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Milissa Gillen, L.Ac., MAOM practices Balance Method acupuncture. Let me explain what that is so you have a better understanding of this very effective acupuncture treatment method and if it would be a good fit for what you are currently experiencing in your health. If you would like to experience the Balance Method acupuncture way, call the clinic to book an appointment with Milissa or go online to schedule: Click here to schedule!
Balance Method Acupuncture is considered a “distal treatment” method. In the field of Chinese Medicine, we have the richness of thousands of years of practice and development to draw from. In Balance Method, we trace the understanding of the human anatomy as it relates to the meridians, along with their physical form and energetic function back to the very origins of Daoist philosophy and the Yi Ching. In the recent 30 years, Balance Method has evolved to become world recognized through the efforts of the late Grandmaster, Dr. Richard Teh-fu Tan. His tireless efforts to develop, test, and then teach this method around the world has truly revolutionized how many people practice acupuncture. Balance Method acupuncture is renowned for its clinical efficacy and producing “instant results”. It is most famous for treating pain anywhere in the body. This treatment approach is not limited to pain, however, as the system has many layers to treatment which include very impressive results with functional/internal imbalances, as well as psycho-emotional imbalances and complicated presentations that may involve several or all 12 meridian systems.
What may be notably different in the patient experience is that the distal treatment approach never places the needles at the site of the pain. A great example of this is knee pain. In Balance Method we most often insert needles into the elbows, fingers or scalp to treat knee pain. Back Pain is often best treated by placing needles in the hands, lower limbs, arms, or scalp. Most of the points used in Balance Method are located from the elbows down to the wrists/hands or from the knees down to the ankles/feet. As such, the acu-points are very conveniently accessible. The patient is rarely asked to disrobe and most treatments you will be laying comfortably on your back or in a reclined position. In addition to it’s effectiveness with pain, Balance Method achieves great results in the following areas: digestive issues, allergies/sinusitis, common cold/flu, headaches, migraines, dizziness/vertigo, Bell’s Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, PMS, stress management, anxiety, sleep issues, hormone imbalances, genitourinary and reproductive health, cardiologic issues/hypertension, diabetes/metabolic issues and more. Most of the treatments last about 45 minutes to one hour, during which time the patient will enter a deep state of relaxation and hopefully take a nice nap!
Milissa Gillen L.Ac., MAOM holds a Master’s of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from the New England School of Acupuncture and is certified by NCCAOM (2003). Milissa’s studies at NESA included both Chinese and Japanese styles of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. She worked as an assistant instructor at NESA for four years post-graduation, while continuing to study with three different Acupuncture Masters, focusing on Meridian Style Acupuncture. Milissa holds post graduate Certifications in Advanced Japanese Acupuncture, Shaku Ju Therapy, Auricular Acupuncture and Balance Method Acupuncture. After seven years in the Boston area, Milissa returned to her home state of California in 2007 and became a California Board Certified Acupuncturist. Milissa is now very happy to receive her Arizona Board Certification and join the growing team at Harmonizing Healthcare!
Since 2003, Milissa has poured her focus into learning and practicing Balance Method Acupuncture with the late Grandmaster Dr. Richard Teh-fu Tan OMD. Today, Milissa’s treatment modality primarily focus on Balance Method Acupuncture which is known around the world for its clinical efficacy, especially when it comes to pain management. Her treatment approach also includes Japanese Meridian Style Acupuncture and Japanese Style moxibustion therapy, also known as Okyu. Milissa’s goal as a practitioner of Oriental Medicine is to assist and support people in their journey to optimize their health in mind, body and spirit, achieving their best quality of life and best self.
Milissa is an avid outdoors-woman and has a deep passion and respect for our Mother Earth. She firmly believes in the restorative healing power of nature and wilderness. When you don’t see her at Harmonizing Healthcare, you can be sure she is somewhere out in the back country with her backpack or her trail running shoes. Milissa is also a 2nd Dan Kukkiwon Certified Black Belt in Taekwondo and a Certified Wilderness First Responder.
If you would like to experience Milissa's unique acupuncture method, call the clinic at (928) 856-065 to schedule an appointment with her or feel free to schedule online
Brittany Petrick, L.Ac, MSOM, BSN
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