Acupuncture is the practice of using very hair-thin, solid pins (also called needles) at specific locations on the body called acu-points. Acupuncture is a holistic medicine that takes the entirety of you into account – meaning body, mind and spirit. The acu-points allows the body, mind and spirit to achieve balance by stimulating the central nervous system. The biochemical changes restores the body’s natural healing abilities to promote well-being throughout. Acupuncture treatments are individualized to who you are and what symptoms you are experiencing. Each treatment is designed around your main concerns and how you felt after the previous visit.
Moxibustion or moxa is a technique used within Traditional Chinese medicine that can be used on its own or in combination with acupuncture to promote healing. Moxa involves the burning of dried mugwort which is a small, spongy herb in order to create heat and warm an acu-point or region of the body in order to resolve symptoms. It can be used directly on the skin (removed prior to being hot) or indirectly such as on the top of an acupuncture needle or in a stick form hovered overtop of an area on the body. Moxa also has a very distinct scent that many find to be therapeutic, grounding and relaxing.
Cupping is the use of small specialized glass cups or bamboo jars that create suction on the skin in order to break up tension and stagnation. Once the cups are placed, they may be left static or they may be moved gently across the skin, also known as gliding cupping. Cupping is much like the inverse of a massage – rather than applying pressure to the muscles, gentle pressure is pulling them upward. The suction created during a cupping treatment causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup which allows for a release of muscle tension and focuses blood flow which encourages the tissues to release toxins through the lymphatic system. Mild bruising may occur with this therapy.
Gua Sha is therapy used within Traditional Chinese medicine that involves scraping the skin with a rounded, specialized tool. Gua Sha is used to improve circulation throughout the body. Increased circulation can help to decrease inflammation which can help with muscle pain and tension as well as chronic pain. Gua Sha can help to break down scar tissue and connective tissue which can also help to improve movement in the joints. Mild bruising may occur with this technique.
Community style corporate acupuncture promotes workplace success, boosts employee energy, mental clarity and encourages health and wellbeing throughout your company. The community setting provides a supportive and relaxing environment creating a support system and sense of bonding throughout the company. It is a great way to offer people a sneak peek into the benefits of acupuncture and if individualized treatment is right for them. Companies tend to find that after treatment employees are less stressed, more productive and have a greater sense of clarity. Acupuncture is provided on the limbs and/or auricularly (on the ear) acupuncture. Please contact me for more information on corporate acupuncture and how it could be useful to you and your staff.