Upon insertion, Acupuncture causes Qi to gather at the points that are needled. Sensations can also sometimes be felt in other parts of the body which seem unrelated, but are actually areas where meridians and energetic pathways flow. The sensation of Qi can feel like an achiness, warmth, or slight tingling at the point.
Don’t let the fear of needles turn you away. Acupuncture needles are hair-thin and practitioners are trained extensively on insertion technique to create a comfortable and relaxing experience. The needles used are FDA approved, sterile, disposable, non-toxic and single-use.
The Usui System of Reiki Healing is an ancient healing art that was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in the early 1900s. Reiki can be translated to mean Universal Life Energy. The Usui system of Reiki allows us to act as a channel for this healing and life-sustaining energy. A hands on process, Reiki brings the body back into a state of balance, restores emotional harmony, and allows reconnection with spirit.
This treatment technique utilizes small glass or plastic cups used as a vehicle for suction that are placed on various parts of the body. This technique works to break up congestion, relive muscle tension, and smooth out the fascial system. The cupping technique helps to break up stagnation and restore smooth flow of Qi to the areas of the body that are in pain.
Athletes demonstrated the benefits of cupping at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Check out more about that here.
This Traditional Chinese Medicine technique involves the burning of a dried herb called mugwort close to, but not touching, the skin in order to warm up an area of the body. TCM views pain as a product of cold invading the body, or stagnation. Moxibustion (or Moxa for short), is helpful to expel cold and invigorate areas prone to stagnation. This technique is great for pain, fertility, menstrual regulation, and digestive disorders.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the oldest and best researched systems of plant based medicine in the world. Armed with thousands of years of experienced, a vast pharmacopeia, and modern clinical research; Chinese Herbs can be a powerful tool in helping resolve disease and regulating internal disharmonies.
Japanese Pediatric Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques called Shonishin. Shonishin literally translates to “little children needle.” These techniques use a variety of tools to gently stimulate acupuncture points and meridians without penetrating the skin. Because children are still developing, it is said they are in the “yang” stage of their life. Their energy moves and responds more quickly than adults. Because of this, gentle treatments are very effective in generating great results. These techniques are designed to harmonize and boost a child’s vital energy. The goal with Shonishin, as with all acupuncture treatments, is to correct underlying imbalances, not just suppress symptoms. This holistic approach not only resolves current issues, but fortifies the body for the future.
Sessions start with a health history of the child and a discussion of any potential issues parents and children want to work on. Shonishin treatments are about 15-20 minutes and involve techniques of stroking, rubbing, pressing and tapping on various acupuncture meridians and points.