Acupuncture is an ancient practice of Traditional Chinese medicine that is believed to have originated in China over 5,000 years ago. It's based on the theory that energy (body fluids) flows through and around your body along pathways called meridians (tendons, sinews, arteries, veins and bones.) These pathways create an energy flow that is responsible for overall health. Acupuncture produces an increased level of endorphins, beneficial chemicals in the brain and body including endogenous opioids, serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline while all help the body reach a relaxed state and decrease pain. Treatments are effective at relieving conditions associated with headaches, migraines, chronic low back pain, knee pain associated with osteoarthritis, allergies, chemotherapy, nausea, and much more.
Therapeutic Cupping and or Gua Sha have been used for thousands of years for asthma, fever, pain, TMJ, sinus congestion and many other physical concerns. Cupping therapy and Gua Sha therapy is a modality that is effective at alleviating muscle pain, cough, chest tightness, asthma, fever, gastrointestinal disorders, overthinking and improves sleep.
Cupping: Either glass or plastic cups can be used to create a gentle suction onto the skin.
Gua Sha: Sometimes called ‘coining, spooning or scraping’, Gua sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called ‘sha’ representing extravasation of blood in the subcutis.This process increases blood circulation by loosening the fascia muscle/tissue and by moving lactic acid to encourage proper blood flow.
Somatic or Myofascial
Somatic Movement Therapy decreases pain and eliminates inflammation by releasing joint pressure and muscle tightness. This is often combined with Myofascial Release. Myofascial release therapy utilizes deep myofascial release techniques (techniques which work with the muscles and connective tissue) to realign the body and create ease and efficiency of movement.
These sessions are often organized into 3-10 treatment sessions scheduled relatively close together (best when combined with Acupuncture) during which the practitioner focuses on specific session goals and regions. Generally the first several treatments open and balance the outer more superficial layers of the body, working on strain patterns which disrupt balance, movement and ease in the body’s ‘sleeve’. This is followed by progressively deeper work to lengthen, balance and release the deeper ‘core’ layers where many of the longer held strain patterns can be found.
The combined treatments of Somatic Movement Therapy and Myofascial Release therapy are known for its long lasting results due to the comprehensive nature of the sessions. Patients feel longer and lighter, have a greater sense of ease and efficiency of movement, and have reduced pain. After the series of sessions, patients often receive follow up work at a more spread out interval. This depends on many factors, but often involves 1 session every several months.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a centuries old practice that is based on the principle that health is manifested from the inside out. It is a gentle, effective and safe way to combat the signs of aging and erase years from your face without the risk or downtime of surgery or injections. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture builds collagen, tones muscles, improves circulation, minimizes puffiness and prevents premature aging by stimulating blood flow to allow the organs, muscles and lymphatic system to function properly.
As you age, the 57 muscles in your face gradually lose their tone and mass. Acupuncture stimulates the muscle function, helps lift the face to a healthier, revitalized, youthful appearance. Hair thin needles are placed in the outside of the ear to induce relaxation, and body points are used which correspond the individual’s specific needs. There is a sense of well being as a flood of endorphins is released throughout the body. Once you are in a state of deep relaxation, needles are placed on the face in acupuncture points as well as wrinkles.
Facial Gua Sha
Facial Gua Sha is a technique in which specially crafted hand held pieces of smooth jade are used to invigorate the skin, smooth out wrinkles and increase blood supply. Facial Gua Sha can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions such as Acne, Rosacea, Melasma and dark circles. Facial Gua Sha is used as part of a comprehensive acupuncture facial rejuvenation program for wrinkles, sagging and puffiness. Facial Gua Sha can address areas such as the neck and jowls, which are prone to sagginess. The increased blood circulation, which occurs during Gua Sha, helps to detoxify the face and move stagnant blood and inflammation, which can occur under the eyes. By providing increased blood flow to the face, the skin is better nourished and healthier.
Facial Gua Sha can be offered as part of a comprehensive facial rejuvenation treatment or as a standalone session.
Facial cupping can be transformative to your appearance either as a standalone treatment, or as an addition to acupuncture facial rejuvenation. The benefits include increased local circulation to the skin, drawing nutrients to the surface and enhancing absorption of lotions or serums. Facial cupping also increases blood flow, drains stagnant fluids and eases puffiness. By increasing blood flow and circulation to the skin, cupping can help the skin to regain its youthful appearance.
This treatment will bring collagen to the surface, reduces puffiness & dark circles, diminish lines, drain nasal sinuses and lymphatic system. Conditions such as TMJ and sinus pressure are also relieved. Facial Rejuvenation cupping is entirely painless and is not an irritant to the skin; it can be used on rosacea, melasma and on sensitive skin.
Facial Cupping can be offered as part of a comprehensive facial rejuvenation treatment or as a standalone session.