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Your body knows how to heal. Acupuncture simply reminds the body how to do what it was built to do - to recover quickly, live vibrantly and thrive. 


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.

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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.

Please complete this pdf form prior to your first session and bring it with you.



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 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.



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:

  • Blood Pressure: high or low
  • Digestive issues
  • Emotional: depression, anxiety, seasonal affect disorder
  • Fatigue, chronic fatigue
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Infertility
  • Injury: sports, auto, work, etc.
  • Insomnia
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Stress/stress-related conditions