.
Moxa is an ancient, integral part of Chinese medicine, predating even the use of acupuncture needles. In a process referred to as "moxibustion," the dried fibers of mugwort leaves ("moxa") are shaped and lit with incense to make a warm ember, which is safely deployed to heat acupoints through such methods as mounting on the needle handle (kyu-to-shin), or burning rice-sized cones atop an ointment barrier (shiunko-kyu). Moxa smells great, feels great, and offers quantitatively measured benefits for the immune system and circulation. Though eschewed by some modern clinics as inconvenient, moxa is close to our hearts at Bridge, and you will notice the aroma as soon as you walk in.
Cupping is an age-old therapy made famous by the circular marks visible on world-class athletes. In this versatile method, a vacuum is generated inside of a cup using a pump or fire, and the cup is placed on the body, most often the back, for 10-20 minutes. The sustained suction effect serves to deconstrain tissue and exchange blood and fluids. Cupping can remove deep-level stagnation and greatly relieve tension in muscles and connective tissue. It is well-suited to certain conditions and sometimes worked into acupuncture sessions. We also offer cupping in stand-alone sessions.
Chinese for “breath energy work,” Qi Gong is a broad term for exercises that coordinate movement, intention and breathing. We often teach simple Qi Gong exercises appropriate to a patient’s condition, such as deep breathing exercises that benefit the nervous system, or gentle mobilizations. Sometimes we even offer workshops in local parks (subscribe to our newsletter to be notified). Qi Gong also refers to the "breath work" and intention your practitioner brings to your acupuncture session to increase its efficacy. You may notice your acupuncturist engaging in deep breathing and intently focusing on a point or pathway-- this is qi gong.