Jonathan Gissel MSA,L.Ac., Dipl.Ac, TBM, CST-D

About Me

As a Licensed Acupuncturist I see our innate inner wisdom through the metaphoric lens of Classical Asian Medicine. This fundamentally guides my practice both in the understanding and the application of Classical Acupuncture and Functional Physiology. The application of Acupuncture Principles and techniques to CranioSacral Therapy (UMAC), Total Body Modification (TBM), and Functional Nutritional tools bridge the gap between injury and trauma to recovery and wellness.


 I am a 2002 graduate of Bastyr University. Following graduation I started my quest to find masters in Classical Acupuncture, Functional Physiology, and CST to study with. I specialize in blending Master Tung's Advanced Acupuncture with UMAC, and TBM. Studying Master Tung’s system, that is one of the very few remaining Classical Family Styles of acupuncture, has allowed me to broadened my approach to the application of CST / UMAC. Please visit my website for more information about Master Tung and my approach to bring all these systems together.


 Even at the start of my time at Bastyr I was blending Acupuncture with CST. While in my first few years of practice I met and started to study with Ken Koles the developer of the UMAC courses. Since that first meeting I have continued to develop my practice around the blending of UMAC, TBM, and Master Tung. I have more specific information at my website.


 Since 2016 I have stepped into the roll of UMAC 1 Instrutor and development of the materials such as the UMAC Menuing Chart and the UMAC Chakra Chart.

My Skills


UMAC (Unwinding Meridians Applied to CranioSacral Therapy) / CST:

TBM (Total Body Modification): 

     Addresses the body, mind, and brain as a functional adaptive system. The key point to TBM is understanding what is leading to the "functional" restrictions of the body system as a whole. TBM sets out to return the functional adaptation of a patients body and mind back "on" by activating a tested set of reflex points.

While many different styles of therapy are able to address the cognitive impact of emotional traumas, stress, belief patterns, and genetically passed down behaviors, TBM addresses the physiological impact of these.

The reoccurring stresses of life can set the stage for an individual to become stuck in the sympathetic dominate pattern of "fight, flight, and freeze." With TBM a patient is able to directly address the physiological presentation of this pattern by up regulating the parasympathetic system. Once the parasympathetic system is able to up and down regulate itself, then the additional physiologic situations can be addressed. By resetting a patients system the tools and skills that they have learned during other therapies can be accessed and utilized without the physiological noise and background distractions. Then by blending UMAC/CST, Master Tung's Acupuncture ,and TBM the patients can listen to their bodies cues and utilizes them as a functional tool instead of a hindrance to their overall physiological, mental, and spiritual health.

Articles & Books Written

Unwinding Merdians Menuing chart.


 Unwinding Merdians Chakra and Merdians chart.


Professional Associations / Memberships

NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medician)

Available for patients

Case studies, easy to understand explanations about the CranioSacral System, Visceral Manipulation, products to use between sessions, and much more.

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