”Starting early in 2018 I was having severe pain in my legs … [bg_collapse view=”button-orange” color=”#0d3d85″ icon=”arrow” expand_text=”Show More” collapse_text=”Show Less” ] … I went to my PCP and she thought I was having sciatic nerve issues, so she ordered an MRI for my lower back, and gave me a prescription for hydro-codone. I soon learned that 2 tylenol and 3 advil together did a better job for pain but only made the pain bearable. The result of the MRI was I have a bone chip or something like that pressing on my sciatic nerve.
After going to a “specialist” he came up with 2 options, 1) try a cortisone shot in my back which may help for a little while or years( it lasted 2 days), or 2) surgery. A far as I am concerned surgery is out of the question. I went for the cortisone shot which was the most painful experience I have ever had in my life.
I started doing research on alternative medicine and had a friend doing acupuncture with Kristen. After research, and discussion I gave Kristen a call around the first of August and she made an appointment within 2 days. She explained to me that acupuncture has a cumulative effect and used in conjunction with “home” work will help. She gave me exercises do at home and listen to “binaural beats”. If you never heard of binaural beats look it up on You Tube. I even bought You Tube Premium for $12/ month so I could listen to the “beats” in the background.
Sorry if I am long winded, but I think this is all relevant.
THE IMPORTANT PART is [/bg_collapse] … after dealing with daily pain for several months I finally am 90% to 95% pain free. I go days without any pain at all, in November my A1C was the lowest it had been since 2010 and my blood pressure is consistently down 5 points!”
– George C.
“I’ve been taking classes with Kristen for the past four years and am so excited to see the The Sunshine Factory come to life. Kristen has a really unique gift and creates a space that is truly focused on what your body needs. She’s open to trying out new techniques and adjustments. She offers private massage & cupping sessions, that have become an important part of my overall health & wellness routine. Thank you for creating this amazing space to come relax, heal & grow.” -Rebecca T. 🌻
“Simply wonderful. The Sunshine Factory is a gift to Portland. A comfortable oasis for healing paired with an open, honest and knowledgable leader. The dedication to healing and self growth is palpable. In that regard if you have the ability to put time and energy into your healing, both inside and out of this space, it gives back ten fold. So happy to have found it!”💛 – Kaity T.
“A shout out to Kristen for being incredibly accommodating, and administering effective acupuncture❣️ My immune system was weakened and I was on the cusp of illness for days. After receiving treatment from Kristen to boost my immune system and aid in my healing process, I was able to rebound immediately. The following day in fact! I am grateful. Thank you. 💖” – J. Clarke
“Acupuncture and cupping therapy have helped me relieve stress, and even helped me with sleep; sometimes it’s hard to sleep because of working overnight shifts. As a Police Officer, the shifts are long and can take a toll on your body; my back and hips are always aching. The Cloud9 clinic has helped ease that pain, and I always leave feeling rejuvenated. Overall it’s been beneficial for both my body and my mind.“ – Anonymous
“I am 27 years old, and I am a recovering heroin addict. Over the last few years I have spent countless time and energy trying to find the best alternatives (to the pills that Western doctors prescribe), for dealing with extreme anxiety. Once I met Kristen, my search was over. The combination of yoga and acupuncture has changed my life. I have been fortunate enough to be a client of hers for many years; long before she opened her incredible healing sanctuary, The Sunshine Factory. The auricular (ear) needles I receive address my specific needs; primarily anxiety, stress and muscle tension in my neck and back. The results for me have been nothing short of miraculous; I seriously cannot believe how well it works; every time!
Walking into her studio feels like healing even before your treatment even begins; and it has so much to offer. There are so many inspiring and healing clinics and treatments; and so different than what you will find anywhere else; there really is no place like it. The unique combination of acupuncture, cupping therapy and yoga, with meditation and breathing techniques; has given me the tools I desperately needed … not only in my recovery; but in ability, to completely change my life.” – L. White 💙
“I wanted to take a proactive, wholistic approach to anti-aging; something that was gentle, natural looking, and non invasive, yet effective. I had heard about cosmetic accupuncture, and was very pleasantly surprised with the process, not to mention the affordability! A whole series costs less than one Botox treatment, and the results are much more natural and long lasting.
