Melissa Cram AP, LMT
Melissa is Board Certified Acupuncture Physician. She earned her Master’s Degree from the East West College of Natural Medicine in 2006. In addition to Oriental Medicine Melissa is a licensed Massage Therapist where she earned her degree and graduated from the Polarity Realization Institute, Ipswich, MA in 1998. Melissa specializes in deep tissue/sports massage modalities.
Melissa has the knowledge and experience to create an individual plan for your specific health needs. With certain health challenges Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, and Massage Therapy may all be combined in one treatment.
Melissa’s passion for holistic medicine lies in watching the transformation of her patient’s physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. The most important part of her practice is to work together with patients to formulate individualized wellness plans that utilize her knowledge of healthy living through Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture. Licences AP#2365 / MA#43398.
The Concept of Qi
At the center of oriental medicine is the concept that qi (pronounced “chee”), or life energy, flows through the body through meridians. As long as qi is abundant and flowing freely, the body remains in balanced heath, also known as homeostasis. When the qi flow is obstructed, it becomes backed up in one area of the body and restricted in another area. There is a saying in Chinese Medicine, “If there is pain there is no free flow; if there is free flow there is no pain”.
Many life factors can influence the quality and quantity of qi within the body; these factors are also implicated in the obstruction of qi. Common sources include trauma (both physical and emotional), poor diet, stress, lack of exercise or over-excursion, and seasonal changes. Acupuncture promotes and reestablishes the free flow of qi, allowing the body to self-correct.
How many treatments will I need?
Acupuncture is a Therapy. It is most effective when used consistently and frequently. The number of treatments a patient needs depends upon the severity and duration of the symptoms. It works by stimulating the body’s own self-healing mechanisms. For a cold or flu, one or two treatments can be very helpful. For chronic health, a longer course of treatment is normally required. This will be determined and discussed during your first session.
Acupuncture (60 minutes): $85
Acupuncture and Massage Combination (90 minutes): $160