Refueling with Acupuncture
Some people work to live, I work to go to acupuncture. I love most aspects of my job as a second grade teacher, but it requires constant energy. Acupuncture is my opportunity to be refueled physically, emotionally and mentally. Five years ago, I started going to acupuncture for my lower back pain, which resulted from breaking it in a motor vehicle accident over ten years ago. After trying massage therapy, physical therapy and visits to the chiropractor, acupuncture was the first treatment that gave me relief past 24 hours. I’ve consistently continued to go to acupuncture and feel like I am truly able to live a healthier balanced life because of it.
Chronic Back Pain
Stephanie comes highly recommended for anyone experiencing any discomfort in his or her life. She corrected what physical therapy and chiropractic adjustments could not and kept me from considering back surgery at the age of 26 – don’t ask me how, but she’s done it. Not only has she treated injuries from my teenage years, but also with her consultation and intuitive treatments she has enhanced my quality of life to a level I didn’t know existed. Her methods whole heartedly have ones best interest in mind – she is capable of tailoring her services to your needs on an appointment to appointment basis while always striving to get you back to your best health. She is kind, understanding, knowledgeable, intuitive, and incredibly talented. She can hear things your body is saying with a simple touch and addresses those pains with the appropriate treatments you are comfortable with. At no point do you feel uncertain or nervous – you immediately will want to give yourself over to her and her healings.
For the first time since I can TRULY remember, I am able to stand and sit with straight posture. Even now that we have tapered off our appointments because of my progress, with one session she will have me feeling on top of the world again. I have never felt so free. Thank you Stephanie for enhancing every part of my life.
AC, Public Relations
Able to Exercise Again
“I’ve received acupuncture care from Stephanie for two years and she can be highly recommended. I’m 57, male and have a chronic arthritic knee stemming from ligament repair surgery in my 20′s. My symptoms include pain and swelling. With Stephanie’s consistent maintenance treatments, I’m able to keep up my daily workout regimen, which includes stretching, weightlifting and walking over 30 miles per week. I’m amazed with my immediate results and thanks to Stephanie, I no longer have to “tough it out” and live with discomfort.
Although it was acupuncture that drew me to Stephanie, I’ve further benefited from her vast knowledge of exercise, Chinese medicine and well-being. I’m immersed from day to day in the practicality of her advice from common cold treatments to diet, and from stretching to strength training, all with natural prescriptions. She has changed my life.”
PB, Insurance Agent
Low Energy & Depression
“I made an appointment with Sarah on the recommendation of my N.D. to see if I would benefit from acupuncture for my feelings of depression, low energy and being stuck. I experienced a profound “lightening” of my mood and an increase in my overall energy level after the very first treatment and the positive effects have continued and made a lasting and noticeable change in my wellbeing. During the course of my treatment other issues came up- one day a migraine, one day hip/lower back pain, tendonitis and heel pain: all effectively treated- amazing!
The entire experience has been positive, Kristine who manages the front desk is always cheerful, kind, efficient and professional. I worked with both Sarah and Stephanie and found them to be compassionate, focused and highly skilled. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone- it can change you!”
“I had a persistently sore knee that caused me pain every day, and now it works and feels great. All after only one visit with Sarah Hayes. It was basically stiff, sore and painful to bend all the time. I had to stick my leg out straight when I squatted down to pet my dog, pick a weed or line up a putt. After many bottles of Advil, and repeated visits to doctors who told me there was nothing wrong with my knee, I was lucky enough to find Sarah. I’ve also had her work on my back when it gives me trouble. Body pain is an unfortunate reality from time to time. I’m just glad to have someone to call. Someone who can actually make a difference!”
SS, Account Supervisor
Back, Achilles, and Elbow Pain
“Sarah’s ability to listen and get to the root of the problem is amazing. She has treated my back, elbow, and Achilles tendon successfully. My body and back were totally out of alignment due to muscle spasms that stopped after just two treatments. I have been to several acupuncturists, and Sarah is the best by far. You know that she really cares about your wellness and a return to an active lifestyle.”
JF, Travel Agent
On and off over the last few years I have had trouble with a sore muscle in my right arm. Too much use caused a great deal of pain and tenderness. Last summer I hurt it more than usual adjusting the parking brake on a Jeep, and knew it was time to quit ignoring the problem. Sarah diagnosed the cause and treated me with acupuncture. Her explanation of what was wrong and her treatment were so effective I not only thank her, but recommend her highly.
