West Seattle Massage & Acupuncture

Hello! You’ve found me! I’m back in West Seattle at Spa Phoebe operating independently.

Call or text me directly at 206-669-1285. Or Book Online!

I combine Eastern and Western massage techniques with Acupuncture for quick, effective results. I specialize in pain reduction and muscle function. Let’s get moving again without pain! I have been in practice for 20 years (30 as an LMT!) and have had experience with many issues including Migraine, TMJ, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, weight management, and back and joint pain.

I work with athletes of all types from Olympic athletes, World Class Strong Men and Women to runners, cyclists and beginners. Everyone has unique challenges to improve their game, feel better, and make the most of their time. There are many myths and mistakes that waste time and impede progress. Navigating the best path to gains and avoid injury is what we’ll do.

It has always been my goal to help my clients find balance between work, play, diet and the issues that interfere with our continued progress and happiness. Our modern lifestyle, stress and the standard American diet (Its called SAD for a reason), are constantly breaking us down. When we learn to manage them well with real, good food; healthy, practical and progressive exercise that’s not just repetitive; and a life that doesn’t leave us unfulfilled and tired; life becomes easier and more enjoyable.

For appointments or questions, call or text me at 206-669-1285. I’ll return your call as soon as I’m able.

Prepaid discount rate packages are available.

Your’s in Good Health –
John Van Hoy, LAc., LMP

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About Me

IMG_0949Now at Spa Phoebe in West Seattle and Greenlake Elements!

I combine Eastern and Western therapeutic massage techniques for quick, effective results. I specialize in pain reduction and muscle function. As an Acupuncturist, I also treat a broad range of conditions and combine it with manual therapies for a complete treatment. Let’s get moving again without pain! I have been in practice for 21 years as an acupuncturist and 31 as a massage therapist.

I have had experience with many issues including

Back and Joint pain

Migraine

TMJ- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Plantar Fasciitis

Stress and Anxiety

Depression

Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia

Insomnia

Post-surgical Pain and Edema

It has always been my goal to help my clients find balance between work, play, diet and the issues that interfere with our continued progress and happiness. Our modern lifestyle, stress and the standard American diet (Its called SAD for a reason), are constantly breaking us down. When we learn to manage them well with real, good food; healthy, practical and progressive exercise that’s not just repetitive; and a life that doesn’t leave us unfulfilled and tired; life becomes easier and more enjoyable.

Yours in good health,
John Van Hoy, EAMP, LMP
Text me at 206-669-1285

Spa Phoebe

4801 Fauntleroy Way SW #106, Seattle, WA 98116

Spa Phoebe Map

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Human Ergonomics

As a former traveling acupuncturist I saw many interesting workplaces. So many ancient and outdated desks from the Second World War. I’m not kidding. The government still uses these! So many charts suggesting that we sit like robots. (For maximum efficiency no doubt!)

Over and over again I’d have to help people see that we’re human and that the outdated ways that we’ve created workspace need to be reevaluated. And because we’re human, we share many things in common and have many different individual challenges.

This is why I like to consult with individuals, in groups and with companies to find solutions that are both effective, easily maintained and for a reasonable ROI. Often things just need adjusted and systems put in place to help people breathe and function. It’s a higher level of functioning all together that helps us feel better throughout our home/work life and be more productive. Try holding your breath and see how long you’re productive!

Move forward with an initial consultation and find what fits your situation.
• One-on-one ergonomic consultations and workplace adjustment
• Group seminars on office ergonomics awareness (1 hour sessions)
• Office Ergonomics program audit and development
• Expert review and guidance for selection of office furniture and equipment

Contact me for an initial consultation and keep moving!

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19 Best Foods for Your Liver


If you’re overweight, irritable, suffering sharp, painful headaches or detoxing from smoking or drinking, you may want to focus on including more liver-protective foods in your diet.

A first step would be to be sure you’re drinking enough water between meals, which will help flush toxins and waste products from your body. A general guide is to drink enough water so that your urine is pale yellow in color. As for foods, the right combination of nutrients will help keep your liver functioning optimally.

Fermented foods: Fermented foods like cultured vegetables provide your body with beneficial bacteria that aid in digestion and provide detoxification support. The fermented food kimchi, for instance, has been found to help your body break down pesticides.
Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, bok choy, and daikon): These help your liver neutralize toxins, including chemicals, pesticides, medications, and carcinogens.

Dark green leafy vegetables (kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and dandelion greens): These contain rich amounts of sulfur, which helps your liver with detoxification. Dandelion greens in particular are known for supporting liver detoxification and health.

Sea vegetables: Various types of seaweed and brown algae also support detoxification and may also help prevent your body from absorbing heavy metals and other environmental toxins. Be sure the sea vegetables come from a non-polluted water source.

Sprouts: Sprouts contain high levels of enzymes that serve as catalysts for important body functions. Recent research suggests that broccoli sprouts may help your body detox environmental pollutants such as benzene.

Garlic, onions, shallots, and leeks: These foods are rich in sulfur, including the sulfur-based compound allicin, which is critical for liver detoxification.

Organic, pastured eggs: Eggs are a high-quality source of protein that includes all eight essential amino acids. Your liver needs these to help detoxify your body. Choline, found in egg yolks, also helps protect your liver from toxins.

Artichokes: These contain cynarin and silymarin, which support liver health.

Mushrooms: Maitake, shiitake, and reishi mushrooms are known for their potent immunosupportive agents and also contain L-ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant to help neutralize free radicals.

Berries: Berries are rich in phytochemicals, including anthocyanin, which might inhibit the proliferation of liver cancer cells.

Coconut oil: This healthy saturated fat is so easy for your body to digest that no pancreatic fat-digesting enzymes are needed. This puts less stress on your liver and helps it function optimally. Eating a tablespoon of coconut oil or coconut cream after or with your meal will also increase satiation and reduce sugar cravings. Say, ‘I’m full!’

Avocados: These contain healthy monounsaturated fat, oleic acid, and glutathione, which is important for liver health.

Organic, unrefined, cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil: High-quality olive oil contains anti-inflammatory compounds that help your liver decrease oxidative stress in your body (consume this oil unheated by making it into salad dressing).

Flax seeds, hemp seeds, and chia seeds: These contain plant-based omega-3 fats to fight inflammation along with healthy fiber.

Herbs: Many herbs support liver detoxification and function. This includes ginger, cumin, coriander, cardamom, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, fennel, and turmeric (curcumin).

Organic, grass-fed meat: By avoiding meat raised on confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and instead choosing grass-fed meat exclusively, you’ll help avoid pesticides, chemicals, hormones, and antibiotics that further tax your liver.

Wild-caught sardines, anchovies, and salmon: These provide anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats. You can also find these in krill oil.

Whey protein powder: Whey protein provides the amino acids necessary for glutathione production, which is essential for liver protection and function. Choose organic whey protein from grass-fed cows.

Spirulina: This blue-green algae is a potent detoxifier. Animal studies suggest spirulina can also protect your liver, probably as a result of its high antioxidant properties and its ability to synthesize or release nitric oxide.

Of course, adding these to a diet generally rich in vegetables, some high-quality meats and a few whole grains is the best. Avoiding sugar and high-carb treats is easy when you treat yourself right first!

Yours in good health,

John Van Hoy, EAMP, LMP

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Meditation for Chronic Pain

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Every so often someone comes into my practice with a ‘serious medical condition’ that reminds me why I came to love Eastern medicine. One issue is pain. It has myriad forms and presentations. It has real consequences and causes. It’s common thread is OUR PERCEPTION of it.

I suffered with chronic pain for many years that began, oddly enough, when I ceased regular meditative practice- a coincidence. After several years I began meditating again out of necessity and more than a decade later found a chiropractor that helped me solve the problem.

I don’t know what I would have done without that skill. My pain was such that I was significantly impaired in thought and movement on a daily basis. I was lucky. So many people with chronic pain fight it for years without significant improvement and often debilitating side effects from medications.

I have studied meditation in many forms through Qi Gong, Yoga, Transcendental, and Zen. Now, while I have studied over many years, it still only takes minutes to learn the basic concepts and see real results. By paying close attention to the breath, the rhythm of your body as it rests, the movement inside you constantly circulating and simple posture and counting exercises, you can easily learn useful stress reduction and begin to hone meditative skills.

What does it mean to meditate? To sit and be quiet? Not really. The body and mind are never really quiet. However, learning to channel that energy into something useful takes practice.

Here’s where I come in to help. I’ll help you master that skill while we put together a plan to fix or reduce the real problem. It takes a team and often I’ll recommend that you see other specialists. As you’ll see in the story posted below, meditation can be powerful, but it’s not the only thing. The main protagonist in the story witnesses grief, loss, and the failure of her safety net as she tries to regain control in her life. It is a story I have seen too many times and the main reason I try to be honest and realistic in my treatment, referrals and personal growth exercises (ie. homework) for you. You’ve got the rest of your life to master it.

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/04/treating-chronic-pain-with-meditation/284182/ ;

For questions about this and more call me at 206-669-1285.

Forget Dragons, It’s the Year of the GMO

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What’s the big deal? This year Washington and Oregon will fight the steamroller of factory farming and processed food with a campaign to label our food as ‘non-GMO’ or ‘may contain GMO.’ Why should we care? Many of the processes used by the large agri-chem companies are not properly tested. We can make excuses like it hasn’t hurt anyone yet but, on the face of it, we don’t even know if  that’s true. Long-term epidemiological studies which are used to find links with cancer for instance, have never been done.

Its a simple request I think. Just let us know what’s in our food. Especially if there’s fish in my tomato (they really do that!). It won’t actually cost them anything, nor us. (see below) The question is what are they afraid of.

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_27317.cfm