Ryan McLaughlin, MSOM, L.Ac.

As a practitioner of classical Chinese Medicine, I am dedicated to partnering with you to

co-create individualized treatments that harness and compliment the innate healing mechanisms that

your body already contains.

 

I am here to help you discover what will nourish your growth, and support you 

in walking through this world feeling that extra sparkle of life. 

 

Utilizing curious questioning, mindset exploration, acupuncture, bodywork, cranial sacral, shiatsu, qi gong, food as medicine recommendations, we can gently and directly address underlying patterns in the body that are contributing to the myriad of symptoms that may bring you to a place of seeking care.

Patients can find support with:

- Acute and chronic physical pain

-Autoimmune disorders

 -Stroke recovery

-Systemic and nervous system inflammation

-Digestive and metabolic complaints

-Women's health

 -Sexual health

 -Reproductive concerns, Fertility & Labor support

-Respiratory complaints

-Skin conditions

-Chronic Parasitism

 -Complementary cancer care

 -Hormone balancing

 -Cognitive support

-Hospice & palliative care acupuncture

 -Mental-Emotional-Spiritual stagnation

 -Constitutional maintenance

-Seasonal alignment

-Facial rejuvenation (wrinkle reduction)

 

 If there is something else you are seeking

support with- please inquire! 

You deserve to feel empowered, well, and at ease! 

Education includes a Masters of Science of Oriental Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine,  national certification by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and state licensure by the Pennsylvania and Oregon medical boards. After graduation, I completed a 4.5  year herbal medicine and acupuncture residency at the private clinic of Heiner Fruehauf [the founder of the Chinese medicine program at NCNM] specializing in supporting patients through chronic parasitism, Lyme disease, autoimmune and digestive disorders, cancer care, and degenerative lung diseases.

Additional trainings have included:

-Xing Nao Kai Qiao Stroke Recovery 

-Hospice & Palliative Care Acupuncture

-Empress Facials: Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

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I recently closed my private practice in Portland, OR to return to Bethlehem, PA to be of service to my family and Bethlehem community.

Pin Point the Area

This healing art has been studied, researched, and  used by Eastern Asian cultures for thousands of years to achieve a greater state of health, vitality, and well being.

 

Acupuncture involves the gentle insertion of very fine, sterile needles into specific points on the body.  Often times patients experience a state of openness and ease throughout their bodies during the treatment, and seldom describe any pain sensation. Some points may be more subject to feeling the insertion of the needle more than others, but we can work together through breath and awareness to create a comfortable experience.  I utilize a Japanese style of needling, which is very gentle and minimally invasive.

Acupuncture can have a profound effect  on changing the terrain of your body that may lead to relief of symptom, dis-ease, or pain patterns.  

If someone is needlephobic, there are other adjunct therapies in Chinese medicine that can be called upon, including acupressure, bodywork, moxibistion, or cupping.

 

Acupressure is using pressure on specific points on the body to generate a therapeutic response. A treatment session can also be dedicated to bodywork only.

 

Moxibustion is a warming therapy that utilizes plant matter from Artemesia to bring warmth and circulation to specific locations on the body.  

 

Cupping is a therapy that is becoming quite popular in mainstream sports medicine for muscle spasms, tension, pain, and injury. It can be recognized by the circular bruises, usually on the back, that can be left behind. Cupping utilizes sterile glass cups to create a vacuum that helps to separate muscle and fascial layers that have adhered to each other through overuse or repetitive movements. 

Less is More

Physical touch is direct medicine for the nervous system, and can have a profound effect on the body system as a whole. Bodywork can be used as an independent treatment modality, or as an adjunct therapy.  My offerings include cranial sacral therapy, Shiatsu, Sotai, motility work and myofascial release. 

Cranial sacral therapy is a subtle yet profoundly effective healing modality that works with the rhythms of the central nervous system to achieve a greater state of ease in movement and being. 

Shiatsu is a Japanese form of massage that utilizes the acupuncture channel perspective to increase the flow of circulation to and from specific areas of the body. Shiatsu can be identified with rhythmic rocking and percussion along the body in the specific lines that follow acupuncture channels.

 

Sotai is another form of Japanese bodywork that utilizes a specific combination of breath, resistance, and relaxed passive movements to retrain the nervous system to communicate properly with the muscular and fascial layers of the body with the goal of relieving physical discomfort and tension. 

Motility work is the communication with our underlying structures- bones, organs, glands, and circulatory system- to identify places of hangup in their natural rhythm, and encourage movement where necessary. This therapy utilizes the subtlety of perception similarly to cranial sacral, and applies it to the rest of the body.

Myofascial release works directly with the muscular and fascial layers of the body to redistribute areas of tension to support the entire structure. Myofascial release can occilate between subtle movements to combinations of impulses and stretching.

 
 
 

Initial Session... here is what to expect

Our first meeting is 90 minutes, and will consist of time spent reviewing your completed new patient paperwork, diving deeper into areas of particular concern through curious questioning, a physical assessment, and treatment.  During  this intake discussion, I will be using a combination of channel and abdominal palpation, pulse and tongue diagnosis, with structural assessment to carefully craft a treatment to meet the needs of your body in that moment. ​Please wear comfortable loose fitting clothing, and be sure to have eaten a meal the day of your appointment!
 
A treatment may consist of one or a combination of therapeutic modalities including:
-Acupuncture/Acupressure
-Cranial-sacral
-Bodywork
-Moxibustion
-Cupping [dry or wet]
-Facial rejuvenation
-Meditation and Visualization
-Guided Breathing
-Qi gong
-Food as Medicine recommendations
Each therapeutic modality is chosen at the discretion of the practitioner, but please communicate your interests!
Initial session is $150 for 90 minutes
Follow up is $100 for 60 minutes -or- $140 for 90 minutes
Follow up visits may be recommended on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis as determined by your unique symptom presentation pattern and how your body integrates the treatment.
 
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Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness, LLC 

3400 Bath Pike, Suite 201, Bethlehem, PA 18017

info@kulaheartyogaandwellness.com  

Phone: 610-746-KULA (5852)

 

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