Rupesh Chhagan LAc   

Often, chronic conditions prevent people from remembering what it was like for their body and mind to feel well. Some have lost hope for a cure. Here are just a few of the symptoms that my healing system addresses:

  • Physical or Emotional Pain
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Chronic Ailments
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Sense of Incompleteness
  • Confusion
  • Feeling “Stuck”
  • Numbness and Overwhelm
  • Difficult to Diagnose Problems

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What is Traditional Chinese Medicine? How does it work?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system of medicine that treats diseases of the body, mind, and spirit.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are the two methods I focus upon.


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), of which Acupuncture is one of the main methods, treats human beings as microcosms of the world at large.  In the same way a garden must be tended to through nourishment, cleaning, and harvesting, so must our bodies be tended to in order to maintain vitality, health and wellness.  TCM is a vast and profound world with many methods.  The tools that I focus on are acupuncture and herbs.

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What is Acupuncture? Does it hurt?  Is it the right method for me?

Acupuncture is the use of needles inserted at specific sites on the body to activate the body’s self-healing mechanism.  Insertion of needles produces a variety of sensations:  a mild dull throb, electricity, tingling, or nothing at all.  During the session, it often produces relaxation, calm, and clarity.  Acupuncture has been helping people for thousands of years with both chronic and acute ailments.


The body is electric. One way of understanding acupuncture is through analogy to an electrical grid.  Imagine that the midline of the body and internal organs are power stations. Electricity is generated in the power stations and distributed via power lines (meridians) throughout the city centers (head, neck, torso, abdomen, and pelvis) and into the outlying countryside (arms and legs).  In TCM, this electricity is called Qi.  There are 14 major pathways (called meridians) that Qi travels along. Sometimes energy is blocked and sometimes it is insufficient.  Both may be happening in different parts of the body at the same time.  Energy blockages and deficiency are found through diagnostic tools like examining the tongue, palpating the pulse and meridians, face reading, and verbal inquiry into signs, symptoms, emotions, and challenges of the spirit.

Acupuncture points are areas along the path where the flow of energy can be altered for therapeutic effect.  Single use, pre-packaged, sterilized needles are inserted at various acupuncture points to correct imbalances in the flow of energy.  The depth of the needle, size of needle, and needle technique may vary based on desired effect.  Does it hurt?  Most often, acupuncture’s effect is one of calmness, relaxation, and clarity.  The needling process and the sensation produced varies. Sometimes, there is no sensation produced at all.  Sometimes, initial insertion feels like a mosquito or ant bite.  After that, common sensations include:  a mild achy throb, electric currents, heavy limbs, sleepiness, and calmness.  Adjustments will be made to ensure a comfortable experience.

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What are Chinese herbs?  How do they work?  Are they safe? Can I take herbs with my medications?

Chinese herbology is the use of plants, minerals, and animal parts to rectify disease.  When taken internally, herbs are administered in pill form, instant powdered teas, and decoction of the dried herbs.  When taken externally, herbs come in alcohol based linaments, pastes, or adhesive patches.  All herbs that I prescribe will have undergone and passed the GMP (Good Manufacturing Process) testing for heavy metals, pesticides, and contaminants.  The pharmaceuticals you are currently taking and the herbs you are prescribed will be considered thoughtfully in order to avoid side effects, counteraction, or redundancy in therapeutic effect.


The depth and scope of Chinese herbs in treating disease is deep and vast.  Thousands of years of accumulated knowledge of individual herbs and the effect produced when combining herbs has been recorded.  Herbs can be used to correct flows in energy blockage, generate energy, build up insufficient fluids and tissue, and detoxify.  Internal and external use of herbs may be used based on condition.  Internally, herbs may be given in the form of pills, powdered instant tea, or in a raw form (boiled and decocted in water).  I only use herbs that undergo pharmaceutical grade testing for heavy metals, pesticides, and other impurities.  The pharmaceuticals you are currently taking and the herbs you are prescribed will be considered thoughtfully in order to avoid side effects, counteraction, or redundancy in therapeutic effect.

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What is Hakomi?  How do I know if it’s a therapy I need?

The Hakomi method is a body-centered, loving approach to bringing awareness to unconscious aspects of ourselves, including the hidden core beliefs shaping our lives, relationships, and self-images. It integrates the mindfulness and non-violence found in Eastern traditions with a unique Western psychological methodology.  The goal is to help an individual build a more satisfying and effective life.


When core beliefs become conscious, these aspects can be re-evaluated, and where appropriate, powerfully transformed.  New dimensions of awareness can be integrated, helping the individual to build a more satisfying and effective life.  If you find yourself “stuck” in patterns of behavior that no longer serve you, Hakomi methods can help.  These patterns may involve relationships, sex, work, spiritual practice, addictions, body image, and life purpose.

