Adjunct Therapies are additional modalities that are sometimes a part of your acupuncture session at Acupuncture Associates of Hartford. They include problem-specific massage, including acupressure, Tuina, abdominal massage or reflexology, as well as adjunct therapies such as moxibustion, Gua Sha and cupping.
These therapies are performed by the Clinic Assistant at Acupuncture Associates, Leslie Franks, LMT (CT), Certified Practitioner (AOBTA), Nationally Certified (NCBMTB). Her practice of Asian Bodywork began in 1990. Her understanding of body mechanics and energetics is experiential and grows from her practice of the martial arts, Qigong, and an earlier career as a dancer. In addition to her massage training, she has studied Classical Chinese Medicine with Jeffrey Yuen since 1995, including his pioneering approach to the use of Essential Oils. She prepares the herbal and essential oil formulas from at our office pharmacy.
Chinese Medicine has a long tradition of utilizing Stone Medicine for certain conditions. Leslie is currently working on a book describing the stones from the Chinese Medicine perspective, and the stones are occasionally a part of a treatment plan at Acupuncture Associates.
Leslie has practiced various systems of martial arts, Taiji and Qigong for over 30 years, and includes a consistent practice of Chen Taiji as a part of her lifestyle. She is a senior student in the United States of Master Wang Haijun and teaches Chen Taiji at the Chen Taiji Academy in Hadley, MA.