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Pittsburgh Acupuncture

Unlock balance in your body, one needle at a time

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing practice that dates back thousands of years. It uses small needles to manipulate the fascial structure of the body in order to create change. As the fascial structure is the only all-encompassing structure in the body, connecting the skin to the muscles to the bones to the organs, acupuncture can theoretically treat just about anything. However, as with all medicine, each practitioner has their own specialty area of study, so it’s important to find the practitioner that works best for you.

We are proud to offer a variety of services, styles, and practitioners to meet each individual's needs. Our main service offerings are traditional acupuncture, cosmetic acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and needle-less modalities such as fire cupping.

Please note that we do not take insurance. However, we do accept HSA/FSA payments.

Why Choose Acupuncture?

At Nourish & Move, we believe in providing a holistic approach to health and well-being, which is why we offer acupuncture as one of our key services. Acupuncture, an integral part of traditional Eastern medicine, has been practiced for thousands of years and has shown remarkable benefits in promoting overall wellness.

 

By inserting fine, sterile needles into specific points or channels on the body, acupuncture stimulates the body's natural healing processes, restores balance, and enhances the flow of vital energy, known as Qi. This ancient practice can help alleviate a wide range of health concerns, including pain management, stress reduction, improved sleep, and enhanced mental clarity.

 

At Nourish & Move, we embrace the wisdom of Eastern medicine, recognizing its profound role in addressing not only physical ailments but also mental and emotional imbalances. We are dedicated to bringing you the transformative power of acupuncture, an essential component of our commitment to promoting health, harmony, and vitality in your life.

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Acupuncture Services

At Nourish & Move, we offer three main acupuncture services: traditional acupuncture, cosmetic/facial acupuncture, and Chinese herbs. In addition to regular needling in our acupuncture appointments, your practitioner may also perform add-ons such as fire cupping, gua sha, etc. in order for you to get the most out of your treatment. These services are also available on their own for a no-needles experience.

Your practitioner may want to prescribe you herbs in addition to your acupuncture treatment schedule. In this case, you'll book an herbal consultation with Kayla where she will go over your health history, current medications/supplements, and more to create a custom blend that will work in tandem with your acupuncture treatments.

Traditional Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, sterile needles in specific areas of the body that promote the flow of Qi (energy). Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide variety of common ailments - pain, stress, infections, autoimmune disorders, fertility, and more. Acupuncture works on the fascial level, meaning it is able to treat almost anything.

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Cosmetic acupuncture is a branch of traditional acupuncture that focuses on the skin. Cosmetic acupuncture is a safe and 100% natural alternative to Botox and other plastic surgery procedures. Although it doesn't work in the same way as Botox, it is able to deliver similar results over time. Unlike injection procedures, cosmetic acupuncture addresses not only signs of aging but also the overall health of the skin.

Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbal medicine has been practiced for thousands of years. It involves the use of medicinal herbs, roots, bark, flowers, and other natural substances to address a wide range of health concerns and promote healing. Each herb is classified according to its taste, temperature, and energetic properties, and herbal formulas are carefully tailored to each individual's unique constitution and health condition.

Complementary Modalities

Fire Cupping

Fire cupping is a technique used by acupuncturists to loosen muscle tension, improve blood and lymph circulation, and clear toxins from the body. A cotton ball is soaked in alcohol, lit on fire, and quickly inserted into a glass cup to create a vacuum effect. This is more therapeutic than dry suction cupping as the suction is stronger.

Gua Sha

Gua sha involves scraping the skin with a smooth-edged instrument to promote blood flow and reduce inflammation. When incorporated into an acupuncture session, gua sha can enhance the overall therapeutic effect by targeting specific areas of tension or stagnation, complementing the balancing and healing properties of acupuncture needles.

