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Acupuncture

Acupuncture needles are inserted into the body at specific locations on energetic channels that connect areas of the body. Treatments will be tailored to your specific needs and acupuncture points area selected according to the ancient Chinese diagnosis of your condition. There will be approximately 4 to 20 needles inserted and they remain in place for 20 to 25 minutes.

When dressing for your treatment, choose loose-fitting clothes, preferably shorts and a t-shirt.

Moxibustion

Heated Moxa (Mugwort) is applied through many different techniques to open blockages, move trapped fluid, increase bloodflow, and warm areas of the body.  Moxa is indicated in a full range of disorders, including fluid retention, joint pain, nodules or lumps, digestive disorders, fatigue, weakness of limbs, low energy, and temperature imbalance, amongst many others.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha, meaning to scrape or scratch, intended to create redness, is a technique used for relieving tension and inflammation in the body and can be very effective in areas of pain or discomfort. Although it sounds like it could be an uncomfortable technique, most patients love it.

Dietary Therapy

Our dietary choices can be the most powerful tool, or the most harmful factor, in maintaining optimal health.  By understanding how our food choices directly affect how we feel, we can immediately affect change, without prescription pills or surgery.  According to Eastern Medicine theory, too much or too little of a specific food can create specific pathologies.  Combined with acupuncture and other Chinese medical modalities, a natural balance can be restored with the right food choices, relieving pain, repairing digestion and increasing general wellbeing.  Natalie personally assesses each client’s diet and equips them with a dietary plan for success.

Cupping

This is an ancient Chinese technique where cups are applied to the skin.  By creating suction, excess fluids and toxins are drawn out of the body and blood and lymph are drawn to the affected area.  This nourishes muscle tissue, tendons and ligaments, promoting healing.  The cups are left on the skin for approximately 5-10 minutes.  It can be very effective in the treatment of respiratory disorders, asthma, colds and flus, muscle tension, injuries and menstrual pain.

After cupping, you will notice red welts on the skin where the cups were placed.  The redness is not from broken vessels or tissue trauma, but from toxin release.  These marks can last for several days and will eventually fade away.  It is important to keep these marks covered with clothing while they are visible.

Most patients feel tired after cupping, much like after a deep tissue massage.  You may even feel slightly under the weather, while the body continues to release toxins.  Try to rest as needed and drink plenty of water.