Very fine stainless steel needles are shallowly inserted into various points on the body to restore balance of the meridian system. Japanese traditions rely on precision and extremely gentle needle techniques.
Moxa, also known as mugwort, or Atremesia Vulgaris, is an herb burned on or above the skin to warm and stimulate acupuoints and meridians.
Tui Na and Acupressure
Chinese Medical Massage, or Tui Na, is a manual therapy that relaxes the muscles, moves stuck energy, and restores blood flow to blocked areas. Acupressure uses specific points or channels to stimulate change.
Gua Sha & Cupping
Gua Sha, also called coining or scraping, is a technique used in Traditional East Asian Medicine that involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation. The skin is pressured, in strokes, by a round-edged instrument. The result is small red petechiae called "Sha", that will fade in 2-3 days.
Fire cupping, or cupping, is a form of traditional medicine used in many cultures worldwide, including my family from the Ukraine! Cups containing reduced air pressure (suction) are placed on the skin. This technique, like Gua Sha, brings stagnation to the surface so that the body can send fresh blood to the area.
Therapeutic grade essential oils may be applied topically, or recommended in a blend for home use.
The Qi of a growing child moves quickly. Issues arise suddenly and heal rapidly. Shonishin is a traditional Japanese pediatric modality that uses small specialized tools to stroke, rub, tap and press the skin. Other non-needling techniques are used to create an atmosphere of wonder and play for your child.
Hatha yoga (postures), pranayama (breathing practices), and meditation all work wonderfully in conjunction with acupuncture care. Restorative yoga postures, breath work, and Kriyas (cleansing practices) such as Neti wash may be recommended.