Acupuncture – Christie has studied several different acupuncture styles and techniques, in school, in Beijing, and in continuing education.  Christie is always excited to learn more. She takes classes every year.   They are required for Virginia acupuncture license and national certification.  Christie also takes classes above and beyond the requirements.  Not every style or technique is right for everyone.  The more available, the more people she can help.

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
  • Distal
  • Motor Point
  • Kiiko Matsumoto Japanese Style
  • Five Element
  • French Meridian Trigger Point
  • Dry Needling/Trigger Point release
  • Ear and Scalp
  • Electrostimulation
  • Facial Rejeuvination

Moxibustion – an herb that is burned on or near the skin to promote warmth and healing

Cupping – using glass, plastic, or silicon cups to create suction on areas of tight muscles to release pain and promote healing

Gua Sha– gently press strokes with a tool on areas of tight muscles to release pain and promote healing

Other therapies to enhance acupuncture:

Oriental Bodywork – Please note I do not do an full session or hour of bodywork.  I use them as an adjunct to other  therapies.  If you want a full session of bodywork, please see my Recommended resources and services page

  • Tui Na – Chinese Therapeutic massage
  • Sotai – Japanese therapy to release areas of pain or restriction    Sotai Explained

Cranio-Sacral Therapy 

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.   (

Please note I do not do an full session or hour of CST.  I use it as an adjunct to other  therapies.  If you want a full session of bodywork, please see my  Recommended resources and services page

Foot Reflexology

Qigong Instruction–  Qigong is a self-healing art, similar to Tai Chi, that combines movement and meditation.  Christie may suggest some Qigong exercises to complement your acupuncture treatment.

Essential Oils

I use essential oils on acupuncture points, as a base for cupping and gua sha, and diffuse them in the air to help the respiratory and nervous system.  I also sell the two brands of oil I use in my practice, Snow Lotus and Young Living.

“Essential oils selflessly offer the gift of an incredible diversity of applications and treatment options for resolving health issues in the body, mind and, soul. I believe that essential oils hold the open-ended promise of individual change and evolution towards integration and wholeness.”
-Peter Holmes, L.Ac., M.H.

Want to try acupuncture but afraid of needles?   Have you tried something with aggressive needling that hurt so much you said “never again?”  I have been trained in multiple needling techniques and can find one that works for you.   Japanese style acupuncture uses fine needles with superficial needling.   I can use very few needles.  I can use NO needles at all!  Acupuncture is part of a medical system that identifies the root of the problem.  Acupuncture needles are just one of the tools used to address the root and restore balance.   I can use acupressure or any of the other techniques listed above.

You can also try Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping on acupuncture points with other tapping strategies) to help with your fear of needles:   Tapping for Fear of Needles


Harmony Acupuncture and Healing Practices
Christie M. Savage, M.A., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM)® . L.Ac.

1415 Sachem Place Suite 2-B
Charlottesille, VA 22901

2303 N. Augusta St
Staunton, VA 24401