I was impressed with how warmly Kristen welcomed me into her beautiful and peaceful studio, and spent time getting to know me and discuss my treatment goals. She is extremely thorough and knowledgeable about Eastern Medicine and really takes time to listen to people to come up with a personalized treatment plan that includes not only treating cosmetic concerns, but also things like anxiety, poor sleep, and painful periods; I’ve learned how removing stressors like these can hugely impact how we look! After just one treatment, my normally nightmarish-period, was pretty mild; these treatments are SO much more than cosmetic. And relatively painless as well, with only brief and mild discomfort upon insertion of the needles in certain sensitive areas like my feet and ears. So far, after six treatments, I haven’t had a single bruise., and it hasn’t aggravated my melasma/ hyperpigmentation. Kristen plays relaxing music and makes the experience very enjoyable and spa-like. Each treatment is very comprehensive, and a little different depending on what is going on with me that particular day.
Since beginning treatments, I have noticed that my skin is clearer and plumper, and my period is MUCH less painful. I am also very relaxed each time I have a treatment and just feel better overall. I really look forward to treatments to destress and unwind, and always leave looking and feeling noticeably better than when I came. 🙂” – Logan N.
”I am 93 years old, and I am so happy with the results of my Cosmetic Acupuncture treatment; but I didn’t expect so many other benefits.
My vertigo has greatly diminished, I have a crushed disc in my back and I have had no pain since my acupuncture treatments. I had an issue with my hand cramping when I would try to write and that has stopped as well. I am very happy with all the side effects. Oh and I look years younger to boot.” – Carolyn M.
“I am almost 69 years old, and after having Cosmetic Acupuncture by Kristen Boze; I am ecstatic with the results! The Sunshine Factory is more like going to the spa for a little “me time”. I looked forward to my appointment every week, and I saw results right away after the first treatment. I 100% recommend it!”. – Marcia G.
“From the aromatherapy spray at the beginning of class, to the thoughtful adjustments, Kristen’s Fusion classes are unlike any yoga class I have taken anywhere! Her caring and thoughtful attention to her students ensures that class is both healing and regenerative. The Sunshine Factory space is so bright and cheerful! When you enter the space, you immediately feel relaxed and calm, ready to practice. One of the nicest studios in Portland!
I was dealing with a pulled psoas muscle and so I went to Kristen for acupuncture and cupping. I had been to several doctors with no relief. After just one treatment, the pain was vastly improved and now the pain occurs much less frequently. I’m going to continue with Cloud9 acupuncture until the muscle is fully healed.“ – Ian J.
“I‘ve recently discovered sunshine factory, a new yoga-healing arts studio. the owner kristen and other instructors are very friendly, knowledgable, and professional. Their emphasis is on more than just physical exercises, as they combine wholistic healing arts, like acupuncture, cupping therapy, moxibustion, meditation, and other spiritual modalities. I have personally benefited from this; my longstanding neck and shoulder tension and tightness is starting to heal.” – H. Sommers
“Kristen prevailed at delving into concerns and issues previously unknown to even thyself. She encouraged me to communicate, and helped me to “let go”. I initially felt emotionally unbalanced, and physically struggled at breaking through a weightloss plateau, reflecting back years to around the time of a divorce. Now that I have been attending weekly sessions (accupuncture/cupping) with her for over a month, I feel less sad and anxious, and more mindful and aware. Also, I am happy to share that I have finally broken thru that weight plateau; I feel empowered! I am healing, and transforming my life.” – S. Bogash
“It’s not ofen that I am so pleased with something that I am compelled to write a recommendation, but I am writing because Kristen’s acupuncture treatments have been life altering for me. I have been seeing Kristen and enjoying the benefits of her acupuncture treatments for about two years. My initial reason for seeking treatment was ongoing knee pain and swelling as the result of a ski injury. I had never tried acupuncture and was skeptical at first, but her treatments helped my knee, eventually resolving the pain and swelling entirely. I also discovered that acupuncture is great for many other reasons. As a lifetime allergy sufferer, I have tried just about everything, with little to no relief. One of the fantastic side effects of acupuncture has been that it has greatly reduced the severity of my allergy symptoms. I feel better overall and am taking noticeably less medication. For me, acupuncture has now become less of a treatment and more of a way of self-care. Kristen is a knowledgeable, kind and caring provider. I would recommend her to anyone seeking relief from pain, allergies, or even just stress. It really does work.” – K. Conway
“Thank you Kristen for your expertise and excellent care! My shoulder pain was significantly less after my treatments; I would not have been able to swim the Peaks to Portland without your acupuncture. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!”. – M. Mainella
”Kristen is highly trained and extremely knowledgeable about not only acupuncture, but also other holistic healing techniques. Her studio is welcoming, she plays amazing music during treatments, and I always fall into the most relaxing sleep while I’m there! I can’t recommend her highly enough!” – A. Andrle
“After suffering a miscarriage, my husband and I struggled to conceive. My cycles were long, I wasn’t ovulating, and we were desperate to get pregnant again. Also, I have endometriosis and know that getting pregnant does not come easily for me. On the advice of my general practitioner, I started looking into acupuncture and found Kristen. She was so empathetic and caring, I was immediately at ease with her. After weekly treatments for several months, my cycles got back on track and we successfully conceived our daughter (now 11 months)! Not only did the treatments help me relax, but I’m confident they played a significant role in getting pregnant. I will absolutely be seeing Kristen again when we decide to add to our family!” – W. Synder
