Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific acupoints along the skin of the body involving various methods such as the application of heat, pressure, or laser or penetration of thin needles. It is a form of complementary and alternative medicine and is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). According to TCM, stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians. It is among the oldest healing practices in the world, which exists for about 5000 years. As part of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture aims to restore the body??s natural balance and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body.
Acupuncture is based on a concept of balance and seeks to cure the causes of illnesses rather than symptoms. It involves the insertion of extremely fine, pre-sterilized, single use stainless stell needles at predetermined strategic points on the body surface. The use of needles is virtually painless.
The formulas in use today are over 3000 years old, so they have been well tried and tested. The TCM practitioners prescribe combinations of herbs specifically suited to treat you and your condition. The herbs are cooked and taken as a decoction <??tea??> or taken in tablet form, to get to the root the problem.
Herbs can treat all sorts of diseases and can balance ??yin?? and ??yang?? of the human body in a holistic way and can be used for health protection. People can live longer by taking herbs.
Acupressure (Medical massage called ??Tuina??)
It is based on the concept of life energy which flows through “meridians” in the body. In treatment, physical pressure is applied to acupuncture points with the aim of clearing blockages in these meridians. Pressure may be applied by hand, by elbow, or with various devices.
Acupressure may be effective at helping manage nausea and vomiting, for helping lower back pain, tension headaches, stomach ache, among other things. It may probably not be as effective as acupuncture, but some claim it provides temporary relief.
Reflexology started to be used by both the Chinese and ancient Egyptians thousands of years ago. It is based on the belief that certain points on the feet or hands are connected to specific organs, glands and body parts through energy channels.
It??s a method of diagnosing problems and treating them through massaging certain parts of the body, especially the feet and hands. In reflexology, pain or stress felt in one part of your body can be relieved by putting pressure on another, connected part of the body.
By putting pressure on points of your feet, the reflexologist can diagnose health problems in other parts of your body and also treat them.
Reflexology is a unifying theme is the idea that areas on the foot correspond to areas of the body, and that by manipulating these one can improve health through one’s qi. Reflexologists divide the body into ten equal vertical zones, five on the right and five on the left. Concerns have been raised by medical professionals that treating potentially serious illnesses with reflexology.
Cupping is a lesser-known treatment that is also part of Oriental medicine, one that can provide an especially pleasant experience. One of the earliest documentations of cupping can be found in the work titled A Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies, which was written by a Taoist herbalist by the name of Ge Hong and which dates all the way back to 300 AD.
Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the skin. There are several ways that a practitioner can create the suction in the cups. One method involves swabbing rubbing alcohol onto the bottom of the cup, then lighting it and putting the cup immediately against the skin. Suction can also be created by placing an inverted cup over a small flame, or by using an alcohol-soaked cotton pad over an insulating material (like leather) to protect the skin, then lighting the pad and placing an empty cup over the flame to extinguish it. Flames are never used near the skin and are not lit throughout the process of cupping, but rather are a means to create the heat that causes the suction within the small cups.
Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be gently moved across the skin (often referred to as “gliding cupping). The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage – rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Once suctioned, the cups are generally left in place for about ten minutes while the patient relaxes. This is similar to the practice of Tui Na, a traditional Chinese medicine massage technique that targets acupuncture points as well as painful body parts, and is well known to provide relief through pressure.
Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite. For weight loss and cellulite treatments, oil is first applied to the skin, and then the cups are moved up and down the surrounding area.
Like acupuncture, cupping follows the lines of the meridians. There are five meridian lines on the back, and these are where the cups are usually placed. Using these points, cupping can help to align and relax qi, as well as target more specific maladies. By targeting the meridian channels, cupping strives to ??open’ these channels – the paths through which life energy flows freely throughout the body, through all tissues and organs, thus providing a smoother and more free-flowing qi (life force). Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available. It is thought to affect tissues up to four inches deep from the external skin. Toxins can be released, blockages can be cleared, and veins and arteries can be refreshed within these four inches of affected materials. Even hands, wrists, legs, and ankles can be ??cupped,’ thus applying the healing to specific organs that correlate with these points.
This treatment is also valuable for the lungs, and can clear congestion from a common cold or help to control a person’s asthma. In fact, respiratory conditions are one of the most common maladies that cupping is used to relieve. Three thousand years ago, in the earliest Chinese documentation of cupping, it was recommended for the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis.
Moxibustion is a technique in which a cone of mugwort, is placed on or above an acupoint or affected area of the body. The cone is then lit and burned, and is usually removed before burning the skin.
Moxibustion is used to strengthen the body’s vitality and stimulate its natural capacity to heal and can be used to treat various diseases, disorders, and pain.
Acupuncture and Moxibustion complement each other to form one mode of therapy, much as two strands of fiber woven together form a rope. The therapeutic effect is boosted complimented when both forms of treatment are used together.
There are many benefits to Moxibustion Therapy. Clinically it increases blood cell counts especially that of white blood cells which strengthens the immune system. The heat produced from the burning moxa penetrates deeply into underlying tissues improving circulation and helping to reduce both pain and inflammation.
If done properly, the heat of the Moxibustion can penetrate into the core of the pain location and has results far surpassing that of pain medication. It requires patience, but with long term application of Moxibustion it is possible to revitalize tissue that has had almost irreversible damage.
