By the time the treatment was over, the pain was completely gone! This guy has amazing talent! Thank you Pindoctor. Thank you! – Eric M., Minneapolis.
Acupuncture is one of the five branches of Chinese medicine which also includes: bodywork, herbology, nutrition, and exercise. This comprehensive and literate system of medicine is at least 3000 years old. Acupuncture involves the insertion of hair-thin, sterile, disposable needles into precise locations on the body in order to balance the flow of Qi or energy. Qi (pronounced “chee” and also written ‘Chi,’) is the Chinese term given to energy that flows through 12 channels or meridians that run throughout the body. Each meridian is related to an organ system which in turn corresponds with various body functions, foods or flavors we crave and emotions. When there is an imbalance of Qi or, as often is the case with chronic conditions, a lack of Qi, disease results. Herbal supplements, dietary changes and exercises are often added to enhance the benefits of treatment.
Acupuncture is available in your choice of three formats.
(Please refer to the Macular Regeneration programs for additional options).
You’ll experience acupuncture in a private room and treatment is done lying down on a massage table. Sessions may also include: bodywork, moxibustion (heat therapy), cupping, or consultation. 60 minutes; $80
Acupuncture is performed in a small group setting with 4 leather reclining chairs. Clients are scheduled to begin treatments at 15 minute increments and are welcome to stay for up to an hour. Most vision treatments are done in this setting as are the Dry Eye/Dry Mouth treatments as clients need to be seated. Up to 60 minutes; $50
3. Athlete Repair
I’ve treated all types of athletes–from professional to armchair. You will experience 30 minutes of acupuncture followed by your choice of either 30, 60, or 90 minutes of bodywork. This treatment will leave you paradoxically relaxed yet energized. 60 minutes/$90; 90 minutes/$130
What is your training and what are your certifications?
I graduated in 2000 from the Minnesota Institute of Acupuncture and was then licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (#1171) as well as certified a “Diplomat in Acupuncture” by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). I also hold diplomas in Shiatsu (1998), a form of Japanese bodywork, from the Minnesota Center for Shiatsu Study as well as in Swedish massage from the Aveda Institute (2005). For vision disorders I have training in both Micro-Acupuncture and AcuNova.
What style of acupuncture do you use?
Depending on the client and condition being treated, I use traditional Chinese acupuncture, Sooji Korean Hand Therapy, Micro-Acupuncture, Japanese-style acupuncture, AcuNova, and techniques developed by acupuncturists: Kiiko Matsumoto, Richard Tan, Julian Scott and Master Tung. I also have several self-developed protocols.
Tell me more about the needles. Does acupuncture hurt?
It’s unfortunate that tiny acupuncture pins keep many people from trying it. They are sterile, single-use, solid and about the thickness of a human hair so the insertion, if felt at all, is minimal. In contrast, a syringe is hollow so medicine can pass through and this creates pressure and pain. There is nothing, such as medication, in or on an acupuncture pin.
Where do the pins go? How many?
A typical treatment uses about twelve pins, mostly between the elbows and hands or knees and feet. Vision treatments use about twenty pins in the hands, feet and forehead; NO needles go in the eyes!
Do you accept insurance?
As of this time, I do not accept insurance but I provide receipts that you can submit.
What conditions do you treat?
Most of clients have macular degeneration. Other eye conditions I have treated include: uveitis (iritis), Stargardt’s, retinitis pigmentosa, macular hole/pucker, glaucoma, strabismus and dry eye. Non-vision ailments I have had great success in treating include: frozen shoulder, shingles, asthma, kidney stones, various digestive issues, and immunity issues such as colds and flu. As a Shiatu and massage therapist, I also enjoy working with athletes.
Anything you do not treat?
I prefer not to treat pregnancy and fertility-related concerns as I have colleagues who specialize in this field. They are the experts and they come highly respected:
Christian Fetsch, L.Ac. at www.naturalhealthandfertility.com or
Lisa Colby, L.Ac. at www.ladysslipperwellness.com
When I first came to see Mats I was suffering from chronic sinus infections and asthma, among other more minor complaints. I’m thrilled to say that I haven’t had a sinus infection in over a year and my asthma is under control. Mats’s use of Shiatsu in combination with acupuncture, and his use of healing herbs are all a part of why his treatments are so successful! Mats was able to help me overcome health problems that my western medical doctors had spent years trying to fix, with little result. –Vik, Minneapolis
Who moved my Qi? Mats Sexton, that’s who! I have seen Mats for everything from sinus infections to painful sport injuries and have always been delighted with the results. As a competitive rower, I was hampered by a painful rib injury that kept me from training. After one acupuncture session my pain ceased and has never returned. Thanks for keeping me on the water. –Amy, Minnetonka
I work in a therapeutic massage clinic in Minneapolis. When I refer my clients to Mats, I know they will be well taken care of. His office is clean and comfortable. He is a compassionate listener, a knowledgeable resource, and a skilled practitioner.” –Cory, Minneapolis
Mats Sexton is a full-on Shiatsu and acupuncture guru. When I first met him as “the B-52’s biggest fan ever,” I didn’t envision that a few years later he would often be doing some before and after-show Shiatsu on me. One time I needed “emergency” work because I twisted my back just before a show. Mats worked on me and moments later I was on stage booga-looing with the the B’s. Thanks Mats for your healing hands.”
-Kate Pierson, The B-52’s