Tui Na

Tui Na, also known as Chinese massage, employs various hand techniques to stimulate acupressure points, muscles, and joints. When integrated with acupuncture, tui na can enhance the effectiveness of treatment by promoting the flow of Qi (energy) and blood throughout the body, aiding in the release of tension and alleviation of pain.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion, often simply referred to as moxa, is a traditional Chinese therapy that involves burning dried mugwort near certain acupuncture points or areas of the body. The heat generated from the burning moxa is believed to stimulate circulation, promote the flow of qi (energy), and alleviate various health issues.

Electroacupuncture

Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. It has the same effect on the body as the acupuncturist manually stimulating the needle. The energy current helps the needles move Qi through the body, making some treatments more effective and last longer. Electroacupuncture can also decrease pain and reduce inflammation in the body.

TCM Lifestyle Recommendations

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) encompasses not only treatments like acupuncture and herbal medicine but also holistic lifestyle recommendations aimed at maintaining balance and promoting health. Lifestyle recommendations may include dietary guidelines tailored to individual constitutions and health conditions

Appointment Types

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Traditional Acupuncture

Great for any issue: pain, stress, illness, etc.

New patients will book a 90 minute Initial Consultation ($130). Follow-ups are 60 minutes ($95).

Acupuncture

Cosmetic Acupuncture

A natural alternative to injectables such as Botox. New patients will book a 2 hour Initial Consultation ($300). Follow-ups are 90 minutes ($250). We also offer packages to help with cost.

Natural Herbs

Chinese Herbs

Herbs are great addition to a regular acupuncture regimen, but can also be used on their own without acupuncture. Herbal Consultations are 30 minutes ($45) and you will purchase the herbs separately.

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Intensive Acupuncture

This is an intensive 90 minute acupuncture follow-up ($150). Includes either:

A) Regular follow-up appointment using acupuncture needles plus in-depth Chinese Medicine bodywork

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B) Regular follow-up appointment with two separate sets of needles to address the front and back of the body.

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Chinese Medicine Bodywork

This is a 30 minute no-needles appointment for new or returning patients ($60). Modalities may include fire cupping, gua sha, and/or tui na based upon your preferences and the practitioner's evaluation of your condition.

Meet Our Acupuncturists

Kayla
Kayla Simmons

Kayla Simmons

MSAOM(OM000268), LMT, RYT(200)

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Kayla is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, massage therapist, and yoga instructor who uses a blend of modalities in each treatment. She has been working on and studying the various human body systems for the last ten years with an emphasis on bridging the mental, emotional, and physical bodies. Her passion lies in teaching patients to understand their holistic self and make informed decisions about their healthcare.

 

She has studied and practiced massage therapy since 2011, particularly myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, and (informally) Anatomy Trains. Her 200-hour Hatha yoga training was completed in 2014 with the Himalayan Institute, after which she attended a four-year graduate program in Asheville, NC to achieve a Master’s of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She has since spent many hours in continuing education classes to deepen her knowledge in specialty areas, particularly women's health. She is a member of Randine Lewis' Clinical Excellence in Fertility Professionals group (https://www.thefertilesoul.com).

 

Kayla offers three accessible options for her acupuncture treatments. These include a 90 minute all-inclusive session, a 60 minute needles-only session, and community acupuncture.

Community Acupuncture is a 30 minute session in a group setting at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. There may be up to three people in the room at a time being treated. To attend community acupuncture, head to our events page to book.

Kayla's Specialties

Fertility & Prenatal

Mental/Emotional Health

Insomnia/Sleep

Gastrointestinal Issues

Jamie
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Jamie Schlier

MAc, LAc

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Jamie holds an undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Acupuncture from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies.

Jamie joined the Pittsburgh community when she moved here in 2016 to attend the University of Pittsburgh. Originally a pre-med neuroscience major, she found that her coursework aimed solely toward pharmaceutical interventions rather than addressing lifestyle modifications and spiritual needs. She soon realized that her schooling did not align with her ideals of wellness and decided to pursue a more holistic approach. Her appreciation for the mind-body connection led her to continue her graduate studies in acupuncture and eastern medicine.

