Acupuncture, Cupping and Acupressure

​​​Acupuncture, acupressure and cupping are deeply rejuvenating and therapeutic. It is a holistic therapy that works physically, emotionally and mentally. In one healing session, patients may experience any number of modalities including, heat therapy, acupressure, massage, myofascial release, essential oil therapy, breathing and visualization instruction. Beautiful music accompanies the rest periods and is designed to encourage deep relaxation. 

Acupuncture - The ancient Chinese identified an entire body map of pressure points that affect various physical functions. Combinations of these points can be applied simultaneously to address a wide variety of health needs. Pain syndromes, injuries, arthritis, menstrual irregularities and discomfort, insomnia, appetite imbalances, stress, low energy, inflammation and bowel irregularities are just some of the many conditions that are addressed with acupuncture. A gentle needle technique is used and all needles are sterile for single use only. 

Reflexology - According to many traditional healing systems around the world, particular parts of the body contain maps that connect with the entire body. The bottom of the foot is the most commonly recognized body map and yet those maps are also located in the ears, palms of the hands, scalp, face, tongue and abdomen. This therapeutic principle is based upon the idea that the macrocosm exists in the microcosm. Interestingly, modern medicine makes use of this idea when it utilizes one strand of hair or one skin sample to reveal the entire DNA code of the individual. In traditional medicine, this principle is taken further than just diagnosis by applying therapy to the areas represented on the map. For example, in what may feel like a simple foot massage, the practitioner may be reflexologically stimulating each of the organs and sensory organs. 

Cupping - Cupping is an refreshing healing modalities that has been used in Asia as well as Central and South America, Russia and even in the United States. It involves the placement of suction cups in strategic areas along the muscles on the back. Not only does this cause the muscles and the underlying tissues to stretch, when the cups are removed, it encourages a flood of renewed blood and fluid circulation. It is most commonly used for detoxification, the resolution of colds and flu and pain syndromes. 

Auricular Acupuncture - While the ancient Chinese established the platform for auricular acupuncture, the primary modern use of it was developed by a French neurologist named Dr. Paul Nogier in the 1950's. He published a system of research known as the Vascular Autonomic Signal, which can be defined as a distinct and measurable change in the amplitude of the pulse, that can be felt with the tip of the thumb at the radial artery. According to his research, this mechanism, would only produce a signal when new stimulation is introduced to the patient's electromagnetic field. Through his efforts of matching resonances using this signal we could detect which points on the ear microsystem were active and therefore appropriate for therapeutic stimulation. Currently, a wide variety of conditions and symptoms are treated with auricular acupuncture including pain, depression, addiction, insomnia, paralysis, digestion dental pain and much more. Therapy can be applied with needles, electro-acupuncture, acupressure, electro-acupressure and massage. 

Scalp Massage - As with the ears and feet, the scalp contains a map of the entire body. The skull is surrounded by muscle that are often tense, thus negatively influencing the shoulders, jaw, face, neck and hair follicles . Additionally, it is possible to work with the scalp reflex points to stimulate the entire body and brain.  Scalp massage plays an integral role in many of the acupuncture treatments and results in deeper relaxation. 

Essential Oils - Most treatments involve the use of  therapeutic essential oils for the purpose of relaxation, circulation, reduction of inflammation, opening the sinuses or addressing cold and flu. Essential oils can be applied to acupuncture points, meridians, reflex points and muscles as needed.