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A forum for discussing the relationship between acupuncture and massage. A place to pose questions related to acupuncture for massage therapists.

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I've recently added some basic massage videos to YouTube.  I teach the massage therapy program at Stark State College in Ohio. These videos are "lab notes" for the students.  If you need a quick review of basic strokes or want to see some different routines, check it out.  Just go to and type in "Michael Vahila".  All the videos will come up.  If you like it, subscribe to get alerts as new videos are added.  I hope they are helpful. Enjoy.

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Acupuncture Aids Pain Relief for Arthritis! 2 Replies

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Started by Mike Hinkle. Last reply by Michael Vahila, LAC, LMT Jan 19, 2010.

Practical application of acupuncture points for massage 2 Replies

One of the most potent acupuncture points is Stomach 36. It is located 4 finger widths below the kneecap and 1 finger width lateral to the tibia. A simple way to stimulate this point is with…Continue

Started by Michael Vahila, LAC, LMT. Last reply by Mike Hinkle Jan 3, 2010.

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Comment by Michael Vahila, LAC, LMT on September 11, 2011 at 6:16pm
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Comment by Michael Vahila, LAC, LMT on December 13, 2010 at 5:10pm

For a concise intro to how acupuncture works I posted a video on my blog.  You can see it here:

Comment by Mike Hinkle on April 12, 2010 at 1:01am
Great article Darcy, thanks!
Comment by Darcy Neibaur on April 12, 2010 at 12:44am
The AARP Bulletin April Edition has an article on page 10 titled "Battleing Cancer"
and using alternative medicine to do it. Acupunture is one of the ways listed.
Comment by Richard Davenport on March 11, 2010 at 9:29pm
I need some help. What is the best kata to treat Gall Stone and the meridian? Thanks for the comments.
Comment by Michael Vahila, LAC, LMT on February 10, 2010 at 12:57pm
While the article from Dr. Weil highlights the benefits of acupuncture, I have found that just as many people respond just as well with massage. In come cases, it's the individual who may simply respond better to one modality vs another.
Comment by Michael Vahila, LAC, LMT on February 10, 2010 at 12:53pm
Another Acupuncture Application from Dr. Andrew Weil

If you suffer from the pain or fatigue associated with fibromyalgia,
you may want to consider receiving acupuncture. A Mayo Clinic study
suggests that this traditional Chinese therapy can temporarily
relieve muscle discomfort, loss of energy, anxiety and other
symptoms of fibromyalgia. After six treatments over a two- to three-
week period, patients answering questionnaires indicated that these
symptoms diminished significantly. Unfortunately, the improvements
ended with the end of treatment, and according to a seven-month
follow-up survey, symptoms returned to pretreatment levels after
receiving no acupuncture. The good news is that researchers are
suggesting that ongoing acupuncture may offer lasting relief to some
patients who aren't helped by traditional treatments for
fibromyalgia, such as antidepressants, stress management and aerobic
exercise. For more information on the benefits of acupuncture, join
Dr. Weil on Healthy Aging.
Comment by Maria Troia on January 3, 2010 at 11:12am
Thank you, Michael. Will do.
Comment by Michael Vahila, LAC, LMT on January 3, 2010 at 8:42am
Hi Maria, Good luck with your new studies. Please feel free to add your insights and questions to our group.
Comment by Michael Vahila, LAC, LMT on January 3, 2010 at 8:40am
Happy New Year to you as well, Mike. In response to your question about conditions acupuncture can address, there is a long list. Certainly pain is one of the most common, but massage therapy can often do as good a job. I find massage indispensable even if I use needles for pain.

Other common issues that are more effectively treated with acupuncture are addictions (smoking, drugs), anxiety, chronic fatigue, IBS, constipation, infertility, migraines, menopause, nausea, PMS, and insomnia, to name a few. I have more info and some brief studies on my website at

Like massage, even if it is not the complete solution to a given issue, it enhances the body's ability to normalize by balancing energy and reducing stress. No one modality does it all. They all have their strengths and limits.

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