Acupuncture is a means of restoring your body’s own inherent mechanism for healing and well-being. Effective in the treatment of a myriad of imbalances and pathology, acupuncture begins with a central premise: relaxation of the nervous system. This is the reason it is so broadly useful for pain, hormonal imbalance, stress/anxiety/depression and immunity.
Whether you are looking to address a specific concern or just want to stay well, our licensed IO Acupuncturist will tailor each session to address your primary concern and evolving needs. Each session may include nutrition and lifestyle recommendations.
FOR BEST RESULTS ENJOY OUR STEAM/SAUNA AND RELAX IN OUR LOUNGE OR ON OUR SUNDECK BEFORE AND AFTER SPA TREATMENTS.
Each treatment includes gentle needle application, massage, an In Fiore Body Balm and hot towels to soothe. Our licensed acupuncturist will assess your needs in an initial 90 minute intake session. Follow-up appointments are 60 minutes. We suggest a series of four treatments for ultimate wellness results. 60 minutes for $150. 90 minutes for $220. Series of 4 (60 minute treatments) for $510, save 15 percent.
For those looking for a non-surgical alternative to injections (or for those looking to extend the time between injections), this treatment offers noticeable, radiant results. The treatment starts with body acupuncture to increase circulation and lymphatic drainage. Next, facial acupuncture targets the nervous system and muscle motor points to lift and sculpt, while dramatically stimulating collagen and elastin production. Mee Ra facial products combine powerful East Asian herbs and modern science to deeply nourish the skin. Recommended for all skin types and ages. 75 minutes for $240. Add 15 minutes of cupping, gua sha, and jade rolling to increase lymphatic stimulation and toning of the skin for additional $40. *Only available at IO SF
RACHEL SCHAEFER @ IO MARIN
Rachel Schaefer is a CA licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. She received her BS in Biology from Mills College in Oakland, California, and a four-year Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute in Santa Cruz, California.
To match her belief that “Food is Medicine,” Rachel completed a two-year apprenticeship in Nutrition and Functional medicine. Her clinical style reflects this and patients are provided personalized nutritional strategies. Rachel has studied at two renowned Chinese Universities– in Hangzhou and Chengdu. While there, she followed a specific course on treatment of Diabetes and blood sugar regulation and topics in women's health. She has lectured on treatment of the endocrine system via lifestyle and dietary practices, thus returning patients to the helm of their well-being.
She is an expert in the treatment of infertility and has been on staff at Pacific Fertility Center, one of the leading reproductive medicine clinics in the U.S. Rachel also began her clinical work sharing a holistic practice with a family practice MD thus sharpening a background in western medicine. She is honored to bring her unique style of integrative medicine to Marin and International Orange.
PAMELA GILMOUR @ IO SAN FRANCISCO
Pamela Gilmour is a CA licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. She has been practicing Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2010. She attended American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. In 2013, Pamela completed a clinical acupuncture certificate through the Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in Hangzhou, China. Before delving into the world of holistic medicine, Pamela studied Visual Art at the University of California, San Diego.
She is trained in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Cupping, Shiatsu, Cranio-sacral, Thai, Deep Tissue, and Swedish. She brings together her well-rounded understanding of balance with her massage and acupuncture skills treating stress, chronic and acute pain, post-operative recovery, dietary and digestive issues, sleep issues and promotes general well-being.
ANNA LEE @ IO SAN FRANCISCO
Anna Lee is a CA licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and aesthetician who has been practicing since 2004. She received a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicines and applied science degrees in both Medical Aesthetics and Clinical Massage from Saint Paul College. She has since retired from massage therapy (and teaching yoga!) to fully dedicate her skills to aesthetics, acupuncture, and herbal medicine.
Originally born in Jeonju, Korea, Anna was adopted into a loving family when she was 6 months old. Her American mother worked at a bookstore every summer and Anna spent much of her childhood there, poring over books about skincare and health. Noticing her obsession, her mother brought Anna to get her first facial at the age of 12, and encouraged her enthusiasm for researching and trying new products.
In 2015 Anna met her biological Korean mother, and learned that while her mother was pregnant with her she was working as a beautician teaching women how to take care of their skin. She also found out that she came from a long line of health care professionals, and discovered that the full translation of her given Korean name, “Mee Ra,” means ‘to grow up to be beautiful’. Anna is grateful to both of her mothers for instilling and supporting her skin and health passion.
In addition to seeing patients, Anna has been making skincare products since 2004. In 2015, she began working with a chemist to refine and produce her products on a larger scale. Mee Ra Rituals evokes self love, combining East Asian Medicine and Western Science in a 3-minute skincare ritual that can be tailored to a any skin type.
What can I expect during my Acupuncture session at IO?
Arrive 15 minutes prior to your treatment, or earlier, if you'd like to use our sauna or steam room prior to your appointment.
You are welcome to remain clothed or use a robe; retain your undergarments.
Feel free to bring any recent (within the year, or otherwise pertinent to your concerns) lab reports or records which might provide clinical insight.
During your initial consultation your acupuncturist will ask questions regarding your current health concerns and your health history. Part of the consultation will involve feeling the pulse and looking at the tongue. This will give your acupuncturist more information about possible imbalances in the body. The session then includes gentle needle application, a 20-25 minute resting period with the needles, needle removal and gentle massage (either to open or close the session). After the needles are removed, your practitioner will discuss the best treatment plan for you over a warm cup of tea. You may feel euphoric and relaxed after your session so feel free to rest in our beautiful lounge area or pamper yourself in the rest of the spa.
Each client will receive a "clinicians note" emailed on completion of the visit, to chronicle a specific set of take-home suggestions towards self-care in meeting one's healing objectives.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very thin – similar to a single strand of your hair or a cat’s whisker. Typically the needles are barely felt. Most clients feel a deep sense of relaxation and sometimes fall asleep. However, sometimes some people are more sensitive than others. In these cases, our highly skilled Acupuncturists use different techniques, guided breathing, or fewer needles. The most common feeling during an acupuncture treatment is a dull pressure, warmth, or tingling – these are all sensations associated with unblocking the meridians in your body and allowing the energy to flow freely.
Why do people get acupuncture?
For thousands of years Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used to treat all kinds of diseases and illness. By addressing both the symptoms and the cause of disease, the whole person is treated. Acupuncture relaxes the body and the mind – which can often be the cause of disease. You also don’t have to have an illness to receive acupuncture. Maintaining optimal health through regular acupuncture sessions is one of the best ways to prevent disease.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have acknowledged acupuncture to be effective in treating numerous medical illnesses and disorders.
A few of the conditions treated: