About our work

In Chinese Medicine, Four Gates is a point combination which helps to maintain the free flow of qi and blood through our bodies. Opening the meridians, increasing circulation, decreasing pain and creating a feeling of relaxation, emotionally as well as physically.

Utilizing a wide range of practices, including acupuncture, massage, reiki and yoga, we treat individuals for all types of physical injury and disorders, as well as relieving side effects from medical issues, cancer treatments, surgery and medications

Every person is unique and so is each truly holistic session, which can include any number of modalities, combined as needed to achieve your unique and individual balance.

Experience the difference that a diverse and integrated practice, combining western, eastern, and alternative medicine, can do to restore health and well being in your life.

Our philosophy is your health, helping you achieve wellness on all levels-to be your physical, emotional and spiritual best





Find the therapy that fits your needs.


A manual therapy that manipulates the soft tissues and decreases muscle tension, pain, stress and depression.

Swedish • Shiatsu • Deep Tissue • Medical • Sports • PreNatal • Reflexology • Aromatherapy


Improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites--commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints.

Acupuncture • Guasha • Cupping • Electro Acupuncture • Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture


A healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch, to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being.


Reiki Level 1 and 2 Training


A mind-body practice that combines stretching exercises, controlled breathing and relaxation. Yoga can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve heart function.


Group Yoga Classes



Just to mention a few



  • Stimulates the nervous system, reduce muscles atrophy
  • Increases muscle tone
  • Stimulates the functions of the skin and organs
  • Sedates the nervous system, eases muscle tension, spasticity, stress-related symptoms and headaches
  • Boosts the functioning of the immune system, maintains health
  • Stimulates sluggish circulation or slow down the circulation and helps muscle recovery after an athletic event
  • Allows better range of motion, support connective tissue, muscle and joint strength and flexibility


  • Provides drug-free pain relief
  • Effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic ailments
  • Treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms
  • Sedates the nervous system, eases muscle tension, spasticity, stress-related symptoms and headaches
  • Provides an holistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions
  • Assists in the prevention against disease and illness as well as the maintenance of general well-being
  • Eliminates scars and scar tissue
  • Reduces wrinkles and the signs of aging


  • Creates deep relaxation and aids the body to release stress and tension
  • Accelerates the body’s self-healing abilities
  • Aids better sleep
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Can help with acute injuries and chronic problems
  • Aides the breaking of addictions
  • Helps relieve pain
  • Removes energy blockages, adjusts the energy flow of the endocrine system bringing the body into balance and harmony
  • Assists the body in cleaning itself from toxins
  • Reduces some of the side effects of drugs and helps the body to recover after surgery and chemotherapy
  • Supports the immune system
  • Increases vitality and postpones the aging process
  • Raises the vibrational frequency of the body
  • Helps to promote spiritual growth and emotional clearing


  • Stress relief
  • Increased strength, physical conditioning and improved posture
  • Weight loss and weight management
  • Increased overall energy
  • Improved sleep
  • Heightened mental and intuitive awareness
  • Improved hormonal balance
  • Whole body detoxification




Rita Valentino


Education & Licenses

  • Graduate of Swedish Institute, NYC - Massage Therapy
  • Licensed Massage Therapist, New York & National
  • Graduate of Tri-State College of Acupuncture - MS Acupuncture
  • Licensed Acupuncturist - New York & Connecticut
  • Registered Yoga Instructor - 500 Hours - Yoga Alliance
  • Certified Reiki Master and Teacher
  • Licensed Registered Nurse- BSN - New York & Connecticut

    It has been my dream since starting my education in massage and acupuncture to help guide others in connecting to their bodies, to elicit a sense of healing and well being. Since beginning my practice, I have witnessed the profound effects of massage therapy and acupuncture, both physically and emotionally. Not only do these therapies help to heal and prevent injuries, they induce a state of calm connection between mind and body, bringing an awareness that leads to the balance and harmony of both. I am a registered nurse with training in yoga and reiki as well rounding out a fully integrative practice. I love what I do and I think my clients feel that. The merging of skill and compassion is what I wish to convey in every session.

    Rita Valentino

    Questions and Answers

    We answer your questions

    Too many to list here, but check out the Benefits section for a general idea or contact me with your specific concerns.

    That is hard to say because every illness and person is different. There have been some patients that have become free of chronic pain and found relief after only one or a few treatments.

    I would have to describe it as a "tingling" sensation or slight discomfort. The answer is not so simple because, everyone's body is different. It doesn't hurt as much as you may be thinking and we do our best to minimize "pain" according to each patient.

    I will do my best to take insurance but, understand that your policy may not cover massage and acupuncture. Other options may include Health Savings Accounts and reimbursement policies We can check your benefits before your first visit.

    Costs vary according to time of session, type and location - home visits would include travel time. Contact us for rates and available promotions.


    • As a Physical Therapist I am very critical of whoever works on me and probably notice things others don't. I have to say that Rita is always professional, yet personable and very good at what she does. I would recommend her to anyone.

      Jeroen K.
    • From her voice to her hands, Rita soothes and heals the body with mindfulness; I leave feeling renewed and the beneficiary of her gifts.

      Wendee N.
    • I have had many massages over the years with very experienced therapists and I can honestly say that Rita is the best. My aching muscles are always 100 percent better when I finish a session with her. She is very professionsal and a lovely person as well. I would send my friends to her any day!

      Nancy T.
    • I've been to many massage therapists over the years, many have come and gone. My loyalty is to Rita. She simply knows how to read my mental and physical states, bring all of my elements together and place them into a higher place.