Jamie's clinical interests include women's health, sports medicine and performance optimization, autoimmune conditions, and pain management. She blends techniques from Acupuncture Physical Medicine, Kiiko Matsumoto Style, and Worsley Five-Element Acupuncture. As an acupuncturist, Jamie emphasizes the body's innate ability to heal itself. Acupuncture needling, gua sha, moxibustion, and cupping are all tools she uses to guide the body, mind, and spirit towards inner harmony.

Jamie's Specialties

Sports Performance

Women's Health

Migraines/Headaches

Nerve Pain

What Does Acupuncture Treat?

Learn More About Our Acupuncture Services

Cosmetic Acupuncture

What is it?

Cosmetic acupuncture, also known as facial acupuncture, is a holistic approach to skincare and beauty that has been gaining popularity in recent years. Rooted in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) principles, cosmetic acupuncture aims to enhance the appearance of the skin by promoting overall health and well-being.

Unlike conventional cosmetic procedures such as Botox injections or chemical peels, cosmetic acupuncture takes a more natural and holistic approach. Practitioners believe that by stimulating specific points on the face and body, they can improve circulation, promote collagen production, and balance the body's energy, or qi (pronounced "chee").

The Process

During a cosmetic acupuncture session, fine needles are inserted into specific points on the face, as well as other parts of the body that correspond to different organs and systems. These needles are much thinner than those used in traditional acupuncture and are typically inserted shallowly into the skin. The goal is to stimulate the body's natural healing response, which can result in a variety of cosmetic benefits.

 

One of the key benefits of cosmetic acupuncture is its ability to promote collagen production. Collagen is a protein that gives skin its strength and elasticity, and as we age, our bodies produce less of it, leading to wrinkles and sagging skin. By stimulating collagen production, cosmetic acupuncture can help to improve the firmness and texture of the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Natural Alternative to Skincare

While cosmetic acupuncture is generally considered to be safe when performed by a trained and licensed practitioner, it's important to keep in mind that individual results may vary. It typically requires multiple sessions to see noticeable results, and maintenance treatments may be needed to sustain the benefits over time.

 

Overall, cosmetic acupuncture offers a natural and holistic approach to skincare and beauty, addressing both the physical and energetic aspects of health and well-being. By promoting overall health and balance in the body, it can help to enhance the appearance of the skin and promote a youthful, radiant complexion.

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Electroacupuncture

What is it?

Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture that involves the use of electrical stimulation applied to acupuncture needles. It combines traditional acupuncture techniques with modern technology to enhance the therapeutic effects of the treatment.

 

The electrical stimulation can vary in intensity and frequency, depending on the individual's condition and the treatment goals. Some electroacupuncture devices allow practitioners to adjust parameters such as frequency, pulse width, and intensity to customize the treatment for each patient.

The Process

In a typical electroacupuncture session, fine needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points on the body, just like in traditional acupuncture. Once the needles are in place, electrodes are attached to the needles, and a mild electric current is passed through them. 

Electroacupuncture for Effectiveness

Electroacupuncture can enhance the effectiveness of traditional acupuncture treatments, especially for stubborn or chronic conditions. The addition of electrical stimulation can optimize acupuncture's therapeutic effects, leading to faster and more significant improvements in symptoms.

 

Overall, electroacupuncture offers a safe and effective treatment option for a wide range of health conditions, providing unique benefits beyond those of traditional acupuncture alone. However, it's essential to consult with a qualified and experienced practitioner to determine if electroacupuncture is suitable for your specific needs and health concerns.

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Fire Cupping

What is it?

Fire cupping is a traditional Chinese therapy that involves creating a vacuum or suction by heating the air inside the cup and quickly placing it on the skin. The suction created by the cups can help to increase blood flow to the treated area, loosen tight muscles, and release toxins and stagnant energy from the body. It is commonly used to address conditions such as muscle tension, back pain, arthritis, respiratory issues, and digestive disorders. It is also used to help with pain relief, inflammation, and promoting relaxation.

