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Winding Willow Acupuncture & Wellness
1540 Se Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202
To make an appointment, use the form below or contact the office by phone at 503.914.2747
Our office entrance is on the NE corner of SE Clinton Street & SE 16th. We are ADA accessible.
About Winding Willow Acupuncture & Wellness
Winding Willow Acupuncture & Wellness is Southeast Portland’s neighborhood collective of independent healing arts practitioners. Services include Acupuncture, Herbal Consults, Massage Therapy, Physical Therapy, Reiki...and much more. Our Professionals utilize their unique experience and compassion to listen to your health and wellness needs, design a treatment plan to suit your individual goals, and offer gentle and effective techniques to restore your health to its optimal state of balance.
Here at Winding Willow Acupuncture we would like to help you unwind from the stresses of everyday life. We believe that health & well-being are crucial components of a happy life. Often pressures of daily life mean that time is short and our health & well-being are often neglected or even taken for granted. We are dedicated to help you eliminate pain and improve overall health using acupuncture, herbal medicine, and massage.
Our aim is to help you address your health concerns with methods that are gentle, thorough and effective, so you can feel your best.
The following list contains some of the many conditions East Asian Medicine effectively treats.
What Is Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a system of healing that focuses on improving the overall well being of the patient, by strengthening the body's own healing response. Health problems are treated by the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points. Originating in China, these points have been mapped out over two thousand years ago and have more recently been confirmed through electromagnetic research.
This Medicine is great for treating individuals of all ages and stages for acute and chronic conditions.
How does acupuncture work?
According to Chinese medicine theory, acupuncture works by promoting the free movement of blood and energy in the body, through specific pathways or meridians. Acupuncture stimulates and enhances the free flow of Qi, therefore regulating the harmonious energetic balance of the body. This consequently relieves pain and restores health. Western scientific research has shown that acupuncture causes the production of endorphins, which are the body's natural painkillers. However, acupuncture is used for many conditions besides pain. In general, scientific research has shown that acupuncture can modulate all the primary systems in the body, including the nervous, endocrine and immune systems.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are so thin that many patients feel only a mild sensation, or sometimes nothing at all. The amount of sensation depends on the location of the point and people's individual sensitivity levels. It is generally a pleasant experience for most people, even those with a dislike of needles.
What Is Moxibustion?
Moxa is usually made from the dried leafy material of Chinese mugwort (Artemesia argyi or A.vlugaris). Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which moxa is burned on or very near the surface of the skin. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi (energy) in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences.
What can I expect to feel?
It is not uncommon for patients receiving moxibustion to report a sudden flooding of warmth that quickly radiates along a specific pathway (usually corresponding with the channel that is being treated) away from the site of application. This is a good result, as it indicates the arrival of the Qi and signals that the flow of Qi has been freed in the channel.
Moxibustion is used for:
What Is Cupping?
Cupping therapy has been developed as a means to open the 'Meridians' of the body. Meridians are the conduits in the body through which energy flows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue.
A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, localized healing takes place.
Cupping has been found to affect the body by causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins.
Cupping is the best deep tissue massage available.
What We Do
Winding Willow Acupuncture & Wellness Specializes In The Following Services:
Acupuncture is an alternative medicine methodology originating in ancient China that treats patients by manipulating thin, solid needles that have been inserted into acupuncture points in the skin. According to Traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating these points can correct imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians.
This specialized acupuncture technique was developed specifically for infants and children up to the age of seven. Shonishin can be used to treat childhood health problems-- such as infants and children afflicted with a wide variety of conditions, including colic, indigestion, GERD, constipation, diarrhea, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), allergies, asthma, eczema, hives and bed-wetting. Children as young as one month old have been effectively treated.
Shoshinin's gentle, mostly non-invasive treatment techniques involve non-inserted needles. The practitioner rhythmically stroke, rub, tap and press the skin to produce a variety of gentle stimulation sensations. Rounded tools, including rods of stone, silver, or gold, are typically used. Sometimes a press sphere--a tiny round ball--is taped in place and left for a few hours to stimulate an acupuncture point. These techniques serve to harmonize and boost a child's vital energy.
Herbal-ism is the use of plants for medicinal purposes, and the study of such use. Plants have been the basis for medical treatments through much of human history, and such traditional medicine is still widely practiced today.
Herbal medicine is a major pillar of Chinese medicine. It is common for an acupuncturist to prescribe an herbal formula after an acupuncture session in order to reinforce the effects of the acupuncture. Each formula has two goals: to go to work relieving the immediate issue right away, and to treat the underlying imbalances that are contributing to or resulting from the condition.