Our Ear Candle is a natural system which derives from an ancient Chinese tradition. This simple and safe method causes where it softens and loosens old and hardened ear wax, helping to break up wax process enables the warmth to gently massage the tympanic membrane and stimulate the ear, nose and throat so that the sinuses can be relieved.
Ear candle treatment is a relaxing and soothing experience. An interesting “crackling”sound can be heard as the candle is burning. Each candle may take 6-8 minutes to burn down to the flame-breaking ring, where the candle is then removed and extinguished.
Facial Rejuvenation Therapy
What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture (also known as Cosmetic Acupuncture) is an effective, non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging. It is based on the principles of Chinese Medicine, which involves the insertion of very thin disposable needles just under the skin on the face and body where needed.
This specific insertion will increase the local circulation to the face and stimulate collagen production, which helps fill out fine lines and give firmness to the skin for a healthy, glowing complexion.
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat many conditions and illnesses. The effectiveness of acupuncture has been related to the manipulation of the energy points on the body to balance and to remove blockages in the meridians (energetic pathways), in order to achieve health and to prevent diseases.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture has attracted great attention in the last few years. It used to be a treatment only for the rich and famous in Hollywood, but now everyone wants the royal treatment.
A 1996 report in the international journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with acupuncture for facial rejuvenation, 90% has marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects included: more delicate skin, improvement of elasticity of facial muscles and tone, brighter complexion and overall rejuvenation.
Benefits Of Breast Massage
Breast Massage Could Reduce The Risk Of Breast Cancer: Scientific research shows that massaging your breasts helps fight cancer. In fact,”nipple stimulation encourages blood flow and promotes the production of a useful female hormone, which encourages cells to expel cancer-causing chemicals from breast ducts,”says Professor Tim Murrell, of the Department of Community Medicine, at the University of Adelaide(1).
It Could Increase Breast Size Slightly:When the breast tissue is stimulated by educated massage, the body secretes the hormone prolactin which slightly enlarges the breasts with specific oils(3)(4).
Breast Massage Could Prevent Sagging: Breast massage lifts the breasts by tightening and toning the tendons and muscles responsible for breast length with specific oils(2)(5).
Helps You Look Younger: Breast massage stimulates the endocrine system to secrete a powerful cocktail of youthful hormones.Prolactin, oxytocin, and oestrogen are three powerhouse anti-aging hormones known to be produced during breast massage. Many women take pharmaceutical hormones to stay young. With skilled breast massage, your own body will be your anti-aging pharmacy!
Increases Pleasure:Increased sensitivity is a pleasing result of Taoist Breast Massage.As you become more aware of your own sensations and loving touch, you create new pathways in your brain for sensitivity. Some women even develop the ability to orgasm from this increased connection.
Lifts Stress and Depression:The”love hormone” ” oxytocin”is produced through breast and nipple massage and is scientifically proven to decrease stress and depression. (6)
Supports easy breathing:This is the most effective way I know to facilitate truly relaxed breathing. Relaxing the breath immensely contributes to reduction of tension not only in the chest, but in the full body. Tension in the throat is often very much reduced with full chest massage giving both physical and emotional benefits.
Supports circulation:which supports the overall health of the chest and breast. With no muscles of their own, breasts depend on movement to support circulation. However, many women wear bras (i.e. most of us) which both inhibits movement of our breasts and actively constrict lymph flows. The chest can therefore greatly benefit from the lymph flow which is encouraged with this massage.
Effective treatment for injuries to the chest, shoulders and neck:Full chest massage with pressure applied to the muscles deep to the breast tissue with consistent firm flow over the ribcage helps both tone and relax the chest muscles as needed, just as happens when we massage the muscles on the posterior ribcage, or other parts of the body. The effect is to enliven the ribcage so that it gives better support to the shoulders and neck, which relieves tension and discomfort in these areas and assists in treating neck and shoulder injuries.
OTHER BENEFITS OF CHEST & BREAST MASSAGE
Provide women an opportunity to develop a sense of normalcy, confidence and control related to touch for their breasts. This can be especially powerful for women with traumatic history.
Helps maintain good posture by reducing tension in the chest and thereby leading to more open chest position.
Relieve PMS and cyclical related pain and tenderness in the breasts.? This can be a welcome relief for many women.
Helping women become more comfortable touching our own breasts is an important benefit of massaging breast tissue as a normal part of the body within a wellness massage. Receiving professionally given massage of our breasts can help us women become more comfortable doing our own breasts exams.
Chest massage can support women who are pregnant, nursing or breastfeeding in many ways:
improve skin tone
increased breast milk production
relieve the discomfort of engorgement
unblock plugged milk glands
increase drainage during breast feeding
decrease appearance of scars and stretch marks
Help women pick up breast tissue changes which may need medical follow-up. We may have the opportunity to provide life saving recommendations for our clients to follow up with doctors.
Help women prepare for breast surgery. Within a full body massage I once massaged the breasts of a woman who was scheduled to have a lumpectomy the following day which was eventually followed by radiation treatment.She later told me that the breast massage she received from me greatly helped her stay centered and calm during the course of receiving medical treatment for breast massage.
Help women recover from bruising, scarring, nerve irritation and movement restriction which occur as a result of injury or surgeries.Massage can help with healing from surgeries such as biopsies, lumpectomies, mastectomies,breast reductions and breast augmentations.Massage of the breast and chest tissue can often relieve pain and irritation and help the client receiver regain movement.
Lymphatic drainage breast massage is used to treat and manage swelling, including that caused by lymphedema.