Awakenings Health is a holistic center that utilizes multiple treatment modalities. We offer both private and community acupuncture, massage, cupping, reiki, naturopathy, facial rejuvenation acupuncture, moxibustion, Chinese herbal medicine, as well as nutrition and life coaching. In addition, we offer yoga and meditation classes. We are an integrative wellness team, built to stand on its own as a comprehensive health program for any age group.


Awakenings Health provides complete performance stimulating, and rehabilitative care through an East meets West philosophy.

Acupuncture is one of the most ancient and effective healing arts in the world. For several thousand years acupuncture has been used to treat a wide variety of symptoms, conditions, injuries, and diseases. To this day, it remains one of the most continuously practiced medical techniques in all of human history.

Although Acupuncture has been utilized as a complete form of medicine for thousands of years, Dr. Gries has built our acupuncture program to be integrated into all other aspects of your current healthcare regimen. Our practitioners are able to discuss your condition with any of your other health care providers to form a team approach aimed at maximizing your health.

Awakenings has adopted a well-rounded approach to providing acupuncture for our patients. We always makes sure to address the health of your body, mind, and emotional state:

For orthopedic issues or athletic enhancement, we focus on a direct physical therapy style approach aimed at targeting specific muscle groups for all orthopedic disorders and optimizing and balancing your body mechanics.

For internal imbalances (manifesting as high blood pressure, digestive issues, sinus problems, allergies, sleep problems, stress, OBGYN or fertility issues, etc.) our providers diagnose and treat the function of all your organ systems to treat the cause of your problems.

When life seems overwhelming and it is hard to get your thoughts wrapped around your problems and emotions under control, we also utilize acupuncture and cognitive tools to help you regain balance and guide you through challenging times.

Community Acupuncture

Special update: Due to taking special precautions during Covid-19 to protect the health of our patients and staff, we are putting our community acupuncture clinic on hold for now. Making sure that everyone in our community can experience the healing benefits of acupuncture is deeply meaningful to our mission at Awakenings and we are hopeful to return community acupuncture to our area soon. Thank you for your understanding. 

This is a return to acupuncture practiced in a group setting, as is common in East Asia. In an effort to make acupuncture more accessible, Awakenings Health offers community acupuncture on Sundays from 12:30pm – 3:30pm, Wednesdays from 2pm – 6:30pm, and Thursdays from 9:30am – 12pm. One of the main agendas of community acupuncture is to increase accessibility to acupuncture and eliminate the barrier of cost by sharing space. This low-cost form of acupuncture is great when you don’t have time for a private appointment, you need to treat something less complex than many chronic conditions, or you need to be seen more frequently than your budget will allow for private sessions. This is an excellent way to supplement your current treatment schedule.

In community acupuncture, you remain clothed and needles can be placed on the head, arms below the elbows and/or legs below the knees. The needles remain in while you lay back in a zero-gravity chair and relax for about 30 minutes. Street clothes are fine, but clothing that allows for easy access to arms (elbows to hands), legs (full knee to feet) and head (down to shoulders) works best.

But if you’re looking to supplement your existing acupuncture schedule or are on a tight budget, community acupuncture is a great resource for you. As with any of our services, an appointment is required.

So which is right for you?

Private acupuncture vs. Community acupuncture

Private acupuncture:

  • Private room for just you and your practitioner, which can be an advantage when emotion needs to be released
  • Patient is on a massage table for the treatment that lasts an hour to an hour and a half
  • Patient removes most of their clothing and is draped with towels
  • More acupuncture points can be accessed, including the abdomen, back, upper arms, and thighs
  • Appointments involve more discussion of medical history and symptoms, as well as emotional contributors to physical symptoms
  • More treatment modalities can be used, such as cupping, moxibustion, reiki, massage, and traditional Chinese herbs
  • Treatment costs between $110-$195 per session

Community acupuncture:

  • Group room has multiple patients being treated at the same time, which can foster a community spirit, and friends and family can be treated together
  • Patient is in a zero gravity chair for the treatment which lasts 30 to 45 minutes
  • Patient remains fully clothed, though sleeves and pant legs will be rolled up to the elbow and/or knee
  • Acupuncture points are accessed in the head, lower arms, and lower legs
  • Treatment costs $40-$50 per session

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?

Often referred to as Cosmetic Acupuncture, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is focused on improving the skin naturally. It promotes a healthy glow, from the inside out, and is a gentle, effective and safe way to combat the signs of aging. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is an alternative to conventional cosmetic treatments such as Botox and collagen injections, fillers, micro-dermabrasion, photo rejuvenation, chemical peels and other harsh processes designed to ‘reverse the signs of aging’.

How does Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture work?

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture aims to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as address other skin issues such as acne, rosacea and melasma/chloasma (hyperpigmentation).

