Heal Your Entire Body


Acupuncture involves the placement of very fine, sterile, single-use needles in specific locations on the body.   After a discussion about your health concerns, ailments, and goals, Annalisa will be able to analyze the basic patterns taking place in your body.  You will get comfortable on a treatment (massage) table and she will gently insert needles in locations that correspond to the pattern that she has identified.  You will then rest quietly, without any awareness of the needles for 15-25 minutes.

My acupuncture practice specializes in Migraines, Orthopedic pain (back, neck, shoulder, knee etc), TMJ, anxiety, stress relief, insomnia and more.

How does it work??

A lot of studies are being conducted to be able to explain acupuncture in the way we are used to, and several mechanisms of action have been identified:

  • Acupuncture stimulates the nerves going to the brain, causing the release of natural opioids (enkephalins, endorphins, dynorphins) in the body, shutting off pain signals AND decreasing inflammation.That dual role is important as it causes healing of the source of pain, rather than simply masking the pain itself and leaving the injury alone.

  • This stimulation of the brain also releases increased levels of serotonin which not only helps with pain, but also with depression, anxiety, addiction, OCD, sugar cravings among other things.The benefits from these alone have wide reaching effects.

  • Acupuncture also increases blood flow not only to the areas where needles are placed, but throughout the body as a result of the mechanisms described above.

  • White blood cells aggregate at the needle sites and are distributed via circulation throughout the body

  • Many acupuncture points and channels correspond with nerve pathways, and stimulation of those points and pathways are able to direct the therapeutic affects to the appropriate place.  It is also why a needle placed in one part of the body affects a different part of the body.

  • Does it have "side effects"? You betcha! Take a look

  • Annalisa may also use other modalities such as cupping, gua sha, tui na (a form of massage), moxibustion, nutrition, essential oils, herbal patents, teas and foot soaks to address particular health concerns.



Relax, Rest & Defy Age

Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture is often called an “acupuncture face lift” as it increases collagen production, firms facial muscles, shrinks pores,  tightens skin, smooths out fine lines, reduces redness, reduces puffiness under the eyes and gives the face a healthful glow.  However, it should also be noted that it achieves these goals not only by the very fine (small) needles used on the face, but also via the full body treatment that accompanies it.  The glow on our faces comes from within our healthy bodies.  The needling portion of the treatment is followed by a face and neck massage with essential oils as well as a facial mask, leaving you feeling refreshed and your face glowing with vitality.

Facial Rejuventation treatments may erase 5 to 10 years of aging affects on the face.  It is beneficial for those with deep wrinkles or fine lines, bags under the eyes, dry or oily skin, puffiness, sagging, large pores or acne.  A standard course of treatment is 12 sessions, with results really looking obvious after about the 7th.  12 has been found to be the optimal amount for lasting effects, and after that, occasional follow ups for upkeep.

It should be noted that Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is contraindicated for some pituitary disorders, heart disorders, diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, for individuals who have a problem with bleeding or bruising, or who currently suffer from migraine headaches. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture should not be administered during pregnancy, or during a bout of a cold, flu, or acute allergy.