It’s been seven years months since Covid-19 upended our lives and we’ve had to adjust to the new normal. You’d think that we would have settled into a comfortable routine by now (mask on, hand sanitizer at the ready!), but the truth is that navigating the day-to-day during a global pandemic is still pretty damn stressful. So when I had the opportunity to speak with a renowned acupuncturist and herbalist Dr. Jill Blakeway, I jumped at the chance to add a little more zen into my life. But what does a virtual healing session look like, anyway?
Blakeway—who counts celebs like Uma Thurman as clients—founded The Yinova Center, an acupuncture clinic in New York City with practitioners specializing in Chinese medicine. When the center had to shut down its three locations (Flatiron, East Side and Brooklyn Heights) back in March, they did what so many other businesses had to do—they pivoted to online sessions. While in-person acupuncture treatments have now resumed, the virtual healing sessions are still going strong.