Gua Sha/ Cupping
Cupping uses glass cups to create suction on the body. It can affect the body up to four inches into the tissue, causing the tissues to release toxins, activating the lymphatic system, and promoting the circulation of blood.
Gua sha roughly translated means to scrape wind. It also releases unhealthy elements from injured or stagnant areas and stimulates blood flow and healing. These techniques excel at pain resolution and the treatment of respiratory conditions.
Hair-thin, sterile, disposable needles are placed in strategic points on the body. Typically people experience heavy, achy, warm, tingling, or no sensation at the location of the needles. Often people fall asleep or enter a deeply meditative space.
The Classical View
The human body is a microcosm of the natural world. We contain mountains, valleys, rivers, and oceans. The meridians or channels are the waterways that carry life-giving qi and blood to the other aspects of our bodies. Like in streams, the flow of water might be blocked by a fallen log that creates a dam while in us. This blockage can come from injury, stress, exposure to weather, or improper diet. We begin to have places of excess (pain, congestion, inflammation) and places of deficiency (numbness, discoloration, coldness). If we can remove the blockages, the qi will again flow freely. Our bodies want to remove these blockages and just a little bit of assistance in opening can have a big impact.
The Scientific View
Acupuncture affects the nervous system which can help to re-establish the signaling system in our bodies. Through the nervous system, the hormonal system is affected via the adrenal gland which makes connections to every cell and system in the body. Acupuncture points are located near cranial nerves, spinal nerves, and their terminals and through their stimulation neurotransmitters are released from primary sensory neurons. Acupuncture also has an effect on endorphins which have been shown to alleviate pain.
60 or 90 minutes of eclectic massage based on what your body needs. Modalities may include cupping, gua sha, hot stone, CranioSacral therapy, essential oil blends or myofascial release.
Inital Acupuncture Visit
We begin with a thorough health history, tongue and pulse diagnosis to determine your treatment plan.
Then, sterile, disposable, hair-thin needles are placed in strategic points on the body. Typically people experience heavy, achy, warm, tingling, or no sensation at the location of the needles. Often people fall asleep or enter a meditative space.
Depending on your unique presentation, moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, massage, essential oils or other techniques may be used to enhance your treatment. Herbal formulas and nutritional suggestions will be given as needed.
Return Acupuncture Visit
Beginning with a short intake to discuss the progress you have made from the last treatment, we will then expand on your previous treatment to attain your health goals. Your treatment may include techniques such as massage, moxibustion, gua sha, or cupping.
90 minute Massage and Acupuncture
This is an extended 90 minute massage which may include the use of hot stones, gua sha, cupping, CranioSacral or other modalities. At the end of the massage, I will do a pulse diagnosis and then use acupuncture to give you a deeply healing experience. You must be an established acupuncture patient to receive this treatment.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.
CST focuses primarily on the concept of "primary respiration" and regulating the flow of cerebrospinal fluid by using therapeutic touch to manipulate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium.