The Still Point: My First Acupuncture Session Changed My Life

The Still Point in Takoma Park is My New Favorite Place

At The Still Point I experienced acupuncture, massage, an eco-makeup application and a facial that was equal parts natural and high tech.

I have never felt so awesome after spa or holistic treatments.

And believe you me, I am not the kind of gal who forgets to treat herself. Oh no. This princess believes paying others to perform services on her person is the all-time best way to spend a few hours.

The Still Point is a women-owned small business that serves the greater Washington, DC and Baltimore metro areas with a range of eco-friendly health, beauty and wellness services. [The] expertly trained practitioners give [the] services in beautiful and inviting environments…[The Still Point] maintains an eco-friendly ethos in all aspects of the business, including being 100% wind powered and offering organic facials, paraben-free massage cream and eco-makeup…The Still Point nurtures and inspires wellness – changing people’s lives and building healthy communities.

Owner and founder Tori Paide invited me to The Still Point for a tour and offered services for review so that I could impart to you guys firsthand my experience. The plan was supposed to be a quick, journalistic review of The Still Point’s offerings to A Parent in Silver Spring readers. I would write a standard blog post about the treatments I experienced and give you the 411.

But I have to break my review up into multiple posts because the results attained on my body and soul through acupuncture and massage, and on my skin through the natural facial and microdermabrasion, have been unbelievably dramatic.

Basically, for the first time in a long time (ever??) I feel peaceful.

And my aging, acne-prone face is baby smooth.

I am stunned. I do not believe my inadequate writing will be able to properly convey how dramatic were my results, but I will try.


I have never had acupuncture before. I thought I was a generally healthy person, no big aches or pains, and so it never occurred to me to try it. Sure, I have high anxiety and take a prescription SSRI to take the edge off. Oh, and I am always anemic unless I imbibe daily iron supplements. And I just had a baby and so am sore from hunching over and nursing. Oh, the nursing is dehydrating me and I am not drinking enough water. I am sleep deprived in a big way and my body is in a postpartum slump. I am still overweight after the pregnancy. Also, I am simply an overtaxed, over-extending mom of three who is constantly seeking peace in her life and coming up short.

OK, maybe I am a prime acupuncture candidate after all.

In fact, everyone is:

The healing art and science of acupuncture is based on an understanding of the body in terms of the movement of energy. In Eastern traditions, this energy, called Qi…is seen as the animating force of life, similar to Einstein’s assertions that all matter is made of energy. Illness on any level, including the level of the body, mind or emotion is understood to be the result of an obstruction or disharmony in the flow of Qi through the meridians. Your acupuncturist will use several tools to regulate and harmonize the flow of Qi. — from The Still Point’s website

Tori — an acupuncturist herself who was so influenced by this healing art that it changed her life and career, inspiring her to found The Still Point — booked me for an Introduction to Acupuncture session with licensed acupuncturist Justine Short, M.Ac.

Intro to Acupuncture:$50/50 minutes
Interested in acupuncture? This session is a great opportunity for you to test out a private acupuncture treatment and judge whether or not acupuncture is right for you. Session includes mini-consultation and needle treatment. If you want to continue with treatment, we’ll take $30 off of the New Client Intake session (does not apply to packages).


My First Acupuncture Session

I met Justine, explained my super-healthy-wait-maybe-not-so-rosy health and then I lay on the table fully-clothed. She asked me some very astute questions and made keen observations about my physical and mental state. The consultation encompassed both my body and soul, if you will. I discussed my pregnancy, birth and postpartum health. We talked about the situational stresses in my life, how they have effected my person and the areas where I could use healing and increased peace. At this point I felt as if I were speaking with a very relatable mental health therapist combined with the kindest of general practitioners giving me a full body check-up.

Then Justine informed me that she was going to insert fine needles in my calves to help my body’s organs, in my ears to assist with balance, on my forehead at my “third eye” and possibly in my hands…but I have to admit I do not recall if there were truly ones in my hands because almost immediately, I was overcome with a feeling of such supreme peace, I don’t know if I have ever felt anything like it. Maybe once after an all-day prayer retreat back in 2002.  I think I have maybe felt something like it once or twice after a really good  two-hour yoga class. Justine left the room for a while and I just lay there in the calm heaven.

