Dear Acupuncture For Athletes Clients,
Our office will be closed until the spread of Covid-19 is no longer a risk to our community. In accordance with New York City Department of Health recommendations, please stay home even if you do not feel sick at this time and only go out for essential tasks. We all need to stay home in order to not unwittingly transmit disease and subsequently overwhelm our healthcare system capacity.
We really look forward to a time when we can get back to business as usual. Until then, our hope is that you and your families stay healthy and safe. If you are anxious or feeling isolated, you are welcome to reach out to us anytime to maintain connection. We may also be able to answer questions about how to manage injuries from home. Please call or text us at 917.300.1019. Lastly, please take breaks from media consumption and allow your nervous system to regulate each day. This will help you to maintain your own wellbeing.
Colleen Canyon, MS, L.Ac.
I established Acupuncture For Athletes in 2000 after learning the trigger point technique, otherwise known as dry needling, at the Tri-State College of Acupuncture. I was first motivated to learn acupuncture after it helped me recover from a few conditions in 1995. Not only did it help where other approaches had failed but I discovered that it could treat many other physical problems as well.
Please note that I'm currently on a hiatus from seeing clients after nearly twenty years, to work on another advanced degree. In the meantime, however, I'm still running the practice by managing the office and staff, and scheduling clients. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
I first started getting acupuncture in 2009 and I decided to become an acupuncturist so that I could share the benefits of this wonderful healing system with those around me. I especially enjoy working with athletes as I’m really active myself. I’m a regular NYC league soccer player and I’ve been able to overcome my own injuries as well as prevent them through getting treatment. Acupuncture definitely helps me to recover faster from soreness and to keep me loose.
My work with clients is primarily focused on releasing the tight fibers in soft tissue to hasten the restoration of normal functioning. My goals when working with clients are mainly to eliminate pain and to get you back to doing the things you love as quickly as possible. I also use a few other techniques as needed such as Gua Sha.
As both a practitioner and a patient I've seen the amazing changes that can occur with acupuncture treatments. Whether it be supporting an athlete in getting back to the sport they love or in helping a client through a life change, I've been blessed to experience acupuncture's ability to trigger the body's own healing mechanisms on the physical, emotional, and spirit levels. Being in practice since 2009, I am still awed by acupuncture; I am honored to be able to help heal.
I'm a general practitioner and enjoy treating a wide range of issues. My professional interests and specialties include sports medicine, pain management, fertility, stress, and psycho- emotional disorders. I use trigger point style as well as Tuina, cupping, gua sha, TCM, Japanese Kiiko Matsumoto style, Dr. Tan & Master Tung style, facial acupuncture, moxibustion, nutrition and herbal medicine in my treatments as needed. My proficiency in numerous acupuncture styles and experience treating a wide range of health issues allows me to cater my treatments to each client's specific needs.
Raised in both Chinese and American cultures, I have a deep appreciation of traditional and modern approaches to medicine. As a result, my treatments incorporate the best of each. In my work with clients who have musculoskeletal injuries and overuse from activities, the trigger point approach has proven very effective. In my work with internal issues such as digestive, gynecological and psychosocial, the Kiiko Matsumoto style, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) styles have been very supportive.
I enjoy working with clients of different ages, cultural backgrounds, and gender identifications and orientations. My intention as a practitioner is to relieve a client's pain and suffering, as well as to help a person connect with their deepest nature, thereby supporting individual health and growth.