”I started seeing Kristen weekly around the end of my first trimester of pregnancy. I started going to help unblock my digestive system, and the results were almost instant and amazing. I couldn’t believe I had tried all of these other remedies and did not get as good relief as what the acupuncture provided! Not only did it help to regulate my system, but also gives me an energy boost and helps me feel relaxed. The treatment environment is so cozy and welcoming, I look forward to it every week! Her knowledge and attention to detail combined with the gentle care she provides has helped me so much in this important time, and I highly recommend her to anyone!.” – K. Benson
“Regular acupuncture helps release the stress and tension from my neck and shoulders due to my occupation.” – C. Gagnon, dental hygienist
“Amazing, Amazing, Amazing!!! I went to acupuncture for miserable back and shoulder pain. My treatments have been 100% effective. Kristen is very kind and welcoming, she is an incredible acupuncturist who really knows her stuff. Relaxing background music nearly puts me to sleep each visit. It is a very professional, relaxing and healing environment. I eat healthy, exercise and take good care of myself, but going to Kristen has gotten me to a place, spiritually, that I would not have been able to attain without acupuncture. My mind and body have been feeling better and better. Her magic never ceases to amaze me. A happy customer for life!” – D. Lawrence
“I met Kristen in 2012, shortly after being diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Surgery was recommended, but I was hesitant because I had talked to people that had not had good results, or had very long recovery time. I feel very lucky to have had met Kristen right around the time I was trying to sort out my options. She seemed confident she could help me, so I decided to give it a try. My symptoms started to fade after the first few sessions and had completely gone away after a few months. Kristen’s treatments relieved the pain and now I live symptom free.
I have also experienced severe migraine headaches for more than 20 years, they flare up seasonally and unpredictably. My doctor had me using prescription medication that did help, but the side effects were tough to deal with. Kristen was able to treat the headaches to the point they are almost non-existent. I continue to see Kristen regularly, most often with minor aches and pains, or simply as a relaxation therapy.”
– B. Woodworth
”I have had chronic lumbar L4/L5 back pain for years with minimal relief from osteopathic manipulation, chiropractic manipulation and allopathic treatment. Kristen’s acupuncture techniques have given me beneficial pain relief, in just one treatment! I am impressed with the amount of relaxation that is achieved with acupuncture. It is a very pleasant experience with amazing relief of symptoms for me. Better than alcohol! :)” – S. Morse, DDS
“I came to Kristen for fertility help– I was trying to get back my period after a decade of being on the pill. The first four months of work with her opened me up to how much more acupuncture could give me- stress management, deeper relaxation and concentration, and I was making healthier choices in my diet and exercise because I felt so good from our appointments. The fifth month of our work together, I got pregnant! I am positive my body’s ability to start naturally ovulating again was kick-started by my work with Kristen. Even if you are just starting to think about preparing your body for pregnancy, I recommend starting treatments with Kristen early on- the positive changes acupuncture can do for your body are remarkable. Our healthy baby girl is due this winter, and I couldn’t be more grateful to Kristen for her treatments, and for her care and support.” – T. Gionet, first time mom
“Kristen has been a tremendously positive force in my life for several years, first as a yoga instructor and now as my acupuncturist. I live with sleep issues, back pain and foot neuropathy and recently had shoulder surgery; regular visits to Kristen have helped me keep all these ailments in check. She is thoughtful and intentional in how she treats me, and the atmosphere is peaceful, warm and inviting. Because of our yoga relationship I feel she knows me and my body very well and is able to use that familiarity to help me with my various body ailments. What I wasn’t expecting was her ability to address general healing and balancing work along with my physical issues. After my sessions with her I am often floating for an hour or two and experience a sense of calm and bliss that I now look forward to each time I see her. Kristen can be serious, funny, focused and accommodating all at the same time. I am confident that my time and money are well spent with her. She receives my highest accolades and recommendation. I consider her to be an essential part of my path towards long term health.” – E. Bryan
“Kristen is an exceptional practitioner. She exudes a warmth and genuineness and makes each (acupuncture) session a personalized experience. She treated me during a 6-week period of vertigo, for which I was unable to walk straight for the first two weeks. After every session I felt a noticeable improvement in the severity of my dizziness. My vertigo left me feeling frustrated and uncomfortable in my own body, and forced me to be sedentary—a very difficult option for someone who engages in weight lifting, hiking, biking, and yoga—but Kristen reassured me every visit and was able to empathize with that discomfort and help put me at ease. She has such a warm and calming nature about her, it is effortless to become relaxed and comfortable in her studio / during her treatments.” – A. Hemmerich
”I have been seeing Kristen for acupuncture for over a year and a half. Through this time I have found her to be very attentive, personable and skilled in her practice, and her space is very calming and comfortable.
