Appointments with Brenda Levin, L.OM., offer ample time to review concerns and questions in order to best direct the treatment plan and provide outstanding holistic care, tailored to your individual needs. Brenda wants you to not only feel better and have freedom from symptoms but to help you find wellness and adhere to a healthier way of life.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine, solid, sterile needles into certain points in the skin in order to influence the flow of the body’s qi or chi. Qi can be thought of as the body’s natural energy or vital force. According to Chinese Medicine, the body maintains a natural circulation of qi. When the flow of qi is disrupted or blocked, illnesses may occur, or become exacerbated. Acupuncture seeks to realign and restore the body’s natural flow of qi when it has been compromised.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine is a major part of traditional Chinese medicine. It has been used for centuries in China, where herbs are considered fundamental therapy for many acute and chronic conditions. The Chinese Materia Medica (a pharmacological reference book used by TCM practitioners) describes thousands of medicinal substances—primarily plants, but also some minerals and animal products. Different parts of plants, such as the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds, are used. In TCM, herbs are often combined in formulas and given as teas, capsules, liquid extracts, granules, or powders.
Nutrition consultations are an ongoing, positive experience where we work together to identify your dietary needs and discover opportunities to improve your habits and routines to better provide your body with the nutrients and energy it needs. Throughout the counseling process, you will be provided with educational materials, food/meal planning strategies, encouragement and support, and the accountability that will help you achieve your health goals. Focus is on three key areas: your needs, lifestyle changes and positive mental approaches, and long-term success.
Shiatsu Massage Therapy
Shiatsu (similar to Thai massage, but quite different in many ways too!) works with the Chinese and Japanese meridian systems incorporating light to deep pressure on meridian channels and points, gentle to vigorous manipulations and stretches with guided breath to bring awareness to energy patterns in the body and to resolve inner conflicts, allowing Qi and blood to move more freely in our body.
Brenda Levin also works with pediatric patients using a style called Shonishin, is a type of acupuncture which does not penetrate the skin. This treatment works wonders for common respiratory and digestive ailments. It can enhance circulation and relaxation, thereby improving health in general. Shonishin is a form of bodywork that makes use of small metal tools designed to bring qi to the surface, help it move by “spreading” it along the channels, and stimulate specific acupuncture points. Treatments can be performed in 10 to 20 minutes. This treatment style appropriate for patients between the ages 0-7 years. Other styles of acupuncture may be used with patients 7-18 years old.