Chinese Medicine is an ancient science that originated approximately 3,000 years ago. It includes a myriad of therapies such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, and cupping. Chinese medicine uses the innate intelligence of the body to redirect the body’s energy (Qi) – your human body is basically a genius who, when in optimal balance, knows exactly how to organize and sort each cell, hormone, and nerve signal to create a functioning magical being: you!
Acupuncture is the insertion of very thin needles at specific points in the body. It has been proven to be a safe, cost-effective, and just plain EFFECTIVE approach to innumerable symptoms such as pain, digestive disorders, insomnia, emotional/mood imbalances, menopause, infertility, and more.
The needles stimulate the central nervous system to release neurotransmitters, efficiently reducing pain and inflammation, as well as bringing balance to the hormonal levels in the body. In Chinese medical theory, imbalances (physical, mental, and energetic) arise due to an excess or a deficiency.
An excess can be thought of as a stagnation or a “stuck-ness.” When too much stagnation is accumulated in one spot, the energy cannot flow freely. The needle in this case would be a signal to the body to move what is stuck. A deficiency, on the other hand, is a lack of Qi or nourishment in a certain spot. In this case, the needle gives a signal to the body that this is the squeaky wheel, and it needs some grease, some get-up-and-go!
An acupuncturist approaches each patient as a unique puzzle. Depending on your constitution, you may feel energized after a treatment, or you might feel utterly relaxed. Digestion, sleep, and pain levels can be noticeably improved, with a cumulative effect after several treatments. While it’s fine to just experience one treatment out of curiosity, most ailments take several treatments to reach a more effective resolution.
Your initial acupuncture session includes an extensive intake which is used to build a complete picture of your constitution. Even if you are just coming in for shoulder pain, there’s a good chance that with just a couple more points, your sleep, digestion, or mood could easily be improved. Furthermore, in Chinese Medicine, underlying or unknown factors could be contributing to your chief complaint.
Follow up sessions build upon previous treatments to further your healing. ($50 savings with the purchase of a 5-pack.)
Combine one-on-one yogic and breathwork instruction with acupuncture to get your qi flowing. Sessions are tailored towards each individual depending on their chief concern, which can range from physical pain, mental-emotional issues, or energetic shifts. (Does not include initial consult.)
Fewer and smaller gauge needles can always be used at your request, but for those who are truly filled with fear at the prospect of an acupuncture session, you can be treated with acupressure, essential oils, and possibly cupping or moxibustion depending on your specific ailment.
Lifestyle and herbal recommendations are included in acupuncture treatments, but they can be a separate service if you are not interested in receiving acupuncture, or if you just want to dip a toe into the realm of Oriental Medicine. Most any ailment can be improved with nutrition and lifestyle tweaks, while in some cases herbal prescriptions can be the most pivotal aspect of healing.
Cupping, ushered into the spotlight by the champion swimmer Michael Phelps, originated in ancient China as a method to reduce pain and tightness in the muscles and fascia. Heat from a flame creates suction in a rounded cup, which is then placed on the area of tension. It works like a painless, reverse-deep-tissue vacuum to pull the skin, muscle, and connective tissue into the cup as an effective release to stubborn muscle aches.
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