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  • Writer's pictureAnna Palucci Young, L.Ac., AEMP

An Ancient Treatment for Modern Stress


Acupuncture for Stress Management


Acupuncture is excellent at treating the effects of stress on both the body and mind. Symptoms such as headaches, muscle tension or pain, chest pain, fatigue, change in sex drive, stomach upset, sleep problems and low immunity can all be caused by high levels of stress. In addition stress can lead to anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation or focus, memory problems, feeling overwhelmed, irritability or anger as well as depression.


My goal with each patient, regardless of their main complaint, is to use acupuncture to bring their body into a deep state of relaxation. It is not unusual to find patients, who reported high levels of stress at the beginning of treatment, feeling completely relaxed and sometimes, even asleep, when I come back in to remove needles.


Pulse diagnosis helps me to identify characteristics or qualities of stress in the body from an Eastern medicine perspective. I then use these qualities to choose acupuncture points which balance the pulse and promote relaxation.


Acupuncture improves blood circulation throughout the body, brings more oxygen into the tissues and helps to change the level of circulating cortisol. It helps to lower blood pressure and heart rate and relaxes tight muscles.


If you are interested in using acupuncture for relaxation and stress management, I offer a 30 minute Relaxation Treatment. During this treatment, you will simply make yourself comfortable on our heated massage table, receive ear acupuncture and then relax for 20 minutes in a dimly lit room with relaxing music. You will then receive a 10 minute neck/face and scalp acupressure massage!


Call 360-926-0859 to schedule! Cost is $40.00


NEW Offering:


45 minute relaxation treatment that includes a stress busting combination of ear acupuncture and reflexology with my amazing colleague, certified reflexologist, Natalie Ensley!


At the beginning of your session, Anna will insert ear needles using a protocol designed to calm and regulate your nervous system. The rest of your treatment will be done by certified reflexologist, Natalie Ensley resting on a heated massage table with relaxing music! Natalie will massage your feet and toes, applying gentle pressure to specific reflex points. It not only feels wonderful, but it also helps to calm and regulate your nervous system. In fact, if you’re chronically stressed or anxious, your sympathetic nervous system aka, your fight or flight response, kicks into gear causing a host of troubling symptoms. This amazing combination of acupuncture and reflexology will help to increase your parasympathetic response, aka your rest and digest response, leaving you feeling not only peaceful and refreshed but also more able to focus on your day to day life with ease and calm. For more information on Natalie Ensley and the amazing work that she does go to: https://www.coherencewellnesscenter.com/massage


Call or text 360-926-0859 to schedule! Cost is $60.00


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