      Bill S. entrepreneur
    • I met Rita when my neck was totally in spasm. She was able to work out the kinks within 1 hour and I've been hooked ever since. Since that time, she has become licensed in Acupuncture which she used to relieve a terrible muscle pull in my back. I highly recommend her style of combining Acupuncture with Massage. She's just the best!!!

      Liz G.
    • I was amazed by how much better I felt after an acupuncture and massage session with Rita during one of my frequent stiff neck/back episodes. When she was finished, the pain was gone and I had complete ease of movement. I have tried numerous remedies over the years to combat the major discomfort I feel and nothing has ever helped in the way the session with Rita did. Perhaps the best part was that I remained loose and pain-free for months after the session – the longest I have ever gone without any back or neck issues. My only regret is that I live in Florida – too far away for another session!

      Melanie M.
    • I had a frozen shoulder for over a year that would not respond to physical therapy or cortisone shot treatments. Rita very quickly identified the problem and used Gua Sha. Following only one treatment, I regained significant movement in my shoulder and following a second I had nearly full range of motion. In two one-hour sessions, Rita was able to relieve my pain, return movement and restore normalcy to my life.

    • Having come through a battle with cancer, I found myself riddled with neuropathy as a side effect of powerful chemo treatments. My hands and feet were numb and almost useless. My sense of touch was shattered and being a musician by trade, my life as I had known it was over…I couldn’t play a guitar, couldn’t play a piano, couldn’t hold a pencil or pick up a quarter from the floor. Rita approached my neuropathy with a calm, confident and very pro-active attitude. She used several different therapies with me and we approached every treatment as a team In a few months time, I’ve gone from being almost paralyzed to having a good percentage of my movement back. Most importantly, I’m able to be a musician again…my hands, which couldn’t function for all the neuropathy, can play some guitar and piano again, I can button my shirts and tie my shoes. My feet, having improved, I can now walk like a man again, not waddle and stumble. Many doctors and nurses saved my life from cancer, Rita has saved my life a second time. Her attitude is straightforward, upfront, gracious and friendly. It is also inspiring that when I was depressed and full of anxiety for my future, she almost single handedly kept me afloat…I’m very lucky and grateful we crossed paths.

    • I have known Rita for 15 years and in that time have had dozens of massages and acupuncture sessions with her. She is guided by her extraordinary intuition and years of training which allow her to focus on your individual needs. Her approach is holistic and personal. A session with her is more than relaxing and therapeutic massage, but she also offers guidance on posture, functional movement and nutrition. Her warmth and approachability puts you instantly at ease. After a session with her, I feel physically relaxed, balanced and have an overall sense of well being.

      Karyn W.
    • Rita provides a holistic approach to help heal physical and emotional needs of her patients. I myself am a cancer survivor, and have benefited greatly from the treatment program she designed for me, from Reiki and expert massage therapy, as well as changes to diet and exercise to improve my health. I highly recommend her.

      Stephen R.
    • I call Rita the Miracle Healer. I used to think of massage as a luxury, but when Rita cured a stiff neck that had been bothering me for several months, I began to change my attitude. I am over 60, and I like to exercise. I now think of massage as essential preventive care that keeps me from injuring myself and treats problems that would limit my activities. Just this week, I called Rita in a panic. My shoulder was very sore and I was taking ibuprofen and trying not to use the shoulder at all. It was still quite painful, and I had to skip my classes. Rita responded immediately and treated my shoulder (and the other “usual suspects”). It still hurt when she finished, but she assured me that the muscle would relax by the following morning. The next day, I sent her this e mail message: :) :) :) :) , then went off to exercise class.

      Jennifer B.
    • Rita gives the most incredibly relaxing massage experience one could ask for... everything about the experience is ZEN. The aromas & sounds in the room, her firm touch and gentle manner all combine to melt away stress and tension; you feel like a new person when you leave and that feeling lasts a long time afterward.

      Rick C.
    • The sentence, “One tick bite can change your life forever” rings all too true for this 39 year old mother of two little boys. I did not understand my symptoms at the time; I just knew in my gut that something was very wrong. After seeing countless doctors and specialists in all areas of medicine, I finally tested positive for Lyme disease and began the journey to regain my health which took close to two years. Six months of different antibiotics and a weakened immune system started to bring to the surface more health issues that lasted for months at a time. It was taxing on the body, physically but also mentally. I hit a plateau at a certain point of my recovery. I felt as though I only reached the 85% better mark consistently. I felt hopeless. I started to realize, that if I wanted to return to good health, I had to rely on more than doctor prescriptions. There are three things that got me full recovery and I am so very grateful that at that moment in my life, they entered as if planned by divine intervention. First, I had to get back to a good place spiritually and mentally. Reiki and meditation really helped with this. I had never been a believer but after this experience, I realized the very important role this played in my recovery and still does today. The second was eating well and sticking to it. The third and most surprising to me was massage. I remember feeling tired for almost two days after my first massage session. I could almost feel the toxins leaving my tissues and muscles. After three months of weekly massages, I reached 100% recovery. I couldn’t believe it but I would highly recommend it to anyone who takes medicine for extended periods or has stress from an illness. I am forever grateful and thankful to Rita for her help in my recovery.

      Jennifer L.
    • My 17 year old daughter has been in chronic pain since having surgery for a scapular bone lesion 4 months earlier. Each time we returned to the medical doctors the only solution they would offer was additional medication, which did not work. At my wits end, we searched for alternative pain relief. Before this experience I was quite skeptical of acupuncture. It was AMAZING! After the first session with Rita, I had my happy child back.

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    Contact Information

    • Address246 Federal Rd, C23A
      Brookfield, CT 06804
    • Phone & Email203 512-2082
    • InsuranceWe do accept medical insurance, unless policy does not provide coverage or has conditions we cannot accept. Insurance claims and billing is provided by a professional insurance claims and billing company and not processed at the clinic.