Acupuncturists have long used their art to treat patients’ elusive ailments, though some rogue practitioners have misappropriated its techniques to sew patches onto frayed clothing. Reap the benefits of a time-honored art with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a private acupuncture session at the office of Theresa Rizzo-Ovia, AP, Dipl. OM (up to an $85 value).
Rizzo-Ovia, a national board-certified acupuncturist, employs her know-how in traditional Chinese medicine and nutritional counseling to mend patients' minds, bodies, and spirits. She greets new clients with an initial acupuncture consultation, which determines proper treatment based on symptoms, diet, lifestyle, skin condition, and exoskeleton thickness. In sessions ranging between 15 and 45 minutes, Rizzo-Ovia gently peppers her patients with hair-thin needles inserted at selected points along the body's meridians. Like miniature football linebackers, the sterile, disposable needles open the body's blocked energy pathways to facilitate the flow of Qi, blood, and other vital substances.
During treatment, clients may feel sudden warmth, tingling, or empathy for connect-the-dots puzzles, all of which generally subside quickly. Sessions aim to improve overall body functions, facilitating the prevention of digestive and respiratory concerns, headaches, general pain, and women's health issues. Depending on the length of the consultation and the depth of clients’ subdermal crude-oil deposits, Rizzo-Ovia's appointments may last up to 90 minutes.