As many of you know I love trying new wellness trends and therapies to help me feel and look my absolute best. I also love supporting other local women in business. I met Ari at a local women in business event. We immediately connected over our love of helping others and our interest in the health and wellness space. Our stories were also very similar. I had tried a more traditional path in life and found that I wanted to become a massage therapist to fulfill a greater purpose and help others.

Who is Ari and Why Did She Chose Acupuncture?

Ari was introduced to acupuncture in college, because the student health clinic offered acupuncture and it helped her chronic neck and shoulder tension. Ari became an immediate fan. While under the care of a physical therapist a year later, Ari visited her future school (Tri-State College of Acupuncture). She decided to change career paths from a career in textiles to become an acupuncturist. Ari sought a career in acupuncture to fulfill a sense of greater purpose in life and to ultimately help others with acupuncture.

Ari moved from New York City to Pittsburgh in 2018 where she had previously lived for 14 years. She’s a board certified acupuncturist in both Pennsylvania and New York. In order to practice acupuncture, Ari  got a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture.

Styles of acupuncture Ari has studied:

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Japanese Acupuncture in the teachings of Kiiko Matsumoto
  • Acupuncture Physical Medicine – included extensive training in trigger point acupuncture

Ari’s also certified in facial rejuvenation acupuncture. She has worked in both private and community clinics using acupuncture to treat a wide range of conditions. Ari has worked with several experienced practitioners in the field of acupuncture to learn how to be an effective therapist. She learned the importance of being heard and acknowledged as a patient. She also learned how important it can be towards healing and someone’s overall wellness.

What Trigger Point Acupuncture is and Why she Specializes in it

When you go to school to train to be an acupuncturist, there are several styles you can specialize in. Ari chose trigger point acupuncture as she experienced chronic neck and shoulder pain for most of her life. Trigger point acupuncture helped her get relief from the constant pain. She worked in a community clinic for 3 years and was able to work with over 8,000 patients to help treat a variety of health issues. What Ari found was that the trigger point acupuncture was providing relief to those in pain and suffering from sports injuries and more. She found that she was able to work with people who have experienced chronic pain like herself and help them find relief. Ari has worked with professional athletes, dancers and marathon runners as well as your everyday person too!

Trigger point acupuncture focuses on  relieving knots within your muscles. Myofascial trigger points are palpable tight bands which develop in your muscles. You’ll feel pain in these areas when pressure is applied that can sometimes be known as a “knot” or “spasm” and are caused by repetitive injury. When these trigger points are released, it results in a twitch and relaxation of contracted muscle fibers including blood circulation, lymphatic drainage and nerve conductivity. Frequency of treatment is based on an individual basis. Your first session with Ari will offer you relief from muscle tension and restore range of motion. If you suffer from a chronic condition then it may require several sessions to release recurring trigger points. Ari recommends that her clients come to see her once a week for a month then reassess and schedule appointments to maintain the relief.

Massage therapy and trigger point acupuncture work well together. If you get a massage AFTER trigger point acupuncture it can help to further activate your lymphatic system, prevent muscle tension and restore health to your muscles and fascia. A massage between 3 to 7 days after a trigger point acupuncture session is typically your best bet. Ari typically incorporates slide cupping at the end of her acupuncture session to flush out metabolic waste. You can also get a cupping massage after trigger point acupuncture too!

Trigger point acupuncture can help the following conditions:

  • Muscle tension
  • Tension headaches
  • Temporomandibular joint pain
  • Whiplash
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin splints
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Adhesive capsulitis
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Medial/lateral epicondylitis

If you’re thinking of scheduling a session with Ari, your initial session will be 75 minutes long to allow for full intake, assessment and treatment. Ari discusses each of her client’s health histories and health goals are. Follow-up sessions tend to be 60 minutes long where you review your progress with Ari and current symptoms. Ari changes each session based on the person including other modalities such as moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, tui na and electro-acupuncture. After your session, Ari recommends that you drink plenty of water and use heating pads to help with any post-session aches or soreness.

If you’d like to try trigger point acupuncture or regular acupuncture… I highly recommend giving Ari a call! You can reach her at: 718-737-6350 or via email at: Visit her website: to learn more about Ari and what she does. You can also follow her on Facebook at: @Ariodamakiacupuncture.

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