Hoboken Health: The Acupuncture Atelier {Uptown}

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True story: needles scare me. It’s funny, too, because when I was little I was often in the hospital {had heart surgery at 4 months}. However, I’ve always managed to come to terms with them, just because I knew that whatever needle I was getting was helping me in some way {or at least figuring out what was wrong}. So that’s why I was 100% ready to try out the Acupuncture Atelier in Hoboken, knowing full well that there would be “needles” involved. Now I use the word needles lightly; if you’ve had acupuncture* before, you know that they’re not doctor-esque needles; they’re more like little pin pricks that make you feel calm, centered, and remarkably relaxed.

*{Editor’s note: a little about acupuncture for those totally green to it: Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and a key component of traditional Chinese medicine involving inserting thin needles into the body at acupuncture points. It has been known to treat depression, anxiety, chronic pain, allergies, infertility, weight issues, IBS and other digestive issues, sleep disorders, and more.}

When I arrived at the building {it’s inside of a holistic health care building of physical therapists, chiropractors, etc on the corner of 14th and Wash located at 1321 Washington Street, Suite 2B}, I went right upstairs to the cute little waiting room.

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A few seconds later, Sara appeared! We spoke about my health history, and she took notes so that she could devise the treatment plan that was most effective for me. A few of my main issues: heart health, TMJ {jaw lock}, and anxiety. We discussed those health issues and any other issues that were possibly hindering my well-being for a while {she was very thorough, which was nice because it felt personal and uniquely tailored to me specifically rather than just a one-size-fits-all treatment}, and then got right down to business. FYI: for optimal treatment you should plan to bring loose fitting shorts and a t-shirt along with you, make sure you’re hydrated and also have had something to eat at least one hour prior to treatment.

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Acupuncture Atelier is a boutique acupuncture studio run by Sara Khosrowjerdi {above^}. Sara received her Master’s of Acupuncture with honors at Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City and her undergrad in Business Admin from Western New England University. Being Reiki Level 1 & 2 Certified, she also has a vast understanding of the Chakra system and the role it can play in the healing process.

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Sara also used essential oils that fit my treatment {the first four shown above in front}, which I loved. There’s something about scents and oils that just add to a feeling of complete relaxation. It was quite unbelievable how the treatment went — I loved it — Sara would press certain areas of my body, and if I felt pain, she would add a needle to a different area of my body. Once the needle was in that area, she would press the other painful spot again, and the pain would usually be gone! Unreal!

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^Some of the acupuncture treatment supplies

After our treatment was just about complete, I divulged about possibly doing a blog post about my experience, and I asked Sara to take a photo so that I could show how the needles worked {see the little red things all around my body, below?}:

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The was really no pain associated with the needles AT ALL, besides the tiniest little pin prick and then tingling sensation {but not even, it was minor — barely worth mentioning}. Sara also explained her treatment plan for me so I could share it in layman’s terms with you all, to understand how it works {this was my idea, so don’t worry your pretty little head about HIPAA}:

Jen’s TMJ/Jaw Pain was a branch stemming from her long term concerns over her cardiac health.  Although she presents with constant jaw pain, I realized quickly that the root that needed to be treated in order to bring balance to her body was to treat her Heart / Pericardium excess condition.  

– Treatment started by addressing her anxiety reflexes on her sternum and below her heart center.  Kiiko Matsumoto’s “PC Choice” (using Metal and Water to calm the Fire excess) released pressure pain over her sternum quickly and her body began to balance {Editor’s note: Kiiko Matsumoto is Sara’s mentor and teacher trainer in her Acupuncture Master’s program}.  From there I decided to open the Chong Mai extraordinary meridian to release the pressure pain below her heart center.  

– Using Chong’s opening point SP4, I realized opening Chong Mai not only released the anxiety being held below her Heart (where surgery and trauma had take place an early age), but also released strain being held below her umbilicus near her pelvis.  Interestingly enough, through clinical experiences it is clear that held emotions burrow and often become latent sitting within the pelvic bowl.  It was essential to not only release all anxiety and tension located at her heart center but to also begin to address any held emotion in her pelvis from entering the world under extreme and traumatic circumstances.  

– After treating the root, I wanted to bring relief to the branch; TMJ/ her persistent jaw pain.  The jaw pain or jaw clenching is simply a way that her body is attempting to communicate that she needs to ease her anxieties.  In this case, her body was speaking loud and clear!  I used ANS calming points in order to ease the tension from her sphenoid bone.  According to Kiiko Matsumoto symptoms of a shift in the sphenoid bone could include sleep disorders, TMJ, jaw pain, and/or temporal headaches; all signs and symptoms Jen presented with.  Using the KM sphenoid bone imbalance protocol, I was able to ease the tension and bring relief to her jaw.


At Acupuncture Atelier, Sara’s primary practice focuses on the unique treatment styles of Kiiko Matsumoto, whom she studied for three years at Tri-State College of Acupuncture. Using KM Acupuncture as a base, Sara integrates and supports using Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture Physical Medicine, Reiki, and essential oils. I have to say that I have never felt so relaxed, even after a deep tissue massage! My jaw had unlocked, and I haven’t had a headache or any stress-aches that I routinely get since the treatment several days ago. I highly recommend her as an acupuncturist, and we are so excited that she has come to town! Can’t wait to return very soon. She is amazing!!

To book an appointment, you can visit her website or call/email: 978-761-6676 /

FYI: Sara invited me in to test out acupuncture the first time free of charge, but now I am a weekly client and pay in full {through my insurance – yes, she accepts it!}. xo

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Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.