Michael Shapiro


What is IMMA?
IMMA is the conceptual model for Dr. Michael Shapiro’s method of facilitating healing and educational system, to alleviate pain and stress.

IMMA was created to help leaders of every community and organization actualize the change they seek. By starting from a place of working on oneself, leaders are guided on how to get out of their own way so they can then pursue their self-determined path. Learning how to strengthen and leverage their inner-resources has deep and far reach with a direct ripple-effect on the community they lead.

A foundational aspect to the IMMA approach is the pursuit of Somatic Intelligence. Like all other lines of development (eg; cognitive-mental (IQ), spiritual, emotional(EQ)), the somatic, body-based, or bottom-up intelligence can be nurtured in substantial ways which lead to reduction of pain, better management of stress, reduced burnout.

What makes IMMA unique is the systematic approach to cultivating health and wellbeing. Through the combination of modern science and ancient wisdom come special opportunities for change to be made and experienced going forward.

The Practice

IMMA is a syncretic acupuncture, touch, movement, and mindfulness therapy practice developed by Dr. Michael Shapiro, DACM, MSMBM, L.Ac., LMT, BCSI, CLT, CPT, FRCms, CES, CNLP, CHT.

Since 2009, Michael has been in practice and has helped hundreds of patients, clients, and organizations. Utilizing therapy for pain and stress reduction, coaching for guidance though challenging transitions, and consulting skills to implement organizational change in regards to wellbeing in the work place, a diverse set of resources are made available to you.

Since 2009, Michael has been in practice and has helped hundreds of patients, clients, and organizations. Providing therapy for pain and stress reduction, guidance through challenging transitions, and implementation techniques for improving the well-being in the work place, a diverse set of resources are made available to you.

IMMA Method provides a platform for both healing personally and teaching others. Whether training for optimization or therapy for healing, IMMA is a resource to buy back time by optimizing yourself.

One-on-one Appointments are available both online and live in offices located in Midtown, Manhattan and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In-home appointments extending to include Queens and Long Island may also be available upon request.

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Dr. Michael Shapiro grew up in New York City where he was raised in a multi-cultural household that was designed for maximum exposure to the wonder of life.

Despite Michael’s efforts to dispute and differentiate ultimate truths from beliefs a few life lessons continuously present themselves. One being, that we are nature witnessing itself, usually in ecstatic perpetual motion.

The IMMA name originates from the Hebrew word for mother (pronounced EE-muh) a term Michael closely relates to the concept of Source energy.

Since the beginning, what has made the IMMA method unique is that rather than focusing on things that cannot be fixed the approach focuses on upgrading the functional capacity of the major systems of the body in respect to the natural order.

Michael has helped thousands of clients ranging from eminent scientists to pro-athletes, A-list celebrities to their personal trainers and everyone in between.

Doctorate – Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Master of Science – Mind-Body Medicine
Masters of Science – Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture
Licensed & Board Certified Acupuncturist
Licensed Massage Therapist
Board Certified Structural Integrator
Certified Clinical Hypnosis Practitioner
Certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming Coach
Certified Personal Trainer
Corrective Exercise Specialist
Certified Lymphatic Therapist
Functional Range Conditioning mobility specialist
Active Isolated Stretching and Strengthening certified