Acupuncture & TCM
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Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for over three centuries. It is a complete healing system used to prevent and treat disease, to improve overall health and well being. It’s based on the theory that energy, blood, and oxygen (sometimes collectively referred to as Qi) flows through and around the body along specific channels via the fascial, nervous and vascular systems. Acupuncture is employed by inserting very thin, solid pre-sterilized needles into specific body points to produce a therapeutic effect.
Pain and other health conditions occur when your body’s vital substances are not flowing correctly. This incorrect flow creates an environment for imbalance and disease to manifest. Acupuncture is used to restore the proper flow of energy, blood, and oxygen through these channels.
Acupuncture also produces a wide range of natural pain relieving substances, natural anti-inflammatory chemistry, hormones and immune system enhancers, all without the need for outside drugs.
In short, acupuncture works by helping the body get more out of its own natural healing resources!
Think of your body as a garden and a water hose as your circulatory and nervous system. If there is a “kink” in the water hose, the life giving nutrients that the hose supplies the garden will be decreased and the plants will subsequently suffer. By removing the “kink” to the “water hose,” the “garden” will hydrate and flourish. Therefore, by removing what is interfering with our body’s ability to heal, we allow for more complete recovery and better health. A Chinese Medicine saying that summarizes this concept is as follows, “Where there is free flow, there is no pain; where there is no free flow, there is pain.
Electro acupuncture involves the application of gentle electric current to acupuncture needles to further stimulate the acupuncture points. The use of electro acupuncture provides controlled stimulation to the acupuncture points without causing tissue damage. It is used for the treatment of a wide range of ailments and is particularly useful for treating pain problems and chronic conditions.
If you are new to acupuncture, please schedule a 60 or 90 minute appointment. 60 and 90 minute sessions may include an evaluation, accessory treatments such as Tui Na, Fire Cupping, Gua Sha, Moxibustion, or Nutrition Counseling. This will be determined at the beginning of your treatment session.
Tui Na is therapeutic massage, used for both relaxation and treating illness. Tui Na massage manipulates pressure points, muscles, joints, and bones, and has a similar effect to acupuncture. This type of Traditional Eastern Medicine Bodywork is more vigorous than a classic massage and is a treatment that addresses specific patterns of disharmony.
Cupping, sometimes referred to as myofascial decompression, is a therapy in which special cups are applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws skin and muscle tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body to break down fascial adhesion & scar tissue as it delivers oxygenated blood to the area being worked, feeding it vital nutrients. Cupping is a great therapy for alleviating pain and tightness and promoting healing. It is commonly used for joint and muscle pain.
Gua Sha is an East Asian healing technique. “Gua” means to scrape or rub. “Sha” is a reddish , elevated, millet like skin rash (petechiae). Sha is used to describe blood stasis or stagnation in the subcutaneous tissue before and after it is raised as petechiae. Gua Sha is used when there is aching, tenderness and or a knotty feeling in the muscles. In addition to resolving musculoskeletal pain, Gua Sha is used to treat as well as prevent the common cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma, and most chronic disorders involving pain and congestion of Qi and blood.
In most cases the client feels an immediate shift in their pain or sense of constraint. Gua Sha promotes circulation and normalizes metabolic processes.
Thai Herbal Compress Treatment
Designed to relieve pain and inflammation, this remedy dates back more than 5,000 years in Thailand. Carefully selected therapeutic herbs, including ginger, turmeric, lemongrass and prai are wrapped in a muslin cloth in the shape of a ball and then steamed to form a heated compress. The heated application is then gently applied to areas of muscle aches and inflammation using circular movements, pressing, stamping and rolling.
This method can be done over old clothing or directly to the skin. If you decide to stay fully clothed for this treatment, we recommend wearing dark colors, as sometimes staining can occur.
The two herbal balls can be used up to 3 times and you are free to take them home with you to store them in your freezer, keeping them fresh. If you bring them back for another Thai Herbal Treatment, we will discount your service $15. After 3 sessions, you will have to pay full price for the service to include a new set of herbal compresses. You will also need to pay full price if you forget to bring your herbal compresses with you to your service and we need to supply a new set. You may also submerse your muslin-filled herbals into warm bath water but keep in mind they will no longer be able to be used in treatment sessions.