About the Clinic: Ageless Acupuncture offers acupuncture, facial acupuncture (aageless facial rejuvenation), cupping, gua sha, acupressure, herbal consultations, Ayurvedic lifestyle guidance, Reiki training, workshops, and cleanses. Your experience at Ageless Acupuncture will be very similar to visiting any health oriented service provider, but in a relaxing spa like atmosphere. Your concerns will be heard, and your safety, confidentiality, and privacy are honored. I strive to offer you the best healing experience I can. My intention is to provide a relaxing, quiet space for you to let go and let your mind and body do what they need to in response to the treatment in order to come into greater balance.
The clinic accepts primary, in network insurance through MVP, Cigna, (Alexandria) and Empire Blue Cross (Bridgette).
Please call (518) 450-1945 for an appointment.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a modality that belongs to the larger art and science of Chinese Medicine. It involves the placement of very fine, flexible needles at specific points on a person’s body to effect healing. Depending upon the type of treatment needed, the needles are gently manipulated to either draw in or disperse energy. There is a saying in Chinese medical literature which states that all illness is due to a blockage in QI (chi, or life energy). Acupuncture is used to release blocked energy and encourage the body to restore homeostasis. Since the body is not considered a separate entity from the mind, spirit, or emotions, acupuncture addresses the entire being.
Acupuncture Physical Medicine: With Alexandria Soesman
Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM) is based most notably on trigger point needling. Janet Travell discovered patient chief complaints were commonly referral patterns caused by trigger points in tightly wound muscles. Over the past few decades, the art of releasing these trigger points was developed into a more aggressive form of acupuncture that is incredibly effective. The APM style aims to release myofascial constrictions at the root of a patient’s pain and dysfunction. This technique in treating pain is growing nation-wide and even physical therapists are adapting this technique.
Chinese Medicine: Chinese Medicine is a complete “traditional” medical system. It predates modern western or allopathic medicine by hundreds, if not, thousands of years. It differs from allopathic medicine in that it sees a human being as a multifaceted entity that cannot be separated into parts. The mind, body, emotions, and spirit are seen as interconnected, interdependant, and while one is alive, inseparable. The Chinese saw the human as a microcosm of the universe. This universe is a fluctuating, changing, shifting phenomenon governed by the laws of yin and yang and composed of elements. Yin and Yang are forces that constantly move to achieve balance both in the universe and in us. In order to re-establish balance, the Chinese clinician has many tools at their disposal; these include: Chinese Herbal Medicine: In the world of Chinese medicine, the Chinese herbalist is synonymous with the Chinese doctor. There are hundreds of Chinese medicinals, and they are usually given in combinations of 2 to 20. Some of these herbs have recognized potencies according to western scientific understanding, but are utilized in combination according to Chinese medical science guidelines. They are dispensed as raw formulas that are cooked, as powders that are made into a tea, and as patent pills. Some are made into external soaks, washes, and poultices. Formulas are constructed taking into account a person’s constitution, habits, symptoms, pulse and tongue diagnoses, and current medications.
Chinese herbalists are trained in herb-drug interactions and are very conscious of prescribing safe, effective formulas. Ageless Acupuncture has an herbal pharmacy with over 250 medicinals. We also carry Chinese and Ayurvedic patent formulas (pills/tablets/capsules), and a variety of external applications such as oils, liniments, creams, poultices, and plasters. Raw and powdered tea formulas are 15 cents per gram, with the average formula costing $5 – $15 for a week’s supply. The herbal pharmacy is useful for area practitioners who would like to offer herbal dietary supplementation to their clients/patients, but do not have access to an extensive collection of herbs. If you are interested in having a prescription filled for a client/patient, please contact the clinic for practitioner pricing.
Ayurveda Education Sessions: With Bridgette Shea
Ayurveda is the complete traditional medical system of India. It predates, and perhaps not so coincidentally parallels western (allopathic) medicine. The Indians invented Rhinoplasty, C-section, and cataract surgery. Ayur (life) Veda (science) differs from allopathic medicine in that it sees the person as an entire being that includes physical, energetic, emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions of existence.
Ayurveda parallels Chinese Medicine in that it sees the body as a makeup of five elements manipulated by various internal and external forces. In both systems tongue and pulse diagnoses and treatment with herbal medicine are hugely important. Ayurvedic medicine places great emphasis on one healing one’s self through lifestyle, including diet. The individual is seen as a complex web of variants guided by three main forces in the mind-body system. Sessions are based upon the motivation of the client, an assessment that includes tongue and pulse analysis, and include recommendations toward healthy living. Day to day recommendations include tweaking daily habits that may include: diet, lifestyle, sleep habits, exercise, yoga, meditation, oleation, internal awareness, and breathing.
Cupping: Used to release tight musculature and treat upper body issues like cough or asthma symptoms. Smooth round glass cups are placed upon the skin surface after a vacuum has been created with heat. They are either kept in place, or moved. People generally really enjoy cupping. The only caution is that it may leave red/purple marks on the skin for several days. If you plan on wearing a backless dress or hitting the beach, let your practitioner know in advance!
Gua Sha: Used to release the exterior, oftentimes at the onset of a cold. A smooth Chinese soup spoon or water buffalo horn is used to rub the skin until “sha” is produced. This sha is recognized as an indicator of a pathogen’s release through the skin. Gua sha can be quite uncomfortable and is not indicated more than two times per year. Like cupping, this treatment can leave temporary discoloration of the skin.
Bridgette Shea is a licensed Acupuncturist, wellness educator, writer, and speaker who's been practicing and teaching traditional healing modalities for over 20 years. Her love of ancient medical practices started in Greece in 1992, with a trip to the former site of the Healing Temple of Asklepios. Since then, she has spent her life studying, practicing, and teaching ancient healing methods. Her private clinical practice is an integration of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines with special emphasis on breath awareness and deep relaxation. When not spending time with family, she is working with clients, writing, or teaching transformational workshops on energy medicine, healthy breathing, and Ayurveda. Bridgette is the author of The Handbook of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda: An Integrated Practice of Ancient Healing Traditions.
Alexandria is a NYS licensed acupuncturist who earned a Master of Science degree from Tri-state College of Acupuncture. She has extensive training in 3 styles of acupuncture including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM), and Kiiko Matsumoto Style (KM). Her practice also includes cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, e-stim therapy, and auriculotherapy.
The APM style is focused towards treating pain by using myofascial and trigger point release therapy as taught by Mark Seem. The KM style is a Japanese based style with gentle needle manipulation.
Alexandria utilizes a combination of these techniques to tailor treatments that specifically address the individual and what they are experiencing. She is experienced in treating pain, digestive issues, anxiety, insomnia, allergies, abnormal menstruation, headaches, and more. Alexandria accepts MVP and Cigna insurances.
Alexandria worked as a Nurse’s aid for 5 years prior to her current practice in Acupuncture. She is passionate about helping people. Her hobbies include dancing, swimming, hiking, yoga, cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
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