Holistic medicine has become an accepted and popular form of treatment for health and well-being. Acupuncture, an ancient medical procedure that originated in China, is often a holistic complement to modern Western medicine. Some hospitals and wellness clinics combine acupuncture and modern medical procedures, but many acupuncturists are private practitioners. Some are affiliated with major hospitals and are credentialed in both Western and Oriental medicine. Twin Cities metro has many certified acupuncturists — here are a few holistic treatment centers where licensed practitioners specialize in acupuncture and acupressure.
Ochi Massage Spa
Eden Prairie Center
8251 Flying Cloud Drive, Suite 2184
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
A holistic spa for massage therapy, Ochi combines Swedish massage with deep tissue Oriental acupressure to relieve muscle tension. The therapeutic massage focuses on connective tissue areas where muscle pain is concentrated. When tension is released, the muscles relax (and so do you). In addition to deep tissue trigger point body massage, the spa offers foot reflexology, which targets pressure points on the feet. These pressure points, or meridians, connect to vital organs. Ochi has downloadable coupon specials for deep tissue full body and foot massages, and promotions are ongoing. Ochi has a Burnsville location, as well.
Minnesota Community Acupuncture
Edina Business Center
5500 Lincoln Drive, Suite 100
Edina, MN 55436
The staff at this wellness clinic believes in affordable acupuncture and acupressure for everyone. Treatment sessions for families are affordably priced. Initial treatments are $25, and fees for additional treatments are on a $20 to $40 sliding scale. Acupressure treatment for children is $10 per session. Adults can ease back and relax as they are treated in comfortable recliners. The clinic also has a large, open community room for relaxation.
TCM Health Center
St. Louis Park
3710 Grand Way
Minneapolis, MN 55416
In addition to Oriental medicine, the practitioners at TCM Health Center hold degrees in various medical specialties. The center offers services in acupuncture, trigger point Oriental massage and herbal therapy to treat a variety of health issues and medical conditions. Health insurance is accepted, but contact a location to confirm. Offices are in St. Louis Park, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Edina and Roseville.
Pain and Brain Healing Center
1400 131st Ave., NE
Blaine, MN 55449
This healing center incorporates acupuncture into integrated modalities (therapeutic techniques) to treat pain and other chronic conditions. The center looks for ways to scientifically use acupuncture, spinal manipulation and other therapies to treat clinical health problems. Acupuncture plays a critical role in exploring neurological symptoms as well as providing pain relief. Laboratory tests are part of all inpatient treatments.
4749 Chicago Ave. S., Suite 5
Minneapolis, MN 55407
A medi-spa and wellness center, Attune Acupuncture uses acupuncture to therapeutically promote general wellness, improve skin tone and appearance, relieve pain and treat health issues specific to men and women. Treatments focus on restoring wellness and balance through acupuncture, herbal formulas and nutrition. In addition to acupuncture, the center offers Shiatsu (trigger point therapeutic Japanese massage), traditional massage and reflexology. Patients can pay for treatments through a health savings or flexible spending account.
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