We love living in Boulder, providing care for our local community and visitors. Learn more below about our backgrounds and what to expect when you come in to see us.
- Leilani & Sylas
About Leilani Navar, MSOM, L.Ac., HRHP
I began studying holistic healing more than 20 years ago, when I sought out natural medicine as a way to treat my own medical concerns and reduce my need for pharmaceutical medications. My journey continued with formal study at the National University of Natural Medicine, where I studied in the naturopathic physician as well as the Classical Chinese Medicine programs, and graduated with a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine. I am fortunate to have studied acupuncture and herbal medicine there with exceptional doctors and teachers.
My Chinese medicine practice is also influenced by my studies of tuina and traditional Chinese physical culture (martial arts and qigong) within the North American Tang Shou Tao Association. I practiced acupuncture in private practice in Portland, Oregon and in a Community Acupuncture clinic in Burlington, Vermont before Sylas and I moved to Boulder in 2015 and opened Thousand Lakes Health Center.
My main tools here in the clinic are acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, herbal medicine, and dietary counseling. I also provide bodywork and exercise education. I enjoy working with patients who have a specific concern for which they need relief, as well as those who are looking to dive deep into transforming their health and well-being.
About Sylas Navar, LMT, AOBTA-C.P.
I have been practicing massage therapy since 1998. I trained first at the Heartwood Institute, where I also later served as an instructor in the Deep Tissue Massage Therapy program. I continued my studies in an apprenticeship with Vince Black of the North American Tang Shou Tao Association, who was a master of both Chinese martial and medical arts. In his clinic, I learned tuina (the manual therapy of Chinese medicine), CranioSacral Therapy, and the use of external herbal medicine for injury. I have been in private practice now for over 20 years, helping people with all types of musculoskeletal concerns, including back pain, neck or shoulder issues, or injuries. I use a combination of tuina, CranioSacral Therapy, herbal applications, and adjunct therapies of Chinese medicine.
What to Expect
Most acupuncture appointments last about 60 minutes. Most tuina and CranioSacral appointments last about 90 minutes. However, everything we do is based on what’s going on with you on that particular day, and the therapies that need to happen for you to reach your goals. So, an appointment could be as short as 30 minutes or as long as 90 minutes. You can count on us taking the time you need to have a quality treatment, and sending you on your way as soon as what needs to happen is done.
Tuina & CranioSacral Therapy
In an appointment with Sylas, you’ll give an overview of your concerns and answer some further questions, focusing on any musculoskeletal issues but covering your health holistically as well. You’ll then receive the combination of tuina, cupping, moxa, and CranioSacral Therapy indicated for you that day. The tuina is authentic Chinese bodywork – which is to say, it is deep, sometimes uncomfortable bodywork that helps your body change itself. It’s complemented by CranioSacral Therapy, which is extremely gentle, light-touch work that connects with the subtle rhythms happening in you. The combination amounts to profoundly effective bodywork.
Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing is best for this type of bodywork. In general, you will remain clothed, unless you need cupping, which has to be done on bare skin, usually on the back and shoulders.
Acupuncture & Herbs
In an appointment with Leilani, you will begin with a thorough intake covering the symptoms that most concern you, as well as other aspects of your current health and your past medical history. The initial intake will probably be lengthier than you are used to, because Chinese medicine is a holistic medicine that sees your entire body and mind as one indivisible whole.
Once the picture of your health is complete, you may receive tuina or cupping, followed by the insertion of acupuncture needles. While the needles are in, Leilani often does some CranioSacral Therapy. Moxibustion might be performed before or after the acupuncture. As mentioned above, on any given day, your body may benefit the most from only one of these modalities, a few of them, or all of them, and your treatments will vary according to what’s indicated that day.
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, preferably that can roll up to the elbows and knees. Most acupuncture points can be reached without removing any clothing, as long as it can roll up comfortably. Occasionally, clothing is removed and the patient draped with sheets to allow acupuncture on places such as the back or upper legs.
Acupuncture, Adjunct Therapy, & Herbal Consultations:
Initial Visit: $90.00
Return Visit: $80.00 (Sliding Scale $60-80 as needed)
Herbal Consultation Only: $45.00
Pediatric Visit – Ages 7-13: $45.00
Pediatric Visit – Ages 6 and under: $25.00
Tuina / CranioSacral Therapy – Comprehensive: $90.00
Tuina / CranioSacral Therapy – Focused: $75.00
Herbal medicine fees:
When you purchase herbal formulas, prices vary depending on the herbs included. Payment for herbal formulas is in addition to any payment for treatment or consultation. If herbal formulas are indicated for you, we will discuss the prices with you before preparing the formula.
Cash, check, or credit card.
If you request it, we can provide you with a “superbill” receipt for payments made for acupuncture visits. It includes the appropriate diagnosis and procedural codes so that you may submit it to your insurance company for reimbursement. However, we cannot guarantee that your insurance company or your particular plan will cover our services. (You might ask your insurance company directly whether they cover acupuncture, how many visits are covered, whether you need a referral, and whether acupuncture is covered only for certain conditions.)