Our Offerings

In the Four Gates Wellness Center we primarily offer acupuncture treatments. In addition, our patients can benefit from massage, yoga, zero balancing and other community offerings such as Dream Workshops. 

Acupuncture Treatment


Traditional acupuncture is based on patterns of nature which support and encourage the healthy expression of one’s physical well being and outlook on life. Vital energy, called ch’i, flows through the body in channels or meridians which support specific functions of physical, emotional and mental well being. In order to assess your needs, a traditional acupuncturist will ask a wide array of questions related to your symptoms, lifestyle, emotions and history. He or she will request to do an appropriate physical examination relevant to your concerns, read your pulse, and possibly examine your tongue for signs that help hone their approach to treatment. These symptoms are viewed in relationship to the totality of your life and medical history in order to explore the root cause of a condition or illness. The practitioner will then gently insert a few hair thin needles along the channels where chi is accessed and let you rest 20-30 minutes. Pulses will usually be read again after resting, thus completing your session. Typically, you will meet again in approximately one week to review your response to treatment and to continue establishing a new, healthier pattern. Initially, 4-6 treatments are suggested to assure the likelihood of a beneficial outcome. If we are so fortunate as to successfully alleviate symptoms and concerns, it is suggested that treatments continue seasonally thereafter, replicating the preventive approach to wellness as practiced in ancient China.

According to the World Health Organization, the National Institutes for Health, and clinical experience, Acupuncture is useful in the treatment of:

  • Chronic and Acute Pain - Injuries, headaches, neck and back pain, tendonitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia
  • Neurological Disorders - Post-stroke recovery, Bell's Palsy & Trigeminal Neuralgia, movement disorders
  • Upper Respiratory Disorders - Asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throat, laryngitis, colds and flu
  • Digestive Disorders - Irritable bowel, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, heartburn, food allergies, ulcers
  • Urinary and Reproductive Disorders - Cystitis, menstrual cramps, irregular or heavy periods, infertility, menopausal symptoms
  • Immune Function - Recurrent infections, supportive treatment for cancer and AIDS patients
  • Addictions - Addictions to nicotine, alcohol and drugs
  • Eye and Ear Disorders - Tinnitus, Meniere's disease
  • Depression, Anxiety & Insomnia



Benefits of Yoga Therapy

According to the International Association of Yoga Therapists, “Yoga Therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga.” The literal translation of “Yoga” from Sanskrit is the union of the individual with the Divine. From the moral precepts of “ahimsa” or non-harming, to the culmination in “Samadhi” or bliss, the focus is on the whole person.


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Physical benefits include increased flexibility, strength, balance, coordination and circulation, decreased pain, and increased function. Emotional and spiritual benefits include decreased stress, increased self-esteem, focus, confidence and self-awareness, and connection with nature. Attending yoga classes and committing to a personal practice brings about a deeper level of awareness and transformation. Yoga practice can be modified so each student progresses at his/ her own level, regardless of health conditions and challenges.

Benefits of Zero Balancing

Zero Balancing©  is your pathway to increased stamina, higher vitality, improved posture, relief of pain, eased cravings, and greater mental and emotional clarity.  Zero Balancing© gently and powerfully balances your life energy with acupressure to your musculoskeletal structure. While you lie face up and fully clothed, your Zero Balancer© uses gentle stretches or stable finger pressure in patterns called "fulcrums" which release tensions held in your bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles. You leave the session feeling both relaxed and energized.

Zero Balancing

Zero Balancing offers many powerful benefits to people of all ages. Some reasons to seek regular Zero Balancing sessions include:

  • Increased feelings of health, well-being and vitality
  • Released stress and improved flow of energy in our bodies to boost our body's natural energy
  • Reduced pain and discomfort with the opening of the body's natural shock absorbers
  • Enhanced stability, balance, alignment, organization and freedom in movement
  • Amplified sense of connection, expansiveness, peace, contentment and happiness
  • Released mental, emotional and physical tension through the release of tissue-held memory and tension patterns
  • Support through transitions and transformations with positive changes in behavior or attitude and decreased resistance to change
  • Improved quality of life and increased capacity for enjoyment
  • Better ability to handle daily pressures with joy and satisfaction in both personal and work relationships

Update: 2024

May and June are often my favorite months. Comfortable temperature, lower humidity, greenery, blue skies or nourishing rain, birdsong, frog symphonies and lighter clothing, to name just a few gifts. I learned from Chinese philosophy that after the heavens’ manifest gifts to the earth disappear in the autumn, they return resplendent in the spring and early summer offering gifts for us all to savor and finally harvest, share and store in the late summer.

I write this to encourage us all to keep emerging, just as we see new plants come up and out, no matter their surroundings. These past few years have challenged and limited us, as well as strengthened and expanded us, in ways seen and yet to be seen. We have known fear and isolation, discouragement and courage, hope and disappointment. While we may feel that we’ve moved on, we are likely carrying yet to be fully understood consequences of the pandemic and these politically...

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