Acupuncture is the ancient art of inserting fine needles into specific points along the body to influence the flow of Qi (the body's own vital energy). Acupuncture points are located on meridians or pathways that link different structures of the body and conduct the flow Qi. Damage to these pathways create symptoms like pain, fatigue and depression for example. Acupuncture aims to restore harmony to the body's systems by treating both the root or cause of the disharmony as well as the branch or symptoms. Acupuncturists use information supplied by tongue and pulse diagnosis to assess the health of the individual and to inform their application of needles. Acupuncture is known to have a sedative or relaxing effect on the nervous system. Patients often experience a general sense of calm and well-being during and after treatment. Treatments can easily be modified to Acupressure if preferred.
A Japanese word meaning "finger pressure", Shiatsu it is a form of massage therapy that employs sustained pressure on areas of the body and/or acupuncture points to create changes in the flow of Qi. This treatment can be performed on table or mat. Shiatsu practitioners use palpation and/or abdominal diagnosis to assess the overall health of the vital organs and tissues.
Cupping is a technique that uses glass, plastic and even bamboo and silicone cups to create suction over various parts of the body. This therapy is used to improve circulation of blood and lymph to restore function, reduce pain, strengthen the underlying tissue and promote healing.
Gua Sha is a type of massage technique that employs flat tools that gently scrape the muscle tissue with varying degrees of pressure to produce a reddening of the skin. This alleviates metabolic blockages and frees up the flow of Qi, blood and lymphatic fluid. Gua Sha can be used to stimulate the immune system as well as assist in the treatment of chronic pain conditions.
Similar to Acupressure, practitioners of Reflexology utilize points on the hands, feet and ears that correspond to different parts of the body. Reflexology is a relaxing yet effective way to treat the body from the inside out. It can be used in conjunction with herbal soaks and compresses for more specific results.
Qi Gong is a meditative Chinese martial art that links breath to movement creating a deep relaxing and calming effect on the body and the mind. It is suitable for all ages and can be incorporated easily into any busy schedule. If interested please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org