Acupuncture is a natural, effective and safe therapy that has stood the test of time for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system of which acupuncture is one part. The goal of acupuncture is to establish a healthy balance within the patient, by stimulating the bodies self-healing abilities and regulating the flow of Qi (pronounced "chee"). Qi (aka "energy") is essential for the optimal functioning of a person as a whole. As the body and its Qi are guided more into balance, the patient experiences more vibrant health, on all levels (physical/mental/ emotional/spiritual).
Generally speaking, acupuncture is tolerated exceptionally well and is a very relaxing experience, with virtually no unpleasant side effects. Your practitioner uses a minimal needle approach and is known for her incredibly gentle style of acupuncture. You may also opt for non-needle treatment of acupuncture points as an alternative (please see "Treatment Options" below).
Areas of Expertise
Your practitioner views mental and emotional wellness as a top priority for any kind of healing. Her educational background includes degrees in Social Services (A.A.), Mental Health & Human Services (B.S.), Counseling Psychology (M.A.) and specialized trainings in Hypnotherapy. In fact, her philosophy on health suggests that the origin of most imbalances start in the more subtle energies of the individual, beyond the physical body. Therefore, she focuses much of her treatments on addressing these levels of relevance. In addition to focusing on mental/emotional wellness and stress management, she is highly passionate about supporting individuals seeking greater spiritual connection.
A misconception with acupuncture is that you must have "problems" in order to seek treatment, however, acupuncture is an AMAZING tool towards enhancing an already healthy lifestyle. Most of us are affected by stress in one area or many, and our treatments can help mitigate the unwanted side effects of participating in this modern world.
What to Expect
Your acupuncturist will familiarize herself with your health history before your initial appointment, upon completion of the required online forms. At your first session, you will discuss your history and health goals with your practitioner and she will propose a treatment plan for you. You will get a shortened acupuncture treatment during this first visit.
Treatment plans vary from weekly or monthly maintenance visits when your health is in good balance, to recommendations of multiple sessions per week for acute or long-standing, chronic conditions.
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing that can easily be adjusted to expose the lower legs and arms (where needles are often applied).
Follow-up sessions will include a brief check-in, followed by a full acupuncture treatment. Included in your treatment are far-infrared/mineral heat therapy, red light/near-infrared therapy and/or topical moxa, as indicated. Add-on services are available for those interested in enhancing their treatments. These include cupping, gua sha or Reiki for an additional fee. You will receive more information on each of these therapies at your first visit.
In addition to traditional diagnostic methods, we utilize a cutting-edge healthcare tool during your sessions to measure and analyze the balance of your acupuncture meridians (where energy flows in the body). The AcuGraph Digital Meridian Imaging System offers objective scientific data and a visual representation to help follow your progress with every treatment. You will get an in-depth explanation of this process at your first appointment. Note: It's completely easy, painless and totally fascinating! Check out our short patient education video here: AcuGraph Introduction
Our regular acupuncture sessions take place in a cozy, private room on a heated massage table, however, we also have a "semi-private" space available for follow-up sessions. This is intended to make acupuncture more accessible and affordable, especially for those that are desirous of frequent treatments. You will still need to book an initial acupuncture session at full price, but may opt for follow-up sessions at the sliding-fee scale rates in the semi-private space. These sessions will involve a brief check-in and full treatment on an anti-gravity lounge chair. Add-ons and needle-free treatments are not available with these sessions.
Auriculotherapy-only (ear acupuncture) treatments are also offered in the semi-private space at our sliding-fee rates. The ear is what is known as a "microsystem" of the entire body, therefore, a complete and thorough treatment can be done entirely by needling the ears alone.
**DUE TO COVID-19, OUR SEMI-PRIVATE TREATMENT SPACE IS CLOSED. WE ARE NOT TAKING MORE THAN ONE PATIENT IN THE OFFICE AT A TIME, BUT ARE STILL HONORING OUR SEMI-PRIVATE RATES IN THE MAIN TREATMENT ROOM AS AVAILABLE**
In addition, we offer needle-free treatments (especially great for pediatric patients and those who would prefer an alternative to needling). Laser and/or gentle microcurrent stimulation of acupuncture points may be utilized. Other techniques include acupressure, magnet therapy and "Shonishin" (a Japanese-derived system that uses small metal tools to treat the acupuncture meridians without the use of needles and is completely painless). Gentle cupping (read: no dark marks) may also be utilized during pediatric sessions. These are all highly effective methods of treating patients and their symptoms.
Roxanne earned her Master's Degree in Acupuncture from The New England School of Acupuncture (NESA)/Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) in Worcester, MA at the top of her class. She is fully licensed to practice acupuncture through the Board of Medicine in Massachusetts and is a Diplomate of Acupuncture certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Roxanne's acupuncture experience includes:
Laurel Wellness, Watertown, MA
Acupuncture Connections, Framingham, MA
UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA
Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veteran's Hospital, Bedford, MA
The New England School of Acupuncture Student Clinic, Newton, MA
The New England School of Acupuncture/MCPHS Student Clinic, Worcester, MA
Initial Acupuncture Intake/Session (~60 minutes) - $120.00
*Required for all patients over the age of 12 before other treatments may be booked
Follow-Up Acupuncture Session (~45 minutes) - $80.00
Laser Acupuncture Follow-Up Session (up to 30 minutes) - $40.00
Add-On Services (additional 15 minutes) - $20.00/session
(Reiki, Cupping, Gua Sha)
Semi-Private Follow-Up Acupuncture Session (~45 minutes) - $45.00-$65.00 sliding fee
*No add-ons available with this service
Semi-Private Auriculotherapy Session (~45 minutes) - $45.00-$65.00 sliding fee
*No add-ons available with this service
Cupping Stand-Alone Session (up to 30 minutes) - $40.00
Pediatric Initial Acupuncture Intake/Session (~45 minutes) - $80.00 (age 12 & under)
Pediatric Follow-Up Acupuncture Session (up to 30 minutes) - $40.00 (age 12 & under)
*We do not take insurance directly, however, if you have a plan that covers out-of-network acupuncture services, we are happy to provide a receipt you may submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement.