Natalie Shea, owner of Shen Health, by the infrared sauna. MELINDA VAN FLEET/Keys Weekly

Are you someone who’s dealing with pain? Stress? allergies? migraines? Keys Weekly recently sat down with Natalie Shea, licensed acupuncture therapist, to learn more about this ancient healing practice and how her business, Shen Health Acupuncture, can help you feel better.

I had wanted to be a veterinarian my whole life. So, I received my bachelor of science in veterinary medicine. My grandma was a 1:1 nurse in Cuba and the US, so I had an appreciation for personal care. So, when acupuncture was suggested to me as a possible profession, I checked it out, and it was a better fit for me and how I could work with people.

I trained for four years to learn all the points on the body and the combinations and received my master’s. I also trained and learned a lot from a group of guys who worked with football teams, so my practice is very modern and up to date. In general, I love acupuncture because I get to work with who you are and your lifestyle to help you feel better.

Acupuncture dates back thousands of years ago. They found marks on people’s bones, and they didn’t have these little needles back then.

It’ll be four years this August that I have been in my location in Tavernier on Wrenn Street. I am originally from Miami but moved to the Keys in September 2017 from Jupiter to be closer to my family.

Acupuncture is the primary service, but we also offer infrared sauna treatments, massage therapy and stretch therapy. The massage and deep tissue therapy is with Val Poulos. And our stretch therapist is Bernice Dionne, and she also teaches you how to stretch. Both independent therapists have many years of experience, and their treatments contribute to the body’s natural healing.

The infrared sauna is amazing. You can sit down and hang out for 30 to 45 minutes. It helps with muscle joints, weight loss as you burn calories, blood pressure, detoxing, and age-related issues. However, it is mostly used for pain relief. The sauna can get up to 140 degrees.

The dry heat of the sauna is very relaxing, and we recommend twice a week at least in the beginning. Then once a week after that. The time frame will vary until the person feels better — how bad is the injury? Is it chronic, aka long-lasting? Or acute, aka shorter — less than six months?

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