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It has been scientifically determined that human beings are unique bio-energetic systems. Acupuncture is a medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness for over 2000 years. When our body is disturbed due to age, trauma, poor diet, medications, stress, hereditary conditions, environmental factors or excessive emotional issues, then illness results. Acupuncture is the administration of hair-thin needles into specific places on the body to naturally stimulate the body to heal, regulate, and return itself to normal function. Acupuncture focuses on correcting these imbalances, which stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal itself. In other words, Acupuncture focuses on treating the factors that cause disease.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

A system of healing arts that perceives the circulation and balance of energy or “Qi” in the body as being fundamental to the well-being of the individual. It implements the theory through specialized methods of analyzing the energy status of the body and treating the body with acupuncture and other related modalities for the purpose of strengthening the body, improving energy balance, maintaining and restoring health, improving physiological function, and reducing pain.


Shiatsu is a style of bodywork that originated in Japan. It is similar to acupuncture, but uses finger pressure instead of needles. Shiatsu is performed through clothing and does not use oils or lotions. Clients are instructed to come in loose comfortable clothing to allow the practitioner to work easily and perform stretches as part of the therapy. Shiatsu’s goal is to restore the healthy flow of energy throughout the body by working along the acupuncture meridians.


Is Chinese sports massage and uses pressure along the acupuncture meridians of the body as well as a variety of techniques that manipulate and lubricate the muscles and joints. The style of Tuina practiced in China today is closer to the work of chiropractors, osteopaths, and physical therapists than to that of massage therapists. It’s taught as a separate but equal field of study in schools of Traditional Chinese Medicine, requiring the same level of training as acupuncturists and Chinese herbalists. As Tuina has migrated to the West, the style of work has been modified. Most western trained Tuina practitioners do not do “bone setting,” as do their counterparts in China. Tuina does not simply work on the muscles, bones, and joints. It also works with the energy of the body at a deeper level. As the practitioner senses the client’s body with her hands, she is able to assess the distribution of energy and affect its flow.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a light touch, manual therapy that enhances the body’s natural healing abilities. It was discovered by the osteopath Dr. John Upledger, and is constantly developing into a method of preventative treatment for all ages (starting from birth!) to aid with a myriad of ailments. This is done by the therapist’s gentle palpation, evaluation and treatment of restrictions throughout the body. The focus of this work is to use light, gentle methods of touch to help lessen structural strain, so our bodies can function at optimal levels, thus improving our ability to heal more efficiently.

The basis of the work can target any area of tension in the body, as our fascial system (the connective tissue that covers every organ, nerve and muscle fiber) runs throughout our entire bodies, including our brain. Because of this, CST has many indications including headaches, disturbed sleep cycles, generalized tension in the joints or tissues, chronic sinusitis, chronic fatigue, neck pain, TMJ dysfunction, and trauma recovery, to name a few.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine is a large component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Herbal formulas are carefully chosen to target both the symptoms and the underlying cause of your condition. Formulas may be administered as raw herbs or powders made into tea, ready-made tinctures, capsules or pills and are chosen to best suit your lifestyle. Although the side effects of Chinese Herbal Medicine are minimal compared to Western pharmaceuticals, it is still potent medicine and should only be prescribed by a skilled, licensed practitioner.

Adjunct Therapies

Cupping Therapy

Cupping uses warmed jars that create a light suction when applied to the body. Its purpose is to reduce local congestion of Qi and blood to relieve pain.


Electro-acupuncture is the attachment of electrodes to the needles to provide continuous stimulation during the acupuncture treatment. Electro-acupuncture may be used as a component of nearly all acupuncture treatments that require manipulation of the needles. According to the Chinese literature, especially good results are expected from electro-acupuncture in the treatment of neurological diseases, including chronic pain, spasm, and paralysis.

Ear Acupuncture

Auricular acupuncture is one of the more widely used acupuncture “Microsystems” within Chinese medicine. Microsystems use one aspect of the body – for example, the ears, hands or feet – to treat conditions that are present anywhere in the body. Auricular acupuncture may be used as a primary mode of treatment or in conjunction with other treatments such as acupuncture, bodywork or herbal medicine.


Moxibustion involves burning the herb mugwort above the skin at specific acupuncture points and it helps eliminate disease by warming the Qi and blood. Moxibustion is best suited for weakened or chronic conditions, or when there is cold or dampness obstructing the body’s meridians.


Guasha is a healing technique involving rhythmic scraping motions of the skin and muscles with a flat instrument traditionally made of stone or bone. Guasha removes blood stagnation, promotes normal circulation and metabolic processes and is valuable in treating pain disorders and preventing illness.