ACUPUNCTURE | TECHNIQUES
Cupping involves placing special suction cups on the skin. It helps to increase qi (energy) flow and is therefore effective in releasing tight muscles and is especially helpful for tension and stiffness in the back and shoulder area.
Moxa involves the use of a herb called Mugwort, applied either directly or indirectly to the skin to stimulate the channels through its warming qualities. The pounded dried leaves of the herb are used to form a high quality golden coloured compound. This can be used in many forms including small cones, tiny half rice grain pieces and larger round balls that are placed on the handle of the needle.
The heat from this herb is warming, soothing and extremely relaxing. It is very effective for releasing tightness in the muscles, relaxing tension and invigorating the flow of qi.
The ear is a micro-system reflecting in miniature, the entire human body. Each part of the body has a corresponding auricular point or area. These points reflect the physiological or pathological state of the body and can be stimulated to regulate dysfunction of their corresponding body part. Auricular therapy can be used on its own, using point prescriptions for to address particular conditions. It can also be used to complement and reinforce an acupuncture treatment.
PRESS SPHERES, PRESS TACKS AND INTRA-DERMAL NEEDLES
In order to reinforce the effects of a treatment and to continue to give the body very low doses of continued stimulation, the above techniques are sometimes incorporated in an acupuncture treatment. These tiny press balls or sub-cutaneous needles are placed at specific points on the body or in the ear at the end of a treatment.
SOTAI & CHANNEL STRETCHING EXERCISES
“to become free of pain, one must move away from pain towards comfort.” Keizo Hashimoto
Taiso means exercise in Japanese. Sotai is the same two characters reversed, So meaning to work or manipulate (as in a puppet), and Tai meaning body. Sotai therefore means manipulation or movement for the purpose of restoring or maintaining health.
Sotai are a series of exercises that are used to bring about structural realignment and are therefore particularly helpful for the musculoskeletal system. Together with channel stretching exercises, they can dramatically release restrictions in range of movement and improve structural imbalances. Tight muscles impair qi (energy) flow. Distortion in the body’s musculature can also affect the internal organs and vice versa.