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ABOUT KRISTIN

Kristin Mancina is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist whose approach will encompass various modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Classical Five Element Acupuncture and other individualized, therapeutic practices to help facilitate your body's healing process and restore its natural harmony.
Originally from New Orleans, Kristin has extensively traveled and lived around the world, curious and eager to learn ancient and modern day philosophies and healing modalities along the way. From kava ceremonies in Hawaii to yoga classes in California, from shamanic rituals in Guatemala to ancient spa bath houses in Greece, her passion comes from a life-long obsession with learning medicinal practices that treat a person's mind, body & spirit.
What started as a fascination, ultimately, became her calling. She left her fast-paced job in Los Angeles and followed her intuition to travel to Thailand. She stumbled across the International Thai Massage School in Chiang Mai and became entranced watching the students learn the yoga-like stretching movements combined with acupressure points. It was in that moment, where she decided to turn her passion into a vocation and entered a program where she became formally trained as a certified advanced practitioner of Traditional Thai Massage. She attended silent meditation retreats with dharma talks at Buddhist temples and learned hill tribe fire oil massage techniques in the jungle. She learned how to make herbal steam compresses and attended a lecture by Master Boonchu, the most knowledgeable Master on the ancient Healing Arts of Northern Thailand on various massage modalities, such as Tok Sen, Ched Hak and Yam Kang.
After returning to the States and getting licensed as a massage therapist at Blue Cliff College, she practiced massage therapy at the luxurious Spa at Windsor Court for six years. Her experience in bodywork, is where she developed a greater sense of intuitive, healing touch. With a love for using minerals and plants therapeutically, she developed a bath salt line that was sold at the spa and in seven other different spas nationwide - San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles to name a few.
Kristin yearned to expand her knowledge and hone her skills further. As she always looked to nature for answers, studying acupuncture rooted in the ancient wisdom of the Five Elements became the perfect next step. She completed a four-year graduate program studying Traditional Chinese Medicine, receiving a Master of Acupuncture and Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, FL.
Taking the wisdom of the past and applying it the modern day, she has a unique style, intuitive approach and fresh perspective in treating a person. Through her understanding of the relationships of the Five Elements within and using them as a guide, she analyzes the root of a person’s illness with the goal of restoring health to the body, mind and spirit. Through her knowledge of the human body mapped by meridians and point locations, Kristin utilizes treatment tools that include, but are not limited to, acupuncture using precise needle insertion techniques, moxibustion, fire cupping, gua sha, Tui-Na (Chinese Massage), Chinese herbal medicine, therapeutic essential oils, exercise/lifestyle recommendations and nutritional and dietary counseling.
Being a native New Orleanian, live music, costuming and boiled crawfish are engrained in her soul. Kristin loves dinosaurs, star gazing and gardening. Her greatest accomplishment in life is being a proud, new mom.

CREDENTIALS:

Kristin Mancina has earned her license in Acupuncture (L.Ac.) from the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. She received a four-year Master of Acupuncture, Bachelor of Health Science and Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, Florida. Kristin also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Philosophy from Louisiana State University, has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for 10 years, graduating from Blue Cliff College. She has completed courses in Reiki from the Mind & Body Healing School and is also a certified advanced practitioner of Thai Massage Therapy taking 390 hours of study from the International Training Massage School in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

WHAT IS CHINESE MEDICINE:

Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at the underlying cause of the symptoms. Because of this, it has been proven to effectively treat a multitude of conditions. An individualized treatment strategy addresses the root cause and where you are in your physical, mental, and emotional state at each session, so that the best results possible can be achieved.

WHAT IS FIVE ELEMENT ACUPUNCTURE:

Approximately 3,000 years ago, the Ancient Chinese observed that the energetic qualities in nature were also found in every living being. The Five Elements - Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal are not just the foundation of Classical Five Element Acupuncture, they are the foundation and spirit of all nature around us.
Through the Water element, we can watch as it transforms from liquid to solid and use the wisdom to move through life in a fluid and adaptable way. The Wood element, like bamboo shooting forth, is a reminder to stay motivated with vision. Fire ignites passion and excitement, when the world may seem dull. Growing a garden with plentiful vegetables and allowing them to nourish your soul is the Earth element encapsulated. Watching the dead leaves molt to the ground, at the end of autumn, Metal reminds us that we must let go in order to make room for something new.
When the energies of the Five Elements are functioning in harmony and balance within ourselves, we feel healthy, nourished and fully alive. By understanding the relationships of the Elements, whether you have a specific condition or complex, chronic disease, you can uncover and treat the root of a person's imbalance and restore health to the body, mind and spirit.

WHAT ACUPUNCTURE TREATS:

Addiction
Stress & Anxiety - temporary, chronic
Insomnia
Fatigue
Headaches - including migraines, cluster and tension headaches
Trauma
Infertility
Pain - localized or pain that is in various parts of the body, including arthritis pain, knee, - neck, shoulder and back pain
Menstrual imbalances/ Hormonal issues - including PMS, menopause, amenorrhea - (skipped or no period)
Digestive issues - bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea, acid reflux
Sexual dysfunction
Emotional Symptoms - including anxiety, moodiness, depression
Allergies - sinus infections, seasonal allergies
Hypertension
Arthritis
Stroke
Dermatological condition - including eczema, psoriasis, acne
Cold / Flu - recurrent colds and immune deficiency

    TREATMENT MODALITIES:

    Acupuncture
    Herbal Medicine
    Therapeutic Nutrition
    Cupping
    Moxibustion
    Gua sha
    Tui Na Massage
    Therapeutic Essential Oils

      WHAT TO EXPECT:

      Your first visit will include an extensive intake of your health history, review of your current condition, establish treatment goals and acupuncture treatment. Initial visits take 1.5 to 2 hours. Follow up visits are about an hour long.

      Each case is individual and we'll have a better estimate after your first appointment. In general, new patients should expect to come for weekly treatments for 6-10 weeks, at which point we'll re-assess. Chronic conditions tend to take longer to resolve than more acute conditions.

      Please print out and complete your new patient forms prior to your appointment and bring them in for your first visit.

      You may also bring in your supplements and medications for review.

      Have a small meal or healthy snack at least 30 mins before your appointment.

      Kindly wear comfortable clothing and refrain from using perfume or cologne.

      Ideally, do not drink caffeinated beverage before your visit in order for the treatment to have a full effect.