Balance Method Acupuncture
Balance Method acupuncture uses relationships of connective organization of the body combined with “anatomical mirrors” to treat the full spectrum of health conditions. An “anatomical mirror” is a way of using one part of the body to treat another part of the body, even on the opposite side. Balance Method acupuncture is very effective in the treatment of all kinds of pain, as well as in a range of internal medicine and psycho-emotional conditions. The balanced nature of this approach leaves the person feeling both better symptomatically and more supported in their foundation.
8 Extraordinary Channel & Alchemical Acupuncture
8 Extraordinary Channel and Alchemical acupuncture facilitate the treatment of conditions that are spiritual in nature, including those mixed with physical manifestations.
Alchemical acupuncture treatments works with the broad spectrum of emotional and spiritual aspects that people manifest in their daily lives, including (but not limited to) inspiration, creative vision, intention, and will. These treatments also address the embodied aspects of the emotions which manifest as somatic complaints.
Extraordinary Channel acupuncture works with deeper issues of a person’s orientation towards their life: bonding and attachment, individuation, transitions, aging, ability to change, and to see oneself as worthy of love and connection. These treatments can provide access to a deeper level of healing from trauma, addiction, and chronic stress.
Scalp acupuncture is a modern application of acupuncture that utilizes specific zones in the scalp to treat a wide range of neurological and pain disorders.
Chinese herbal medicine is a medicine of patterns. While there are herbs that have direct effects on particular symptoms, the overarching approach is to fit an herbal formula with the unique pattern that the person is presenting.
Patterns are discerned through the symptoms the person describes as well as by the observation by the practitioner. Chinese herbs support and continue the transformative process of acupuncture in between treatments.
Chinese herbs are custom blended as granulated powders or may come pre-blended in capsules.
Glass fire cupping is a technique that uses a round glass cup (and fire!) to produce suction when the cup is placed on the skin. Cups may be left in one place or the skin may be oiled and the cups pulled across the skin. The suction from the cups stretches the fascia, breaks up adhesions, and stimulates fresh circulation to the area. It is extremely effective to relieve pain and tightness, especially when caused by ingrained postural positions or repetitive motions.
Cupping leaves distinctive markings on the surface for the body for a few days to a week. These markings will gradually diminish in their appearance the more consistently a person receives cupping therapy.
Shiatsu is a full body acupressure therapy that is done on the floor with the person fully clothed. More than simply bodywork, Shiatsu is a meditative practice that utilizes a reciprocal weight relationship between two people. The practitioner offers their weight to the client through their hands, forearms, and elbows, and the person in turn offers their support back to the practitioner. Because of this reciprocity, Shiatsu is completely non-aggressive as the practitioner is not “doing something” to the person. Rather it is simply an offering and an acceptance. Shiatsu stimulates a deep sense of peace and relaxation and is a profoundly restorative experience.
Moxa (or moxibustion) is made from mugwort, the Artemisia plant. Moxa is burned over the body, either as a rice grain sized piece in direct contact with the skin or through a metal warmer. Moxa is used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and increase the body’s strength and resilience. Because of the properties of the plant itself, moxa is more effective than just heat therapy alone. In my office, I use a topical moxa salve and a heat lamp to provide the therapeutic effects of moxa.