I originally went for my endometriosis pain but also found her to be helpful in many other aspects of my life such as anxiety, allergies and fatigue. She has greatly improved my quality of life!” – A. Dieffenbach
“I met Kristen for the first time more than six years ago. I was new to Bikram yoga, and I could not have been more fortunate to have had Kristen as my teacher. She made it fun, challenging but fun. Kristen has this light and practical approach to teaching yoga. She manages to push your limits, while remaining considerate of every student.
After a couple of yoga classes I mentioned my then decade long chronic low back pain to Kristen. She told me she is an acupuncturist and suggested I try acupuncture. At that time, I had tried pretty much all available modalities treating low back pain: Physical therapy, “electric” therapy, exercise, no exercise, osteopathic medicine, chiropractic medicine… During my first acupuncture session at her cozy and delightful office space, Kristen spent almost an hour getting a detailed history and charting a treatment plan. Over several weeks of weekly sessions, the pain decreased dramatically. Now, the back pain is barely there, and I still try to go for maintenance sessions at least bi-weekly.
A couple of years ago I started swimming regularly. As I swam more, my right shoulder started to ache and later became continuous nagging pain. After just a few sessions of acupuncture and cupping, it was “fixed”.
Kristen helped me deal with chronic pain in the most effective way, while allowing me to remain active and positive. I am impressed with her style, I highly recommend her.” – T. Hammour, MD
“After losing my husband unexpectedly this winter, Kristen, who is also my yoga teacher, offered me a complimentary appointment. Having never experienced acupuncture, I wasn’t sure what to expect. At the time, my heart was broken, my spirit was dim and body filled with grief. I needed to heal. After my first appointment I knew this was an appropriate therapy for me. Kristen’s professionalism, knowledge and intuitiveness put me at ease. Her mastery of acupuncture far exceeded my expectations. Through successive treatments my emotional balance and well being began to emerge and under her care I have seen real results.” – D. Hart
“Kristen is a warm and caring practitioner who listens carefully to her patients. She is very knowledgeable and skillful. My first sessions with Kristen were amazing and I noticed results right away. My acupuncture experience with Kristen has been a turning point to restore my balance and improve my ability to listen to my body. I love the atmosphere in her office and it always smells great!” – L. Dzabiev
“I have been an acupuncture client of Kristen’s for over a year, and for many more years as a yoga student. I had never tried acupuncture before and it has helped me a great deal with my chronic problem areas: lower back, shoulders and neck. I would recommend her to everyone, especially fellow golfers with similar ailments. She really knows her stuff and really cares about her client’s wellbeing and improvement. I strongly endorse her skills and services!” – J. Bowen
“I went to Kristen to treat digital ulcers that were starting in my feet due to complications with Raynaud’s Syndrome and Limited Scleroderma. In just one treatment she got my blood flowing through the area again and the ulcer healed. I am very thankful for this natural, healing approach! And, I love how she adds cupping to relieve my upper back tension while the acupuncture is working it’s wonders. Kristen’s space is warm and zen and her massage is pretty amazing too!” – T. Corsetti
“When I first went to Kristen, I was very skeptical about acupuncture. I had a shoulder injury and I was in so much pain, I was desperate to try anything. I quickly began to recognize that acupuncture was more than what I had thought it was. It has become a therapist for my body, mind and soul. It’s helped me find a connection to myself and to my body, fostering compassion and acceptance. All that I used to see was all that was wrong or that I didn’t like about it.
