Healthy Living

Dunning Acupuncture and Massage

Gentle, Natural Healing

By Linda Sutherland

Massage therapy...the most preferred vehicle for many of us to relax and unwind. There are many reasons to need a massage, and licensed massage therapist Teresa Dunning brings 20 years of massage therapy experience to the table to address your situation. Teresa is part of the husband-and-wife duo that makes up Dunning Acupuncture and Massage. She and her husband, Joel, have dedicated their home practice to bringing relief to their clients through different healing approaches.


Teresa chooses her massage techniques based on the individual issues that each client presents. Her clients include people who deal with conditions like chronic pain, inflammation, fibromyalgia, stress, anxiety, muscle tension, allergies, and digestive issues. Teresa’s approach includes preventative health as well as intuitive massage that focuses on the whole person. Her focus on the individual needs of her clients enables her to put them all on a road that leads to pain relief and a sense of well-being. 


Teresa’s lifetime of hard work and a healthy lifestyle have led her to where she is now—working in tandem with her husband to enrich people’s lives. “I continue to learn from my patients daily,” she asserts, “and my motivation is fueled by the passion I have to provide my clients with the necessary tools to heal and thrive.” Teresa relies on her patients’ feedback to gauge the effectiveness of treatment and to give them the opportunity to help themselves. She stresses that “patients need to do the work that allows them to keep going in these times of stress.” She takes pride in providing patients the tools they need to do just that.


Teresa has training in the usual healing modalities such as Swedish massage, reflexology, and deep tissue, but she has studied many other modalities, such as myofascial release. Myofascial release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves supplying gentle, sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. 


Another prominent modality Teresa was called to learning is lymphatic drainage. Her father needed relief from the side effects of stage 4 lymphoma. This led her to study with Dr. Bruno Chikly of the Chikly Health Institute. Dr. Chikly is a leader in lymphatic drainage therapy. This is now a substantial part of Teresa’s practice. The technique was a genuine gift she could give her father during his struggle with lymphoma, and she will be forever grateful for the opportunity the Institute afforded her. 


Lymphatic drainage therapy assists the lymphatic system in eliminating body waste. A healthy, active lymphatic system accomplishes this through muscle tissue movement. A lymphatic massage, using gentle pressure, can help move fluids away from a damaged area. Her patients come to her for an immune system boost as well as relief from inflammation, detoxification, and many chronic conditions like allergies, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other autoimmune disorders.


In addition to Teresa’s other specialties, she also has training in craniosacral therapy, ortho-bionomy, Tuina, Chinese massage, and cupping. 


Teresa believes whole-heartedly in what she considers her calling—helping people live better lives through natural healing. When you talk to Teresa, you can feel her enthusiasm for her work and her patients. She comes across as very centered in her surroundings, both physically and mentally. She brings this remarkable sense of calm and caring every time she approaches the massage table.


Together, Teresa and Joel have created an astonishing home clinic that treats the whole body and mind, offering a natural approach to healing and lifestyle. Joel handles the acupuncture portion of the practice, but he and Teresa are happy to share patients if the need arises. A massage patient may require healing in areas other than massage, including dietary changes, herbal therapy, and other aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Teresa and Joel can help patients strengthen the immune system, alleviate pain, or reach a balance of body and mind. They offer yoga and meditation classes for people who want to heal and maintain balance.


As we put the last of the year 2020 behind us, it seems clear that we might need some assistance in the mind, body, and spirit areas of life. They are looking to expand the practice by renting two treatment rooms for other healing arts professionals. I can think of no better place to start than with a soothing and healing massage from Teresa Dunning. In this age of stress and pressure, we need the healing philosophies of this vital woman. There is no time like the present! You can make an appointment by calling 402-650-7715 or emailing Their beautiful clinic is located at 1020 South 78th Street. For more information, please visit them online at 

Teresa and Joel Dunning

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