About Ashley Heintz

Dr. Ashley Heintz is a diplomat of Oriental Medicine, a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Florida and Nationally Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM.) She earned her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Florida College of Integrative Medicine. She moved here from Orlando where she worked at a community acupuncture clinic. Her treatment philosophy is to treat the whole person, addressing all aspects of her patient’s lives. By forming a team with her patients, they are able to bring balance to all areas of the patient's life, physical, mental and spiritual. What makes Dr. Heintz different from many other acupuncturist is her passion for quantum physics. The reason she became an acupuncturist is because it is one of the few professions that makes quantum physics applicable in helping people in a clinical setting. For more on this read the Acupuncture page under services.
2001, 2018

Justin Bieber and Abdominal Cupping

 

Justin Bieber and Abdominal Cupping

By Dr. Ashley Heintz

Luckily for me, cupping is getting trendier. Not only are Instagram selfies of cupping marks becoming more prevalent #hollistic. But there is also lots of research being done. Over the last few years there have been dozens of clinical studies done testing the efficacy of cupping. The results have been exciting to say the least. Nine studies done on herpes zoster alone!

Like acupuncture, cupping is utilizing the body’s own healing mechanisms. It is not adding or taking anything away.  Picking up muscle, manipulating blood, increasing circulation, and alleviating stagnation is why it’s so effective at treating back pain.

But why would someone get cupping on their stomach? Why Bieber?

Your organs are muscle and they need massage too. Just like your shoulders get tense and knotted with stress and inactivity, so can your diaphragm or colon. The suction provided by the cups can reach up to 4 inches of soft tissue. I could literally pick up your spleen and shake it. I wouldn’t do that but imagine how that could help with constipation.

The negative pressure over the abdomen stimulates the digestive and respiratory organs. This results in an increase of peristaltic activity, the secretion of digestive fluids, absorption of nutrients and water, the secretion of bile and the elimination of toxins. How this manifests for the patient is a clearing of the intestines or colon, relieving indigestion, the breaking down of fatty deposits, the relief of bloating and stomach pain and a calming of the […]

610, 2015

Healthy Body, Sexy Body

When it comes to Chinese medicine and weight loss there is a factor that is not being considered when writing diet plans, herbal formulas, and acupuncture protocols. And that factor is what the patient’s desired outcome actually is. There can be a big difference between a healthy body and a sexy body. In ancient eastern traditions a healthy body is one that is soft, flexible and balanced without pain. In the west a healthy body is one that is tight, hard and can squat with 300 pounds of metal on its back so it can bounce a quarter off its ass. Or one that has protruding hipbones and thigh gaps. In the west we like to relish in the pain of sore muscles after a workout. “I can’t walk because yesterday was leg day.” Power-lifting, cross-fit and marathons keep me in business. With the majority of my patients I am treating the side effects of a prescription, or a work-out induced injury. In Taoism (where acupuncture originated) a healthy body is a reflection of a gentle balanced life style. Now a healthy body is a reflection of pushing your body to extremes.

The key word you will hear over and over again with an acupuncturist is balance. Acupuncture works for weight loss by correcting imbalances and allowing your body to regulate itself. Everyone has a healthy perfect body, it is a matter of allowing your body to be that without letting stress and addiction get in the way.

I am not saying […]

3009, 2015

New Office in South Tampa

Very excited to announce my new location in South Tampa! Look how beautiful this place is. My new office is inside South Tampa Pilates Studio at 610 South Armenia Ave Suite 103. South Tampa Pilates provides one of the most sought-after friendly atmospheres with professional instructors to help clients meet their personal fitness goals. Their staff has earned certifications in a range of respected Pilates methodologies allowing for the greatest variety of workouts. Classes range in experience level from educating beginners, engaging intermediates and challenging advanced devotees. You can choose from private, semi- private and class environments on any given day of the week.

South Tampa Pilates prides itself on classic mat instruction, Reformer and Cadillac training and now features two progressive Pilates methods not offered anywhere else in South Tampa.

We are located in between The Gourmet Pizza Company, The Hyde Park Hair Loft and the Soho Backyard