Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used for over 2000 years and proven through thousands of clinical studies to support the healing of many diseases and forms of imbalance in mind, body, and spirit. TCM views a person as an energy system in which mind, body, and spirit are unified and interconnected. This energy, Qi (pronounced chee), flows through the body in twelve major meridians as well as auxiliary channels. As long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, balance is experienced in the body and health is maintained. Once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted, and pain and illness occur.
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Acupuncture is a treatment of inserting sterile, disposable, ultra-thin needles into specific points on the body to remove blockages in Qi and restore the body's natural energy flow. Once the Qi flow is corrected, the body can tap into its own innate curative ability to restore itself to health.
Restoring Qi flow relieves pain and stress, stimulates nerves, activates blood and lymphatic circulation, and improves both the metabolism and immune system without side effects. Ultimately, acupuncture decreases the body’s stress and inflammatory response and allows the body to operate in a more relaxed, healthy state. A stressed body and mind is much more susceptible to illness and disease. A balanced body, mind, and spirit live Life in Flow.
Enhance qi and blood circulation throughout the body.
Cupping is an ancient technique that utilizes round suction cups over a large muscular area, such as the back or shoulders, to enhance Qi and blood circulation to the designated area, helping increase lymph flow throughout the body.
It is indicated for promoting free flow of Qi and blood to the acupuncture channels, dispelling cold arthritic conditions, diminishing swellings and pain, and providing myofascial relea.se. Cupping is excellent for detoxification, reducing inflammation, muscle pain and arthritis. It also treats fevers, the common cold, flu, and asthma.
Reduce inflammation, treat pain and stiffness, and more.
Gua Sha (pronounced "gwa-sha,") is a therapeutic treatment involving repeated pressure strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edged flat tool.
It is used to promote Qi and blood circulation, and is indicated for headaches, muscle and tendon injuries, stiffness, pain, and immobility, as well as cough and other respiratory conditions like asthma and bronchitis. It is also used to reduce heat conditions such as fevers, urinary tract infections, digestive and gynecological disorders and to reduce inflammation, and treat pain from sprains, strains and fractures.
Qi Gong Energy Healing
Bring the body, mind, and spirit into health, vitality, and inner peace.
Qigong (pronounced “chee-gong) is a modality that brings balance to our lives by working with natural laws of energetic flow, change and harmony. Qi translates into energy; gong means moving or work. Therefore, Qigong, simply put, is moving energy. Qigong removes energy blockages and stagnant Qi, allowing energy to flow in perfect balance – bringing the body, mind and spirit into health, vitality, and inner peace.
It addresses the root of the illness or imbalance, so once the body is healed, that illness or imbalance won’t come back. Qigong is able to integrate the physical, mental and energetic areas of the body with gentle movement, breath work, visualization, and sometimes chanting. It keeps the channels clear, keeps energy centers in proper frequency, and energizes the Qi.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
A natural alternative to pharmaceutical drugs.
Chinese herbs are a natural alternative to pharmaceutical drugs, without the side effects and prohibitive costs. Unlike these drugs, herbal formulas are made combining different herbs to offer a synergistic, restorative effect for the chief complaint, as well as treating the underlying imbalance that is the cause of the complaint.
Herbal formulas are generally much gentler to the body, allowing it to begin the healing process. Chinese herbal medicine is especially good at promoting the body's ability to heal itself by strengthening various organs and bodily fluids. Adding herbal medicine often produces much quicker results than just improving diet and using somatic medicine techniques like acupuncture or massage. Herbs can treat people who cannot get regular acupuncture or who need daily therapy; chronic illnesses respond well to these preparations.
Traditional Chinese Nutrition
Discover which foods are best for your specific constitution.
Acupuncturists are also trained in Traditional Chinese Nutrition, an integrative approach to help each patient discover which foods are best for their specific constitution, medical diagnosis, and health goals. Traditional Chinese Nutrition looks at the effects of particular foods on each individual. Each patient is given a customized list of foods to eat in abundance, in moderation, and which foods to avoid. We should be getting all of our nutrition from our food, but in today's world that may be difficult, as most foods consumed are overly processed and nutrient deficient.
Nutritional counseling always supports the necessity of eating whole foods -- those that are minimally processed (have fewer additives, preservatives, and chemicals) so that they retain more of their nutritional value.
Treat pain and balance blood pressure and hormones.
Moxibustion (or ‘moxa’ for short) is the act of burning the herb Ai Ye (Artmesia Vulgaris, or mugwort) over specific acupuncture points. Moxa is rich in essential oils which facilitate the movement of Qi and blood, sending deep, penetrating heat into the body. Moxa stimulates the adrenal glands to secrete the anti-inflammatory hormone cortisone and facilitates a healthier immune system .
It is helpful for severe pain caused by smooth muscle spasm of internal organs and skeletal muscle tension. It is beneficial for cold arthritic conditions, cold hand and feet, menstrual irregularities, old injuries, and atrophied muscles. Moxa promotes blood circulation, detoxification, and hormone balance. It also helps with other health concerns, such as prolonged diarrhea, organ prolapse, turning around a breech baby, and overall for preventing diseases and staying healthy.
Vibrant Health Courses
Core Principles of Vibrant Health:
Optimizing Your Spiritual, Emotional and Physical Wellbeing.
A 9-week interactive mix of holistic medical theory for vibrant health and wellness of the body, mind and spirit along with modern day findings and actual exercises based on the subject/s.
We discuss food, movement, the mind and how it affects well-being. We also explore how the emotions are connected to the physical body, the spirit and the mind. We work with the energetic body, use tools to calm the monkey mind and exercises to stay in the present moment. We tie it all up by exploring how interconnected all parts of ourselves are and how to bring it all together..
Next class...sometime in 2023
Qi Gong Workshops
More info on workshop schedule coming soon...
Qigong as a daily self-directed practice includes finding and using a movement form or class that resonates with you. When done daily, it significantly enhances the vitality and the flow of energy, bringing the whole-being into balance.
In the Qigong workshops we focus on specific practices of gentle movement, breath work, and visualization or focused intent of the mind. Each workshop is recorded and the link to the recording is sent to each participant.
I will resume teaching Qigong sometime in 2023.