Our initial acupuncture appointments are 90 minutes long. This allows ample time to have a detailed discussion about your health history. Our follow up appointments are 60 minutes long. There is a shorter health discussion in the follow up appointments. At any acupuncture appointment you may receive adjunctive techniques. Adjunctive techniques are things like cupping or moxibustion that are a part of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). For more infomation on what adjunctive techniques that are used, click here.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine that dates back thousands of years. the practice uses Chinese medical theory to diagnose and treat an individual, which involves consideration of many different aspects of a person’s health. Often the treatments are spoken in terms of qi. Qi is generally explained as energy or vital force. In Chinese medicine qi is viewed as essential to functions of the body. During an acupuncture treatment needles are inserted into specific points, allowing the practitioner to manipulate the qi of the body in order to promote better health.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine follows the same theory as acupuncture. It uses a large variety of substances, predominantly plant-based products, in conjunction with one another to produce a desired result. Chinese herbal medicine is often combined with acupuncture to produce more powerful results. The herbal products can be administered in many different forms including: pills, tablets, powders, raw, or topical applications among others.
Moxibustion is the burning of moxa, which is a part of the mugwort plant. There are many different styles of moxibustion, each with its own benefit and uses. The burning of moxa has a warming effect that is beneficial for the circulation of qi in the area.
Cupping in traditional Chinese medicine is often used to break up stagnant energy or qi. By bringing the stagnation more to the surface it allows the body to process the stagnation. It is commonly used to help soothe tight and sore muscles. Cupping does leave marks on the area, which should go away in a few days after treatment.
Gwa Sha is a tool in traditional Chinese medicine that involves scraping along a specific area to break up stagnation. This is typically performed with a Chinese soup spoon is used. Similar to cupping it leaves marks on the area treated, often referred to as Sha. Gwa Sha is commonly also known as coining or scraping
Electro-acupuncture is a tool that allows for continuous stimulation or a point. It can be used in many different purposes.
Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture
Auricular Acupuncture has many uses in traditional Chinese medicine. It is based on the thought that there is a “microsystem” (a map of the body condensed into a smaller area of the body) on the ear and is used to treat a wide range of conditions. There are specific protocols that can be helpful in treating different conditions.
Monthly Meditation Group
Currently not running due to covid related restrictions. We are hopeful to resume the classes soon.
The Monthly meditation group is once a week class. You pay once per month and attend as many classes as you wish. The classes are designed for people of all levels of experience. Some of you may be wondering what is meditation? Meditation is a journey within oneself which utilizes concentration and awareness. There are 100s if not 1000s of styles of meditation. In this class we introduce you to 2 main styles: qi gong meditation and mindful meditation. The class is led by Hugh, who has a long history with martial arts and meditation practices, dating back to the 1980's. Come try meditation.