Rivers Acupuncture and Bodyworks is dedicated to offering Classical
Five Element Acupuncture, as taught by JR Worsely, and Zero Balancing
as health care options.
Using Nature-based, Holistic and Individualized
treatment methods, I am committed to supporting each person’s potential for
greater health, harmony and happiness on all levels: body, mind, and spirit.
I value partnership, possibility, change from within, personal empowerment, and holding each person in the highest regard.
native of rural Iowa, I received a Bachelor of Arts in Botany from the
University of Iowa in 1973, Massage Therapy Certification from
Heartwood Institute, CA, in 1991 and Zero Balancing Certification from
the Zero Balancing Health Association in 1997.
In 2011, I
completed a 3 1/2 year Masters of Acupuncture in Classical Five-Element
Acupuncture from the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture in
I also have a life-long love of music, dance, nature, walking, gardening and took up roller blading at the age of 50.
Why would anyone want to receive acupuncture? The simple answer is, it helps us feel
better. In the West we know a lot about
the structure of the body. One of the
great gifts of Chinese medicine is an understanding of the life force that animates
our bodies. The Chinese call this Chi or
Qi energy. We feel best when we live in
harmony with this energy that is in us and all of the natural world. Acupuncture works with this system.
You might think of it as a system of rivers, streams and
lakes. When there is plenty of clean water, the lakes are full and the
rivers and streams are flowing and life goes well. If the water is in short supply or polluted
or damned up, then life doesn’t go so well.
Symptoms that we have are understood to be caused by disturbances in
Acupuncture works to restore balance and harmony to our
internal energy system. So, acupuncture
can be helpful for all manner of symptoms, and encourage:
After an initial consult it is recommended to come weekly
until improvement begins, then sessions are tapered out. Typically people then make lifelong use of
acupuncture for “tune-ups” to support balance and harmony and also as preventative
For more information you can visit the Classical Five Element Acupuncture website, watch this video or this video on YouTube or download this document.
energy and productivity
sense of well-being
more calm, centered and in the driver’s seat of life
increased sense of aliveness and connectedness
better moods and mental health
- All of
the above tend to help us have better relationships at work and at home
some comments from clients:
"I love how I feel. I recommend acupuncture to all my friends." -- Jane, Retired Teacher
have been enjoying the benefits of Zero Balancing Bodywork and
Acupuncture for years. The benefits have been too numerous to list, but
include better focus, relaxation, blood pressure and general
wellness. I would recommend Two Rivers and Morgan to anyone seeking these benefits." -- Greg, Financial Services
several months of beginning acupuncture and zero-balancing, my
migraines became one day only headaches manageable with OTC
medications. Two years later, the rare headache is mild and I
don't lose days. As a bonus, several joints that had remained
chronically inflamed and painful even with medication are no longer an
issue. -- Michelle, RD
started acupuncture hoping to eliminate perimenopause symptoms. The
treatments have done that and more! Morgan is a true partner in health,
helping me to relax deeply and experience less illness." -- Deb,
Small Business Instructor
Practitioners of Zero Balancing (ZB) like to say, “Zero Balancing makes
better and better normal”. ZB is a
gentle yet powerful form of bodywork developed by Dr. Fritz
Smith, MD and Acupuncturist. For a ZB session, the client
lies clothed on
a massage table on their back and their job is to “relax and enjoy
themselves”. The work happens beyond the
mental activity of the mind. ZB touch is
distinctive and is meant to feel good.
It feels a bit like acupressure.
ZB offers opportunities for healing and change that come from the
out. This type of change tends to be
more profound and lasting. In my
practice, it has proven to be helpful with pain relief and stress
well as improving one’s overall health and sense of well-being.
some comments from clients:
Here are 10 reasons to receive Zero Balancing.
"Courses of Zero
Balancing, along with other therapies, not only
have alleviated the pain, but have calmed the
stress. Importantly, especially because I
don't like the effects of conventional
medication, I've been able to be 'drug-free'
because of these sessions." -- Barbara
"I no longer get
monthly headaches and I have more energy.
I feel more aligned top to bottom, side to side,
front to back. Also more flexible.
And when I do overdo, I restore faster....a day
or two." -- Barb
"I love Zero
Balancing. It's like an opening. If
it hadn't been for ZB, I don't think I would
have gotten interested in the other things I'm
doing now. ZB says 'yes' to everything."
like Zero Balancing was just what my body was
craving on a deep level and each session was
like a tremendous release. Looking back
now, I can tell it really released long-held
trauma from my body. It was a true
blessing in my healing journey." -- Yvonne
"I can't thank you
enough for the work that you do. I cannot
even put it into words. I feel so much
more well than I did earlier today. but,
it's more than just today. It's just
overall in my life...so, thank-you." -- Kathy
"I have a done a lot of bodywork and Zero Balancing is the best!" -- Dottie, Somatic Yoga
You can learn more about Zero Balancing at zerobalancing.com
To study Zero Balancing attend one of these workshops:
1. Zero Balancing I - October 18-21, 2018
2. Intro to Zero Balancing for Acupuncturists - October 22, 2018
3. Geometry of Healing - October 18-21, 2018
I often include some craniosacral therapy (CST) in Zero
Balancing sessions. CST offers a lighter
touch and works with balancing the craniosacral system.
You can learn more about it at www.upledger.com.
HEART RHYTHM MEDITATION
There are two main directions of meditation ~ both with the same goal:
fundamentals of Heart Rhythm Meditation are conscious attention to the
physical heart, breath and mental focus. When these three natural
rhythms are in harmony we gain immeasurable access to the power and
presence of our Heart. Relaxation and a deeper sense of security
and personal power are natural by-products of this attention.
When the Heart is the center of attention and expression, the mind
becomes a willing and useful servant to the Heart's true desires. See the website for more info.
- Most traditional
practices are transcendent or "upward meditation", in an attempt to
transcend the body and earthly existence to find the Unity of all
- Heart Rhythm Meditation is "downward meditation", focused on bringing the sense of Unity down to earth and em-bodied.
Find out more about Heart Rhythm Meditation at one of these three Sessions:
1. June 12, July 10, and August 14 from 10:45-11:45am. View the flier here.
2. June 12, July 10, and August 14 from 4:30-5:30pm. View the flier here.
3. June 10, July 8, and August 12 from 9:30-10:20am. View the flier here.
Dances of Universal Peace North America
Two other healing arts I am involved in are music and dance. I lead a
monthly gathering of Dances of Universal Peace where we
do circle dances with multicultural music, simple phrases
and movements to help us
experience more of our essential self, community and
a sense of unity.
some comments about the Dances:
"You can't know
how much I enjoy Sacred Dance. It is a
real connection to my soul. Thank you." --
"I always love the
THOUGHT of dance, but have two left feet.
So, being able to bumble along, and be carried
right along by the circle is so empowering,
comforting and energizing." -- Mary R.
"Thanks so much for organizing
these wonderful events - they are a highlight of
my week." -- Pam B.
We do the
Dances of Universal Peace the first Sunday of each month
at Unity of Des Moines - 414 31st ST, Des Moines (just east of DMU)
Here is a brochure about the Dances or check out this website.
Call for a free phone consultation on how to get started: 515.783.5122
Here is a brochure of with a description of my services.
a. Initial - $150
b. Weekly - $80
c. Subsequent - $100
a. Initial - $90
b. Weekly - $75
c. Subsequent - $80
Please read, print and sign these forms before your acupuncture appointment:
Mandatory Consent and Disclosure
Notice of Privacy Practices