Acupuncture Treatments

Laurie has an MA in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture, received advanced training in Craniosacral Therapy, and has a private acupuncture practice called Positive Points.

She has practiced Acupuncture for over 14 years, focusing especially in treating addictions and women’s health.

Laurie Prezbindowski, M.Ac., Lic. Ac.

*Master of acupuncture, BA, BS
*Kiiko Matsumoto Style Acupuncture
*CranioSacral Therapy
*Chinese Herbal Medicine
*Specialization in nutritional counseling
*Reiki energy healing
*Integrative Acupressure

Q & A

What is Laurie’s specialty?

I specialize in treating addictions.  I have had a lot of success in areas of addictions, particularly smoking and eating.  Acupuncture and Caniosacral Therapy are tremendously helpful for the purpose of stabilizing a person in the process of their stopping or drastically modifying their addictions.  Acupuncture and Craniosacral Therapy are both very effective ways to balance the person’s health and to get the person’s whole system into a healthier state.  Strengthening a person’s constitution through acupuncture and Craniosacral Therapy is part of the way I successfully treat addictions.

 Through acupuncture and Craniosacral Therapy, I keep the patients’ bodies and general health as solid and stable as possible.  I work to support patients in the process of their making behavioral changes to end their addictions. Everyone needs something to support them and help them to feel better while they are making the effort to change their longstanding habits.  It takes time to unlearn an old outstanding habit, and to reestablish healthier habits.  Therefore, acupuncture and Craniosacral Therapy give the patient stability throughout the process of learning how to think differently and feel differently and behave differently.

I am also highly practiced at helping patients to think differently; this is something in which I am very well trained.  I am always happy to help patients with this, to implement this practice into their own lives. I help patients to remember to choose their thinking actively so that they have nothing within which then causes them to relapse into unwanted behavior.

It is always successful to strengthen a person’s constitution though these treatments.  The patients get treatments that allow them to be strengthened as individuals in terms of their physical and emotional comfort.  Then, patients have a dramatically fewer reasons to rather turn to the addictive substances as crutches in living.  This is why my treatment style, plus the combination of acupuncture and Craniosacral Therapy accomplishes far more success at healing addictions.

 

 What is Craniosacral Therapy (CST)?

Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle and effective way of healing the body.  CST, like acupuncture, is based on the idea that the body has the capacity to heal itself, given the right circumstances.  With simple and gentle suggestions to the body through the practitioner’s touch, the body is free to realign itself appropriately once the extra blockages are released in the Craniosacral Therapy session. Healthy body tissues all have inherent movement, although slight, and this is what the practitioner pays attention to in observing how the Craniosacral rhythm is functioning.

 The cerebrospinal fluid that we feel in the Craniolsacral practice is how we can get a good glimpse at how the brain and spinal cord are doing, which then clues us into how the rest of the body is doing as well.   We can support a person’s healing with subtle touches on the body to delicately change when the body’s fluids and/or tissues are not properly functioning.  We feel the cerebrospinal fluid movement in Craniosacral rhythm.  In feeling the delicate, slight movements within the skull, and with our attention in the process, we can encourage the body to gain greater balance, with a simple suggestion of changing wherever we find adhesions (stuck areas).  The Craniosacral rhythm can heal itself with the invitation to do so.

 

Laurie does what kind of acupuncture?

The style of acupuncture I do is very gentle.  I do mostly Japanese acupuncture, specifically Kiiko Matsumoto’s style of Japanese acupuncture.  Kiiko Matsumoto’s acupuncture style entails palpation of the patient’s abdomen and body, as well as other diagnostic tools like pulse taking and questioning the patient.  This information gives me an accurate assessment directly from the patient’s -his or her own body- and from their own perspective of how they feel.  This enables me to gain an accurate diagnosis in the process of my deciding which acupuncture points to use in the treatment.

 

Our Healing and Presence

I have a lifetime of dedication to healing.  I have a lot of experience in my treating patients and also in my devotion to optimizing my own health.  I have done a lot of work in getting myself to a place of consuming consistently a well balanced diet, with lots of exercise included as well.  I have developed remarkable discipline in all areas of my health because I have wanted to live as optimally as possible.  I am well trained in making this work in my own life, and this makes me a superb coach, and support for patients as well who want to change and heal their own individual lifestyles.  Acupuncture and Craniosacral Therapy are perfect primary additions and supports for helping patients to maintain an optimal state of health and living.

 Acupuncture and Caniosacral Therapy are part of the wholistic process of a person’s healing, where I use a variety of modalities to support the patient’s balance within and without.  Also, I can help the patient to think in new, and healthier ways.  I can help the patient launch into his or her own optimal and healthier thinking, upon which the patient, then, has a solid foundation, to place the rest of the healing that the person wants to do. The way we think is what makes or breaks our health overall.

 I have an incredibly healing presence because I have spent a lot of time healing my own life so that I can be best prepared to help to heal others.  When treating patients, I take time and effort to see the big picture of the person’s life, because I like to work holistically with that person, and this also follows the style of the foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I use both Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as Japanese medicine as the foundation for healing for the patients who come for acupuncture and Craniosacral Therapy.  I  look at each aspect of that person’s life, and give patients treatments that heal on every level.  My office is incredibly peaceful and there is a whole energy and feeling of healing and goodness the moment you even enter the front door.

 I am certified as a Reiki practitioner. This is another area where I have honed my dealing with energy and accentuated more powerfully my aligned energy; it is another factor that gives my patients a very powerful treatment.

 

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has its origins in Taoist philosophy, and evolved from observing that a specific disorder was associated with an increased sensitivity in the skin.  These were consistently linked to specific organs and followed defined topographical patterns, which are called meridians.  Meridians serve as a pathway for energy called Qi (or life-force).  Energy imbalance is the cause of all illness.

 

 Are needles safe?

Yes. Only single use, sterilized, disposable needles are used, and then discarded after the treatment.  Licensed acupuncturists are trained in standard clinical procedures in order to provide safe, effective needle use.

 

 Does it hurt?

When needles are inserted into the skin, one may feel a slight pinching sensation, similar to the intensity of a strong tap on  the skin.  Once the needles are inserted into prescribed points, usually the needles are no longer felt at all.  Individuals generally report feeling quite comfortable during the treatment and often fall asleep.

 

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