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Healing Techniques and Modalities

When it comes to your well being, the intent is to use the most effective techniques for treatment. On each visit, I will spend time with you dicussing your current situation and determine the modalities that would best suit you in that moment. Listed here are some of these techniques that may be used in service. The ultimate goal is to provide the highest quality healthcare services to you in an environment of serenity, tranquility, and escape with an outcome of peace, balance, and well-being!

By placing very fine, single-use, sterile needles into specific points in the body, acupuncture seeks to bring the body back in harmony by regulating the movement of qi (energy) and stimulating the self-healing mechanism within the body. Acupuncture manages stress by shifting your nervous system from “fight or flight” towards “rest and digest”. More information about Acupuncture is explained in Frequently Asked Questions.

Similar to TENS, electroacupuncture uses the same principles as acupuncture but it adds a microcurrent to the needle. Acupuncturists adjust the frequency of the current and the number of electrons that flow through the wire to the body. This elicits a greater output of endorphins from the nervous system and provides an extended period of pain relief compared to acupuncture alone. Also, this technique can accelerate healing, promote better tissue healing, and wound repair.

Used for thousands of years, the medicinal properties of plants continue to be relevant today. Tailored specifically for each individual, modern-day clinics now offer these herbal decoctions in convenient teapill, tablet or capsule form. To obtain the benefits and efficacy of herbal medicine, a correct diagnosis must be made and the appropriate dosage must be determined by a Chinese Medicine practitioner.

Gua Sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping the skin with a massage tool producing light petechiae. This ancient Chinese healing technique can improve blood circulation, reduce a fever, alter the course of an acute infectious illness, as well as reduce inflammatory symptoms in chronic illness and pain.

Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials are burned near the surface of the skin or placed on the handle of an acupuncture needle. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences.

The healing power of our diet is profound and often overlooked when developing a treatment plan. Here, using the approach of Chinese medicine, dietary guidance is based on an individual's constitution, pattern differentiation and on the specific qualities of food (its temperature, flavor, properties, channels affected and contraindications).

This natural alternative to Botox uses the principles of acupuncture to reduce the signs of aging and helps nourish, revitalize, and smooth the skin to be more healthy and youthful. Over time and regular treatments, one can expect to notice a reduction of fine lines, softening of deeper wrinkles, reduction of under-eye bags, complexion improvement, more even skin tone and texture, and lifting and toning muscles.

Dry needling, also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling, is used to address muscle and myofascial pain. By inserting an acupuncture needle into a contracted, painful knotted muscle, this begins the healing process by decreasing the muscle contraction, reducing chemical irritation and inflammation, improving flexibility and mobility, and decreases pain.

Glass or plastic cups applied to the skin using suction as a way of stimulating the flow of energy and releasing blockages. It is often used to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

A heat lamp with infrared light is placed above the skin and it’s warming effect penetrates deeply below the skin level to stimulate healing, reduces inflammation and pain while simultaneously triggering growth and regeneration in the cells.

Ear seed therapy (Auriculotherapy) is the stimulation of specific points on the ear, which is believed to be a microsystem of the entire body. Acting like time-release acupuncture, tiny seeds of the Vaccaria plant that are stuck on to key points on the ear using adhesive tape. They can remain on the ear for up to several weeks for a longer lasting treatment.

Tuina is a therapeutic form of massage along the energetic channels in the body to establish a harmonious and healthy flow of qi. By applying pressure to acupuncture points, meridians, muscles, and connective tissue, it is used as a treatment to address specific patterns of disharmony. Unlike other forms of massage, this is done with the client fully clothed.

Movement is key to keep the body supple and strong, to improve circulation, to break up stagnation, and to calm the mind. In this clinic, the therapeutic use of yoga poses is customized for an individual and used in conjunction with other modalities to bring the body and mind back into balance. To learn more about my offerings in yoga, visit www.yogailluminations.com