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Our bodies are dynamic ecosystems of energy.
There are many layers, frequencies, and densities of this energy, all working together in delicate balance.
When an imbalance occurs - through accidents, lifestyle, diet, and emotions - pain and disease result.
As urban people, we tend to work hard, play hard, have stressful lives and obligations, and think (thinkthinkthink) way too much about it all.
We also live in a world of chemicals, electromagnetic radiation, opportunistic bacteria and viruses.
Under these conditions, the dynamic flow of our bodies' natural healing intelligence can get blocked, damaged, or interrupted, leading to a weakening of the overall system.
This blockage is at the root of most, if not all, disease processes in the body.
Utilizing the principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), diagnosis involves asking questions, observing patterns, taking the pulse, looking at the tongue and palpating the meridians.
When a basic diagnosis is completed, treatment with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is prescribed according to an appropriate TCM treatment method.
In addition to the TCM diagnosis, other forms of energy assessment are used to get a complete picture. Depending on what each client brings, a treatment plan is developed to suit his/her needs.
Most treatment plans are based on acupuncture treatment. These treatments may be combined with Tui Na (Chinese Massage), Chinese Herbal Medicine, or Somatic Acupuncture.
Tui Na - On the most superficial or dense aspect, bodywork is used to physically move the body back into place so that energy can flow normally.
Acupuncture goes deeper into the system to affect the relationship between the physical body and the more subtle energy of the body.
You might think of Tui Na as reestablishing the path of a river, while acupuncture affects the flow of the water.
Chinese herbal medicine works together with acupuncture to dredge and nourish the earth on which the river lives.
This sophisticated and beautiful medicine utilizes hundreds of natural plants, minerals, and animal products to powerfully move energy in the body. Sometimes, this is to boost weak energy, sometimes to drain energy that is blocked or built up where it doesn’t belong.
Depending on the client and her condition, treatment with TCM principles is enough. For others, there are deeper issues to resolve. This is where Somatic Acupuncture comes in.
Somatic Acupuncture is the combination of acupuncture therapy with somatic-based bodywork.
Our bodies are "programmed" to respond to stressful situations that acupuncture alone can not reach. I call this your Qi Code, because it has enormous effects on how energy is managed in your body. Most of this programming was done when we were children. And we did most of it ourselves.
Children are not very good programmers.
Working directly through the Autonomic Nervous System, Somatic Acupuncture treatments target the triggers of stressful events so that you may disable them.
When you are able to release yourself from old patterns that cause energy to be disordered (stress), the result is a feeling of vitality and “aliveness” that can’t be ignored. It is something that you and your body will continue to search for.
The seed is planted and will grow beyond any treatment that we do together.
The goal of all treatment is to reestablish the natural flow of energy in your own system. Different modalities are employed to get you there. Once you’re there, you will recognize the experience as something completely normal and more fully YOU.