Japanese Bodywork is a unique, effective blend of massage, acupuncture, and stretching instructions that you can easily follow at home. It is an all encompassing modality that enables you to achieve optimal level of health mechanically and energetically.
Qigong is a powerful system of healing and energy medicine from China. It is the art and science of using breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the life energy (qi). Qigong practice leads to better health and vitality and a tranquil state of mind. To nurture life is to live in balance.
Reflexology is the systematic application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques with the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body. Reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the body.
Aroma Acupoint Therapy -
Essential Oil Treatments
Aroma Acupoint Therapy combine the fields of herbal medicine, clinical aromatherapy and acupuncture. They address current issues in contemporary health care using the methodology of integrating energetic medicine with contemporary functional medicine. It can be used as a specific oil-to-point treatment for energetic re-balancing without the use of needles. Essential oils have the ability to stimulate the points in a similar way as needles, by providing a content of information to the point that will suggest a particular type of therapeutic action.
Jennifer D. Moody, MAcOM, Dipl. O.M, LAc
Founder and Professional Licensed Acupuncturist
I have been on quite a journey and wore many hats already in this life. I spent four years in the navy in communications, over 10 years as a Chef in Portland , almost 10 years as an Organic farmer right outside of Portland, becoming a mother of a beautiful child and now, where this has all lead up to....practicing East Asian Medicine and Acupuncture.
I believe that your first line of defense is in nutrition. If you think about it, this is what your body understands the most. The beautifully complex human body takes in substances from the earth and transforms it into its own source of energy to survive. It was this work with cooking and farming with my own hands that brought me to realize I was doing it all to care for others. And that I could be more proactive in the populations health thru Chinese Medicine.
I’ve received my Master's degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM) from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland Oregon. I am Oregon State licensed and nationally board certified (NCCAOM) as a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine, including acupuncture and herbs. I have been studying acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, with a special interests in pediatrics, oncology and mental emotional health.
In addition, I also treat patients for a variety of other conditions, including musculus-skeletal conditions, allergies and digestive complaint. Bringing the body back into balance so that it can heal itself is my main goal for all my patients.
I have decided to pursue a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine after suffering for years from chronic pain. Western medicine offered some relief from symptoms, but I was still living in pain on a daily basis. My medical doctor suggested I try acupuncture and Oriental medicine. After only a few treatments I realized my body responded well and found relief from my pain. My body was healing itself. It was then that I wanted to help others regain their bodies and lives back.
I am also certified in 1,000 hand Buddha Qigong. I can teach this form in class base or one on one. This form is very grounding and heart opening. I would recommend it to everyone due to it's ability to bring calmness and peace to the heart and mind along with improving memory function.
A little more about me, I love to garden and cook with the bounty from the garden. I love to play outdoors and be by any form or water at all times. The ocean is my soul mate and the garden is my sanctuary. I believe my work is and always will be based on passion for life and the universe around us. We are all one. Live Love and Remember is my motto!
Jennifer Moody, LAc specializes in Cancer Care including Acupuncture, herbs and nutritional support while you are going through conventional treatment.
Cancer touches the lives of almost every person in some form or another.
A cancer diagnosis is life-changing, but acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be a powerful addition to your treatment plan.
Chinese medicine is an integral adjunct method for treatment of patients with cancer, and has been in use in China for over 2000 years. Combining Eastern medical therapies with Western cancer treatments creates a more balanced approach to your care.
Acupuncture treatment can help:
Chinese herbal formulas along with Qigong can help improve the immune system, relieve stress and increase overall well-being, and can be an important part of your treatment plan.
Jennifer can assist her patients as they go through their course of treatment, whether it be surgical, radiation or chemotherapy. She welcomes anyone in all stages of their cancer experience, from those dealing with a new diagnosis, to patients who have been survivors for many years.
The beauty and effectiveness of Oriental medicine has become the inspiration of my life
...it is centered around the idea of balance; Yin and Yang. This concept represents the balance of energy in our body, mind, and spirit and determines our overall health. When we are out of balance we experience pathology or dis-ease. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine (O.M.) facilitate restoring this balance within the body, helping us to live at our fullest potential.
My desire is to help you embrace and live life as fully as possible.
Acupuncture and O.M. can effectively bring you relief from pain, anxiety and much more. By holistically treating the individual, real lasting health results can be achieved. My treatment style reflects this understanding that true health starts within, encompassing the whole person; body, mind, and spirit.
I have a Master's degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM) from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland Oregon. I am nationally board certified (NCCAOM) and am licensed by the state of Oregon.
I treat acute conditions and also offer ongoing preventative care for your health needs. My treatments are in-depth and and you will receive my undivided attention and focus for the duration of your treatment.