During and after my first acupuncture session, my body felt heavy and peaceful and incredibly relaxed. I wanted to burst into tears with relief. Alright, I did burst into tears when Justine returned to the treatment room. I needed that flooding of peace so much. I had no idea how tense I was until that peace was attained.

Over one week later, I still feel peaceful. Justine recommended that when feeling overwhelmed or before sleep at night,I try and recall that peace. And it works. That heavy, unburdened blanket creeps over my body and the tension leaves…in a smaller, less dramatic way than I felt in the treatment room. My husband Chris — a very rational, traditional, decidedly not “new age-y” guy — has remarked repeatedly on how mellow I have been since that single acupuncture session.

I have been called MANY things in my life, but that is WITHOUT A DOUBT the only time anyone in my life has ever referred to me as mellow. Ever.

Here is a photo of me with acupuncturist Justine. In this pic you can literally see tears in my eyes and makeup smudged below them and the happy relief in my face. I am also hugging petite Justine with an overabundance of thanks like a huge dork.

The Still Point provided me with a complimentary Introduction to Acupuncture session, valued at $50, for journalistic review for this website. However, I have left the world of the wannabe journalist behind and am now simply a muddle of grateful mush. I would have happily paid THEM upwards of quadruple that price for this supreme peace. I have since booked a comprehensive Full Body Acupuncture and client intake session for continued treatment.

I recommend The Still Point more emphatically than I have ever recommended anything on A Parent in Silver Spring.

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The Still Point Locations

The Still Point Takoma Park
1 Columbia Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
301 920 0801, and you can book appointments online
The original, flagship location in the heart of Takoma Park, MD (15 minutes from downtown DC).
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The Still Point Clarksville (Howard County near the Montgomery Count border)
12451 Clarksville Pike (Route 108)
Clarksville, MD
410.531.3245, and you can book appointments online
The newest and largest location.  Located in the heart of Howard County, half-way between DC and Baltimore,  we are conveniently located off of Route 32 on Clarksville Pike (Route 108).
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The Still Point Yoga
13380 Clarksville Pike Highland, MD 20777
in Highland Crossing at route 108 and 216; above Twist and Turn Tavern
Group Class Schedule
The latest expansion to Highland, MD, just two miles west on Route 108 from our Clarksville Spa location. Two spacious studios gorgeously appointed to elicit calm, focus, and pure positive energy into your practice. There are currently have 24 classes for all levels at convenient times throughout the week and feature hot flow, flow, Hatha, power, prenatal, kids and teen yoga (coming soon), Qigong, and more.
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The Still Point Mind + Spirit Center
7009 Caroll Avenue, Lower Level
Takoma Park, MD 20912
301 270 2801, and you can book appointments online
Located in the original location at 7009 Carroll Ave, The Still Point’s Mind + Spirit Center  is a thoughtful mix of services including Psychotherapy, Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy, and Guided Imagery (with new modalities being added all the time).


  1. Cristie Ritz King says

    Jess!! You’re speaking my language. 😉  I had no idea something like this exised there. This is my dream place to open on eday. Love every word of this and I can’t wait to hear the rest of your day there!

  2. amy @teachmama says

    JESS!!! I’m there. You know I love you and trust you and feel the SAME EXACT WAY as you about being over-taxed and over tired and over stressed. . . so I’m making my appt today. I want happy tears and smudged make-up and a bff picture with my new acupuncturist. And most of all, I want to feel peaceful and centered.
    Thank you for sharing. xoxoxoxo

  3. Thrift Store Mama says

    “I was overcome with a feeling of such supreme peace, I don’t know if I have ever felt anything like it.” 

    Sign me up.

    I’ve occasionally gotten there through prayer and I got that feeling about a month age while in an outdoor hot tub at a spa in Hawaii, and I want it again !  The husband is traveling a lot the next few weeks, so I need a break.

  4. I can vouch for the greatness of acupuncture; I’ve been receiving treatment for two years now at Blue Heron Wellness on Colesville Road, another wonderful local spa and wellness business. But I’ve also had acupuncture at the Still Point when my regular practitioner at Blue Heron wasn’t available and it’s great, too.

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