Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into acupuncture points along channels or “meridians” within the body. These meridians are similar to a fiberoptic network that runs through fascia, the connective tissue between the skin and the muscles. The points used have been shown to be effective in therapy over the past 2000 years. Stimulation of these points creates an endorphin and serotonin release into the blood stream, and also increases blood flow to the insertion site. When these chemicals are released into the blood stream and circulation is improved, the body can more readily heal itself.
Cupping is a great way to help release chronic muscle tension all over the body, but it can also help loosen up lungs after illness such as pneumonia or bronchitis, as well as assist with chronic constipation. In fire cupping, the flame is used to create a vacuum in the cup, then the cup is placed over the skin. The vacuum creates a deep and gentle pull on the skin surface. Many of my clients report breathing easier after a cupping session.
Moxibustion is the use of Artemesia Vulgaris, or Mugwort, to strengthen the body's system. Small rice-grain sized pieces are used and burned over specific acupuncture points to stimulate balance in the body. This herb has deep-heating properties and is especially useful in the treatment of individuals with depleted immune systems or conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome. Clients continually comment on a very comfortable feeling of warmth in the area of treatment.
Electrical stimulation can be used for many purposes, the most common being pain and neuropathy. Acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points and then electrodes are attached to the needles. A gentle current is used to stimulate muscle tension and release. Clients report feeling a gentle tapping sensation at the site of treatment.
Gua sha is a technique that is most commonly used for acute stagnation of energy in the body, for example a pulled hamstring or tight neck, but it also has other uses, such as fever reduction and treatment of headaches and migraine. A round-edged instrument is used to stimulate the skin surface in a stroking motion, so that small red dots, or petechiae appear. This acts to improve circulation and release heat at the sight. For more information and pictures on gua sha, visit Arya Nielsen's website.
Both of these types of Asian Bodywork are based on restoring balance to the meridians of the body. They are used to open the meridians, and are often treated before needles are inserted to encourage energy flow around the points chosen during an acupuncture session. Here is an interesting introduction to Shiatsu, and here is one on Tui Na .
Our bodies are quite adept at repairing themselves. We use methods that aid natural healing with modalities like acupuncture, nutrition, laser therapy and physical manipulations, like gua sha and cupping.
We view nutrition as a significant contributor to our health! The foods we eat can assist our health journey or detract from it. In our sessions, food ideas to increase and those to avoid are discussed, depending on each client’s individual needs. Nutrition is a vital part of how we take care of ourselves!
Our goal is to provide alternative medical care that will reverse and prevent disease using the fundamental healing principles of the body.