Whole Body Healing


Are you more than just a pretty face? That’s ridiculous, of course you are! Your personality,  your likes and dislikes, your values and convictions, your eye color, your family upbringing, your height, your goals and aspirations… there are so many qualities, physical attributes, preferences, and influences that all come together to contribute to the person who is uniquely you. So why then do we treat our bodies like we are only a breathing, heart beating and high brain functioning physical being? “We are not all skin, bones, organs, muscles and blood. We are spiritual beings with minds and souls,” says Adrianna Ortega, who has a master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from AOMA University and is the owner of Alma Acupuncture. She says that contrary to popular medicine today, “Acupuncture looks at the whole person.”

Adrianna Ortega owner of Alma Acupuncture
Adrianna Ortega. Portrait by Lauren Pinson

Ortega says that Acupuncture is great for the average American with a 9 to 5 job, a hectic family life, and zero free time to relax and rebalance. “Your body releases a hormone in the blood called cortisol, otherwise known as the Stress Hormone, in response to overexertion and tension. The higher the amount of cortisol in your body the lower your immune system,” says Ortega.  “I love the medicine I practice and simply want as many people as possible to have access to this amazing healing opportunity.”

So what is Acupuncture? Essentially, in its purest form, it is “a reminder for your body to naturally heal itself,” says Ortega. “The needles help tap into your body’s natural resources and redirects blood flow to areas of discomfort. “ One of Ortega’s new clients, Alejandro Quevedo, who was skeptical at first says, “I feel that acupuncture works. I went for my shoulder and felt very relaxed afterwards.” His experience was rejuvenating and says, “ I will go back.”

“Acupuncture allows you to be well-balanced, rejuvenated and grounded,” says Ortega. “I named my business Alma, which means Soul, because Acupuncture is medicine for the mind, body, spirit, and soul. We have to remember that our body needs this type medicine for healing of the complete self.”