The face has 57 muscles that gradually lose their tone and mass. Collagen, which is an integral component of connective tissue, helps keep the skin firm, plump and supple, and will decrease as we age. Via the insertion of thin needles locally, on the face, head and neck, and distally, on the body, acupuncture facilitates collagen and elastin production. The “micro-trauma” created by the needles encourages the body to go into repair mode. In reaction to this stimulation, the skin will respond by producing collagen, which softens the lines on the face. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture not only tones facial muscles and improves blood flow to the face, but it also fosters circulation throughout the entire body and aims to treat the underlying cause of any blemishes and age spots.

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is more than just a cosmetic procedure targeting the face. Patients at Awakenings Health are offered a personalized treatment addressing their individual and specific skin concerns and overall health. During the initial consult, the Acupuncturist will take a full medical history. The Acupuncturist will perform a pulse diagnosis, look at your tongue and examine your facial features and discuss any concerns that you may have. A thorough treatment plan and realistic expectations will be discussed with you during the first appointment so that the number of treatments and expectations can be addressed.

If you wear make up, we will help you remove it with a gentle make up remover during the treatment, or you can bring your make up kit along, and apply it after treatment. The Acupuncturist may also use Facial Cupping and Gua Sha during a Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture treatment.

What can Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture address?

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture can address many of the following conditions:

  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Aging Skin and Age Spots
  • Crow’s Feet
  • Sagging Skin
  • Droopy Eyelids
  • Dark Circles or Bags Under the Eyes
  • Dry and Sun Damaged Skin
  • Pigmentation Issues and Uneven Skin Tone
  • Open Pores
  • Acne Prone Skin and Scarring in General
  • Jowls and “Double chins”
  • Poor Muscle Tone
  • Eliminate or Decrease Puffiness
What’s involved in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?

During treatment, thin needles are placed on the outside of the ear to promote relaxation and body points are used to address the internal perspective and specific conditions. Needles are then placed on the face, in acupuncture points as well as directly into wrinkles. After the acupuncture treatment, the Acupuncturist may incorporate the use of Facial Cupping and Gua Sha.

Patients should see a wonderful glow with improved circulation and walk away feeling a general sense of relaxation. Patients may also see improvements in sleep, digestion, have more energy, feel less stressed and generally better overall.

The initial appointment, which includes consultation and treatment, is 110 minutes in duration. All return appointments are 90 minutes long.

Facial Cupping and Gua Sha

Cupping has been practiced in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over 3,000 years. Today, cupping is regularly used in over 60 countries. Facial Cupping decompresses the muscles and fascia, brings nutrients, new blood and fluids into the treated area, and results in healthier, better-nourished tissue.

The techniques used in Facial Cupping are very gentle. The cups are very small and are designed for use on the face and neck only. The cups are moved along the facial skin and only left in a stationary position for a few seconds, therefore alleviating any potential bruising. Facial Cupping promotes an increase in local circulation to the skin, reduces puffiness and dark circles and serves to augment absorption of lotions, creams and serums. TMJ and sinus allergies, as well as rosacea and melasma can be effectively treated with Facial Cupping.

Facial Gua Sha is a technique where smooth pieces of jade are used to stimulate the skin and encourage blood supply to the region. A gentle massaging technique is used. Facial Gua Sha can also be used to treat skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, melasma and dark circles.

Both Facial Cupping and Facial Gua Sha can be used as a standalone treatment or in addition to a Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture treatment.

What does a Facial Rejuvenation Course of Treatment involve?

Patients will experience optimal results when treatments are completed as part of a series of weekly treatments for a period of 10-12 treatments. The information provided below is a general outline of what patients can expect with Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture treatments.

Week 1 & 2: Clinically, it is not uncommon to see hydrated, softened and glowing skin. Muscles of the face may appear more relaxed, and tension in the brow and jawline can decrease. There is often an increase in color and a brightened complexion.

Week 3 & 4: Often a lifting and tightening sensation can be reported in weakened and droopy muscles. The skin continues to feel softer and large pores may start to minimize.  Fine lines may begin to soften.

Week 5, 6 & 7: The stimulation of collagen will become most evident during weeks 5-7. The skin around the mouth and cheeks may feel tighter and the lines around the mouth begin to soften. The face may look and feel lifted, plumper and brighter.

Week 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12: The face will continue to feel firmer, hydrated and taut. The complexion may feel more even, large pores may be even smaller and any redness diminished. The folds off the nose (nasolabial) and corner of the mouth (marionette) will often decrease.

Maintenance: The results achieved after a series of 10-12 treatments will vary and depend on age and the body’s ability to respond to the stimulation that Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture treatment provides. It is generally accepted that the healthier you are, the more optimal the results will be. The results of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, like general acupuncture are cumulative. This means that benefits will often continue to improve with each treatment. Maintenance sessions are recommended every 4-8 weeks and will depend on age and skin type. The results achieved, when maintained, can last for years.

When is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture Contraindicated?

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is contraindicated if you have any of the following:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Problems with Bleeding or Bruising
  • Severe Migraine Headaches
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Cancer
  • Hepatitis
  • Vertigo or
  • Recent Microdermabrasion, Laser, Botox or Dermal Fillers (Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse etc.)

