Megan Rauch, L.Ac., Dipl OM, MSTCM
Megan practices Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine striving to assist patients in regaining and maintaining vibrant health with compassionate, individualized care. Her approach to Health and Wellness is the culmination of her experience in Psychology, Mental Health, Brain Research, Yoga, Massage Therapy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Megan treats people of all ages, including babies and children. She supports women through pregnancy, postpartum, PMS, and menopause. She treats a wide range of health issues including musculoskeletal pain, anxiety, depression, fatigue, sleep and digestive issues, allergies, frequent colds, inflammatory conditions, and more.
With a BA in Psychology from NYU, she began her career as a mental health counselor in Oakland, CA and then worked as an MRI brain research assistant at The San Francisco VA hospital. Meanwhile she was turned on to Yoga which was personally transformative and which profoundly illustrated the significance of the Mind-Body-Soul connection; this inspired her to become a Massage Therapist in 2001 to better understand the body and how to support people’s physical and energetic health. While working in a Holistic Health Center in SF, she experienced Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and fell in love with this ancient healing system and its approach to healing the whole person. She earned her MA in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the American College for Traditional Chinese Medicine in SF in 2010, studied abroad at Yue Yang Hospital in Shanghai, China, and had internships at the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic and the ACTCM Auricular Acupuncture Clinic. In 2011, she was certified by California as well as Nationally as an Acupuncturist and Practitioner of Oriental Medicine. She is delighted to live in Sebastopol, CA with her husband and three children.
“I had not had any acupuncture treatment for over 20 years, when my doctor suggested I might try some to help with allergies, digestion and hypertension. I had also been having some serious pain in my right leg and lower back.
I found Megan Rauch in Sebastopol, who does Traditional Chinese acupuncture. After just one session I had almost no pain in my leg, which was remarkable as the pain had been quite severe for weeks. After several sessions my pain is gone. My allergies have calmed down, and my digestion is so much better, and I feel much more centered in general.
Megan has a very gentle presence, and is also quite intuitive as well as skilled in her practice. The office is zen like, clean and quiet, and they have lovely soothing music too! It is the most relaxing hour of my week.
I am so grateful to have found Megan, the quality of my life is so improved by her treatments. camera
money can buy.”
“Ok you guys can keep a secret, can’t you? I recently moved to SoCal from San Francisco and the person I miss the most is Megan. That’s right best friends, family and clients…I miss my masseuse more than all y’all. I had been going to Megan for more than 5 years, starting from when I pinched nerves in my lower back. I had tried everything-salts, stretching, everything. Finally I walked passed the place where Megan used to work, called and made an appointment, feeling as it was my last resort. Well, 5 years should tell you something. Not only did I feel so much better but Megan made me so comfortable. She is beyond sweet, extremely professional and patient and really knows what she’s doing. I am an athlete and have been getting massages-albeit reluctantly- forever and I’ve never had a more satisfying and truly relaxing experience than with Megan. She is also very intuitive which helped me because, although I’m a know-it-all, when it comes to my own muscles, I have no idea what I’m talking about. I adore her space; the room is very inviting and cozy which makes the overall experience that much better. I’ve recommended Megan to my friends, clients, strangers, random people on muni…just about everyone. If I could give her 10 stars, I would. And if I could beam her down to SoCal once a month, trust me I would….actually I’m working on it.”
“Being able to truly listen is such an important trait for a caregiver to have and Megan has this ability. She brings such a wonderful sense of groundedness and caring to her practice. She is a natural healer with a special intuition for helping people’s bodies (and minds) feel better!”
“I have been seeing Megan for massage for years. She is a natural healer who brings deep care and attention to her work, and she is an amazingly skilled massage therapist with an intuitive feel for what your body needs most in any given session. (She also takes great direction on those days when you want something specific–oh, my achin’ shoulders!) She radiates niceness–yes, niceness. You can call it empathy, compassion, humility (she’s all those things), but at the end of the day, Megan is just a flat-out nice, great person. Hard to beat that when you’re looking for a reliable, accomplished massage therapist.I know that Megan recently received her degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture (from one of the premier schools in the country, I believe), and the knowledge and experience she gained in her studies and clinical practice have made her an even better massage therapist–and that’s saying something, because I already thought that she was the best massage therapist I had ever seen–and I’ve seen many. My wife has now had several acupuncture sessions with Megan (including one just last night) and has felt immediate relief from some persistent issues. I myself am looking forward to taking advantage of Megan’s broader skills and knowledge in the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture arena, because I truly believe that she brings considerable natural talent to the healing arts; it will be nice to hear something other than “take this pill” or “let’s get an MRI and see about some surgery.” Schedule an appointment. You’ll be thrilled that you did.”
“Having worked with Megan in the past, I was thrilled to learn that she was opening up her practice again in Sebastopol! She’s a uniquely caring practitioner who brings deep experience and intuition to her treatments and overall patient care. On top of that, she has charming bedside manner and you never doubt that she will do everything she can to help YOU feel your absolute best.”
“Megan is a phenomenal acupuncturist AND masseuse. Initially I saw Megan for massage –after each one I felt wonderful but typically didn’t go in with any specific ailments, nevertheless I felt a boost that lasted for days afterwards. Later I started seeing her for acupuncture before my first pregnancy and after during post partum recovery. She helped me in both situations tremendously, even prescribing herbs that helped with my temporary hair loss due to hormonal changes (they worked!). Megan has a serene and calm demeanor yet she is super smart, a great listener, and an almost eerily accurate diagnostician — after taking my pulse, I’m impressed by how she always identifies what is going on (sleep issues, digestion, et, al). I can’t recommend Megan enough – go see her and you’ll never look back.”
“I have been going to Megan for over 3 years. I have never had a better massage, so for me there is no point going elsewhere. Lucky me, she lives and practices in my neighborhood of Bernal Heights. I have chronic stress and arthritic pains and she knows how to correct them. On those occasions where it is bad enough to have some acupuncture, she is such a dear. I really dislike acupuncture even though it works for me, I get panicky when I have to lie there for 20 mins without moving. So she stays in the room with me and we talk. Who else does that!? Megan does indeed radiate niceness as Brick C, reviewer says. All around super nice and extremely good at what she does. HIGHLY recommend.”
“Megan has been fixing what ails me for years. Mostly, I love massage…but Megan has also given me acupuncture for some numbness in my legs and her treatment really got the circulation going again. She is kind and funny but don’t let that fool you – look out muscles, here she comes! If you are reading this review that means you are looking for massage or acupuncture, and if you are looking for massage or acupuncture, then you can stop looking because this woman is AMAZING.”