Today we’d like to introduce you to Alison Greco.
Alison, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My journey to become an acupuncturist is a bit of an unusual one. Most acupuncturists get into Chinese medicine because they had a life-changing experience with acupuncture. They fall in love with the results, it cured their pain, fixed their digestion, brought them back to a healthy lifestyle. The heavens opened up and said “You’re meant to do this too!”
I went to acupuncture school without ever having an acupuncture treatment. I was only a few years out of college, and really looking for what was next. My previous resume included forest ecologist, bat biologist, cook, dog walker and graphic artists. I was a pre-med student in college, so I always knew I wanted to help people, but I wasn’t interested in going to med school. So one day, while I was visiting my mom, she casually mentioned, “Well, what about being an acupuncturist?” Say no more, mama! It was unknown and exciting, just my kind of thing.
Acupuncture school was long and challenging. I did every program offered because I literally couldn’t get enough. I continue to be fascinated with this medicine, and my curiosity for learning isn’t going anywhere. I opened Crescent Acupuncture in January 2018 and it’s grown into a warm, inviting, successful, and transformative practice. Seeing people mend and improve in my practice is why I show up everyday, smile on, ready to heal.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I don’t think a day has gone by where there haven’t challenges. Some were bigger than others, and some I was able to face head on, and others made me want to run away, defeated, and just forget the whole dang thing.
Acupuncture school was a huge feat in itself. I was working part time and in school full time, doing 3 programs (Chinese acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture, and herbal medicine), so I had very little free time. Staying organized was the only thing I could do to keep my head above water. I relied on my Bullet Journal like it was my new BFF. I kept track of my schedule, my assignments, and my health with my journal.
My best advice for anyone, but especially women facing challenges, is don’t let your whole life fall apart if one area isn’t going smoothly. It’s much easier to focus on and get through the struggle if you’re eating right, sleeping enough, exercising, and taking care of your self. When in doubt, self-care + meditate.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Crescent Acupuncture – what should we know?
I’m a general practitioner of acupuncture, and I’m an herbalist. I love being able to treat any issue that might walk through the door, so I treat anything from pain to emotional imbalances, and everything in between. I do specialize in facial rejuvenation acupuncture, which creates unbelievable results and can quite literally stop aging in its tracks.
One unique feature of my practice is that I offer home visits to the local Boston area and corporate acupuncture. So, if a company wants to have a wellness day, they can have me come in and I treat 4 patients an hour in a community-style setting. I’m also in the process of creating my own brand of herbal blends and customized Eastern nutrition programs, based on your Five Element constitution.
So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well positioned for?
I feel that right now there are so many opportunities for women helping other women. We understand and can relate and I think there’s a real sense of trust and bonding that goes into female friendships and partnerships. There’s a movement right now of women gathering together to help each other in so many ways, whether it’s health, beauty, social change, political change or even just for friendship. We’re here for each other, and we can feel it.
I think women in health care is very important. There’s nothing more beautiful than a woman helping another woman heal and take ownership of her body. We are nurturing creatures at heart and I think it can seamlessly blend into women’s health. So many opportunities are out there, like being midwives, doulas, nurses, doctors, sex specialists, lactation consultants, and even acupuncturists!
- Acupuncture- $90/hr
- Facial Rejuvenation- $140/90 mins
- Herbal Medicine Consult- $60/hr
- Address: 20 Newbury St.
4th Floor (in Avanti)
Boston, MA 02116
- Website: crescentacu.com
- Phone: 617-829-4040
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: crescentacupuncture
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/crescentacu