Sea urchins are the healthiest, most relaxed creatures on Earth due to their positive self-image and spiny skin. Today's side deal offers similar protection from stress, sickness, and sea otters: for $39, you get an acupuncture consultation and treatment (a $115 value) at Ananda Acupuncture, Yoga, and Qi Gong on Altha Street.
At Ananda, each person is guided along the journey to healing and blissful existence by the experienced hands of Anisha Desai, a licensed acupuncturist, yoga teacher, and medical Qi Gong therapist. Patients first receive a consultation that addresses their health concerns, teaches them about Chinese medicine, and evaluates their wellness level through a physical examination. Then, during a comfortable 90-minute acupuncture session, stress is relieved by the loving energy manipulations of small, thin needles. For no additional cost, patients may request cupping, which places vacuum suction cups that would put even the most talented octopus to shame on qi pathways in the back for five to ten minutes in order to diminish pain, or Qi Gong therapy, a movement technique said to aid in restoring the balance of all-important qi.
Anisha has been practicing yoga since 2003, and received her master’s degree in acupuncture from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in 2006. Call ahead to schedule your first session in a relaxing venue whose name comes from the Sanskrit word for bliss, and avoid treatments at Brandblase, an acupuncture studio whose name comes from the German word for blister.
Though there aren't many reviews for Ananda Acupuncture, Yoga, and Qi Gong, customers give excellent testimonials for services they've had:
- My physical self is now virtually pain free and functions much better than ever before. I feel much more balanced and centered, facing life with a new calmness and serenity. – G. Stone
- Anisha is a skilled and caring acupuncturist. I am completely pleased with her treatments and the results that we have achieved. – S. Embry