Dr. Joel Penner, O.M.D., L.Ac.

The Acupuncture Relaxation Technique (A.R.T.) is a stress relief method developed by Dr. Penner almost thirty years ago to help his patients combat the stress in their lives.

From the perspective of Chinese Medicine, stress is the main cause of all disease. There are three types of stress:

The human body was designed to handle one or two stressors at a time, but in today's society, we often have all three stressors affecting us at the same time for long periods without respite. This compromises our immune systems and knocks the balance of energy out of whack, leading to disease.

A.R.T. is an acupuncture technique whereby several very thin needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points to accomplish three things:

  1. Break up old patterning in order to allow the system to return to normal.
  2. Rebalance the organs to stimulate proper functioning of the system.
  3. Calm the mind and spirit in order to relax, refresh and reinvigorate ourselves.

This is a painless process which takes only one-half hour lying face up on a massage table. People are not required to disrobe. Most people report the benefits lasting from several days to several weeks. It is recommended that people have this done once a month for best long-term results.


    " I have a high stress job in the entertainment industry and have been getting Dr. Joel’s Acupuncture Relaxation Technique once a month for almost four years. It keeps me relaxed and energized and allows me to deal with the stresses of my job without getting upset." Wendy C.

     "I am a business owner. My days are filled with dealing with customers and employees, filling orders and generally trying to keep people happy. I have been receiving Dr. Joel’s Acupuncture Relaxation Technique once a month for about three years. I have to say, it works for me. It really helps to keep my annoyance level and blood pressure in check." Mark W.

    " I am a family therapist. My life is filled with other people’s problems as well as my own. I have been seeing Dr. Joel for almost thirty years. Although I don’t go on a regular basis, whenever I feel the stress getting the better of me, I get an A.R.T. treatment and it fixes me right up. I recommend my clients do the same." Carole F.