Cupping is a method of stimulating Acupuncture points by placing glass or plastic cups on the skin to create suction. The treatment duration is about 15 to 20 minutes. They may be moved over an affected area or left in place. Cupping has the positive effects on improving blood flow, drawing out toxins, loosening tight muscles and relieving pain over the cupping area. It is often used clinically for low backache, sciatica, neck pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, osteoarthritis, muscle sprain/strain, soft tissue injuries, and helping relieve flu from the body.
Auriculotherapy or Ear Seed Acupressure
According to Chinese Medicine reflexology theory, our ears have a rich nerve and blood supply and unique acupuncture points that connect to tissues and organs all over the body. During the treatment, we will place a natural herbal seed on the specific area of your ear. The seed will stay on the ear for 2-3 days. The constant pressure on the acupuncture points of the ear will have beneficial effects to the body. It has been successfully treating conditions, such as weight loss and appetite control issue, stress and insomnia, post-traumatic disorder, alcoholism, drug addiction, smoke withdrawal, anxiety and hypertension.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
IASTM involves using specialized instruments to break up adhesions and scar tissue in muscles, tendons, connective tissue, and ligaments. This technique is extremely effective at relieving chronic pains associated with old injuries or repetitive stress building up tightness and scar tissue. Athletes and other professions that involve repetitive daily motions are especially at risk of developing chronic pain, adhesions, and scar tissue. Some of the conditions that this technique can benefit include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendon injury, knee chronic patella tendinitis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, and more.
Tai Chi Exercise Training
Tai Chi (Qi Gong) means literally, "Energy Cultivation," and refers to exercises that improve health and longevity as well as increase the sense of harmony within oneself and in the world. Researchers have found that long-term Tai Chi practice shows favorable effects on:
Promotion of balance control, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness and reduced the risk of falls in elderly patients.
Reduced pain, stress and anxiety, improved cardiovascular and respiratory function
Patients that suffer from heart failure, high blood pressure, heart attacks, arthritis,multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's may also benefit from Tai Chi.
Acupressure/Meridian Tui-na Bodywork
Acupressure is a therapeutic massage technique, using the fingers to press on the acupuncture points, to remove blockage along the meridians and stimulate the healthy flow of Qi (vital energy), blood and lymph.
Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points and meridians, but acupuncture employs needles, while acupressure uses gentle but firm pressure and integrates bodywork therapies, therapeutic touch and massage therapy techniques. It is an excellent therapy for acute or sub-acute muscle and joint injuries or chronic inflammation and pain. People also find it helpful for stress, fibromyalgia, headache, insomnia, anxiety and body detox.