Francesco Mariglia, MS L.Ac, L.MT

integrative manual Medicine Techniques and Acupuncture


For those who do not want needles, I will do primarily manual therapy and Shonhari, a Japanese needleless technique using a silver "magical stick" as Sensei Kuwahara calls it. If you wish, we can also do moist heat, therapeutic stretch, cupping, Gua Sha, and/or Japanese moxibustion - all without needles. I can also do manual therapy (medical massage) for the hour.

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (Pacific College) is an ancient Chinese medicine, originating in Sri Lanka (Ceylon 37,000 BC), used to treat a multitude of diseases and conditions by restoring the normal flow of energetic life force Qi and Blood throughout the body systems, as well as, relieving physical, mental and emotional pain. Auricular (Ear) acupuncture, fire cupping or air cupping and Vietnamese Gua Sha may also be implemented.

Traditional Japanese Acupuncture (Tri-State College, Pre-doctoral Program) arrived in Japan in 562 AD with Korean Buddhist monks. It is a combination of moxibustion techniques, bodywork, micro-bleeding, Shonihari, and needling techniques to evaluate and provide treatment to return the body to harmony. 

Neurofunctional Acupuncture (McMaster University/Dr. Alejandro Elorriaga Claraco and Professor Dan Wunderlick, L.Ac.) is the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction with contemporary acupuncture techniques, including electro-acupuncture and the enlistment of muscle motor points and trigger points in order to improve blood profusion and restore neuro-muscular function.

Sports Medicine Acupuncture (AcuSport/Professor Brian Lau, L.Ac.) includes the assessment by manual muscle testing for evaluation of the integrity of contractile tissue, detecting muscle imbalance and identifying injured tissue and its affected channel, as well as, needling techniques to assist in the resolution of dysfunction.

Medical muscular therapies combine advanced manual therapy techniques from across the disciplines of ligamental manual therapy (Muscular Therapy Institute/Dr. Ben Benjamin, PhD), Chinese tuina, licensed massage therapy, and Japanese Sotai (Stephen Brown) to manage muscular pain, along with 56 years of hands-on experience in facilitating the circulation of energy and blood; warming, nourishing, and detoxifying the sinews and muscles of the body; thereby, releasing pain. Various therapeutic stretches may be taught before or after the session.

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