Help for Me and My Children
My son and daughter (8 and 6 years old) were introduced to acupressure three years ago. My daughter had been suffering from horrible night terrors at least three times a week. I couldn’t wake her up or console her, and the fits of wailing, screaming and hitting could often last up to an hour. I didn’t really expect a cure, that would have have been too much to ask for. To my delight and surprise, however, just after three treatments her terrors were gone. Some might say it was coincidence, but I’m convinced otherwise and will continue to pursue this so-called alternative medicine for myself and for my children whenever a need arises.
Sarah came highly recommended to me and just after spending an hour with her, I couldn’t schedule my next appointment fast enough. She listens with an open and caring heart, she is gentle and fun-spirited with children and her passion for healing and working with others shines through.
Sarah has a gift and we are fortunate she has decided to share this gift with us. Whether you have a specific ailment, are low in energy or want to open yourself and your children to a wonderful experience, I highly recommend you spend some time with her.
JM, Sales and Marketing VP
A Surprising Turn of Events
“My first visit with Sarah was a complete lark. I had absolutely no expectations. Family and friends had visited acupuncturists and I simply wanted to say I had, too. A friend recommended her and so I called, filled out the forms, sat down for an interview, and when she asked me what I would like to have treated that day, I said, Whatever seems right to you. The session was pleasant enough, but other than feeling more relaxed than I had expected, I didn’t notice anything remarkable. Went home, had a normal day and evening and then, bang, woke up the next day at 5 a.m. feeling completely awake and full of energy. Had one of the best and most productive days I’ve experienced in a long time. Called her that day to ask two questions: Who are you? and When can I come back? Since then I have sought her help a lot. Minor injuries to chronic symptoms I had thought I was going to live with the rest of my life. I don’t hold back. So count me among the members of the fan club who will happily share their experiences with anyone who is interested.”
Healthier Living and Fertility
“I decided to try acupuncture hoping to help with my anxiety, chronic headaches, and most importantly to help with fertility. I knew these issues were all somehow related, and after learning a bit about acupuncture, it made sense that “opening up the energy pathways” would be a helpful tool in my quest for healthier living. I was a bit nervous at first, and Sarah picked up on that immediately. Her calm voice, her professional yet gentle demeanor, and her ability to communicate her actions all calmed my nerves, making my first experience one that led to many, many more. For someone who had never meditated, the needles left me motionless long enough that my mind would slow down, and I found myself focusing on my breathing and at times so relaxed I would fall asleep. Each time Sarah would find out my current status on anxiety, body aches, digestion, mood, and the list would go on. We would have a conversation that would ultimately get her the information she needed to know where to do the needles that day, yet it always just felt like I was chatting with a friend. Almost always she would focus on my fertility, and just knowing the energy was being sent to the right place gave me confidence and hope that someday I would be blessed with a baby. To make this story simple: My headaches almost completely stopped, my anxiety went way down, enough to help me quit smoking cigarettes, and 3 months into our treatments, I found out I was pregnant. I feel like I owe so much to Sarah, and of course our humble acupuncture wizard takes very little credit. My whole family thanks this wonderful woman for helping me to be where I am today, and the little baby in my belly will forever be bonded with Sarah too.”
Pregnancy and Delivery
“Recently I gave birth to a healthy baby boy. I believe the health of my baby and of me are due in large part to the care I got from Sarah Hayes at Acupuncture Northwest. Sarah and I met weekly throughout my pregnancy where she encouraged me to get in touch with my current stage of pregnancy and state of mind, all the while educating me on what I could do to relax and provide a calm and nurturing environment for my baby in utero. We worked on relaxation, massage, tension points, stress management, tummy massage, and other methods specific to preparing for birth and prenatal treatment. I was so happy with my care, I had invited Sarah to attend my birth to assist me in the birthing process with acupuncture and acupressure.
Sarah has such a wonderful way of communicating with an open mind and a soft delivery. And she is so passionate about her field — it shows in every visit. Sarah always makes you feel comfortable and safe in that peaceful treatment space she has created.
Now I see Sarah to manage daily stresses that life and motherhood present. I always leave Acupuncture Northwest feeling more alive, in tune with my body, and ready to take on the day.”
TD, Marketing Director
“I had never tried acupuncture until a pinched nerve in my neck last year and decided to try a Chinese acupuncture doctor. One visit and back to normal. Tweaked lower back this year and my previous doctor had retired. A friend at work told me about Sarah. Right off the bat I knew she would be perfect. She’s “into it” to truly help people. Her enthusiasm and insight were unbelievable in just one visit, not to mention her obvious mastery of acupuncture. She did advise me it might take one to four visits. I could barely tie my shoes on Wednesday morning, saw Sarah that afternoon and proceeded to play in a golf tournament the next morning! I will go to Sarah for any and all further treatments and cannot recommend her highly enough.”
