Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world.

What is Acupuncture?

Originating in China more than 3,000 years ago, acupuncture is presently recognized by WHO (World Health Organization) that it is effective in many areas such as relieving pain, enhancing beauty and total body wellness.

It has been scientifically determined that human beings are complex bioenergetic systems. Acupuncture is based on the theory that essential life energy called qi (pronounced “Chi”) flows through the body along invisible channels called meridians. These are a series of interconnected acupuncture points. Each of the 14 channels relate to a different organ or organ system. Qi must flow through the body in these channels without interruption or blockage. A disturbance in the flow of qi can result in illness, pain, or a general lack of health. Stimulation of specific points along the meridians, according to Chinese theory, can correct the flow of qi to restore or optimize health or block pain.

Does it hurt? Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are solid and as thin as hair, and are not designed to cut the skin. While each person experiences acupuncture differently, most people feel only a minimal amount of discomfort as the needles are inserted, similar to a mosquito bite. Most reportedly feel a sensation of heaviness, mild ache or fullness at the site of insertion while others feel a sense of relaxation.

Commonly seen conditions for Acupuncture treatment:

Acupuncture can be used for a variety of conditions. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture's effectiveness for over 40 common disorders, such as:

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
  • Respiratory Disorders (allergies, asthma)
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders (ulcers, colitis)
  • Circulatory Disorders
  • Urogenital and Gynecological Disorders
  • Muscle and joint pain/disorders
  • Neurological and Stress Disorders (insomnia, anxiety, headaches, smoking cessation)

What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a Japanese "finger pressure" healing therapeutic massage done by our registered Acupuncturist. In treatment, the therapist applies pressure to the acupuncture points, where the Qi is insufficient, or its flow is distorted or stagnated, of the body with thumbs, fingers and palms. When the right amount of holding pressure is applied the flow returns to normal, and the excess or blocked energy is dispersed. Deep relaxation and balance can be experienced, stimulating the body's own natural healing process.

In western terms, shiatsu calms the over-active sympathetic nervous system and promotes the healing, restful state of the parasympathetic nervous system. Circulation improves, stiff muscles loosen, and tension fades.

Shiatsu can help treat pain and prevent physical dysfunction and help maintain tissue health by increasing circulation. Regular Shiatsu treatments reduce stress, pain, promote general wellbeing and slow down the aging process.

Many of today's health problems can benefit from Shiatsu because the manipulation of soft tissues affects so many of our bodily systems. The benefits of Shiatsu treatments are extensive, it has a therapeutic affect and improves health by acting directly on the muscular, nervous, circulatory and lymphatic (immune) systems.

Shiatsu treatments aim to:

  • Develop, maintain or rehabilitate physical function
  • Relieve pain
  • Prevent physical dysfunction or pain
  • Relax tight and tense muscles
  • Improve circulation, recovery time
  • Enhance immune system function
  • Reduce overall stress

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