Acupuncture works to remove energetic blockages and functional obstructions that cause pain, discomfort and disease. The goal is to return the body-mind to balance and harmony. This superior natural Medicine heals without side effects.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is the oldest continuously practiced healing form in the world. It differs from Western herbalism in most respects in that the herbs are always administered as a part of a formula, often containing 10-15 single herbs which act synergistically to correct a patient specific pattern of imbalance. Oriental Medicine uses a simple, yet sophisticated method of pattern differentiation whereby one can ascertain the nature of the imbalances in the body. These imbalances address hypo/hyper function of the main organs and the presence of one or more pathological factors (i.e. damp/phlegm, cold, heat, dryness, wind).
It is the understanding of classical Oriental Medicine that these subtle imbalances precede physical changes in the body. So instead of treating the western classification of the disease (i.e. diabetes, fibromyalgia, etc), we treat the underlying pathological imbalances that led to the disease. By treating the root causative factors underlying the disease we can affect great change.
All of the herbs used at the clinic are produced according to GMP standards with every batch being tested for potency and impurities.
Craniosacral Therapy is a passive form of bodywork that is an offshoot of osteopathy. The therapy aims to correct problems by optimizing the movement of the cranial wave, bones, fluids and tissues through very gentle and precise contacts. The cranial wave is a physically palpable current that flows through the entire body. This energetic current comes from the sacrum and occipital bone acting as a pump for the movement of cerebrospinal fluid up and down the spine and throughout the cranial vault. The cranial wave truly acts as a wave would, it ebbs and flows through the body, advancing and receding, keeping the bones of the cranial vault in a constant state of flux.
Anything that is in a constant state of motion has the capacity to get stuck. This is where cranial work is brilliant. Being a passive modality, one which does not force a manipulation upon the body, it allows the inherent self correcting mechanisms of the body to come online. This often leads to lasting change and great relief from a multitude of symptoms.
As these rhythms and waves move through the body there is an integration of the emotional/mental/spiritual bodies into the physical. Sometimes, it seems that the unconscious mind bubbles up to the surface during the treatment facilitating deep rest and mind body integration.
Shiatsu is a meridian based Japanese bodywork. During a shiatsu treatment the body is put into various stretches combined with massage that follows the energy pathways or meridians of the body. The specific meridians selected for treatment are chosen based on classical Oriental Medicine theories. So basically, it is like acupuncture without the needles.
I often combine shiatsu with acupuncture or cranial work depending on the need of the client.