Acupuncture works to find the root causes of disease. Instead of looking only at symptoms,
acupuncturists use various techniques of observation (pulse diagnosis, tongue diagnosis,
palpation, etc.) to determine the unique state of imbalance (a patient’s “pattern”) that exists
beneath these symptoms. Once a patient’s pattern is determined, treatments can be tailored to
fit that individual’s specific needs. For example, 10 people could all report low back pain and
each of those people could have a different “pattern”, a different state of imbalance. So even
though people may present with similar symptoms, the individual treatments will look different
person to person depending on their pattern.
Acupuncture is an ancient technique based in eastern tradition that
has been utilized for over 4,000 years. Through the insertion of small, thin needles, acupuncture
can tap into all of an individual’s internal systems (Acupuncture sessions can also include non-
needle techniques ;)) Using a holistic approach, acupuncture takes the whole individual into
consideration, aiming to reestablish an internal balance. Acupuncture is gentle, safe and—despite
misconceptions—incredibly versatile, with the ability to heal a wide variety of afflictions.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) incorporates
customized herbal prescriptions into its complete medical system. Just like acupuncture,
Chinese herbs work to restore the internal systems of the body. With herbs, we utilize the
unique medicinal qualities of specific herbal combinations to promote the balance of the body’s
energetic forces (Yin and Yang). Acupuncture and herbal medicine pair nicely, and can
accelerate the healing process when utilized together.
Shiatsu is a form of traditional Japanese bodywork based in
Chinese medicine concepts such as acupuncture points and channels. The word Shi-atsu means
“finger pressure” in Japanese. A typical treatment involves a trained practitioner using hand
and finger pressure over specific acupuncture points and channels. Shiatsu sessions can be
uniquely tailored to fit the client’s needs. A full session usually incorporates the entire body
with the client remaining fully clothed. Hannah also incorporates some shiatsu into her
Fire cupping is another ancient technique that is still used today.
The process involves placing special cups on the skin for a few minutes to create suction that
gentle pulls the tissues upward. Cupping can be used for a variety of ailments and can help
relax muscle pain and tension, increase blood flow, promote the circulation of lymph, and help
break up adhesions and scar tissue. The sensations are typically described as a type of deep-
tissue massage that leaves you feeling relaxed.
Gua Sha (sometimes called “coining, or spooning”) is another massage
technique that has similar benefits and sensations as cupping but the technique is a little
different. Gua sha involves gently scrapping the surface of the skin with a small tool, usually a
ceramic spoon or piece of smooth metal or stone. Typical treatment locations include the neck,
back, and shoulders or over other large areas of muscle.
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