What is Freedom Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine?
Welcome to Freedom Acupuncture, your premier destination for holistic healing and well-being in Watsonville and the greater Monterey Bay area. Our dedicated team of skilled practitioners is committed to providing you with the highest quality care through blending traditional practices with modern techniques to address your unique needs, offering acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, herbal medicine, chiropractic adjustments, trigger point therapy and massage, and personal training.
Whether you're in Watsonville, Freedom, Salinas, Monterey, or anywhere in the region, our mission is to empower you on your journey to optimal health, both physically and mentally. Explore the transformative power of our services and experience the freedom to live your best, healthiest life with Freedom Acupuncture.
Who is Freedom Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine?
Francesca is the founder of Freedom Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine and an acupuncturist (L.Ac.) licensed by the state of California, with a Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTCM) from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, CA and a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) degree from the Five Branches University campus in San Jose, CA. Francesca specializes in Pain Management and Neuromuscular Medicine, though she is happy to treat any concern. She is also experienced in internal medicine, such as organ disorders, body system disorders, and other acute or chronic illnesses. She enjoys creating customized herbal formulas for patients, as well.
Born and raised in Napa, CA, Francesca has been passionately interested in holistic healing from a very young age. She fell in love with Asian Medicine through her own healing and transformational experience with acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbal formulas. Outside of the office, she loves surfing, rock climbing, fitness, sunshine, learning, exploring and expanding her consciousness.
Lalita is an acupuncturist (L.Ac.) licensed by the state of California, with a Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, CA.
Lalita believes that when people go through trauma or significant life stressors, their health starts to decline, and being able to help them heal with the art of Traditional Chinese Medicine is her honor and passion. She prides herself as a Latina woman, bilingual in English and Spanish, and it is her mission statement to make TCM healing accessible to her Latino community of the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Area. She has witnessed firsthand the potential of this medicinal art and understands that every patient's needs are different. Therefore getting to know their individual needs is essential to successfully restoring harmony and health back to them.
Dr Craig Eymann has a holistic background that includes chiropractic, deep tissue massage, yoga, and psycho-structural integration. He has been practicing yoga since age 17. In 1978 he began his healing career through studying Structural Integration Therapy at UC San Diego from the Institute for Psycho-Structural Balancing. " He also learned to perform deep tissue massage and has had success in utilizing the techniques he learned on his clients. In 1996 he began his chiropractic training while teaching massage classes in the evenings and graduated from chiropractic school in 1999. His specialties are treating any and all musculoskeletal injuries, spinal health and sports chiropractic. Most muscle, tendon and joint pain are from misalignment of the joint and supporting structures. Structure dictates function, so if the body's structure is aligned, then injuries and pain resolves quickly. Dr. Eymann considers chiropractic to be optimal for 95% of cases of musculoskeletal pain and injuries.
He has several published chiropractic articles in "On Fitness" Magazine. Here is a list of his published work:
Chiropractic and Athletic Performance Having a Leg to Stand On
A Chiropractic View of the Knee Chiropractic View of the Shoulder
Chiropractic View of My Tired Feet
Understanding Back Pain
Got Shoulder Pain?
Trigger Point Therapy
Gabriel is a Trigger Point Specialist and Personal Trainer. He can help provide relief of pain and increase vitality. This is because our physical functionality is a major component of physical and emotional well-being and longevity.
Trigger Point massage is a form of myofascial release massage that incorporates sports massage and medical massage techniques. It can immediately improve posture and movement and reduce pain. Trigger points are a sensitive or tender areas, sometimes called a "knot" or "Charley horse" which can cause pain. When our muscles suffer from overuse, atrophy, or trauma these painful trigger points can form. This restricts adequate blood supply which allows the muscles to relax. By manipulating the trigger points muscles and fascia can be loosened and normal blood flow can return to the area, releasing tension and reducing pain. Trigger point therapy is useful to help relieve mild to moderate pain and restore mobility.
Gabriel has successfully used trigger point on the following conditions: Arthritis, Muscle strains, Herniated discs, Sciatica, Knee pain, Shoulder Pain, Fibromyalgia, Plantar fasciitis, Headaches, IBS, TMJ, Back Pain, among other pain syndromes.
Gabriel is also passionate about personal training as part of his pursuit in helping clients achieve physical, mental and spiritual being. While passive therapy can be fundamental in helping us feel better, active therapies are the foundation that help us keep bodies functional and moving forward. He specializes in supporting balance and strength in his clients, as well as pain prevention. He utilizes mobility training (including yoga and flexibility training) with resistance training (including use of dumbbells, kettlebells, and resistance bands) to restore the body to pain free activity and optimal functionality.