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Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture is the insertion and removal of filiform needles to stimulate acupoints (acupuncture points). In the past three decades electromagnetic research has confirmed the existence and location of these points. Needles may be inserted, manipulated, and retained for a period of time. Acupuncture can be used to reduce pain, reduce inflammation, increase blood flow, increase range of motion, decrease the side effects of medication induced nausea, promote relaxation in an anxious patient, and reduce muscle spasm. Overall, acupuncture activates and boosts the bodies own internal healing resources to help the body deal with almost any imbalance. Acupuncture treatments can be combined with therapeutic yoga for a truly powerful and restorative experience.
Therapeutic Yoga combines restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, breathwork, hands-on healing, and guided meditation techniques in such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle yet effective for bringing the body into balance and reducing stress. Therapeutic Yoga is a deeply meditative experience – it provides the opportunity to step away from the fast pace of the outside world and access the deeper wisdom that resides within us. This practice is particularly helpful for pregnant patients, the elderly, and those recovering from or struggling with illness, injury, trauma, stress, insomnia, and anxiety. This service can be combined with acupuncture treatments for a truly powerful and restorative experience.
Cupping involves localized suction of the skin which increases blood flow in order to promote healing. Suction is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps) on the skin. Skin may be lubricated, allowing the cup to move across the skin slowly which can be very therapeutic much like a deep tissue massage. In China, cupping is used primarily to treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, and congestion; arthritis; gastrointestinal disorders; and certain types of pain. There are several instances where cupping should not be performed: patients with inflamed skin; cases of high fever or convulsions; and patients who bleed easily. Pregnant women should not have cupping on their stomach or lower back.