Sarah enjoys the rewards and challenges in helping patients find their personal path to wellness. She is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and holds a license to practice acupuncture in the state of Indiana.
In her continuing education studies, Sarah has completed the course “Acupuncture for the Cancer Patient” offered by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She has also studied Qigong and Tai Chi with Roger Jahnke and is enthusiastic about sharing this wonderful practice with her patients. Continually adding to her wealth of knowledge, she has also pursued additional studies in Advanced Tongue Diagnosis and maintaining wellness through nutrition
Sarah grew up in Indiana and has lived in Bloomington since 1998. In addition to her acupuncture training, she has also completed a Bachelors degree in music, magna cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters degree in music, magna cum laude, from Indiana University. She has also trained in the martial arts for over 18 years and assists her husband in running a Martial Arts school in Bloomington, Ryukyu Kyusho Family Martial Arts.
Sarah is an active freelance horn player in the Indianapolis area and also enjoys running, qigong, tai chi, biking and is always kept busy enjoying her twin boys.
Often patients do not feel the needles when they are inserted. The needles used for acupuncture are single use, sterile filiform needles. They are very small and very fine. Some patients may feel a warm sensation, a tingle or buzzing feeling, or a dull ache. All of these responses indicate that the acupuncture is doing its work. If the sensation becomes too intense, the acupuncturist can make adjustments for the patient’s comfort. On occasion, a needle might “zing” when inserted, the acupuncturist will remove or adjust the needle to eliminate this sensation.
The number of treatments necessary to achieve optimal results many vary greatly from patient to patient. Some problems resolve quickly and it may only take 2-3 visits. Other issues may be more complex and take longer to resolve. Typically acupuncture works best with a series of treatments. For most patients, we start off with weekly treatments and as the patient improves, we will stretch the appointments further apart. At some point, the acupuncturist and the patient will decide on either a maintenance plan or “call as needed”.
Acupuncture activates the body’s ability to heal itself. From thousands of years of observation, Traditional Chinese Medicine has evolved into an art and science of balancing, unblocking and stimulating the energies of the body. From a biomedical perspective, when a needle is inserted in to the skin, the body responds with multiple effects. The circulation to the area increases, inflammation is decreased, and muscles release their tension just to name a few responses.
The American Acupuncturist, Vol 58, Winter 2012, p 9
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) - the board certification organization for acupuncture. This site also has resources to find other board certified acupuncturists and Oriental Medicine practitioners all over the country.
Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi – this is one of the certification organization for Tai Chi and Qigong instruction of which Sarah is certified to teach Qigong and Tai Chi.