Acupuncturist, Herbalist, Massage Therapist
Originally from Bloomington, Indiana, Margaret moved to Boulder, Colorado after finishing her Psychology Degree at Indiana University. In Boulder, she attended the Boulder College of Massage Therapy (BCMT) and later received her Associates of Occupational Studies in massage from the same institution. After several years in the field, she went back to school to the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine to get her Master's in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Her massage style is a nurturing deep Swedish with hints of energy work taken from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Both her acupuncture and massage practices blend her two favorite things: science and art. With a solid knowledge of anatomy and TCM, she listens to her clients carefully to devise a treatment plan that is beneficial and complete for the session with inspiration coming from the ease and power in the movement of water.
Strategically placed needles to activate or sedate the nervous system, directly break up knots and tension, and treat a wide variety of disorders ranging from mental-emotional, physical injury, post-covid struggles, menstrual pain, menopausal distress, digestive upset, and on.
Deep Tissue Massage
An effective way to recover from injury, manage pain, relieve stress, and increase circulation.
Custom herbal formulas from herbal granules to be dissolved in hot water and taken as a tea 2-3x/day, usually on an empty stomach. Herbal formulas are especially helpful in my emotional and insomnia treatments, but can also be incredibly useful when treating pain, gynecological concerns, fatigue, and digestive issues
To treat muscular pain with the pressure going in the opposite direction as massage to allow for more blood flow, flush toxins, and relieve stress
An acupuncture specialization that effectively breaks up scar tissue and muscle adhesion (knots) for immediate and long-lasting relief. Better for chronic pain than traditional acupuncture and dry needling, while also less jarring to the nervous system.
Rates and Hours
60 min - $110
90 min - $155
Initial appointment (90 min) - $125
60 min - $85
90 min - $115
60 min herbal initial - $75 + price of herbs
30-45 min herbal followup - $45 + price of herbs
For someone who is mostly interested in a full-body 90-minute deep tissue massage, but with a few needles in an area to elevate the healing in that particular spot of pain
90 min - $175
30 min Dao needling (1-2 body areas): $75
60 min Dao needling (2-3 body areas): $150
60 min Dao needling + massage: $140
90 min Dao needling + massage: $205
30 min Dao needling + 30 min acupuncture (60 min total): $125
30 min Dao needling + 60 min acupuncture (90 min total): $160
30 min cupping alone - $55
*cupping can be combined with any massage or acupuncture session at no extra cost. Just let me know!
**Combining cupping with Dao needling will depend on timing. Because Dao needling is more time-intensive, there may not be time to add it in.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What do I wear to a massage appointment?
Wear whatever you want! After I ask you some questions about what you would like to address in the session, I'll leave the room and you'll undress to your comfort level. Some go completely nude and some leave underwear on.
What do I wear to an acupuncture appointment?
Loose clothing is best so that I can have access to areas above the knee, on the chest, and above the elbow. If clothing is in the way of areas we need to access, I may ask if you could remove clothing before we start the session.
Do I tip you?
It is sincerely up to you. I see tips as gifts, therefore I charge an amount that reflects both the value of my services as well as what will support me. If money is tight, I would hate for you to decide against what is best for your healing journey because of the financial pressure a tip adds. There is no need to feel like your appreciation is not felt without a tip!
I got a treatment yesterday and today I woke up feeling like a wreck! Did you injure me?!
Not likely. While this is not the goal of bodywork, it can sometimes happen if it has been a long time since your last bodywork session, have a systemic condition such as Lyme disease/other autoimmune condition, or if life circumstances have lead you to be especially tight before the session. Deep-tissue massage as well as acupuncture can have similar soreness effects on the body as a heavy workout. Bodywork simultaneously brings blood and nutrients to the area that was worked on, as well as breaks up adhesions/scar tissue and lactic acid. Both of these actions can cause inflammation, which causes the soreness. It is possible for adhesions (muscle knots) to bind not only to muscles, but also too entrap nerves. If an adhesion that was broken up did in fact entrap a nerve, a more intense pain will result post session. However once the inflammation has died down, the soreness will subside. As an added benefit, nerves will circulate more efficiently, allowing for faster and more accurate feedback to your brain to prevent future overwork injury. The best thing to do for inflammation is rest, so plan that the day of a massage, cupping, or acupuncture treatment will be a lower activity day-not one for muscle building activities like lifting or intense cardio. Soreness should subside within 3 days with the benefits of better circulation, less tension, and decreased pain intact.
What's the difference between Traditional Acupuncture and Dry Needling and Dao Needling?
Dry Needling is a technique taken from Traditional Acupuncture aimed at relaxing muscles by needling in the epicenter of a knot to cause a contraction which then causes a release allowing for more blood flow, the detoxification of built up waste, and pain relief. Dao Needling uses a differently shaped needle designed to break up scar tissue and adhesions (knots) from a wider surface. The aim is not to cause a contraction, though it may happen. The practitioner is with the patient for the entire session of Dao Needling, where there is meditation and needle retention time alone with Dry Needling. While both Dry Needling and Dao Needling are intense sensations, most patients prefer Dao for how quickly they feel more mobility, less pain, and for the lack of the shocking feeling Dry Needling induces.
How many Acupuncture treatments will I need? Dao treatments?
This is all highly dependent on your condition, constitution, and how frequent you are able to get treatment. These timeframes are estimates. Each body heals differently, so there is potential for the need for longer treatment depending on the patient's needs and availability.
For internal disorders like digestion, mental/emotional/spiritual concerns, insomnia, OBGYN, weekly treatments for 4-6 weeks to start, then backing off to 2x/month and 1x/month as we see fit. Treatment will move more quickly with the addition of herbs. Dao Needling is not a good fit for these issues
Traditional acupuncture: weekly treatments for 4-8 weeks, then 2x/month and 1x/month as we see fit. Depending on the condition, herbs may be helpful in speeding the healing process.
Dao Needling: weekly treatments for 3-6 weeks with as needed massage, acupuncture, and Dao sessions as needed for maintenance.