Skagit Whole Health Center

Acupuncture Skagit County – Private or Community?

acupuncture_skagit_countyAre you looking for acupuncture treatment in Skagit County?  Are you trying to figure out if you should choose a community clinic or a private clinic?  How do you choose?  What are the differences?

Community acupuncture relies primarily on acupuncture for healing.  As the intake/needling time is limited to an average of 15 minutes, community acupuncture will focus on one presenting problem, and treat it with needles in the head, ears, arms and legs.  If you have an ailment that causes you suffering and you know the cause, then community acupuncture may be an option for you.

If you have chronic pain, illness, fatigue, or weakness, and you are unsure as to what is causing it, then a private treatment is a good fit for you.  At Skagit Whole Health Center, we have a full hour to do an intake, gather medical history, discuss lifestyle connections, diet and nutrition options, therapeutic exercises, meditative practices, and herbal or supplemental therapies. Through the energy healing practices of Acupuncture, Chinese nutrition and herbs, Tuina (Chinese Massage), Shiatsu and Qi Gong, we create a treatment plan that addresses each individuals needs. We treat not only the symptoms, but the root of the illness, thus restoring the balance upon which holistic health is based.

Acupuncture Skagit – Differences Between Private and Community

  • Due to the open setting, community acupuncture clinics generally only treat the head and limbs.
  • Treatments take place in an open room with other patients.
  • Community acupuncturists aren’t available to talk to their patients for an extended period of time. Lacking the time to really get to know their patients, practitioners can miss out on some vital information and therapeutic opportunities.
  • Most private acupuncture sessions are composed of a few different stages. For example, we might have you start face-up, let you rest for a few minutes, and then come back, re-evaluate, and then give you a back treatment as well. We might also choose to use different kinds of techniques like bodywork, moxa, or cupping therapies.  Unfortunately, with the time constraint and physical limitations built into the community acupuncture setting, this kind of multi-layered treatment becomes virtually impossible.
  • Embedded in Chinese medicine is the principle that the mind and body are connected. Thus, physical restrictions may be caused by long-held emotional patterns, and vice versa.  The consequence of this is that occasionally an acupuncture treatment will bring up emotional reactions like laughter or crying. When this happens, it is best to allow these emotions to come into their full expression so that they can pass through.  It is relatively easy to laugh or cry loudly in a private acupuncture session, but it would be highly disruptive and embarrassing in a community setting. Yet, if these reactions are inhibited, the emotions will remain stuck in the body, and the imbalances they stem from will stay stuck too. This inhibition can render the treatments ineffective, or even entirely counterproductive.

 

 

About Barbara Paul

Welcome to Skagit Whole Health Center, where I am dedicated to providing the highest standard of care based on an attitude of gentleness, warmth, professionalism and respect. My name is Barbara Paul and through the energy healing practices of Acupuncture, Chinese nutrition and herbs, Tuina (Chinese Massage), Shiatsu and Qi Gong, I create a treatment plan that addresses each individuals needs. I treat not only the symptoms, but the root of the illness, thus restoring the balance upon which holistic health is based. Humans natural state of being is one of wellness and ease. Fatigue, mental and emotional stress, pain and illness are all causes of an imbalance to this state resulting in dis-ease. Energy healing can allow one to return to harmony and ease by bringing balance to the physical, emotional and spiritual levels of being. Born in Switzerland to a pediatric nurse trained in herbology. I spent hours with my mother hiking and studying the wildflowers and plants of the woods near my home outside of Zurich. Being given this love and knowledge of healing and nature, I went on to study Acupuncture and Chinese medicine at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seattle WA. There I earned my Masters in Acupuncture and became board certified by NCCAOM in 1993. Having studied with Julian Scott from Great Britain, I also specialize in pediatric acupuncture.