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New Beginnings

Durango Co autumn vibesI write this at the start of a new year. I love this time of year because it feels propelled by feelings of hope, possibilities, and change. I think these are deeply human feelings and also deeply brave.

It is enough that you are here, showing up in your life, doing the best you can. It’s okay that your best may not be as great as you envision for yourself.

Breathe. Let the expectation and pressure to unveil your most fabulous self on January 1 slide by.

Now, here in this moment, start again. No matter what day it is, it is a perfect day to begin again to take whatever steps you can in the direction you want to go.

I moved to Durango, Colorado in the fall of 2023. I opened my acupuncture practice here in December. I am beginning again.

I closed my practice in Ohio this summer & put everything into storage. I left a thriving business and comfortable life because it no longer fit, no longer filled me up. It was time to initiate a change, a big one. The biggest difference with this move is that I didn’t know where I would land. I was afraid that I may not find my place. I was afraid that I might not hear my inner voice helping me find it. It took just a few months & a few thousand miles of driving around with my two black labs to get the pull to land in Durango. Of all the amazing places I visited, this was the one that sparked the thought “if I can, I want to be here”.

All of that to say that we can all start again, whether the change we seek is tiny or large scale.

In my next posts I’ll go more into acupuncture & herbal topics. I wanted to talk about landing in Durango today since I was out on a snow covered hike with my dogs this morning and caught myself in the moment feeling incredibly fortunate to be here.

Thank you for being here.

~ Stacey

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Self-care tips for mask wearing…

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Self-care tips for mask wearing…


Please note: I wear my mask to protect others, to hopefully reduce the likelihood of being an asymptomatic spreader of the COVID-19 pathogen. My friends, colleagues, and patients also wear masks to protect each other. My observations and comments in this writing are intended as supportive measures as we safely continue to do our protective part in the current healthcare scenario – and in no way are intended as reasons for not wearing your mask, and may not be used by others to support not wearing masks


I’ve asked a few friends, colleagues, and patients if they feel less well hydrated on the days when they wear their masks for longer periods of time. The general consensus is Yes!

Consider this your gentle reminder to revisit your hydration plan and adjust to accommodate any dehydration that’s creeping in. The change could be due to differences in breathing through the mask material, change in your habit of drinking as we’re more aware of keeping our masks covering us appropriately,  or perhaps even the difference in how we talk to be clearly understood through the material. Any of these or others not mentioned could be causing some dehydration. 


Please check-in with how much you’re drinking to ensure it’s adequate for your health & hydration. 


My next thought goes with the ear loops that many masks use to be held in place – and wondering if that gentle (hopefully gentle!) constant pulling is affecting the fascia and musculature around our ears. I treat many patients for headaches, jaw tightness and pain, and TMJ syndrome. Addressing the fascia & muscles connecting to the area at the base of the ears is always part of those treatments as it’s directly associated with those problems. I’ve started having conversations with my patients about also using non-earloop style of face coverings some of the time. Masks that use straps/ties may offer an option that doesn’t pull  – for those who already experience facial or jaw muscular tension. I’ve also started showing patients how to perform self-massage around their ears, jaw, and along the sides of their scalps above their ears (temporalis muscle) to prevent tightness and muscle tension from developing. 


I’ll post a clip of the self-massage in another segment.


Be well.


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Moving forward, Spring 2020

May 5, 2020

It’s time….


Hello lovely human –

I’m grateful we are at the point where we can consider how to safely and carefully resume our appointments together.

What a strange period of time it has been for all of us…

I look forward to moving into the newness together, with changes appropriate for the time we are now in. As the spring and summer progress, I will amend my practice as needed or required by recommendations of my professional organizations, the state, and other relevant health agencies.

While practicing good hygiene is always a priority at Center Point Acupuncture Medicine, I acknowledge these are extraordinary times requiring I go above and beyond customary actions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Here is some information about the ongoing actions I’m taking to help protect your health and the health of myself and our community.

  • I’ll be wearing a face covering when not able to be safe distanced.
  • We are practicing and encourage safe distancing (e.g., maintaining at least six feet of separation between people in common areas).
  • I take my temperature and O2 saturation readings twice daily.
  • Signs containing helpful information about hand washing best practices and other prevention measures are posted.
  •  I’m keeping my hands washed, work areas wiped down, and am frequently disinfecting clinical and common areas using a multi-step process. Everything from ipads and pens to counters, treatment tables, linens and the medical supplies I rely on to provide care for you, are receiving extra attention.

Prior to your appointment:

  • Please wear a face covering or mask & wash your hands prior to the start of your session.
  •  I ask that you check your temperature prior to coming for your treatment.

  You must cancel your appointment if you are experiencing or have been in recent contact with anyone exhibiting any of the common COVID-19 symptoms:

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, dry cough, sore throat, body aches, chills, loss of sense of taste or smell, unexplained fatigue, headache, diarrhea, or severe vomiting), or have  recently traveled to an area with high infections/transmission rates

  Thank you in advance for your understanding. These guidelines will help me ensure that I remain available to provide care and service to you and my other patients without disruption.

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What can acupuncturists treat?

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below are some of the health concerns that acupuncture can effectively treat:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Common cold
  • Constipation
  • Dental pain
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive trouble
  • Dizziness
  • Dysentery
  • Emotional problems
  • Eye problems
  • Facial palsy
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gingivitis
  • Headache
  • Hiccough
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Low back pain
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Migraine
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain
  • PMS
  • Pneumonia
  • Reproductive problems
  • Rhinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Smoking cessation
  • Sore throat
  • Stress
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tooth pain
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vomiting
  • Wrist pain
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How are acupuncturists educated?

Today, acupuncturists undertake three to four years of extensive and comprehensive graduate training at nationally certified schools. All acupuncturists must pass a national exam and meet strict guidelines to practice in every state.

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