ACUPUNCTURE + BODYWORKHands-on Treatments in Portland, Oregon
My name is Katerina Pozzi Baratta, LAc, MSOM, and I help women feel radiantly healthy, confident, and at home in their body.
Your body is a physical manifestation of your subconscious.
This means that any old traumas, unprocessed emotions, or long-held beliefs can get lodged in your body and cause physical pain and discomfort.
And when you carry these around with you in your body you can end up with all sorts of problems.
Here are just a few:
- Digestive trouble
- Weight gain
- Menstrual difficulty
- Fertility trouble
Luckily, there are ways to release the old patterns that no longer serve you so you can reach your healthiest -and happiest!- potential.
I use a variety of techniques to help you transform whatever is stuck.
Gentle Japanese-Style Acupuncture
Where there is movement, there is health.
When things are stuck or blocked in your body, that’s when pain and pathology appear.
I use tiny needles (I’m talking thinner than a hair) to gently activate specifically selected points on your body. These needles help qi (a.ka.a. Life Force, Energy, etc) flow smoothly, and once the qi starts to flow, everything starts to feel better.
Just as your lungs expand and contract with every breath, so too does every part of your body, from the bones in your scull to all of your organs, right down to your cells.
And along with this expansion and contraction, every part of your body also rotates at regular intervals.
All of this movement is so subtle that it’s imperceptible to most people, but if any of these movements are inhibited they can cause a cascade of issues that make you feel very uncomfortable in your body.
I’ve been trained to tap into all of the expansions, contractions, twists, and turns and gently encourage your body, and specifically your nervous system, to open up and start firing in ways that are more beneficial to you.
If you’re not a fan of needle insertion, shonishin is a non-insertive technique that activates and unblocks meridians and acupuncture points in a similar way to conventional acupuncture, without ever breaking the skin.
This is basically a fancy name for a wonderful, more deep-tissue massage technique.
During your treatment I test out different tissues in your body and pin-point the origin of restriction.
And along with craniosacral therapy, I use myofacial release techniques to coax those restrictions to open up and help your qi flow so you feel better in your body.
When I find restriction in the joints I often use a Japanese bodywork technique called sotai.
By using this technique I offer extremely gentle resistance to simple movements that are coordinated to your breath.
This often leads to astounding results in the affected area’s range-of-motion.
Body Scan Meditation
When appropriate, I guide my patients through a body scan meditation to identify and transform the old emotions, memories, and beliefs that are stuck in your body.
And once we’ve located them, I help you release whatever patterns are no longer serving you so you can start to embody the person you most want to be.