Hakomi is a native Hopi word meaning, “Who am I?” or “How do I stand in relation to the many realms?”  It integrates the mindfulness and non-violence found in Eastern traditions with a unique Western psychological methodology.

Loving presence and the healing relationship are central to Hakomi. We learn to develop a unique sensitivity and attunement to others–both their conscious and unconscious material–and to convey this depth of recognition. This creates a deep sense of safety and connection, and engages the “cooperation of the unconscious.”

Hakomi is a body-centered, somatic therapy.  The body is viewed as a door that can be opened to reveal the entire character and belief system of the individual. The body’s structures and habitual patterns serve as powerful “indicators,” that lead to unconscious and suppressed memories, behaviors and thought processes.

The dynamic use of mindfulness is the foundation of Hakomi. When integrated with unique Hakomi techniques, it allows us to rapidly access the deeply held, unconscious beliefs and early experiences that shape our lives, relationships, and self-images. When unconscious, this hidden material creates projections, conflict and disharmony in our interactions and inner lives. Once conscious and directly experienced, these patterns are available for transformation and re-integration. Powerful emotions, memories, and trauma may surface at times during the process and these are handled gently and effectively.

As a depth-oriented modality, Hakomi is a direct, empowering, and experiential process. The material is integrated cognitively for the client.

[from the Hakomi Institute: “Hakomi is a mindfulness-centered, somatic psychology. Originally developed by Ron Kurtz, it has been a pioneer in the field of body-centered psychotherapy for over 30 years. The Hakomi Method is unique in its integration of mindfulness throughout the therapy session, and has roots in Taoism and Buddhist practices, as well as Western somatic therapies. 

As an experiential, mindfulness-based psychotherapy, it allows clients to safely and deeply access the unconscious core beliefs and formative experiences which often shape our lives without our knowledge. Once conscious, this material is available for transformation. Therapy outcomes often include lasting positive changes in behavior, relationships, and self-image and the healing of attachmenissues for the client. Current discoveries in neuroscience have validated many aspects of Hakomi, and the Hakomi Institute continues to develop the method to further integrate neuropsychology. Hakomi also interfaces effectively with a wide spectrum of therapeutic techniques and modalities. 
The Hakomi Institute is the original, worldwide organization founded by Ron Kurtz, and its website at and www.HakomiInstitute.comincludes an international directory of workshops, trainings, therapists and faculty, as well as extensive information about Hakomi.”]

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Regular Sessions:

  • $130 Single Treatment
  • $375 ($125 each) Package of 3
  • *$1200 ($120 each) Package of 10

Student/Senior (65+)

  • $125 Single Treatment
  • $360 ($120 each) Package of 3
  • *$1150 ($115 each) Package of 10

*Can be paid in two installments: $600 regular; $575 student/senior.

How does the session flow?

As each individual is different, so is the flow of each session.  In general, however, sessions usually begin sitting across from one another with a verbal “check-in.”  We discuss past medical history and what’s happening currently in body, mind, and spirit for 15-20 minutes.  Through this, we determine the goal and intention for the session.  To further clarify the root of what ails the client, I will perform Chinese medical diagnostics (eg. observing the tongue, palpating the pulse and meridians).  The rest of the session may be done on the acupuncture table or in a chair.  Acupuncture and Hakomi methods will be administered throughout the rest of the session based on what arises in the moment within the body, mind, and spirit.  Unless rest and silence is needed, I will be present the entire time.  Time will be left at the end for processing and integration of the discoveries of the session.

Please Note: The full treatment fee is charged for missed sessions.  What is considered a missed session?

– Less than 24-hour notice for cancellation and rescheduling

– Arriving 20 minutes or more after your session time

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My goal is to create a sanctuary where the full range of emotions and experiences can be explored with compassion, understanding & objectivity.

My style is open and insightful, light-hearted and relational.  I encourage my clients to explore what is happening in the present moment:  in mind, body and in our relationship.


Many of my clients have referred to the environment I create as a “safe space.”  Within this environment, energy can be expressed and moved, alleviating the burdens on body, mind, and spirit. A compassionate attitude is the foundation to health.  This attitude can be cultivated both internally (how we treat ourselves) and externally (how we treat others) through Hakomi methods, acupuncture, and Chinese herbs.  All three work in concert to bring the mind, spirit, and body back to wellbeing.

My style is open and insightful, light-hearted and relational.  What happens in the moment and in relation to one another is the most direct window into the subconscious.  I encourage my clients to explore what is happening now, whether it’s chronic knee pain flaring up, the overwhelm of running the rat-race, memories from childhood, or what you imagine I might be thinking.  The body, mind, and spirit are all connected.  Together, through this therapeutic relationship, we can learn the unique way all the aspects of you are connected to life, relationships and experiences. From this interconnected awareness, you can make the shifts in lifestyle and thinking that lead to a happier life, full of ease.

Together, we can create lasting change, greater possibilities for your life and a richer experience of all that life has to offer.

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