The Acupuncturist will not administer treatment during:

  • Pregnancy
  • Cold or Flu
  • A Herpes Outbreak
  • If you have Allergic Reactions or any Skin Diseases
  • Or under Extreme Stress or Tension


You can schedule a coaching session with Dr. Adam Gries at our North Raleigh location or via telemedicine, from the comfort of your home or office. Schedule by calling 919.935.9832 or easily online at this link:



Our massage therapists incorporate a variety of techniques, which include deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release and mobilization techniques, sports massage, and stretching into their treatments.

Why Massage?
Massage Therapy can be a relaxing and stress relieving experience, or in terms of Medical Massage, it can be focused directly with the intent of improving conditions that have been diagnosed by a physician.

What can Massage Treat?
Massage can facilitate pain relief and aid in faster recovery from injuries – whether they are soft tissue, sports related, post-surgical or the result of an accident. In terms of rehabilitation, massage can help normalize tissue function and restore normal movement patterns and serve to increase range of motion and flexibility. Massage can calm the nervous system, reduce stress, promote circulation, aid digestion and bring about an awareness of posture.

Massage can treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions, which include a range of disease, disorders, aches and complaints. Musculoskeletal Conditions or Disorders, also known as MSDs, are injuries and disorders that affect the human body’s movement or musculoskeletal system (i.e. muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, blood vessels, etc.).

Common conditions include, but are not limited to the following: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis, Epicondylitis (Tennis of Golfers Elbow), Muscle / Tendon Strain, Rotator Cuff Tendonitis, Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder), Acute Torticollis (Wry Neck), Epicondylitis, Trigger Finger/Thumb, Degenerative Disc Diseases, Thoracic Outlet Compression, Tension Neck Syndromes.

Massage also plays a role as a preventative measure, particularly in terms of reducing the occurrence of conditions (such a tension headaches or migraines that have a musculoskeletal origin), ensuring soft tissues do not contribute to nerve compression and impingement, and in reducing or alleviating chronic pain.

What to Expect?
The first treatment will involve a short interview to discuss your medical history, concerns and any current pain. All treatments are unique and aim to address and focus on treating the presenting condition and any contributing factors.

Your provider will also discuss any potential contributing factors, some of which may include repetitive motion, static postural factors, unhealthy habits, limited rest and recovery, poor fitness levels and a history of previous injury.



Chinese herbal medicine is a comprehensive form of medicine that can
effectively address a wide variety of conditions.

It may be used to treat absolutely anybody – people of all ages, people of any condition, illness, or injury.

Chinese herbs work synergistically with acupuncture. Used safely and medically for thousands of years, Chinese herbs should have no side effects when correctly prescribed by a trained herbalist. They are usually combined in classical formulas and customized as appropriate for each patient’s respective diagnosis and physical conditions.


A Naturopathic Doctor (ND) is trained to treat illness and establish optimal health by supporting a person’s inherent self-healing process.  Rather than suppressing symptoms, naturopathic doctors work to identify underlying causes of illness, and develop personalized treatment plans to address them.

For a Naturopathic doctor everything starts with re-establishing the basis for health including lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, and sleep, as well as managing stress, as these basics can make a huge difference in one’s health and sometimes prevent/reverse illness all on their own.

Naturopathic doctors are trained extensively in nutrition and dietary modification, botanical medicine, orthomolecular therapy (use of substances that occur naturally in the body such as vitamins, amino acids, minerals), massage therapy and other physical modalities, homeopathy, and hydrotherapy (a simple method of using contrasting hot/cold water to stimulate circulation and immune cells in the body).


The gifts of Yoga are numerous and varied.  Although yoga’s broader teachings touch on all aspects of life, it is the asana practice that has made it immensely popular around the globe.  Asana challenges the body and focuses the mind, while it’s philosophical principles encourage spiritual growth.


AH Yoga is Unique:

Boutique style, small and sophisticated

Limited students at a time to allow quality, individual attention

Allows for personal adjustments to ensure each asana is performed properly and aligned

Teaches and preps students for bigger classes to be attentive to their own personal bio-mechanics and avoid injuries

AH classes allow students to sink into and embody the essence of each asana

Monday Thursday
9:45 – 10:30am Yoga mOM 7 – 7:45pm Yoga mOM
10:45 – 11:45am ALL LEVELS 8- 8:45pm Yoga mOM

Yoga mOM

Yoga For Mamas of ALL Stages

Yoga mOM gives a mama 45 minutes of her own time and  space to clear her head. Yoga mOM allows mamas to take care of their bodies while creating a special bond with other moms free of guilt. The class consists of a full Hatha yoga and meditation practice for MOMS ONLY to allow a community to build and grow.


Drop In – $14

4 Package – $48 ($12 ea.)

All Levels

Experience a warm, safe space to discover, explore, and transform into your truest self through yoga and meditation.

The asana practice takes you on a journey of transformation. By paralleling the obstacles and challenges on the mat to every day life, you learn to breath through your life with no judgment and release your hidden potential within.


Drop In – $17

4 Package – $60 ($15 ea.)