The Process

The practitioner selects appropriate-sized cups based on the area to be treated and the patient's condition. The cups are then cleaned and sterilized. A cotton ball or other flammable material is soaked in alcohol, ignited with a flame, and placed inside the cup. The flame is quickly removed, and the cup is immediately placed upside down on the skin.

 

As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a partial vacuum, which causes the skin to be drawn upward into the cup. The cups can be left in place for a few minutes or moved around the skin to target specific areas. To remove the cups, the practitioner typically presses down on the skin near the edge of the cup to release the vacuum, allowing the cup to be easily lifted off.

Fire Cupping for Release

Fire cupping can help release toxins and stagnant energy from the body. The suction created by the cups can draw impurities and metabolic waste products to the surface of the skin, where they can be eliminated through the body's natural detoxification processes.

 

Cupping can also stimulate the immune system and enhance the body's natural healing abilities. By increasing circulation and promoting the flow of energy, cupping therapy can help to strengthen the body's defenses against future illness.

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Gua Sha/Scraping

What is it?

Gua Sha is an ancient therapeutic technique originating from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that involves scraping the skin with a smooth-edged tool to promote healing and improve circulation.

 

The name "Gua Sha" translates to "scraping sand," which refers to the sand-like redness or petechiae that may appear on the skin surface during the treatment. This technique has been used for centuries in East Asia to address various health concerns, including pain, inflammation, and stagnation of qi (energy).

The Process

During a Gua Sha session, the practitioner applies oil or lotion to the skin to reduce friction. Then, using a smooth-edged tool the practitioner gently scrapes the skin in a downward motion along the meridians or specific areas of tension or discomfort. The pressure applied varies depending on the individual's tolerance and the purpose of the treatment.

As the skin is scraped, the technique creates micro-traumas that stimulate the body's natural healing response. This can lead to increased blood flow, lymphatic drainage, and the release of tension and toxins trapped in the muscles and tissues. The scraping motion also helps to break up adhesions and fascial restrictions, promoting better movement and flexibility.

Throughout the session, the skin may gradually develop a reddish or purplish hue, indicating increased blood circulation and the release of stagnant energy. While this temporary discoloration may look similar to bruising, it is a normal and expected response to the treatment and typically fades within a few days.

Gua Sha for Well-Being

By stimulating the body's self-healing mechanisms, Gua Sha can help to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and promote overall well-being. While the process may seem simple, its effects can be profound, offering both immediate relief and long-term benefits.

 

Whether used as a standalone therapy or combined with other modalities, Gua Sha remains a valuable tool in the practice of traditional Chinese medicine, providing an effective way to restore balance and vitality to the body.

Tui Na

What is it?

Tui Na is a form of Chinese therapeutic massage that has been practiced for over two thousand years. It involves a combination of massage techniques, acupressure, and manipulation to address various health concerns and promote healing. The name "Tui Na" translates to "push" and "pull," reflecting the hands-on approach used to manipulate the body's soft tissues and energy channels.

The Process

The practitioner applies a series of massage techniques to the body, focusing on specific areas of tension, pain, or imbalance. These techniques may include kneading, rolling, pressing, and rubbing, as well as stretching and joint manipulation. The practitioner may also incorporate acupressure techniques to stimulate acupuncture points and promote the flow of qi (energy) along the body's meridians.

One of the distinguishing features of Tui Na is its emphasis on the energetic aspects of healing. Practitioners often use their hands to detect imbalances in the body's energy flow and apply techniques to restore harmony and balance. By addressing both the physical and energetic aspects of health, Tui Na aims to promote overall well-being and vitality.

Tui Na: Chinese Massage

Tui Na offers a holistic approach to healing that addresses both the physical and energetic aspects of health. Through a combination of massage techniques, acupressure, and manipulation, Tui Na helps to alleviate pain, reduce tension, and promote relaxation.

 

Its roots in traditional Chinese medicine provide a rich framework for understanding the body's interconnectedness and the importance of balance and harmony. Whether used as a standalone therapy or integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan, Tui Na remains a valuable tool for promoting health and well-being.

