Zheng Gu Tui Na (ZGTN) is a highly specialized form of bodywork which focuses on structural reintegration and postural realignment. Preserved through the martial arts, ZGTN offers a wealth of exercise strategies cultivated from Daoist Longevity practices and the Internal Martial Arts.
To this powerful modality Marcus adds orthopedic-style acupuncture, the many sub-modalities of Chinese Trauma Medicine and craniosacral techniques to complete a multifaceted approach to the body. The result has been many years of providing relief from all manner of injury and pain.
Through the lens of Chinese Medicine these modalities also combine to become very effective in treating a wide array of internal disorders including migraine headaches, TMJ, digestive imbalance, symptoms related to Lyme disease, neuropathy, post-surgery recovery, insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure…and so many more.
“Were it not for Marcus, I would have limited physical ability. Among many other things, I am a competitive runner. A couple years back I started to have hamstring and knee pain so bad I could barely walk, let alone run. I had been recommended by my acupuncturist friend in Ireland and later by a New York based dancer/kung fu friend. I finally paid Marcus a visit and (not to be overly dramatic) my life was changed. I was barely at a limp when I arrived, but I left able to walk without much pain, and run a couple days after. Since then I have gone to him for everything from running injuries, to sleep issues, to depression, and most recently, he has helped me recover from a major surgery. He has fantastic energy… is so friendly and accessible… and extremely knowledgeable (anatomy, message, craniosacral, acupuncture, martial arts, herbs, the list goes on). I trust him to treat me as much as or more than my GP.”K.K., New York City
“I am a woman in my forties who is a yoga teacher and a neuro-muscular therapist. Fitness and health have always been an integral part of my life and I consider myself to be in pretty good shape. However there was a problem: my working arm ached a lot. I tried to ignore, but it was progressively getting worse, affecting my ability to work. I decided there had to be a better way. After researching several options, I decided to give Marcus and the clinic a try. The transformation that has occurred in my body has far surpassed any expectations I had. Marcus opened up a whole new world by using acupuncture to heal the layers of injured tissue, while simultaneously teaching me qi gong exercises. In the process, I became aware of the negative movement patterns my body had become familiar with, such as over using my shoulders and arms, resulting in pain. Knowing Marcus for about a year now and watching him work, not only could I vouch for his ability and skill, but I would also like to mention the manner in which he treats each person that walks through the doors of the clinic. Every patient is treated with respect, patience and compassion. Marcus truly wants to help all his patients heal. It is no wonder that every appointment at the clinic I feel like a visit with family and friends.”M.K., New York City
“I have been receiving chiropractic and body work services for 30 years, acupuncture for 18 – Marcus ranks among the best – East Coast, West Coast, or England. I am so grateful he is here with us in Rhinebeck.”C.B., Rhinebeck, NY
“I started seeing Marcus in the summer of 2011 for women’s health issues, digestive problems, a torn meniscus, migraines, and insomnia. I was, to put it plainly, a complete mess. I’d been going to Western doctors for over ten years to deal with these problems, and spent thousands of dollars and oodles of time I didn’t have on procedures and appointments that never worked. But through consistent appointments and a regimen of qi gong exercises, Chinese herbs, and a mindful diet, I started feeling better within a few months under Marcus’s care. I moved to the Hudson Valley this past summer, but quickly realized he had a practice here, too! I’m thrilled to be able to continue working with Marcus on my health. He is a dedicated, hard-working, phenomenally gifted practitioner.”K.G., Rhinebeck, NY
“I came to Marcus in crisis. I have now been a patient for 4 years. It has been more successful than I could have imagined. I unfortunately have a raft of medical problems which came together and seriously compromised my health. Traditional western treatments were not even keeping me from a continued decline. Marcus is not only a skilled practitioner; he has been personally invested in my health. I came to Marcus unable to walk without a cane and in constant pain, through acupuncture, qi-gong and herbal treatments I am not only back to normal but going to the gym and biking again. We have also been able to successfully keep my Crohns disease at bay, without medicine, a feat my GI doctor has never seen. Additionally we have made promising inroads controlling my diabetes. I have already personally sent several close friends to Marcus for treatment, and they were all thrilled at the results. I recommend Marcus without any hesitation or reservation knowing that he can have a positive effect.”W.R., New York City
“Since early childhood, I had suffered from debilitating migraines. While I had sought treatment in traditional Western, holistic, and chiropractic medicines, I was very resistant to acupuncture. However, in my late twenties, on the advice of my GYN, I visited Marcus and began the road to headache-less days and vastly improved, all-around well-being. Through a combination of massage, acupuncture, and qi gong exercise, my life has improved dramatically, such that I no longer plan my life around pain and move with a physical ease I never thought possible. I say sincerely that because of Marcus, my life has changed.”K.E., New York City
“I am a 35 year old professional dancer who simply said, has put her body through a lot of physical stress. I was first introduced to Marcus’ practice in 2009, when I had tired all my go-to methods of body work trying to solve a chronic lower back/hip problem. After one visit I was feeling better, and after a few visits I was convinced Marcus was unbelievable at what he does. Not only has Marcus helped me resolve numerous physical ailments over the years, but his practice has been emotionally supportive as well. At the time I met Marcus, I was going through a divorce. The stress of it manifested itself both physically and emotionally, and I was energetically depleted. From the very first treatment, I have found Marcus’ practice to be a nurturing healing ground for whatever ails me. He is amazing, and I literally trust him with my life!”S.M., New York City
Marcus DeGrazia is a New York State licensed acupuncturist who has studied Qi Gong, Ba Gua Zhang and Zheng Gu Tui Na intensively since 2006. He is also a classically trained musician with degrees from the University of Michigan. In 1995, shortly after completing his studies in Ann Arbor, Marcus relocated to New York City and formed a collective of musicians that toured the United States, Canada, and Europe extensively. Through years of improvising with musicians and modern dancers, Marcus developed a love for movement, bodywork and martial arts.
In 2006, Marcus began an apprenticeship with Tom Bisio, delving deeply into the Internal Arts, Tui Na, and Chinese Medicine. In 2009, after completing a degree at Tri-State College of Acupuncture , Marcus joined Tom’s clinic as a practitioner specializing in trauma, Chinese sports medicine, and orthopedic conditions. Marcus was fortunate to work closely with Mr. Bisio for almost 7 years.
In 2012, Marcus became a certified instructor for New York Internal Arts and Zheng Gu Tui Na. In 2014, Marcus relocated to the Hudson Valley where he practices acupuncture, teaches Qi Gong and plays music.
Chinese Medicine asks the patient to become an active participate in the healing process. This means daily exercises aimed at regulating the problem or injury while re-thinking diet and lifestyle choices. The patient can then move away from clinic visits empowered with a strategy that can help maintain health and vigor. This idea of "working together" makes a profound difference in the patient's success and rate of recovery.
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