we've added virtual!
As the social world changes our health remains of utmost importance. In order to adapt to these times we have expanded our telemedicine and virtual offerings to serve those near and far. Contact to discuss how we can help you achieve your health goals.
gua sha tools + consultations
Gua Sha is a method used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to address skin health and beauty, as well as muscle tension and pain. It works by gently massaging the skin to improve blood flow, collagen production and promote a sculpted glow.
Herbal medicine is a highly effective tool in Traditional Chinese Medicine and can be used to address anything (seriously anything!). Some of my favorite things to address with herbs are menstrual irregularities, dysmenorrhea, PMS, fertility, digestive health, menopausal symptoms, colds/flus (both treatment and prevention), lung health, and stress/anxiety.
nine star ki consultations
Nine Star Ki is a system of astrology, based on the concept of the 5-Element Theory, used in traditional Asian medicine as a tool for self-discovery. By understanding the elements we are born with (water, wood, fire, earth, metal) and how they express in our daily life and with those around us, we can bring awareness to our true nature. Understanding Nine Star Ki can help one understand what elements they could cultivate to promote balance, reduce anxiety and express inherent gifts to the world.
rated 5 stars on google
Wow, where do I start! Dresden is a multifaceted, compassionate and knowledgeable healer and I am so grateful for how she has contributed to my health! I work as a nurse in a hospital where it is important for my immunity, energy and stress levels to stay balanced, especially during a pandemic. I had a virtual herbal consultation with Dresden and her recommendations and herbal blends have kept me healthy, energized and vital as I work multiple 12 hours shifts per week. I highly recommend all hospitals workers to schedule a virtual consultation with her. She even dropped the herbs off on my doorstep. I have also received acupuncture, gua sha facial treatments and received a Nine Star Ki reading from Dresden. All were wonderful, relaxing and deeply healing. Dresden is a gift to Santa Barbara and the healing community.
I can't recommend Dresden Holden Acupuncture enough! During a trip to CA that required a ton of driving, I felt horrible pain in my low back (left over from an old injury) and shoulders. After my acupuncture session, not only was my pain gone, but the anxiety that had accompanied me on my trip was eased. Dresden recommended some great stretches and tips that helped keep me pain-free and a chinese herbal formula for my anxiety and sleep issues. Her warm presence and on-point intuition is reason enough to seek her out! I will definitely be back if I find myself in Santa Barbara again... thank you for saving my trip, Dresden!
Dresden Holden LAc is a gifted and compassionate healer. I have experienced three other LAc’s over the past 7 years, two in Santa Monica and one in Marin County, as I’ve moved and lived all over the state. My previous LAc’s, in Santa Monica and Marin, were decades into their practice and came highly recommended, and they were all three amazing. That being said, Dresden has done more for me than all three of them combined, in less time, and with much deeper regard. She takes my health concerns seriously, and finds deep and lasting solutions. With her help, I have resolved chronic ailments and am looking at a version of myself that I never knew was possible. She is compassionate and driven to serve people who are serious about getting healthy. I feel so fortunate to have found this gem of a healer!
I highly recommend working with Dresden. She is personable, intuitive and knowledgable as a healer. She has a solid understanding of acupuncture, herbal medicine and Chinese medicine philosophy for the holistic body. I enjoyed our consultation because she looked at how everything within my body is connected and not separate and that helped me a lot.