My focus is restoring mental-emotional-spiritual balance and I offer the opportunity to work in tandem with a Professional Counselor in Portland. This collaboration allows a unique East-meets-West approach to wellness.
Patients also seek my services in particular for pediatric care, nutrition, and Shiatsu massage.
I graduated from the Ashland Institute of Massage in Ashland, OR, in 2008 at the top of my class. When I moved to Portland in 2010, I honed my therapeutic massage skills by working with two highly skilled chiropractors in Portland, OR: Dr. Louise Paez of Lula Health Center, and Dr. Laila Noll of Asula Wellness. Through four years of working at these practices and treating hundreds of patients in a clinical environment, my understanding of the human body changed greatly as well as my skill for therapeutic treatment massage. I have completed additional specific training in craniosacral therapy and myofascial release and have studied and applied structural integration techniques.
I came to this career from a background in performing. After a childhood filled with dance classes, voice lessons, and countless theatrical performances, I attended Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre. For four years, I thrived in New York City without theatre through my connection with children — specifically children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I supported kids with autism one-to-one, diving into each unique world, helping individuals learn ways to open up and connect with others. This experience was deeply meaningful and enriching. Often, I would be asked to support the child I was working with in their scheduled bodywork sessions. While observing these sessions, I marveled at how each form could noninvasively help them to connect the mind and body and how much this impacted their relationship with the world. I began using kinesthetic techniques in my own approach.
Massage became my connection to the individual, my creative art form, and my way to contribute something positive to the world around me. I draw from all of my experiences to bring compassionate, therapeutic presence and healing touch to each of my clients. I hope that what I offer will help to bring a little more love and light into the universe — its amazing how quickly it spreads!
The comment I hear most often about my work is that it perfectly blends therapeutic massage with deep relaxation. I strive to give each person body work that meets their needs for healing and allows them to leave feeling more comfortable in their skin, more connected with themselves, and more whole. The styles I integrate into my work include Deep Tissue Therapy, Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, and Craniosacral Massage.
People come to me because they want support in the midst of life’s stresses and want to feel well. Some have had injuries and want to heal fully and speedily. Many want to feel great keeping up with activities that they love. Others have chronic conditions that benefit from more structural balance. Massage offers so much relief to someone in pain. I also feel honored and thrilled to work with prenatal clients in their journey toward giving birth.
In my life, personal growth is entwined with massage. I came to massage out of a need for healing. My body was chronically tight from scoliosis, and full of partially healed injuries from sports. I was feeling the stress of leaving a doctoral program in Sociology that just wasn’t the right fit for me.
I soaked up massage. I loved learning about it, receiving it, watching my body and spirit heal from it. I began to feel great in my body so that I could move freely into my life. I began to feel well. My body felt more connected and whole. Giving massage felt great too; it allowed me to work in a state of flow. I could be acutely aware and attune my hands to the person on my massage table.
This ability to be in flow only deepens with over a decade of experience. My hands read the body with greater fluency and the right techniques flow with greater fluidity. The experience is rooted in science, study, and years of practice, but it has come to feel like magic.
My work is always evolving. The human body is fascinating. There is no end to learning about and exploring new techniques, body conditions, mindfulness and movement. Right now my work influenced by my daily practice of Qigong, listening to interviews with experts, and taking workshops on movement.
A full life restores me and recharges me with more to give. Besides massage, I fill my life with my husband and son, dog, 2 cats and chickens. I spend time painting, drawing, hiking and biking.
I believe deeply that we are all interconnected, that in essence, we are one. I believe that as we heal ourselves, we heal each other and the world. I want to support as many people as possible on their journeys towards health and wholeness.
My intentions for myself are to grow towards being able to open completely in the face of whatever experience is before me while staying grounded and maintaining boundaries, to learn radical acceptance, to trust. Yoga, dance, nature, touch, and other people’s wisdom and joy bring me closer to this and to my own joy.
I hope that my work contributes to a peaceful revolution – one where each of us is taking such beautiful care of ourselves that we are overflowing with love and compassion, and naturally prioritize the highest good of all beings and our home, the earth.
I’ve always been drawn to helping others, but my path towards becoming a massage therapist and energy worker has been winding and with blind turns . Leaving college, I had no idea how to learn or practice medicine outside of the allopathic model. Without much understanding of the world outside of that model, my path led me to pursue a Masters and then PhD in Chemistry.
Without knowing how I’d get there, I knew I craved something more for my vocation. In my application letter to Graduate School, I wrote about my dream to travel around the world meeting with shaman of different cultures to learn their medicines, and how to synthesize them sustainably.
