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Performance Optimization Acupuncture

Do you struggle with wrist pain?
Do you get ’the shakes’ when you perform? 

 Imagine playing for hours pain-free and performing as well as you practice. 

Performance challenges are not about your abilities, level of skill, or time in the practice room; they are about proper alignment (physical and energy), effective practice, self-knowledge, and an empowered mindset.

Want to 10X Your Performance?

Welcome to Spirit Point Healing

The clinic of Dr. Rachel Strass, DOM, LAc

Acupuncture and herbal medicine in Annapolis, Maryland

Create lasting wellness.

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine for wellness, pain relief, and stress.

Are you, or is someone you love feeling stressed, anxious, or worried? Are you tired of western medicine throwing pharmaceuticals at every problem? My healing practice offers acupuncture and/or herbal medicine in an integrated program, drawing on classical Chinese medicine for an effective approach to stress, pain, and other health concerns. I serve people from Annapolis, Arnold, Severna Park, Pasadena, Bowie, Edgewater, and throughout the Chesapeake Bay area.

Virtual Appointments Available!

Can’t make it to my office? You can have a virtual appointment from the comfort and safety of your own home. I can also mail your herbs and supplements directly to you. Many acupuncture techniques can be done remotely, including acupressure, guided meditation, qi gong, breath work, and other mindfulness practices.

Meet Rachel


Dr. Rachel Strass, DOM, LAc, Dipl OM (NCCAOM)

Dr. Strass has been practicing Chinese Medicine for over 15 years. Her focus is to help musicians and other performers perform their best with confidence. She offers real solutions to internal issues which can cause common problems among performers, such as crackling and painful wrists, neck, and back  pain. She addresses posture and positioning while playing to avoid chronic pain. She shares wisdom on practical aspects of a successful lifestyle, including rest, movement, and nutrition. She uses acupuncture and herbs to correct internal issues and clear blockages in the body and mind of her patients.

I want our healthcare system to change into a holistic model where health is looked at through the lens of physics and energy as well as chemistry and pharmaceuticals.

Living with pain? Acupuncture is perfect for this and many other physical concerns:

    • Muscular, joint, and/or arthritis pain
    • Constipation, IBS, & GERD
    • Neuropathy from diabetes, nerve damage, & chemotherapy

Worrying a lot? Acupuncture can help with anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, and much more:

    • Avoiding activities and people
    • Spinning thoughts
    • Can’t fall or stay asleep
    • Using substances to relax

Looking for guidance on what to eat and which supplements to take? I am happy to share my wisdom on all this and more:

    • Meditation and mindfulness practices
    • Acupuncture to maintain health and balance your qi
    • Best seasonal foods to eat
    • Most effective herbs and supplements for your needs

Looking for support solving complex or multiple issues? Chinese herbs are safe and useful for all kinds of concerns.

    • One formula may address many needs. No more piles of pills.
    • No side-effects
    • May treat side-effects from pharmaceuticals.
    • Have been used with pharmaceuticals to improve patient outcomes for 60+ years.
Chinese Herbs

Small Steps – a song about the wood element

Here is a song I wrote in 2005, illustrating the Wood element. I was struggling with Lyme Disease while going through student clinic for my acupuncture license at the time. It’s all about getting things done one step at a time. I hope you enjoy it!


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Video Interview…Life in the Time of a Pandemic: a Five Element Approach. My First Interview… there’s a minor technical hiccup at first but then it really takes off.

The Pandemic: A Five Element Approach of past, present, and future.

In this first of hopefully many more interviews, my friend and business ally Andrea Hutter interviews me about life during the pandemic, in the eyes of Classical Chinese Medicine. In this interview,

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Acupuncture and Distance Healing

As our world turns to a global network, many people are finding more health resources at a distance. A lot of therapists have been developing methods of distance healing for their patients. Since acupuncture is energy medicine, it is ideal for just this sort of thing. Acupuncture uses the needle to focus qi/energy in the qi network of the body.

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Acupressure for Lower Back Pain

Patient Help Sheet – Low Back Pain

Statistics show that almost eight out of ten people will experience low back pain at some point during their life. Seeking medical treatment for back pain is very common. Typically back pain is fleeting and can be easily resolved with rest, heat and an occasional anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. However, once the

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How Kids Can Benefit from Regular Acupuncture Treatments

It’s becoming more and more common for parents to look for natural and effective treatment options to deal with childhood health concerns. Acupuncture is a great option for those looking to keep the whole family healthy in both mind and body. It really doesn’t matter how old you are, young or old, families can benefit greatly from regular acupuncture

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Come Home Now: A Song I Wrote

I wrote this song in 2005, while struggling with Lyme disease and the burning pain, brain fog, and exhaustion that went with it. Thanks to integrative medicine, acupuncture and herbs, I was able to overcome this terrible disorder. I hope this inspires you!


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