What to expect at Rootstock Acupuncture

rootstockhomeAcupuncture can be an interesting hybrid between a medical procedure and a spa-like treatment. While it can address specific health concerns, it also engenders an overall feeling of ease - some clients have even described their experience as “sacred.” That said, my practice, Rootstock Acupuncture, is not a typical medical clinic or spa - it feels more like stepping into the warmth of a home. 

As a healthcare practitioner, sure, I use alcohol swabs, ask medical history questions and perform other clinical tasks. As a holistic practitioner, I also create a comforting space that invites pure relaxation in relative silence or with music to calm the mind.

I work with all kinds of people: Those who value science, those who trust their guts, those who seek alternatives, those who use complements to conventional medicine. Something almost all my clients have in common is their desire to feel better and to maintain the feeling when they do.

Acupuncture works with your body’s own internal resources to get back to a state of homeostasis. Sometimes this can happen

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Taking this time to give thanks

This Saturday, my family and I will be heading south for a week-long road trip family vacation in the Utah desert.

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Thanksgiving, for us, will be bountiful views of orange sandstone formations, hikes in curvy slot canyons, and the joy of being together.

I love this time of year when we get back to what is most essential to us and actively express thankfulness for the same. 

I am thankful:

  • For my family and our health
  • I get to balance being a mom with being a health care practitioner
  • For my “village,” including my son’s preschool “school family”
  • For the trust and connection I have with my clients
  • I get to be part of something bigger than myself at The Health Collective, through my community partnerships and as a citizen of Bozeman
  • For every opportunity to improve, learn and grow

Feel the warmth. Give thanks.

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Feeling “at home:” A powerfully content place to be

Acupuncture acts as a compass leading us back to a state of homeostasis. Modern research shows numerous examples of acupuncture's bi-directional regulatory action:1

     “... lowers the blood pressure in patients with hypertension and elevates it in patients with hypotension…” 

    “… increases gastric secretion in patients with hypoacidity, and decreases it in patients with hyperacidity…”

     “… has holistic and bi-directional regulatory effects on immune function.2

Beyond the physiological and biochemical effects, acupuncture also helps us feel more relaxed and grounded within ourselves.

As a Five Element acupuncturist, I take the time to treat clients based on their constitution - not just their symptoms. fiveelementtheory

What is Five Element Acupuncture?

Five Element theory is rooted in understanding the essential energetic qualities found in nature: The elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal.

In nature, as within our bodies, the elements “work interdependently in an elegant and systematic balance, each one sustaining and supporting the next in the cycle as with the change of seasons.”3

My training focused

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Volunteering brings health, happiness and greater sense of community

The title of Kelly Pohl’s recent Bozeman Daily Chronicle guest column pulled me in: “Taking part in shaping community’s future.”peoplecircle

I love the questions she posed, “Can we grow while maintaining our quality of life” that we have come to expect in Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley? “Can we grow and maintain the same expectations for public safety, access to nature, excellent schools, and a tremendous sense of community?” And I applaud her calls to action: “…Voice your opinion. Support the organizations that support your community. Vote. Volunteer…” 

Volunteering is in my blood

My volunteer history dates back to being a junior member of the Ironbound Ambulance Squad in Newark, NJ. I was a trained EMT and responded to emergency calls one night a week while in high school.

In my twenties I was a two-time Student Conservation Association volunteer (now known as Americorps). I educated the public on the environmental and cultural wonders of two very different but both incredibly wonder-filled places: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Grand Canyon National Park.

While in

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