Dating back thousands of years, is thought to be one of the oldest forms of medicine in the world. Acupuncture itself involves various techniques of stimulating points on the body. Most commonly used and well known among acupuncture techniques is the penetration of the skin with small, sterile, disposable needles. Stimulating these specific points restores and maintains the balance of the body, mind and emotions.
Cupping involves the use of either a glass or plastic cup in which a vacuum has been produced by either the application of heat or by a pump. When the cup is applied to the skin’s surface the suction created by the vacuum aids in pulling toxic build from the muscle tissue. As pathogenic toxins are released from the underlying tissues and brought to the surface of the skin the body is then able to eliminate them much more efficiently. This also allows fresh, oxygenated blood to circulate more freely and more efficiently nourish the body’s tissues.
Auricular Acupuncture (PIC) is a style of acupuncture in which needles are placed on the external portion of the ear. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the whole body is represented as a microcosm on the ear. Auricular acupuncture can be used as both a standalone treatment or as an adjunct to full body acupuncture.
Herbal Therapy involves herbal formulas which are prescribed based on a client’s Chinese medical diagnosis. The power of an herbal formula lies in the fact that it has been designed specifically for the individual in order to restore health and balance by treating the root of a client’s condition not just masking symptoms. The formula prescribed maybe in the form of a tincture, pill or raw or powdered herb blend which is then prepared as a tea. Herbs are considered to have few or no side effects compared to western pharmaceuticals.
Gua Sha involves long sweeping strokes along an aspect of the body with a small tool which results in small petechiae called sha. The sha generally fades within 2-3 days after treatment. Gua Sha removes blood stagnation, promotes normal circulation and metabolic processes. Many times the client experiences immediate relief from pain, stiffness, fever, chills, cough, nausea and other forms of inflammation. Gua sha can be used for acute and chronic conditions.
For over half a century, people have been turning to Rolfing for various reasons: relief of chronic/acute pain, poor posture, headaches, improved athletic performance and better balance and mobility. By living in a state of injury or pattern dysfunction, we perpetuate states of discomfort and inherit the belief system that 'everyday pain' is part if life. Rolfing can help to 'reboot' the body, so that it is once again fluid, effective and efficient.