Chinese MedicineChinese Medicine has been used for thousands of years to restore our connection to ourselves and the rhythms of life. Its philosophies and treatments are drawn from an understanding of the interconnectedness of humanity and nature. In this conception of health, our mind/body/spirit flows like a river flows, and dis-ease and sickness occur when there are blockages in the flow of Qi, or life-energy, creating imbalances in the system. Using different modalities including Acupuncture, Herbs, Cupping, Moxa, Tui Na, Qi Gong, and Meditation we can support healing through restoring harmonious balance, and allowing Qi to flow.
Acupuncture/AcupressureAcupuncture has been used as a form of comprehensive health care for over 5,000 years to support physical and emotional wellbeing. Once a complete assessment and diagnosis are made, we insert very fine, sterile, disposable needles into specific acupuncture points along the meridian pathways to assist in the free flow of Qi, or life-energy. Alternatively we can use touch, pressure, or vibration, rather than needles. This stimulation of acupuncture points encourages the body to promote its own natural healing ability and improve overall functioning and wellbeing.
Dietary TherapyHippocrates said "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food," and Chinese Dietary thinking agrees! In many instances dietary and lifestyle changes can be the first and best approach to bringing our bodies back into a healthy state of wellbeing. Amira studied Chinese Dietary therapy with Daoist priest Jeffrey Yuen, and the approach she employs helps you to feel empowered and excited about the ways small shifts in what you eat can help nurture you into greater health.
Herbal TherapyHerbal therapy uses the rich bounty of the earth to help your system re-balance when necessary and desired. Traditionally these often very beautiful herbs, flowers, roots, shells etc. were boiled together and taken as a tea, but they are now available as tinctures, tea pills, powders and tablets which most clients prefer. For certain conditions, herbal therapy can be an essential part of the treatment plan - enabling you to come back into healthy balance more efficiently.
Cupping & Gua ShaCupping and Gua Sha therapy are also commonly used in Chinese Medicine. Cupping involves glass or plastic cups being placed on the skin and creating a vacuum to achieve suction which stimulates the flow of Qi and blood within the superficial muscle layers. Gua Sha uses a tool usually made of ceramic, plastic or bone, to rub or gently scrape the skin over areas of concern. Both are used for sore muscles, tension, the common cold and other complaints. These therapies can leave a redness on the skin known as "Sha" when stagnation is released. The sha dissipates within a few days.
Additional TherapiesIn Chinese Medicine we utilize adjunctive therapies to assist with the healthy flow of Qi. These include Moxa in which the herb of Mugwort is warmed over acupuncture points to balance yang and yin; Tui-Na, literally translated to "push grasp" which is a type of therapeutic massage; Qi Gong where movements and breathing awareness are taught to the client to use on their own between sessions; as well acupressure, essential oils, ear 'seeds' and more!