Gayla Woodenlegs recently opened Gentle Acupuncture in the BearHug Massage building on Marine Drive, between The Northern Light building and the harbor office. The Ferndale branch of her business has been open for about ten years. Photo by Anna Atkinson.
In February, Gentle Acupuncture opened on Marine Drive inside BearHug Massage, marking itself as the only acupuncture practice in Blaine. Acupuncturist Gayla Woodenlegs said she wanted to provide the service to an area that didn’t have acupuncture available.
Jessica David at BearHug Massage had been asking her clients what other kind of practitioner they would like to see. When her clients asked for an acupuncturist, she asked Woodenlegs if she would be interested.
Woodenlegs, owner of Gentle Acupuncture, has practiced acupuncture since 2001. After graduating with a master’s degree from Southwest Acupuncture College in Albuquerque, she opened a practice in Ferndale, where she’s been working for the past ten years.
Woodenlegs combines acupuncture and other types of Oriental medicine to treat her patients naturally. She focuses on pain management, although she also commonly treats digestive problems and stress.
“All of these methods help with so much more than pain and muscle tension,” she said. “They can help with digestive and respiratory problems as well.”
Since many people dislike needles, Woodenlegs also uses other methods, such as cupping, in which cups create an air vacuum against the skin, increasing blood flow and reducing muscle tension; scraping, moxibustion and tuina, a massage-like therapy. Oriental medicine also includes the use of herbs.
Gentle Acupuncture is open on Fridays by appointment in Blaine and Monday through Thursday in Ferndale. She is also available to travel to Blaine other days by appointment if necessary.
For more information, visit gentleacupuncture.net or contact Woodenlegs at 360/739-9272. Gentle Acupuncture is located inside BearHug Massage at 225 Marine Drive.