Over the years my knowledge of plant medicine, indigenous cultures, the medical industry, and healing has deepened greatly. In retrospect, my experience in graduate school was a type of initiation. I fell in love with yoga through Elayne Quirin, who remains my yoga teacher 15 years later, and I was able to explore energy work with Jude Kehoe, an incredible Healing Touch practitioner. I learned how to be in my body and how to hold space for my sensitivities and emotions. I discovered how to dissolve into live music and grew acquainted with the magic and medicine of the cascades. I also earned my Doctorate in chemistry. Since then, I have worked in medical research, taught high school science in rural Kenya as part of the Peace Corps, studied Reiki, Healing Touch, shamanism, how to be a doula, plant medicine, and massage. In 2015 I left my career in research to pursue healing work full time. While I have not been practicing long, I offer myself completely in this work and I know in my heart of hearts it is what I am meant to be doing. In doing so, I am become myself.
About Valerie L
I am a practicing licensed therapist and have been working since 2006. I have always been looking for a tool in my tool box that could help me fully support and allow my patients to heal. I realized during my career that traditional talk therapy was not allowing patient’s to fully heal and was frustrated with the fact that my patient’s were still having debilitating symptoms. I have used alternative treatments throughout the years including, meditation, breath work, yoga and joyfulness.
I am now calling Reiki in to support in combination with traditional psychotherapy. I use intuitive practices and connect with your guide team to assist in healing. I am a Usui/ Holy Fire Reiki Master. I am also a member of the Reiki Membership Association and The National Association of Social Workers which provides me with a wealth of support as I work to combine eastern and western therapies.
I received my Master's Degree in Social Work from Columbia University in 2001. I worked for many years in community mental health primarily with trauma survivors. I also taught yoga and this began my path of using integrative practices. After moving to Portland I started opening up to energy work in my own practice and connecting to my own intuition. This has allowed for me to support people in the way that I have been searching for. I believe that everyone has the capacity to lead a joyful life! I would be so honored to be apart of your healing team.
Gemandala provides a safe and supported space for clients to explore their energies,balance and adjust as indicated, and unlock their inner ability to heal.
Kat provides heart-centered gem and crystal therapy that facilitates client goals and intentions. Combining gem/crystal therapy practice and personalized wellness tools, Kat partners with each client's intentions to attain and maintain their best self.
Gem energy therapy sessions may also include chakra alignment and balancing, and color therapy practices using therapeutic grade crystals and gems.
"What do you want your end of life experience to look like?" The majority of us will live well into old age and are more likely to die from a protracted illness than an accident. Accepting this reality means death, like birth, becomes something to prepare for.
Would you choose to enter fully into your end of life experience? Would you like to be as engaged and well-informed about your death as you have been for other experiences in life? Dying is a singular event and it is possible to orchestrate a hand-crafted experience. But, how?"
After death, a family may choose to honor their loved one at home. Whether based in religion or spirituality or simply a desire to create an intimate space to reflect and pay tribute, a home funeral effortlessly accommodates the needs of a family who wishes to take care of their own in death as they did in life.
Services We Offer:
End of life Planning – Get help organizing your affairs, gathering family memorabilia, clearing out your home...
Energy & Body Work - Reiki, Acupuncture and Massage Treatments to ease pain, support transition and also great for caregivers
Home Funerals - keep your loved one at home
End of Life Doulas - Support before and after death
Life Cycle Celebrants - creating unique, personal ceremonies to honor loved ones
Grief Counseling - making peace with sadness
What is the purpose of this organization?
Providing support to ease the difficult and disorienting experience of death. Educating and empowering to create a hand-crafted process reflecting on the personal wishes and needs of each person we serve.
Do you work through hospice?
We are a compliment to hospice but are not affiliated with any specific provider.
Are each of the providers educated and licensed in their field of practice?
All EOLCC practitioners have completed training within their area of expertise and hold a license if required.
What does EOLCC offer me that I cannot find on my own?
The EOLCC advantage, and the reason members created the organization, is to support clients with a team of professionals easily accessible under one umbrella. Finding practitioners skilled at meeting end of life needs is not something readily found in a simple internet search.
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Motor Vehicle Accidents
Workers Compensation (Non MCO)
Oregon Health Plan - CareOregon
United Health Care
Triwest - Choice Program
Returning Veterans Project (RVP)
Insurance for Nicole Nesser, LMT: Kaiser
Motor Vehicle Accidents and Work Comp for all Acupuncturists and Massage Therapists.
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A sliding fee scale discount is considered. Please contact directly for details.
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Prior to arriving for your first appointment, complete the new patient forms and bring them with you. You may be asked to complete additional forms when you arrive.
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