TH, Marketing Manager
Back Problems and Headaches
“Absolutely a great experience. I was a first timer, and I felt totally comfortable and taken care of. Sarah helped incredibly with back problems and headaches. She works hard to work with you, and cares about each of her patients. I have recommended Sarah to many of my friends, and they have all been impressed. It is a no pressure atmosphere with exemplary personal attention. If you are thinking about acupuncture, you should go here!.”
MW, College Student
“I have been to a number of alternative health care practitioners – acupuncturists, naturopaths, homeopaths, herbalists – and Sarah is one of the best I’ve ever been treated by. Because you describe all your symptoms, not just one specific ache or pain, I imagine the amount of information can be overwhelming at times. Sarah has a gift for sorting out what to focus on. She helped me a lot and even followed up with a phone call to check on my progress. I recommend her highly, especially for the kinds of chronic ailments that make M.D.s throw in the towel. She is very patient and dedicated.”
Back Pain and Allergies
“I started seeing Sarah at the beginning of the year when I could not get out of bed because of intense back pain. In less than a year I am participating in my second triathlon. I would never have been able to do this without Sarah’s fabulous gift. She knows where the pain is and gets results. I highly recommend her to people who have a sports injury. Also worked wonders on my seasonal allergies.”
CV, Bar Manager
Anxiety and Joint Pain
“Sarah is awesome! She is kind, compassionate and very skilled. Her rooms are very calming and her technique is so gentle and so effective. I’ve been seeing her for anxiety and joint pain, both of which are gone or nearly gone. I would recommend her to anyone.”
EP, Administrative Assistant
A Runner in Pain
“Okay folks, whoever reads this needs to understand that I came to Sarah as a 100% skeptic, but every time I would complain about my running related injuries, someone from my company would not only recommend acupuncture, they would actually mention Sarah Hayes by name, telling me that she is simply a miracle worker and you need to go. Of course I put it off and the pain in my knees kept getting worse with each run I tried to do. I think half the people at Adidas (where I work) are seeing Sarah for treatment and each of them kept telling me to go and see her. What got me to finally make the call to Sarah was a strange case of lockjaw that I had never even heard of — it hit me so hard I could barely open my mouth to eat.
So here I am, a guy that has always been very healthy with virtually no injuries and now I can’t even run and even eating is an issue. My first visit to Sarah was with more than a little preconceived fear and trepidation, but she quickly put me at ease with her genuine compassion and spirit of caring about getting me well.
I am here to admit that I was very fearful of the needles. Then Sarah showed me what they were and my response was, “That’s it, that’s all they are”? My first session I even asked if she had even put the needles in, and she smiled and said, “I am all done.” I don’t know how to explain this any other way, but Sarah simply has a gift. She is more than a Dr. of acupuncture, but she also becomes somewhat of a counselor as you come to understand that so much of your physical issues are wrapped up in your day to day stresses of life.
Now for the good part. After two sessions with Sarah, my lockjaw was healing up nicely and I was able to eat pretty freely. I came to see her for serious issues with my left knee and after three sessions, I was running again pain-free on the left knee. We are now working on the right knee and I know that this will become pain-free as well.
Sarah seems to understand the one thing that people who are in the service industry so often forget. It’s all about the customer. When I am working with her, I often feel at the moment that I am the only patient that Sarah has. She simply gives of herself in such a way that you are ready to respond to the healing before the needles even start. Sarah has managed to create what I would call an “acupuncture experience” from the minute you walk in until the minute you leave. This previous skeptic is now a true believer in the medicine.
Sarah, you are truly a godsend.”
JG, Sales and Marketing
Stress and Chronic Problems
“As a left-brained, science-educated person, I have to admit that I was skeptical of acupuncture when I first walked into Sarah’s office. I had been experiencing several chronic physical ailments, including gynecological problems, headaches, anxiety and acid reflux. Western doctors attributed my symptoms to the catch-all umbrella of stress and told me that my problems would go away “in time.” After a year, I was tired of waiting and desparate to try something new. As scared as I am of the idea of needles, I put my trust in Sarah and hoped for the best. And I am so glad I did. While I admit that I still don’t understand how it all works, I know that I feel 1000% better in only a few sessions. All of the ailments I had come in to address are now completely gone! In addition, Sarah has cured my uncontrollable sugar cravings, which turned out to be a huge added bonus that I never expected.
I really appreciate that, unlike my Western doctors, Sarah takes time before each treatment to ask me questions about all aspects of my life so that she can treat me as a whole person, and not just as body parts. I also like that the only side effects I experience are a sense of relaxation, elevated mood, and alleviation of my ailments. In addition to being a great acupuncturist, Sarah is very caring and easy to talk to. I really look forward to my acupunture treatments and would recommend Sarah Hayes to anyone seeking acupuncture treatment!”