The guidance from Kristen has been far reaching; educating me and offering holistic and spiritual solutions, as well as teaching me how powerful my body really is. Acupuncture has treated much, much more than my shoulder pain. For too many years, I have also struggled with anxiety, insomnia and digestive difficulties. Since seeing Kristen, all of my symptoms, as well as my overall mental and physical health, have improved significantly. Seeing Kristen is something I look forward to every week.” – T. Johal
”One of many things I like about Kristen is her follow up. She checks in with you after your treatment to see how you’re doing, any changes, any questions, etc. She is also great about providing information about anything she’s done or the theory behind it. Further, she provides a very comfortable atmosphere. I definitely recommend her.” – B. Keniston
”I have benefited from acupuncture with Kristen in many ways. My anxiety and stress vanished in one session. My energy was restored in another session. My neck and shoulder pain are still responding/changing. Knee joint pain has diminished, and I always feel relaxed and happy after every visit.” – S. Markofsky
“I am a 53-year-old experienced acupuncture patient. I see Kristen periodically when I need a tune-up or have special aches and pains I’d like addressed. She has treated me variously for tennis elbow, a groin pull, thumb spasms, and back and neck pain. Her treatments start with a brief consultation and then move to a well-appointed, welcoming table for needle-work, cupping, some massage and aromatherapy along with herbal/vitamin supplement recommendations. As with her yoga style, Kristen is nurturing and practical; she wants to make the most of an appointment the same way she wants to wring the most out of a yoga class! I feel good about seeing Kristen; she does her acupuncture homework to ensure she’s responding to my ailments. But I also just enjoy her treatments, her space, her bedside manner, and how I feel when I leave an appointment. Have I seen results? No tennis elbow, no groin injury, no neck or back pain, reduced tremors. I had no real complaints when I saw her recently; I just wanted a feel-good session and that’s what I got.” – S. Bryan
“I had been suffering with Plantar Fasciitis for some time, often with debilitating symptoms, living with pain everyday. I had tried different methods of relief; ice, stretching, foot braces, as well as massage; all to no avail. Through doing research online I discovered a medical report that stated patients who had been suffering from Plantar Fasciitis, for even a year or more, had significant, if not cured, result from seeking acupuncture and cupping therapy. Kristen was able to see me right away and after only two sessions (one week apart), I am completely healed. I have NO symptoms AT ALL, and am once again free to roam! I can’t thank Kristen enough, not only did she rid me of pain, she has checked in with me by phone to see how I’m feeling.” – D. Williams
“I’ve worked in construction for twenty years; hanging sheet rock , painting, and through much of it, walking on stilts … it takes a toll on your body. I’ve never had an injury and didn’t think i had any use for acupuncture, but after being referred by a friend I decided to give it a try. After seeing Kristen and having cupping all over my shoulders and back, I realized how wrong I was. I had become accustomed to being so tight in those areas, I didn’t even realize it. Instantly after the cups were removed I felt much better and a lot looser. The next morning though, was incredible. I felt like I was floating from all the tension that had been released. Now, I truly understand and believe in the benefits, and will continue to rely on these treatments to keep me feeling good into the future.” – E. Ham
“Kristen’s treatments were invigorating, relaxing and healing; I felt listened to and truly cared for. I am a runner and had been suffering pain in my hamstrings for several months. It was getting harder to run and harder to enjoy running. I felt heaviness and radiating pain in my upper legs. I even had pain when I sat at my desk at work or when I drove. I tried physical therapy, including dry needling (with a physical therapist), without any relief. After just two treatments with Kristen the pain was gone, and I was able to complete a relay race totaling 21 miles! Kristen did an amazing job taking care of me, but also stressed the importance of me taking care of myself. I will definitely recommend her.” – M. Lane, FNP
“Insomnia, stress, shoulder pain, and chronic hamstring injuries from years of competitive running led me to Kristen’s acupuncture studio. She has created a unique ambiance that immediately calms the spirit and soothes the soul. Kristen’s strength as a woman, an athlete, and a yoga instructor continue onto her acupuncture table. While I am unable to get to her studio even half as often as I would like, but when I do go, I can always be assured that my body will reach a level of utter relaxation that is unsurpassed in any other venue. Best of all, and with the help of Kristen’s various cupping methods; years of soft tissue injuries and sciatica are on the mend. She has helped me recover from a myriad of injuries and illnesses (massive dog bites and adrenal tumors), but she has also helped introduce me to the concept that I can achieve, with time and patience, a pain-free and positive lifestyle that includes time for self care and rest. Thank you, Kristen!” -H. Robinson