I'll help you become the Joyful Light Being you always knew you were.
Keeping a good attitude and an optimistic outlook are so important for living well.
Our sessions can include any of Acupuncture, Massage Therapy, Polarity Therapy, Hypnosis, Sound, Crystals, Essential Oils, etc. I bring these diverse skills and more to the treatment table and I may use any number of them to support your healing experience.
Our work together and a good attitude are a brilliant path to bring you to your goal of health and relaxation.
I Specialize in Treating:
• Digestive Disorders
• Emotional Issues
• Pain, of course
We can always work on any of the other issues that you may need support with.
Note: I am available to do talks on an agreed upon topic at your facility.
About Phyllis H. Abend, LMT, PTP, CH, LAc
I endeavor to provide my patients with the most comprehensive care of which I am capable.
My study of several modes of energy and physical medicine have given me many ways to help you access your highest state of health in body, mind and spirit.
In the course of treatment, I work to keep my patients optimistic and maintain a sense of humor. So don't be surprised if you hear laughter coming from my office. I am able to synthesize varied information into my practice and teaching. This allows me to combine Acupuncture with other techniques from complementary medicine to create a deep healing experience.
I have seen the value of Acupuncture and Polarity Therapy in encouraging health and in treating life threatening disease. Each new practice just adds to the richness of my skills.
All that alphabet soup after my name is only the beginning of how I haven't exactly gotten here in a straight line.
Acupuncture is my third career. Before that, I had a 20 year career in corporate computer work. There was a 5 year overlap as I started my massage practice. I have been actively involved in the healing arts since 1992 when I started studying massage and have been studying since.
Acupuncture school was my last big project that earned me a separate certification and an additional degree, BPS/MSAC.
LMT: Licensed Massage Therapist (NY)
PTP: Polarity Therapy Practitioner (It used to be RPP)
CH: Certified Hypnotist
LAc: Licensed Acupuncturist (NY)
Continuing education keeps my skills growing.
Most recently, I've been studying Zheng Gu Tui Na and Dr Tan's techniques.
All the photographs but my headshot on the site are my work.
The Headshot is courtesy of Joelene's Images.
The drawings are clipart, courtesy of the web.
My clients are professionals. performers, athletes, students, moms, other practitioners and anyone else who wants to feel great.
I offer discounts to Senior Citizens, Students and Veterans when paying cash, please remember to ask for your discount. I am also registered with some discount and coupon programs.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a healing art that is over 2000 years old.
I use hair-thin solid needles to adjust and align the energetic substance known as life force or Qi, pronounced 'chee'.
The Qi enlivens all life processes, such as:
- Sleeping and Waking
- Eating, Digesting and Eliminating
- Working and Playing
The needles are also used to relieve muscle tension and alleviate pain.
An acupuncture session can also include additional techniques like:
- Moxibustion - Burning herbs to add heat to the body.
- Tui Na - Chinese Massage.
- Electrical Stimulation - referred to as 'E-Stim'.
- Gua Sha - a scraping technique to release muscles and open the surface -it does leave temporary marks.
- Cupping - Heated cups that create suction on the skin. This leaves temporary circular marks. You've seen those marks on athletes and celebrities.
Be aware that long-standing symptoms may take a bit of time to resolve.
New York State also issues licenses for Acupuncture and Massage, both of which I carry.
What Does Acupuncture Treat?
Most people are only aware that acupuncture is used for pain, but acupuncture is really 'Good for What Ails You'. It treats many things, among them:
• Muscular Pain and Injuries
• Joint Pain and Arthritis
• Strengthening Immunity
• Sleep Disturbances
• Emotional Issues:
• Reproductive issues:
• Digestive Discomforts:
Heartburn and Reflux
IBS and Ulcerative Colitis
• Skin Problems:
Signs of Aging
• Eye Problems
We also offer Specialized Cosmetic Services that combine bodywork techniques and acupuncture to treat the entire system and make you look wonderful.
• Acupuncture facial Rejuvenation - acupuncture and localized massage to minimize:
eye bags and circles
What is an Acupuncture Session Like?
First session: When you come for your first session, you will be asked to complete some paperwork. (The forms are available on the forms and brochures page.)
That paperwork includes:
• A release that allows me to use acupuncture needles to treat you and asks you to agree to arbitration is you decide to sue me.
• An HIPAA release that lets me know how best to contact you and gives you a copy of the HIPAA rules for privacy and record keeping
• A form that lets you know my cancellation policy what happens if your check doesn't clear and gives me permission to communicate with your insurance company, if your insurance covers acupuncture treatment
• An intake with identifying information and your health history The intake questions are the beginning of our conversation on how we will proceed with your treatment.
Some of the questions will seem to be unrelated to your complaint, but they are there to give me a more complete picture of your entire health history. These questions will also give me a better idea of things that you might not consider relevant, but are contributing to how you are feeling. These include lifestyle, diet and activity. We will then proceed to the treatment.
The actual treatment: I may feel your pulses and look at your tongue. I may also palpate your abdomen. These are diagnostic techniques used in most of Asian medicine. I may also palpate some acupuncture points and the area of pain to help select where I will insert the needles.
I use only new, sterile, disposable needles for every treatment. The needles will be inserted, left in place for a few minutes and then removed. While the needles are in place, I may apply electrical stimulation to the needles or use moxa either on or around the needles. There may be a twitch, a little aching or a drawing sensation where the needles are placed.
If there is pain or a burning sensation, let me know and I can adjust the needles to stop that. You may feel something, and you may not, either is fine. For pain, the needles may be placed at the area where there is pain or at a distance. Both approaches are effective. In fact, sometimes the distant needles are more effective than treating the painful area directly. I may also electrically stimulate points. I may send you home with magnets, seeds or tacks, usually in your ears. I will ask you to remove them yourself or come back for me to remove them in 3 or 4 days.
The session can also include gua sha, cupping or bodywork.
I am also beginning to experiment with tuning forks and essential oils on acupoints and on the needles. If you're interested, we can discuss if this is appropriate for you.
Any of the additional services will be used as appropriate for the treatment and if there is time. You may feel different immediately after your session or it may take several sessions. Most people feel better after a session, and sometimes, they feel a bit worse for the next 24 hours, or so. Feeling different, either way, is actually a good sign.
For long term problems, initial relief may only last for a few days. It will usually take multiple treatments for longer term problems to fully resolve.
More frequent treatment can accelerate recovery exponentially, so I recommend treatment 2 to 3 times a week, especially for long-standing problems