At Clarity Acupuncture We Don’t Just Treat Symptoms. We Treat the Underlying Causes.

Are you tired of suffering from pain, depression or anxiety?  Do you want to sleep better? Improve your energy? Overcome infertility issues? At Clarity Acupuncture we serve the Columbia, MD / Ellicott City community through the practice of acupuncture and shiatsu massage therapy. We address the underlying causes of the symptoms on three levels: 1) physical, 2) emotional, and 3) spiritual.  Many of our patients are able to experience not only relief, but life changing results. This safe, effective, holistic approach to health  and wellness may be exactly what you need.

Would You Like to Discover How Acupuncture Can Provide Relief From…

Too often, so many of us simply accept things like stress, depression, chronic back pain, migraines or fibromyalgia as a way of life. Perhaps we experience some relief by treating the symptoms with over-the-counter medications or prescriptions, but have really accepted these “ailments” as something you just have to deal with. The good news is acupuncture and/or shiatsu massage, coupled with lifestyle changes can offer a way out. I’m living proof of that. I used to suffer from migraines, back pain, and heartburn so frequently that I had come to accept them as part of my daily life — that is, until I decided that I wanted a better quality of life. I didn’t want to be constantly in pain. I turned to acupuncture and it changed my life. It can change yours too. And it all starts with a simple consultation. Schedule yours today.

Acupuncture + Shiatsu

zen shiatsu massage

One of the things that makes Clarity Acupuncture unique is that for many of treatments, we combine Acupuncture and Shiatsu Massage (pronounced shē -ät’-soo) thereby treating you on multiple energy levels.  This combination of therapies allows for a more complete ability to address individual concerns and offers more effective, efficient treatments.

Shiatsu  massage is a complete system of healing bodywork that involves gentle stretching and light hand and finger pressure along specific energy pathways on the body.  It utilizes the same healing modality as acupuncture, and therefore the two therapies work well in tandem as treatments.

Shiatsu actually combines traditions from both Chinese and Western massage.  It is performed while the patient is fully clothed and no oils are used during the treatment.  This offers an added level of convenience, comfort and relaxation for many people. Shiatsu can treat everything from headaches and muscle soreness to painful menstruation and chronic back pain.  Additionally, shiatsu massage can help with anxiety, stress, tension and muscle issues.  Regular treatments can improve overall blood circulation, posture and energy flow in a patient.

Overcoming Needle Concerns

acupuncture needles in the palm of a hand

Though many don’t like to admit it, one of the bigger concerns about acupuncture revolves around the needles used for treatment. These concerns can include fear of pain, scaring, or or tissue damage. But rest assured, when performed by an experienced, licensed practitioner there’s little need for concern. These tiny needles are nothing like the syringes typically used in medical settings to administer medication.  In reality, acupuncture needles are extremely thin, about the width of one to two human hairs. Since the needles are so tiny and inserted just under the skin, you should not expect to experience any pain or bleeding.

In fact, most patients don’t feel the needles at all.

For those who do feel something, sensations may include a slight sting or a tingling sensation.  Any preliminary sensations disappear in a few seconds, after which the patient will feel deeply relaxed and peaceful. Most acupuncture sessions involve only two to six needles.  All the needles we use are sterilized, come in individual packets, and are disposed of after each use.