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Moxibustion

What is it?

Moxibustion is a therapeutic technique used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that involves burning dried mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) near specific acupuncture points or areas of the body. This ancient practice aims to stimulate circulation, promote the flow of qi (vital energy), and alleviate various health issues. Moxibustion comes in various forms, including direct and indirect methods, each offering unique benefits and applications.

The Process

The practitioner selects appropriate acupuncture points or areas of the body based on the individual's health concerns and TCM diagnosis. In direct moxibustion, small cones or cylinders of moxa are placed directly on the skin at the chosen points and ignited. As the moxa burns, it generates heat, stimulating the acupuncture point and promoting healing. In indirect moxibustion, the moxa is burned above the skin. The heat from the burning moxa penetrates the skin, providing therapeutic benefits without direct contact.

Moxibustion and Heat

Whether used alone or in conjunction with acupuncture and other TCM modalities, moxibustion has been valued for centuries for its ability to enhance circulation, stimulate the body's healing response, and restore balance. By harnessing the power of heat and herbal medicine, moxibustion continues to be a valuable tool for addressing a wide range of health concerns and supporting holistic wellness.

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Chinese Herbs

What is it?

Chinese herbs are natural substances, including roots, leaves, flowers, seeds, and minerals, that have been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine to promote health and treat various ailments. These herbs are often combined into formulas based on TCM principles to address specific patterns of disharmony within the body. Chinese herbal medicine takes a holistic approach, considering not only the symptoms but also the underlying imbalances or root causes of illness.

The Process

Chinese herbal medicine involves a comprehensive diagnostic process by a qualified practitioner to determine the most appropriate herbal formula for an individual's specific health condition and constitution. The practitioner may consider factors such as the patient's symptoms, medical history, tongue and pulse diagnosis, and overall pattern of disharmony.

 

Based on this assessment, the practitioner selects a combination of herbs tailored to the patient's needs, blending them into a customized herbal formula. These formulas may be administered in various forms, including decoctions (brewed teas), powders, pills, tinctures, or topical applications.

Chinese Herbs For Ideal Health

Through a careful combination of herbs tailored to individual needs, Chinese herbal medicine aims to restore balance, strengthen the body's self-healing mechanisms, and promote overall well-being.

 

While each herb has unique properties and therapeutic effects, it is the synergy of these herbs within a well-balanced formula that maximizes their therapeutic potential. As a time-tested and integrated component of TCM, Chinese herbs continue to provide valuable support for addressing a wide range of health concerns and maintaining optimal health.

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TCM Lifestyle Recommendations

What is it?

TCM lifestyle recommendations encompass a holistic approach to health and well-being based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). These recommendations emphasize the importance of living in harmony with nature, maintaining balance within the body, and addressing the root causes of illness rather than just the symptoms. TCM lifestyle recommendations encompass various aspects of daily life, including diet, exercise, sleep, stress management, and environmental factors.

The Process

During your regular acupuncture appointment, your practitioner conducts a comprehensive assessment, which may include pulse diagnosis, tongue examination, and discussion of symptoms and lifestyle habits, to identify patterns of disharmony within the body. Based on this assessment, the practitioner provides personalized recommendations to promote balance and well-being.

 

These recommendations may include dietary guidelines such as eating according to the seasons and individual constitution, engaging in appropriate exercise to promote circulation and balance, practicing stress management techniques like meditation or acupuncture, ensuring adequate rest and sleep, and creating a harmonious living environment.

Lifestyle Recommendations for Optimal Health

TCM lifestyle recommendations offer a holistic approach to health and wellness, focusing on maintaining balance and harmony within the body, mind, and environment. By incorporating principles of TCM into daily life, individuals can support their overall well-being, prevent illness, and enhance their quality of life. TCM lifestyle recommendations provide valuable guidance for navigating the complexities of modern life while honoring the ancient wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine.

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